Utica Bike Rescue Board and Staff

As Utica Bike Rescue grows to meet the diverse needs of our community, we're looking for good folks who want to give back. We are looking for new board members with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. Contact us if you'd like to get involved and help us grow. Board members can contribute in many important ways…wrenching on bikes, teaching bike safety skills, teaching mechanical skills, collecting donations, fundraising, event planning, financial/legal consulting, etc.

Utica Bike Rescue is, in many ways, a social experiment. So, if you're wondering whether your interests and skills are what we're looking for, the answer is "YES!"


Jean Skahan, Director
Jean works with refugee families in the Mohawk Valley and within the City of Utica. She serves as a liaison between our local refugee community and Utica Bike Rescue.

Irv Perlman, Director
Irv, a Past President of the Mohawk Valley Bicycle Club is an avid cyclist committed to using his bicycle as a significant part of his personal transportation. Irv, a 10-year veteran of the Ride for Missing Children has served on the boards of several NGOs.

Fred Rhoades, Director
Fred works with people diagnosed with major mental illness in the community for Mohawk Valley Psychiatric Center and enjoys mountain biking. He will be working towards increasing utilization of the Utica Bike Rescue by social service agencies as well as local institutions of higher education.

Matthew VanSlyke, Executive Director
Matthew is a professional transportation planner, an experienced bicycle mechanic, an avid bicyclist and former President of the New York Bicycling Coalition – a statewide 501(c)(3) charitable organization that delivers bicyclist safety and education programs across New York State.

UBR is grateful for the support we receive from these generous organizations and businesses.