Diane Velez (LCI) - Safe Routes Coordinator - A lifelong resident of the City of Baldwin Park, Diane Velez is a graduate of UCLA and San Diego State University (Master of Public Health). Diane is passionate about improving community health in the San Gabriel Valley, with a strong commitment to social justice and equity. She is also part of ActiveSGV's Women-on-Wheels (WoW) program, which aims to empower more girls and women to ride bicycles as a means of healthy recreation and transportation. Diane is happy to be back in the San Gabriel Valley and hopes to help make her community a more sustainable and healthy place to live and thrive.
David Diaz (LCI) - Executive Director - Over the course of the last few years, David has worked on the development of the San Gabriel Valley Regional Bicycle Master Plan, the Puente Hills Landfill Park Master Plan, an Urban Greening Toolkit and multiple healthy community related policies/initiative aimed at creating healthier environments in the San Gabriel Valley. David is also a Community Building Consultant, Investing in Place Board Member, El Monte Union High School District Board Member, and an El Monte Coalition of Latino Professionals Member. He holds a Masters of Public Health degree from Claremont Graduate University and is happily married to Anais Medina Diaz. He's a big fan of the outdoors, traveling, and socks! They reside in the friendly city of El Monte.
Danielle Zamora (LCI) - Program Coordinator - A resident of the North Whittier/Avocado Heights area, Danielle is an alumna of the University of La Verne with a double major in Studio Art and Psychology. In 2017, she completed her Master’s in Community Psychology at Marymount California University where she conducted a research study exploring the unique challenges and motivations for cycling perceived by women bicyclists in the SGV. Danielle began volunteering with ActiveSGV in 2016 collecting active transportation data and working with the Women on Wheels team. She is passionate about empowering girls and women to bike and reap the environmental, financial, and health benefits that bicycling brings. Along with biking, Danielle enjoys hiking, traveling, baking vegan goodies (which you can sometimes purchase during a monthly Bike Train), writing song lyrics, and singing with her band Rubbish House Goons. She also is a member of ActiveSGV's Climate Ride Team; you can support her by donating here!
Jose Jimenez (LCI) - Education Director - Jose Jimenez has been involved in the cycling industry for ten years as a manager of several bike shops, and currently the SGV Bicycle Education Center (BEC). After seeing the positive impact cycling has made on people that walk through his shop’s doors every day, Jose has used his cycling knowledge to reach out to many local bicycle coalitions, businesses, community members, and city officials in an effort to further promote cycling. Jose believes cycling is more than just a sport, but also a method of environmentally-friendly transportation, and a healthy activity that can bring friends, families and entire communities closer together. A Pasadena resident, he can often be found mountain biking in the San Gabriel Mountains or road biking throughout the San Gabriel Valley.
Carly Curiel (LCI) - Community Engagement Coordinator - Born and raised in South San Gabriel (SGV represent!), Carly Curiel grew up biking the Rio Hondo Bike Path and picnicking at Legg Lake with her family. For her 16th birthday, she got a metallic yellow beach cruiser that she still rides to this day, despite being a bit far from the beach. Carly pursued her passion for the outdoors and community building as a Recreation, Parks, and Tourism major at San Francisco State University. After graduating, she worked for the SF Recreation and Parks as an Outreach and Communications Coordinator, but eventually moved back to her roots in South San Gabriel with the hopes of using her knowledge and experience to make the SGV a more sustainable place to live. When not working at ActiveSGV, Carly teaches yoga at People’s Yoga East LA, the Anti-Recidivism Coalition, Anna Bing Arnold Children’s Center, Miraculous Medal Elementary School, and Yosemite Rec Center in Eagle Rock. She is the creator of Full Moon Yoga, a donation-based, outdoor yoga experience that meets in the backyard of different homes throughout L.A. every full moon. She enjoys travelling, eating at hole-in-the-walls, hiking the Hacienda Hills Trail (best kept secret; don’t tell anybody), live music, and playing with her nieces and nephews. She has a cat named Ja’mie (pronounced juh-may) and a dog named Joey.
Wesley Reutimann (LCI) - Special Programs Director - Pasadena resident Wesley Reutimann is an SGV native and graduate of Williams College (MA) and the University of Basel (Switzerland). Wesley has been fortunate to tour both coasts and much of western Europe on bicycles of different varieties, including velomobiles and even a Metro Bike Share bike. Professionally Wesley has a decade of experience in the non-profit, public health, and education sectors. In his free time he also can be found volunteering with the Downtown Pasadena Neighborhood Association and Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition, and biking the San Gabriel Mountains.
Catalina Gonzalez (LCI) - Learn-to-Bike Coordinator - Catalina is a graduate of Wellesley College in Comparative Literature and Environmental Studies. She has been involved in community and grassroots action projects in the Boston area and throughout the San Gabriel Valley. When she's not reading, she enjoys discovering new beaches and exploring the outdoors, watching movies, or learning a new musical instrument.
Andrew Fung Yip (LCI #4283) - Program Coordinator - Andrew Yip is a native of the San Gabriel Valley who served as one of three primary assistant instructors for ActiveSGV's execution of Need to Know courses in 2013. He was a volunteer for ActiveSGV from 2012-2014 before being hired as a Program Coordinator. His love for the bicycle follows him wherever he goes whether it’s trying out the bike shares in New York, riding a Dutch 3-speed in Amsterdam, or riding rush hour with the hundreds of Chinese bicyclists in Beijing. Andrew also works as the San Gabriel Mountains Forever outreach liaison for ActiveSGV to encourage participation in conservation efforts of our local natural resources in Southern California. He is currently attending Azusa Pacific University and works as a Human Resources Specialist in the United States Army Reserves. Aside from bicycling, Andrew enjoys travelling, hiking, and managing his garage/bicycle museum.
Amy Wong (LCI) - Women on Wheels (WoW) Coordinator - El Monte native Amy graduated from UC Berkeley in 2013 with a degree in molecular biology and a personalized minor in environmental health. She co-leads the Women on Wheels (WoW) program, which empowers more women to bike and be involved in bicycle advocacy. For fun, Amy enjoys hiking the San Gabriel Mountains and writing. Her long-term goal is to advance environmental justice in the San Gabriel Valley.
Edward Duong (LCI) - Safety Instructor - A native to the San Gabriel Valley, Edward Duong graduated from Cal State University of Long Beach with a bachelors degree in Communication Studies and minor in Religious Studies. While there, Edward got involved with a mixture of academic and extracurricular organizations on campus. He was the President of the Student Communication Association, an organization dedicated to helping students find jobs and internships with a degree in Communications. Edward participated with the CSULB Cycling and Triathlon team, competing at various schools and even had the opportunity to take part in the USA National Triathlon Championships at Arizona State University. After College, Edward decided to take his experience and efforts back into the SGV to try to improve his communities’ quality of life through more active transportation campaigns. As the Outreach Coordinator for Bike San Gabriel Valley, he hopes to spread his love for anything cycling and bring in new members and volunteers. On his free time, Edward enjoys meal prepping, riding the river trails and jump roping.
Francisco Ojeda - Outreach Assistant - Francisco is a San Gabriel resident who is a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona where he received a Bachelors of Science in Urban and Regional Planning. Francisco is passionate about active transportation and studied bicycle infrastructure and transportation in Denmark, Sweden, and the Netherlands. He has been involved and worked with several organizations transfering vacant lots into public spaces, improving city streetscapes, and implementing active transportation practices. His passions include traveling, attending music festivals/concerts, road trips, and biking in DownTown Los Angeles. Although he introduces himself formally as Francisco all his friends and family members best know him as Paco. Currently one of his biggest goals in life is to bike the pan-americana trail beginning in Los Angeles and ending in Argentina.
Ernest Lee (LCI) - Bike Education Center (BEC) Coordinator - Although an El Monte native, Ernest grew up all over the San Gabriel Valley. From going on century rides in the Foothills to riding up and down the Rio Hondo and San Gabriel River trails, Ernest has been around bikes most of his life. He has also been involved in the bike industry since 2012, and currently serves the community as the Education Coordinator for the SGV Bicycle Education Center (BEC), providing free Basic Bicycle Maintenance Courses and one-on-one support. When he’s not at the BEC, Ernest can often be found working as a bicycle mechanic at REI Arcadia.
Monica Curiel (LCI) - Monica Curiel grew up in Pomona biking and hiking with her dad before moving to the East Bay to complete her undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley in Conservation and Resource Studies with a minor in Geography. Always dedicated to the intersection of human and environmental health, she worked in sustainable agriculture in Brazil, toxics and mercury contamination in Baton Rouge, sustainable ecotourism in Senegal, environmental education in the San Bernardino Mountains, and green space and community gardens in Los Angeles. Working in the San Gabriel Valley brings Monica back home, where she will be able to utilize her expertise and background in counting pelicans, flamingoes and other shorebirds to count people on foot and bike as ActiveSGV Active Transportation Data Coordinator. Along with being outdoors, she also loves languages and is studying Interpretation and Translation at Cal State LA and American Sign Language at Mt. San Antonio College.
Kevin Yuen - Bike Valet Coordinator - Kevin is a resident of Monterey Park. He graduated from UC Santa Barbara majoring in Psychology and minoring in Education Theory. He grew interested in cycling after living in Santa Barbara for college and commuting via bike there. After college, he started mountain biking with the encouragement of former roommates and got involved with ActiveSGV volunteering at the Bike Education Center and at bike trains as well as helping out on the bike skills course. He is currently attending Cal State LA studying for an MS in Counseling.
Efren Moreno (LCI) - Vice President, Advisory Board - Alhambra resident and former City Council Member Efren Moreno is an avid cyclist. In addition to helping found ActiveSGV, Efren has served on the boards of a number of different LA-area bicycle groups, including Multicultural Communities for Mobility (MCM), the LA County Bicycle Coalition, and CICLE.
Gabe - Sasquatch, Mayor of the San Gabriel Mountains - Gabe comes from a family of Sasquatches that live in the San Gabriel Mountains. Gabe frequently travels down to the San Gabriel Valley for food, music, and events like 626 Golden Streets. Gabe is a 6'9", vegan, loves french fries and bikes.