Our FB4K MN Board and Staff
Free Bikes 4 Kidz MN is led by a passionate and engaged board of directors and staff. Find out more about them below.
FB4K MN Staff
Tia Martinson – Executive Director FB4K MN
The girl who just wanted to ride bikes found her home at Free Bikes 4 Kidz MN in 2016. Tapping into her former professions that ranged from education, commercial lending, small business development planning, and fine arts (?!) she wanted to connect her experience with her passion. While an equal-opportunity bicyclist, she gravitates to road and gravel.
Rachel Elliott – Bike Recipient Coordinator
Rachel has spent her entire professional career building and maintaining relationships. From stage hands to non-profit partners, Rachel has a passion for fostering community and honoring and amplifying each person or organizations strengths. In her free time Rachel loves to hike, bike, kayak and dance!
Laurie Toll – Volunteer Coordinator
As an educator with more than 30 years of experience Laurie has learned the power of teamwork in making a difference in kids’ lives. She sees FB4K MN as another innovative way to directly and powerfully impact kids.
Dabbler in art, rider of horses and bikes, Laurie is a lover of gardening and mother of a skateboard-loving teenage boy. She is very excited to be on the FB4K MN team to make those smiles happen!!
Mel Cherry – Warehouse Coordinator
Pulling from experience in the bike industry and teaching, Mel is delighted to channel her skills towards impacting kids’ lives. Believing the world is better on bikes, Mel is excited by the role FB4K MN plays in the Twin Cities and is passionate about growing our outreach. An avid adventure rider, you can find Mel with a fully loaded 29er hardtail in various State and National Forests throughout the warmer months.
Lucinda Frantz – Host
After 29 years building exhibits at the Science Museum of Minnesota, Lucinda was retired all of 2 days before joining the FB4K MN team. As a casual 3-season cyclist, you’ll never catch her on a bike in winter. Then again, “Never say never” is a recurring theme in her life.
FB4K MN Board of Directors
Retired financial services executive, Jeff Lundgren has returned from 9 years in London to get Free Bikes 4 Kidz MN finances cranking. Cheers! He’s clearly a roadie, ready to cruise on his Cannondale Synapse, Focus Mares and Pashey Countryman.
Matthew Kennedy – Treasurer
Former bean counter before becoming a client spokesman for HairClub for Men. When not modeling and putting miles on my Wilier, I play an amazing #2 parent with an even more amazing wife to Monroe and Maris.
Fred has been described as “really a pretty good guy,” and enjoys spending time with his five bikes ages 7, 5, 3, 1 and 6 months.
David started delivering papers at age nine on a Sears bike with baskets, and now commuting on bike to and from work provides plenty of inspiration. He can’t decide between his Cannondale, Seven, Felt and 2 Times.
A commercial real estate broker who once rocked Coachella and made money as a Jerry Seinfeld look-a-like, strives to convince his kids he is still cool. Dan rules the road on his Specialized Tarmac and Salsa Beargrease fatty.
Kids specialist Maureen’s philosophy is to keep the action in front of you, watch out for people trying to take out your knees, and celebrate like crazy when something good happens. She wheels a less-than-agile Honda Pilot.
Marketing and branding by day, downhill skiing in the winter by night and weekends – spending time with her family/friends/dog OUTSIDE every chance she gets. Born and bred a MN girl, she calls Savage home but always counting the days to get on skis or hit a trail in MT (where her sister/daughter live).
A proud husband of over 30 years, father to three lovely daughters, musician, and a passion for cycling. When not nurturing those parts of his life, he is a CPA with over 25 years of experience in public accounting. His favorite quote is “Hope for the best and let God take care of the rest!”
With a long career as an painter and illustrator, Joan has unleashed her creative powers to make Free Bikes 4 Kidz MN look good and feel good in the world of social media. Her wheels are always turning.
Experienced IT leader and longtime lover of bikes. In 7th grade he rode to school many days through a Minnesota winter as a challenge with a friend – surprisingly that only made him like riding even more and ever since he has been hooked. Adam‘s favorite place to ride is Cuyuna on his Salsa Rustler. Worked in the bike industry for 15+ years, and his most recent bike related accomplishment was reducing the size of his herd from 10 bikes to 5.
An experienced lawyer who also helped lead the revitalization of a grant-making non-profit, Linda helps to fuel the kids in her current work as a strategic director for an organization focused on relieving hunger for Minnesota’s kids. Her first bike was a green Schwinn, still remembered while she turns the crank on her De Rosa.
The now National ED, this domposer, producer, music superstar gave up his successful career to write books, ride bikes and become the fearless founder of Free Bikes 4 Kidz. He rides a Trek Madone with Di2 that costs more than his car, which says more about his car than his bike.