Taurean Dyer, GKB Board Chair

Taurean Dyer, Board Chair

Taurean holds a graduate degree in Mechanical engineering towards energy technology and robotics from Stony Brook University. He is a Sr. Product Manager at NVIDIA. Beyond a passion for fixing things and helping people with innovative technologies, he takes his system level decomposition ability to combine business and people’s needs and capabilities beneficially together as amazingly functional teams. He also mentors historically disenfranchised community members around the world in with skills to succeed, especially around innovation and AI. He currently lives in San Jose.

Stephen Caines, Secretary

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Rebecca Turner, Immediate Past Chair

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Elizabeth Jordan Devaney

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Susan Hayes

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James Gardner, Ph.D – Founder and CEO

Jim founded Good Karma Bikes in July 2009 to serve the needs of homeless and low-wage working people for reliable, safe transportation.  He quickly realized that what was going on was not about bicycles; it was about the Clients and the transformation of their self-esteem.

Jim grew up in Huntington Beach, CA.  It was that particular stretch of Pacific Coast Highway that caused his lifelong love of cycling.  In high school, he took his bicycle apart after almost every ride.  Cleaning and fixing bicycles was as much fun as riding them.

Jim attended college at the University of Southern California, studying engineering.  He received a bachelors, two masters and a Ph. D. degree in Solid State Physics, Optoelectronics.

It was while going oh-for-four in start-ups, that Jim realized he hadn’t done enough to make the world better.  About that time, he saw a homeless man on an unsafe bicycle.  He started wrenching bikes in the park.  It was then that Good Karma Bikes was Born… he will tell you more….

Jim lives in Willow Glen with his wife of twenty-five years and four rescue cats.

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Jenny Circle, Director of Development

Jenny was born and raised in Menlo Park. Around the age of 14 she found her passion in sports at Sacred Heart Prep and earned a scholarship to play Division 1 basketball at USC before transferring to the University of Colorado.  A major in communications, Jenny took her first job with eScrip, a for-profit fundraising company linking brick and mortar businesses with nonprofits raising over $350 million for schools across the United States.

In the last 20 years after leaving eScrip, Jenny has raised over $25M in funds for Kehillah Jewish High School in Palo Alto and HaMaqom| The Place – the leading provider of adult Jewish Education based out of Berkeley, CA.

In the height of the pandemic, Jenny was set to go off on her own as a fundraising consultant.  Usually hesitant to respond to LinkdedIN messages,  she was intrigued by a Development opportunity at Good Karma Bikes. After learning more about the mission of the organization and Jim’s vision, she was all in.  Entering into her third year as the Director of Development, Jenny has . . . .

WHAT. What has Jenny done?

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Lisa DeGolier, Operations Manager

Lisa grew up in Wisconsin and has lived in Washington, D.C., Chicago, IL, Boise, ID, and Bristol, England. She left the East Bay when the internet bubble burst and came back to San Jose in 2006. She’s been in the South Bay for 16 years and has three daughters  ages 11-19.

After attending a spin class in 2016 she found that she loved being on a bike. She went two mornings a week until the class was canceled with lockdowns. That forced her to get outside on a road bike -and what a beautiful time to get on a bike with so fewer cars on the road. She taught all of her kids to ride on the road that year.

At the time she was riding a bike she had gotten off that was a little too big for her. One day a carbon Calfee Road bike was donated to GKB, where she was volunteering, and it was love at first sight.

Lisa was officially brought on staff in 2020. We must say that we are so proud to have a female mechanic running Silicon Valley’s Best Bike Shop (2016-Present). Lisa holds two Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA), in Production and Operations Management & Management Information Systems from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She commutes on her bicycle every day to GKB – sometimes with her three daughters and has been known to also chauffeur two dogs and a guinea pig via bike baskets – a memorable sight, biking through Willow Glen with her little zoo. These days she terrorizes pedestrians and dogs on the Three Creeks Trail going a little over the speed limit on her way to work.

She’s the first friendly face you’ll see at GKB and we are fortunate to have her.

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