Staff & Board

NEMBA staff has expanded in 2021!




Travis Counsell - Executive Director

Travis is originally from Vermont, recently lived in Hawaii, and currently resides in Easton, Connecticut. He has managed bike shops, owned a bicycle rental & tour business in Hawaii, and has worked & volunteered for bicycle advocacy organizations. He grew up riding mountain bikes around the Green Mountain National Forest, and has since ridden mountain bikes in New Zealand, Italy, Hawaii, and more, but loves the variety of terrain and trails in New England!

Travis brings a great mix of passion for mountain biking and mountain biking advocacy with a broad set of skills covering business management, development, event planning, communications, and the importance of relationship building at all levels of our sport.

He is excited to use that passion, as well as his MBA, to guide NEMBA into the future as we grow our community with a focus on Trails, Advocacy, & Community for all. 

Email Travis here and follow him on Instagram here.

Mick Ferraro - Director of Membership & Outreach

Mick brings a passion for bikes to the NEMBA team that dates back to chasing his brothers on his GT Pro BMX Bike in the 80’s. With his first mountain bike race in the mid 90’s 24 HR. Granny Gear races, it was clear that the mountain bike would be a part of of his life forever.

A member of NEMBA since 2006 and a former member of NEMBA Racing, Mick has continued to race and ride throughout the US. Today, he shares his passion for mountain biking and the outdoors as an advocate for the growth of our sport. As a former CCAP mountain bike coach and parent of twin 11 yr old boys; building a future with great trails, access and advocacy is key to the future with NEMBA.

Originally from Maryland, Mick is a graduate of Greensboro College (NC). He and his wife Mia, reside in Simsbury with those twin boys, Hudson and Hendrix. 

Email Mick here and follow him on Instagram here.

Emily Thibodeau - Operations Coordinator

Emily grew up on the coast of Maine, where she started working in a bike shop during high school. After graduating from the University of Maine, she went on to work in bike shops in Maine & Oregon. In 2010, Emily started her own business, Hub Bicycle Co, a bicycle service shop in Cambridge, MA. She ran Hub Bicycle Co for 7 years and eventually shifted her focus to bicycle event management and community-based programs. She has worked in Events and Training for Cannondale, taught mountain bike skills classes for REI, and supported the Boston Cyclists Union Bike to Market program. 

Emily loves to use her connections throughout the bike industry to connect new riders to the sport. She is excited to help NEMBA promote and protect riding here in New England.

Email Emily here and follow her on Instagram here

Bill Boles - Outreach / Community Engagement

Bill has been around since the founding of NEMBA. Taking part in the crucial early meetings that set the tone for mountain bike access in our region.

A graduate of Stonehill College he’s a lifelong resident of Massachusetts and worked for the Boston Globe for 36 years. He wrote the “Old Coot” column in Dirt Rag magazine for 15 years. Over the years he was NEMBA’s president twice. And after his retirement from journalism, he volunteered for NEMBA and was later hired as Director of Outreach and man of many hats. His passion for riding and leading rides, especially kid’s rides, has not diminished. Bill is excited about the direction that NEMBA is going and sees a bright future for mountain biking in New England.


Board of Directors - Executive Committee

Adam Glick - Board President

Matt Shulde - Vice President

Tom Grimble - Secretary

Anne Shepard - Treasurer

Paula Burton

David Hughes

Matt Caron

Brett Russ