Board of Directors
Bike Walk Coral Gables is governed by an all volunteer Board of Directors. From a diverse range of backgrounds, the Board of Directors contribute greatly to BWCG’s success and ensures the on-going commitment to the safety and well-being of Coral Gables who bike and walk.
Robert Ruano | Board Chair
Robert Ruano is president of Ecostrata Services, a private resource development company with a specialty in funding for environmental projects, helping public and private organizations identify funding sources that coincide with their sustainability goals. Prior to starting Ecostrata, Mr. Ruano was the Director of Grants and Sustainability for the City of Miami under Mayor Manny Diaz. During this time he was responsible for all grant applications prepared by the City, and would later launch Miami’s first ever Office of Sustainable Initiatives.
Mr. Ruano is a member of the Coral Gables Parks & Recreation Advisory Board and he is the immediate past-chair of the United Way’s Emergency Food and Shelter Board. In 2010, he was appointed to the National Urban & Community Forestry Advisory Council, a national group that makes recommendations to the US Secretary of Agriculture on urban forestry issues and provides funding nationally. He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and is a LEED Accredited Professional.
Adhys Izquierdo Obeso | Vice Chair
Adhys is “almost a native Floridian”, having lived in South Florida since she was eight years old. She is a proud graduate of Miami Senior High, received a BBA in Marketing from the University of Miami and a graduate degree in MIS from Florida International University. She enjoys spending time outside, being active and taking advantage of the amazing South Florida weather. She is passionate about helping the community by promoting a healthy lifestyle and family friendly activities.
Currently, Adhys is part of a professional financial services practice specializing in helping individuals and small business owners maximize retirement benefits, minimize costs and implement asset protection strategies to increase their net worth.
She is actively involved in the community through participation in board memberships in the Jr Orange Bowl Committee and Bike Walk Coral Gables.
John Swain | Treasurer
Mr. Swain has a BBA in Accounting from Florida International University. Mr. Swain spent most of his career at Royal Caribbean Cruise Line where he was responsible for Budgeting and Systems Development for the Shipboard Hotel Department. Mr. Swain helped to start The Wedding Experience with several partners, and remained with them until several years ago after they had grown to become the largest cruise line wedding service company in the world. Since then, he has assisted various non-profits with accounting, budgeting and finance.
Born in Coral Gables and raised in Coconut Grove, Mr. Swain has been an avid bike rider all his life.
Jennifer Garcia | Secretary
Jennifer served as Chair of Bike Walk Coral Gables in 2016, and now is the City Planner at the City of Coral Gables. She moved to Coral Gables in 2007 after graduating with a Master of Architecture from Andrews University and instantly fell in love with the City Beautiful. Living a car-free lifestyle, she gets around primarily by bike or on foot, while also using forms of transit and car share. As a member of her church’s Health Ministries, she helps plan a variety of events to promote active and healthy lifestyles. While working as a Town Planner with Dover, Kohl & Partners, she collaborated with the Florida East Coast Greenway’s Herb Hiller and other dedicated community advocates to help organize and create the branding and graphics for WHEELS, an initiative to spotlight the link between cycling, transit and trails. She is a certified planner through the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and accredited with the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU). Her daily commutes on foot through the streets of Coral Gables reinforce her belief in nurturing living urbanism with livable streets.
Mari is a business consultant and President of Gallet Ventures. For ten years, she was Executive Director of the Business Improvement District (BID) of Coral Gables which promotes the vitality of Downtown Coral Gables. Prior to leading the BID, she was the VP, Marketing & Revenue Management for American Classic Voyages, and held marketing and financial posts over the course of 10 years at Royal Caribbean Cruises. She served as General Chairman of the Royal Caribbean Classic which raised millions of dollars for local charities as the first stop on the Sr. PGA TOUR.
Kenneth is an urban designer at Dover, Kohl & Partners, where he helps to create visions that guide the future of neighborhoods, cities and regions with a focus on smart growth and sustainability. He worked closely with Victor Dover and John Massengale on the publication of Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns, contributing research, drawings and photos. Kenneth graduated with a Master of Architecture from Andrews University and subsequently moved to Coral Gables in 2007 where he has lived since with his wife, Jennifer. He lives car-free, relying instead on biking, transit and walking to get around the City Beautiful.
David Henderson has been the Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator for the Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) since 1999. He has degrees in Economics and Urban and Regional Planning and is a member of the American Planning Association and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals.
Caroline Parker holds an Arts Administration masters degree from Boston University and an Art History bachelors degree from Florida International University. Caroline is a board member of the Waterway Neighborhood Association, co-founder of Hatch Miami, and founder and director of Create Miami. Caroline has been a Bike Walk Coral Gables program partner since 2011 and a board member since 2016. She, along with her husband Ivan, and their two children, Benny and Ava, enjoy family bike rides on adventures throughout Greater Miami.
Born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 1953. Rick Smit has lived in South Florida most of his life and has been a Coral Gables resident since 1983. Rick attended Miami Senior High and Florida Atlantic University ( Boca Raton, FL), and is General Manager of Medley Steel & Supply, Inc. since 1993.
Rick has been a member of the Everglades Bicycle Club and currently serve as a board member. He is an avid cyclist and runner.
Christine Rupp is the Director of Dade Heritage Trust. She joined the organization in November of 2015 and has made public awareness and education a priority. In addition to integrating new educational programs and a heritage tour program, she has developed a relationship with the National Trust for Historic Preservation to assist with preservation issues in Miami. Prior to joining Dade Heritage Trust, Ms. Rupp was the Director of the Coral Gables Museum, which opened to the public in October 2011 after more than 10 years in the making. Under her leadership, the Coral Gables Museum became a beacon of cultural excellence in Coral Gables and Greater Miami.
Chris is an avid cyclist, who works tirelessly to promote the benefits of bicycling as a means to get to work and for pleasure. She leads the Dade Heritage Trust bike tours each month and continues her work with Bike Walk Coral Gables and the City of Coral Gables to program bike-friendly events.
Advisory Board Members
Tony is principal of The Street Plans Collaborative, specializing in urban design, smart growth, and active transport planning. He received his B.A. in urban planning and architecture studies from New York University and his Masters from the University of Miami School of Architecture. Tony is the Chair of Green Mobility Network, and is a member of the Urban Environment League and the Congress for the New Urbanism.
Nico is the owner of No Boundaries Sport, located on Aragon Ave in Coral Gables. No Boundaries is one of the premier bike shops in Coral Gables. They recently opened a new store in Wynwood in partnership with Books & Books, called Books & Books & Bikes & Lebo.
Deborah Swain is Vice President of Milian, Swain & Associates, Inc., a firm providing civil and environmental engineering, and economic, financial and management consulting services. Ms. Swain also serves as President of Citizens for a Better South Florida, a 501c(3) organization providing environmental education to underserved communities in South Florida. She is Chair of the Coral Gables Citywide Traffic Advisory Board, and Past President of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables, and Past President of the Miami-Dade A/E Society.