Our Staff



Nora Kern

Executive Director

Nora joined Walk Bike Nashville in November 2013 and during her time has helped grow the organization to what it is today. She has launched Walk Bike University, spearheaded advocacy efforts, and started the Walk Bike Ambassador program.  A native Nashvillian, Nora holds a Bachelors degree from Williams College and has previously worked in non-profits, Tennessee politics, oral history, business development, and commercial salmon fishing.

Contact Nora with questions regarding:
• Sponsoring Walk Bike Nashville
• Getting involved with Walk Bike Nashville
• How to commute to work on your bike
• How to catch Wild Alaskan Salmon
• What Nashville used to be like back in the good old days

Profile.jpg     Daniel McDonell

Policy and Education Manager

Daniel joined the Walk Bike Nashville team in 2015 and manages Walk Bike University, Livable Streets Project, and our policy and advocacy initiatives. Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, he has worked in corporate sustainability, regional transportation planning, and environmental analysis projects from the Mississippi Gulf Coast to Chicago and Boston. He holds a bachelor's degree in Geography and Environmental Policy from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in Sustainable and Environmental Development from the University of Glasgow in Scotland.

Contact Daniel with questions regarding:

  • Walk Bike University
  • Livable Streets Project
  • Policy and advocacy initiatives
  • Bicycling with your dog


Dave Thienel

Events and Outreach Coordinator

After volunteering for Walk Bike Nashville as one of our very first bicycle instructors, Dave joined the Walk Bike Nashville team to oversee the organization's city-wide events and outreach programs. Dave is the founder and co-owner of RUSH Bicycle Messengers and Chief Director of Music City Cycling. He has been the organizer of many, many bike events, large and small, in Nashville over the past 7 years. 

Contact Dave with questions regarding:

            • Tour de Nash
            • Open Streets Nashville
            • Bike Month and Walk Month
            • Carrying large objects by bicycle


Robert Johnson

Safe Routes to Schools Coordinator & Travel Green Coordinator

Robert volunteered as a Walk Bike Nashville Instructor and Ambassador before joining the Walk Bike Nashville team at the start of 2017. He manages the Safe Routes to Schools program and the Travel Green program. From London, UK, he has also lived in Sydney, Australia. He has a 20 year background in railroads, plus experience with development control. Robert has two children in public school in Nashville, and his 6 year old son had the third highest mileage in the Nashville Slow Rider team in the League of American Bicyclists 2016 National Bike Challenge. He holds a Master's degree in Transport Planning and Management from Westminster University in London.

Contact Robert with questions regarding:

• Safe Routes to Schools 
• Teaching children how to ride a bicycle
• Bicycling with children - on and off your own bike
• Installing a bike rack at your workplace
• How to drive a steam locomotive


    Jess.jpg  Jessica Burton 

         Education Coordinator 

Jessica joined the Walk Bike Nashville team in the spring of 2017 as the Education Coordinator. Originally from Greenville, South Carolina, she moved to Nashville for graduate school in 2013. She has a bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Mississippi and a master’s degree in Human Development Counseling from Vanderbilt. Her background is in teaching, counseling and most recently, guiding cycling tours in California, France, Portugal and Spain.

Contact Jessica with questions regarding:

            • Walk Bike University
            • Becoming a Volunteer Instructor
            • Becoming a Walk Bike Ambassador
            • How to bike in a dress 




Michael Tregelles

Bike Valet Supervisor

Michael is a graduate of Belmont University and a bike messenger in town. When not zipping to and fro he can be found at all of our our Bike Valet events keeping your bikes safe and sound.

Contact Michael with questions regarding:

            • Bike Valet
            • Volunteering with Walk Bike Nashville
            • Carrying anything (including bike racks) by bicycle
            • Photography
            • Best places to explore in Middle Tennessee