Katherine Elizabeth Long – Founder
Katherine is an avid cyclist & nature lover, who brings over 12 years of experience from the startup and technology world leading teams, implementing process and growing relationships with key companies in media, finance and technology. She has a Master’s in Voluntary Sector Organisation from the London School of Economics, and before technology worked as a caseworker with refugees and children throughout college. Upon moving to NYC, she mentored with New Alternatives for Children for 2 years, acted as a Wish Granter with Make a Wish of MetroNY, and worked with Global Language Project on Audience Development for their annual benefit in 2012. She was named NY1’s New Yorker of the Week May 16, 2014 and a Friend of Marimekko on International Women’s Day March 8, 2015 for her efforts around Exploring Paths. She has acted and remains one of the Annual Campaign Chairs for the YMCA.
Christine Arroyo – Board Secretary & Creative Director
As an entrepreneur in the entertainment industry, Christine learned firsthand the benefits of exercise for clearing the mind and enhancing productivity. An avid outdoors enthusiast, she’s gone on surfing trips around the world and rock climbing expeditions and now that this native Californian is a city dweller biking is an important part of exploring everything Manhattan and its outer boroughs have to offer. Christine’s non-profit experience includes opening chapters of Surfrider in Southern California and initiating marketing and outreach efforts for Heal The Bay. Since moving to New York City she’s also become involved in the Global Language Project, an organization that brings foreign language opportunities to children in inner city schools.
Christine Schuch – School Liaison & Advisor
Christine’s first bike crush was when was she was ten years old and her dad gave her her first ten-speed, which he salvaged from a police auction and then took the bike apart, rebuilt it and painted it a bright yellow. It was her “pride and joy” for many years and it is when she learned the freedom and fun of riding anywhere and everywhere. It is this sense of freedom and fun of bike riding that has never left her and that she want to share with kids. So whether she’s volunteering with the Kids Ride Club or trying to get biking programs in city schools in her current position at the Community Learning Schools Initiative or as a Board member at Exploring Paths, Christine hopes to give as many kids as possible the opportunity to experience the freedom and fun in bike riding.
Etsukazu “Etsu” Taniguchi – Fundraising & Education
Etsu was born in Japan though he calls NYC his home. He grew up in seven different countries, and his professional experiences include investment banking and media research. He has also led a number of athletic organizations including a national champion women’s soccer team and a regional level amateur elite cycling team. While he is busy trying to understand the complexity of cross-platform based media, he never forgets to make the time to train and race his bikes as he understands that there is nothing more rewarding than being outside and “exploring paths.” He is very much looking forward to contributing to this wonderful cause.
Misato Yamada – Designer
Misato is a New York and Tokyo based designer specializing in graphic and digital media design. Since she graduated from MFA Design and Technology program at Parsons in 2009, her tasks span from Websites, Mobile Applications, Flash Animations, Branding, Prints, etc. She has worked with a wide array of companies that include Business Insider, The Jones Group, a multitude of restaurants and Exploring Paths! Outside of work, you can almost always count on finding her outdoors either biking, on the baseball field or at the driving range.
Celia Montgomery – Advisor
When Celia Montgomery is not on a bike, she works in the Office of the General Counsel of the Hearst Corporation. Prior to her time at Hearst, she was a Senior Paralegal with Fulbright & Jaworski, specializing in corporate transactional work. For fifteen years, she worked in NYC theater and film as an actress, playwright, an occasional producer and fundraiser. Her volunteer work included several years as a New York City Department of Education Mentor. After Hurricane Sandy, she spearheaded a small fundraising campaign and drove deliveries to residents of the Rockaways in Queens. She is a member of SAG, Actor’s Equity and the Manhattan Sailing Club. She graduated from Skidmore College.