Get to Know Us!
Julie Harris, Executive Director
Julie Tuttle Harris is the founding Executive Director of Bike Walk Nebraska. She earned a Bachelors of Science in Political Science and Economics from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and a Masters in Public Administration from University of Nebraska at Omaha.
A native of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, Julie grew up in a neighborhood that made it safe and easy to walk and bike to school from kindergarten through her senior year of high school. The desire to give her two daughters that same experience, combined with a background in policy and local government led to a career in bicycle and pedestrian advocacy.
Julie is a member of several local and state organizations, steering committees and working groups that focus on active transportation issues and has presented at numerous local, state and national events and conferences. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Heartland Bikeshare, the former chair of the City of Omaha Mayor’s Active Living Advisory Committee and a certified bicycle safety instructor with the League of American Bicyclists.
Although she has ridden many miles on her road bike and managed to crash her mountain bike into a tree on more than one occasion, Julie now enjoys going on epic bike adventures with girlfriends and escaping to the mountains to hike with husband, Jeff.
Annabelle Abisset, Program Coordinator
Annabelle is the Program Coordinator at Bike Walk Nebraska. She graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in International Studies and Spanish Language and a Masters in Public Administration, both from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. During her undergrad, she studied abroad in New Delhi, India and during her masters she studied and received a certificate in European Integration from the University of Kristiansand in Norway.
As the daughter of two immigrants, her father from France and mother from Peru, traveling and connecting with immigrants and diverse people came easily to her. She brought her unique perspectives when she began working in the nonprofit sector in college.
Annabelle was introduced to community engagement through an internship at ONE Omaha and continued on working with various nonprofits and local organizations in Omaha such as The Reader, inCOMMON, and Lauritzen Gardens. In 2022, she was awarded a Fulbright grant to teach English in Argentina. Now that she has rejoined Bike Walk after completing her grant, she is applying her international experiences to equitable active transit programming in Omaha and beyond.
In her free time, Annabelle loves riding her road bike to commute in town and go on longer weekend rides. You can also find her playing violin in different orchestras, baking sourdough bread, and volunteering teaching English.
Cait Dumas-Hein, Marketing and Membership Coordinator
Cait Dumas-Hein is the Marketing & Membership Coordinator for Bike Walk Nebraska. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Web Communication Design & Journalism from Hastings College and has pursued a career in digital marketing, brand restructuring and management, and community advocacy over the last decade.
With family ties in the Hastings, Nebraska area, Nebraska was integral to her life growing up until she moved to Grand Island in high school. Growing up in smaller towns, Cait continues to thrive in community-centric spaces and has experienced bikes as a tool for connection - both for recreation and transportation - throughout her life.
After a stint in the cycling industry, Cait now co-owns Grounded, a cycling management and consulting company for purpose-driven events. Grounded hosts the annual grave race & ride, Grounded Nebraska: A Gravel Festival. She is Chair of the Steering Committee for All Bikes Welcome's Board of Directors and oversees partnerships for InstaFund La Prima, a UCI Cycling Team.
Over the years, Cait has piled on many miles of riding, racing, and training, but now she primarily spends her time in the saddle mountain biking, commuting, or enjoying a group gravel ride with friends.