Margie joins Free Bikes For Kidz as Executive Director and supports the organization’s valuable mission, seeks partnerships in the community, and looks for ways to increase impact.

Margie’s business experience spans work for large corporations, start-ups, and nonprofit organizations and includes over ten years in marketing and development for two national nonprofits, ten years as an entrepreneur with her own business, two years heading U.S. operations and marketing for an international technology start-up, and ten years as an organizational consultant to several national corporations. She earned her MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School at Northwestern University and a BA in Economics from Tufts University.

A resident of Atlanta, Margie is a passionate environmentalist and in her free time, can be found outdoors, hiking, biking, paddling, and seeking new adventures.


Margie Cohen

Executive Director

Tess Palmer

Vice Chair of the Board

Tess has a Masters of Public Health from Emory University and makes maps for public health emergency response.

She is an absolutely amateur cyclist but her favorite way to get to know a city is by bike. Tess has planned the Give Away Day event for FB4K for the past two years, and now serves as the Vice Chair of the Board.

Tess commits her time to FB4K because she knows the sense of freedom and autonomy that a bike affords a child and wants to be a part of making that happen for kids in Atlanta.

Russ has volunteered with FB4K Atlanta for the past five years supporting repair and Give Away Day events as a member of the Metro Atlanta Cycling Club (MACC) – ONE LOVE! After 30 years as a support engineer, manager, and program manager for Hewlett Packard Enterprises, Macys Technology, and Georgia Pacific, Russ retired and is now applying his analytical and operational skills to FB4K Atlanta.

Russ is an avid cyclist and has served on the Board of Directors for MACC. He is a League Cycling Instructor certified by The League of American Bicyclists to teach cycling skills and safety.

Russell “Junior” DeBarros

Vice Chair of the Board

Stephen Wolfe


Stephen owns and operates a contracting firm that provides construction, remodeling, and project management services for both residential and commercial clients. He is an incredibly detail-oriented leader who keeps the FB4K team on their toes and working towards their goals. Stephen isn’t necessarily a “bike-guy,” but loves working on his bikes and riding them up and down the Beltline with a special drink in the cup holder, stopping by any of the numerous “watering holes” along the way. Stephen is committed to Free Bikes 4 Kidz because we spell “Kidz” with a “z” and “for” with a number. On top of that, he understands how important it is for EVERY kid to have a bike and enjoys working with the top-notch human beings in the organization.

Sprague is our communications guru with a background in PR and community engagement. She currently serves as Vice President of Client Services for The Molly Fletcher Company, where she manages speaking engagements, content development and social media.

A former college hoops player at Emory, she’s affectionately known as the non-cyclist of our group. You can find her cheering on her favorite sports teams, traveling the world, or checking out the newest restaurants around town. Sprague commits her time to FB4K because she loves seeing the smiles and pure joy on the kids’ faces at giveaway day.

Sprague Paynter

Secretary of the Board

Brian Reed

Board Member

Brian is a problem solver with extensive client management and marketing experience. He’s worked in smaller organizations as well as multinationals. He’s been his own boss calling the shots as well as been the lowest ranking plebe fetching coffee – sometimes at the same time.

Brian’s first bike was a 24” Rollfast that was too big for his size but not his desire. He was lucky enough to grow up in a place where he could go anywhere on his bike as long as he came home when the street lights came on. He wants that for every kid and is committed to the FB4K mission – helping kids ride into a healthier, happier childhood.

Bill Wilson

Board Member

Bill is an avid cyclist with a passion for improving his community and doing it in a more sustainable way. He’s been a FB4KATL volunteer guide during Give Away Days. After more than 23 years with The Coca-Cola Company as a supply chain exec, Bill jumped behind the mission of Free Bikes 4 Kidz.

Bill brings experience with global operations and relationship management to the group. Previously, he served on the Board of Inter Atlanta FC and a Session member at Central Presbyterian Church of Atlanta.

Amy Patterson

Volunteer Coordinator

Amy is an attorney by trade and spends her days problem solving and working with clients to achieve their goals. Outside of office hours, you can find her outside – biking, running, hiking, or rock climbing.

Amy got her first bike around five years old and shortly thereafter crashed it into a curb, resulting in the first of many skinned knees. Her cycling skills did improve and she has many fond memories from childhood of cruising around the neighborhood on her bike. She is committed to FB4K because she believes that every child should experience the joys and the freedoms that come from having their very own bike.

Jon Campbell

Collection Coordinator

A native Atlantan, Jon developed a love for bikes at an early age. The freedom that a bike brought to his life translated to journeys and trail rides with friends as well as campground adventures on RV trips with his parents throughout the Southeast. After an extended time at college in South Georgia and a dismal collegiate tennis career, he returned to Atlanta to head the Sales Operations division of an automotive gasket manufacturer. Jon joined FB4K 4 years ago when looking for an organization to donate a child’s bike. FB4K quickly became a great opportunity to combine his love for bikes and to help kids experience the freedom that owning a bike brings. He signed up as a warehouse volunteer and never left. Most days you will find him biking to dinner in Chamblee or wakesurfing the beautiful waters of Lake Lanier. Jon is our Collection Coordinator and provides operational software support to the organization.