Learn more about the people that help make this place special!

 

Alec Ballweg, Programs Specialist
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Alec spent the summer of 2021 teaching kids how to ride bikes and, from there, they were hooked. They joined CCC as a Bike Club Instructor in October of 2021 and have been lending their teaching and cycling skills to our Youth Programs team ever since. They are a passionate advocate for empowering youth to explore their community and get out on two wheels. They absolutely love connecting with their community through cycling.
Born and raised on the (sometimes) frozen lakes of Madison, Wisconsin, they moved to Portland to pursue their degree in English at Lewis & Clark College and fell in love with the (almost) never frozen rivers of the PNW. When not riding bikes for work, you can find them climbing rocks, writing stories, baking bread, watching too much hockey, or riding their bike for fun.

Bob Bartholomew, Instructor Mechanic
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Bob started working at bike shops in ‘89 in Southern California. He’s worked on everything from beach cruisers to pro race bikes. From local bike shops, he went on to work at REI. There he was sent to Barnett’s bike school where he was trained in bike mechanic education. For the next 35yrs, Bob used that education to open REI service departments across the country and train mechanics.

Brian Davies,
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Brian has been working in some part of the cycling industry since 1998, where he started working at a shop in the suburbs of Chicago as a part time job. He’s been a bike messenger in multiple cities, organized Bicycle Film Festival and the North American Cycle Courier Championships in Austin, Texas, and worked in too many bike shops to remember. He has been a Demo Driver for Cannondale, Santa Cruz, and Propain Bicycles. During his time as a demo driver, he has visited just about every major city in the continental US, and a few in Canada. He would like it if you’d bring your dog to him for pats, and your mountain bike to him to make it run better.

 

Nina Filipyeva, Mechanic
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Nina started working on bikes at the Bike Repair Hub in North Columbia when she was about 12. She loved doing it, and visiting the hub became a regular summer activity for a few years. At 16, she started interning at the bike shop to expand her knowledge, and a couple years later became a bicycle mechanic. When Nina isn’t in school or working, she would probably be hanging out with her siblings and/or playing 5 different music instruments because she loves music!

Nina totally loves her job! She enjoys working on donated commuters, preparing them for some practical riding around the city. Nina also loves working with a few programs the organization has to offer!

 

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William Francis, Programs Director
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William began with the Community Cycling Center as a Safe Routes to School Coordinator in 2018, and has been serving as Programs Director since December 2021. William has been involved with the organization in various capacities over the past 15 years as a customer, volunteer, Bike Camp Instructor, interim ABC Coordinator, and partner when he was working for the Street Trust. William is inspired by the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and supports the Community Cycling Center’s ongoing commitment to transportation justice, especially on behalf of underserved communities. William loves playing/ watching/ talking basketball, backpacking and bikepacking, cooking (and eating!), being a cat parent, and riding bikes all places.
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Stef Galen, Interim Executive Director
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Stef was born and raised in Portland and her love for bikes started with her Huffy Sonic Six bicycle that she proudly rode in the Junior Rose Festival parade at 8 years old. Stef is a graduate of Portland State University with a degree in Geography and Community Development. She has a dedicated passion for service and has worked with Community Cycling Center in the past, but is excited to join the organization full time. In her spare time, she is an avid traveler just finishing a 9600 mile road trip and baseball fan.

Hanna Howsmon, Grants Manager
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Hanna joined the Community Cycling Center in April 2020. They grew up in Texas where they studied Geography and Urban Studies at UT Austin and discovered their love of active transportation (car-free since 2014!). More recently, she taught social studies to some of the world’s best kiddos at a public high school in Brooklyn, NY while earning her master’s in teaching. They’re excited to join the Cycling Center because they believe that bikes and bike safety education provide tools for achieving inclusive, meaningful change by strengthening community ties, empowering youth voices, and building climate resilience. Outside of CCC, Hanna enjoys reading, cooking, hiking, camping, and biking around town.

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Sahand Kianfar, Education Manager
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Sahand joined the Cycling Community Center in October 2023. He navigated a complex immigration journey before settling in Portland in 2017, along with his two loyal Anatolian shepherd dogs. Sahand’s background in engineering, nonprofit organizations, and higher education is matched by his passion for equity, a principle he strives to center in every project he undertakes.

Sahand loves exploring Oregon’s breathtaking landscapes, often in the company of his four-legged companions. He likes to paint and enjoys cooking for friends. And let’s not forget his deep affection for chocolate!

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Cole Lalomia, Communications & Marketing Coordinator
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Drawn by the moss and big trees, Cole found Portland to be home after moving from New Jersey. While studying Community Development at Portland State University he spent time working as a student mechanic and instructor at the PSU Bike Hub and leading the PSU Cycling Team. Cole rides bikes mostly because he hates walking. He is also pretty serious about not being too serious while racing bikes at a serious level of competition. He sees bikes as being the most convenient, quickest, and downright best way to get around and hopes that by making cycling more accessible more people will be able to experience the same enjoyment.
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Pax Lloyd-Burchett, Education Manager
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Pax’s current role in CCC’s Programs Department has them teaching students bike mechanics at two alternative high schools in Portland. Their goal in teaching, and developing classes for adults is to inculcate a sense of competence in anyone who feels as though “bikes aren’t for them” or that “they’re not mechanically inclined.” Pax started working on their own bike as a commuter in middle school, and began professionalizing that experience by working as a tour guide, and bike mechanic at a family owned and operated bike shop.

Bella Nava, ABC Coordinator
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Bella grew up in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, México. Since she was little, she has always loved being in the fresh air, biking, skating, and walking to see the beautiful landscapes around her. She has three children and they really enjoy spending time together as a family. 
 
Her background is in education and sports, and from there came her interest in working with the community, especially through community organizing direct service work. She has been working within the Cully community in NE Portland for three years. She began working with the CCC in the summer of 2022, and loved it. Through that experience came a deeper interest in bicycling, and now riding bikes is one of her favorite things to do in her free time. 

Beth Offenbecher, Bike Shop Director (She/Her)

Beth comes to Portland by way of Chicago. Her cycling passions involve dusty gravel roads and scenic bikepacking. She also has an itch to travel and explore. Most weekends she’s hopping on her bike or in her van to go check out something new. When not working, on her bike, or on the road, Beth is an aficionado cook, enthusiastic dog mom, and hobbyist wood and metal worker.

Natania “Natty” Pillias, Community Engagement Coordinator 
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Natty joined the Cycling Center team in February 2018. As Safe Routes to School Coordinator, she coordinates inspiring bike clubs in North Portland, specifically at Rosa Parks Elementary. She is excited to create healthy living options and to inspire groups in the New Columbia neighborhood to get on a bike or get back on one. Natty brings her experience working in communities towards building new mindsets for struggling mothers and/or single parents. She is here to bridge our communities together gear by gear, to shift thinking, and to tune everyone into new opportunities through riding. When not working at the Cycling Center, Natty can be found riding with her child, Nevaeh, and their puppy, Dexter. She also loves just sitting in her neighborhood and watching everything in action; it feels great to just be a part of a community that stays very active and in which everyone knows each other. She identifies as obsessed with adventures and survival and foraging foods we can grow locally or find right in our own backyards. Natty loves to eat.

Nat Sheffler, Training & Evaluation Supervisor
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Nat came to the CCC in 2018 after working for several other programs (Boston bikes, YMCA Ybike, and REI outdoor school) as an instructor. What do these organizations all have in common? Getting people on bikes and teaching them how to do it safely! When she’s not teaching kids how to use both brakes, she’s off riding on some dirt and/or way too cold in a tent on a bikepacking adventure!

Jacks Volkoff, Development Director
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Jacks is an enthusiastic advocate for community development and fundraising. Joining the Community Cycling Center in June 2023 they bring a passion for mobilizing resources to enhance the lives of folks in their community. Jacks is thrilled to join the CCC and collaborate to make cycling more accessible for all Portlanders.

In their free time they enjoy making linocut art, attempting to successfully use a pottery wheel, and hanging out with their oversized Boxer, Marley. They love feeding their community and volunteer weekly with the lovely folks over at Milk Crate Kitchen. You can find them drinking excessive amounts of bubbly water around town.

Carl Wilson, Bicycle Mechanic, Salvage Sunday
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Carl Wilson has a very long history with the Community Cycling Center, having worked as a mechanic here since 2003. He does all kinds of mechanic work, like refurbishing bicycles for sale, booking repairs, and taking in donations, and he does a fantastic job at it. He enjoys getting paid to do what he loves – fixing bikes. Prior to joining our team, he worked in construction, telemarketing, and landscaping. Outside of work, he enjoys building bikes, fixing clocks, and watching movies. His favorite ride in Portland is Zoobomb, because it is fast, fun, and goes through beautiful Forest Park.
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Elizabeth Wilson, Bookkeeper
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Elizabeth grew up riding her bike in suburban New Jersey, and has been car-free since 2005. She has
spent most of her adult life crunching numbers for small businesses, with non-profits being her favorite. In 2009 Elizabeth was the #2 candidate for a job with the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition (Santa Rosa, CA), so working with CCC is a dream come true for her! When she isn’t crunching numbers (or even when she is), she is out traveling and exploring the world- her greatest joy in life.

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Hours: Open Wednesday-Friday 11AM-7PM & Saturday/Sunday 12PM-5PM. Closed MondayBike Shop Address: 1700 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211

Phone: 503.287.8786