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

 

Matt Aranez, Volunteer and Events Manager
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Matt came to the Community Cycling Center in May of 2018 as the Volunteer and Intern Coordinator. He most recently lived in Salt Lake City where he coordinated a mentor program for refugee youth and climbed as much as possible. When he is not working you can find Matt fiddling with fountain pens, hiking, climbing, reading, playing board games, or bumbling around town on his bike.
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Alec Ballweg , Bike Club Instructor
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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.

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Arlyn Bement, Production Manager
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As the New Inventory Coordinator, Arlyn is responsible for ordering all retail, new bicycle parts, tools, and gadgets and helps make our customer’s bicycles look exceptional. He loves working here because “the job isn’t about selling bicycles, it’s about making sure everyone has access to bicycles.  It’s not about moving product, it’s about trying to give every part a chance to be used again.” Before joining the Community Cycling Center in 2015, Arlyn worked at several bike shops, including Velotech and Universal Cycles in Portland and Capitol Hill Bikes in Washington DC. Outside of work, Arlyn enjoys bike polo, going for bike rides with his wife, trying to keep up with his dog while on a bike, and anything that keeps him from stripping paint and sanding woodwork in his house.
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Nissy Cobb, Community Programs Manager
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Nissy has traveled the world over for the better part of two decades–solidifying a reputation as a track sprinting power house and the combination of raw grit, determination, and fearlessness has earned Nissy more top five finishes at national championships than you can count on both hands. Their passion for the sport and the community it provides is limitless.

As a Jr. racer Nissy was eventually introduced to the Community Cycling Center and after spending a week volunteering with them at Cycle Oregon, Nissy was convinced this was the best shop in Portland. In 2008 they were hired on as a Retail Specialist. From 2008-2013 they moved from Retail Specialist to Inventory Specialist and later the Inventory Coordinator. After being away for 4 years, Nissy is back and stoked on spokes to again be a part of broadening access to cycling to the communities throughout Portland and beyond!
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Matt Evans, Grants Manager
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Matt’s goal in life is to help connect people to resources that help them live better lives. He is a passionate and seasoned nonprofit professional in both fundraising and program management and has served as a grant writer and grants manager for a range of nonprofit organizations.

He believes the bicycle is both a thrilling recreational outlet and necessary transportation tool. He also believes the bicycle is a key component to mitigating our climate crisis. He often dreams of living in a car-free world, but until that day comes, he wants to do his part to ensure everyone has access to safe cycling.

In his free time, he enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest with his wife and pup, writing music, riding his 1980s turquoise Trek, and getting outside as much as possible.

[email protected]communitycyclingcenter.org

 

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Kristie Focht, Bookkeeper
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Kristie’s prior experience includes 20 years with Eagle Creek Travel Gear in both Finance and IT. She is also the Volunteer Treasurer with Tryon Creek Watershed Council, and a member of the Admin Committee for Urban Nature Partners PDX, both local nonprofit agencies committed to environment and youth, respectively.
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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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Maddie Franz, Bike Club Instructor
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Maddie grew up in Cully and has since lived all across Portland’s Eastside. Consequently, I am destined to be a lifelong Blazer fan, no matter what happens. When I’m not exploring the city with Bike Club, you can find me cooking up pancakes by a river or playing ultimate frisbee. I love to be outside, spend time with my family, and learn new creative skills!

Riley Gabriel, STEM Program Supervisor
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Riley started working on bikes ten years ago at The Hub Community Bike Shop in Bellingham, Washington. After years of riding her bike lots of miles all over the place, asking questions, helping create the annual haunted shop for Bike-O-Ween, and digging through piles of used parts she was hired on as a mechanic. Riley went on to explore a variety of other interests before life led her to Portland. She joined the Community Cycling Center as a mechanic in the spring of 2019, entering the new role of Program Mechanic in the fall of that year.

As the Program Mechanic Riley enjoys sharing her love of learning with others, specifically as an instructor for the STEM Program, at HBD Volunteer Nights, and at the Hub satellite shop in the New Columbia neighborhood. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, being in the wilderness, building things, and identifying butterflies.

 

 

Hanna Howsmon, Youth Programs Supervisor
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Hanna joined the Community Cycling Center in April 2020 as the new Youth Programs Supervisor for our Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program. She grew up in Texas where she studied Geography and Urban Studies at UT Austin and discovered her love of active transportation (car-free since 2014!). Most recently, she taught social studies to some of the world’s best kiddos at an all-girls public high school in Brooklyn, NY while earning her master’s in teaching. 

She’s excited to join the Cycling Center because she believes that the path to providing equitable access to resources and opportunities in our communities starts with transportation and education. She loves 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, you can find Hanna reading about walkable and bikeable urban design, cooking and baking with seasonal produce (she swears she’ll actually start experimenting in fermentation this year), wasting way too much time watching tv, and enjoying an evening stroll. 

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Timm Kennedy, Used Inventory Supervisor
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Timm got his start in the BICYCLE industry in the late 90s, first working for Raleigh America doing factory assembly of new bicycles. His first job in a bicycle shop was in 1999 in Oakland CA, after 12 years at that shop Timm bought it and ran it for another 7 years, until they were eventually priced out of the Bay Area. While a mountain biker at heart Timm is comfortable on the road and all disciplines in between. In the past Timm has raced both MTB and Cyclocross but feels that his competitive days are behind him, with a focus on bike packing. Timm looks forward to long rides on and off road exploring his new home in Oregon!

 

Gwen, General Manager (Shop)
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Gwen joined the Community Cycling Center as a Mechanic in November of 2012, bringing with her a wealth of experience. Her favorite thing about working here is “knowing that every time I help a customer with their bicycle, I’m also raising money to fund our amazing programs.” Outside of work, Gwen spends most of her time training, walking or playing with her two rescued terrier mixes. Adopt Don’t Shop!
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LB, Retail Staff
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LB returned to the Community Cycling Center in March 2020. Previously, LB was a summer camp instructor at CCC, and during that time they decided to change the handle bars on their bike. How hard could it be? As it turns out, very difficult–when you have no idea what you’re doing! Undeterred, they set out to learn more. Over the next year and a half they continued to expand their bicycle knowledge & assembled the Frankenstein commuter of their dreams. They are very excited to be here and their favorite part of the job is helping other people (especially beginners!) find the perfect bike. When they’re not riding their bike, you can usually find them making things, fixing things, or gardening.

 

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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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Jonnie Ling
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Jonnie Ling started as a seasonal mechanic in 2008 and is now our Interim Executive Director.   He previously worked at several different bike shops, and was a founding member of the Third Hand Bicycle Cooperative in Columbus, OH. Outside of work, he makes furniture and micro architecture. The furthest he’s ever ridden his bike is from here to San Francisco in a mere nine days.
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Ian Marsh, Service Manager
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Ian started working on bicycles when he was 15 at a high school internship at a similar organization to the Community Cycling Center called Recycle-a-Bicycle in Brooklyn, New York. After hanging around the shop for a few years they gave him a job and he worked there on and off for 10 years until moving to Portland and joining CCC. He enjoys working on older bicycles for a good cause so working at CCC is a great fit for him. In his free time he obsessively reads the news, enjoys bicycle touring, going to the movies and swimming as much as possible.
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Geo McGuire, Mechanic, Unofficial Shop Cat “If he fits, he sits”
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Geo joined the Community Cycling Center in February 2020 as a Retail Specialist. While it is his first time working in a bike shop, Geo draws on his past experience as an industrial machinery technician at Nike and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from PNCA. His earliest memory of riding a bike is attempting to ride hands-free for the first time, and immediately crashing down onto the hot summer asphalt. Ouch. He has been commuting to work by bike since his first job in high school, and knows first-hand the positive impacts that cycling has on day-to-day life. These days, Geo still enjoys almost crashing his bike whenever he can, riding out to the local rivers and campgrounds, and pulling phat skids (brother).

 

Brittany Morris, Development Director
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Brittany loves raising money for causes she believes in because behind those dollar signs are people getting together to raise each other up. She believes the bicycle is a vehicle for personal liberation, and she wants to do everything in her power to help others experience the joy and independence a bike can offer one’s life!

In her free time, she likes to garden and share her harvests, dream of backcountry bike tours, volunteer, and invite people in closer through story-telling nights, Friday the 13th bike rides and yummy food.
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Ursa (Ursy) Nuffer- Rodriguez, Bicycle Mechanic
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Ursa has been riding bikes for just about as long be as they’ve been walking. Hailing from Denver Colorado, Ursy is a PSU alum who started at CCC as a bike mechanic in January 2022 after a 2.5 year stint at the PSU Bike Hub. They are a casual cyclist with an affinity for cyclocross and meandering rides around the city. Ursa is passionate about cycling equity, biking as green transportation, and petting every dog that comes through the shop. When they’re not wrenching, you can find Ursy trying out a new gluten free recipe or exploring the great outdoors!

Tyler Pell, New Inventory Coordinator
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Tyler joined the Community Cycling Center as a Retail Specialist in 2015. His favorite parts of working in the shop include but are not limited to: a well-stocked retail area, the generosity of the Community Cycling Center’s many donors, and Carl Wilson. Before he joined our team, Tyler managed the produce department at a natural foods store in Southern Oregon. Outside of work, Tyler enjoys playing ping pong and run-on sentences. His favorite bike ride is one that ends without raindrops on his glasses, though in the summer his ideal bike ride includes a quick stop at the river for a swim — which is kind of funny.
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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.

Ann R., Used Inventory Specialist
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Ann grew up in Portland and has fond memories of hanging out at the CCC as a teenager. She even assembled her first fixed gear bike from a bare frame with the assistance of the CCC, before everyone was doing it ;P A “graduate” of the Evergreen State College, Ann spent many years working as the assistant curator of a rare books collection before taking Megan Dean’s (Moth Attack) Steel Brazed Framebuilding course at the Center for Metal Arts in Johnstown, PA. Immediately after that, Ann moved back to Portland and started working at the CCC, in an undisclosed and highly top-secret position. In her spare time she collects the tools necessary for frame building, and doubtless she would have already had a full workshop by now if she didn’t keep buying obscure 90s road bike parts instead. Ultimately, Ann hopes to learn how to build wooden boats in addition to bicycles. She’s a big fan of Uffa’s small and medium sized keelboats, as well as various catamarans and outriggers.

Momoko Saunders, Executive Director
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Momoko Saunders is a bike advocate with 14 years of experience in non-profit bicycle education. Her professional career brings a wide variety of talents from sewing messenger bags to designing iphone apps to managing the operations of Portland’s bike share system, Biketown. She brings her curiosity, desire to learn, and passion for a more equitable and just world to the Community Cycling Center.

Naimah Shaheed, Administrative Assistant
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Naimah was born and raised in the Bronx, New York, where riding/storing a bike can be challenging, but despite this, in her mid twenties she managed to get her hands on her very first bike. She also got into hiking, backpacking, and continued cycling on and off. She then moved to Portland, Oregon in 2006, to be closer to nature, outdoor recreational opportunities, and the unique public transportation infrastructure. After working for non-profits for many years Naimah earned her degree in Human Resource Management from Portland State University. Naimah enjoys volunteering and spending time with her family, she is very happy to join the Community Cycling Center in fall of 2019 to assist with CCC’s mission to broaden access to cycling and its benefits. Naimah can be reached at [email protected]org

Nat Sheffler, SRTS Coordinator
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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!

Iain Sterry, Development Manager
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Iain came to the CCC in the spring of 2009 as a Volunteer Bike Club Assistant and was immediately hooked! Fresh out of college, their time as a volunteer was transformational and inspired them to explore a career in non-profit education. Iain has taught STEM education across the PNW, led backpacking trips with teens, helped scientists learn how to communicate their research to the public and more. At heart they are a teacher and will always be one.

After taking a dip into arts and culture administration and conservation Iain is thrilled to return to the Cycling Center as Development Manager. Their work is focused on raising funds and support for the CCC and you can meet them out in the community at our many events.

When not working Iain LOVES all things music; playing, listening, talking about it, going to shows. Ask them about their obsession with PDX lofi hip-hop. Iain also enjoys getting out on their bike as much as possible, walking slowly through forests, loving on their friends and family, and stickers!
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Jake Warzon, Bicycle Mechanic
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Jake came to Community Cycling Center in the spring of 2022 after spending several years learning to work on bikes. He is a mountain biker at heart and has a wide range of outdoor experience, both professional and just for fun. Along with bikes, he is an avid skier, rafter, climber, surfer, and will jump at the chance to try most other activities as well! Along with using bikes as a means to explore, shred, and get out in nature, Jake believes in the good they do as green and cheap transportation and is proud to be a part of CCC’s mission!

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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