Learn more about the people that help make this place special!
Nissy Cobb, Community Programs Manager
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!
Nina Filipyeva, Mechanic
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!
William Francis, Programs Director
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.
Maddie Franz, SRTS Coordinator
Maddie grew up riding her bike all over Portland and feels lucky to be able to share that experience with younger generations. Outside of work, you can find her cooking up pancakes by a river, playing ultimate frisbee, or experimenting with new art mediums. Go Blazers.
Riley Gabriel, STEM Program Supervisor
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, Education Manager
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.
Tarv Just Is, Mechanic
It’s all in the name really. Born on the edge of the Pacific ocean and raised amidst North America’s most ancient and decrepit mountains, Tarv has continued to exist and to be throughout many points in time and space.
Allison Kozik, Retail Manager
Allison has spent the last three years navigating a post-covid Portland after moving here from Chicago in March 2020. In that time, they’ve found support from an amazing community of cyclists and worked in a few of Portland’s well-known bike institutions and are excited to bring their perspective to CCC. A member of Fast Fun Nice Racing Team, they’ve made a habit of racing both road and cyclocross as poorly as possible but still managing to keep a smile on their face. When they aren’t riding, selling, talking about, or dreaming about bikes, they’re spending their time exploring Portland’s many vegan spots, secondhand shopping, or hanging out at home with their two rambunctious cats.
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.
Cole Lalomia, Communications & Marketing Coordinator
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.
Jonnie Ling, Associate Director of Finance and Operations
Jonnie Ling started as a seasonal mechanic in 2008 and is now our Associate Director of Finance and Operations. 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.
Brittany Morris, Development Director
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 spend time with her favorite dog Leroy the wonder-dog.
Ursa (Ursy) Nuffer- Rodriguez, Bicycle Mechanic
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!
Beth Offenbecher, Bike Shop Director (She/Her)
Naimah Shaheed, Director of Diversity & People
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]
Nat Sheffler, Training & Evaluation Supervisor
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!
Carl Wilson, Bicycle Mechanic, Salvage Sunday
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.
Elizabeth Wilson, Bookkeeper
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.