Learn more about the people that help make this place special!
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 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
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.
Hanna Howsmon, Grants 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.
Sahand Kianfar, Education Manager
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!
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.
Pax Lloyd-Burchett, Education Manager
Bella Nava, ABC Coordinator
Beth Offenbecher, Bike Shop Director (She/Her)
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!
Jacks Volkoff, Development Director
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
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.