Below is information about our all-season Cycling Center staff.
Matt Aranez, Volunteer & Intern Coordinator
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.
Arlyn Bement, Production Manager
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.
JR Browy, Bicycle Mechanic
JR joined the Community Cycling Center team in 2017 as a mechanic and quickly took up the torch as the Holiday Bike Drive production coordinator. They didn’t know a lick about bike mechanics until they started volunteering at a non-profit bike co-op in Santa Cruz, CA in 2009. Once they discovered that cycling could help form the best Venn diagram of their favorite hobbies and pastimes (travel, photography, nature, and getting rad), it was all downhill from there.
Andrea Chiotti, Education Coordinator
The Community Cycling Center hired Andrea in June 2011, but she was part of our training and apprenticeship program eons ago. Andrea is drawn to the Center for reusing, recycling, creating a space for folks to choose to do their own repairs, or have their repairs done for them, and a place of education and empowerment. She has worked at Free Ride Bicycle Project in Pittsburgh, PA; Northslope Organic Farm in NJ; and in theatre tech around Portland (among many other places too long to list). Andrea likes to read, dance, sing karoke, make food, bike ride, walk, go to protests, and laugh. She likes to bike sometimes up hill, sometimes downhill, sometimes a long way, sometimes a short way, sometimes with folks, sometimes alone, sometimes in the rain, and sometimes in the sun.
Nissy Cobb, Retail 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!
Cameron Duff, Bicycle Mechanic
Cameron was hired on to The Community Cycling Center in the beginning of 2018 as a mechanic. Portland native Cam comes from a background of coaching kids soccer, wrenching at Metropolis Cycle Repair, and delivering sandwiches in the pouring rain. When he’s not making every bike that comes into his stand sparkle and shine, he likes racing anything with two wheels and pedals. You might also find him walking the tiniest pup around the park or screaming from the Timbers Army.
Kristie Focht, Bookkeeper
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.
William Francis, César Chávez SRTS Coordinator
William joins the team as a Safe Routes to School Coordinator for César Chávez School where he encourages and collaborates within the Portsmouth neighborhood towards active transportation for youth K-8. William has been involved with the Community Cycling Center for the past five years as a volunteer with Andando en Bicicletas en Cully (ABC), the Create-a-Commuter program, and at the Holiday Bike Drive. He’s also been a Bike Camp Instructor, and collaborated with ABC to deliver Bike Safety Education at Rigler and Harvey Scott Schools as part of his work with The Street Trust. William loves playing, watching, and talking basketball; backpacking; cooking (and eating!); and reading. He likes riding his bike all over the city, especially along N. Willamette Blvd for the views of downtown and Forest Park.
Kelley Goodwin, Bike Camp Manager
Kelley joined the Community Cycling Center in 2011 as a volunteer camp instructor and fell in love with the bike camp program. Since then, she’s been involved with Holiday Bike Drives, Create a Commuter workshops, and finally as a paid Bike Camp instructor in 2014. She returns this time as an Assistant Camp Manager to help run the Bike Camp program. Kelley enjoys sharing her enthusiasm about bikes with the kids by taking them up Mt Tabor, across the Columbia to Fort Vancouver, and through the unimproved roadways of North Portland. Outside of work, she likes to run, make noodles from scratch, go backpacking, and bike tour all over the Pacific Northwest.
Kasandra Griffin, Executive Director
Kasandra is a lifelong bike commuter who was thrilled to join the team at the Cycling Center in June of 2017. She previously served for eight years on the board and then staff of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (now The Street Trust), and worked most recently for five years as Policy Manager for Food and School Health at Upstream Public Health, an organization focused on ending health inequities in Oregon.
She believes that bikes can play a role in solving many of America’s big problems: climate change, polluted air and water, high rents (from parking requirements!), urban sprawl, and health problems related to insufficient physical activity, to name a few. She wouldn’t go as far as calling bikes solutions to racism, but she loves being part of the work the Cycling Center does to dismantle systems of oppression.
Travis Hackett, Bicycle Mechanic
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As the new retail specialist/mechanic, Travis is excited to work with an organization that isn’t trying to maintain the status quo, but to grow and evolve with the community it serves. Travis’s passions for bicycles, travel, and meeting new people led him on a bike tour across North America, during which he honed his skills volunteering at bike collectives like Yellow Bike in Texas, Free Cycles Missoula, the Fort Collins Bike Co-Op, Recyclistas in B.C., and other non-profits along the way. Since arriving in Portland, Travis has been a core volunteer at Bike Farm, has worked a few gigs as a traveling mechanic with Sprocketfly, and spent a summer as a seasonal worker at Citybikes Workers’ Cooperative Repair Shop. Outside of work, you might catch Travis riding around town, riding out of town, camping, riding back into town, riding really far away from town, playing some pool at the local tavern, riding in circles, riding upstairs, and maybe, if we’re lucky, you’ll catch him singing and dancing!
Shawn Hurley, Service Manager
Shawn is a Mechanic who came to us rather recently after a two-year stint as the Head Mech-anager at Portland Bicycle Studio. Before that, he was employed as the Director of Operation at Breakaway Bikes and Fitness in Philadelphia. Shawn set his sights on the Community Cycling Center after volunteering for the Holiday Bike Drive, where he learned about the core values of the organization. Upon recognizing himself in those values, he was hooked. Shawn’s favorite ride here in Portland is a midnight ride to Rocky Butte on a warm but windy night. Most of his free time is spent these days at Alberta Park playing bike polo.
Gwen, General Manager (Shop)
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!
Cole Lalomia, Bicycle Mechanic
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 he can share this view with everyone.
Jonnie Ling, Director of Programs and Enterprise
Jonnie Ling started as a seasonal mechanic in 2008 and is now our Director of Programs and Enterprise. In that role, he oversees the people who manage our shop, our camps, and our community programs. 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.
Ian Marsh, Bicycle Mechanic
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.
Maddeline McGraw, Assistant Bike Camp Manager
After studying Recreation at the University of Georgia and spending a couple years as a local bicycle mechanic, Maddeline joined the Community Cycling Center in February 2018 as our Assistant Camp Manager. She helps create and manage the magic behind our summer bike camp program and provides support for our camp staff. Sometimes you may see her in and around the shop as well!
She joined the Cycling Center because she wanted to create an empowering growth experience for youth by connecting them with bicycles. As a former Girl Scout, the lasting impact of camp is close to her heart, and she would love to be a part of increasing the accessibility of camp experiences to diverse and underserved populations. When not at the Cycling Center, you will find Maddeline deep in her garden or buried in a sci-fi book. If you’re interested in joining her on a ride, her favorite is all the way to the end of Sauvie Island, where she might commandeer a corn cob or two, or up on some sketchy mountain bike trail somewhere deep in the sticks. Will trade fresh veggies for hugs…
Jim Milne, Salesforce & Events Coordinator
Jim joined the Community Cycling Center as a volunteer in February 2010. We liked him so much, that we hired him as a mechanic in March 2011. When asked what his favorite thing about working here is, Jim shared, “I love how much my fellow employees care about our mission.” Jim’s outside hobbies are photography (he and a friend and are working on capturing a lot of Portland’s neon), and cooking. As an ex-chef, he loves to cook, especially outdoors. It’s true, Jim once won a dessert contest at a staff potluck.
Homer O’Neil, Bicycle Mechanic
Homer came to the Community Cycling Center after a year-long stint out of bike shops. They started their cycling journey at age 9 learning bike mechanics from a small nonprofit shop in the south end of Seattle called Bike Works. After many years of learning, teaching, and riding, they became a full-fledged shop mechanic in 2011. When not working, Homer enjoys browsing and contributing to the internet, sewing, playing music, and eating ramen. Catch them riding (or walking) around the NE, usually lost and totally okay with it.
Tyler Pell, New Inventory Coordinator
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.
Alice Pennington, Bicycle Mechanic & Instructor
Alice Pennington has been a mechanic and maintenance class instructor here since the spring of 2008. She teaches maintenance classes, performs bicycle repairs, and processes donations. Before working with us, she honed her skills at Mountain View Cycles in Hood River, OR. Her favorite thing about working at the shop is the variety of people and bikes that come through. “It’s a privilege to be in the midst of the creative energy surrounding bikes in Portland,” she says. Outside of work she enjoys bike racing of all kinds. Her bicycling hero is her brother, Luke, who once completed a hilly 80 mile road race “wearing Vans slip-ons because he forgot his cycling shoes, totally epic.”
Jude Perez, Development Coordinator
Jude joined the Community Cycling Center back in 2016 while finishing up their Arts degree at PSU. They had a knack for development; now, as the Development Coordinator, Jude organizes the many grants that fund our amazing programs.
Jude’s love for cycling began back when they first laid their hands on the cruiser they used to commute with every day under the Houston heat. When they arrived in Portland back in the big freeze of 2014, they immediately found and fell in love with the Cycling Center and our mission. When Jude’s not working, they enjoy long walks with Haunter, their pup, printmaking, brewing a good cup of tea, playing video games, and attempting to cook their mom’s best dishes. But, they’ll probably tell you how sleeping is their favorite hobby.
David Thammavongsa, Bicycle Mechanic
David Thammavongsa joined the Community Cycling Center in June 2015 because he was very excited that he could work on bikes while nourishing our community. He assesses, repairs, and refurbishes bicycles, assists customers, and supports the program team. He recently moved here from Fresno, CA where he worked at the Tower Velo bike shop. In college, David founded a bike club, gave talks, wrote articles, and managed free bike clinics on campus. When David isn’t in the shop, you can find him reading in cafes and drinking too much coffee.
Yashar Vasef, Senior Development Manager
Yashar biked to his interview with the Community Cycling Center in the midst of June. He was a sweaty mess. He has no regrets. A young Yashar and his brother first found the usefulness of the bicycle by discovering the local comic book shop. In the years since, Yashar has used the bicycle to attend classes at the University of Iowa and to get to work at organizations such as the United Nations Association of Iowa, United for Iran, and Portland Story Theater. He strongly believes in the bike as a pathway toward a healthier, more environmentally friendly, and accessible Portland.
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.