Board & Staff

Board Meetings

The Sharing Wheels Board of Directors meets monthly. Meetings are open to the public. Board meetings are usually:

6:30-9 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month. All meetings are open to the public.

Due to COVID, meetings are being held via Zoom. If you would like to attend,  contact Board President Kristin Kinnamon.

Christy Cowley with touring bikes above a green river valleyShop Staff

Christy Cowley is our new, first ever executive director. Christy brings many years of health and wellness and professional leadership experience to Sharing Wheels. Her 20 year career highlights include program management, volunteer development, and event planning in both medical corporations and nonprofit organizations.

She has extensive experience collaborating and networking with partners to build teams that produce results and make a difference in the community. Christy is a certified triathlon coach and has enthusiastically mentored hundreds of beginner athletes to the finish line of their first triathlon.  She dreams of touring New Zealand on bike one day and is a lifetime member of Adventure Cycling Association.

For now, she is settled in Mill Creek with her three bikes and will continue to explore all the roads and trails Snohomish County has to offer. She is a member of BIKES Club of Snohomish County.

Shop Manager Alain Cansino originally comes from Dallas, TX (though we are disappointed to say he doesn’t have an accent). He has worked 20 years in the bike industry – as a bike mechanic, messenger, maintenance class instructor, parts specialist, etc. In Seattle he worked on e-bikes at Leon Cycle, on shared bikes with Lime, on race and custom bikes at Metier and on every day and custom bikes at Just Riding Along. In other words, Alain knows all kinds of bikes. And he loves getting people out riding.

Sharing Wheels Board Members

Kristin Kinnamon, president

Before joining the board in 2015, Kristin had been an occasional Sharing Wheels volunteer since the organization began in 2002. Her past involvement was mostly through her wife Kristi Knodell, who volunteered as the shop manager for many years. The couple owns one car and 11+ bicycles.

Kristin is a long-time bike advocate who formerly coordinated local Bike to Work events and created the Snohomish County Bike Map for Community Transit. She is the past president of B.I.K.E.S. Club of Snohomish County, a member of the Puget Sound Regional Council Bike-Pedestrian Committee, and former board president of the statewide Bicycle Alliance of Washington (now Washington Bikes). She has also been active in local Healthy Communities work through the City of Marysville and the Snohomish Health District.

Kristin is especially passionate about bikes as transportation – for people who have no other affordable choice, and for people who make smart choices.

Steve Erickson, treasurer

Steve joined the board at the beginning of 2017 and serves as board treasurer.  Steve is a retired airline pilot who continues to travel the world, now on his own schedule. As a board member, he has reached out to the Everett community to talk about the mission and needs of Sharing Wheels. His efforts have connected us with the Everett Port Gardner Rotary, now a regular supporter of Sharing Wheels.

Steve has previous experience as a board member at a small suburban library in Illinois, and served on a Church Board of Trustees in the same town. Steve earned his cycling Merit Badge in Boy Scouts, and has helped others do the same as an Assistant Scout Master. He has been an avid cyclist since acquiring his first 10-speed as a college student.

For Steve, bicycling is his ‘Happy Place’, but he also recognizes many people cycle for basic transportation and he strongly supports our mission to serve low income people. Steve has been married for 37 years and has 2 grown children.

Drew Ellison, secretary

Drew joined the Sharing Wheels board in fall 2018 and serves as secretary. Drew retired a few years ago from his work owning and managing companies in the seafood business and turned to bicycling as his full time passion. He is an active member of B.I.K.E.S. Club of Snohomish County, works part-time at Gregg’s Cycle in Lynnwood, and has his own full bike shop in his Everett home.

In 2020, Drew met his goal of biking 6,000 miles.

Claudia Douglass, member

Claudia found Sharing Wheels online in 2020 when she was shopping for a bike for one of her three grandkids. Next thing you know, she was helping other people buy bikes, fix flats, and borrow tools for their DIY projects as a weekly customer service volunteer in the shop.

Claudia recently moved to Everett to be near family. She was the vice provost at Central Michigan University, where she helped start the medical school. Sharing Wheels has given her a connection to her new community and a way to give back. She’s looking forward to learning bike repair during her shop time, and to helping Sharing Wheels thrive as a board member.

She appreciates that the organization provides transportation to everyone regardless of means or status, and has a strong commitment to conservation.

Scott Schmitz, 2018-2020

Scott passed away in August 2020. See our memorial blog and his obituary.

New Board Members Wanted

Our board can have up to 9 members. A larger board gives us more diversity, experience, and resources to do our work. New board members can be elected at any time throughout the year.

Ideal candidates have demonstrated a passion for bicycles or community-building, and have participated in significant ways in business, nonprofit or service organizations.

You might have experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Program management
  • Homeless services
  • Budgeting and finance
  • Community connections
  • Volunteering

See our Board Blog post for more details. Then complete the Board_Application.doc (PDF) and send it to us at sharingwheels@gmail.com