Now Hiring Bike Mechanic – winter 2022. See job post here.
The Sharing Wheels Board of Directors meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of most months. Meetings are generally held via Zoom. Anyone interested in our nonprofit is welcome to attend.
Public comment may be limited to the first part of the meeting, depending on the agenda.
If you would like more information about attending a board meeting, contact Board President Kristin Kinnamon.
Christy Cowley started in 2019 as our 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.
Aaron Taht, Shop Coordinator, is no stranger to the bike retail world. In addition to working Wednesdays and Thursdays in our shop, he works four days a week at Bicycle Centers in Everett.
Oh, and in his free time, he likes to fix and build bikes!
Aaron is our ‘organizer extraordinaire’ and we rely on him to keep all parts/accessories and bikes sorted and priced. There is no pile of clutter that Aaron can’t work through, as evidenced by the amount of order he’s created in our shop in just a few short months.
In addition to riding bikes, Aaron enjoys backpacking and eating really BIG sandwiches!
Andrew Longstreet, Bike Mechanic, joined the staff in spring 2022. Like most of us, Andrew’s been biking since he was a kid. But his rides as a BMXer and dirt jumper have included empty swimming pools, crazy stunts, and sponsors who buy the bikes.
Andrew has worked at Marysville Bike Shop and Bicycle Centres Silver Lake, and is returning to bike repair after a stint working with his father in construction. Andrew is a Mariner High School graduate who continues to live in his hometown.
Andrew currently rides a “DJ” (dirt jumper) from sponsor Hellion Bikes. During the week he rides in the city, or wherever he needs to go. On weekends, he heads out to find some dirt, and some jumps.
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.
Drew Ellison, vice president
Drew joined the Sharing Wheels board in fall 2018. He has served as secretary and is now vice president. His expertise in vintage and high-end bikes, as well as mail-merging for donor thank-you letters, is invaluable to the organization.
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 the vice president of and ride leader for B.I.K.E.S. Club of Snohomish County, works part-time at Gregg’s Cycle in Lynnwood, and has his own complete bike shop in his Everett home.
Steve Erickson, board member
Steve joined the board at the beginning of 2017. He has served as board treasurer and vice president.
As a board member, Steve has kept our mission and the needs of people who rely on bikes for transportation at the forefront, while also emphasizing “No money, no mission.” He has reached out to and volunteered with the Everett Port Gardner Rotary which has supported Sharing Wheels with annual grants for several years.
Steve is a retired airline pilot who continues to travel the world, now on his own schedule. 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 42 years and has 2 grown children.
Bruce McLachlin, treasurer
Bruce McLachlin started helping at the shop in spring 2020, when many other volunteers were staying home due to COVID. His skills as a bike mechanic, salesman, and class instructor were immediately evident. By December, we’d convinced him to join the board as well.
Bruce has served as treasurer of the board since 2021. He also teaches our regular Basic Bike Mechanic class.
Bruce is retired from a career as a business owner and manager in the marine and automotive parts industry. He loves bicycles and the freedom they provide. Bruce owns and rides some impressive bikes himself: a Focus Izalco Max road bike, Moots Routt 45 gravel bike, and a K2 Proflex 4000 mountain bike (we’ve even had versions of those local beauties in the shop for sale at times).
Nate Deka, secretary
Nate joined the board in 2022. He is a clinical social worker and supervisor at Compass Health in Everett. He hasn’t spent a lot of time at Sharing Wheels (yet), but he has been on the board of other community bike shops around the country: Back Alley Bikes and The Hub of Detroit; and Cycles for Change in St. Paul (no longer operating).
Nate now feels settled enough in his career and in Everett to get back involved in the bike community. As a board member, he plans to first get to know Sharing Wheels as an organization. After a year or so, “I could see myself helping to expand youth programs, incorporate outcome based data management, monitoring, and analysis capabilities, and networking Sharing Wheels with other community agencies, especially those that serve youth and families.”
Claudia Douglass, member
Claudia found Sharing Wheels online in 2020 when she was shopping for a bike. 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.
Christina Strand, member
Christina got her commuting bike at Sharing Wheels in 2021, using our DIY tools to install fenders (a necessity for a year-round bike commuter). In 2022 we recruited her to join the board.
She works as a marketing coordinator Community Transit. She has also volunteered with Everett Bike Walk and participated in events such as Bike Everywhere Day, Week Without a Car, and Ride in the Rain.
Christina has served her Bayside Neighborhood Association as chair, treasurer and secretary. She appreciates the positive impact biking can have for people and communities.
“I see public transportation, biking, and walking as the future that cannot
only change our city but also help globally with climate issues.”