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Steve grew up in the Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts and lived in the Pacific Northwest for 20 years. In that time, Steve discovered bicycling and realized that while he loves bike culture he wanted to help change it to be more inclusive. Steve has worked as a bike mechanic, an alternative transportation planner, and from 2010 until early 2016 as Shop and Operations Director at Bike Works Seattle. In May and June of 2016, he completed his MBA in sustainable business from Pinchot University in Seattle and moved to Philadelphia to take the helm at Neighborhood Bike Works.
Michelle "Meesh" Ritondo
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Meesh, hailing from Philadelphia, hopes to make a bigger impact in her hometown where she fell in love with cycling. Meesh was introduced to NBW in 2005 as a bike commuter when she attended and eventually volunteered at Wednesday night Bike Church. Over the past 15 years Meesh has worked and volunteered in non-profits all over the country commited to music, education, community building, and animal welfare. Her experience ranges from event production and organization, to outreach and teaching/mentoring at-risk youth. She holds a bachelor's degree in Fashion Design from Philadelphia University and is a believer in the ethical treatment animals. When she's not writing grants or planning the next big party at NBW, you can catch Meesh in a kit going fast, hitting a corners apex like nobody's business, or nerding out while training for her next road race with Mathletes Racing.
Director of Youth Programs
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Shivon joined NBW as Director of Youth Progras in January 2017. She brings experience in youth development, social justice initiatives, and community education. Before joining NBW, Shivon worked for several local non-profits, developing and delivering wellness and educational programming that addressed food disparities and access. In the fall of 2016 Shivon co-founded Our Mothers Kitchens, a culinary and literature camp for girls of color. As a lifelong Philadelphian and mother of two, Shivon advocates for communities and their members to have agency over their health and wellbeing. Shivon is continually looking for creative ways to connect young people to their communities, the environment, and one another. She looks forward to supporting the NBW team to provide programs that incite confidence, leadership, and adventure through cycling.
Youth Engagement Specialist
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Chris is an educator, musician, and activist. Joining NBW for the first time in March 2015 as Program Assistant, Chris led youth in programs including Earn-A-Bike, Ride Club, as well as Summer Cycling Day Camp. After a short sabbatical, Chris rejoined NBW in spring 2016 as Youth Engagement Specialist. Chris works with NBW youth graduates to support youth leadership at NBW and beyond.
Lead Youth Program Instructor
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Soledad is an expert on safe streets. They moved to Philadelphia from Chicago where they served as a Bicycle Ambassador with the Chicago Department of Transportation. In that role they shared strategies with youth and adults on how to use public streets safely as a cyclist and pedestrian. At NBW Sol encourages youth to embrace an active, healthy lifestyle. Soledad teaches most classes at NBW, instructing young people in Earn-A-Bike, Ride Club, Drop-In, Summer Camp, and Winter Bike Build. Outside of their interest in cycling, they are a passionate cook, reader, and linguaphile.
Ride Program Manager
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Barron joined NBW as a Youth Program Instructor in September 2014, but has been connected with Neighborhood Bike Works for years. In 2011 Barron joined the NBW staff as the lead camp counselor of our Summer Cycling Day Camp. Barron now serves as Ride Program Manager, developing NBWs next Graduate Level ride programs. Barron loves building youths' confidence and skills and is excited to build on his experiences as Lead Youth Program Instructor to plan and execute watershed education ride programs! Barron loves to build youths' biking confidence, teach bike mechanics lessons, and encourage youth to embrace an active, healthy lifestyle.
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Amy oversees NBW's administrative systems. She spends quality time with NBW's beloved database, maintains the NBW website, and manages all on-site accounting. Quickbooks is her jam. When not drafting finance reports at NBW, you can find her cooking, running, or biking (duh).
Amy has long believed that bikes deserve a respected place in the US economy, with practical uses that extend far beyond recreational riding, or even commuting. In 2012, Amy used a bike trailer to move all of her worldly possessions into her home.
Events and Volunteer Coordinator
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Etecia is an experienced community organizer passionate about achieving equality and improving access to resources and opportunities for marginalized people. Trained as a researcher and program developer, Etecia's professional expertise includes using strategic approaches and interventions to increase inclusivity throughout an organization. Her past work also includes facilitating workshops and trainings on unconscious bias, reproductive health, and environmental health. At Neighborhood Bike Works, Etecia has the task of promoting NBW programs to community members, gathering feedback from community members and partners, and coordinating the efforts of generous volunteers who keep NBW pedaling strong.
Mechanic & Adult Programs Instructor
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Eugene came to NBW as a Bike Church Facilitator for NBW's Women and Trans Nights in Spring 2014. This was a natural fit as they are driven to improve access to transportation resources (like bikes), with a passion for helping women, gender-nonconforming, and trans* folks increase their mechanic skills and grow their comfort working and riding bikes. Eugene teaches NBW's Adult Bike Repair Class and staffs Mel's Community Bike Shop. In addition, they manage NBW's inventory and site maintenance.
Operations & Bike Donations Coordinator
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Florence joined our staff in summer 2015, offering her mechanics skills to the team at NBW's former retail location in North Philly. After a breif hiatus, she rejoining the NBW team in West Philly. Florence coordinates bike drives and keeps Mel's Community Shop and Bike Church well-staffed. Florence has worked in bike collectives and as a professional bike mechanic for several years. She is excited to take on the challenge of recovering every unwanted bike in Philadelphia for NBW programs!