Meet the Staff

**We’re Hiring a Mechanic Educator!**

Noah Chubb-Silverman – Co-Founder, Executive Director

A native of Reno, Nevada, Noah Chubb-Silverman has been an avid bicyclist for most of his life, majorly influenced by competitive mountain biking and cycling since the age of 15.   In 2001 he moved to Bellingham, Washington and it was there that he first became acquainted with a community bike shop named The Hub. Working as a volunteer at this shop while attending Western Washington University, he saw the impact that a small group of staff and volunteers can make towards helping people get onto bicycles. After graduating in 2005 with a degree in Industrial Technology, Noah moved back to Reno and drew from his experience in Washington to start the Reno Bike Project in October of 2006.  He works hard to develop every aspect of the organization.

Joseph “Kyle” Kozar – Co-Founder

Joseph “Kyle” Kozar graduated with distinction from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2006 with a dual B.A. in Journalism and Spanish. A native of Reno, Kyle has been an avid cyclist for over a decade and founded Reno Bike Project in October 2006.  Since RBP’s inception, he has undergone additional business training and worked to improve every aspect of the organization from writing the initial business proposal to program development to branding and public exposure.  In 2010 Kyle moved to New York City to study urban planning at the Pratt Institute, but he still makes time to help out whenever we need him.

Kurstin Graham – Manager

540689_10201284666142372_419173474_nKurstin was born in Oregon but grew up abroad, giving him a diverse set of skills and a some really cool stories. Kurstin has been in Reno since the early 2000’s, and has worked at several bike shops in the area. His knowledge in shop management and mechanical skills made him a natural fit at RBP. When not working at RBP, Kurstin is active with the Poedunks, mining Peavine’s singletrack, or rocking out on some of the local trails.

 Mike Pickering – Shop Manager

IMG_0899 I am from Falconer, NY. I’m 33 years old. I have two daughters—13 & 3—and a 6 year old son. I’ve been married to my wife Erin for ten years. I’ve been a professional bicycle mechanic since 2007. I started at the Jamestown Cycle Shop where I learned the bulk of my knowledge. In 2010 I attended the Bill Woodul Race Mechanic Clinic in Colorado Springs. In 2011 we moved to Reno and I began working at Bicycle Bananas. In 2013 our daughter Enola was born, we moved back to NY, and I worked at Hollyloft Ski & Bike through one season. Then Erin went back to work and I got to stay home with the kids for the next almost two years. We just moved back to Reno this March, and we’re all really, really happy to be back.

 Genevieve Parker – Program Director

IMG_20150511_165643970Genevieve, a San Diego native, has been devoted to serving other people & the environment since childhood. Having earned her B.A. from University of Redlands and spent four years of work in nonprofit programming, events, and community outreach she has become, essentially, a professional advocate for social justice and healthy, vibrant communities. Genevieve sees the bicycle not only as a mode of transport and recreation, but also as a vehicle for positive social change and better living. She has always loved riding and has enjoys becoming a better mechanic.

Brandi Withers – Youth Programs Coordinator

Brandi came to Reno from Saint Louis, MO, and found the Reno Bike Project, looking for a shop to pick up some tubes. She discovered they were hiring and applied immediately. Her first time in the shop felt like arriving home. Cycling
has been a lifelong love for her, both for fun and commute, and she is ecstatic to be a part of the RBP team. Brandi has been working with youth in fitness for 14 years—primarily coaching gymnastics and teaching yoga—she is passionate about guiding youth to create healthy habits to last a lifetime. On her off days, you’ll find her out on dirt roads or single track on her beloved mountain bike.

Raymond Eliot – Mechanic Educator, Bicycle Repair Class Instructor, & All Around Mensch

10614152_818502321534595_2241761605843955302_nRay is a Reno native and started volunteering at Reno Bike Project while attending UNR. After graduating with a BA in English Writing, he became Reno Bike Project’s first AmeriCorps VISTA from 2012-2013. He was hired as a mechanic educator in March of 2014. Since then, he has completely stopped working on bicycles, and just mostly hangs around the shop, making coffee and jokes, and providing off color commentary to whomever will listen. When he isn’t not not working or compounding negatives into sentences, Ray enjoys cycling, hikes and walks with his loyal poochie, Grg.

Crystal Wang – Mechanic Educator

IMG_1428 Crystal was born in Michigan, but moved around a bit (to New York, Las Vegas) before she ended up at UNR. She heard about RBP when she was assigned 15 service-learning hours in her Honors class. Although Crystal came in with almost no knowledge of bikes aside from how to ride, she completed over 500 volunteer hours before the shop enthusiastically hired her on. She has more dog treats in her bag than food for herself.

Allen (Ray) Hill – Mechanic Educator

rayh aka Bicycleray. Forever in love with bikes.

Ray Mueller – Mechanic Educator

Elijah Lyons – Mechanic Educator