Meet the Staff

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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.

 

 Genevieve Parker – Program Director

IMG_20150511_165643970Genevieve, a fourth-generation San Diegan, has been devoted to serving other people & the environment since childhood. She earned her B.A. from University of Redlands and has worked since 2010 in nonprofit programming, administration, and community outreach as an 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 enjoyed becoming a better mechanic.

Bridget Tevnan – Youth Programs Coordinator

Bridget hails from New Hampshire, but has called Reno home since 2015, having fallen in love with the city from her bike saddle. With a background in environmental and garden education and a commitment to join others in eliminating institutionalized barriers to health, she’s honored to roll with the RBP team. If she’s not cycling with youth, she’s farming. Bridget also enjoys hiking in the Sierra Nevada with a field guide in hand. When, after her first staff meeting, she knew exactly zero “fun facts” about her new coworkers, she thought, “Dang, I think I’m gonna like it here.”

Raymond Eliot – Mechanic Educator & 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

AKA Bicycleray. Forever in love with bikes.

Charles “Chai” Montgomery – Mechanic Educator

Reborn in Athens, Georgia in 1994 when two folks pedaled into town from Chapel Hill, North Carolina and camped in his backyard. They told stories of their cycling journeys and from that point on it’s been 100% bicycle life: touring, road and cross country mountain races, wrenching, commuting, working as a bike messenger for 10 yrs, and going to bicycle mechanic and frame making schools. Chai bought his first car at 48, to be able to better get to trail heads. He moved to Sparks in December 2017 and is enjoying all the sunshine that desert life provides on daily bike rides.

Andy Perkins – Mechanic Educator

Andy has been a friend of RBP for many years! He comes to us self-taught, from the school of wrenching on his own bikes. In addition, Andy earned a Linguistics degree from University of Nevada, Reno in 2007. Prior to joining our team, his career as a bartender spanned several local bars and other establishments which include Reno Public House and, currently, Beaujolais Bistro. Andy gets his kicks mountain biking (pictured) and, when there’s powder in the mountains, snowboarding. He has a great golden retriever named Hatch.

Manny Diaz – Mechanic Educator

Manny was born in Truckee, CA and moved to Reno at the age of six. Manny’s love for cycling began in the summer of 2016, leading him to train with and graduate from RBP’s 2018 FutureCycle Program for young people. He now works at RBP as well as Velo Reno, where he interned as a FutureCycle participant. Manny has a few other jobs: he is a part time farmer and a full time burrito lover.

Blake Nelson – Mechanic Educator

Blake was both born and raised here in Reno. He has grown to love this region through cycling, during the past four years. Blake is here to help, and will be glad to help you!

Donavin Phelps – Mechanic Educator

Donavin relocated to Reno from Southern Utah, in 2012. He learned about Reno Bike Project and its volunteer opportunities when he came in for a bike tune-up. He volunteered over 300 hours and also completed RBP’s FutureCycle Program in 2017 before being hired on. Aside from helping visitors to the shop with their bike needs, Donavin is also our resident expert on gaming, Magic: the Gathering, and Pokemon!

Ray Mueller – Mechanic Educator

Elijah Lyons – Mechanic Educator