Staff

Monica Bryand | Special Projects Manager

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“There is no WiFi in the forest, but I promise you’ll find a better connection.”
– Unknown

Monica (she/her/hers) comes to Cycles for Change after 15 years working in the program area at Headwaters Foundation for Justice. She has also volunteered for over 20 years on nonprofit boards, city commissions, and task forces. Monica was introduced to Cycles through one of their many hands-on workshops years ago. She is excited to work on various projects at C4C including the Equity Council, community outreach, and much more. Being a part of an organization that supports getting more people on bikes and out of cars, helps to improve people’s health, and empowers youth is very rewarding. Monica is very proud of her street cred and winter bike–as long as the temp is at least above 20 degrees!


Tina Cho | Executive Director

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Tina (she/her/hers) is a queer Korean-American who has called Minneapolis home since 2004, when a rowing scholarship brought her to the University of Minnesota. With a background in Kinesiology & Coaching Pedagogy, she has spent (nearly) her entire working career in the nonprofit sector. From starting Minnesota’s first youth-only rowing organization to creating community programs at Nice Ride MN, Tina believes that real change starts locally, with our own communities and neighbors. With her charming wit and humorous grin, Tina works tirelessly to create equity and access in our community, one bike at a time. During the summers, the best place to find Tina outside the office is probably on a bike or in a hammock by the lakes, alongside her partner Anna Min, a renowned local photographer.


Magdalena Kaluza | Youth Programs Manager

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“Let us come together and remain hopeful as we defend and care for the blood of this Earth and of its spirits.” – Berta Cáceres

Magdalena (she/her/hers, they/them/theirs), a mestiza Maya K’iche’ Minnesotana, remembers crying her way up hills as a little kid, headed to Cedar Lake on her heavy Target bike. Today, her bike is a little lighter, and the Marshall and Franklin hills bring welcomed sweat – and stunning views of the mighty Mississippi. Magdalena loves to ride on pavement and on trails. As a poet, she’s a longtime member of Palabristas, MN’s Latinx spoken word collective. She’s also a visual artist, a cook, a gardener, a grill wiz in-training, a lover of live music, and a lover of sleep.


Jeff Lathrop | Service and Retail Manager – St. Paul

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“I’m cruisin’ on my scraper bike
My scraper bike go hard
I don’t need no car”
– Trunk Boiz, “Scraper Bike”

When Jeff (he/him/his, they/them/theirs) is not obsessing over bikes, bike parts and anything bike related, he is scouring local record stores to add to his growing collection of pop, rock and hip-hop albums. You might catch him playing these gems at some of the local music venues. Jeff also loves dogs, long walks and sandy beaches.


Andrew Magill | Retail Mechanic – St. Paul

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AndrewM“It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.” – Ernest Hemingway

Andrew (he/him/his) coordinates the receiving and repair of donated bikes sold at our Minneapolis shop’s retail space, and works to keep the shop organized and spiffy. You will find him working with folks during Open Shops and Volunteer Night and teaching repair classes. Andrew is also a League of American Bicyclist’s Cycling Instructor and a cross country ski instructor and coach. Andrew gets a lot of satisfaction from helping folks to learn new bike repair skills and is always looking to expand his own skills. He loves special requests for used bike builds or used parts.


Sheldon Mains | Special Projects/Adviser

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“Plagiarism is the root of all culture.” – Pete Seeger

Sheldon (he/him/his) was the first director of C4C’s Minneapolis shop, under its previous management as part of the Seward Neighborhood Group. He has been an active board member of the Twin Cities Media Alliance/Daily Planet, the national Alliance for Nonprofit Management, the Minneapolis Planning Commission, and the Seward Towers Corporation. For the past few years, his consulting practice has concentrated on helping nonprofit organizations creatively use technology to better serve their communities. In the spring, summer, and fall, he rides his beloved 1988 Trek road bike. From first snow to spring thaw, he rides a Specialized Hard Rock with studded tires (he loves the studded tires).


Liliana Martinez | Program Associate

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Liliana (she/her/hers) joined Cycles for Change in 2014 as a youth apprentice. After four years, she transitioned to an adult staff role, as the bookkeeper’s assistant, as well as helping out with Open Shop, Retail, Youth Programs, and Learn to Ride. She’s currently studying at St. Paul College, and will soon transition to Augsburg University.  In her free time, she loves to watch documentaries, sing, visit museums, and most importantly, spend time with family.

 


Tom Parker | Program Associate

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Tom (they/them) is new to the Minneapolis area and comes from a bicycle outreach and education background in the city of Milwaukee. They have been riding bikes for transportation since they were a wee lad and continue to do so sans drivers license to this day. When they are not riding around, they are hanging out with their dog Jimmy, escaping on outdoor adventures or spending time with friends. They hope to continue to utilize cycling as a form of active transportation and to help others to do so. They value the accessibility, joyfulness, and endorphins of riding bikes!

 


Betsy Raasch-Gilman | Bookkeeper

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Betsy (she/her/hers) is first and foremost a social change activist, having devoted most of her life to grassroots people’s movements. Working in a food co-op, she learned bookkeeping, which she actually enjoys. Since many good organizers and trainers do not enjoy bookkeeping, she’s found a niche for herself–though she also organizes and trains. Gardening, ending white supremacy, and forming a retirement community for aging radicals fill her

 

 


Stephanie Schultz | Development & Communications Coordinator

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Steph“Instructions for living a life: pay attention, be astonished, tell about it.”
– Mary Oliver

Stephanie (she/her/hers) has a background in graphic design and long distance running, but is excited to fundraise and bike at C4C. She completed two terms of national service in St. Paul as an AmeriCorps VISTA member at C4C before becoming a full-time staff member, and looks forward to continuing her education in all things nonprofit. In her free time, Stephanie tries to maximize use of her MFA in poetry, avidly scours thrift stores, and spends a lot of time getting turf burn on the soccer pitch.

Anne Sombor | Retail Service Manager – Minneapolis

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Anne (they/them) started biking in high school because of a love of the outdoors. In 2010, they moved from their hometown in upstate New York to Minnesota where they now bike around with instruments or sewing machines. They play all the string instruments, study Hungarian as a hobby, sew cycling caps in their free time, and use Photoshop in German. You can find them wrenching at the Minneapolis shop using their favorite tool, the lever

 

 


William Supanhnapom | Retail Mechanic – Minneapolis

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Will (he/him, they/them) is from South Minneapolis and grew up in the city. His family is originally from Laos, where he still has a lot family. Throughout most of high school and some of middle school, Will was usually late to the bus in the morning–riding his bike was the easiest solution that allowed him to be independent. These days, Will is more punctual, but his bike still keeps him independent. Will likes fixed gear/track bicycles most of all for their simplicity, but also likes lugged steel frames for their aesthetics and craft work.  In his free time, Will

 

 


Skye Vang | Program Coordinator

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“Document the moments you feel most in love with yourself – what you’re wearing, who you’re around, what you’re doing. Recreate and repeat” ― Warsan Shire

Skye (they/them/theirs) is a second generation, queer, trans Hmong American person that happens to be excited about the many ways one can build relationships and communities. They spend a great deal of their time fawning at clouds, drooling over art supplies, searching for great music, taking photos with plants, and learning to live and love authentically.

 


Celeste Verhelst | Program Coordinator

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“Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.” – H. G. Wells 

Celeste (she/her, they/them) is more than 50% water and loves to stay hydrated for the long haul–distance bike trips, social justice, community health, decolonization, sustainability, and protecting precious water and life for future generations. Bicycles have been a catalyst and mainstay for liberation, joy, connection, empowerment, community organizing, adventure, balance, inspiration, and ingenuity in Celeste’s life and many others. She is grateful to take part in expanding the number of humans experiencing the freedom that is the bicycle through the Learn to Ride program and to be part of a team that values intersectionality, safe spaces, and accessibility! In their free time they enjoy making music, art, wild food and medicine, gardens, dance moves, and gaiety!

Norman Whitfield | Retail Sales Manager – Minneapolis

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Norman (he/him/his, they/them) was born and raised in Indianapolis, IN, and has been in love with bicycles since he first learned how to ride at age six. He has a thing for cruisers, but an absolute obsession with Aero-styled T.T. bikes. He enjoys studying, designing, and building one-of-kind custom art bikes.