Staff and Collective Members


Whitney Bennett
 is currently serving as a President of the Collective.

Kevin Bodkin Collective Member

Kevin Bodkin loves bicycles, whether he’s riding a century on his road bike or coasting around Rogers Park on a Divvy. He finds that they’re a sustainable, equitable, and fun way to explore the world. He’s proud of the work everyone at the Recyclery is doing to foster community, remove some of the mystery behind bike mechanics, and help the environment.

Kevin hosts Wednesday volunteer hours, helps with several different committees, and plans fun events in and outside of the shop.

Nina - bicycle mechanic

Nina Hazelton –  Nina has been a mechanic at the Recyclery since 2018 and is happiest when she’s on her bike. She believes deeply in the power that bikes have to heal and transform people and communities. She’s got a real sweet tooth and when she’s not wrenching you can usually find her sharing meals with friends. Nina has joined the collective (the board) in August, 2020.

Peat - collective member and staff mechanic

Peat Moss has been active in the collective since 2008 and hosts shop events, leads projects, and teaches classes.

Tzippy Rhodes Freecyclery program manager and collective member

Tzippora Rhodes  coordinates the Freecyclery program, runs youth programs, and also teaches our Tune Up Class as part of the staff. Tzippy is also a dedicated collective member of many years. When her bike got stolen one week after moving to Chicago in 2007, she got started fixing up old bikes, and hasn’t stopped since.

Carly introduction with a bike

Carly Guerriero has been our Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator since we restarted operations back in June. She’s proud to be part of such a great community resource such as the Recyclery, and is excited to join at such a unique time. She knows the pandemic will teach us many valuable lessons and act as a portal towards justice, where cycling and transportation is not just a niche afterthought but a vital part of the conversation.

Thistle is our official “bike wrangler”. They/he bop all around cook county picking up bike donations from individuals, partnering bike shops and organizations. Fun fact, Thistle is an Evanston native and first came across the Recyclery as a 17 year old lad when the Recyclery too was young and operating out of a building basement. Look for them in the fantastically painted Recyclery truck!