Staff and Collective Members
Whitney Bennett is currently serving as a President of the Board.
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.
Katie Bowes – born and raised in Michigan, Katie has been an avid biker since moving to Chicago in 2009. Katie handles our finances and teaches people how to fix bikes in several of our programs. In addition to her work with the Collective, Katie is a League Cycling Instructor, and in 2018, she was the recipient of the UBI/QBP Women’s Bicycle Mechanic Scholarship, which sent her to Oregon for 2 weeks to study mechanics at the United Bicycle Institute. When she’s not riding her bike, Katie enjoys tinkering with bikes, coffee, knitting, stickers, going to the batting cages with her boyfriend, and giving pedicures to her cat, Vernors.
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 Moss has been active in the collective since 2008 and hosts shop events, leads projects, and teaches classes.
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.