The Common Wheel is a board-driven organization, with representatives from many facets of the Lancaster community. Meet our leadership:
Darren is tax and business advisor for Simon Lever LLP. He has worked with many small business leaders and brings his knowledge of tax, finance, and stewardship to the board. He is relocated to Lancaster 3 years ago from Washington DC. Darren continues to be an enthusiastic city dweller and proponent of city living. He currently volunteers with Leadership Lancaster. Informed by over 15 years of DC city life, he believes that non-motorized transportation and access are keys to high quality of life and reduced road congestion. An avid runner and biker whose passion far exceeds his talent at either, Darren can usually be found on the city streets doing one or the other. His wife believes that Darren should get a pedi-cab to transport her and their two young boys around town.
Savannah Thorpe was raised in Lancaster county and has been biking since she could walk. A graduate of IUP, Sav works as a ghostwriter at BrandYourself and a dorm parent at Linden Hall. Savannah supports the missions of advocacy, agency, and inclusivity that The Common Wheel promotes.
John is a co-founder and vice president of Caldwell, Heckles and Egan, a general contractor in Lancaster. He is also a part-time cellist, fiddler, and ski instructor.
Most of his favorite memories on a bike involve the loss of a few layers of skin and possibly some cacti.
Larry worked as a lawyer for Armstrong World Industries and two other Lancaster companies. He has served as a volunteer for numerous community organizations, currently SCORE Lancaster, The Janus School, and Leadership Lancaster. Larry has been an avid rider and bike mechanic for decades and once rode slowly up Mt. Ventoux.
Bernie believes bikes can be an incredible instrument of health and economic benefit to the community. He and his family love to get out on their bikes and explore the city. By day, Bernie is a Senior Budget and Policy Advisor at the State House of Representatives. He would like to think that his time living in Colorado riding burly single track gives him cred, but inevitably he runs into someone who’s rode the same trails but on a unicycle.
As a Lancaster native with an obsession, no passion……..no obsession for bicycling, Laura enjoys commuting to work several days a week. She is an experienced Risk Manager with an MBA, and has worked for Burnham Holdings, Inc. for over 18 years. She loves social riding and solo rides though both Lancaster City and County. After being introduced to the Common Wheel though social rides, and learning more about the mission, Laura became a member of the Pump House Crew. Soon, spending time in the shop with Dan and Meagan became almost as addictive as riding, which led to volunteer hours in and out of the shop and ultimately membership on the Board.
Marla is self-admittedly not an avid biker but she has seen the influence they can have on lives through her family of active cyclists and is excited to see the positive impact they can have on Lancaster. After working as a social worker in Chicago and spending 8 summers helping to direct a summer camp in Oregon, she returned to her hometown and has loved living in the city every since. She is currently the Director of Logistics at WebstaurantStore.com
Chuck worked for 30 years in international microfinance, living and traveling in 70 countries around the world. In the past eight years, he founded and ran a global consumer protection agency to expose the high prices charged to the poor on their loans. In 2000, he settled in Lancaster and considers it one of the great secrets in the world. His travel bike made it to five different continents. In recent years, his biking speed has slowed down, but he compensates by riding longer distances. He says that one convenience of this is that when you say “I rode 100 miles yesterday.” people don’t ask “How fast?"