About The Common Wheel Meet Our Team
We’re a passionate team of bike-enthusiasts working to inspire, educate, and empower others to ride bikes and live happy, healthy, and environmentally-conscious lives.
Executive Director, Founder
Chris, a lifelong resident of Lancaster, is an avid proponent for bicycling as an alternative transportation option. In between traveling, being a ski bum, and working construction, Chris spent a lot of time using his bike to get around the city. He became interested in the growing cycling movement and wished to help it grow here in a concrete, hands-on manner. After learning about the community bike shop model, he researched starting one in Lancaster. Chris is responsible for designing and implementing programs and events, raising funds, and building relationships in the community. He also has been getting his hands dirty as he learns more about wrenching bikes!
Director of Outreach and Resources, since 2017
Adriana began as a Board Member of The Common Wheel, and has quickly transitioned into her role as Director of Outreach and Resources. She serves on the Board of Clare House Lancaster, and is involved in many ways throughout the Lancaster community. She loves cooking, all things Harry Potter, traveling, and hanging out with her kid and cats. Her favorite memory on a bike is when she rode through a meadow in Poland, attempting to trace the border of the country when it was divided between two “friendly neighbors”. She is excited to continue to further the mission of The Common Wheel, and get more people riding bikes.
Program Director, since 2017
Matthew became a bike commuter in 2007 after buying a used Schwinn from Cycle Circle and riding from his house in Lancaster City to Millersville University. After graduation, he took a part-time job running after school programs for the Boy Scouts of America. These two events put him on the path that led to his current position at The Common Wheel. He’s moved around the USA (to Athens, GA, Chicago, IL, and Portland, OR), all the while biking and working for a wide variety of nonprofits. He spent two years coordinating an Earn-a-Bike cooperative in Portland called Chain Reaction, and moved across the country just to be part of the team at The Common Wheel.
Director of Operations, since 2018
Ted took his first overnight bikepacking trip at the age of six and has since been living life on two wheels. With bicycles and motorcycles at the core of his existence, he began commuting in fourth grade and has spent months of his life traveling with tents and panniers strapped to his bike. Ted believes that the bicycle is a simple answer to many of the world’s challenges and is passionate about sharing the benefits of cycling with others. His personal beliefs, combined with a professional background in nonprofit and retail management, led him to The Common Wheel where he has joined the cause to make Lancaster the most bicycle friendly city in the East.
Programs Assistant, since 2018
Shortly after his graduation from Millersville University where he earned his BFA in music, Nick adopted a lost bicycle outside of one of his kitchen jobs. He spent the time and money to nurture this poor soul to its rising glory and fell in love with cycling. Kown for his street cred as one of the few fixed gear riders in the city, Nick has been an advocate of cycling in the city of Lancaster. The Common Wheel became his bike shop for many years; he attended the Adult Mechanic Class and is a firm believer in the mission. He is now focused on moving his career out of the kitchen and into the world of cycling as a new addition to the team.
We are a community bike shop run by a small team of young, hard-working people. Here is what we stand for:
- We’re for making a positive impact on our community and culture
- We’re for building a kick-ass urban bike community in our special little city
- We’re for helping people realize their dreams on two wheels
- We’re for providing employment training and job opportunities to the underserved youth in our city
- We’re for building awesome bikes, providing impeccable (and friendly) service, and selling great products that improve people’s experiences
- We’re for facilitating all of those small, magical moments that bikes can create
Our Board of Directors
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Marla Stauffer - President
Laura Hatton - Vice President
Larry Keating - Secretary
Chuck Waterfield - Treasurer
Most of his favorite memories on a bike involve the loss of a few layers of skin and possibly some cacti.