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.
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
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
Laura Hatton - Vice President
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.
Larry Keating - Secretary
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.
Chuck Waterfield - Treasurer
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?”
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.
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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.
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.
Stu is a Senior Living Market Executive for Benchmark Construction. He loves spending time with his wife, Heather, and their two children, Stu and Elaina. In his spare time he enjoys listening to music, watching basketball, and riding bikes.
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.