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.
Adriana Atencio (she/her)

Adriana Atencio (she/her)

Executive Director

Adriana has been a part of The Common Wheel since its very first Marketing Committee. She joined the board in 2015 specializing in community outreach and development. In 2017, she joined the staff as the Director of Outreach and Resources. In 2019 she left TCW for a short stint in the for-profit world. Adriana realized that bikes are where her heart is and found her way back to The Common Wheel. In 2021, Adriana was selected as a Baldwin Leadership Fellow to explore bicycle advocacy throughout the USA. Her passion and focus are increasing accessibility and connectivity to make biking a reality for anyone and everyone.

A native of Lancaster, she lives in the city with her son Dante. She’s an alumna of Franklin and Marshall College and McCaskey High School where she spent a lot of time reading books in a lot of different languages. She loves riding her 1989 converted single-speed Miyata, reading books, and feeling guilty about beating people in Scrabble.

MacKenzie Hand (he/him)

MacKenzie Hand (he/him)

Director of Operations

MacKenzie Hand (Mac) has been a part of The Common Wheel since 2020, joining the team as a part-time mechanic while teaching middle school English. He brings with him years of experience in both education as well as the cycling industry. Mac first got into bikes when he helped build SUNY Plattsburgh’s community cycling program, Biketopia. He served as the group’s president in his undergraduate years. After finishing his postgraduate studies, Mac managed a bike shop in Philadelphia before beginning his career in the classroom. 

Mac is excited to combine his passions for teaching and cycling as Director of Operations, and to ensure we continue our mission to empower people through the love of bikes. He strives to ensure a person-centered ethos is central to the work we do here at The Common Wheel.

He lives in Lancaster with his spouse Juliya and their two dogs, Piper and Grover. He loves trivia, music, cooking, role-playing games, and of course, bikes.

Steve Johnson (he/him)

Steve Johnson (he/him)

Director of Sales and Service

Steve has been working professionally with bikes for the past 11 years. Steve’s interest in bikes started at age 12 when he began racing BMX in Mullica Hill, New Jersey. He picked up his first job delivering newspapers by bicycle to upgrade parts for his BMX bike.

After graduating from Antonelli Institute with a Specialized Technology degree in Photography, Steve moved to Philadelphia where he began working full-time at Via Bicycle, one of Philly’s longest-running and best-rated bike shops. At Via, Steve worked with vintage bicycles and developed his passion for classic lightweight racing bikes. Looking to ride more Steve began working as a legal bike courier for One Hour and Timecycle delivering everything from subpoenas to medical samples and even diamonds! While living in Philadelphia Steve also worked with Bicycle Revolutions and Cycles PHL. In 2021 he began working at The Common Wheel.

Outside of bikes Steve has been working as a professional club DJ since 2016 and has held a long-standing residency at Philly’s premier vinyl nightclub, The Trestle Inn. You can also catch him playing at Tellus 360, the Upside, and other spots in Lancaster on the weekends.

Steve has a passion for classic bicycles, high fidelity audio and record collecting. He also loves spending time with his husky Zora and enjoys dancing to good music with his friends!

Kayla Layng (she/her)

Programs Manager

Kayla has been passionate about cycling since she went on her first ever MTB ride on a rigid fork steel frame bike on the rootiest, rockiest trail in NC. She has lived in VT, NH, PA, and OR working in the industry and riding local trails. She has raced downhill and continues to dread climbing hills. She’s super excited about leading the charge to build Central PA’s First Gear Library!

She lives here in Lancaster, PA with her husband Brian and two dogs Quill & Banjo. She spends her time writing film scripts, bikepacking, reading history books, and not feeling guilty about beating people in Scrabble.

Mae Bikes (she/her)

Programs Manager

Mae, a cyclist and bicycle mechanic with eight years of experience, brings a meticulous eye for detail and precision to bike maintenance and repairs. During her time working on Nantucket Island at Young’s Bicycle Shop, she had the opportunity to service the rental fleet of over 2000 bikes. Mae also gained valuable experience maintaining the bikes of locals and visitors to the Island.
 
Mae loves spending time with her mini-me, and her furry family, including her pet bunny and dog. When she’s not riding bikes you can find her tending to her plants, creatively using her sewing machine, or building something. She’s very handy.

Ian Brandt (he/him)

Mechanic

Ian started at The Common Wheel in early 2023 as a bike mechanic.

Having a love for bicycles from an early age, Ian has brought his knowledge of working on bikes both personally and professionally. An avid cyclist, and full-time bike commuter, Ian still loves to explore local trails and events.
 
A  2011 graduate from PCAD with a BFA in Fine Art, combined with a background ranging from high-end carpentry to operating a Zamboni, Ian can bring those skill sets to the team and contributes any way he can.
 

Preston Lehman (he/him)

Youth Mechanic

Preston is currently working in Wyoming skiing instead of working on bikes with us, but we won’t hold it against him.

Preston started out as an Earn-a-Bike kid. Then, he became an apprentice, and quickly became an integral part of our team as a Junior Mechanic. Preston decided to spread his wings after graduating from Lampeter-Strasburg High School last year and made the move to Wyoming over this ski season. We hope to welcome him back this upcoming summer!

Job Openings

We are a nonprofit community center and shop run by a small team of hard-working folks.

Here is what we stand for:

  • We’re for getting as many people riding as possible
  • 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 home
  • We’re for the bike-curious and seasoned veterans alike
  • We’re for helping people realize their dreams on two wheels
  • We’re for providing training and job opportunities to youth in our community
  • 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, revolutionary moments that bikes can create
  • We’re for providing a safe and affirming space for EVERYONE

 

 

We aren’t hiring at the moment, but we are always eager to meet cool people who could join our team in the future! Please click here to send your resume to Mac Hand, Director of Operations with the subject line: Joining the Team.

Click here to view our Non-Discrimination Policy

 

Our Board of Directors

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Juan Montes - President

Juan is an experienced Community Health Worker who has received “Care to Share” Awards through Penn Medicine and Lancaster General Health (LGH). Juan has over a decade of experience in community/behavioral/health education. He is a Health Officer with the City of Lancaster

Juan attended West Chester University and has also achieved the Eagle Scout Award through Lancaster Cities, Troop 4. He served with the Pennsylvania Air National Guard and received the “Honor Graduate Award” from Air Force Basic Training. 

Juan has volunteered his time with The Common Wheel as an Earn-a-Bike mentor and is excited to continue to make an impact as a board member.

Caleb Bornman - Vice President

Caleb lives in Lancaster with his partner, Megan, along with two orange tabbies and a goofy English setter. He loves bikes for their utility and how they knit communities together. Through serving on TCW’s board and as a member of Global Shapers Lancaster Hub, he seeks opportunities to shift public norms and promote common good through investment in sustainable public infrastructure. Learning about the effects of climate change leads Caleb to push for ideas that whole communities can take on. Caleb operates Lancaster Film Co, offering digitization and restoration services for slide collections. Professionally, he works at CNH Industrial as an embedded software engineer. Recently, he has enjoyed reading, restoring old cameras, and training his dog for therapy work.

Chantelle Melendez-Torres - Scribe

Chantelle joined The Common Wheel in 2023 out of a need and desire to serve her community in this season of her life. Realizing she had more time than usual on her hands she asked God to provide a way for her to serve in a manner he felt fit. Three or four months later she was presented with an opportunity to join The Common Wheel. On top of the rather divine inspiration, she has a passion for empowering people to use all available resources to achieve personal and professional success. This passion aligns well with The Common Wheel’s mission of promoting a healthy-environmentally conscious lifestyle through bicycling. Growing up, as 1 of 5, without reliable means of transportation, Chantelle understands the importance bicycling has by allowing people to reach autonomy. With this in mind, she gladly serves as The Common Wheel Secretary, helping to grow and increase the organization’s reach and impact!

Josh Weaver - Treasurer

Josh Weaver is a long-time Lancaster resident who had a childhood entirely filled with bike riding for utility, whether that was school, practice, or anywhere the crew wanted to travel. After a long absence from riding, Josh returned to it as an adult due to chronic knee pain. Even though he was convinced he would have otherwise been the first 40-year-old draft pick in NBA history, Josh found so much joy in riding it has caused him to end the pursuit of his NBA career. You can now find him spending his time on the bike all over Lancaster County.

Josh is currently a tax director at Clark associates but don’t let that fool you, he’s not that exciting outside of work. In his spare time, Josh loves to spend time with his incredible wife and children, and he bravely attempts to drag them out to ride with him when they have better things to do. After that, any remaining moments are spent on a SUP or just relaxing. Also, go Browns!

Josh absolutely loves the message of inclusivity and bikes for all that The Common Wheel represents. He is hopeful that he can in some small way help to spread that message across Lancaster. 

  

Tony Coleman - Immediate Past President

Tony Coleman serves as a Commercial 401k Advisor with AssuredPartners Investment Advisors, based in downtown Lancaster, dedicating over ten years to the field of financial services. Beyond his professional role, Tony is deeply committed to community engagement and education. He has contributed his expertise to financial literacy programs at the Lancaster County Prison, targeting inmates poised for re-entry into society. A lifelong Lancaster resident, Tony is passionate about promoting community biking improvements and has been an active participant in the biking community for approximately 40 years.

Outside of work, Tony is an enthusiast of outdoor activities, embracing rail to trail biking during the warmer months, snowboarding through the winter, and deep water diving whenever the opportunity arises. With a strong belief in the power of shared experiences, Tony is dedicated to leveraging his personal and professional journey to foster positive change and enhance the well-being of individuals in his community, embodying the spirit of nonprofit and community-focused work.

Zach Love

Zach works for PNC Bank helping local businesses with banking solutions. He volunteers with the Lancaster Chamber’s Young Professional Network, Leadership Lancaster, and helped co-found a volunteer project called Lancaster PATH. When Zach isn’t training for a triathlon he enjoys cooking, traveling, hiking, and of course biking! He believes The Common Wheel has the ability to unify a community and influence healthy behaviors.

 
Catherine Cox

Catherine Cox is the creator of A Labour of Love Designs located in Columbia. As a photographer and designer, she emphasizes the beauty in the world by capturing moments that occur naturally, focusing on details that often get missed in the busyness of life. Her vision is to transform a piece of furniture, wall covering, or piece of art into a statement for clients. Before her entrepreneurial debut, she was a project manager for an interior design firm in Lancaster.

Catherine spent much of her childhood riding a bike for entertainment and as a reliable mode of transportation. As an adult, she rediscovered her love of experiencing the world on a bike when visiting towns and cities to see as much as possible. She does this when working and for personal exploration in places like Watkins Glen, Niagara Falls, Montreal, Quebec City, Wilkes-Barre, Block Island, and Acadia National Park. “There is something special that happens when you pedal through a town or major city; you see more, you smell more, you experience more. You get immersed in the community. Everyone should be able to experience that”.

Catherine is excited and proud to serve on The Common Wheel board. Her son had an impactful experience with the Earn-a-Bike program which reminded Catherine of organizations that help support the community and provide empowering, social improvements to enhance the lives of its citizens. She is particularly interested in the contribution that TCW and its inclusive approach will have on Columbia and other urban areas. Catherine lives in Landisville with her husband John and four children. In addition to photography, she loves hiking, camping, skiing, riding her motorcycle, and of course, bicycling!

 
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Chrissy Leslie

Chrissy Leslie is a Lancaster City resident who grew up in Gettysburg and enjoyed riding bikes with her friends on the Battlefield roads as a kid. She is the Senior Director of Corporate Sustainability at Eurofins (formerly Lancaster Laboratories) where she has been employed for over 20 years. She is also a member of the Lancaster City Shade Tree Commission. When she’s not hugging trees, she is an advocate for improving bike infrastructure in the City in order to ensure safer travel for bikers. She also loves hiking, camping, and traveling with her wife and dog, Henry.  Chrissy is proud to serve as a Board member because she loves the mission of The Common Wheel to make bikes accessible for all which also helps to reduce our carbon footprint in Lancaster! 

Jonathan Bowman

Bio coming soon!

Laura Pauls-Thomas
Laura Pauls-Thomas is a storyteller, activist, and optimist. She was born and raised on Susquehannock Native American land in Lancaster, PA. Laura serves as the Communications Director for Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)’s East Coast region. There she tells stories, coordinates meaningful learning experiences, and connects people with ways to support relief, development, and peacebuilding in more than 40 countries around the world.
Laura has held leadership roles with the Global Shapers Lancaster Hub since 2019 and is a trained Climate Reality Leader (Las Vegas, 2022).
Laura graduated from Eastern University (St. Davids, Pa.) in 2017 with degrees in Communications and Spanish. While studying abroad in Seville, Spain in 2015, she commuted using the city’s bike share program and that’s where she came to fully appreciate the freedom and joy of bicycling.
When she’s not volunteering or riding her steel bikes around Lancaster, she can be found working on custom sewing/mending projects and spending time with her spouse, Andrew, and rescue pup, Pinto.
Laura is excited to be a Common Wheel board member because she believes that bicycles are a powerful tool for joy, community-building, and justice.
Arjun Sanyal

Arjun is a Central PA native who as a kid loved nothing more than jumping curbs and going on adventures on his sweet Redline BMX with mushroom grips. He stopped riding after college while living in the bike-unfriendly cities of the time.

His love of bikes was rekindled a few years ago after getting his daughter her first “real” bike, and cycling in all its diversity has become a major part of his life. Arjun advocates for improvements in bike policy and infrastructure and believes The Common Wheel’s mission is a force for positive change across Lancaster’s many communities. He believes everyone deserves to have the same feeling of freedom, enjoyment, and safety on two wheels as he did growing up.

When not riding his bike, Arjun works to make healthcare smarter with technology as a veteran of the Harvard Medical School and several Silicon Valley startups.

Ron Pollock

Ron is a long-time Lancaster attorney who went 25 years between bike rides. An avid rider as a boy, his bike rusted in the garage as he pursued a career, marriage, and children. His son became active in The Common Wheel and developed a passion for bikes. In the course of doing so, he reawakened in his dad a love of biking—the first ride in 25 years brought back the beauty and carefree nature of youth and freedom and reawakened some to the beauty of life in the 50-something lawyer. Ron has a passion to share what bikes can bring to a community.

Ron works as a litigation attorney at Saxton & Stump and in his spare time enjoys family, Philadelphia sports teams, and video games.

Jen Fields

Bio coming soon!

Joe Kirkenir

Bio coming soon!

Emeritus Board Member: Larry Keating

Larry is retired from having spent much of his work life as a lawyer for Armstrong World Industries. He has been a community volunteer over the years for numerous community organizations, currently SCORE Lancaster Lebanon, The Janus School, and Leadership Lancaster, as well as being a founding board member of The Common Wheel. He has been an avid rider and bike mechanic for decades, whose crowning achievement was the ascension of Mt. Ventoux. Larry is The Common Wheel’s first Emeritus Board member because of his many loyal years of service and invaluable wisdom bestowed upon the organization.

Bike Community Center & Shop

324 N. Queen Street, Lancaster, PA 17603
717-461-3386 x1

Sunday CLOSED
Monday CLOSED
Tuesday 10 AM - 6 PM
Wednesday 10 AM - 6 PM
Thursday 10 AM - 6 PM
Friday 10 AM - 6 PM
Saturday 11 PM - 5 PM

 

 

Bicycle Co-Op & Donation Center

701 E. King Street, Lancaster, PA 17602
717-461-3386 x2

 

Sunday CLOSED
Monday CLOSED
Tuesday 12 PM - 4 PM
Wednesday CLOSED FOR PROGRAMMING
Thursday 12 PM - 4 PM
Friday 12 PM - 6 PM
Saturday 12 PM - 4 PM

 

 

© Copyright 2020, The Common Wheel

The Common Wheel is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization. We rely on the generosity of the community we serve to better the community as a whole through the power of bikes. Any and all donations that directly support our mission are tax deductible, and we can always provide you with the correct documentation.