Trevor Clarke is the Secretary of Working Bikes. He is a practicing attorney and often the only person in The Law Office of Trevor J. Clarke. In addition to handling some of the organization’s legal issues, Trevor volunteers his non-professional mechanic skills, coordinates events, keeps the corporate records, and helps develop community programming. Trevor was introduced to Working Bikes during a stint interning in the Office of General Counsel at the MacArthur Foundation in 2011. He was an inaugural member of the Justice Entrepreneurs Project, a social justice focused law firm incubator, which helped him build a practice focused on helping nonprofits and small businesses for affordable prices. He spent some time as an attorney in residence at The Law Project helping strengthen community organizations, both for- and non- profit, by providing pro bono transactional legal services. Before becoming an attorney, Trevor held a slew of jobs. Some allowed him to play with fancy microscopes. One gave him a great excuse to bike commute in Japan.
Phil Kaplan is President of the Board and chair of the Staffing Committee. He worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for over 30 years, focusing on waste reduction. Phil has an MBA from the University of Illinois and serves as Vic-Chair of the City of Highland Park Plan Commission and as Chair of the Human Needs Committee at Congregation Solel in Highland Park. Phil first volunteered for Working Bikes in 2008 for a “shipping party” to Tanzania, which he had visited the previous year. He then began to work on events and bike repair, eventually becoming involved in all aspects of Working Bikes’ operations. Phil is particularly keen on increasing the quantity and quality of bikes donated over the upcoming years. When not volunteering his time at Working Bikes, he is an avid cross country skier and biker. Phil’s young adult sons Danny and Eli are both bike commuters.
Jim is a financial executive with TTX Company. He leads the company’s assurance function and advises management and the Board of Directors on matters of risk, control and governance. Prior to joining TTX, he was with the public accounting firm of Arthur Andersen. Jim has an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate (Booth) School of Business and has been a CPA since 1984. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and served on the Accounting Principles Committee of the Illinois CPA Society for over ten years. Jim has served on various not-for-profit boards, is a volunteer with CPAs for the Public Interest and was a Grant Review Panelist for the City Arts Program of the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Chicago. Jim became involved with Working Bikes through his daughter, who conducted bike drives in the Beverly neighborhood of Chicago during her high school years. After she went off to college, Jim learned that Working Bikes was looking for accounting assistance–and the rest is history. Jim is concentrating on implementing an accounting system, among other things, in order to produce high-quality financial information on a regular basis for decision-making and control.
Amy Little has been a volunteer at Working Bikes since its inception, and a board member for 6 years. She manages real estate for a living, while volunteering for groups with an environmental bent, including the League of Women Voters and Working Bikes. Amy has a BA in Economics from Wellesley College, and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern. She also spent two years in the US Peace Corps in Guatemala, and is fluent in Spanish. Amy is married to Lee Ravenscroft and the mother of one son, Magnus, who studies Engineering at Purdue.
Regina Murphy has been a regular volunteer at Working Bikes since the fall of 2012. Regina was introduced to Working Bikes through friends from the Oak Park Bike club, with whom she attended a shipping party. In early 2011 Regina completed a 12-week bike mechanic course taught by Working Bikes manager Paul Fitzgerald, which inspired her to volunteer more regularly at the Tuesday night volunteer sessions. Regina is a Unix Systems administrator with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science. She lives in Oak Park and has a son, who is a Corporal in the US Marines. Aside from repairing and riding bikes, Regina spends her free time gardening, hiking, kayaking and otherwise enjoying the great outdoors.
Working Bikes founder and President Emeritus Lee Ravenscroft holds degrees in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin and Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois (a Quadruple E Degree, you could say). As an engineer, Lee worked for Rockwell International, Contemporary Control Systems, and Commonwealth Edison. In the non-profit sector he worked with Tecnica and the Nicaragua Solidarity Committee. Lee was motivated to start Working Bikes in 1999, after he spotted a truck loaded with bikes on its way to the dump. He followed the truck and collected the bikes, returning most Mondays for the next five years. Looking to the work of Bikes Not Bombs, Pastors for Peace, and the American Friends Service Committee, Lee’s bike salvaging evolved into the organization that would become Working Bikes.
Sam Rifkin started coming to Working Bikes in 2013 to help with the development of its volunteer space, Brandon’s Bike Shop. She was instantly hooked! Sam loves working as a volunteer mechanic, helping with community outreach events, and teaching new volunteers how to successfully repair bicycles. When she’s not at Working Bikes, she can be found working as a dietitian for EZRA Multi-Service Center, a non-profit that aims to alleviate homelessness, hunger, unemployment and other self-sufficiency barriers on the north side of Chicago.
Pete Travnicek is the Treasurer of Working Bikes. He joined the organization as a volunteer in the fall of 2009, following the pursuit of a used bike seat for his road bike, and has been a board member since 2010. Pete spent 8 years on Wall Street prior to obtaining his MBA at The University of Notre Dame and currently works in financial software sales. His goal within Working Bikes is to expand the organization’s footprint via sound and transparent financial decision making. Pete lives with his wife and two children in the East Ukranian Village neighborhood of Chicago.
Eric Wood has been a volunteer at Working Bikes since 2003 and has helped grow the organization through his work with bike drives, acting as a community bike drop location in suburban Elmhurst, and serving as a board member for the past five years. Eric graduated from the University of Tennessee with a BA in Economics and has been in the IT industry for the past 27 years. He was attracted to Working Bikes by their international mission and their focus on rescuing bicycles before they become trash. Eric is an avid cyclist and self-taught bike mechanic.
Paul Fitzgerald – Manager
Marie Akerman – Communications & Development Manager
Alan Lloyd – Mechanic
Aaron Brown – Mechanic
David Nasca – Mechanic
BK Elmore – Volunteer Coordinator
Jeff Coufal (a.k.a. Dutch) – Mechanic