José Luis has been a Board Member since 2009. He was introduced to the work of West Town Bikes by a former member and through collaborative projects with the Puerto Rican Cultural Center. José Luis has been involved in community activism in Humboldt Park since 1979 and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Division Street Business Development Association and Advisory Board of the Youth Empowering Strategies YES/NuFit. He is also Chapter Treasurer of the Latin American Motorcycle Association (LAMA Chicago-West). José Luis graduated in 1984 from the University of Illinois – Chicago with a BA in Political Science and a minor in Latin American History. Currently, he is a Licensed Real Estate Managing Broker and Home Inspector (Casablanca Real Estate) and has been involved with Real Estate activities since 1996.
Board of Directors
Kevin Mitchell rides his bike to work everyday on the off chance that he may run in to an old or new friend, student, teacher, or neighbor. He first came to West Town Bikes as one of Mayor Daley’s Bicycling Ambassadors in 2005. He earned his undergraduate degree in Urban Studies from The Evergreen State College in 2003 and a Master’s degree in the Science of Education from Northwestern University in 2008 and has been teaching at Erie Elementary Charter School in Humboldt Park since 2007. For fun he likes to garden, visit historical markers, and work on bikes. He lives in Chicago with his wife Nora and his son Tommy.
Carlos Hernandez first became involved with West Town Bikes in 2013 when he attended their Build a Bike course. He is a licensed CPA in the state of Illinois and has worked in the financial services industry for 26 years. He received his bachelor's degree in accounting from Indiana University Northwest and his MBA is from University of Chicago. In his free time Carlos enjoys exploring new cities with his wife on bicycle rides. When he is not biking he and his wife enjoy learning to dance the cha cha.
Ryan Lakes is an Architect of 10 years that graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design and Bachelor of Architecture. When Lakes isn’t drawing up blueprints he is competing in the North American Hardcourt league of bike polo, building and riding bikes, and building furniture. Introduced to West Town Bikes by neighbor Steve Marsala (former Board Member) in 2007, Ryan began stopping by on his way to work and eventually became a regular in open shop.
Jim Freeman first became involved with West Town Bikes in 2007 when he taught adult wheel building classes at the North Avenue location. He is a lawyer practicing in Iowa and Illinois. His firm, Freeman Kevenides Law Firm, concentrates their practice advocating on behalf of cyclists. He received his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign in 1996. In 2000 Jim received his Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law. Jim has worked almost exclusively with cyclists since he started his own firm in 2006. In his free time Jim enjoys riding his bicycle and training mixed martial arts.
Lyndsi Barboza has been involved with West Town Bikes since 2010, beginning first as a volunteer for its Women and Transgender Open Shop night before becoming an intern in its Development Department. She joined the organization's Board of Directors in 2013. Lyndsi offers a unique perspective on Chicago's nonprofit sector, having worked for various types of organizations ranging from community development to animal advocacy. She currently works on a contract basis helping Chicago-area nonprofits meet their Resource Development goals. Lyndsi holds a Master's Degree in Nonprofit Administration with a focus in Fundraising from Spertus Institute.
Lori Daane has her Ph.D. in Microbial Ecology from the University of Minnesota and has worked in academia, government, and industry and moved from NYC to Chicago in 2004 to work for Celsis Inc. and is currently the Sr. Director of Scientific Affairs and Method Development for Celsis, a Charles River Company. Lori was introduced to WTB in 2011 when she attended a Basic Bike Maintenance Workshop which evolved into multiple build a bike classes, and volunteering at Women & Trans Open Shop. Lori has several hobbies including beer & sake brewing, but is passionate about old school biking and has several vintage 3-speeds and rides her heavy steel Work Cycle as her go-to commuter bike.
Simona Savitt is currently an MBA candidate at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. As a Kellogg Board Fellow for West Town Bikes, Simona supports the board in its own development and in its initiatives for the organization. Previously, Simona worked in a number of community-based nonprofits in New York City, focusing on fundraising, event planning, and executive leadership training. Simona graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion.
Miguel Angel Morales is the Assistant Director of Research and Training at Family Support Research and Training Center at the Department of Disability of Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago. He earned a Master of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He was previously the Northwest Side Community Programs Coordinator for the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC) and Program Manager at Community Organizing for Obesity Prevention in Humboldt Park (CO-OP: HP). Miguel has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2008.
Francisco Moya first became involved with West Town Bikes while he was working as a Mayor Daily’s Bicycle Ambassador. He was to meet at West Town Bikes for a review of bicycle maintenance and was amazed at what West Town Bikes had to offer and was invited to Open Shop. Francisco began to volunteer his time and eventually was offered a full time job as shop manager. Francisco is now a Chicago Police officer on the Bicycle Patrol. Francisco graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice and a Masters in Education.
Michael started his career in the bike industry in 2008 when he started a company called Bowery Lane Bicycles with some friends. In 2011 he headed back to Chicago, where he was born and raised, to start Heritage Bicycles and launched a creative agency, Heritage Branded. During his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 sons. Michael was introduced to West Town Bikes in 2011 when he moved back to Chicago start Heritage Bicycles. Alex Wilson consulted Michael on bike related processes before opening the doors up in 2012 and even placed youth from programs in the shop as mechanics.