Nhatt Nichols, Program Director
Nhatt grew up with survivalist parents and horses in north-central Washington. She was coerced into re-learning how to ride a bike at age 18, and she had little idea how much it would completely impact the course of her life. Shortly after being re- introduced to two wheels she took Bike Fix's mechanic class, and spent the next 15 years working as a mechanic, bike messenger, and enriching more lives by teaching others the fine art of bike fixing. From touring to BMX, track racing to mountain biking, there is very little she has not at least attempted to do on a bicycle and is very passionate about encouraging others to try riding every and anything that is possible on a bike. Nhatt has her MFA from the Royal Drawing School in London, and when she is not out shredding the local trails she can be found in the studio or writing poetry.
Nick Favicchio, Shop MANAGER/Mechanic
Nick is from Rhinebeck, NY. He has been a custodian, a busboy, a waiter, a tutor, a van driver, a professional trail crew leader, a substitute teacher, a NABCEP certified photovoltaic installer/auditor/construction manager, a special education para- educator, a journeyman electrician and is now a bicycle mechanic. He's lived in the Northwest since 2006 and has known LOVELY people in Port Townsend since 2007 and finally moved here for good 3 years ago with his wife Sarah.
Nick has an abiding passion for riding and fiddling with bicycles, particularly old ones with pretty lugs. He cohabitates with a few bikes, but his main squeeze is a Motobecane his father bought new in 1976. It's super extra pretty.
Jonathan Arp, Shop Mechanic
Jonathan, born in North Carolina, grew up on the coast of Virginia. He parted out bikes as a kid and arrived in Richmond to study sculpture at VCU with a blue tired banana seated BMX bike, only to fall in love with commuter bikes and bikes that haul things. This led to touring at home and abroad and a life of various jobs around food and education, including driving a bookmobile in Norfolk, VA. His professional bike shop experience started in a small shop in Portsmouth where he was involved in projects that ranged from restoring classic bikes, including one from 1894, to repairing carbon fiber Colnagos. During his move westward with his wife and daughter he spent some time in Colorado fabricating a frame, fork,and a couple of handlebars. He is excited to ride the roads and trails in this area and he hopes to eventually make more bikes.
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Kees Kolff, President of the Board
Kees and his wife Helen have been residents in Port Townsend since 1997. Kees graduated from Harvard with an MD and a Master's of Public Health. He served 2 years with the US Public Health service in Puerto Rico as an epidemiologist and then completed training in Pediatrics at the University of Washington. For 17 years Kees was medical director of the SeaMar Community Health Centers, serving Hispanics, migrant and seasonal farm workers, refugees and other mostly low-income populations in Western Washington.
Since moving to Port Townsned Kees has served as president of Jefferson Land Trust, on City Council, and as Mayor. Most recently he was chair of the Jefferson County/Port Townsend Climate Action Committee and helped develop the newly adopted Climate Action Plan. He recently helped create and chair the newly formed East Jefferson Biomass Committee of the local Sierra Club. Kees and Helen co- founded and live in the Port Townsend EcoVillage,They live in smaller than average homes and share
many resources like a shop, tools, gas cars, an electric car and a large community garden. They host workshops, have a small CSA, and welcome guests and new members. Kees is currently building a new "super-insulated" energy efficient home. The mission of the ReCyclery fits in perfectly with the sustainability goals shared by Kees, Helen, and their fellow EcoVillage.
Sarah Doyle, Secretary
Sarah, A Baltimore native, Sarah grew up in an urban city that had poor infrastructure for bicyclists and a separation from the natural world. Through adventures in the wilderness, Sarah developed an intense desire to protect the natural world around her. She followed her passions to college, where she received a B.A. degree in Environmental Studies with a minor in Biology and spent a semester abroad, studying at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Sarah is currently the Stewardship Coordinator at the North Olympic Salmon Coalition, a non-profit salmon habitat restoration group based out of Port Hadlock. She coordinates tree plantings, writes grants and conducts scientific monitoring at restoration sites.
Sarah began frequenting the ReCyclery because she was attracted to the vibrant community that supports the organization as well as the wonderful volunteers and staff that exude energy and passion about bicycling. She is excited for the future of this organization and the future of bicycle ridership in
Jefferson County. Sarah is hopeful that the work we do will inspire the next generation of bicyclists riding for everyday transportation in our town.
Sam Feinson - VP
Sam rediscovered his love of cycling in the summer of 2006, when he got on a bike for the first time in over a decade. A few years, repair classes, and bicycles later, he couldn't imagine doing without. For him, a bicycle is not just sustainable transportation -- it's a ticket to exploration and fun. After a childhood in New Hampshire, Sam received his undergraduate degree from McGill University in Montreal, and his law degree from Seattle University. Having lived in several cities all over the world, he is now proud to call Port Townsend his home. Sam practices criminal defense and family law when he isn't out riding.
Lia first discovered the joys and possibilities of biking for transportation after moving to Eugene, Oregon from the car-centric suburb of her childhood. Since then, she has biked for daily transportation, camping adventures, and everything in between. After completing her undergraduate degree at University of Oregon and graduate studies in Austin, Texas, Lia worked as a bilingual speech-language pathologist, serving Spanish & English speaking children and their families. Happy to be back to her Pacific Northwest roots, she is grateful for every opportunity to explore this beautiful part of the world. Lia is inspired by the ReCyclery's dedication to making cycling accessible and fun for the whole community!
Lucianne has lived in Jefferson County for 30+ years. She is currently the Finance Manager for a non-profit organization that works with victims of domestic violence and has a background in retail grocery management. Lucianne uses her bike for both fun and fitness. She is a slow (but enthusiastic!) participant in triathlons and duathlons and enjoys competing in Masters swim meets. She is happily vegan, an avid reader, and a crazy dog lady.