Our crew

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Kelli Kavanaugh - Owner, Tour Guide, Tour Sweeper
Kelli opened Wheelhouse in 2008 with her friend Karen and is now sole owner. She has worked as a freelance writer, in community development and as a bartender. She's a graduate of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses and University of Detroit Mercy; sits on the board of directors of the National Bicycle Dealers Association, the advisory council for MoGo Detroit Bike Share, the Belle Isle Conservancy Community Engagement Committee, and the Hamtramck DDA; and helped to organize the Tour de Troit from 2005-16. She's been a Detroit resident for more than 20 years, is a member of the Detroit Sail Club, and has a Catahoula mix named Exley.

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Tatiana Pastor - General Manager
Originally from Downriver, Tati has officially called Detroit home since 2009. She never went to college but she'll paint you a freehand graffiti piece or some fine art; teach you how to fix a flat; show you how to make a guitar or ukulele chord; debunk your computers; and, make you feel the best weird of your life. She'd move to New Orleans if it wasn't below sea level and she didn't suffer from submechanophobia. 

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Derek Glowacki - Shift Manager
Derek grew up in Sterling Heights and now lives just north of New Center in Detroit. Besides working at the Wheelhouse, he is an accomplished dubstep musician, DJ and promoter. His only flaw is that he loves gas station food.

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Henry Ford II - Tour Guide, Tour Sweeper
Henry is the head assembler at Detroit Bikes, member of the Slow Roll Squad and leads rides for People for Palmer Park. No relation to "that" Henry. He's way more chill.

Mike Darga - Tour Guide
Mike is a civil engineer with Giffels Webster who focuses on non-motorized infrastructure. He is a key organizer of route logistics for the Tour de Troit. He leads the Auto Heritage tour in support of the Model T Automotive Heritage Complex

Tony Ruacho - Tour Guide, Tour Sweeper, Shift Manager

Tony is a bartender at every dive you've ever been to. He's a Hamtramck resident who helps to organize the Hamtramck Labor Day Festival and is a founding member of the Suicide Squad bike gang. 
 

Dan Masterson - Tour GuideTour Sweeper
Dan is Sergeant of Arms for the the local United Auto Workers Union. He  commutes by bike year-round and was awarded the Green Cruiser of the Year award in 2014. He loves long distance touring and has ridden to Cincinnati, Chicago and Milwaukee from Detroit. When he's not riding a bike or working at Wheelhouse, he fosters rescue animals and volunteers at Back Alley Bikes.  He appreciates Detroit-rich tobacco and leads our Cigar tour. 

Kido Pielack - Tour Guide
Kido is a native Detroiter who has been working in the field of Urban Agriculture for the past 10 years. His passion for plants and people led him to a career in organic landscaping and apprenticeship in urban agriculture and  studies with the MSU Student Organic Farmer Training Program to his current position, Education Coordinator at  Keep Growing Detroit.    Kido leads Wheelhouse's monthly Urban Agriculture tour in support of KGD.                                                                             

Marc Langlois - Tour Guide
Marc is an artist, the preparatory assistant at the Detroit Institute of Arts and he leads Wheelhouse's monthly public art tour. Oh, and he's wicked fast when he races mountain and cyclocross.

Reg McGhee - Tour Guide, Tour Sweeper
Reg is a longtime Detroiter and an avid cyclist. Growing up in Detroit has given him a wealth of knowledge of the city's neighborhoods, its history and its many changes that he shares on his tours. He is familiar with the city's diverse bike culture and his many decades of cycling enables him to share helpful information on bike riding to new and experienced cyclist alike. Working at Wheelhouse perfectly combines his love of cycling with his passion for the city and its people.

Malik Bennett - Shop Help
Malik is a life-long Detroiter that came on board in the Summer of 2016 through Grow Detroit's Young Talent Program. Currently, he is studying Photography at Macomb Community College. 

Linda Zalewski - Bookings & Marketing Coordinator, Shift Manager
Linda is a free spirit who lives in the 'burbs with her husband and dog. When not at the bike shop she can be found at Cellarmens drinking delicious craft mead, cider, and beer made by her very own wonderful husband and fabulous friends and partners. Her favorite pastime is napping.

Francisco Lopez - Tour Guide
With an advanced degree in Art History, Francisco is a senior administrator at the College for Creative Studies. He has presented papers and taught college classes in Art History and, more generally, the Humanities. Francisco currently lives in Grosse Pointe with his wife and three children, and enjoys commuting to work in Midtown by bike. He is interested in the history of Detroit, and the city's architectural heritage. Having lived in New York City and Washington, DC, Francisco can't keep away from Detroit. He keeps coming back! Francisco leads the monthly architecture tour at Wheelhouse.    

Mike Gardner - Shift Manager

Mike lives in and commutes from the University District. Besides working at Wheelhouse, he lends a hand over at Atwater Brewing Co. He's a renowned time traveler and an award-winning frog counter.

 

 

 

 

     

 

 

Joe Gifford - Tour Guide, Tour Sweeper

Riding with Wheelhouse combines Joe’s two favorite activities: exploring Detroit and riding bikes! By day he works in community development, writing grants and developing nonprofit programming. He is a steel bike nerd thanks to Rivendell Bicycle Works and thinks every bike should have a basket or some useful bags. He lives with his wife and their dog in the University District, and enjoys guiding visitors through his neighborhood on the Palmer Park tour.

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Joseline Hall - Shop Help

 Joseline is a native Detroiter that loves to laugh and eat pepperoni pizza. She came on board to work at Wheelhouse in the Summer of 2017 through Grow Detroit's Young Talent Program. When not at work or has time to chill, she's dancing in her room listening to BTS. Yes, she's part of the ARMY.

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Ryan Alexander - Shop Help

Ryan is quiet and friendly. He's been adjusting saddles for rental customers at the Rivertown location for two seasons now. On weekends you can catch him parking bikes at the DCFC matches!

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Jabare Stinson - Shop Help

Jabare is a Detroit lifer.  He attends Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High and is a 2018 graduate from Randolph Career and Technical Center where he studied heating ventilation and air conditioning. On Jabare's free time he loves to study carpentry and HVAC to pursue his future.

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