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 Hamtramck DDA; served as a board member of the National Bicycle Dealers Association; and helped to organize the Tour de Troit from 2005-16. She moved to Detroit in the 90’s and has a Catahoula named Exley and a Blue Tick Coon Hound named Jack.
Tatiana Pastor - General Manager
Originally from Downriver, Tati has officially called the City home since 2009. She'll paint you a freehand graffiti piece or some fine art; take you on a bike riding adventure; teach you how to fix a flat; show you how to make a guitar or ukulele chord; debunk your computers; or maybe wreck you in a strategy game. She takes care of Wheelhouse’s fish mascots but suffers from submechanophobia (yah, it’s a thing). She lives in Southwest with her cat and two robots.
Tony Ruacho - Tour Guide, Tour Sweeper
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 Guide, Tour 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 more than 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 Urban Agriculture tour in support of KGD.
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.
Amanda Rosales - Tour Guide
Amanda has lived in Detroit since 2012 and is a proud North Rosedale Park resident. Her family were some of the first settlers of Delray. She is a longtime Wayne State University employee and is an expert in helping people find their way back to an educational path - Go Warriors! As a former Milwaukee resident, Amanda is no stranger to urban biking. On the weekends, you can find her untethered and riding with her cycling family - cruising down gravel roads, trying her hand at single track, bike packing to the other side of the state, and sometimes hitting the trail on foot to see things in slow motion. She is a retired marathoner, newly minted ultra marathoner, and self-proclaimed slogger (slow jogger).
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.
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.
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. He is studying Philosophy at the University of Michigan - Flint. On weekends you can catch him parking bikes at the DCFC matches!
Chris Gongora - Tour Guide
Chris is a designer at a local architecture and development firm. He grew up in Miami, where he completed a masters degree in architecture with a focus in history, theory and criticism. He enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for history and construction, and knows the best way to see a city is on a bike! When he isn’t working, studying or giving tours, you can find Chris enjoying long distance runs and obsessing over brick road paving.
Ryan Glowacki - Shop Help
Since a young age, Ryan has been in the city and around manufacturing. He grew up hanging around the Ren Cen, where his dad was a hotel electrician, and he later joined the rest of the family in the auto industry at Chrysler.
A former business owner of both a CNC machine and carpentry shop inspired by the drillium design of the 70's racing scene, he began making his own chainrings and started researching the city's rich history of bicycling. He became fascinated with the history of world-class racers and hand made bicycles and he wanted to be part of the comeback, which led him to the Wheelhouse. He hopes to one day reopen his shop to continue the craft and to manufacture bicycle components right here in Detroit.