Who We Are
Building Bikes, Building Futures
The Community Bicycle Center (CBC) believes that every child deserves a safe place to connect and grow during the critical non-school hours, which is why we provide daily afterschool programming and summer camps, free of charge, for over 400 young people each year.
Led by an active Board of Directors, caring staff, peer leaders, and adult volunteers across Southern Maine and beyond, the CBC is committed to supporting equity in the after-school environment and increasing access to critical out-of-school programming for all youth. A completed permission form is a young person’s only requirement to join!
Since the CBC’s inception as a volunteer-run program in January 2001 and its incorporation in December 2005, this notoriously cost-free, low/no barrier program (“just walk in; we’ll take care of the rest”) has become an essential part of a healthy childhood for hundreds of kids, their siblings, and families in Biddeford and surrounding communities.
The CBC offers eight distinct programs in addition to civic engagement opportunities and educational programming four days-a-week through a codified partnership with the Biddeford School Department. Our core program is daily, drop-in open shop time for kids to connect and grow through hands-on bike repair with adult and peer-to-peer mentors.
Beyond creating opportunities for leadership, job skill development, mentoring relationships, diverse educational pathways, free summer camp, and community outreach, the CBC provides young people with a safe space to build community, unplug, connect with positive people, and to simply belong.
Our approach to youth development is based on developmental asset research (what kids need to succeed) and geared toward developing critical life skills including reliance, problem-solving and goal-persistence. We are focused on long-term outcomes, taking a strengths-based approach to increasing the protective factors that promote positive social-emotional health and social well-being, and integrating youth in physical fitness, outdoor recreation and mind/body health in the process.
Mission: Provide youth enrichment opportunities for personal growth through bicycling-related activities.
Vision: As a result of engagement with the Community Bicycle Center’s programming and staff, youth will develop beliefs, attitudes, skills, and actions to be successful in relationships, educational pursuits, future employment, health and civic engagement.
The CBC focuses on Providing Opportunities for Youth to Grow through six key priority areas (Strategic Plan 2017-2020):
Youth Development: Provide low-barrier, high-quality program activities that address the developmental needs of all youth and young adults ages 8-18 years.
Social Responsibility: Promote civic engagement and service learning among youth and young adults.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math): Increase youth access to hands-on STEM learning experiences through CBC programs and provide opportunities of increasing complexity for youth to develop STEM competencies.
Job Readiness: Engage older youth in soft and technical job skills development opportunities through Kids Bike Factory (KBF).
Healthy Living: Provide activities that engage youth in physical fitness, outdoor recreation, and mind/body health.
Sustainability: Develop the four components of organizational sustainability: people resources, partnerships & collaborations, communications, and resource development.
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board and staff
Melissa Cilley, 2019 Interim Executive Director / Strategic Consultant
Melissa joined the team in November to guide the CBC through leadership and other strategic changes. With 15 years of non-profit leadership, she was thrilled to have the opportunity to help such an impactful organization. Though she planned to stay only a few months, she loved the CBC too much to leave and will be on board through 2019. Melissa has experience as an education lawyer in Maine, New Hampshire, Washington and Missouri, and as a preschool and kindergarten teacher. While she is not at the CBC or consulting with other non-profit clients, she is the Vice Chair for Youth and Family Outreach’s Board of Directors and a volunteer for Junior Achievement. Melissa enjoys KIDS, walking in the woods with her rescue dog, Andy, hiking, camping, creating stained glass, reading, acting at Biddeford’s beautiful City Theater, and spending time with her husband and their three adult children (and new son-in-law!).
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Brian Chin, President
Doug Dolan, Vice President
Megan Nadeau, Secretary
Laurie Jo Ready, Treasurer
Andy Greif, Director Emeritus
Cliff Oliver, Program Director
Cliff joined the CBC in July 2017 as a volunteer and part-time Summer Programming Assistant. He quickly joining the CBC staff full-time as the Community Outreach Coordinator before taking on his current role as Program Director. Cliff is a native of Biddeford and recently moved back to Maine after serving in the U.S. Army for 24 years with numerous assignments including 11.5 years in Germany where he traveled (and biked) around Europe in his free time. After many years of developing outreach-based programs and services for diverse communities around the globe, he has already made an impact at the CBC by enriching its programs and sharing his knowledge and experience to support its mission. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and will use his background in program management and entrepreneurial savvy to lead the Kid’s Bike Factory and CBC programs into the future. He enjoys repairing and refurbishing bicycles and is a United Bicycle Institute certified bicycle mechanic and wheel builder.
Cliff is an avid mountain biker, fat biker and adventure cyclist who only recently started riding on the road with the CBC and the Trek Across Maine Team. Look for him on the Clifford Park trails when he’s not in the CBC shop mentoring youth through bikes! Cliff also looks forward to riding as a tandem captain for the 2019 Trek Across Maine. He is a devoted husband, father of three and a recent grandfather too!
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William “Woodie” Worthley, Program Manager – Trek2Connect
Woodie has been involved with the CBC since 2010. He has served many different roles, including as a volunteer and former Board of Director’s member. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Maine. Woodie has a wealth of bicycle repair knowledge that he has obtained through over a decade in the bicycle industry. If Woodie is not in the shop connecting with kids, he is riding the CBC trails with participants or looking for a challenger in a game of chess. Woodie is also accepting challengers in games of UNO and four-square. Woodie is “super excited” about the launch of the CBC’s new program, Trek2Connect (T2C). T2C is a new adventure-based mentoring program that engages youth from seventh-grade through to graduation, aimed at raising and sustaining student aspirations. Woodie is excited to travel and explore new places with students. Outside of CBC life, Woodie enjoys skiing, mountain biking, hiking, and working on mechanical projects. He is a also an automobile racing enthusiast.
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Peter Yanson, Program Specialist
Peter joined the CBC in spring of 2019 as the Program Specialist. He has a background in youth education and is an avid road biker who is excited to get more adept at mountain biking and bicycle maintenance. He is looking forward to helping to usher in some ambitious new programs at the CBC, as well as maintain the excellence of the current ones.
Originally from southern Florida, Peter found that he truly belongs up north among mountains and seasons when he moved up to Maine to attend Bowdoin College. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree in 2016, he completed a southbound thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2017, hiking 2650 miles in 3.5 months. When not in the CBC, Peter enjoys skiing, climbing, trail running, reading, and writing.
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Victoria “Tory” Gordon, Administrative Associate and Volunteer Coordinator (AAVC)
Victoria became a part of the CBC team in the spring of 2019 as the Administrative Associate and Volunteer Coordinator. Victoria has a background in youth education, literature, academic writing, hospitality, and art. Her hope for joining the CBC is to honor the organization’s established community connections and foster new ones; increase awareness of the history, programs, and resources the CBC offers; and to help strengthen overall sustainability so that the CBC may continue to serve all youth that walk through our doors.
Victoria is originally from western Maine. After graduating from Mountain Valley High School in Rumford, she moved to the greater Boston area for five years where she attended Lesley University. While she loved living in this area, Victoria knew that her home would always be in Maine. Upon completion of her undergraduate thesis, Victoria returned to Biddeford (her mother’s hometown) where she was drawn in to the vibrant, changing community. When she is not at her desk at 45 Granite, Victoria works at Banded Brewing, paints watercolors, reads, writes, and enjoys the rich natural landscape of Southern Maine.