Tim O'Mara, Executive Director
Tim O’Mara is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Bearings Bike Shop. Before starting the bike shop, Tim was a self-taught entrepreneur, building a stock imagery and videography business from the ground up. His passion for working with youth and children began in 2000 and continued for 12 years as he volunteered in church youth ministry, mentoring teens and leading worship service production. As a student, Tim struggled in school, eventually leading him to drop out of high school at the age of 17. Having forged a path through difficult circumstances allows him a unique connection point to many of the families the Bearings Bike Shop serves. His matter-of-fact personality and fearlessness grant him unique credibility on the streets of Atlanta’s hardest neighborhoods. He and Becky have been residents of Adair Park for almost 10 years and have two children.
becky o'mara, director of operations and advancement
Becky O'Mara serves the bike shop by building the operational backbone of the organization and advancing the program by building relationships with supporters. Becky's background is varied but has always involved system building, people leadership and problem solving. She possesses strong interpersonal and communication skills, and specializes in planning and logistics. Becky spent five years working in children's ministry at 12Stone Church, then one of the fastest growing churches in the country. From 2011 to 2016, Becky managed the staff at Matchstic, a boutique branding agency, first as Project Manager and later as Operations Manager. She oversaw system development related to tracking key performance indicators and the operational systems that impacted those areas. She's worked with some of the city's largest brands including Chick-fil-A, Coca-Cola, and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.
Claire dozier, program coordinator
Claire Dozier joined the Bearings Bike Shop team in 2017 with ten years of experience in various educational and non-profit settings. She managed an after-school athletic and educational program for refugee youth before earning her M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction (Montana State University) and becoming a certified teacher, going on to teach both middle- and high-school students. Her passion is increasing access to educational and employment opportunities for all young people, whether they are new arrivals to the U.S. or the first in their families to graduate high school. She’s a native of metro Atlanta and lives in the Mechanicsville neighborhood with her husband Jason.
mike clauson, Shop mechanic
Mike joined the team at Bearings Bike Shop in 2016. He has worked as an auto mechanic for many years, and recently decided to transfer his skills as an auto mechanic to bike mechanic. He has experience working in youth programs, and enjoys working with kids. Mike spends his time in the shop working with our interns and repairing bikes that have been donated. He also repairs bikes for customers in the shop and empowers our interns to do the same. He brings his pocket-knife of skills every day and puts them to excellent use.
alie heenan, operations coordinator
Alie joined the Bearings Bike Shop team in 2017, shortly after graduating from Georgia State University with a degree in Psychology with a 3.9 GPA. Before joining us, Alie worked for some of the highest performing companies in the world. She started at Chick-fil-A, where she quickly progressed from Team Member to Manager. She then served as the Marketing and Events Coordinator where she planned and hosted events to engage the Chick-fil-A community. She has additional experience at Walt Disney World and Apple, Inc., as well as Atlanta favorites King of Pops and Georgia State University. Alie brings to the table skills in customer service, marketing, public relations, event planning, and writing.