Tim O'Mara, Executive Director
Tim O’Mara is the 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 over 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 Manager
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.
Rachel kENDaLL, OFFICE SERVICES COORDINATOR
Rachel Kendall joined the Bearings Bike Shop team in the spring of 2018 as the Office Services Coordinator. After earning her M.Ed in Human Development and Leadership with an emphasis in nonprofit, she moved to Atlanta with the dreams of working for a nonprofit. Rachel spent 2 years working in Student Affairs at Georgia State University before coming to Bearings. For as long as she can remember, Rachel has always wanted to work for an organization that focused on helping youth.
andrew kobayashi, lead bicycle mechanic
Andrew Kobayashi is our new Lead Bicycle Mechanic at Bearings. Cycling and community engagement are a fundamental part of his values. Previous to coming to Bearings, Andrew worked in the restaurant industry before leaving to manage a local bike shop. With several years in the cycling community of Atlanta, Andrew sees it as a privilege and responsibility to make cycling infrastructure and knowledge accessible to the city of Atlanta. He believes that quality service to both, people and of bikes is essential.
Kenny reep, Service coordinator
Kenny Reep joined the team at Bearings Bike Shop in 2017 as a Service Coordinator after serving as an Officer in the United States Marine Corps for almost 5 years. After being away from Atlanta and the bicycle industry for nearly a decade, his role at Bearings has renewed his passion for the technical discipline of bicycle maintenance, for the joy of riding, and the unlimited possibility for adventure that a bike can provide. He believes strongly in the importance of bicycles in the modern world and loves to help get people engaged in riding and stay riding. Kenny is passionate about helping others learn self-sufficiency and confidence with their bikes and strives to help every child that visits Bearings strengthen their weaknesses and gain skills for life. Kenny has lived in the West End neighborhood since 2017 with his wife Meghan and son Landon and is currently pursuing his BS in Aeronautics.
Tim simpson, outreach coordinator
Tim S. serves as the Outreach Coordinator for Bearings Bike Shop. He graduated from in the University of West Georgia with a bachelor's degree in Journalism. Tim moved to Atlanta in October with the passion and drive to do ministry in areas like Adair Park and currently serves as a pastoral intern at Cornerstone Church Atlanta. In his spare time, Tim, loves to read, write and play basketball.
Lekita Chambers, Program aSSOCIATE
Meet Lekita! She is one of the Bearings Bike Shop Program Associates. Originally from Nassau Bahamas, with an MBA in International Marketing, Lekita has enjoyed working in youth development programs like Key Club and Junior Achievement for more than 21 years.
In 2017 while her husband was less than 12 ft away warming up his car in the driveway, a 12 year old walked in her yard and managed to quickly steal their truck. Thirteen minutes later, the truck was found totaled and the boy terribly injured. It was then that Lekita started the Youth Program, Eagle Wings, to help provide bright futures for children in her community. As the leader of Eagle Wings, Lekita transports kids to and from development programs like the Bearings Bike Shop “Build a Bike" program, Chess at the library and Hook a kid on Golf on the community's golf course.
She plans to ensure that the next generation of children has the same opportunities for life that she did. For Lekita, nothing compares to the smiles on kids faces when they participate in these programs and develop or receive earned chess mats, golf clubs or bikes through the Bearings Bike shop program from their hard work and dedication to these programs.