Team Shine 2013

About Us

Our employees are a diverse group of people from various regions of the country. We come together to form Team Shine to deliver our amazing iCan Bike program. It is a joy to serve communities around North America working with the rest of our team members – hosts, volunteers, riders, families, sponsors and facility staff.

Team Shine

iCan Shine (formerly Lose The Training Wheels) is currently operated by two full-time, year-round management employees and approximately two dozen seasonal employees.  Our seasonal staff are our Floor Supervisors and Bike Technicians that conduct our iCan Bike programs.  Our busiest season is the Summer, but our iCan Bike programs occur year-round.

The name change of our organization in late 2012 from Lose The Training Wheels to iCan Shine occurred as the result of a vision and mission to expand programs offered to people with disabilities in the future from our iCan Bike program to include activities such as swimming, dancing and gymnastics.  We are currently in the planning stages of new programs and hope to begin introducing them in 2014.

Management

Lisa Ruby

Founder, Executive Director

As Executive Director, Lisa is responsible for overseeing all aspects of iCan Shine with a primary focus on implementing our vision through strategic planning, business development, alliance building with other nonprofit organizations, fundraising, marketing, program and staff development.

Lisa brings two decades of management and business experience.  After a successful career in information technology, including starting and managing a successful consulting business for six years, Lisa chose to change her career path to work for and with children and found her way to adapted recreation where she has worked for the past eight years.

Lisa believes that play is the purest form of therapy the world has to offer, and physical play the most beneficial for body, mind and soul.  Lisa devotes her time and effort to delivering the highest quality programs, working to ensure that everyone involved with iCan Shine, including staff, participants, families, volunteers, hosts, sponsors and partners – learn and teach in a supportive environment.

Lisa currently resides near Washington, DC and can be reached at:  lisa@icanshine.org


 

Jeffrey Sullivan

Co-Founder, Director of Finance & Administration

As Director of Finance & Administration, Jeff is responsible for strategic planning, business development, camp host planning and coordination, finance, accounting and other administrative duties.

Before beginning with iCan Shine, Jeff formed and served as the Camp Director of four of our bike camps in the Philadelphia area beginning in 2009 shortly after being inspired by his son’s successful completion of a camp.  In 2007 he co-founded and served as Board Chair for the Autism Horizon Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in North Carolina.

Prior to making the switch to the nonprofit world, from 2003 to 2007, Jeff served as VP, Corporate Controller for Henry Schein, Inc., a Fortune 500 Company in the healthcare industry in New York.  From 1999 to 2003, he served as VP, Accounting & Financial Reporting for Insight Communications, Inc. in New York.  Jeff began his professional career in 1991 at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in New York where he worked for eight years in the Business Assurance Practice as a CPA specializing in the nonprofit industry.  He earned an MBA and a BA in English before beginning his professional career.

Jeff currently resides near Philadelphia, PA and can be reached at:  jeff@icanshine.org


 

Staff

PetePete Bataillon, Bike Technician

Hometown:  Omaha, NE

Hobbies & Interests:  Road and mountain biking, music

I love working for iCan Shine because… I get to meet so many new riders and their families.  Also, I love experiencing many parts of the country in a unique way.


JillianJillian Bonior, Floor Supervisor

Hometown:  Fresno, CA

Hobbies & Interests:  Swimming, hiking, cycling, playing card/board games and being with good company

I love working for iCan Shine because… it’s an absolutely rewarding experience. Seeing the smiles on not only the child’s face but also the parent’s face from that feeling of “I Can” is extremely gratifying. Working for iCan Shine allows me to work with a wonderful group of people and travel all at the same time. Overall it is a fun, exciting, and fulfilling environment. What’s not to love?


Kenan Brod, Floor Supervisor

Hometown:  Muncie, IN

Hobbies & Interests:  Volleyball, basketball, spending time with family and friends, playing my guitar, and attending concerts

I love working for iCan Shine because… it doesn’t feel like a job to me.  To be able to work with children, encourage physical activity, and promote health is my true passion… and this job incorporates all of the above!  I love traveling the country with fantastic co-workers.  I’m truly blessed to be a part of this program.


Donovan Bryan, Floor Supervisor

Hometown:  Fort Wayne, IN

Hobbies & Interests:  Weightlifting, eating and learning

I love working for iCan Shine because…

  1. It’s awesome!
  2. I get to hang out with amazing people everyday!
  3. I get to listen to ‘One Direction’ EVERYDAY (Riders most requested music)!
  4. I get to see a different city and eat new food every week!
  5. Did I mention I get to listen to ‘One Direction’ EVERYDAY?!!

Cory Bunner, Bike Technician

Hometown:  Jacksonville, IL

Hobbies & Interests:  Weightlifting, running, biking, fantasy sports, sport card collecting, dogs (Koda and Finley) and my Dodge Cummins

I love working for iCan Shine because… I get the fulfillment of changing so many families’ lives.  There is nothing better in my opinion than helping someone achieve a skill that many of us take for granted.  There aren’t too many better things in life than seeing a rider get on two wheels for the first time and those moments are the reason I have been doing this for going on 6 YEARS!!!


AmyAmy Casale, Floor Supervisor

Hometown:  Galloway, NJ

Hobbies & Interests:  Cycling, hiking, running, painting, traveling and writing

I love working for iCan Shine because… I remember as a kid I used to spend day-in and day-out on my bike, riding around my neighborhood and that love for cycling has stayed with me.  I think that everyone should feel the wind in their hair and the joy bike riding brings.  I want to make a difference in people’s lives and helping these children learn how to ride and seeing the joy in their faces is something that will forever stay with me.


Kevin Crenshaw, Floor Supervisor

Hometown:  Fairfax, VA

Hobbies & Interests:  Running, cycling, student at George Mason University, member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity

I love working for iCan Shine because… my younger brother has autism and I learned early on that my brother can achieve many great things if given the right mix of compassion, patience, and knowledge.   Many of his teachers and caregivers made a positive impact on my brother becoming the awesome young man that he is today.  Therefore, I want to “pay it forward” and be that impact for other families with special needs.  Working for iCan Shine allows me to make that difference in only five days!


GabeyGabrielle Davis, Floor Supervisor

Hometown:  Greendale, WI

Hobbies & Interests:  Swimming, running, soccer, rollerblading, watching sports, arts & crafts, playing with the animals at the Humane Society, food and nutrition and athletic training

I love working for iCan Shine because… it gives me the opportunity to show others what they are truly capable of with something so simple as motivation and encouragement. This program takes a skill that seems impossible and makes it an accomplishment in 5 short days. Being able to see the progress over the course of the week is simply indescribable. I can honestly say that iCan Shine has been the most rewarding experience of my life.


Abbi Feltner, Floor Supervisor

Hometown:  Portland, OR

Hobbies & Interests:  Running, playing with my dogs and working in the garden

I love working for iCan Shine because… I get to travel around the United States and Canada, see amazing sights and meet awesome people… All while sharing the joy of riding a bike!  Doesn’t get much better than that!


LilyLily Gross, Bike Technician

Hometown:  Carrollton, TX

Hobbies & Interests:  Cycling, yoga, running, cooking, movies, writing, reading, coffee!, travel, keeping in touch with friends old and new

I love working for iCan Shine because… I have enjoyed countless opportunities and so much support from those around me since my own childhood that I feel a calling to pay it forward. iCan Shine gives me a chance to give back, and I’m humbled by the lessons I learn in the process. Plus, as a cycling enthusiast and advocate, it’s an inherent passion to encourage others to get on two wheels!


AmandaAmanda Keller, Floor Supervisor

Hometown:  Scotia, NY

Hobbies & Interests:  Swimming, boating, hiking, camping, cheerleading, softball, spending time with family and friends and doing puzzles

I love working for iCan Shine because… I love working with children and for the past four years I have volunteered at my local iCan Shine bike camp. I enjoy traveling and what better way to spend my summer than doing what I love most, working with children and teaching them how to ride a bike. Seeing the faces of each and every child as they learn how to ride is the most rewarding part of the job!


Mark Knape, Bike Technician

Hometown:  Walkerton, IN

Hobbies & Interests:  Riding horses, anything active, and spending time with friends and family

I love working for iCan Shine because… when you enjoy doing what we do as much as I do, you can’t call it working.  I have always loved to travel, but now I’m lucky enough to help and meet some truly wonderful individuals.  And I haven’t looked into it, but I’m pretty sure there is no other job with a “Tandem Tuesday.”


HannahHannah Langdon, Floor Supervisor

Hometown:  Omaha, NE

Hobbies & Interests:  Spending time with family and friends, rowing, coaching, sewing, cooking, filming and watching movies

I love working for iCan Shine because… it’s an amazing opportunity to help children find their bike-riding abilities!  It gives me the opportunity to travel while meeting new people and learning from every new experience.


PeterPeter Lund, Bike Technician

Hometown: Boulder, CO

Hobbies & Interests: Traveling, camping, cycling, playing music, writing and building stuff.

I love working for iCan Shine because… it’s active, I get to travel, and I get to help people.  Running around the country, sharing the wonders of bikes with people and seeing them grow and change their attitude is about as good as it gets!  That and ending each day with a sweaty brow and greasy hands makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something real.


Brent Mueller, Lead Bike Technician

Hometown:  Millstadt, IL

Hobbies & Interests:  Biking, basketball, cross-fitness, camping, swimming, boating, road trips, and outdoor activities

I love working for iCan Shine because… I enjoy working with people with disabilities.  I’m an elementary PE teacher during the school year.  Teaching children has been a part of my life for many years and I want to continue by teaching special education one day.  This opportunity has allowed me to see young people work to accomplish a goal that they, their parents and friends thought would never happen.  I love hearing the different success stories from riders and parents.  They develop a belief that any obstacle can be conquered.


Genna Noel, Floor Supervisor

Hometown:  Schererville, IN

Hobbies & Interests:  Reading, running and spending time with family and friends

I love working for iCan Shine because… it doesn’t even feel like work.  I wake up everyday for camp excited to get started.  I’ve met some of the most amazing people traveling from camp to camp, and they have all left a huge impact on my life.  I cannot imagine being involved in a better program.


Andrea Patrick, Lead Floor Supervisor

Hometown:  Fairborn, OH

Hobbies & Interests:  Basketball, volleyball, running and cooking

I love working for iCan Shine because… I get to travel all over the country and meet people who come together to help others.  I’m continually amazed by the strength, dedication and compassion I see from everyone involved in our programs.  There is nothing better than watching miracles happen in front of your eyes!


ChrisChris Patton, Bike Technician

Hometown:  Walkerton, IN

Hobbies & Interests:  Golfing, rock climbing, and hanging out with good friends

I love working for iCan Shine because… making a difference is the most important thing you can do in your life, and iCan Shine is the kind of organization where everyone makes a difference.


John Reyes, Bike Technician

Hometown:  San Antonio, TX

Hobbies & Interests:  Cycling, all things bike-related (I’m a pedicab operator) and theater and performance arts

I love working for iCan Shine because… I have a huge passion for cycling and I love being able to share that passion, and to a greater extent physical fitness, with others who may not otherwise get a chance.  I also think if you’ve got a job that requires gym shorts and a backpack, you’ve done something right.


GarrettGarrett Smith, Bike Technician

Hometown:  North Liberty, IN

Hobbies & Interests:  Hiking, fishing, politics and spending time with friends

I love working for iCan Shine because… it is an awesome job that allows me to give back and positively affect someone’s life. It is a true honor just to be involved.


Clayton Whalen, Bike Technician

Hometown:  Walkerton, IN

Hobbies & Interests:  Movies, music, football coaching, weightlifting, comic books and mythology

I love working for iCan Shine because… I love traveling, meeting new people, seeing new sites, but most of all I love seeing the joy in the faces of the lives that we touch.  Our hotels are usually pretty sweet too.


LeighLeigh Wood, Floor Supervisor

Hometown:  Virginia Beach, VA

Hobbies & Interests:  Running, hiking, biking, and doing all those things with my two boxers. I also enjoy going to the beach, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

I love working for iCan Shine because…. being physically active is the best part of my life and I love helping others become more active and reach their goals.