Chris is an engineer, inventor, and entrepreneur at heart. He is responsible for creating, implementing, and managing CA Bikes products vision. He has experience in advanced engineering, management, and financing of companies. Chris is the oldest of five children, became an Orphan after losing both his parents to the HIV virus.He became the head of the household and caretaker of his siblings at the age of seven an experience he credits for his leadership abilities. He holds a BS and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and is currently pursuing his PhD at the same Institution.
After graduating from Azusa Pacific University with a degree in International Business, Dustin partnered with Vaughn Spethmann to co-found Zambikes and its first social business project in Zambia. Dustin’s passion for creating innovative transportation solutions for developing countries has been the backbone for Zambikes growth since its inception. Dustin provides leadership training and professional consultation to Zambikes in Zambia, Uganda, and in the States. In this focus, Dustin has helped to grow Zambikes and its product market to be one of the most well-known and sought after transportation solutions specializing in trailer products and superior customer service. His discernment and strength in leadership development and business skills training has allowed him to enhance the lives of more than 50 Zambikes team members. He recently married Lauren, and the two of them are living and working from Kampala, Uganda.
Nichole is our Senior Events Manager and is responsible for planning all fundraising and events for CA Bikes inc. She is originally from Fort Collins, Colorado and attended Arizona State University in 2009. She has gained several years of experience in event planning and fundraising by working with numerous organizations and upholding titles such as Events Director and Events Specialist. Her philosophy when working is to make each event as stress free and enjoyable as possible. Nichole is an expert in communication and is extremely detail oriented. She enjoys being outdoors and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Ally has recently left rainy London for sunny California. With him, he brings over 10 years experience in digital and social marketing working with some of the most innovative global brands around including Nissan, Skype, Bacardi and MTV. He will be helping to develop the overall marketing presence and build brand awareness to get more people actively engaging with CA Bikes. When he isn’t trudging around a soccer field, he can be found in the kitchen trying to perfect his signature dish, Paella.
Janet brings her expertise in marketing, media and environmental entrepreneurship to CA Bikes. She has over 12 years experience in the green business sector working with sustainable brands to drive social and environmental change. She is a graduate of one of the first Green MBA programs in the country and is an expert at finding revenue sources, building proven business models, and crafting communications for innovative leaders. Janet’s compass points to a future with plentiful opportunity, equality and environmental abundance. She is at home in California where she explores beautiful places on her bicycle or in her running shoes.
After six years of working as a data analytics consultant, Robert joined the Kiva Fellows Program in 2013 to focus on sustainable economic development in Latin America. While visiting clients in rural Guatemala, he had a chance encounter with a sick, elderly woman who was attempting to walk 5 miles to the nearest hospital. After offering her a ride, the woman described the dire situation that the lack of transportation options and deteriorating health had created. Moved by this experience, he became interested in rural transportation and mobility. At CA Bikes, he focuses on bringing rural emergency transportation products to Uganda that will create mobility, local jobs and sustainable economic development. Robert holds a BS from Vanderbilt University with a double major in Political Science and Human & Organizational Development.
As the manager of the Fort Portal Office, Chelsea manages the staff and contractors, oversees production and logistics and keeps track of finances. A graduate of Clark University in 2009 with a degree in Global Environmental Studies, she has been involved in a multitude of projects in Africa since 2004, from AIDS research in Ghana to building wells in Zambia. She enjoys the natural wonders available in Fort Portal from wildlife sightings to swimming in numerous crater lakes.
Jessie is our Senior Director of Online Marketing and is responsible for managing all social media platforms for CA Bikes. Born in South Korea and raised in Santa Cruz, California, she studied Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and minor in Communications at Saint Mary’s College of California. She is an experienced social media marketer, having developed her skills in the hospitality and service industries. Jessie focuses on the details and enjoys the creativity involved in designing online campaigns. She loves exploring the great outdoors and traveling the world.
CA Bikes was created to provide mobility products and service to the chronic poor in Uganda with a long term goal of expanding all over Africa. There are many people living in poverty in rural Uganda; dirt roads, dry conditions, heat, seasonal very wet conditions, long distances between villages, and lack of infrastructure to access basic life services like health care and education. CA Bikes focuses on manufacturing, assembling and distributing high quality bicycles, custom wheelchairs, and bicycle ambulances designed locally, by the locals– with local conditions and resources availability in mind.