Staff

Julie Meyer, Interim Executive Director

Julie Meyer has worked for over 35 years in the non-profit sector as volunteer, staff, management, founder, and board member for organizations in the areas of social services, international development and policy, health care, social justice, and education.  She has worked with grassroots and activist organizations, the community service sector and the philanthropic community.   In addition to her extensive management experience, Ms. Meyer has helped found numerous organizations and re-structure others to better fulfill their goals.  She is currently working as a nonprofit interim executive. 

Previously, she was the Executive Director of The Next Step Public Charter School in Columbia Heights, DC’s oldest charter school, for thirteen years.  TNS is a bilingual GED and ESL program for older “disconnected” youth ages 16-24 with full-time day and part-time evening programs and extensive wraparound services.  Ms. Meyer oversaw the school’s rapid growth in size and program offerings, facility acquisition, re-chartering and re-accreditation, and rise to Tier 1 rank.  She has been a dedicated advocate for disconnected youth, immigrants, and other marginalized communities.  Ms. Meyer was a founder of the New England Central America Network, The Lambi Fund of Haiti and Grantmakers Without Borders.

Keith Jackson, General Manager

In his new role, Keith will build Gearin’ Up’s workforce development program. With more than 20 years of bike industry experience and tenures at BicycleSpace, HTO, Capital Hill Bikes, Chain Reaction Bicycle, Bikes USA, and Bicycle Exchange, he is a seasoned bike industry expert. In addition, Keith also provides neutral race support during Ironman triathlons across the country and is the founder of the Anacostia Bicycle Company. Prior to joining the Gearin’ Up team, Keith spent 20 years working as an EPA contractor.

Fun bicycle fact: Keith is all about the vintage bikes. 

Lauren Shutler, Development and Outreach Director

With a strong interest in youth development through bicycles, Lauren joined Gearin’ Up in the Fall of 2018, and grew up in the DC metro area. Lauren has had a passion for sports on wheels for as long as she can remember, and has been mountain biking for 10 years. Prior to working for Gearin’ Up, Lauren started a learn-to-ride service for youth and was a Learn to Ride and mountain bike camp director. Lauren earned her Bachelors in Sociology from Christopher Newport University.

Fun bicycle fact: Lauren recently took up BMX racing.

Tori Riemersma, Program Coordinator

DaiQuan Medley, Shop Manager and Head Mechanic

DaiQuan Medley came to Gearin’ Up Bicycles when he needed an outlet for his energies as part of his struggles to overcome behavioral challenges. A the time, DaiQuan was a high School student with a mechanical-focused mind and a leading member of their Robotics team, thus volunteering at Gearin’ Up was just a natural fit. After working at Gearin’ Up through the District’s Summer Youth Employment Program in 2014, DaiQuan officially became part of the Gearin’ Up Bicycles staff in early 2015 as a youth mechanic. Ever since joining our staff, DaiQuan has been a leader in teaching other DC youth about bike mechanics, especially during our Youth Night program. After 4 years at Gearin’ Up, DaiQuan decided to pursue an auto mechanic degree in Pennsylvania, and is now back in the area working at Gearin’ Up before he takes his next step! 

Fun bicycle fact: DaiQuan is an avid mountain biker and frequently rode trails through the PA wilderness during his college days. 

Matt Walden, Youth Shop Mechanic

Matt joined the Gearin’ Up staff in June 2020 after being a regular youth at weekly youth nights and volunteering with us over the past few years. He works alongside our mechanic team as well as up front with customers. 

Fun bicycle fact: As a volunteer, Matt sold many bikes to customers at our Big Bear sales and the 2019 DC Bike Swap. 


Alumni

Keon Terry, Youth Mechanic

At first a volunteer, Keon became a part of the Gearin’ Up family in 2015. He says that Gearin’ Up “taught me to do what is right” and “produce quality work” for others. Keon dreams of working as a photographer for National Geographic and is currently pursuing an Arts degree in North Carolina!

Andre Cousart, Youth Shop Mechanic

Andre started volunteering with Gearin’ Up in 2015. He was inspired by his brother Antwaun to begin riding and repairing bicycles. A couple of months later, Andre began to bring more youth to volunteer and participate in Gearin’ Up after-school bike maintenance activities. In his free time, Andre enjoys watching Kevin Hart for a good laugh and comedy movies. Andre now works full time as a mechanic at Conte’s Bike Shop in DC!

Kojo Saunders, Sales Associate

Known for his dramatic entrances, Kojo joined Gearin’ Up in 2015, and developed his love for all things cycling. He moved on up to work for City Bikes as a mechanic and then Shop Manager. During the pandemic, Kojo helped out at Gearin’ Up as our main sales associate, assisting customers with his bright smile and gregarious demeanor. He is currently in the process of becoming DC Fire Department Cadet. Go Kojo!

Antwaun Cousart, Youth Shop Manager

Antwaun discovered Gearin’ Up after his bottom bracket broke and a friend recommended the shop for affordable repairs. Antwaun had previous experience doing simple repairs at home, and he quickly improved his skills, first by volunteering at Gearin’ Up and then joining the staff in 2015. As an ambitious youth mechanic, Antwaun enjoys solving challenging problems while doing repairs. Antwaun has shown his love for all things on 2 wheels since joining the staff as a youth mechanic, and has continued to grow over the last 3 years.  Antwaun recently worked his way up to be Youth Shop Manager and played a key role in leading and teaching the next wave of youth at Gearin’ Up Bicycles. He now works at Capital Bikeshare on the mechanic team. 

Anthony Cousart, Youth Shop Manager 

Anthony has been working for Gearin’ Up since 2017.  He enjoys working through building a bike from the ground up, and has visions for a youth bike park one day. Anthony now works as a mechanic for Capital Bikeshare.