Arianna Place | Programs & Development Coordinator
Matt Compton | Education Coordinator
Gerri Inman, JD | CEO & Executive Director
Patrick Hayes | Workshop Coordinator
Carole Brown | Front Office Coordinator
Rob Franklin | Lead Mechanic
Rob has been a cycling enthusiast since before any of the rest of the Tulsa Hub “kids” were born. Rob works with gates and clocks at his day job, and volunteers with Up With Trees on weekends. Rob found the Tulsa Hub crew when the crew contacted his employer in 2011 about a potential facility, then started showing up to volunteer and lead volunteers every time the Tulsa Hub opened. Finally, Rob let Tulsa Hub compensate him for his dedication, service, and leadership in 2012 by accepting the title of Workshop Manager.
Rob enjoys the wide variety of mechanical equipment donated to the Hub, and takes great pride in reviving bikes “left for dead” into vital conveyances and passing his vast mechanical knowledge on to the program participants and volunteers.Although a total goofball on occasion, he tends to balance the “incurable optimism” of the other staff with a sober dose of cynicism and austerity; meanwhile, he shares the same birthday as Neil Young and can hit a wicked tennis serve. Rob has two daughters and celebrated the birth of his first granddaughter in 2013.
Ren Barger | Founder & Director of Developmentren@tulsahub.org
Ren is alive to demonstrate that love is the only engine of survival. As the founder and Development Director of Tulsa Hub, she has a long and eventful history as a vehicular cyclist and active-transportation educator. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and raised between Wisconsin and Nantucket Island, she settled in Chicago after high school, where she began using a bicycle as her primary means of transportation. It was there in the Windy City where she earned a living as a bike courier while attending Columbia College Chicago and volunteered for Working Bikes Cooperative and Blackstone Bike Works.In 2004, after completing a self-contained bike-tour of the state of California, Ren was hit by a motorist and sustained several broken bones, including a spinal fracture, and was confined to a wheelchair for two months. Through a therapeutic yoga practice, she was able to recover into "normal" mobility. This experience galvanized her commitment to active-transportation safety education and equity promotion for all users of the roadway, and resulted in ongoing analysis of the built environment "from the gutter up--" not to mention the inherent prejudices within the concept of "normal."In 2007 Ren completed her League of American Bicyclists Cycling Instructor training, and resettled in Tulsa. Ren founded Tulsa Hub in 2008, as a volunteer-powered social business 501c3 nonprofit which offers low-or-no-cost reconditioned bikes and gear to local adults and youth in need of transportation to achieve improved autonomy. Upon consummating studies at the United Bicycle Institute in Ashland, Oregon, in 2009, she honed her passion for service, social justice, and bicycle advocacy into a mission focused on “changing lives through cycling”.Ren stepped away from the CEO role in 2019 to focus on offering therapeutic movement instruction, the Bowspring Method, at various studios in Tulsa, across the US, and internationally.