Meet The B.I.K.E.R.S.C.A.P. Inc Staff & Volunteers
On a sad note, Phil “Tank” Tenk lost his battle on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, condolences to his extended family, Tank served BIKERSCAP Inc. for 5 years, he also was awarded the “Everyday Heroes” Award from Bay News 9 for his devoted work with this NPO, may he R.I.P. !
Greg Reaster – CEO & Director of Operations
CEO and Founder, born and raised in Tampa, Florida, Graduated Chamberlain High class of 1973, went on to own a Contracting Business, A Computer Business, completing all academic requirements @Edu Tech, 2 year full time, CompTIA, A+, Net+, All Windows OS, towards M.C.P., HCC Ybor Training and is the father of 2 grown daughters and an adopted daughter.
Started building and donating computer systems in 2001, Greg did this as he went through A+ training, he has stated that he had to reach out and “touch” what he was learning, in this case, how to build a computer (hardware/software & OS applications), He put an ad in the paper that “students” were looking for old computers. Well, he ended up with a lot of systems working and these were all donated to children that need them, and up until last year, it was around 1-2 a year (just old ones that friends did not need). Now a very marked increase in requests and donations is leading this organization dedicated to fulfilling a recognizable need for today’s children, children that do not have a home computer and want to attain the best education available, plus we recycle all useable and non-useable parts. Greg was honored to receive the Bay News 9 “Everyday Hero” Award, not once, but twice in 2009.
Feel free to contact Greg anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Greg at the New Port Richey facility (813) 574-6565.
Steve Story – Chief Information Officer
Co-founder and in partnership with Greg Reaster in this great endeavor, Steve is the Owner of ICON Pest Control in Tampa, Florida. Steve was born and raised in Kentucky and has been a Tampa resident since 1980. Steve states that his mission is to provide the means (computer systems) to educate the children that otherwise would not be afforded the opportunity of this educational tool that in today’s world is a required item.
Feel free to contact Steve anytime at email@example.com or call him at (813) 580-2083
Bill Schedin – Hillsborough County IT Director
Bill is originally from Chicago, IL and him and his wife Karen moved to Florida in 2003 where Bill has been working in the IT field for more than 10 years, starting with computer hardware support while in junior college. Bill also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a major in Management Information Systems from Saint Xavier University in Chicago along with a Comp TIA A+ certification. I first saw the story on BIKERSCAP on a local newscat in early 2009 and decided it was something I wanted to be a part of. I attended a donation event several weeks later, met with Director Greg Reaston, and have had the privilege of working with BIKERSCAP ever since. When we do have some free time you can find us cheering on the Tampa Bay Rays, Lightning, or at one of our many local theme parks.
Feel free to contact Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org for any further questions.
We are proud to have him on our team.
Melissa “Mystic” Thomason – Event Director
I “met” Greg through a biker’s social network when BIKERSCAP was in its infancy. I had moved to Tampa as a single mother of an autistic son and had very limited resources. We were looking for any assistance we could get for my son to succeed in school and Greg reached out a hand to help. That was 2010 and life has been quite eventful since then. 2020 was the year for Greg’s turn to reach his hand for help with event planning and I could hardly say no. I have a tremendous amount of respect for Greg and the organization.
I am a sixth or seventh generation native to Florida. They lost count as soon as they got to the Miccosukee tribal records… There were none… I am a second generation native to Fort Walton Beach, but I’ve lived all over Florida. I spent some time in the Marine Corps before 9/11 during the Reagan administration so I’m not considered a protected veteran. I’ve been riding a motorcycle since I can remember and have had my own off-and-on since I was 10. I have a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and I achieved MBA in my 50’s. During COVID-19 quarantine, I lost my job and went back to bartending until the state closed the bars. I had forgotten how much fun it is to be serving the public and when Greg called, I was eager to take on the challenge of Event Director. I have lots of friends and “family” in the Tampa Bay Area and am excited to help generate funding for BIKERSCAP. Contact me at email@example.com
Luigi Gadaleta – Board Member and Director
I came from Italy to this country over 40 years ago with my lovely wife and we started a life for ourselves in the great state of Pennsylvania. I came to this country with a suitcase, a dream, and a whole lot of ambition. I turned that ambition into a passion of being a restaurant owner, where I opened up multiple successful pizzerias in the town of Chambersburg. In the process of starting my restaurant business my wife and I had two lovely children, my daughter and son now grown. We wanted to keep them close together, one, to make sure they would keep a close sibling bond, and two, keep myself even more busy than I already was. Being a restaurant owner and a father was definitely not an easy task, but I made sure to try to balance everything as best as I could. But as we all know, life doesn’t always go according to plan.
In the process of living in Pennsylvania my wife, our children and I took a vacation down to the Sunshine State, and absolutely fell in love with Florida. We eventually decided it was time to trade in the snow shoes for some flip flops, and get the hang of this easy island living here in Florida. I worked in the restaurant industry for a while here, but eventually got into the Air Conditioning trade, where I found my niche and have been able to make a successful career helping others stay cool in this crazy tropical heat! I had the honor to get to know Greg Reaster and learn about this charity work. I recently decided to get involved with the organization and I feel proud to be part of BIKERSCAP Inc., It’s truly been an honor to make a difference, and I can’t say enough great things about this group of individuals. Just when I thought I had it all figured out, I realized how rewarding life can be when you’re giving back to the community, BIKERSCAP isn’t just a group of people helping others, they’re a group of dedicated, helpful, and selfless hometown heroes who make a difference each and every day. I’m dedicated and willing to work with the group in order to make a difference any way I can, and I cannot wait to see what my future with this charity has in store! You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Will Santiago – Pasco Co. IT Director
I first found out about BIKERSCAP Inc. when I was looking for someplace to donate old computers I had in storage. As a hobby I kept old “junk” computers I came across to work on and bring back to operation ever since I learned how to build them @ Erwin Technical College. My career as a computer assistant and then a Network Administrator for Hillsborough County Public Schools, first @ Learey Technical College then @Aparicio-Levy Technical College, started in 2006-2017. I enjoy working on computers and when I found out what Greg was doing in restoring computers to give to children who had none yet are eager to learn and expand their education with a computer I asked to help out with my time. I was born in New York City and raised in Puerto Rico and have lived in Florida for almost two decades.
Will Santiago is now our Pasco Co. Director of IT, contact him at our offices (813) 574-6565, or via email Will@BIKERSCAP.org
Ron Bujok – Webmaster
I first met Greg when delivering a donation computer. We had an opportunity to chat and I found out Greg was having problems with his current webmaster. Seeing how BIKERSCAP was a great service to those needy who had no other resource to technology which is much required in today’s computer age, I offered my services to take over as webmaster for BIKERSCAP. I am a former biker, member of Patriot Guard, but have since stopped riding due to health problems.
Originally from Roundup, Montana, I joined the Navy in 1963 retiring in 1985 as a Chief Aerographer. I then went to work in Alaska for a short time eventually moving to Houston where I worked as an aviation forecaster for Universal Weather & Aviation. I started building computers in the early 1990s and started creating websites shortly thereafter. In 2001 I retired fully and moved to Citrus County, Florida and moved to Land O Lakes in 2012. I’ve done a few commercial websites but prefer to work with charitable organizations as part of giving back. I am proud to be the webmaster for BIKERSCAP as well as another wonderful organization, Florida District, Pilot International Organization (http://pilotflorida.org) whose purpose is to help those with brain disorders or damage. I also volunteer at St. Joseph’s Hospital North as an escort in the Endoscopy Dept.
I can be reached at email@example.com