Linking Handlebars was founded in 2012 by Lucia Villani, Cristiana Villani, Bridget Salice, and Jenna Cammisa. During high school, the four girls volunteered at the Carver Center and Don Bosco in Port Chester, NY. After their experiences, they wanted to make a larger impact on their local community. They spoke with the children at the centers and discovered that many of them never owned a bicycle. Since bicycling was a huge part of their childhood, the girls believed that all children should have the opportunity to own a bicycle and learn how to ride.
Co-founder and Co-President
Lucia is a graduate of Cornell University where she majored in Applied Economics & Management. She started pursuing community service projects in middle school through Part Of The Solution (POTS) and her other not-for-profit, Rye Angels. Lucia wanted to get more involved in community service initiatives involving children, which motivated her to start LH. She is currently an active board member and pursuing a career in marketing at L'Oreal Maybelline New York.
Luca Villani is a first year at Manhattan College, majoring in civil engineering. He deeply cares about making an impact in his community and improving the lives of people he meets. Luca started serving the local community in elementary school and continued throughout middle school by participating with POTS. Luca worked at the Manursing Island Club during past summers, but is now using his summertime to learn how to design, construct, and maintain public works.
Co-founder and Vice President
Cristiana is a recent Lehigh University graduate, who double majored in Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies & Africana Studies. She has been giving back to the community since middle school and decided to start LH to combine her love of children, giving back, and changing the world. She remains actively involved with LH and the community as a member of Impact100 Westchester and previously an intern for County Executive George Latimer. She also worked for Ready To Empower, a not-for-profit dedicated to supporting women living in low-income communities. At Lehigh, she was a member of Gamma Phi Beta and fundraised for Girls on the Run. She was also the founder of Lehigh’s American Association of University Women Student Affiliate Group. Cris was an avid volunteer at LU's Center for Gender Equity and a SPEAK educator for the Pride Center.