Staff

Alberto J. Stapleton

Alberto J. Stapleton

Executive Director

Alberto “AJ” Stapleton was born and raised in Lima-Peru, South America. He migrated to Denver, Colorado in December of 1984. Married Nancy Stapleton in 1994 with whom he has 3 daughters. AJ Speaks and writes Spanish fluently. In 2000 AJ and family relocated to Highlands Ranch, Colorado where they currently reside, and are part of the community. He and his family are parishioners of St Mark Catholic Church in Highlands Ranch.

AJ is an alumni of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Program and has served in the Inner City Health Center Board of Directors and the Denver Preschool Program Board of Advisors. His biggest passion in life is helping children and those in need.

In 2008 AJ started recycling bikes, fixing and then donating them to inner city children in Colorado. In 2010 as a result of his charitable work and in response to God’s call, he founded Project ReCycle a non-profit organization that provides bikes to the needy. They have distributed over 5000 bikes in 7 years to inner city children in the US and Africa. In 2012 he was awarded the Channel 7 Everyday Hero Award for his work in the community. In 2013 he received the Bike Denver Hero Award for his passion and commitment to the biking community.

This year he was featured in Telemundo Denver “Unknown Heroes” who honor immigrants that have made a positive impact in our community. Alberto has a passion for sports, especially soccer. He was involved in the sport coaching several years for Real Colorado. He enjoys spending the summer camping and the winters skiing with his family.
MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
Awards for exceptional service in the community include:

  • K of C Knight of the Year
  • K of C Family of the Year.
  • Boy Scouts Bronze Pelican Award for exceptional work with the youth.
  • Volunteer spotlight Inner City Health Center.
  • Channel 7 everyday Hero Award
  • Bike Denver Hero Award
  • Telemundo Denver TV ” Unknown Hero” Spotlight
  • Volunteer spotlight Inner City Health Center

“WHATEVER YOU DO, WORK AT IT WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AS WORKING FOR THE LORD, NOT FOR MEN” Colossians 3-23

Lance Mettler

Lance Mettler

Program Director

Lance has recently joined Project ReCycle as the Program Director trading the corporate world of credit and finance for a more philanthropic life venture.  Several years ago, he was introduced to Project ReCycle by joining the cycling team which led to him volunteering for several of the sponsored events.  Those events were the tangible driving force in his decision to become more personally involved with the mission statement of Project ReCycle.  His contributions cross all operational areas of the business; and most of all, he enjoys the opportunity to reach out and help others.

Kent Urieff

Kent Urieff

Shop Manager

Kent began his career with Project ReCycle in 2012 as a volunteer mechanic.  Because of his master mechanic skill set, in 2013, he was approached about becoming the Shop Manager and gladly accepted the challenge.  Prior to joining Project ReCycle, he had worked for a number of bike retail stores along with an extensive history with Huffy Service First.  His retail experience, however, left him unfulfilled and he sought out a more philanthropic role for his career.  That is what brought him to Project ReCycle and the connection has been mutually beneficial to both parties.  Kent very much enjoys his role with Project ReCycle.  In particular, he loves working with the young people who volunteer in the shop and takes a great deal of pleasure in providing bikes to children.  As he has mentioned to me on numerous occasions, the reward of his work is in the faces of the children who receive the bikes he has worked on.

Patrick Wiest

Patrick Wiest

Master Mechanic

Patrick is a master mechanic who has over thirty eight years of experience working on every type of bike ever manufactured.  He was initially introduced to Project ReCycle through the Knights of Columbus.  At the time, he was looking for an avenue that would allow him to utilize his lifetime skill set while making a difference in people’s lives.  As a father of three boys, he is an active leader in Boy Scouts and brings those same leadership skills and passion to his role with Project ReCycle.  He also enjoys working with the young people who volunteer in the shop and has become a mentor for many of them.  His biggest reward lies in picking out the “perfect” bike for a child.  He does it with easy and a giving and kind heart.  His contribution to our mission reaches far beyond the bike shop of Project ReCycle.