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Big Bear Gear Team

  Michael Ehrenreich, Owner
  • Michael is a dermatologist and founder of SOMA Skin and Laser with offices in Millburn and Paramus.
  • Created board games Start Up and Election.
  • Designer of the Zigo Leader Carrier bicycle.
  • Interests: Hiking, kayaking, building rustic furniture, biking, trail building, travel, music.
  • Something you may not know about him: He wrote three musicals: Medicine the Musical, The War and Hooked.
  • Favorite Place: Lambertville, NJ.
  • Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Mint Chocolate Chip
  • Mission at Big Bear Gear: Dreaming the big dream
Rebecca Gelman, Owner
  • Rebecca is a licensed architect  specializing in residential homes and historic renovation.
  • Co Dreamer with her husband Michael Ehrenreich.
  • Volunteers for beautification and storefront programs and serves on the boards of various organizations. 
  • Pastimes: Hiking, kayaking, biking, art, spending time with family, exploring new places along the Delaware River.
  • Something you may not know about her: She speaks Italian and lived in Hong Kong and Italy for five years.
  • Favorite Place: Lambertville, NJ.
  • Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Moose Tracks
  • Mission at Big Bear Gear: Creating a fun in-store experience and connecting with customers and the community.

Chris Lomas, Manager and Director of Outdoor Education and Events

Chris is a graduate of Appalachian State University, NC. Having studied Recreation Management, specializing in Experiential Education , he has 10+ years of experience in outdoor instruction and guiding.

  • Interests: Backpacking, paddling and climbing.
  • Favorite Place: Glacier National Park, Montana
  • Mission at Big Bear Gear: To create an outdoor learning and activity center
  • Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Huckleberry
  • Something you don’t know about him: Chris is an avid cook and loves cooking with wild edibles.

Christine Cho, Assistant Retail Manager

Mia Niciolio, Associate

Mia is going to be a freshman at University of Tampa studying criminology. 

  • Interests: crime, traveling, active outdoor activities
  • Favorite Place: Costa Rica
  • Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Chocolate
  • Something you don’t know about her: She likes surfing

Aiden Ehrenreich, Associate and Farm Stand Manager

  • Interests: Kayaking, hiking, biking, reading, playing board games and hanging out with friends. he also enjoys robotics, library leadership, travel, model UN and working with differently abled youth. 
  • Favorite Hike: Ein Gedi, Israel.
  • Favorite Place: Lambertville, NJ.
  • Mission at Big Bear Gear: Establishing and running the Farm Market.
  • Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Cookies and Cream
  • Something you don’t know about him: He likes to cook once in a while and he's pretty good at it. 
Zach Ehrenreich, Associate
  • Interests: Kayaking, hiking and biking. Also cars, motorcycles, computers, watches and outdoor gear.
  • Favorite Hike: Goat Hill
  • Favorite Place: Home
  • Mission at Big Bear Gear: To expand our offerings of beginner experiences and classes, and researching gear. 
  • Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: "I prefer eating chocolate bars" 
  • Something you don’t know about him: He sails and he's a "techie." 

Joel Coyne, Paddling Instructor and Environmental Outreach Coordinator

  • Advocate for Environmental causes. Volunteer for The Sourland Conservancy and The Watershed Institute.
  • Life long paddler and avid canoeist.
  • Paddles through the Wing Dam on a regular basis for fun. (don’t try this at home)
  • Interests: Biking, hiking, paddling, music, birding and traveling.
  • Favorite Place: Somewhere in the middle of the Delaware River (exact location not to be disclosed)
  • Mission at Big Bear Gear: To get people on the water and to teach  stewardship.
  • Donates his Big Bear Gear earnings to The Sourland Conservancy by gifting a copy of “Seeing the Sourlands” to students.

Bailey Coughlin, Associate

Bailey is a senior attending Temple University studying psychology. 

Giavonna Sabatini, Associate

Giavonna is a sophomore attending Arizona State University studying biomedical engineering.

  • Interests: Sports, military, hiking, outdoor activities
  • Favorite Place: Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Vanilla
  • Something you don’t know about her: She earned her black belt in karate at 11 years old

Brooks Backinoff, Associate

Brooks is currently attending graduate school for architecture.

Wyatt Maszczak, Associate

Wyatt is currently attending Ithaca College as a junior for film & photography.

  • Interests: Hammock hanging, watching movies
  • Favorite Place: Yosemite Valley
  • Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Chocolate
  • Something you don’t know about him: He used to live in California

Lillie Rukenstein, Associate

Erika Moyer, Associate

John Gallagher, Associate