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Brenda Barrie (Co-Host) comes to Pedal America relishing her daily bicycle commute and rides along northern Indiana's Tippecanoe River.  As a Chicago-based actor The Chicago Tribune featured Brenda as one of Chicago's Rising Stars. Shortly after completing a BFA, she earned three Joseph Jefferson Award Nominations for Lead Actress and two "Jeff" nominations as an ensemble member.  She worked on FOX's Chicago Code and performed in independent films like L Train and Mass Romantic. Brenda is passionate about bringing people together to celebrate the strength and vulnerability of the human spirit.  On riding, Brenda says, “bicycling has become far too central to allow a little snow to garage my ride.”  She looks forward to winter with her first set of cold weather bicycle gear even though she says it makes her look like a Power Ranger. That’s just fine by us!  Pedal America’s production company Out-Write Media, LLC is an Equal Mighty Morphin Employer.
 
 
 
 


Kati Lightholder (Co-Host) began her career behind the scenes of video production working as a producer for corporate communications and film projects including Smart People, Love & Other Drugs, and The Haunting Hour. Her television production credits include The Kill Point and Locke & Key. Most recently, she produced The Mercury Men series for SyFy.com. In front of the camera, Kati has appeared in several commercials, independent films, and TV series including a pilot of Greg and Donny for the Independent Film Channel. Kati holds a degree in communications from Allegheny College where she also studied dance and art as it relates to the environment. Her passions include nutrition, Zumba and mountain biking with her husband. She lives in Pittsburgh. "Go Pens!"
 
 
 
 
 


Nicholas Green (Producer) is a four-time Emmy™-nominated writer/producer.  His independent film production credits include the award-winning dramas Out of the Shadows and Lockout, a film later picked-up and distributed by Warner Brothers. While working at WYCC-TV, Nicholas produced programming ranging from sporting events such as the 2007 Chicago Cup, part of the city-wide effort that garnered the Chicago 2016 Olympic bid; and discussion shows such as Inside Justice that feature legal, political, and business experts delivering need-to-know information to viewers. In addition to writing and producing, Nicholas is also an accomplished editor. 
 
 
 
 
 
 

  
Susan Banach (Associate Producer / Sponsorship Sales and Brand Marketing) joins Out-Write Media after having worked as Affiliate Sales and Marketing manager for Playboy Enterprises, an international entertainment company. She recently earned first place in Windy City Socials' Kraft challenge. Susan has served on the board of Women In Cable and Telecommunications (WICT), Chicago Chapter. Positions held include Director at Large, Communications Chair, then Treasurer for two years. She has a knack for building relationships and approaches projects with intensity, determination and a desire to please clients. Susan enjoys exploring various social media platforms and fundraising for not-for-profits. In a former life she was an alternative music DJ at Q101, in Chicago.
 
 
 
 
 

  
Stephanie Rabiola (Unit Production Manager) has worked on more than thirty independent projects, developing and honing her skills as a filmmaker. One of her most recent includes the feature film, One Small Hitch, filmed in both Chicago and Los Angeles. She also co-created and directed One Day, Two Legends, a feature length documentary telling the story of the day The Beatles met Elvis, featuring Joe Esposito. A true Chicagoan, Stephanie explored childhood ambitions of acting and singing in the theater, but it wasn't until she attended Columbia College Chicago that she discovered her true love – tv and film production from behind the scenes. Stephanie claims she has a fear of treadmills. That's okay… running around as a production manager offers a much greater workout.
 
 
 
 
 


Peter Pilafian (Videographer)
has five Emmy™ nominations and two Emmy™ wins, one for ABC Sports' Triumph On Mt. Everest. Among many others, he's also earned two ACE Nominations, First Prize Amsterdam Film Festival, and First Prize Houston Festival. Production credits include four seasons with CBS's Survivor; Mark Burnett's  Eco-Challenge, New Zealand; HBO's The Larry Sanders Show; History Channel's Avalanche Control Patrol; Discovery Channel's Moments In Time; and "The Official Film" for Bud Greenspan at both the 2002 and 2004 Olympics in Salt Lake City and Athens, Greece, respectively. Peter uses the camera "as a tool to express the story and to express the relationships, with the same kinds of angles and compositions and movements and interpretation that brings power to narrative pieces."
 
 
 
 
 
 


Andrew Friend (Videographer) is an Emmy™ nominated videographer and lighting technician. He's worked in public television for over a decade. While a staffer at WYCC-TV 20 (2002-2011), he shot hundreds of programs, ranging from studio talk shows like The Professors to complex, Emmy™-winning documentaries like Curators of Culture and Chicago Sinfonietta-The Sounds of Diversity. He was the principal videographer for the multiple-award-winning film Immigrant Nation! The Battle For the Dream. He is a producer for Chicago grass-roots video organization Labor Beat. Friend's own documentary film Workers' Republic garnered the John Michaels Human Rights Film Award at the 2010 Big Muddy Film Festival. He loves "painting with light," slow-motion and time lapse photography, and creating an emotionally compelling invisible story arc in his documentary work.
 
 
 

 

 
Wil Masisak (Production Sound Mixer) has spent 40+ years recording for music and film on both sides of the microphone. On one end, he's worked as a Downbeat Magazine and Scholastic Press award-winning composer, recording artist, and quasi rock star musician on tour. As a record producer, studio engineer, production sound mixer, and sound editor, his portfolio includes 2001 Independents Record of the Year winner "New American Language" by Dan Bern and the IJBC; production sound for the multiple-festival awarded film In The Name Of The Son; television work for NBC, Discovery, MTV, Sci-Fi, direcTV, TLC, and sound mixing for the upcoming Paramount feature, Area 51.
 
 
 
 
 
  

 
Erik Pedtke (Production Assistant and Digital Imaging Technician) joined Pedal America as an intern shortly after graduating from Columbia College, Chicago with his BA in Television Directing and Production. Initially hired to slate scenes, schlep equipment, hold light stanchions, and drive the production van, he quickly revealed his ability to use our cameras. Eventually he grew into a third camera operator, capturing breathtaking B-roll images with a Canon 5-D. He spends most of his evenings organizing and transferring video footage onto hard-drives, a highly important and meticulous skill. Between shoot locations he enjoys driving the production van in treacherous snowstorms across Wyoming mountain passes…well, that's what we tell him.