ABOUT

We are a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Corporation helping Veterans and First Responders with PTS(D) find hope and healing through motorcycle therapy. At Motorcycle Missions we understand that much of the post traumatic stress (disorder) paradigm is that the need for purpose, camaraderie, and adrenaline is of the utmost importance. Our hope is to encourage our participants to instill a life-long passion for riding and building motorcycles, that will help them enjoy a happy, healthy, and balanced lifestyle after trauma. 

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100% of your financial contribution will go where it is needed most to help our Veterans and First Responders. It will allow Motorcycle Missions to give them the opportunity to participate in 'Project MX' or the 'Motorcycle Build Mentorship Program'. 

All funds collected for PROJECT MX will give a rider the opportunity to ride at the MX Factory, giving them a chance to develop new skills, make new friends, and work out their need for action-packed stress relief. Your donations will go toward the costs of the program, which include the maintenance and use of the MX Factory's fleet of Yamaha, KTM, and Husqvarna dirtbikes, gear, a healthy lunch, and instruction/coaching. The camp will go on for approximately 4 hours and will occur once a month. 

Donations made to the 'Motorcycle Build Mentorship Program' will help fund the motorcycle itself, motorcycle parts and materials, fabrication and finishing costs, and licensing and registration costs. When the bike is complete and the group has enjoyed seeing their handiwork displayed at motorcycle shows, it will be raffled off to fund the next bike build. 


OUR TEAM

KRYSTAL HESS:

FOUNDER / PROJECT MANAGER / BUILD MENTOR

If anyone understands the challenges of starting over, it’s Krystal Hess. In 2011, Krystal left an abusive marriage. She dreamed of reinventing herself by moving from Canada to the sunny southwestern United States and learning to ride motorcycles. “I didn’t ever have bikes on my radar until I got divorced in Canada,” she said. “It was going to be my way of starting over, doing something cool.” Krystal met a guy who built custom motorcycles and moved to Austin, Texas to be with him. Within a year of her move, however, her new boyfriend attempted suicide, involving Krystal in a traumatic way. Once again, Krystal found herself picking up the pieces of her life — and the pieces of a motorcycle they had planned to rebuild together. “I had this big problem on my hands,” she said. “I had a motorcycle that I owned that was in a million pieces.” Rebuilding that motorcycle changed her life, and made her a true believer in the transformative power of two-wheeled machines. “I compare it to [the healing process] all the time,” said Krystal. Every part I put on the bike, I put back together a part of myself.” Since then, Krystal has rebuilt several motorcycles, started a successful powder coating business, and founded Motorcycle Missions, a nonprofit dedicated to helping veterans with PTSD heal through motorcycles. READ MORE

SOFI TSINGOS:

PROJECT MANAGER / BUILD MENTOR

You might expect someone whose childhood memories include being strapped to the tank of a motorcycle and taken for a ride to be very wary of bikes as an adult.

But it seems that this very experience had the opposite effect on 31-year-old Texan, Sofi Tsingos, who has enjoyed a lifelong love affair with motorised machinery. And the culprit? Her dad.

Sofi grew up messing around with old cars and motorcycles in her father’s workshop. And the two still work together in their two-car garage in the northern suburbs of Dallas, otherwise known as the headquarters of their motorcycle customisation business, GT-Moto.

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GUEST MENTORS

REAL DEAL REVOLUTION:

Jessi Combs (the blonde) and Theresa Contreras (the brunette) are the co-creators of REAL DEAL. The two met during the 2012 SEMA Business Womens Network (SBN) Ford Mustang all female build; the car was at Theresa's paint shop and Jessi swung by to help the process. It was right then they realized a mutual appreciation and respect for each other's passion to work, devotion to details, and drive to inspire. Both are steadfast in their skillsets and carry an air of assertiveness in all they set out to do... which is a lot... because in their minds, anything is possible! READ MORE

HOW2WRENCH:

How2Wrench was formed during a painful loss of my mother due to a mistake made in her healthcare. This sparked a deep desire in me to make change in the delivery of technical education and raise awareness for scholarships in the areas of technical studies. As one of the first technician content producers on the original YouTube platform, How2Wrench has since impacted over 230 countries and it’s 16 million visitors to date. READ MORE


ADVISORY BOARD

ROBERT PANDYA:   Robert Pandya first met Motorcycle Missions visionary Krystal Hess in Austin at a motorcycle event he hosted. He has supported her efforts ever since. With a background including 25 years in the motorcycle industry, a decade as a photographer and owner of many motorcycles and a few cars, he fully understands the power of wrench therapy.  Currently working with the International Motorcycle Shows "Discover the Ride" program and as the first ambassador for Strider Bikes All Kids Bike charity, he continues to support new rider initiatives that share the freedom, power and community that only motorcycling can deliver.

ROBERT PANDYA:

Robert Pandya first met Motorcycle Missions visionary Krystal Hess in Austin at a motorcycle event he hosted. He has supported her efforts ever since. With a background including 25 years in the motorcycle industry, a decade as a photographer and owner of many motorcycles and a few cars, he fully understands the power of wrench therapy.

Currently working with the International Motorcycle Shows "Discover the Ride" program and as the first ambassador for Strider Bikes All Kids Bike charity, he continues to support new rider initiatives that share the freedom, power and community that only motorcycling can deliver.

 
Joey L. Willhite:   Joey L. Willhite was introduced to Motorcycle Missions and Krystal Hess through Steve Klein in 2015. He has 22 years in the motorcycle racing industry, as the youngest Tech Director for AMA Prostar, AMA Dragbike & Texas Shootout Dragbike Series. He has had the pleasure of working/learning with some of the best mentors and racers in the industry. With the support of his loving wife & high school sweetheart of 28 years he has taken that knowledge to build a motorcycle racing career that has spanned Road, Drag & Top Speed Racing. The knowledge he gained has supported his want to build, tune & race his own motorcycles to win championships and set records.  Currently working as User Experience, User Interface Architect for General Motors in Global Product Development and Quality. Helping to deliver the future of end to end User Experience in GM Applications and Vehicles.

Joey L. Willhite:

Joey L. Willhite was introduced to Motorcycle Missions and Krystal Hess through Steve Klein in 2015. He has 22 years in the motorcycle racing industry, as the youngest Tech Director for AMA Prostar, AMA Dragbike & Texas Shootout Dragbike Series. He has had the pleasure of working/learning with some of the best mentors and racers in the industry. With the support of his loving wife & high school sweetheart of 28 years he has taken that knowledge to build a motorcycle racing career that has spanned Road, Drag & Top Speed Racing. The knowledge he gained has supported his want to build, tune & race his own motorcycles to win championships and set records.

Currently working as User Experience, User Interface Architect for General Motors in Global Product Development and Quality. Helping to deliver the future of end to end User Experience in GM Applications and Vehicles.

Steve Klein:   Founding Board Member /Supporter CEO- The Klein Companies The Klein Collection Steve Klein has had a passion for riding over 50 years and has been a staunch supporter of Veterans, Law Enforcement & First Responders throughout his successful business career as a nationally recognized & awarded Texas Residential Developer, Designer & Custom Builder. Steve and Joan have been married 40 years, have two daughters and two grandchildren. Klein collects vintage American motorcycles dating back to 1901 and devotes much time to planning and supporting Motorcycle-Missions.org

Steve Klein:

Founding Board Member /Supporter CEO- The Klein Companies The Klein Collection Steve Klein has had a passion for riding over 50 years and has been a staunch supporter of Veterans, Law Enforcement & First Responders throughout his successful business career as a nationally recognized & awarded Texas Residential Developer, Designer & Custom Builder. Steve and Joan have been married 40 years, have two daughters and two grandchildren. Klein collects vintage American motorcycles dating back to 1901 and devotes much time to planning and supporting Motorcycle-Missions.org

 
Robert “Uno” Richman:   Commander with the Austin Police Department with over 27 years of law enforcement experience. Uno began his career in the USAF and joined the Austin Police Department in 1996 where in addition to various patrol and investigative assignments he was honored to serve as a motors officer which ignited his lifelong passion for motorcycling and the freedom and camaraderie that can only be found on two wheels.  Uno became involved with Motorcycle Missions in 2017 after seeing the amazing positive influence Krystal Hess and the Motorcycle Missions alumni had on the life of a close friend.

Robert “Uno” Richman:

Commander with the Austin Police Department with over 27 years of law enforcement experience. Uno began his career in the USAF and joined the Austin Police Department in 1996 where in addition to various patrol and investigative assignments he was honored to serve as a motors officer which ignited his lifelong passion for motorcycling and the freedom and camaraderie that can only be found on two wheels.

Uno became involved with Motorcycle Missions in 2017 after seeing the amazing positive influence Krystal Hess and the Motorcycle Missions alumni had on the life of a close friend.

John Lawton:   Major John Lawton, USMCR, is originally from Chico, CA and has lived in Austin, TX for the last 6 years. He met Krystal Hess within weeks of moving to Austin and has been with Motorcycle Missions since conception. He has always been a big fan of motorcycles and helping veterans with PTSD so being part of Motorcycle Missions was a natural fit. John currently flies KC-130Js part time with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron VMGR-234 in the Marine Corps Reserves. He is also selected to be promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and plans to retire in the next year. Major Lawton works full time as a Senior Systems Safety Engineer for Firefly Aerospace and enjoys motorcycle riding and wrenching in his shop during his off time. Major Lawton looks forward to helping continue the mission of this great organization by being a spokesperson, helping with veteran outreach and build mentorship.

John Lawton:

Major John Lawton, USMCR, is originally from Chico, CA and has lived in Austin, TX for the last 6 years. He met Krystal Hess within weeks of moving to Austin and has been with Motorcycle Missions since conception. He has always been a big fan of motorcycles and helping veterans with PTSD so being part of Motorcycle Missions was a natural fit. John currently flies KC-130Js part time with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron VMGR-234 in the Marine Corps Reserves. He is also selected to be promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and plans to retire in the next year. Major Lawton works full time as a Senior Systems Safety Engineer for Firefly Aerospace and enjoys motorcycle riding and wrenching in his shop during his off time. Major Lawton looks forward to helping continue the mission of this great organization by being a spokesperson, helping with veteran outreach and build mentorship.