Naples Pathways Coalition

Staff & Board

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

MICHELLE AVOLA, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Michelle is a Marketing and Communications professional who has worked in both the public and private sectors, including Xerox as their National Training Manager and The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools as their Marketing & Development Director. She works with the NPC Board of Directors on strategic planning and serves as the primary spokesperson and liaison with elected officials and government agencies.  She oversees the day-to-day operation of NPC and is responsible for advocacy, education, communications, marketing, membership, and fundraising.

Michelle first joined the organization in 2006, just a year after Naples Pathways Coalition was incorporated. In her seven-year tenure, she helped raise awareness of the monumental safety issues facing pedestrians and cyclists and urged the City of Naples to do a bicycle/pedestrian study which ultimately led to the City of Naples Pedestrian & Bicycle Plan being adopted and a funding stream secured. She worked to improve relations between law enforcement and the cycling community, organized Bike Rodeos for Kids, Lights for Bikes and Helmet Giveaways and Fittings to better protect vulnerable road users, and helped launch Naples Pathway Coalition's signature event, the Bike Brunch.

Michelle was thrilled to come back to Naples Pathways Coalition in 2018 and continue the tremendous strides we have been making in our community. She is passionate about the safety of pedestrians and cyclists, an advocate for Complete Streets and education of the public so all road users can share the roads, and is a strong proponent of the DNT TXT N DRV campaign.

She enjoys spending time with her family and her dogs, biking, hiking, soaking up the sun anywhere near water, and travel.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

CRAIG MANCHEN, PRESIDENT
A retired business owner from Cleveland, Craig has been a part-time resident of Naples since 2006.  He holds both a BS in marketing and an MBA from Ohio University, and serves on the boards of several private companies. Craig is an avid cyclist who finished first in his age group in the 2015 Senior National Games and serves on the steering committee of the VeloSano Bike to Cure Cancer Fundraiser.  Craig chairs the NPC Fundraising Event Committee.

SEAN NOLAN, TREASURER
Sean grew up in North Palm Beach and graduated from Florida State University with a BS in accounting and a master’s degree in sports administration. He is a CPA and partner at Rogers Wood Hill Starman & Gustason, PA. Moving to Naples in 2003, Sean quickly became involved in the community. He is a member of the Leadership Collier Class of 2011 and currently serves as vice-president of Gulf Coast Runners. Sean chairs the NPC Finance Committee.

JOE BONNESS, DIRECTOR
One of the founders of NPC and a former co-president, ”Iron Joe” Bonness also has the distinction of being a world champion triathlete and is the namesake of the Iron Joe Turkey Ride, one of NPC’s signature events. He has lived in Naples since1967 and owns and operates highway construction, quarry, and trucking and electrical operations. He is a member of USA Triathlon, Ironman Triathlons, and Naples Area Triathletes. Joe serves as NPC’s senior advocate for Collier County.

BILL ALE, DIRECTOR
Bill is a retired psychologist who spent his career in various capacities with the Department of Developmental Disabilities, State of Connecticut. A competitive cyclist, he has won several championships and holds a USA Cycling Domestic Member License.  Bill earned his BS in Science from Washburn University and his MS in Marital & Family therapy from Southern Connecticut State University. He chairs the NPC Membership Committee.

ALAN RYKER, DIRECTOR
Founder and former co-president of NPC, Alan served on many boards and committees in the City for over 15 years; he also served the community at-large as a member of the Southwest Florida Land Preservation Trust working on the completion of the Gordon River Greenway. In addition, through his many years in NPC, he participated in efforts ultimately resulting in Naples receiving the Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community Award for 2015-2018 from the League of American Bicyclists, and was responsible for publication of the first City of Naples Bicycle & Tourism Map.  Alan serves as NPC’s senior advocate for the City of Naples.

BOB VIGORITO, DIRECTOR
Bob is currently an instructor in the Department of Pediatrics at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. He is also the founder and former president of the non-profit charitable Columbia Triathlon Association and a six-time Ironman World Championship finisher. Bob earned his MHS at Quinnipiac University and Physician’s Assistant certification at Quinnipiac and Yale. He is a USAT Certified Race Director and Coach.

JODI WALBORN, DIRECTOR
Jodi is the Safe Routes to School Community Educator for Collier and Lee counties, teaching children safe walking and biking skills through rodeos at schools and community events. She works with parents and schools doing walkability/bikeability assessments around school buildings and brings community organizations together to help rectify barriers to walking and biking to school.  A graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University with a BS in Health Sciences, Jodi chairs the NPC Education & Community Service Committee.

NICK MARINO, DIRECTOR
Nick is a retired Battalion Chief from the City of Asbury Park Fire Department in New Jersey. He became involved in cycling at an early age and started bicycle racing in 1972.Nick’s vision for NPC is for lobbying for more multi-use paths and connecting the existing pathways and bike lanes.Nick is currently self-employed teaching SCUBA diving.

YASMIN SAAD, DIRECTOR
Yasmin Saad is known by friends, family, and clients to be a self-driven, determined businesswomen who doubles as a tri-athlete, mother, and community volunteer. She was born and raised in Omaha, NE. She moved to Naples in 2003 to join The Saad Team, and has been successfully selling real estate ever since. She lives in Naples with her husband and her son. She is co-chair of NPC’s Membership Committee.

TEDDY WALLINGFORD, DIRECTOR
Teddy Wallingford is the founder of Cycle Shack, a family-oriented bicycle shop in Naples, FL. Before that, he founded, grew, and sold an award-winning information technology company in Cleveland, OH, for which he received the Weatherhead 100 Award for business performance from Case-Western Reserve University School of Management. Aside from cycling, Teddy is an active Rotarian and enjoys writing and music. Teddy serves Naples Pathways Coalition because he wants our community to be safer, easier to travel, and more conducive to human wellness.

CATHERINE FAERBER, DIRECTOR
Catherine Faerber has been a resident of Naples for over 40 years. During this time, she has raised three children, owned businesses, taught as a certified yoga instructor, renovated investment homes and holds a real estate and community association manager licenses. Her love of the outdoors and active lifestyle has made preservation and stewardship of nature and resources a top priority. The organizations closest to her heart focus on accessibility to natural beauty of Naples and surrounding areas while promoting active lifestyles. She is currently serving on the Southwest Florida Land Preservation Trust (Gordon River Greenway) Board. The Greenway’s completion prompted Catherine’s return to the NPC Board. Her efforts will focus on expansion and connectivity of the limited off-road, multi-use pathways in the city and county and to work closely with local government and land owners to create a contiguous non-motorized system throughout Collier County.


BOARD OF TRUSTEES

The Board of Trustees provides support and counsel to the NPC Board and promotes the organization. The Trustees include community activists, philanthropists, and professionals who support our mission to create safe, bikeable, walkable communities in Collier County.

Sharon Hanlon

Matt McCain

Tamara Paquette

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