Naples Pathways Coalition

Staff & Board

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

MICHELLE AVOLA-REESE, 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 form 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.

SHANNON MORGAN, DIRECTOR
Shannon is an insurance agent and co-owner of Prestige Insurance Consultants. A graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University, she has lived in Naples since 1991 and is an member of the Leadership Collier Class of 2016 and active in the Chamber of Commerce.   She enjoys volunteering at the many races sponsored by Gulf Coast Runners and is a running buddy with Girls on the Run. Shannon enjoys vegetarian cooking, traveling, scuba diving, running, and cycling. She is the chair of the Bike Brunch Silent Auction Committee.

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.

SANDY STARK, DIRECTOR
Sandy has spent the majority of her career building and growing both for-profit and non-profit organizations. She has held executive positions at Key Bank and is currently with Year Up, a social enterprise that provides low-income 18-24 year olds with the training and experience to move from poverty to a professional career. She earnd both a BA and MBA from Baldwin-Wallace Universtiy where, as an Associate Professor, she created degree programs in Entrepreneurship.  Sandy enjoys tennis, golf, cycling, hiking, and travel.  She  is leading NPC’s strategic planning process.

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.



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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