Naples Pathways Coalition

Staff & Board

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

BETH BRAINARD, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
A Communications professional who has worked in both the public and private sectors, Beth joined NPC in 2014. She works with the 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.

Beth ran her own communications consulting firm, with clients that included, among others, Walt Disney Co., PBS television series Scientific American Frontiers, and American Cyanamid.  She was recruited by Disney to join the entrepreneurial start-up team to design, build, and deliver the Disney Institute, a project championed by former CEO Michael Eisner.  An opportunity led her to Boston where she was hired by Harvard University to develop the first full-service Communications department for the library system. The department received many awards for its web sites, teaching tools, and online exhibitions and became the model for Communications departments in other academic research libraries.

A graduate of Harvard University, Beth is a member of the Leadership Collier Class of 2016 and serves on the Blue Zones Community Policy and Built Environment committees, Florida Bicycle Association Legislative Committee, and on the Executive Committee of Collier Citizens Council. She is a published author of children’s lifestyle books that have garnered the Mom’s Choice Award and the Independent Publishers Book Award. Beth enjoys cycling, kayaking, golf, gardening, 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.

SUSAN SONNENSCHEIN, SECRETARY
A graduate of the University of Maine with a dual major in marketing and management, Susan has a great love of the outdoors and bicycling, in particular.  She owned and operated a profitable small wholesale business in Maine for 10 years.  After moving to Naples, she became a top producing mortgage loan officer, and most recently worked as a private chef before retiring. Susan chairs the NPC Events Food Committee.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.



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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