Naples Pathways Coalition

Staff & Board



Michelle has a BA in marketing and began her career with Xerox and began working with Naples Pathways Coalition in 2006. She helped grow the young organization and establish our presence in the Naples community for seven years. She has been back with NPC since 2018 and recently stepped back into her role as our full-time executive director. 

She grew up in the Chicago suburbs and enjoyed walking, rollerblading, and biking on the trails that are so extensive there. On a road ride a number of years ago, Michelle was hit by a car. A belligerant driver set the crash in motion, contributing to her passion to protect vulnerable road users and educate everyone sharing our streets.

She is excited and honored to continue NPC's longstanding tradition of working closely with the local government and law enforcement agencies advocating for the safety of pedestrians and cyclists on our roads.  Michelle is an ardent proponent of the expansion and connectivity of Collier County’s limited off-road, multi-use pathways. She is thrilled to be a part of the NPC's launch of the future 70 plus mile Paradise Coast Trail.


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 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.

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.

 Cathy has been a resident of Naples for over 40 years where she raised her three children, became certified as a yoga instructor and taught restorative yoga to athletes with injuries. She holds real estate and community association management licenses and has renovated investment homes. Cathy is an avid cyclist and runner who understands firsthand the safety issues plaguing our state and the importance of educating our community. 

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 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 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 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 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 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.

SUSAN SONNENSCHEIN, DIRECTOR                       Susan is passionate about safe biking for all levels on the future Paradise Coast Trail.   She’s been inspired by frequent European bike tours, Austria and Switzerland being among her favorite biking destinations.  The joy of experiencing local cultures and cuisines by bike has been a motivating influence.  Susan has a BS in both marketing and management from the University of Maine.  She also serves on Collier County Master Planning BIke/Ped Committee. 


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.


                Ted Zelman

Tamara Paquette


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