Naples Pathways Coalition

Staff & Board

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

    MICHELLE AVOLA-BROWN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Michelle began working with Naples Pathways Coalition in 2006. She helped grow the young organization and establish our presence in the Naples community. She has been back with NPC since 2018.

Michelle has a BA in marketing, and started her career with Xerox as a National Sales Training Manager. 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 belligerent 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 70 plus mile Paradise Coast Trail.

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.

CATHY FAERBER, DIRECTOR
 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. 

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.

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.

GEORGE DONDANVILLE, DIRECTOR

George moved to the City of Naples in 1986, quickly involving himself in non-motorized mobility issues and was appointed to the first Collier MPO Pathways Advisory Committee which drafted the first Bike/Ped Master Plan. He has been the manager of a local bike shop and then the manager of Naples' first running store, all while participating in numerous races and organizing many as well. He is a founding NPC board member and recently returned to share his experience in dealing with the Collier County and City of Naples governments. Last year he was appointed to the MPO Citizens Advisory Committee.


SUNDI FAITH, DIRECTOR
coming soon

TEDDY WALLINGFORD, DIRECTOR
Teddy Wallingford is the owner of Cycle Shack, a bicycle shop in Naples, FL that he founded with his son Jake. Before moving to Naples in 2016, Teddy founded, grew, and sold an award-winning information technology company in Cleveland, Ohio, for which he received the Weatherhead 100 Award the from Case-Western Reserve University School of Management. Teddy serves the Naples Pathways Coalition because he wants our community to be safer, easier to travel, and more conducive to human wellness.

NAT SMITH, DIRECTOR                      coming soon


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.

               

                Ted Zelman

Tamara Paquette

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