Board

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Paul Winkeller, President

Paul Winkeller, on the left, was NYBC’s first executive director. He has led several non-profit organizations, both local and statewide and all with a conservation-sustainability focus, including an AmeriCorps funded youth corps for the City of Albany. He is now a consultant living outside Albany.

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Dennis Savoie, Vice President

Dennis is a retired physician and the author of “Cranks from Cooperstown: 50 Bike Rides in Upstate New York” (www.copleys.com/cranks). He is an experienced long distance self-contained bicycle tourist, a League of American Bicyclists Cycling Instructor (LCI), and a founding member of the Otsego Regional Cycling Advocates (ORCA).

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Ken Fagut, Treasurer

Cycling is Ken’s passion and his way of life.  In his former position with YaYa! Bike, a Co-op in the bike industry representing 264 Independent Bicycle Dealers, he drove many of the programs including advocacy of our members. Ken advocates on a daily basis for ways to commute other than the car.

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Lisa Schmidtfrerick-Miller, Secretary

Lisa is a licensed massage therapist and active living consultant in Chautauqua County, with experience in workplace and community health. Her work includes advocating for built environments that meet the needs of cyclists and pedestrians, as well as promoting cycling and walking events.  Lisa rides for fitness and transportation and also has competitive cycling experience.  Her passion for cycling led her to develop “Ladies Nite Biking,” a fun group that helps women become more skilled and confident cyclists.

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Harvey Botzman, Member-At-Large

Publisher/Author, Cyclotour Guide Books.  Harvey writes bicycle tour guidebooks (four of his books detail routes in New York State); articles on bicycle touring for magazines; and provides public relations for bicycling events. He compiles the Coalition’s Events Calendar and is active member of several tourism industry organizations.

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Lois Chaplin

Cornell Local Roads Program, Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering. Lois enjoys blending her education and communications background with her interest in bicycling. She’s authored numerous publications including CLRP’s manual on Complete Streets and is a certified cycling instructor for the League of American Bicyclists. . She bicycles for fun, fitness and transportation. Lois joined the board in 2001.

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Rich Conroy

Rich is the Director of Education for Bike New York. He also serves on the board of directors of Recycle a Bicycle, and is certified as a League of American Bicyclists cycling instructor and LCI coach. Rich worked as a program instructor for Recycle a Bicycle in Washington Heights schools for two years prior to joining Bike New York, and worked for Metro Bicycles, a chain of NYC retail stores prior to that. Rich is a daily bike commuter, bike mechanic, and loves bike touring. He has a doctorate in international relations and a master’s in peace studies, both from the University of Notre Dame.

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Richard DeSarra, Board Member Emeritus

Richard is Co-Founder and President of the Rochester Cycling Alliance. The mission of the Rochester Cycling Alliance is to bring together cycling enthusiasts and cycling clubs in the metropolitan Rochester, NY region.  Richard has been a bicycle advocate since 1990, first with the Rochester Bicycling Club, and in 2008 formed the RCA. He is called on by the regional Metropolitan Planning Organization, many local municipalities and NYS DOT to advise in all bicycle road/trail studies or projects. He was citizen adviser to the City of Rochester’s Bicycle Master Plan and the Town of Brighton Bicycle & Pedestrian Task Force to complete their Master Plan. Currently he is citizen adviser to the Town of Greece’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan.

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Daniel Flanzig

Daniel has been riding the New York City streets since his first days of Law School. He is an avid cyclist, lawyer, and bike advocate who has been representing crash victims in New York for over 18 years. Daniel has authored numerous articles and frequently lectures on bicycle litigation in New York. He is the founder and Chairman of the New York State Trial Lawyers Bicycle Litigation sub-committee and a member of the AAJ’s Bicycle Litigation group. Daniel has been featured in both The New York Times and Bicycle Times Magazine for his work as a leading Bicycle law Advocate and a New York Bike Crash Lawyer.

Daniel has presented multiple CLE ( continuing legal education) lectures in New York on the handling of a bicycle crash case educating other attorneys on how to properly and effectively prosecute a case. He assisted the American Association of Justice (AAJ) in the production of their first “Bicycle Litigation Packet” prepared to assist lawyers across the country in the preparation and litigation of a bike collision claim. Together with Bike Attorney and Board Member Jim Reed, they co-author “Wheels of Justice” the Coalitions Monthly Bike Law column. Daniel represents cyclists, pedestrians, motorists and other victims of significant personal injury in New York. To learn more about his practice visit www.newyorkbikelawyers.com or www.Flanziglaw.com.

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Chris Joinnides

Chris Joinnides is the owner of The Kreb Cycle in Bellport, Long Island. While attending SUNY Stony Brook and in Human Physiology class he decided he could not pass up the opportunity to open a bike shop named the Kreb Cycle. He has been a USA cycling member since 1982. He has multiple Empire State games and State Championship medals. While at SUNY Stony Brook he rode on the the ECAC Championship cycling team. He promotes and officiates about 15 road and cyclocross races a year. He just recently passed the Level 3 Coaching exam for USA cycling. He enjoys giving new riders an opportunity to experience this great sport at work and in his time off too.

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Jim Reed
Jim is a lawyer and passionate cyclist from Elmira handling injury cases throughout NY and PA. He combines these interests by representing injured bicyclists and by zealously advocating for greater cycling safety. Jim enjoys every aspect of cycling and has raced everything from mountain bikes to road races to criteriums to ultramarathon races, toured, commuted, and traveled extensively with his bike. Jim writes the NYBikeAccidentBlog.com and he is always willing to field legal questions from cyclists at jreed@zifflaw.com. Visit www.NYBikeAccidentBlog.com for more information about Jim’s legal practice representing bicyclists.
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Peter Thomas

Peter is the owner/operator of alpenGRAPHIK , a social enterprise offering graphic and Internet-based research services to a range of organizations and groups, with special emphasis on photo and video coverage of athletic events and outdoor adventures.

His prior two careers included consulting in Boston and Washington and a senior management role at the State University of New York, System Administration. In the former he concentrated on marketing, public policy development, and energy/environmental program support. At SUNY he oversaw international educational programs, the development of a NYS-wide Internet information portal, and initiatives in sustainability and economic development.

A lifelong biker, he has been active in road racing and triathlon, both as a participant and in race management and officiating, for 15 years.

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Ivan Vamos, Board Member Emeritus

Ivan, a bike commuter since 1965, worked for 30 years for New York State DOT, DEC and State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. While serving as Deputy Commissioner at Parks, he helped the State acquire and develop more than 200 miles of rail-trails, Ivan Chaired the Task Force that planned NY City’s greenway, and planned and implemented the first 20 years of the State’s Canals Recreationway program.  Ivan continues to advice NYBC, specifically working for inclusion of bike and pedestrian elements on major bridge replacement projects, by representing on-road bicycling on the State’s Trail Council, and by helping with specific public policy issues.

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Matt VanSlyke

Matt is a professional transportation planner by day with degrees in Land Use and Transportation planning from SUNY-ESF and the University at Albany. He is a skilled bicycle mechanic who takes pride in custom-building all of his bikes, enjoys resurrecting old, neglected bikes and loves bicycling is all of its forms – from winter mountain biking, fixed-gear hill climbs and triathlon to neighborhood rides with his wife and two sons. He is a former NYBC Board President and in 2013 founded Utica Bike Rescue, a community bike shop in his hometown.

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John Vendetti 

A lifelong cyclist, John is a League Certified Cycling Instructor.  He is  active with the Albany Bicycling Coalition and organizes the Albany Bike Expo, volunteers on the Cycle the Erie Canal Tour and conducts history themed bicycle tours in upstate New York.

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Josh Wilson

Executive Director

Josh took the reigns as Executive Director for NYBC in April, 2013.  He began his bicycle advocacy career in the public health sector where he developed programs to build the capacity of local bike and pedestrian advocates and worked to … Read More

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Paul Winkeller

President

Paul was NYBC’s first executive director. He has led several non-profit organizations, both local and statewide and all with a conservation-sustainability focus, including an AmeriCorps funded youth corps for the City of Albany. He is now … Read More

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Dennis Savoie

Vice President

Dennis is a retired physician and the author of “Cranks from Cooperstown: 50 Bike Rides in Upstate New York” (www.copleys.com/cranks). He is an experienced long distance self-contained bicycle tourist, a League of American Bicyclists … Read More

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Ken Fagut

Treasurer

Cycling is Ken's passion and his way of life.  In his former position with YaYa! Bike, a Co-op in the bike industry representing 264 Independent Bicycle Dealers, he drove many of the programs including advocacy of our members. Ken … Read More

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Lisa Schmidtfrerick-Miller

Secretary

Lisa is a licensed massage therapist and active living consultant in Chautauqua County, with experience in workplace and community health. Her work includes advocating for built environments that meet the needs of cyclists and pedestrians, … Read More

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Harvey Botzman

Member-At-Large

Publisher/Author, Cyclotour Guide Books.  Harvey writes bicycle tour guidebooks (four of his books detail routes in New York State); articles on bicycle touring for magazines; and provides public relations for bicycling events. He … Read More

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Lois Chaplin

Board Member

Formerly a bicycle and pedestrian specialist with the Cornell Local Roads Program, Lois enjoys blending her education and communications background with her interest in bicycling. She’s authored numerous publications including CLRP’s … Read More

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Rich Conroy

Board Member

Rich is the Director of Education for Bike New York. He also serves on the board of directors of Recycle a Bicycle, and is certified as a League of American Bicyclists cycling instructor and LCI coach. Rich worked as a program instructor … Read More

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Richard DeSarra

Board Member Emeritus

Richard is Co-Founder and President of the Rochester Cycling Alliance. The mission of the Rochester Cycling Alliance is to bring together cycling enthusiasts and cycling clubs in the metropolitan Rochester, NY region.  Richard has been a … Read More

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Daniel Flanzig

Board Member

Daniel has been riding the New York City streets since his first days of Law School. He is an avid cyclist, lawyer, and bike advocate who has been representing crash victims in New York for over 18 years. Daniel has authored numerous … Read More

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Chris Joinnides

Board Member

Chris Joinnides is the owner of The Kreb Cycle in Bellport, Long Island. While attending SUNY Stony Brook and in Human Physiology class he decided he could not pass up the opportunity to open a bike shop named the Kreb Cycle. He has been a … Read More

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Jim Reed

Board Member

Jim is a lawyer and passionate cyclist from Elmira handling injury cases throughout NY and PA. He combines these interests by representing injured bicyclists and by zealously advocating for greater cycling safety. Jim enjoys every aspect of … Read More

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Peter Thomas

Board Member

Peter is the owner/operator of alpenGRAPHIK , a social enterprise offering graphic and Internet-based research services to a range of organizations and groups, with special emphasis on photo and video coverage of athletic events and … Read More

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Ivan Vamos

Board Member Emeritus

Ivan, a bike commuter since 1965, worked for 30 years for New York State DOT, DEC and State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. While serving as Deputy Commissioner at Parks, he helped the State acquire and develop more than 200 … Read More

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Matt VanSlyke

Board Member

Matt is a professional transportation planner by day with degrees in Land Use and Transportation planning from SUNY-ESF and the University at Albany. He is a skilled bicycle mechanic who takes pride in custom-building all of his bikes, … Read More

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Richard Brustman

Board President Emeritus

Rich has been a pedestrian since age one and a cyclist since age six. During a career at NYSDOT he toiled in the areas of transportation planning, traffic safety, and policy analysis. He saw service on National Academy of Sciences panels … Read More

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Martel Catalano

Membership & Communications Coordinator

Martel joined NYBC in November 2014. She was first introduced to bike advocacy as a student at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, where she managed the school's first mobility plan. After a trip to Copenhagen, she became a convert to a … Read More