Staff

Keith Pickett, Interim Executive Director
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Board of Directors

Leah Golby, President
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Leah became an advocate for people who use active forms of transportation when she stopped driving a car regularly in 2007. It didn't take long for her to realize that land use patterns worked against the most vulnerable road users. In 2009, Leah got her first new bike since she was a teenager from the local bike rescue, and became an around-town bicyclist. She served on the Albany Common Council from 2010-2017, where she ushered in the city's 2013 Complete Streets ordinance, and sponsored the city's annual "May is Bike Month" Resolution.

 

Ken Fagut, Vice President & Treasurer
Ken Fagut PicCEO at LEV Tech Development and Managing Director of Avocado Bikes, llc. Challenge yourself, and never stop being honest and true. Success will follow. I use that same discipline and focus in business by looking at what is possible, and creating a new pathway to getting there. My passion for challenges is driven by my entrepreneurial nature, and desire to succeed.

Specialties: Bicycle Industry expertise that includes an in-depth understanding of the IBD chain, vendor relations, industry positioning, best practices analysis, and interpersonal dynamics.

 

Tom Knipe, Secretary
Tom Knipe PicBoard member Tom Knipe is an economic developer, planner and adjunct professor in Ithaca, NY. He co-founded Bike Walk Tompkins and the annual Streets Alive Ithaca open streets event, and formerly served as Executive Director of the Community Cycling Center and Director of Development for a successful private bike event company in Portland, Oregon. He is also an expert in tourism development and management, having served as director of the Tompkins County Tourism Program for seven years. He rides his Xtracycle cargo bike to work and enjoys exploring the Finger Lakes via road or gravel bike on the weekends and competing in the occasional trail ultra or triathlon.

Chris Joinnides, Executive Committee
Chris Joinnides PicChris Joinnides, owner of Kreb Cycle, is a proud supporter and member of the NYBC board and executive committee. He has been a USA cycling member since 1982. Chris 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. Chris 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. Joining the board of the NYBC is just one of the many ways Chris Joinnides supports the cycling community on Long Island.

 

Daniel Flanzig, Executive Committee
Daniel Flanzig PicBoard member Daniel Flanzig is an accomplished Trial Lawyer representing the rights of cyclists and pedestrians in New York. He is also an avid cyclist, runner, and competitive du-athlete. He is the author of "Wheels of Justice" a monthly column published by the Coalition offering legal advice for cyclists across New York State. Daniel has developed a free monthly class in conjunction with Bike New York, and also serves on the Boards of Long Island Streets-NY, New York Coalition for Transportation Safety. Daniel represents the interests of cyclists and pedestrians at the Nassau County Traffic and Safety Board and is also the Chair of the Village of Sea Cliff Traffic and Safety Committee.

 

Elyse Buchman
Elyse Buchman PicRetired Geriatric Social Worker.
Co-Proprietor, The Stony Brookside Bed & Bike Inn - Stony Brook, NY 2016 - present
Founded a unique bed and breakfast business, marketing towards cycling enthusiasts.
Interests: Yoga, bicycle touring, photography, music, fitness


 

Martin Buchman
Martin Buchman PicRetired educator with over 25 years of experience teaching social studies and history at the high school level in both classroom and private settings.
Co-Proprietor, The Stony Brookside Bed & Bike Inn - Stony Brook, NY 2016 - present
Founded a unique bed and breakfast business, marketing towards cycling enthusiasts.
Interests: Yoga, bicycle touring, crossword puzzles, music, fitness.

 

Rich Conroy
Richard Conroy PicRich has been the Director of Education since starting at Bike New York in 2004. He has a masters and doctorate from University of Notre Dame, and his bike industry experience includes working for Metro Bicycles and teaching middle school kids for Recycle-A-Bicycle. In addition to being a League Cycling Instructor (LCI), he’s an LCI coach for the League of American Bicyclists. He has a brilliant, wonderful teenage daughter and three cats who are nice, but not so brilliant.

 

Rossana Coto-Batres, MSW
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Board of Directors, Member of New York Bicycling Coalition from November 2017 to present.
Outreach and Training Coordinator, Northeast New York Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (NENYCOSH).


 

Kyle Hatch
Kyle Hatch PicKyle began his relationship with NYBC in 2015 as an intern. He went on to serve as a Project Coordinator and Interim Executive Director with NYBC before joining the board. Kyle completed his Master's in Urban and Regional Planning from SUNY University at Albany with a focus on transportation planning and community health. He brings experience in project management, proposal development, grant management, community engagement, and transportation planning to NYBC.

 

Jim Reed
James Reed PicJim Reed is an avid rider, bicycling lawyer and advocate who lives in the Finger Lakes and represents injured cyclists throughout NY and PA. Jim is former President of the NYBC Board and has devoted countless hours advocating on behalf of NY bicyclists throughout the state.



 

Lisa Schmidtfrerick-Miller
LisaSchmidtfrerick Miller PicCurrently Board Member, previously served as the secretary to the Board of Directors for New York State's only statewide organization working to make bicycling better for all cyclists.
Assist municipalities in the comprehensive planning process by collecting data, coordinating and facilitating public input, and writing and editing of final product. Identify funding sources and writing grant proposals to help communities achieve their development objectives.
Special interest areas: healthy infrastructure - planning for pedestrians and bicyclists, playgrounds, parks, and trails, small-town downtown improvement plans.

 

Board Emeritus & Advisory Committee

Lois Chaplin
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Bill Eisenreich
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Harvey Botzman
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Author/Publisher, Cyclotour Guide Books Member, Amtrak/Adventure Cycling Association Bicycle Task Force.
Experienced Director with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit organization management industry. Strong professional skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Event Management, Media Relations, Journalism, and Fundraising.


 

Richard Brustman
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Dennis Savoie
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Ivan Vamos
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