The NYBC Board of Directors on April 6th, 2012 at a meeting in Cooperstown, NY
Seated, Left to Right:
Harvey Botzman, Fingerlakes — Lisa Schmidtfrerick-Miller, Western New York — Jim Reed, Southern Tier
Standing, Left to Right:
Claire Nolan, Capitol Region — Dennis Savoie, Central New York — Lois Chaplin, Fingerlakes, Rich Conroy, NYC — Paul Winkeller, Capital Region — John Vendetti, Capital Region
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.
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.
Rich Conroy 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.
Ken Fagut, Treasurer
National Sales Director, Areaware. Cycling is his passion, his way of life, and 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.
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.
Ulric MacKenzie is an avid and veteran cyclist of 30+ years having entered competitive road cycling in the early 80′s. Beginning as a competitive cyclist and being around USA cycling for that duration, he has also organized, promoted and directedsanctioned USA Cycling events. As a certified Level 2, USA Cycling Coach, Ric currently owns and operates Revolutionary Velo-Watts LLC, a power-based cycling studio and coaching business in Clifton Park, NY. As the Chair of NYBC’s Law Enforcement committee, Ric has extensive experience, knowledge and contacts statewide in law enforcement and hopes to help improve bicycling safety with the facilitation of law enforcement collaborations in all regions of the state
Claire works for the State University of Albany as an English teacher. She is also the Bike Month coordinator for the Capital District. Claire lives in Albany and joined the board in February 2005.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.NYBikeAccidentBlog.com for more information about Jim’s legal practice representing bicyclists.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.