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Staff & Board

Leah Golby

Board President

Leah Golby currently serves on the Albany Common Council where she annually sponsors the city’s “May is Bike Month” Resolution and ushered in the city’s 2013 Complete Streets ordinance. With a degree in theatre and a career in non-profit fundraising, Leah considers herself an accidental advocate for people who ride bicycles and walk. When she stopped driving a car regularly in 2007, it didn’t take long for Leah 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. Leah loves commuting by bicycle in the state’s capital, and she uses bikeshare bikes when she visits other cities. Her bicycle infrastructure advocacy work is mentioned in this 2016 People for Bikes’ Green Lane Project post.

Ken Fagut

Board Vice President & 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.

Tom Knipe

Board Secretary

As a co-founder of Bike Walk Tompkins and Streets Alive! Ithaca, and as Tourism Program Director for Tompkins County, Tom has a great in depth hands on knowledge of bike tourism. Since 2002, Tom has been very active in the bicycle field in a wide variety of capacities. He previously directed programs for the Community Cycling Center in Portland, Oregon and served on the board of Oregon’s Bicycle Transportation Alliance; directed large rides in Oregon and Washington; aided in the design of both Portland’s and Ithaca’s Safe Routes to School programs; is a regular college guest lecturer on Active Transportation; and has authored several active transportation related plans and reports including on bicycle boulevards, bike share, and multi-use trails in Tompkins County.

Chris Joinnides

Board Member, Executive Committee

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.

Theresa Bowick

Board Member

Also known as “Nurse Bowick”, in Rochester New York, where she hosts the popular radio show, “Health Beats” on WDKX 103.9 FM where she uses the airwaves as a forum for community health. Using the tag line, “we’re gonna talk about it” she engages the community in the most non-traditional and previously forbidden health topics. Theresa was the founder of Conkey Cruisers in Rochester, NY. She was born and raised in Rochester where she attended public schools. She acquired her BS in Nursing from the State University of New York, College at Brockport. There she was the first African-American female to earn the President’s Citation Award, the highest honor for a graduating senior. Her 22 year nursing career includes joyful employment as an Intellectual Disabilities Nurse. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at St. John Fisher College. Bowick firmly believes, that our lives would be better if we invested more in pedals than pills.

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 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.

Daniel Flanzig

Board Member

Daniel 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. Dan writes for “Wheels of Justice”, NYBC’s Monthly Bike Law column.

Lisa Schmidtfrerick-Miller

Board Member

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.

Dan Suraci

Board Member

Dan is an NYC-based transportation planner specializing in bicycle mobility and transit connectivity.  Prior to his current role as Lead Transportation Planner at SYSTRA Consulting, he worked in NYCDOT’s bicycle program and served as Communications Manager for Bike New York.  In conjunction with the American Public Transportation Association, Dan is presently leading a work group of more than 40 public transit agencies and bike advocates from all over the country to produce a series of national best practices for bicycle and transit connectivity, slated for publication later this year.  Outside of work, Dan is a daily, all weather bike commuter, instructor, author, and creator of the Derailleur, a comic book aimed at empowering people of all ages to ride.

Tyler Wren

Board Member

Tyler Wren is the owner and founder of Wrenegade Sports, LLC, a cycling event organization company based in Rensselaerville, New York. Tyler was a professional cyclist from 2002 to 2014. During that time he raced throughout the world for professional cycling teams and the USA National Team. Tyler resides in Rensselaerville, New York, with his wife Jennifer.


Rossana Coto-Batres

Board Member

Rossana is a social worker whose work focuses on advocating for the health and safety of refugee, immigrant, and low-wage workers in New York’s Capital Region. Her work around public health issues extends into her involvement in the community. Her passion for nutrition and health encouraged her to complete a yoga teacher training course, and she has organized yoga and meditation retreats for students since 2007. Rossana served on the Board of Directors of Honest Weight Food Co-op in Albany. Her childhood love for bikes was reignited after she bought a bike from the local bike rescue during her early college years. She became a member of Albany’s Protected Bike Lane Coalition in 2015, which pushed for the inclusion of a protected bicycle lane as part of a major road restructure in Albany. She is now a member and spokesperson for Capital Region Complete Streets. Rossana is a year-round bicycle commuter who enjoys bike camping and exploring other cities by bike.

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 and is a Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Rich joined the NYBC Board in 2001, and was President from 2007 to 2010.

Harvey Botzman

Board Member Emeritus

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.

Lois Chaplin

Board Member Emeritus

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 manual on Complete Streets and is a former certified cycling instructor for the League of American Bicyclists. She bicycles for fun, fitness and transportation. Lois joined the board in 2001.

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.

Bill Eisenreich

Board Member Emeritus

Bill grew up in the small working class city of Green Bay, Wisconsin where in the 1960’s, bicycling was a way of life and primary means of travel. By 1970, the ten-speed craze hit America, and almost all college students at the University of Wisconsin in Madison traveled around the campus and city by bicycle. Bill was one of them. After graduating in 1974 with a degree in economics, Bill worked mostly as a wastepaper fiber trader for a very large paper recycling company based in Green Bay that eventually transferred him to New York. In 1988. He renewed his bicycling interest with the Huntington Bicycle Club, and later, as president of Paumonok, led Long Island’s advocacy efforts in the late 1990’s. At LAB’s rally in Saratoga Springs, NYBC invited Bill to the Board of Directors. He then got the support of Senator Owen Johnson to provide NYBC its first grant from the GTSC. In 2002, Bill became board president. With the help of a revitalized all volunteer working board, he promoted intern Jesse Day as executive director, contracted with Jeff Olson to complete the first GTSC project and built the foundation for NYBC’s growth. Bill now lives in Greenport, New York where he enjoys his permanent vacation with his wife Chris.

Dennis Savoie

Board Member Emeritus

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).

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.

Paul Winkeller

Executive Director

Paul was NYBC’s very first Executive Director and he is once again serving in the role. 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.

Ken Crandall

Education Director

Ken became a part of the NYBC team in October of 2016 as our first Education Director. He is a League of American Bicyclists League Certified Instructor and a board member of the Troy Bike Rescue in Troy, NY. Ken is passionate about bicycle education and safety. As such, he led the organization of the Safe Cycling Troy initiative which works with under served populations through homeless shelters and other community organizations to teach safe cycling principles and provide essential safety equipment. Ken comes to us from the IT sector where he worked as a software trainer and project manager. Ken is a proud husband, father, and grandfather.

Tom Polk

Regional Education Coordinator

Bike Educator Tom Polk is a life-long cyclist and enjoys road cycling and commuting as well as mountain biking. He has been teaching safe biking skills at the YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County since 2010.  Tom is a certified Ride Leader through the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) and is also a League Certified Instructor (LCI) with the League of American Bicyclists. He is married with two children, both active bikers. Tom resides in Kingston with his wife, Betsy, two dogs and more bikes than he will admit to.

Melissa Gold

Director of Communications

Sarah Reiter

Administrative Coordinator

Sarah is a transplant to the Hudson Valley from the New York metro area, an MFA candidate at Bard College, and a big fan of bike shares.

Laura Kelly

Communications Consultant

Laura rides bikes for fun, transportation, and adventure – and enjoys sharing her love of bicycling with others. Originally from Colorado, she spent a few years in the Philadelphia area where she was active in the newly formed Women Bike PHL initiative for the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia and assisted in testing the Women Bike PHL Girl Scout badge with her troop. She also served on the board for the Bicycle Club of Philadelphia, leading mountain bike rides as well as organizing clothing drives for local community bike shops. A few years ago she relocated to northern Westchester and is now an active board member for Westchester Cycle Club and Yorktown Trail Town as well as an active member of Westchester Mountain Bike Association and shop ride leader for her local bike shop.

Professionally, Laura has been in the children’s television industry for 17 years, most recently leading the program strategy and media planning department. Laura lives in Yorktown with her husband, her kids, and her dachshund. Follow her dog’s Instagram @sir_edward_the_bold.

Dan Convissor

Executive Director, Bike Tarrytown

Dan started seriously cycling at 11 years old, when his birthday present was a 10-speed bike.  He became a bike messenger in NYC and deeply involved with Transportation Alternatives, where he served as a Board Member, conceived the conceptual designs of what became the Williamsburg Bridge’s bicycle / pedestrian path, and pushed for changes at the Manhattan end of the Brooklyn Bridge that became the nice plaza that’s there today. Now living in Sleepy Hollow, Dan is a significant force behind the Route 9 Active Transportation and the Route 119 Complete Street studies, which are seeking how to provide protected bike lanes, sidewalks and safe crosswalks on these crucial, busy roads. To garner public support for those projects, Dan formed Bike Tarrytown.  It’s mission is improving the economy and health of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown by fostering bike culture and infrastructure.

NYBC is acting as the fiscal sponsor for Bike Tarrytown as Dan works on securing their 501(c)3 status.