"It all started when I was a young boy. I used to watch my Uncle Pat in the basement of his machine shop. He would collect and fix up old bicycles that he found at the town dump. After cleaning and repairing these bikes he would give them to the kids in his neighborhood. He had only repaired half a dozen bikes but that really impressed me. A voice in the back of my head said … 'Wow that’s pretty cool… if he could do 6 bikes… I could do 6000'. When I became an adult I started finding and repairing old bikes out of my garage and giving them to needy children at my wife’s elementary school where she was a teacher. Many years later I joined Sound Cyclists Bicycle Club. Here I found an army of like-minded people who helped me to expand my vision and create a larger goal of making recycled bikes available to the entire community. Hence in 2012 Northeast Community Cycles, a 501(c) 3 non-profit was born… getting bigger and better every year."
President - Tony Suppa
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Tony Suppa - President and Founder
Tony loves bicycles… all kinds of bicycles. He wants to spread the fun, health and transportation benefits of cycling to as many people as possible. He HAS to be outside. Tony has worked 20 + years as an independent contractor. After raising two children, he finds this to be his most rewarding project yet. Tony was the former Incentives Chairman for Sound Cyclists Bicycle Club.
Shin Miyoshi - Treasurer
Shin is an avid cyclist and active member of the Sound Cyclist Bicycle Club, where he is currently a Rides Coordinator for club rides. He is a 30 year veteran of the not for profit sector and is currently the Chief Financial Officer for the Westport Weston Family Y. At the Family Y, Shin leads the Finance Department which includes Accounting, Information Technology and Human Resources.
Phyllis Lodato-Suppa - Secretary
Phyllis is an outdoor enthusiast. Biking ranks high on her list of passions along with snowboarding, hiking and camping. Previously she was Sound Cyclists Bicycle Club Membership Director and board member. She is also a sculptor and has been teaching art to elementary school children for the past 27 years.
Trent Luby - Head Mechanic
Trent loves all things outdoors, be it hiking, climbing, or camping... but his true passion lies in cycling. He enjoys downhill mountain biking, cross country and road riding. Trent always works on his own bikes and worked with Northeast Bicycles in sales and as a mechanic for 12+ years.
Gary Andrews - Shop Manager
Gary enjoys various outdoor activities like hiking and biking, though his passion is skiing. After a long career in telecommunication with AT&T and networking with Pitney Bowes, he is currently retired and active within this organization.
Don Stillman – Events Coordinator
Don is a CPA and a member of Sound Cyclists for over 20 years. Don has been actively involved in promoting cycling in the community. He has been a Sound Cyclist Bloomin' Metric Director for 7 years and a Spin Odyssey Assistant Director.
Peter Monin - Development Manager
Peter's first "big" purchases were bicycles. In his youth, he worked for local bike shops (shout out to Jules!), and has been fixing and tinkering with just about everything he can, including a race car he built himself. When not busy with his family, photography, or his career in marketing analytics, you may find him endurance racing at Watkins Glen and the like, or if it's wintertime, racing wheel-to-wheel on frozen lakes.