ABOUT US - Our Mission and Board Members
Confidence, Community, Character
Healthy Kids, Happy Kids believes that by providing children the opportunity to bicycle we are helping to encourage healthy lifestyles that can be used to overcome life's challenges.
The purpose of Healthy Kids, Happy Kids is to develop a sense of confidence, community, and character in children throughout Maine by providing opportunities to bicycle in a safe, learning environment. By teaching these values through cycling, Healthy Kids, Happy Kids is providing an active example of a healthy sustainable lifestyle for kids in Maine.
"Be happy ride a bike!"
Healthy Kids, Happy Kids is a community nonprofit 501c3 organization.
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Lenora Felker, Co-founder, Executive Director, and Secretary
Growing up in Maine made Lenora eager to see other parts of the world, being an elite athlete in 3 sports, the final one in cycling allowed her to achieve that. Cycling as a professional took Lenora around the world, around the country, to racing in Europe and finally to the Olympic trials.
"I am athlete/educator/artist. A renaissance woman who greatly believes in giving back to the community, and that the body and mind work better when healthy and stimulated. The idea to cultivate a healthy, sustainable, fun lifestyle by riding a bike came from embracing that lifestyle myself. I hope to pass this great activity and philosophy onto my daughter and many more young people in our communities."
Tim Corcoran, Vice President and Treasurer
Tim has been in the cycling community and industry for over 30 years. He is a father, an avid cyclist and supporter of youth develoment in the Maine cycling community. Tim is also the co-founder of Hk2 and also one of the founding members of the Portland Velo Club and co-founder of the nonprofit, Friends of Bradbury.
Wendy Frechette, Assistant Director
Wendy brings to our team a background in both Mountain Biking and Road Biking. Her journey began in the deserts of Arizona Mountain Biking amongst saguaros and cholla. Her dreams were bigger than the desert floors and these dreams led her to some bigger mountains in the Pacific Northwest which is were her passion for down hill biking and West Coast free riding took off. After a Mountain Bike crash side lined her, her physical therapist suggested she rehabilitate thru road biking and a new passion began. To accommodate both cycling passions she would soon take to biking 6-7 days a week. It was thru cycling that she met her husband. Although cycling remains a true passion we can find her chasing her 2 young children around and dreaming of more days on the bike. We know it will come back all to soon!
Nicole Pisani, Event Promoter
Nicole started mountain biking at age 12 and immediately became hooked. On her 13th birthday she attended a 3-day mountain bike clinic in Vermont, and the experience resonated with her; at that point she knew biking would be a huge part of her life. She is an avid racer, bike event promoter, coaches kids-to-adults, guides bikepacking trips, leads clinics, and continues to enjoy riding on trails. Nicole graduated from Keene State College in New Hampshire with a Health Science degree, and is earning a Professional Mountain Bike Instructor Association Level 1 Certification this summer. Through cycling she met her amazing husband and they look forward to sharing their love for singletrack with their 1 year old daughter.
Ashley Stanton Niehoff, Board Member at Large
Ashley spent her youth through college in the competitive world of showing/jumping horses. After time spent working and raisng a family, the desire to ride again came in the form of riding bikes! Whether its teaching an indoor cycling class, riding a century or group ride, or racing cyclocross, Ashley has a passion for cycling and supporting others in the pursuit of staying active and healthy and has been a supporting member of Hk2 since the inception of the organization.
A lifelong biker, Todd spent ten years in NYC biking everywhere he could. Home again in Maine, he enjoys encouraging folks, especially kids, to get out and enjoy themselves on a bike as often as possible.
Paul is an avid recreational rider and racer in all bicycling disciplines. He is a regional Transportation Planner working to have more people walking and riding bikes and advocating for a safer transportation for safety for cyclists and pedestrians.
"When my children were young I enjoyed teaching them to mountain bike and taking them to new places to ride as a family."
Andrew attended the University of Maine, where he raced with the varsity ski team and received a B.A. in Business Administration and Finance. In 1993, Andrew earned his M.B.A from Pace University. Andrew is currently the chief investment officer for the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS). Prior to working at MainePERS, Andrew served as the vice president and portfolio manager at TD Banknorth, as pension and investment manager at Raytheon, as investment analyst at Prime Buchholz & Associates, and the trust department head at Fuji Bank. Andrew is also a member of the Maine CFA Society and Boston Security Analysts Society. Andrew attended Holderness School and currently serves on the school's Board of Trustees. His son, Morgan, currently races mountain, road and cyclocross bikes and attends Holdeness. Morgan is currently a HK2 mentor, coach and participant.
Amy works as the Ecommerce Manager at Cuddledown in Yarmouth, ME. She lives in Freeport with her husband, son and two rescue dogs. Amy connected with HK2 while trying to find a summer camp for her 9 year old son. Amy grew up in western and northern Maine and realized at an early age that a bike provided transportation and freedom. After several hand-me-down bikes, she saved up all of her money and bought her first 18 speed bike from a local bike shop at age 8. She never imagined that her son would follow in her footsteps - loving to bike & saving up for his own bike at a young age. Amy's son has renewed her love of biking and now they enjoy mountain biking together.