About Us

The Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program's mission is to ensure that Connecticut's youth and their families have access and exposure to an organized state-wide youth cycling league. Additionally, youth and their parents should be able to see a clear avenue that allows them to develop as far as their ambition, skills and abilities can take them. The sport of cycling teaches a child or young adult a wealth of values, social skills and mindsets that help them become successful in every aspect of their life, and the CCAP is proud to provide kids across with the state the opportunity to participate in a safe and positive team-based environment.

Leadership

Michael Patterson

Michael Patterson

President

Michael retired as Vice Chairman of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co in 2009. He previously served as Vice Chairman of the Board, Chief Administrative Officer, Executive Vice President, and General Counsel of J.P. Morgan & Co


Adam Duarte

Adam Duarte

Vice President

Adam resides in Darien, CT with his wife and three children. He graduated from Middlebury College in 1997 and The Tuck School at Dartmouth in 2003. He is a Portfolio Manager at an investment firm in NYC and was introduced to cycling by his father, maintaining a love of the sport for as long as he can remember.


Mark Johnston

Mark Johnston

Mark H. Johnston was the president of Van Wagner Communications until its sale in October, 2014; he had previously worked as a banker. He also serves on the board of Harlem Academy and has degrees from Princeton University and the Fordham University School of Law.


Peter Heard

Peter Heard

Peter Heard is an executive with Travelers Insurance Company in Hartford and is the Nationals Account Vice President, and a board and Executive Committee member of the Spencer Educational Foundation, NYC, a non-profit organization providing scholarships to students and grants to universities in the field of insurance and finance. He is also a member of the President’s Advisory Council and Treasurer of the Alumni Board of Roger Williams University, RI. Peter is also a member of the Gabelli School of Business Advisory Board and Founder and Co-director of the Connecticut Cycling Festival and Race in Hartford, CT.


Keith Wiemert

Keith Wiemert

President

Keith resides in Bristol, Connecticut and is the current President and CEO of Seasons Federal Credit Union. He has been an active member of the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce and is presently a member of the Board of Directors as well as Chairman of the Board of the Credit Union League of Connecticut. He is also active in the Meriden Chamber of Commerce, the Middlesex United Way, and serves on the Middletown Mentor Program Core Committee. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Connecticut in 1983 and received his Master of Business Administration from Western New England University in 2000.


Lewis Runnion

Lewis Runnion

Lewis Runnion resides in Montvale, New Jersey and is the Director of the Military Affairs at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He has previously served as a Director of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. In addition, Lewis is an adviser to for the Military Service Initiatives of the George Bush Institute. He is a co-founder of Veterans on Wall Street and a member of the Housing Policy Council’s Service Member Working Group. He has been a featured panelist/speaker regarding veteran’s issues for the Congressional Black Caucus, Professional Golf Association, Housing Policy Council and others.


Stephen Ackley-Oritz

Stephen Ackley-Oritz

Stephen is the Current Director of Alumni Affairs at Yale Law School. He previously served as Director of Principal Gifts, Associate Director Major Gifts at Yale Law School, and Assistant Dean for Development at NYU Law School.


Aidan Charles

Aidan Charles

Aidan Charles, the Founder and former Executive Director of the CCAP, has built a life and career around the sport of cycling. Fortunate to discover cycling at the young age of 14, he found passion, success and discipline in pursuit of the sport. As a result of hard work and perseverance, Aidan raced throughout the country and internationally as a junior and a professional cyclist. He went on to study at Mary Washington University, where he earned a B.S. in Biology with concentrations in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology. Upon graduation, Aidan founded Charles Coaching and Nutrition Services (CCNS), where he has been helping endurance athletes achieve their goals since 2006. Aidan's dream is to see youth and the sport of cycling thrive in the United States, starting with Connecticut and creating a model to share with the rest of the country.

Staff

David Hoyle

David Hoyle

David Hoyle, Executive Director of the CCAP, began cycling in 2004 on a borrowed bicycle from his brother while earning his BA from Hobart College. No less than one year later, his excitement for the sport sparked his involvement in local bike clubs and bike racing. In 2009, he joined the CCNS Cycling Team where senior team members taught him skill sets and disciplines that have helped steer his current career path and grow him into a regionally recognized racer, earning Connecticut state road race and criterium titles. His passion for the CCAP comes from a desire to help young people succeed and realize the life-defining lessons that the sport of cycling teaches.


Karen Franzen

Karen Franzen

The Program Director, is a wife, mother, and former amateur racer. She is passionate about cycling and bringing our youth into the sport. She has organized numerous junior racing clinics through partnership with the New England Bicycle Racing Association (NEBRA) and Charles Coaching and Nutrition Services. She brings a wealth of knowledge to the CCAP and her enthusiasm will lead the School Programs, Park & Rec. Programs and Regional Teams to success. Says Karen, "Teaching others that the feeling of accomplishment after tough race can be applied to every challenge off the bike as well is one the most rewarding aspects of my job. I look forward to working hard at the CCAP and to get as many kids on bikes as possible in the state of CT."


Jake Kravitz

Jake Kravitz

The Assistant Director of Programs, began cycling when he retired from the sport of Ultimate Frisbee. Jake is excited to be working with the CCAP to help make a difference in kids’ lives. Jake is an active racer and loves long distance endurance style mountain bike races. As a coaching journeyman, he’s coached swimming and diving, ultimate frisbee, cycling, and is active in the coaching of freeride skiing at Magic Mountain Ski Area.


Hunter Pronovost

Hunter Pronovost

As our Marketing Director, Hunter enjoys keeping the State up to date on the progress of the CCAP. The first few years have certainly been busy! Starting out as a teenager on the bike himself, he has a unique perspective on our State’s cycling heritage and is excited to see Connecticut become an example for the rest of the country. He is a Cat2 racer on the road and mountain bike, Cat1 in cyclocross, and enjoys leading various CCAP clinics whenever he has the opportunity. He has also successfully coached many of our Regional Teams.