Welcome to Team Orange, Troy

In November, Norte added Troy DeShano to our team. He will serve as our Program and Education Director. He joins Norte with almost 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector specializing in fundraising, communications, and project management. He will lead Norte’s expanding youth education programs to keep young people moving and connected to their community.

Norte operates across six counties where they run Summer Bike Camp, Mountain Bike Team, and Adventure Bike Club programs. We also run a Bikes for All initiative committed to ensuring people of all needs and abilities have a chance to ride bikes. In addition, Norte administers several Safe Routes to School programs.

“It is a great privilege to join the Norte team. I’ve admired this organization for many years,” said DeShano. “Riding bikes has been a tremendous influence in my life and a gateway to freedom in my youth. It’s a privilege to be in a position to ensure that hundreds, if not thousands, of youth across northern Michigan have that same opportunity.”

DeShano most recently worked in fund development at Inland Seas Education Association in Suttons Bay. He previously worked in communications, event planning, and project management at the Michigan Legacy Art Park at Crystal Mountain. At Norte, he will be responsible for managing and measuring the impact of Norte programs.

“We’re honored to have Troy join the Norte team. His unique and broad skill set is the perfect complement to our staff,” said Jill Sill, Interim Executive Director. “He can elevate the offerings and impact of our programs. His contributions will help ensure Norte grows at a steady pace and meets the needs of our region. Troy has already begun showing his leadership abilities as we close out a prolific 2021 and plan for a solid 2022.”

Norte has grown rapidly since forming in 2015. In 2021, we served over 1,200 participants across all youth bike programs. In addition, we helped hundreds more in encouragement programs, like Walk to School Day, across northern Michigan. This past fall, 400 young riders met weekly across three programs, including the Mountain Bike Team, Adventure Bike Club, and Bikes for All.

“Although it’s not our only tool, bikes are the primary tool we use to provide access to healthy experiences for the community. By putting people of all ages and abilities on bikes, we create a gateway to physical and mental health. We also create a sense of community,” said DeShano. “I’m thrilled to be in a position to develop confidence and freedom in young people. It’s a beautiful thing.



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