Member Spotlights

Alison Ceplo

Member since: 2021
Nickname: Swiper
How did you get your nickname? Depends who you ask. If you need to know more details I'm glad to tell you the story.
What bike do you ride?
Honda rebel 1100 DCT
Favorite GSG moment:
That's a really hard one; I've had phenomenal moments at different times with all of the ladies. But I would have to say my favorite moment, would be The first time I rode in IFRD. Getting to see the line of pink and thinking how cool it is to be part of this.
What do you do outside of GSG? I am a certified MSF instructor on weekends that I'm not riding with GSG ladies. During the weekdays I am the director of infant toddler girls for Wonder Nation sold at Walmart. I also craft and like to be creative whenever I can.

Joanne Luna Surowiec

Member since: 2019
Nickname: Boots
How did you get your Nickname? On a trip to Vermont, I dropped my bike and twisted my ankle.  I should have worn my better boots.  Now I always do.  All the gear, all the time.
What bike do you ride? 
2018 Honda CTX700 DCT
Favorite GSG moment:  One of my first trips; we went camping at Steel Steeds in Pennsylvania.  I had such a sense of accomplishment and genuine fun.
What do you do outside of GSG?  I'm a stay at home mom.  I have a mail order business, volunteer at a local Elks & run my dog's Instagram account, @wonderdog3 =o)

Edith Thompson

Member since: 2016
Nickname: Grandma
How did you get your Nickname?
I became the a first time grandmother while in the group 
What bike do you ride? 
Was a Yamaha 2011 Stryker 1100cc.  
Favorite GSG moment: GSG putting together my daughter's surprise baby shower.  We are one big family of great ladies! 
What do you do outside of GSG? Play Bingo and spend time with the grandkids
Why I became a member of GSG:
I loved the fact that it wasn't always about riding, but also doing community events and fundraisers.

Nat Viso

Member since:  January 2017
Nickname:  Derby
How did you get your Nickname?  My derby cover flew off, mid-ride,  while on a trip to TN
What bike do you ride?  
2016 Harley Superlow 1200T
Favorite GSG moment:  Every overnight trip because they always consist of great riding with even greater company and endless laughs.
What do you do outside of GSG?  I t
each high school English 
Why I became a member of GSG: I was a brand new rider and was looking for people to ride with. GSG really taught me how to ride safely within a large group. The continued support, rider education and charity work really got me to stay

Mercedes Meglio

Member since:  March 2014
Nickname:  Queen Bee
How did you get your Nickname?  Leader of the worker bees! LOL =o) 
What bike do you ride?  
2018 Honda Goldwing ,
2016 Honda CTX700,
2004 Ridley Autoglide 750

Favorite GSG moment: 
2018 NYC Pride Parade
What do you do outside of GSG?  Wife and Mother of three

Carolyn Connolly

Member since: December 2021
Nickname: N/A
How did you get your Nickname? N/A
What bike do you ride? 2017 Harley Davidson Softail Slim S
Favorite GSG moment: Maria's Pool Party BBQ
What do you do outside of GSG? Stay at home mom/wife, volunteer and I craft. 
Why did you become a GSG member? To meet other women riders!

Cheryl Paladino

Member since: 2017
Nickname: Purple Cheryl
How did you get your Nickname? Because there are 2 Cheryl's and everything I own is purple. 
What bike do you ride? 2019 Road King
Favorite GSG moment:
All the LCR games. They're always a good laugh!!!
What do you do outside of GSG? Take care of my dogs, go to classic car shows and shop.
Why did you become a GSG Member? When I met the group and learned about all the charity work they do in addition to riding I knew this was where I belong.  

Christine Laino

Member since: August 2019
Nickname: Legs
How did you get your Nickname? I'm a shorty!
What bike do you ride? 
Honda Rebel 300 
Favorite GSG moment: 
My bike would not turn over and Patty without a blink came over and had my bike up and running in a hot minute. She was not even a member yet but had that helpful and supportive GSG spirit. Awesome!  
What do you do outside of GSG? 
Officer at the Benevolent Order of Elks, Women's Softball, Reading Clubs, Mary Kay Personal Consultant, Notary, W!SE Volunteer at the High School of Economics in NYC Teaching Personal Finance, Women's Microfinance Initiative, Former Founding Director of National Assoc. of Women MBAs NYC Chapter, Former Founding President of the Working Families Diversity and Inclusion Network at my Workplace, Mentor.
Why did you become a GSG Member? 
I bought a 150cc scooter in 2018 as a bucket list wish and realized I should probably get a license. Me and a bestie got our licenses and I found that I enjoyed the manual moto I practiced on better than the automatic scooter I had. Once we had our licenses in hand, the bestie invited me to a GSG meeting with her and things fell immediately into place. I quickly got a manual moto and joined GSG right away after meeting the amazing women that lead and belong to the group. Their emphasis on taking things at your own pace, riding your own ride, mastering your bike resonated with me and helped me get out of my comfort zone. I have been taking small steps towards getting acclimated into riding and GSG has been a tremendous support system. Also, the ladies ROCK! So much fun to be around and interact with. So much depth and after attending events I am left with a sense of wanting to do more not less and challenge myself more. I am adventuring out and seeing many new exciting places and things. Also, the amount of charity work that is being done makes this riding club unique and I am grateful to be associated with it. Thank you GSG! 

Cheryl W.

Member since: 2015
Nickname: Sidekick
How did you get your Nickname? Because I’m always one step behind our trusted leader.
What bike do you ride? Yamaha Vstar and 2016 Honda CTX700 
Favorite GSG moment: 
Soooo many. Every Pride parade. Fireworks in Gettysburg. Foxrun 2. Ice tea runs in NYC. Making it to Tennessee and getting off my bike and kissing the ground.   
What do you do outside of GSG? 
Whatever Mercy needs done. Ha ha  
Why did you become a GSG Member? 
Because my BFF needed me to join so she would have 10 members to create a chapter 

Iria Landin

Member since: 2014
Nickname: Tick Tock
How did you get your Nickname? 
Simple, because I am always late lol  
What bike do you ride? 
Kawasaki Vulcan 900 
Favorite GSG moment: 
Every moment with the girls is always an adventure.  
What do you do outside of GSG? 
I am a high school math teacher.  
Why did you become a GSG Member? I wanted to get into riding and find other women to ride with. 

Ginger Torres

Member since: July 2020
Nickname: N/A
How did you get your Nickname? N/A
What bike do you ride? 
2011 Boulevard C50T 
Favorite GSG moment: Our Vermont Trip
What do you do outside of GSG? 
Fishing, hiking, spend time with family and friends 
Why did you become a GSG Member? 
To meet people who share my passion for riding and make friends along the way

Nancy Salas

Member since: 2016
Nickname: Brooklyn
How did you get your Nickname? That's where I grew up .
What bike do you ride?HD 
Fatboy2003 
Favorite GSG moment: 
All of them. I just love all the girls and our times together. 
What do you do outside of GSG? 
I am an electrician. 
Why did you become a GSG Member? 
Wanted to ride with ladies. 

Lauren Brown

Member since: 2020
Nickname: N/A
How did you get your Nickname? N/A
What bike do you ride? 
Honda Rebel 500 
Favorite GSG moment:
What do do you do outside of GSG? 
Every and any ride.  
Why did you become a GSG Member? 
Paraprofessional, Mother of three, and a Custom Cornhole board maker- My husband and I created L&J Cornhole.