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Keynote Speaker Charles T. Brown

Charles T. Brown, MPA, CPD, LCI is the founder and managing principal of Equitable Cities LLC—a nationally known urban planning, policy, research and multimedia firm working at the intersection of transportation health, and equity. He serves as a senior researcher with the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) and adjunct professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, both at Rutgers University. He also serves as a 2020 Fellow within the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication in Partnership with The OpEd Project.

With more than 17 years of public and private sector, military, and academic experience, he has gained international attention for helping to create safe, healthy, and livable communities. His recent and notable contributions through research and practice include understanding barriers to biking and walking for women and minorities; analyzing the impact of crime on walking frequency and propensity; centering and prioritizing equity in transportation planning and decision-making; analyzing barriers to accessing parks and open spaces; and, serving as an instructor for the Smart Growth America (SGA), National Transit Institute (NTI), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and CDC’s Walkability Action Institute.

He has delivered over a dozen keynote addresses and workshops on the importance of health in all policies, health equity, and transportation equity to local, national and international audiences. He serves as a member of the Global Safety Advisory Board at Lime (micromobility), member of the Board of Directors with America Walks, and member of the Franklin Township Planning Board (NJ). He is also a member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Pedestrian Safety Committee, Bicycle Transportation Committee, and former member of the Region II Healthy Equity Council. His work has been published in several international journals as well as featured by or quoted in the New York Times, Washington Post, Vice, Bloomberg CityLab and various other national outlets. He is a military veteran and a recipient of the Mississippi Commendation Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

Mark Allen – Miami Valley Mountain Biking Association

Mark is the MVMBA Merchandise Director and a Trail Specialist for Five Rivers MetroParks helping to design, build, and maintain hiking, equestrian, and mountain bike trails. He travels to mountain bike destinations and follows other trail builders on social media to stay up-to-date on current trends and techniques on trail construction. Mark’s goal is to work with local land managers to create diverse riding opportunities close to home. When he’s not designing or riding the local trails, he focuses his creativity on designing and finding local business to produce the MVMBA merchandise.

Serena Anderson – Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission

Safe Routes for All

Serena Anderson is a Transportation Coordination Planner at the MVRPC and is responsible for convening a council of representatives of transportation operators, funders, providers, advocates and individuals who work together to fill in gaps in services of transportation for older adults, people with disabilities and low-income individuals. In addition, MVRPC launched the Institute for Livable and Equitable Communities in 2019, convening critical partners within the Miami Valley Region and placing intentional focus on enhancing livability and equity within our communities. As a pivotal member of the Institute, Serena will be leading efforts in the coming year to launch the Age Friendly Network which will work to ensure all residents in the Miami Valley can age gracefully within their community.

Grant Burtch – Greene County Parks and Trails

Bike Facility Maintenance Best Practices and Resources

Grant Burtch, currently serves as the Maintenance lead over Bike paths for Greene County Parks & Trails. He has served as the Bike Path Lead for the past 5 years and has been a member of GCP&T since 2005.

Grant came to GCP&T after working a few years with Kettering Parks and Recreation as a grounds crew member where Grant worked at various locations within Kettering Parks learning the different Maintenance issues and how-to problem solve due to the needs of the Public.

Grant has worked to better his knowledge of the needs of Bike path users around Greene County in an attempt to better the bike trails for all Greene County Residents along with visitors from across the Country that visit the trails.

Deltrece Daniels – Bike Cleveland

Diversity and Inclusion in Advocacy and Planning

One of NorthEast Ohio’s Cycling Educators, Entertainer, and Bicycle Model, Deltrece Daniels is a veteran of many bike tours and experiences, workshops and presentations where she is encouraging others to experience the joys on two wheels.

Deltrece’s own experience of cycling for transportation fuels an unrelenting passion for empowering others to explore their neighborhood and ride their bikes for transportation, exercise or recreation.

These days, you may see her biking to experience a new vegan restaurant, to catch a shopping deal, or simply to watch the sunset.

Matt Lindsay – Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission

Regional Bikeways Update

Matt is MVRPC’s Manager of Environmental Planning and the agency’s point of contact for active transportation planning. He has been involved with the publication of the Miami Valley Bikeways Map since its second edition in 2008 and has managed the Miami Valley Trails web site since 2012. Goals for 2021 include riding the full length of the Ohio-to-Erie Trail, and getting in the kind of shape that will make that possible.

Dawn Lofland – Miami Valley Mountain Biking Association

Mountain Biking in the Miami Valley

Dawn lives in Dayton, Ohio and is the President of the Miami Valley Mountain Bike Association (MVMBA). She’s ridden all of our local trails and trails in NW Arkansas, Copper Harbor, Moab, Fruita, Grand Junction, Bakers Creek, and closer to home, Baileys in Athens, OH, Rays in Cleveland, and Dayton’s own, Mike’s Indoor Bike Park! All of this to better understand the sport, grow her skills, learn about mountain bike experiences in other locations and bring back what she’s learned to our region.She is a lifelong cyclist, IT Professional, and mother of two daughters with a passion to get more people on bikes through cycling instruction, trail advocacy, and leading kids and family rides.

James Muhammad – Bike Miami Valley Board Member

Diversity and Inclusion in Advocacy and Planning

James Muhammad is an internationally recognized comedian, public speaker and native of Dayton. His community involvement is centered on sustainable civic progress and innovations of the new sharing economy. He believes that the Link: Dayton Bike Share program represents a model opportunity in both areas. A terrible fisherman, novice bird watcher, and collector of hats – he is an avid enthusiast for the continued growth of the recreational assets of the Miami Valley.

Shaun Murphy-Lopez – Toole Design

Bike Facility Maintenance Best Practices and Resources

Shaun has worked for over a decade in pedestrian and bicycle planning. He is an expert on plans and research, with a focus on the Midwest. Shaun’s experience as a transportation planner includes partnering with communities to create pedestrian, bicycle, and trail master plans, as well as research within areas like maintenance and ADA accessibility. Shaun has been the project manager for master plans in Baxter, MN; Brookings, SD; Cedar Rapids, IA; Polk County, WI; Urbandale, IA; Vermillion, SD; and Winona, MN. He helped author the Topeka, KS Pedestrian Master Plan; the Hennepin County Bikeway Maintenance Study; and the Massachusetts DOT’s Pedestrian Transportation Plan Municipal Resources Guide. Before joining Toole Design, Shaun served as the Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator for the City of Minneapolis between 2006 and 2014, where he led the doubling of the City’s on-street bikeway network from 40 to 80 miles.

Tobi Otulana – Toole Design

Diversity and Inclusion in Advocacy and Planning

Tobi Otulana recently joined Toole Design Group as Planner. She worked previously as an Associate Planner at the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) where she coordinated the agency’s Technical Assistance Program, which provides Central Ohio communities with planning assistance for sustainable transportation and community development efforts as well as funding for Brownfields assessment activities. Tobi is an advocate for equitable, safe, healthy, and enjoyable transportation. She currently serves as a Board Member for Central Ohio’s bicycle advocacy non-profit Yay Bikes and is a member of their Advocacy Committee. She is also a member of the American Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professional’s (APBP) Diversity Task Force and serves as one of the APBP representatives on the National Complete Streets Coalition Steering Committee. Tobi is a founding organizer of the non-profit Strong Women. Strong Places., which aims to empower and education placemakers to create safe and equitable communities for women and non-binary individuals. 

Maggie Pasqualone – City of Kettering

Micro Mobility Devices Panel

Maggie is the Assistant Law Director for the City of Kettering, Ohio, where she advises the City on a wide range of topics, including City ordinances, legislation, Ohio ethics laws, real estate transactions, public records laws, employment law, constitutional issues, administrative policy, and much more. 

Prior to her role at the City of Kettering, Maggie served as the talent acquisition specialist for PNC Bank’s legal department and as associate general counsel for K&D Management, LLC, Northeast Ohio’s largest real estate management company. 

Maggie was a member of the 2020 Kettering Leadership Academy. She published an advisory article for Engaging Local Government Leaders, and she serves as an annual guest speaker on local government structure at Oakwood High School. Maggie is also a member of the University of Dayton School of Law Career Services Advisory Group, helping UDSL students find a position in the legal field that fits their career and life goals. 

Maggie holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. She holds her Juris Doctorate from the University of Dayton School of Law, where she served as an editor on the Dayton Law Review. She lives in Dayton, Ohio with her husband, Nick, and two children, Maeve and E.J. 

Eric Sauer – Five Rivers MetroParks

Safe Routes for All

Eric is a degreed and registered landscape architect who has practiced in a wide variety of project types including residential, commercial and public settings. He is currently the Planning Manager for Five Rivers MetroParks and is responsible for the planning of over 16,000 acres managed in the Dayton, Ohio area.   He is also involved in the Regional Bikeways Committee to coordinate efforts to continue to grow the nation’s largest off road connected bikeway system that includes over 330 miles.

Michael Schwartz – Ride Report

Not Just a Bike Lane

Michael Schwartz is the Head of Customers and Policy at Ride Report. He has more than a decade of experience implementing data-driven transportation plans, policies, and infrastructure. Before starting at Ride Report, Michael worked as a Principal Transportation Planner at the San Francisco County Transportation Authority. His work in the public, private, and non-profit advocacy sectors informs his wide ranging perspective on how to successfully oversee micromobility programs to achieve public policy objectives. At Ride Report, Michael supports public agencies as they contemplate and implement micromobility programs, serving as a consultant on data and policy while also helping staff effectively leverage Ride Report’s software tools.

Fred Stovall – City of Dayton

Bike Facility Maintenence Best Practices and Resources

Frederick (Fred) M. Stovall is the Director of the Dept. of Public Works for City of Dayton. Mr. Stovall has served in the role since 2003. As Director, he oversees the Division of Waste Collection, the Division of Street Maintenance, the Division of Property Management, the Division of Fleet Management, and the Division of Civil Engineering. Mr. Stovall is an active member of the American Public Works Association. During his career, he previously served electric and gas utilities with DP&L and holds a BS in Management and Accounting. 

Amber Wason – Drop Mobility

Micro Mobility Devices Panel

Amber Wason joins Drop Mobility as the VP of Operations & Innovation, helping to manage US operations, drive growth and fuel innovation. Amber has spent her career bringing emerging transportation technologies to market, launching projects such as the DC Circulator, carsharing at Flexcar (acquired by Zipcar), and was early in the ebike movement as the co-founder of Riide, a leading consumer e-bike brand.

Joe Weinel – City of Dayton

Bike Facility Maintenence Best Practices and Resources

Joe Weinel is the Chief Engineer of Design for the City of Dayton.  Mr. Weinel received a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Dayton and a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management from the University of Dayton.  He has worked for the City of Dayton for 28 years and currently lives in Dayton with his wife and three kids.  He is an avid runner and cyclist and has rode all but about 30 miles of the Regional Trail System.