Wednesday Speaker Bios
October 29, 2020 - Policy Day
*All times are listed in MST*
Right of Way: Race, Class, and the Silent Epidemic of Pedestrian Deaths in America
Angie Schmitt is a well-known transportation writer and planner based in Cleveland. She is the author of the upcoming book Right of Way: Race, Class and the Silent Crisis of Pedestrian Deaths in America, which was published Aug. 27th by Island Press. Her writing and commentary have appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic, NPR and elsewhere. She was the long time editor for Streetsblog. Schmitt is the founder of the Cleveland-based urban planning firm 3MPH, which specializes in pedestrian safety.
Break out 1: How school siting effects students, parents, and taxpayers
Chris Danley is the founder of Vitruvian Planning and has worked in the planning profession since 2005. Chris is a recognized national expert in Health Impact Assessments, is co-creator of a two-day walk audit training academy known as the Looking Glass Academy, and has conducted planning and assessment projects throughout Idaho, North Carolina, Utah and several other states. He is also a certified Safe Routes to School and League of American Bicyclist instructor, current Board President of the National Physical Activity Society, former Boise Planning & Zoning Commissioner, a former personal trainer, coach, an avid runner and cyclist and dad to two young girls.
Break out 2: Canals Connect Communities – Progress on expanding canal infrastructure to include bike / ped pathways
Nina Schaeffer holds a BA in Urban Studies and Community Development from Boise State University, and is entering her 3rd year at Boise Bicycle Project as their Engagement Coordinator. As Engagement Coordinator, Nina manages all of BBP’s Advocacy efforts such as Canal pathways, Goathead collection, and outreach and education on public meetings. Nina is passionate for urban and transportation planning to the point that she finds public meetings incredibly fun to attend. Outside of her job, you can find her exploring the city and foothills by foot or bike, nerding out on Urban Planning books and research, attempting to garden, and finally, taking selfies with wonderfully planned separated bike lanes!
Eric Willadsen has spent the last few years working at the intersection of community building and open space protection, and has come to see firsthand the effect the climate crisis is having on western landscapes and people. Eric currently serves as the Conservation Program Manager of the Idaho Chapter of the Sierra Club. During his free time, he enjoys tromping around the mountains, canyons and hills of the northwest through human-powered movement.
Break out 3: A holistic look at the value of walking, and its link to quality of life, social capital, and freedom of mobility
Carl Whaley has a BS in Industrial Administration, focused on Transportation Management and a Master of Environmental Planning, focused on Urban Transportation Systems. He has served as a Transportation Management Officer for the US Army, an Alternative Transportation Mode Consultant and
Quality Assurance/Transit Analyst. While he had always been interested in how people moved from location to location, it was while being stationed in Rotterdam that he determined that the U.S. model for mobility was extremely limiting.
Break out 4: Building cycling education in Moscow, Idaho
Erin Bacon is the Safe Routes to School program coordinator in Moscow, Idaho. A graduate of Washington State University with degrees in Psychology and Management Operations, she is a lifelong resident of the Palouse. She is an active member of the City of Moscow Pathway Commission and Moscow School District Wellness Committee. Erin believes that each child deserves a safe way to walk or bike to school and strives to encourage safe and active transportation for all Moscow residents.
Break out 5: Creating accessible communities: Planning for (and with) people with disabilities
Jeremy is the Executive Director of the Living Independence Network Corporation (LINC) and co-founder of the Idaho Access Project. Previously, he worked in emergency preparedness and providing technical assistance on the ABLE program for the Idaho State Independent Living Council. Jeremy attended Boise State University where he earned an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice Administration, a Bachelor of Science in Sociology, and a Master of Arts in Applied Historical Research. He is a certified ADA Coordinator who has used a manual wheelchair since 1989. Jeremy serves on the City of Boise’s ADA Parking Advisory Committee, Ada County Highway District’s ADA Advisory Committee, and Valley Regional Transit’s Regional Advisory Council. Jeremy lives in Boise’s Barber Valley with his wife, Maria.
Dianna provides technical assistance on research design, project planning, and data analysis. She also consults on creating “walkable communities” emphasizing inclusion and equity for people with disabilities. Dianna worked in public health for eight years and has a diverse educational background. In 2013, she earned a M.Ed. degree in Early Childhood Studies with an emphasis on children with special healthcare needs. She holds a M.A. from Georgetown University in Applied Demography (1999) and a B.A. from Boise State University in Political Science (1993). Dianna loves to explore pathways and hiking trails with her current guide dog, Teegan.
Break out 6: The transportation index: A vehicle to improvements in community livability
Dr. Tom Trotter
Dr. Trotter is Professor Emeritus of Counseling & School Psychology from the University of Idaho, having also taught this same subject matter at Indiana University and Gonzaga University. He is currently affiliated with Boise State University’s Center for the Study of Aging and works with AARP Idaho’s Livability Index through which instrument, Community Livability is explored across this state’s communities. He is published in program evaluation, leadership, at-risk issues in children and youth, and hope as a pathway to personal improvement.
A proud Idaho native, Françoise Cleveland has spent most of her career working to better Idaho through public policy on the national, state, and local level. Born and raised in Idaho Falls, she initiated a career in public service while working in the mayor’s office. She then served as District Director in Idaho for the U.S. Senate where she was responsible for policy and constituent issues and served as a spokesperson for legislative matters. Françoise is also well known around the Idaho Capitol. She has worked for the Idaho House of Representatives, the Department of Education, and currently advocates for those 50 years and older as the Associate State Director of Advocacy for AARP where she works in state and federal government relations, grassroots organizing, and community outreach. Françoise earned her Master of Public Administration from Idaho State University.
Break out 7: Families for safe streets
Courtney Wyatt is a mother of a traffic violence survivor which has led her curiosity about road design and advocacy for vulnerable road users. I believe in a growth mindset and like to learn new things. She recently learned bounding with the Bogus Basin Nordic Team masters group to prepare for the upcoming ski season. She also learned to drive a tractor this year as well as completely rebuild a 1959 Schwinn Corvette.
Don Kostelec, AICP, is a 17-year professional in transportation planning, health analysis and comprehensive planning. He is applying and researching Health Impact Assessments and integrated health/planning efforts through various projects throughout the United States. Don’s work extends from Alaska to Florida and California to New York.
His specialty areas include: The Americans with Disabilities Act, Transportation Policy & Finance, Health Impact Assessment, Active Transportation Design, Complete Streets, and Governance. Don is a past member of the Board of Directors of Idaho Walk Bike Alliance and Bike Walk NC. He has also served on the TRB Committee on Transportation Demand Management and the Eat Smart/ Move More Leadership Team in North Carolina.
Break out 8: How to engage elected officials
Elaine Clegg is the current Council President of the Boise City Council and Program Coordinator for Idaho Smart Growth. An Idaho native, she has been an activist in growth management issues in the Boise area since 1984, including serving as neighborhood association board member and president. Elaine has served as a director on many boards and currently serves on COMPASS, Valley Regional Transit, and the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations Boards of Directors and on the Idaho Safe Routes to School Advisory Committee. She has a B.A. in painting and drawing from Boise State University, is a professional graphic designer, and has attended numerous trainings on planning, smart growth and Safe Routes to School.
Break out 9: How Land Use Decisions Impact Transportation Choices
Deanna Smith, Program Coordinator, joined the Idaho Smart Growth staff in 2006 after serving on the Board of Directors since the organization’s inception in 2000. She has served on the East End Neighborhood Association Board of Directors since 1999, including five years as president. Deanna has been involved in community activities since moving to Boise in 1982, working in numerous staff positions in the nonprofit community. Deanna earned her B.A. with an emphasis in education and planning from Evergreen State College in 1981. She has attended multiple trainings, workshops and conferences including earning a Charrette Facilitator certificate from the National Charrette Institute and a certificate from Portland State University’s Institute for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation.
Break out 10: Tree canopy and walkability
Lance resides in Boise where he has operated an urban and natural resource planning firm, The Keystone Concept, since 2011. Prior to that, Lance worked in the public sector in several western states as a land manager, forester, commercial leasing professional and wildland firefighter. In 2013, Lance collaborated with Idaho Department of Lands, the USDA Forest Service, private businesses and public agencies to create the Treasure Valley Canopy Network (Network). To-date the Network has proven to be an innovative and impactful public-private partnership organization that is helping cities develop healthy and thriving landscapes that return immense benefits to the local economy and health of citizens. When not at work, Lance enjoys spending time with his family camping, whitewater rafting and mountain biking in the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest.
ITD Listening Session sponsored by Whiskey Rock Planning + Consulting
Ken has a B.S. in Mathematics from Salisbury University. Prior to moving to Idaho, his work experience is 7 years at the Virginia Dept. of Transportation, 5 of those years were as a Bicycle and Pedestrian Engineer and 7 years at the Fairfax County Dept. of Transportation as a Transportation Planner. In 2017, Ken took the role of the Idaho Transportation Department’s Long-Range Planner. Since 2018, Ken has served as ITD’s Planning Services Manager. His career includes various involvement with policy development, funding, planning, design, construction and maintenance of bicycle and pedestrian facilities for 17 years.