2021 Board of Directors

Jeremy Chrzan headshot.Jeremy Chrzan, Vice President (2019-2021, 1st term)
Multimodal Design Practice Lead, Toole Design Group
Silver Spring, Maryland

Jeremy Chrzan is currently the Multimodal Design Practice Lead for Toole Design Group and is responsible for ensuring that staff are applying best practices from concept through construction. Much of Jeremy’s work centers around the design of separated bike lane projects, as well as preparing design guidance for these facilities. He has been a primary author for the Massachusetts DOT Separated Bike Lane Planning & Design Guide, and is currently working on the update of the AASHTO Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities, Portland’s Separated Bike Lane Design Guide, and a variety of agency design standards to give practitioners more flexibility in design.

Jeremy speaks frequently at conferences, seminars, and public meetings to better educate engineers, city officials, and the public about bicycle facility best practices. He has also spent a considerable amount of time throughout his career working on ADA accessibility issues, including the design of curb ramps, the review of pedestrian facility designs on behalf of agencies and DOTs, and the review of accessibility issues for transit facilities.

Jeremy has been involved with APBP in several capacities. He is a member of the National Capital Region Chapter and has attended many APBP webinars and local events. He also served as a co-presenter for a National Chapter event on accessibility, leading participants on an ADA audit using wheelchairs, walkers and canes.

Mauricio HernandezMauricio Hernandez (2021 - 2023, 1st term)
Senior Planning Associate at Alta Planning + Design
Oakland, California 

Mauricio is an experienced multimodal planner who prioritizes equity in all aspects of his practice. Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, he strives to incorporate bilingual public involvement strategies to the transportation planning process. He has a background working in multimodal transportation and micromobility, having led the implementation and evaluation of countless bikeshare programs throughout the US, as well as national studies for Federal Highway Administration and the National Academies of Science. Mauricio’s passion lies in the development and implementation of active transportation, tactical urbanism, and open streets projects with a focus on public engagement and data analytics. 

 Carol KachadoorianCarol Kachadoorian (2020 - 2022, 1st term) 
 Founder and Practioner - dblTildle Collaborative
 Oxford, Maryland

Carol Kachadoorian is Founder of dblTilde Collaborative, a group of experienced and skilled  transportation professionals who are passionate about creating active transportation networks, especially for older adult mobility and wellness. Her transportation experience began with the City of Alexandria, VA, as a transit analyst, then managed the City’s first Office of Transit Services. Before working with Toole Design from 2008 to 2020, Carol worked for the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) where she led two regional walking and bicycling access to transit workshops.  Carol recently served on Seattle’s Pedestrian Advisory Board and was active in the Age-Friendly Coalition of Seattle and King County’s Transportation and Public Space committee. She served as an instructor with the National Complete Streets Coalition and is a volunteer instructor with Operation Lifesaver. Carol coordinated several APBP webinars and led several APBP chapter events in the Washington, DC region.

 Mary Anne Koos headshot.Mary Anne Koos (2019 - 2021, 2nd term) 
Special Projects Coordinator - Roadway Design, Florida Department of Transportation
Tallahassee, Florida

Mary Anne Koos is the Special Projects Coordinator - Roadway Design for the Florida Department of Transportation. In this role, Mary Anne manages the development of policy and design requirements for all local roads in Florida through the Florida Greenbook, as well as provide training on roadway design, accessibility, and options for pedestrian and bicycle facilities to local governments, consultants and public.

As a current board member, Mary Anne hopes to provide some continuity as APBP moves forward on serving active transportation professionals. Mary Anne is the Co-Chair of the Webinarios Committee who helps develop APBP's annual webinar program. She is also a member and Past Chair of the Tallahassee - Leon County Canopy Roads Advisory Committee, and a member of the NCHRP panel to develop updated AASHTO Pedestrian Guide. In her free time, Mary Anne also serves as an Animal Therapist with the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Amanda Leahy headshot. Amanda Leahy, AICP, President (2021 - 2023, 2nd term)
Senior Planner, Kittelson & Associates, Inc
Oakland, CA

Amanda is a Senior Planner with Kittelson & Associates, Inc. Her areas of expertise include bicycle and pedestrian planning and design, multimodal traffic operations and safety analysis, and complete streets policy and implementation. Amanda is committed to creating a safe and comfortable public realm for people of all ages and abilities. She is passionate about strengthening connections between people and place through sound planning and analysis; creative, context-sensitive design and engineering; and effective stakeholder and community engagement. She is particularly interested in exploring the relationships between transportation, land use, health, safety, and equity. When she’s not in the office, you can find Amanda urban exploring with friends and family, rural adventuring with her two dogs, or pedaling around town while pondering transportation technologies and innovations of the future. 

Mary McGuirkMary McGuirk, Treasurer (2021 - 2023, 1st term)
Transportation Planner, Michael Baker International
San Diego, California

Mary McGuirk is an urban planner with five years of experience in active transportation planning and outreach. Her experience of working in both private sector and non-profit industries has shown her the importance the nexus these two industries may have to solve complex mobility issues. Her passion lies in connecting groups of people with each other, listening to community needs, and problem solving through creative, equitable urban planning principles. Mary's primary goal in her new role as Board Member is to expand diversity and representation in our profession by providing resources to and creating more collaboration between local chapters. Mary is the chair of the San Diego APBP Chapter and is an elected board member for the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition. 

Merisa MoriciMerisa Morici (2021 - 2023, 1st term)
Senior Program Manager, New York City Department of Transportation
New York, NY

Merisa is the Senior Program Manager for Authorized Parking and Special Use in the Parking Planning and Policy Unit at the New York City Department of Transportation. She develops curb management policy and manages the operations of more than 25,000 on-street authorized parking spaces. In her former role as a Senior Project Manager in the Pedestrian Unit, she successfully implemented various projects to improve safety and efficiency for New York City’s pedestrians, cyclists and drivers, including a rubber pedestrian island demonstration project and the first neighborhood traffic circles in New York City. Merisa was inspired to become a transportation planner through her interest in public art and is motivated by New York City’s ever-evolving use of public space. Merisa is passionate about exploring cities by foot, and you will likely find her running thought the streets of New York, or any city she is visiting.

Kendra RamseyKendra Ramsey, AICP, Secretary (2020 - 2022, 1st term)
Active Transportation Project Manager with GHD
Sacramento, California

Kendra Ramsey is the co-founder of the Sacramento Region APBP Chapter, and is an Active Transportation Project Manager with GHD in her hometown of Sacramento, California. She has over twelve years of experience in active transportation planning, policy development, and community engagement, and has worked in state and local government, as well as the non-profit sector. Kendra has managed the development of numerous Active Transportation Plans for municipal and county clients, developed and implemented Safe Routes to School Plans and programs, and consulted on effective active transportation accommodation within large roadway projects. She holds a MS in Community Development from UC Davis, an undergraduate degree in Sociology from UC Santa Cruz, and is recognized as a Safe Routes to School National Course Instructor. Raised in a home without a car, Kendra has spent most of her life as a pedestrian, bicyclist, and transit rider, and continues to enjoy these modes. 

Jessica Roberts headshot.Jessica Roberts, Past President
Principal, Alta Planning + Design
Portland, Oregon

Jessica Roberts is a leader in the Active Transportation and TDM fields. She directs award-winning programs and projects that help people drive less often, and use active and shared modes more often. Before joining APBP’s Board, Jessica’s work won the respect of her peers and her clients, leading to her being named 2015 Professional of the Year by the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. Her team at Alta Planning + Design specializes in education, promotion, and marketing programs, including SmartTrips (individualized marketing) programs, and media campaigns. Jessica has written grant applications that resulted in more than $23 million in grant awards for clients. She is a frequent conference speaker and trainer.

 Shawn SmithShawn Smith (2021 - 2023, 1st term)
Senior Project Manager & Professional Engineer, WSP
Ottawa, Ontario 

Shawn Smith is a Senior Project Manager and Professional Engineer at WSP with a goal of creating active, healthy communities. He has 17 years of experience leading sustainable mobility at the provincial and municipal levels of government and private sector. He specializes in pedestrian and cycling planning and design and has a professional interest in Vision Zero, Transportation Demand Management and micro mobility.

Shawn is actively involved in the APBP Ontario Chapter as well as the Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineers (CITE). In 2018, Shawn was recognized as the Wheels of Change Professional of the Year by Share the Road Cycling Coalition for his work at the municipal level to build more bicycle-friendly communities. Shawn is author of Happy Trails: Biking and Hiking Adventures in the Greater Toronto Area. He lives in Ottawa, Ontario and can often be found exploring the outdoors with his wife and three kids.

Kate Whitfield on bike.Kate Whitfield, MCIP, RPP, P.Eng. (2019 - 2021, 2nd term)
Associate Engineer/Planner, Ottawa Office Manager, Alta Planning + Design, Inc.
Ottawa, Ontario

Kate Whitfield, P.Eng., MCIP, RPP, LEED®AP is an Associate Engineer/Planner and Ottawa Office Manager with Alta Planning + Design, Inc. in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Kate has a passion for the planning and geometric design of complete streets and associated active transportation initiatives. With her dual accreditations, Kate is involved with the planning, engineering, detailed design, and implementation of the various infrastructure projects undertaken by Parsons. She can be seen around Ottawa with her Dutch cargo bike, affectionately called ‘the bucket’ by her two sons who are along for the ride. The bakfiets allows for an easy transition between her work commute, school drop-off/pick-ups, errands or trips simply for fun.


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