2020 Board of Directors

Jeremy Chrzan headshot.Jeremy Chrzan, Secretary (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.


Jessie Holzer

Jessie Holzer (2018 - 2020, 1st term)
Mobility Deputy, Los Angeles City Council member Mike Bonin
Los Angeles, California

Jessie Holzer is currently the Mobility Deputy for Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin. Her work for the Council District includes identifying and pursuing opportunities for active transportation and transit improvements to build a more walkable, bikeable, and mobile Los Angeles. Key projects she has worked on include the expansion of LA County's bike share system (Metro Bike Share) to Venice Beach, development of the City's pavement mural pilot program, and implementation of the Venice Blvd Great Streets project including protected and buffered bike lanes, new pedestrian signals, pop-up parklets, and new bus stop amenities. 
 
A large focus of Jessie's work is to build public support for controversial mobility projects, such as roadway reconfiguration projects that reallocate space historically reserved for motor vehicles to bicyclists and pedestrians. By working for an elected official, she has the unique opportunity to directly influence the transportation landscape in Los Angeles by providing active transportation policy recommendations to Council member Bonin - who serves as Chair of the Los Angeles City Council's Transportation Committee and is a Board Member of LA Metro - and advising him on local and regional infrastructure projects and programs that enhance walking and biking. 


 Carol KachadoorianCarol Kachadoorian (2020 - 2022, 1st term) 
 Senior Planner - Toole Design Group
 Silver Spring, 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, Vice President (2018 - 2020, 1st 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. 


Kendra RamseyKendra Ramsey, AICP (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, President (2019 - 2021, 2nd term)
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.


Byron Rushing with child.Byron Rushing, Treasurer (2018 - 2020, 2nd term)
Bicycle and Pedestrian Planner, Atlanta Regional Commission
Atlanta, Georgia

Byron Rushing is a transportation planner with the Atlanta Regional Commission focused on bicycling, walking, and livability planning. He has worked in bicycle, pedestrian, transportation, and placemaking planning in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Southeast since 2006. He graduated with a Master's in City and Regional Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology and previously worked as the Georgia DOT bicycle and pedestrian coordinator and at Alta Planning + Design. Byron has volunteered with a number of local and national advocacy organizations in walking, cycling, urban planning, and environmental issues. Most of his walking and bicycle trips are with his wife and two young children.


Conor SemlerConor Semler (2018 - 2020, 2nd term)
Associate Planner with Kittelson & Associates
Boston, Massachusetts

Conor is an associate planner who draws on his experience in urban planning, traffic engineering, and technical research in complete streets design. Conor is highly regarded for his ability to leverage transportation design to create livable and healthy communities. His focus is on improving conditions for walking and bicycling through better evaluation and design. Conor is a national leader in the planning and design of innovative bicycle facilities. He was involved in the development of both the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide and the FHWA Separated Bike Lane Planning and Design Guide. Conor’s experience is informed by his role in leading research, contributing to designs, and working closely with cities to continually evolve and innovate safer, more inviting bicycle facilities. Originally from Buffalo, NY, Conor enjoys bicycle commuting year-round and exploring cities on foot with his wife and two young children. 


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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