Aparna Dial, Deputy Director, City of Columbus (2017 Keynote Speaker)
Aparna Dial has over 20 years of distinguished public service. She currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Department of Public Service for the City of Columbus, Ohio. Aparna is also leading the City of Columbus Smart City program.
Prior to serving at the City of Columbus, she was the Director of Energy Services and Sustainability at The Ohio State University and as the University Energy and Sustainability Engineer. She was responsible for all strategic and operational aspects of recycling and waste reduction, energy purchasing and energy conservation. She managed a refuse-services operating and capital budget of over $1 million, and recycling and municipal solid waste collection, hauling and disposal from more than 300 locations daily. Her expertise also includes strategic planning, project management, environmental compliance and enforcement.
She has an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from Osmania University, India, an M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Utah State University and an MBA with a focus in finance from The Fisher College of Business at OSU.
Chris Schmiesing, City of Piqua
Chris is a City Planner who holds a degree in civil engineering. He has been employed by the City of Piqua for 25 years and his work has included designing and administering the construction of numerous roadway, park and public space improvements and leading the development and implementation of various plans, policies, and strategies. Some of Chris’s recent work includes the preparation of the City of Piqua Complete Streets Policy, which was recognized by Smart Growth America in 2013 as one of the top ten complete streets policies in the nation; and, leading the planning and implementation of the Piqua Placemaking Initiative, a bold game-changing revitalization effort focused on Piqua’s downtown riverfront. Chris lives in Piqua and he is active in the community serving and/or supporting the efforts of various civic minded organizations, including Mainstreet Piqua, the Piqua Arts Council, Bike Piqua, the Great Miami Riverway Coalition, and Active Piqua among others.
Alex Smith, City of Columbus
Alex Smith has worked in active transportation planning, program management and advocacy for the past several years. Formerly the Active Transportation Program Manager and Safe Routes to School Coordinator at Columbus Public Health where he implemented Safe Routes to School programming, a Bicycle Friendly Business program, and coordinated a pair of transportation related to HIAs. Alex is currently employed as a neighborhood planner for the City of Columbus in the Department of Development. There he is working with Celebrate One which is a program that seeks to reduce the levels of infant mortality in Columbus, Ohio through outreach, community engagement and improving the overall health outcomes of communities in Columbus by addressing the root causes of health disparities related to the built environment, social conditions and access to resources in disadvantaged neighborhoods.
Scott Ulrich, Columbus Public Health
Scott Ulrich is an urban planner who currently serves as the Healthy Places Program Coordinator at Columbus Public Health. In this role, he works closely with other City of Columbus agencies to ensure that health considerations are addressed through a “Health in All Policies” approach. In addition, he oversees walkability and bikeability assessments, encouragement programs to get more residents using active transportation, and provides technical assistance to developers on healthy and active site design.
Kjirsten Frank Hoppe, MVRPC
Kjirsten Frank Hoppe works as a Transportation Planner with the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission, with a focus on biking, walking, senior transportation, and safe routes to schools. She has worked in urban and regional planning in Ohio, California, Nevada, Illinois, and back to Ohio, and she has degrees from Miami University and the University of Southern California. Kjirsten volunteers with the Gem City Ballet Board, the Miami Valley Section of APA-Ohio, the Dayton Metro Library, and the Dayton Ballet Barre. Her life was turned upside down with the recent birth of her first child, Calvin, and she’s pretty sure she’ll never recover any spare time ever again.
Matt Lindsay, MVRPC
Matt Lindsay is the Manager of Environmental Planning at the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission, the MPO for Dayton. His transportation projects have included working on the 2008 and 2015 Regional Bikeways Plans, three iterations of the regional bikeways maps, and managing the Miami Valley Trails website. His work at MVRPC has included supporting local efforts to enhance the cycling and walking environment by conducting walking and biking audits, encouraging Complete Streets Policies and active transportation design. In recent years he has been involved with MVRPC’s growing partnerships with public health agencies to tackle chronic disease through the built environment.
Wade Johnston, Tri-State Trails
Wade Johnston is the Regional Trails Coordinator for Tri-State Trails, an initiative of Green Umbrella Regional Sustainability Alliance. An avid commuter cyclist and outdoor enthusiast, Wade is working to change people’s everyday interaction with the built environment and the outdoors in the Greater Cincinnati region. Wade earned his Bachelor of Urban Planning from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning with a focus on multi-modal transportation, Geographic Information Science, and public relations. Prior to joining Green Umbrella, Wade worked for several years as a planning and zoning consultant in the private sector. In addition to cycling, Wade also enjoys backpacking, camping and rock climbing.
Daniel Moorhead, City of Columbus
Daniel Moorhead is a professional engineer and regular CoGo user and works on bicycle transportation planning and engineering for the City of Columbus Department of Public Service. He has 6 years of experience growing the on-street and shared-use path bikeway network in Columbus as well as managing citywide bicycle parking installation. He holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Civil Engineering from The Ohio State University.
Brian K. Housh, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Brian is an avid cyclist and Council Vice President for the Village of Yellow Springs where his active transportation lifestyle is supported by living along the Little Miami Scenic Trail, part of the nation’s largest paved trail network. A graduate from Cornell’s School of Industrial & Labor Relations and a JD/MBA (Environmental Law/Finance & Entrepreneurship), he brings a community development perspective to Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s Policy Team. Brian has been actively engaged in regional economic development initiatives that emphasize strategies to enhance quality of life, create jobs and increase commerce via arts, culture and environmental sustainability. Prior to joining RTC, he spent 12 years in Thailand managing his corporate communications training consultancy and leading the charitable efforts of the American Chamber of Commerce. Collaboration is Brian’s M.O., reflected in such projects as YS-Opoly, a monopoly-styled game that he worked with hundreds of community stakeholders to produce.
Robert Harrison, Public Health – Dayton-Montgomery County
Robert is the Coordinator of the Creating Healthy Communities Program, at Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County. His role is to coordinate implementation of policies, systems, and environmental changes that address increased access to nutrition, physical activity, and the elimination of tobacco use. These strategies are targeted to underserved health populations, schools, worksites, and community groups. Robert also serves as the chairperson of the Montgomery County Creating Healthy Communities Coalition. Passionate about promoting and protecting the health of his fellow citizens, working in public health was a natural fit. Robert moved to the Miami Valley from Ypsilanti Michigan and studied Health Care at Wilberforce University and Central Michigan University.
Haley Riegel, Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County
Haley works at Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County as the Communities Preventing Chronic Disease Grant Manager. In her role at Public Health , Haley supports implementation of population-wide approaches to prevent obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke within Montgomery County. Haley works to implement active living changes to the transportation environment through Complete Streets policies and biking/pedestrian programs. Haley has a Master of Public Health degree from Wright State University and is a Certified Health Education Specialist. Haley also serves as Secretary for the Ohio Society of Public Health Education.
Eric Oberg, Rails to Trails Conservancy
Eric has been involved in the trail community for over 17 years. Born and raised in Alaska he moved to Ohio 10 years ago after 7 years of running trail construction crews in Denali National Park in interior Alaska Eric has extensive experience in design, maintenance, and building of trails. He is responsible for the delivery of all levels of trail development technical assistance in the Midwest region, including managing technical assistance contracts, products and services. Eric assists local communities with trail planning and development through a variety of strategies, including: research, preparation and dissemination of resource materials such as fact sheets and studies; organizing and conducting public meetings and workshops and developing local trail advocacy networks; educating and training regional constituents; preparing planning documents and performing project consulting work; and assisting regional and national staff in developing grants and contracts to fund in-depth technical assistance. He has extensive experience in planning, design and evaluation of Rail-with-Trail projects. Eric plans for, deploys and maintains equipment and creates comprehensive reports for automated trail counts around the region. He has conducted numerous trail design and building seminars, visioning workshops and feasibility studies across the country. He is also co-leading the Route of the Badger project in Southeast Wisconsin as well as serving as the project manager for the Industrial Heartland Trails Coalition, the largest envisioned multi-use trail network in the Country.
Brian Forschner, City of Xenia
Mr. Forschner is a strategic project leader for the City of Xenia, spearheading and managing various projects in economic development, parks and recreation, and infrastructure improvement that accomplish the City’s growth and revitalization objectives. Mr. Forschner also leads the City’s Planning and Zoning Department, which advises City leaders on land use and development policies and decisions, reviews development applications, and enforces the City’s Zoning, Subdivision and Property Maintenance Codes. Mr. Forschner also authored the City’s award-winning 2013 comprehensive plan called “X-Plan,” which includes the proposed downtown cycle track among its top priorities for downtown revitalization and transportation improvement.
Tony Collins, City of Columbus Recreation & Parks Department
Tony Collins serves as the Executive Director of the City of Columbus Recreation & Parks Department. The department enhances the lives of the residents of the great City of Columbus through 29 community recreation centers, 352 parks on over 8000 acres, eight swimming pools, six golf courses and almost 100 miles of trails.
Tony is an active leader with the parks and recreation profession. Tony is the Chair of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission’s Central Ohio Greenways Board, which is the driving force in creating and increasing the regional trail system in Central Ohio. Tony has served as an Ohio Parks and Recreation Association (OPRA) board member and president. Previously, he was the OPRA Foundation president and is now their vice president along with serving on the Columbus Zoo and the Grange Insurance Audubon Center Stewardship Boards.
Lisa Wolters, Yellow Springs Brewery
Lisa is an artist turned business owner. She is an experienced potter as well as a graphic designer. She served as creative director and partner of an advertising agency where branding and marketing became a part of her language. She contributes to Yellow Springs Brewery by adding her own style of creativity in the taproom and behind the scenes in the office and is the coordinator of all art events.
Steve Morris, Greene County Parks & Trails Sentinel
In 2005, Steve started his first company, which was a franchise business. Operating that business led to the formation of a consulting company that helps independent businesses become a franchisor. His franchise consulting business led him to a partnership opportunity with an independent business financing company. Steve now works in a non-profit who serves the needs of residents in the Dayton area.
In 2012, Steve became a Greene County Parks & Trails Sentinel volunteer. He joined the ranks of 30 Greene County Sentinels who help support visitors to Greene County’s section of the largest, improved, interconnected, multi-use trail network in the US. Through his involvement with Greene County Parks & Trails, in 2015 Steve became the Campaign Coordinator for the Greene County Parks & Trails tax levy to help provide funding for our trail network. The levy passed by popular vote! Steve and his wife live in Beavercreek, OH and he looks forward to seeing you on the trails!
Richard Tool, Certified Instructor/Volunteer, League of American Bicyclists
Richard has cycled since he was 10 years old. He toured for many years in the US, Canada and Germany, and commuted to work most of his life. Mr. Toole is a League Cycling Instructor (LCI) with the League of American Bicyclists. He teaches Smart Cycling classes and does 2 children’s cycling camps in June each year for Greene County Parks & Trails. Richard also is a Greene Co. Parks & Trails Sentinel, where he leads night rides 2 Saturday nights a month from April through October and patrols their trails assisting cyclists in any way possible throughout the year. Mr. Toole is a member of the Dayton Cycling Club and sits on the Fairborn Pedestrian/Cyclist Committee.
Megan Folkerth, Interact for Health
Megan coordinates Interact for Health’s Active Living and Tobacco-Free Environments work. Before coming to Interact, Megan was a Senior Health Educator with the Northern Kentucky Health Department for more than five years. There she focused on policy and system and environmental changes in the tobacco prevention and cessation program, as well as worked in Covington on healthy eating and active living initiatives. In 2013 Megan received the Legacy Next Generation Leader Award for Community and Social Services and in 2012 she was a Balderson Leadership Project Award Runner-Up.
Dan Young, Young’s Jersey Dairy
Dan is the CEO and Chief Ice Cream Dipper of Young’s Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs and an avid biker. Young’s attracts more than one million guest visits a year with homemade ice cream, cheese, a working dairy farm, two restaurants, Udders & Putters miniature golf, a driving range, pick your own pumpkins, wagon rides on the farm, company picnic for groups as large as 5,000 and many large events. Dan leads a dozen Young family members and 300 co-workers. Located just 3/4 mile from the Little Miami Bike Trail, Young’s is a favorite for bicyclists – sometimes more bikes are in the parking lot than cars. Dan also is part of a volunteer committee that runs the Young’s Ice Cream Charity Bike Tour – a charity ride that has raised more than $1,000,000 for local charities in the past 14 years.
Bradley Smith, Volunteer Five Rivers MetroParks
Bradley G. Smith is a born and bred Buckeye from Salem, Ohio. When his neighbor took the training wheels off and encouraged him to ride in the grass vs. the sidewalk, driveway, or street where he could fall and get hurt, pedal power became a way of life. He took time off for college and graduate school, but resumed his enthusiasm for pedaling soon thereafter. Brad is a veteran Five Rivers MetroParks (FRMP) bike patroller and a 15 year member of the National Ski Patrol, as well. He enjoys taking the lead on FRMP’s Bike for the Health of It rides on Saturday mornings. The Miami Valley and surrounding regions have a wonderful inner connected trail network, so you’re likely to find him out riding when ski season is over. Bike riding is his method of maintaining good health and enjoying the great outdoors during the spring, summer and fall.
Dr. David Buck, Kettering Sports Medicine
Dr. David Buck is a Primary Care Sports Medicine physician for Kettering Sports Medicine. After graduating from medical school at West Virginia University in 2000, he completed his Family Medicine Residency at Riverside Methodist Hospital in 2003. Upon completing his training, Dr. Buck continued to work in academic medicine, as well as private practice for several years. He completed a Sports Medicine fellowship through Wright State University and Kettering Medical Center in 2013. His primary interests are working with local high school and university athletes, helping non-athletes achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle, and caring for concussion-related injuries. Dr. Buck also serves as Primary Care Medical Director and Team Physician for the Dayton Dragons. In his spare time, he coaches his son and daughter’s teams in basketball, baseball and softball. Dr. Buck, his wife Courtney, and their children Josh and Abby, live in Waynesville, Ohio.
Ron Gorley, Friends of the Little Miami State Park
Ron is President of the Friends of the Little Miami State Park (FLMSP), who work with ODNR to maintain a 50 mile long paved trail stretching from near Cincinnati to Xenia. FLMSP’s mission is to create a rewarding user experience on the Little Miami State Park trail by improving its safety, condition, convenience and beauty in a manner consistent with its natural river setting.
Caitlyn Harley, Ohio Department of Health
Cait is the Healthy Places Coordinator for the Creating Healthy Communities program at the Ohio Department of Health. In this role, she focuses on the intersection of health and the built environment, emphasizing the role of physical activity and mobility in chronic disease prevention. Cait also works closely with the Ohio Department of Transportation and leads their Active Transportation Emphasis Area Team as part of their Strategic Highway Safety Plan.
Cait is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a B.S. in City and Regional Planning and has a passion for how community planning can impact the health of all residents. Personally, Cait loves living in Columbus and coaches Ultimate Frisbee at Ohio State. She practices what she preaches by walking, biking or taking the bus to work and meetings.
Julie Walcoff, Ohio Department of Transportation
Julie currently serves as Ohio’s Active Transportation Program Manager at ODOT’s Headquarters in Columbus. Ms. Walcoff worked to move Ohio from 32nd to 16th place in the League of American Bicyclists, Bicycle Friendly State Program. She is managing the development of Ohio’s Sate and US Bike Route system, Ohio’s first US Bicycle Route. Walcoff also oversees more than 100 active infrastructure projects for the Ohio Department of Transportation. Walcoff graduated from The Ohio State University with a Master’s Degree in Marketing and Communications.
Dennis Lewis, Chairman, Friends of Xenia Station