The Bike+Walk Minnesota Conference is excited to present some of the most exciting speakers and keynotes from around the state and across the country. Stay tuned for new announcements to the conference program.
Gil Penalosa, Keynote
Gil Penalosa is passionate about cities for all people. He advises decision makers and communities on how to create vibrant cities and healthy communities for everyone regardless of age, gender, and social, economic, or ethnic background. His focus is on the design and use of parks and streets as great public places, as well as sustainable mobility: walking, riding bicycles, using public transit, and new use of cars.
Gil is the founder and chair of the board of the successful Canadian non-profit organization 8 80 Cities. He is also chair of the board of World Urban Parks, the international representative body for the city parks, open space and recreation sector. Gil also runs his own international consulting firm – Gil Penalosa & Associates, is an accomplished keynote speaker, facilitator of strategic workshops and advisor to decision makers and community groups.
Gil has been a strong supporter and advocate for improving city parks, first making his mark in the late 1990s, when he led the design and development of over 200 parks including Simon Bolivar, a 113-hectare park in the heart of the city. His team also initiated the “new Ciclovia”/ Open Streets – a program that sees over 1.5 million people walk, run, skate and bike along 121 kilometers of Bogotá’s city roads every Sunday, and today is internationally recognized and emulated.
Because of Gil’s unique blend of experience, pragmatism, and passion, his leadership and advice are sought out by many cities and organizations. He has worked in over 300 different cities in all continents. He also serves as senior advisor to Children & Nature Network, Vision Zero Network, and America Walks.
Gil holds an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, where he recently was selected as one of the “100 Most Inspirational Alumni” in the school’s history. In 2015 Gil received a Doctorate Honoris Causa from the Faculty of Urban Planning at the prominent University of Sweden, SLU. In 2017 Gil was listed in Planetizen’s Top 100 Most Influential Urbanists of all time.
Cheri C. Wilson, Keynote
Cheri C. Wilson, MA, MHS, CPHQ received a BA in Russian from Howard University, an MA in Russian Area Studies from the University of Minnesota, was a PhD candidate (ABD) in Russian history at the University of Minnesota, and received an MHS in Health Finance and Management from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is multilingual—fluent in Russian, speaks French and Spanish with a reading knowledge of German. Ms. Wilson is a nationally recognized diversity and inclusion, cultural and linguistic competence, and health equity subject matter expert. Most recently, she was the Director, Corporate Office of Diversity & Inclusion at RWJ Barnabas Health in New Jersey. Previously, Ms. Wilson was an Assistant Scientist in the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions and an Acting Assistant Director of the Quality Improvement Department at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Ms. Wilson is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ), a Past President of the Maryland Association for Healthcare Quality, and a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.
Cheri Wilson educates clinical and support staff in healthcare, health, behavioral health, human and social service organizations, public health, medical, and nursing students, K-12 students as well as community members. She has presented at national, state, and local conferences on the issues of cultural and linguistic competence, unconscious/implicit bias, overcoming language barriers, health and healthcare disparities, health equity, and the social determinants of health. The focus of her work is primarily upon the intersection between cultural competence, health and healthcare disparities, health equity and patient safety and healthcare quality. Ms. Wilson is particularly interested in health and healthcare disparities and health equity as they relate to racial/ethnic, language, and gender and sexual minorities and the provision of culturally competent patient-centered care in language understandable to all patients.
Greta Alquist, AICP is a transportation planner at Toole Design Group (TDG) with 9+ years experience in pedestrian and bicycle planning. Greta is known for her ability to develop and implement creative, authentic engagement strategies in her work whether it's a policy-focused planning effort or a detailed corridor design.Accordion Sample Description
Matt Andrews serves as Executive Director for Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists, whose mission of 'Gaining and Maintaining Trails' has grown to provide complimentary access to over 100 miles of natural surface, singletrack trails throughout the Twin Cities metro over the past 24 years. With nearly a decade of non-profit advocacy work, Matt believes in the power of the bicycle to change our world for the better.Accordion Sample Description
Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux grew up riding his bike to school, practice, and work. He took that love for his "freedom machine" to the North Shore where he now owns the Fireweed Bike Cooperative and Art House Bed and Breakfast in Grand Marais. He also sits on the board of the local cycling association and serves Grand Marais as Mayor.
KC Atkins is a Senior Engineer at Toole Design Group with experience in multimodal transportation engineering, planning, and design. She has experience in preliminary and final design, as well as developing design guides for multimodal transportation corridors. She is an expert at leading discussions and analyzing trade-offs of various multimodal design solutions.
Amy Baldwin is the Community and Economic Development Director for the City of Fergus Falls. She has held this position since September 2017, after having served as the Economic Development Director since January 2015. In this role, she focuses on development coordination, short and long range planning, business recruitment and retention, marketing and the project management of activities and initiatives aligned with the community’s strategic priorities.
Prior to joining the City of Fergus Falls, Amy held several roles in the area of community and economic development with the City of Brooklyn Park, MN over a nearly ten year period. She graduated from the University of North Dakota with a degree in Public Administration and has a Master of Arts degree in Public Administration from Hamline University. Amy has earned Economic Development Finance Professional and Housing Development Finance Professional certifications through the National Development Council. She is a member of the Economic Development Association of Minnesota and serves on the board of directors of the Greater MN Partnership.
Melissa Barnes is an engineer at MnDOT with experience in traffic engineering, bicycle and pedestrian policy and design, and project management. Melissa is a professional engineer with 14 years of experience in traffic engineering and a personal passion for bicycle and pedestrian issues.
Ever since I retired from teaching, I have been heavily involved in promoting cycling for recreation and transportation. I joined the board of We Bike Rochester and that led to my involvement with the Art4Trails initiative. I am also a member of the Pedestrian Bicycle Advisory Committee in Rochester.
Jenny Bordon has led SRTS efforts in Minneapolis Public Schools since 2011. During this time, MPS has launched innovative walk/bicycle programs resulting in dramatic increases in the number of students walking/biking to, from, and at school.
Jill Chamberlain is a Senior Program Manager in the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. She manages active living initiatives that support communities to adopt active living policies and principles. Jill serves as the organizer of the Minnesota SRTS Network and advocated for the creation and funding for a Minnesota SRTS program.
Kelly Corbin, Physical Activity Coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Health, assists cities and counties with State Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) biking and walking efforts. She has worked at both the local and state level on Public Health efforts.. She is a League Cycling Instructor, bike advocate and year round biker and walker.
For the past decade, Dave Cowan has worked in the field of walking and bicycling at the local, regional, state and national level. He has advanced Safe Routes to School projects, implemented programs and took that experience on the road conducting trainings, webinars and sharing best practices in both policy and program work. He currently serves as the Safe Routes to School Coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Transportation, and is the proud father of two young budding bicyclists.
Connor Cox is a Transportation Planner with extensive experience working on a variety of bicycle and pedestrian planning projects. He has performed community engagement for numerous project types, including street design, trail planning, bicycle and pedestrian plans, complete streets, and more.
Amber Dallman does her darnedest to keep up & support a smart & quick-witted team of pedestrian, bicycle & transit practitioners. They develop & implement plans, programs &projects statewide. She is a public health nerd working at MnDOT in the Office of Transit and Active Transportation. In her spare time, she tries to walk fast enough to keep up with her 2 bicycling kiddos on the way to find food.
Kim Edens, MS, RD, LD, is a Registered Dietitian at Mayo Clinic and has over 20-years experience leading health promotion initiatives at Mayo and in the community. In 2016, Kim also became the General Manager of Rochester's bike-share system, Nice Ride Minnesota, aimed at engaging locals and the 3-million annual visitors who travel to Rochester, MN, to experience the world on a bicycle.
Natalie Gille grew up biking and walking to local parks and community events. She is a League Cycling Instructor and Greater MN Program Manager for BikeMN, who teaches bike education and works with communities to become more bicycle friendly. She co-chairs monthly webinars with advocates and educators, serves as a board member with MRTUA and APBP MN and loves riding bike to the co-op with her son.
James has worked for over 10 years for the Duluth-Superior MPO on bicycle and pedestrian projects. His work has involved coordinating the efforts of multiple agencies and organizations to improve the integration of active living principles into public policy and the design of urban transportation systems. He is car-free and walks, bikes and takes transit everywhere.
Gabrielle Grinde is a landscape architect with Hoisington Koegler Group, a planning and landscape architecture firm in Minneapolis. She has spent the last nine years working with Dakota County and other communities on park, trail, and greenway planning and implementation. She has a B.A. in Political Science from UW-Madison, and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the Univ. of Minnesota.
Russell Habermann was born, raised, and educated in the Duluth area, which he still calls home. He is a planner at the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission (ARDC), serves on the Statewide Safe Routes to School Committee, and is the newest member of the Minnesota State Non-Motorized Transportation Advisory Committee. His dad fixes cars and his mom sells running shoes; he split the difference.
Hatch directed a Collective Impact Coalition before joining OCPHS as a Community Health Specialist. She received her BS in Health Promotion and Wellness from SDSU where she also attended grad school. She also and attended UW-RF to obtain her teaching license in health- and physical-education. Her passion is in creating a culture of health by engaging communities to improve health for all.
Associate at Smith Partners. Elizabeth is an attorney working with strategic partnerships and water resources practice areas at Smith Partners. She provides staff support to the Midtown Community Works Partnership, the public-private partnership that helped build the Midtown Greenway. An Honors graduate of Northwestern University, Elizabeth worked previously in environmental education and journalism in Thailand and Chile. She completed a Master’s Degree in Water Resources at the University of Minnesota in May 2016.
Melissa works within a variety of community settings (schools, childcare, worksites, and healthcare) to create system and environmental changes that lead to adoption of policies around physical activity, healthy eating and tobacco. The work is approached through relationship building, community engagement, and the utilization of evidence based resources and tools when it comes to implementation and evaluation. She is a member of the SRTS team in New Ulm, Sleepy Eye, and Springfield.
Amber Hughes has been a Health Educator with Des Moines Valley Health & Human Services since 2016. Her primary focus area is community active living within Nobles, Cottonwood and Jackson counties located in southwest Minnesota. She received her bachelors degree in Exercise Science from the University of Minnesota Duluth and is an alumnus of the 2017 National Walking College through America Walks.
Soren has close to 30 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, including positions with the United Way, American Red Cross, and the National Parks Conservation Association. He has been the executive director of the Midtown Greenway Coalition for the past six years, where he works to protect and enhance the Midtown Greenway - the nation's best urban bike trail.
Jo Anne Judge-Dietz, is a Public Health Nurse in Olmsted County working on the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership with schools and youth serving organizations to help create healthy places for children. Focusing on health equity, and sustainable policy and programs, she has worked to increase healthy food access through twenty youth gardens, breakfast programs, Farm to School initiatives and healthy snack programs. To encourage youth to move more, she assisted in establishing walking and biking programs in three school districts, assisted schools and community partners to obtain bike fleets, activate recess programs, and strengthen school wellness policies.
Sustainability Program Coordinator at Lake Street Council. Matt supports sustainability initiatives for small businesses in the Lake Street corridor of Minneapolis. He partners with local stakeholders to advance improvements in biking, walking, and transit infrastructure that will help Lake Street continue to be a thriving business corridor. He also helps business owners implement cost-saving and environmentally-friendly upgrades to their energy and waste management systems. Matt is a graduate of Macalester College and has lived and worked along Lake Street since 2011.
Michelle has been an educator since 1990 when she graduated from the University of North Dakota with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. She is passionate about education. Being the SRTS Program Manager for BikeMN, it is her goal to bring pedestrian and bicycle education to every youth in Minnesota and have every child feel the joy of being safe in their community to walk or bike.
Jordan Kocak is the Pedestrian and Bicycle Coordinator for Hennepin County. His work involves the planning and design of new pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure and developing programming to encourage county staff and residents to incorporate walking and biking in their daily lives. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from the University of Minnesota and a Master of City and Regional Planning from the Bloustein School at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
Growing up near Itasca State Park, Kerri Kolstad spent her childhood surrounded by the outdoors. Her motto “get outside and play” is what you did if you didn’t want to clean house all Saturday with your Mom. As founder of 10 year old Wahoo! Adventures, Kerri helps others enjoy the outdoors thru all-inclusive and supported bike, hike, and kayak tours around the great state of Minnesota.
Mr. Kost is a certified community planner, registered landscape architect and LEED accredited professional with over 30 years of experience in the planning, design and development of places for people to live, work and play. He led a multi-disciplinary team in the preliminary planning and design of Rochester, Minnesota's new DMC City Loop conjoined walking and biking facility.
Lil Leatham is a Senior Planner with Dakota County, Minnesota. Her work includes improving active living opportunities for County residents. Prior to joining Dakota County, Lil was an Associate with Hoisington Koegler Group, a Minneapolis based planning and landscape architecture firm. There, she spent 15 years working with communities across Minnesota on park, trail and bikeway, and greenway planning. Lil has a BA in Political Science from Emory University and a Master’s of Landscape Architecture from the University of Minnesota. She is a registered Landscape Architect and a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Association for Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals.
Jason Lindahl has served as the City Planner for the City of Hopkins since 2015. Prior to working for Hopkins, Jason served as the City Planner for the communities of Anoka and Rosemount as well as a consultant planner for a variety of communities throughout Minnesota.
CJ came to BikeMN after teaching outdoor education in Minnesota for more than five years, and working in the bike industry more than 15 years. His main interests in cycling are outdoor recreation, sustainable communities and transportation advocacy. When he's not teaching or riding, he enjoys outdoor adventures and spending time with his family.
Shaun Lopez-Murphy is a Transportation Planner with Toole Design Group. He has led the development of several bicycle and pedestrian plans for small cities across the Upper Midwest, including Winona, Brookings (SD), and Cedar Rapids (IA). Previously, he was the Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator for Minneapolis, where we helped the city obtain national recognition for bicycle friendliness.
Amanda Lovelee is a visual artist working as the City Artist for Public Art Saint Paul housed in the City of St Paul. Lovelee acts as translator between the city’s ideas and its residents with the goal of building a city everyone wants to live in. Lovelee focuses on civic engagement through both her projects Pop Up Meeting, a city popsicle truck and Urban Flower Field, a vacant lot turned gathering space/live science project. She is interested in how people connect and the spaces in which they do so within contemporary society. She has an MFA in Visual Studies from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and BFA in Photography from University of Hartford.
In 2008, I moved to London and enjoyed commuting to work by bike. I also enjoyed bike camping in the UK and EU, for days or weeks. In 2015, I returned home to Minnesota and enjoyed the same. I commute by bike all year, enjoy bike tours on Minnesota trails, and bought a fat bike. I love the sights, but meeting new people is always the best part. My bike blog shows more, at touringonthatbike.com.
Danny McCullough is the Regional Trail System Manager at Three Rivers Park District. He has worked in the Park and Recreation field for 20 years, including park management for Tennessee State Parks and directing the Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee. Danny has served on the Minnesota State Non-Motorized Transportation Committee under MnDOT since 2009 and has been involved with numerous bicycle and pedestrian related technical advisory boards. The trail system he currently manages is over 160 miles and sees over 4.5 million visits per year, extending throughout suburban Hennepin and Carver Counties.
Director of Nicollet Activation at Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District. Lisa Middag is an urban planner who collaborates with communities to support sustainable, vibrant, and walkable public spaces through creative placemaking and community development. She works for the Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District as Director of Nicollet Activation, where she is responsible for developing, directing and implementing an activation framework along the city’s historic pedestrian/transit mall, assuring an inclusive range of cultural experiences for daily users and visitors. Lisa previously worked for Hennepin County Community Works, leading an effort to connect the Midtown Greenway bicycle trail to nearby cultural and commercial destinations through wayfinding and placemaking. She has an M.P.A. in urban and regional planning from the Humphrey School and spent 10 years as the publications director and studio manager at the Walker Art Center.
After living in the Portland, Oregon, region for decades, Michele Molstead moved to Minnesota four years ago so she could escape the freezing fog. Michele is delighted her bachelorâ€™s degree in English is helping put more people on more bikes.When she isn't riding a bike for work, transportation, or joy in the Twin Cities, she wishes she were.
Tom Moran is a Technology Industry Veteran, Endurance Athlete, Sustainability Advocate and long term bike commuter who has lived and worked in the US and the UK. Tom and his partner Beth St. John have recently founded Rakish Ride, an international social enterprise based in Minneapolis and Amsterdam that is focused on exporting the best practices and bicycling culture of the Netherlands to the US.
Joanne Moze has been a senior program evaluator for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota’s Center for Prevention active living and tobacco program areas for the past six years. She has led and designed a variety of multi-method evaluations of active living initiatives. Prior to working at Blue Cross, Joanne worked on evaluation for the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership. Joanne earned her M.P.H. in epidemiology and from the University of Minnesota.
Shawna has worked as a community advocate for 5 years at an arts & community development non-profit in Duluth. She is a co-founder of Duluth Bikes, serves on the BikeMN board of directors, is an LCI, and was awarded the Bicycle Friendly Business Champion of MN in 2015. She is a year-round bike commuter and will eagerly set the record straight when anyone says Duluth is too hilly to bike.
Barbara Navara is a retired Public Health Nurse having worked in Nobles County for 18 years. She is a registered member of the American Volkssport Association with credit towards over 37 organized sports event. She is active in the monthly meetings of the Worthington Active Living Plan Implementation committee created in 2013. She enjoys walking, biking and hiking with her husband.
EG is a program manager by day and a tandem enthusiast, competitive baker, and advocate for queers and animals at all other times. She is a co-founder of Queer Bike Gang and can be found riding around Minneapolis where she lives with her partner and three cats.
Emma Pachuta, Director of Programs at Transit for Livable Communities & St. Paul Smarts, brings over 10 years of experience in urban planning and community engagement. She holds a Masters in Community & Regional Planning.
Tyler is a Landscape Architect and Design Project Manager with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. He specializes in site design, master planning, and bike and pedestrian trail planning, including natural surface mountain biking and hiking trails. His recent trail projects include three new segments of natural surface mountain bike trails at Theodore Wirth and Brownie Lake Parks.
Jennifer Pelletier, PhD, MPH, is a research scientist in the Office of Statewide Health Improvement Initiatives at the Minnesota Department of Health. She is responsible for leading evaluation efforts on active living for the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership. She has over a decade of experience conducting research and evaluation in public, non-profit, academic and international settings.
Jessica Peterson is a lifelong resident of Alexandria. She studied Community Health and Biology at St. Cloud State and returned to Alexandria to complete her internship and subsequent hire at then Douglas County Public Health. She is now in her 13 th year as a Health Educator with Horizon Public Health. Her work includes community based health prevention on topics including physical activity, nutrition, emergency preparedness and tobacco prevention. Outside of her work she enjoys exploring the outdoors by bicycle and on foot and spending time with her husband and two boys.
Ellen Pillsbury, AICP is the Active Transportation Coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Health. Within the Office of Statewide health Improvement Initiatives, Ellen focuses on community active living working with local public health, regional and State partners to build capacity for active transportation and community planning. She has 10 years of experience in the planning field.
Michelle Pooler is a State Program Administer with the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Housed within the Office of Transit and Active Transportation, Michelle is responsible for comprehensive pedestrian and bicycle safety communications, education and encouragement programming.
Jody is an urban and landscape designer interested in the intersection of health, equity, urban ecosystems and stewardship. Through working at a variety of institutional, non-profit, governmental, and consulting firms in Minnesota and on the Gulf Coast, she has experience with bicycle and pedestrian planning, park master planning, site planning and design, urban design and public space planning.
Coordinates and implements the Rice County Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) grant promoting local solutions for better health through policy, systems, and environmental change. Previously worked with Faribault, Martin and Watonwan Counties SHIP program, and Open Door Health Center in Mankato. Currently, I live in North Mankato with my wife, Briana and step-daughter Romey. Health is my passion and I am one of the lucky few who gets to blur the lines between personal and professional while being paid to do what I love! Running, biking, being active and playing softball take up my free time. I am a proud alumni of Minnesota State University, Mankato and love to support Maverick Hockey any chance I get.
Jake Rueter is a Multimodal Planner in MnDOT’s Office of Transit and Active Transportation. His work at MnDOT focuses on statewide bicycle and pedestrian planning, and he is currently the project manager on MnDOT’s District Bicycle Plans. Jake earned a Masters of Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He lives with his wife in the Hamline-Midway neighborhood of Saint Paul where they will soon be joined by a small flock of urban chickens.
Rose Ryan, AICP, is a planner with specialties in multimodal transportation and community engagement. She is a Planning Associate with Alta Planning + Design. She is experienced in adapting active transportation plans to reflect rural and small town context in places such as La Crescent, MN and the state of North Dakota.
Prior to retirement two years ago, Gary spent 38 years developing medical devices. He has been an avid biker since college days and has participated in single and multi-day rides including BOTH ribbon cutting riders for the 8 day USBR41, called Headwaters to Hills and the 5 day USBR45 called the North Star Route. With more time to enjoy his hobbies and home next to the MRT (US Bike Route 45) you can find him bicycling all around the Twin Cities mostly on trails.
Litchfield, MN, native Dana Sikkila received her Master of Arts in Printmaking as well as her Non Profit Leadership Certificate from Minnesota State University, Mankato. At just 31 years old, Sikkila has built herself as one of the leading creative leaders of Southern Minnesota. Based in Mankato she concentrates on making her art work as well as being Executive Director of the 410 Project.
Luke Sims is an Assistant City Planner with the City of Winona, where he managed the development of the Complete Streets Policy and Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan. Previously, he worked for Winona County and the City of Mankato. He has Masters degrees in both urban planning and public administration, from Minnesota State University at Mankato and the University of Montana, respectively.
Reed Smidt is the Recreation Manager for the City of Woodbury and has over 15 years of experience in the field of parks and recreation. He has a variety of experience with park design, recreation program development and facility management. Reed has a passion for cycling, enjoys bike commuting to work and riding sinlgetrack trails through the United States.
Emily Smoak is an Active Living Planner with the Minnesota Department of Health working to create livable, equitable, healthy communities through people focused transportation. Emily works on implementing policies, plans, and environmental change that support walking, rolling and bicycling to improve the health and happiness of Minnesotans statewide.
Tony Spaay of Dero is an expert in bike counting program development and data tracking technologies, and is a avid bicycle commuter as well. Tony will speak about incentives for Dero employees as well as the benefits bike commuting brings to the company (from money savings to PR). He also works on Dero ZAP for Corporate Wellness Programs & technology and support for counting commuter trips.
Project Technician (project manager) for Three Rivers Park District. I work in the Parks & Trails Maintenance Division at TRPD. Working as a trail specialist I've had a lead role in the planning, design, & construction of non-paved trail systems within the Park District.
A.S. Mental Health & Human Service University of Maine-Augusta, B.S. in Social Work University of Wisconsin-Superior. Transportation Programs Manager at Community Action Duluth. In addition, a former Director on the Board of Duluth Bikes, Policy Board member with the Metropolitan Interstate Council, Superior, WI City Councilor, and The Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota's 2017 Advocate of the Year.
Liz is a landscape architect at the Minnesota Department of Transportation and has worked there since 1986. For the past 10 years she’s worked in its Transit and Active Transportation Planning Section. Recent work there includes planning and designating Minnesota’s two U. S. Bicycle Routes, co-writing revisions to MnDOT’s Bikeway Facility Design Manual, and assisting in developing bike plans for MnDOT’s eight district offices. Liz routinely gets around by bicycling, walking, and the bus—and is more and more is forgetting how to drive a car.
Cindy works with community organizations to adopt policies and systems that sustain the behavioral changes created by The Heart of New Ulm Project. Using data sources and environmental assessment tools she works with the community to identify their strengths and areas for improvement. She engages community partners to build their capacity to adopt and implement policies, systems and environmental strategies to improve the health of the community. She facilitates the SRTS action team to implement the New Ulm Safe Routes to School Plan.