Advocacy

America Walks Announces Class of 2016 “Walking College” Fellows

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America Walks, a national advocacy organization that promotes walking and walkable communities, today announced the names of 25 local advocates who will participate in this year’s Walking College training program.

The 2016 class of Walking College Fellows hails from 19 different states, expanding the program into 10 new states. “This is our second presentation of the Walking College and we are delighted to welcome an extremely diverse group of Fellows,” said Ian Thomas, State and Local Program Director with America Walks, “The course will have an impact in communities large and small; urban, suburban, and rural; throughout the United States.”

The 25 newly appointed Walking College Fellows are:


Photo-AguilarYamelith Aguilar, a public health professional from San Leandro, CA

 

 

Photo^BeckstromLeslie Beckstrom, a public health professional from Greeley, CO

 

 

 

Photo^BrownDeidre Brown, a business professional from Florissant, MO

 

 

 

Photo^BussJill Hamilton Buss, a community advocate from Winter Park, FL

 

 

 

Photo^ChengChristopher Cheng, a transportation professional from Bend, OR

 

 

 

 

Photo^DyessChelsea Dyess, an engineering student from Atlanta, GA

 

 

 

Photo^EnglertChris Englert, a community advocate from Denver, CO

 

 

 

Photo^GrigleyAshton Grigley, a public health professional from Mansfield, OH

 

 

 

Photo^HansonPhil Hanson, a public health professional from Columbus, OH

 

 

 

Photo^Harper-MeriwetherMichelle Harper-Meriwether, a community advocate from Aiken, SC

 

 

Photo^HarrisGeraldolyn Horton Harris, a community advocate from Mount Prospect, IL

 

 

Photo^JacksonPhronie Jackson, public health professional from Washington, DC

 

 

Photo^Lopez-1Michael Lopez, a planner and educator from College Station, TX

 

 

 

Photo^LueckerAmanda Luecker, a Transit planner from Phoenix, AZ

 

 

 

Photo^MartinSarah Martin, a community advocate from Buffalo, NY

 

 

 

Photo^McIntyreKelli McIntyre, a public health professional from Philadelphia PA

 

 

 

Photo^NolteMolly Nolte, a mobility manager from Janesville, WI

 

 

 

Photo^PartlowLa Verne Partlow, a public health professional from Gastonia, NC

 

 

 

Photo^PetrieGordon Petrie, Mayor of Emmett, ID

 

 

 

Photo^ReichbaumCarol Reichbaum, a public health professional from Pittsburgh, PA

 

 

Photo^RugglesLaural Ruggles, a health care professional from Danville, VT

 

 

 

Photo^SchwaderAnn Schwader, a university extension professional from Winner, SD

 

 

Maria Sipin, a community advocate from Los Angeles, CA

 

 

 

Photo^Walker-1Heyden Black Walker, a planner and community advocate from Austin, TX

 

 

Photo^WashingtonAlexandria Washington, a public health student from Tallahassee, FL

 

 

The Walking College curriculum has been designed to expand the capacity of local advocates to be effective community change agents. Fellows will complete a six-module distance-education program this summer, covering the science behind the benefits of walking, evaluation of built environments, as well as communication skills and building relationships with decision makers.

In September, they will participate in the international Pro Walk, Pro Bike, Pro Place conference in Vancouver, British Columbia and develop a task-oriented Strategic Plan for improving walkability in their communities.