New Advocates

America Walks Announces Class of 2018 Walking College Fellows

For a copy of this announcement, click here.

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

The 2018 class of the Walking College represents 16 different states as well as the District of Columbia and Ontario Canada for a total of 26 different municipalities, expanding the reach of the program and adding new voices to the growing walking movement. This class is representative of the diversity of backgrounds, professions, races, and ethnicities that make up the walking movement. “We are delighted to welcome this group of passionate community leaders who are working to improve walkability in urban, suburban, and rural areas throughout the country,” said Emilie Bahr, Walking College Manager with America Walks. “These fellows will work with and learn from one another over the course of the next six months to become experienced community-change agents.” This class will include a set of fellows from Maryland who are supported by the Maryland Department of Health.

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. They will also travel to New Orleans this fall to take part in the national Walk/Bike/Places conference where they will network and learn from other advocates. 

The newly appointed Fellows are:


Andrea Aguirre, Stafford, VA – Click here to learn more about Andrea’s work.


Priscilla Anchondo, Encino, CA


Tyler Barbarin, Washington, DC


Abby Beck, Batavia, IL


Crystal Bell, Worcester County, MD


Charles Bingham, Sitka, AK – Click here to learn more about Charles’ work.


Gretchen Boyum, Salina, KS – Click here to learn more about Gretchen’s work.


Jacquelyn Castro, Waco, TX


Scott Conroy, Baltimore, MD


Nedra Cox, Greensboro, NC


Ned Dannenberg, Memphis, TN


Letora Fortune Anderson, Plano, TX


Katie Goforth, Tracy City, TN


Caroline Green, Kingsville, MD


David Heinold, Sioux Falls, SD


Ruth Johnson, Warren, MI


Adam Krupper, Thunder Bay, Ontario – Click here to learn more about Adam’s work.


Andrea Lowe, Laplace, LA


Sharon Lynch, Westover, MD


Heather Marriott, Columbia, MO


Mary McPherson, Hagerstown, MD


Lee Mortensen, Greensboro, NC


Charlene Nevadomski, Tamarac, FL


Diana Padilla Milburn, Chula Vista, CA


Theresa Roach, Flint, MI


Cara Rozaieski, Salisbury, MD


Nichole Romero, Raton, NM


Nacole Smith, Baltimore, MD


Charise Stephens, Macon, GA


Fred Surgent, McHenry, MD