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NEW WEBINAR: Best Practices for Hosting a Virtual Walking Event

Join America Walks for a New Webinar!



Best Practices for Hosting a Virtual Walking Event

DATE: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT

Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5342105200156786957

In a year that carried the undertone of general collective heartache and cancelled in-person events we learned a whole lot – and one thing we learned was the vast power and potential for virtual convenings and events to successfully connect people from all walks of life around walking, moving and advocating for healthy, people-first communities.

Hear from panelists from three different walking/moving organizations who have recent, hands-on experience and knowledge around developing virtual walking/moving events in our sphere. From the retrospective technical details to the future implementation and vision of what virtual convenings might mean for inclusion and improving community input – we’ll cover the full range of best practices for hosting virtual events that aim to promote physical activity and mobility for all people.

As the Deputy Director, Brendan Kearney manages outreach and communications for WalkBoston, a non-profit pedestrian advocacy group making walking safer and easier in Massachusetts to encourage better health, a cleaner environment and vibrant communities. He is a member of the City of Boston’s Vision Zero Task Force, and testifies at public hearings on projects and policies that impact pedestrians. In 2020, Brendan launched our 15-week “Keep Walking” storytelling project and our November “Beat the Bay State” virtual challenge. Before WalkBoston, Mr. Kearney managed customer service for an online race registration company and was a service manager at a business to business service provider.  He is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross.


Anthony Fleg is a family medicine physician at UNM’s Dept of Family and Community Medicine and College of Population Health. He also serves as a Partnership Director of the Native Health Initiative (NHI) and has dedicated much of his career to improving health in Indigenous communities. In 2016, he had a vision to create a space for families to run and walk together, and he began the Running Medicine program. This program has gained local and national attention for its unique way of drawing people of all ages and fitness levels to greater health, mind, body and spirit. He is a proud father of 4 children, a poet, and not surprisingly, an avid runner.

Bryan Romey is the Program Coordinator at Walk with a Doc (WWAD), an international nonprofit with a mission to inspire communities through movement and conversation with physician-led walking groups. He helps healthcare professionals launch the WWAD program in their communities and also supports the 500+ active WWAD programs around the world. When his wife asks what he did at work that day, his answer is always the same: “I helped change the world!” Outside the office, his favorite activities are basketball, golf, tennis, snow/water skiing, walking, and running. He graduated with a Bachelor’s in Health Sciences from The Ohio State University and lives in Columbus, OH with his wife, Shannon, and dog, Izzy.

Arlis Reynolds will be moderating this webinar. Arlis is a Costa Mesa Council Member and represents Costa Mesa District 5, one of two westside Costa Mesa districts and is an America Walks Board Member. She is the first person elected to represent District 5 as part of the City of Costa Mesa’s historical first District Elections and was sworn in on December 4, 2018.

Arlis grew up in the Freedom Homes neighborhood of Westside Costa Mesa and attended all local schools, including A Child’s Place, Pomona Elementary, Victoria Elementary, TeWinkle Middle School, and Estancia High School (where she captained the varsity volleyball and soccer teams). Arlis earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a member of the Executive MBA Program at the UCI Paul Merage School of Business. She works as a consultant in the clean-energy industry, specializing in impact evaluation of energy efficiency and clean energy projects and technologies.

Prior to joining the City Council, Arlis served as Vice Chair of Costa Mesa’s Parks and Recreation Commission and as Commission liaison to the Fairview Park Steering Committee. She is committed to protecting our parks and public spaces and supports protecting Fairview Park as a passive, public nature park. Arlis is committed to broader sustainability and environmental efforts, and in 2016, was recognized in the Daily Pilot’s “Unsung Hero” series for her approach to sustainable living and my contributions to stopping the development project at Banning Ranch.

Her priorities for Costa Mesa include improving public safety, making our neighborhoods more walk- and bike-friendly, enhancing our local parks, and protecting the charm and creative spirit that defines Costa Mesa.

Arlis comes from a long line of public service, as her grandfather worked in law enforcement, and her grandmother was a school principal for more than 40 years with the L.A. Unified School District. Both her parents had 30-year careers as public school teachers, and her brother, also an Estancia High School graduate, is a Deputy Attorney General with the California Department of Justice.

Council member Reynolds lives in the Freedom Homes neighborhood of District 5 with her pup Zoe and her cat Peanut and hosts a Little Free Library to share books and notes with her neighbors.