Meet Our Team

America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative are excited to work with our incredible partners and network to put together the best conference possible.

National Program Committee

  • Brenda Chamness, American College of Sports Medicine
  • Stephanie Bothwell, Congress for the New Urbanism
  • Jill Chamberlain, BlueCross BlueShield Minnesota
  • Joan Dorn, The City University of New York
  • Pam Eidson, National Physical Activity Society
  • Jackie Epping, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Brittany Giles, Kaiser Permanente
  • Cass Isidro, Safe Routes to School National Partnership
  • David Mays, Kaiser Permanente
  • Kevin Mills, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
  • Mark Plotz, Project for Public Spaces
  • Lidwien Rahman, Oregon Walks
  • Jim Whitehead, American College of Sports Medicine

 This is the first time that the National Walking Summit will be in a new city! We are excited to explore St. Paul, MN and all the lessons it has to offer. We are fortunate to be working with an incredible Local Host Committee who are able to offer their insight and expertise into the city, including creating the schedule of Learning-from-Place Mobile Workshops offered on September 13th.

Local Host Committee

  • Dan Bartholomay, Railvolution
  • Kelly Corbin, Minnesota Department of Health
  • Amber Dallman, Minnesota Department of Transportation
  • Matthew Dyrdahl, City of Minneapolis
  • Carissa Glatt, SHIP Coordinator
  • Michael Johnson, Union Park District Council
  • Ellen Pillsbury, Minnesota Department of Health
  • Heidi Schallberg, Met Council
  • Susan Schmidt, Trust for Public Land
  • Jessica Treat, Transit For Livable Communties
  • Hally Turner, Washington County
  • Jay Walljasper, Writer

America Walks Staff

  • Katherine “Kate” Kraft, PhD, Executive Director
  • Ian Thomas, PhD, State and Local Program Director
  • Jean Brannan, Fund Development Director
  • Susan Feldman, Operations Manager
  • Heidi Simon, Partnerships and Communications Director
  • Kristen Henry, MPH, CHES, Evaluation and Research Manager
  • Susan Lyon, Summit Manager
  • Emilie Bahr, Communications Specialist