Power to the People

Community engagement strategies are critical in giving voice to those who know best what is needed to make their spaces active and engaged. Learn how to capture the on the ground perspective and work with community members in this session.

About the Panel

Phyllis Viola Boyd is an artist and urban strategist and currently serves as the Executive Director of Groundwork Indy, a non-profit organization that engages youth in community-based projects that equitably enhance environmental, economic, and social well-being.  Before joining Groundwork Indy, Phyllis practiced landscape architecture and urban planning in the for-profit sector, where her work focused on sustainable design and planning and supporting the efforts of diverse communities to transform their built environments into meaningful, relevant, and life-enhancing places.

Shaughnessy Daniels is the Community Engagement Manager at Great Rivers Greenway where she leads the agency’s efforts to gather critical input to guide planning and implementation for greenway projects. Shaughnessy’s career has been focused on strengthening communities and the people that live within them. She has a long history and broad range of experience in non-profit development, community and capacity and local civic efforts. Prior to joining Great Rivers Greenway Shaughnessy served as Vice President of Community Supports at St. Louis Arc, a local non-profit that supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and Vice President at Urban Strategies Inc., a national non-profit that provide social and economic supports families affected by broad-scale community redevelopment. Shaughnessy also served as Assistant to the President at St. Louis 2004, a citizen-based initiative to launch major regional revitalization projects.

Sheila Styron works as Blindness Low Vision specialist for The Whole Person, a center for independent living in Kansas City MO, and was the first person who is blind to have become certified as an ADA Coordinator and trainer. She served two terms as president of Guide Dog Users, Inc. and two terms as board chair of Learning Ally, in Los Angeles. Sheila is a strong advocate for eliminating barriers for people living with disabilities, promotes public transportation and worked with the Department of Justice on its revised definition of service animals. Sheila participated in designing accessible tours for the Getty Museum in Los Angeles and the Nelson Atkins in Kansas City and provides accessible outdoor experiences for people who are blind and have low vision. Formerly a professional musician, Sheila enjoys playing the ukulele,yoga and cross-country skiing as well as pursuing adventures like swimming with dolphins and skydiving.