Walk to the Future

The vision of Smart Columbus is to demonstrate how the future of mobility can empower all residents to live their best lives.  Join the Smart Columbus team and pilot participants to learn how Columbus is accelerating human progress through open mobility for all.

About the Moderator:

Alyssa Chenault, Communications Project Manager, Smart Columbus City of Columbus Alyssa Chenault (She/Her/Hers) is the Communication Project Manager for the Smart Columbus initiative. Alyssa leads public outreach and consumer adoption efforts for the Smart Cities Challenge portfolio of projects funded by the U.S Department of Transportation.

About the Panel

Julie Faieta is a licensed occupational therapist and full time PhD candidate in Ohio State’s Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Program. Julie’s primary area of research is in the development and evaluation of assistive and pervasive technology-based interventions to address health span and quality of life in neurodegenerative population and their caregivers, with a specific interest in Alzheimer’s disease and sleep focused interventions. Julie is interested in developing intervention protocols that can be effectively implemented to those at risk of disease development and at each stage of the disease progression. In addition to her academic pursuits, Julie has also maintained active involvement in the American Congress of Rehabilitative Medicine’s Neurodegenerative Networking Group as the chair of the Alzheimer’s Disease Task Force and as the Social Media Officer.  At the university level, Julie serves as the Council of Graduate Students Health and Rehabilitation Sciences delegate.

John Lathram moved to the North Linden area in 1995 because of its affordability and proximity to Downtown Ohio State University where he served as an adjunct professor in the Art Department.

John has been an active member of the North Linden area, where he serves as block watch captain and Social Media Director for the North Linden Community Watch. He joined the commission in 2015 moving up the ranks to Chair this year

His dedication to Linden is to make sure that every resident of Linden has the necessary tools to ensure affordable, clean and safe housing, reducing infant mortality in the community by making sure expectant mothers have access to proper nutrition, medical care via transportation to medical appointments and educational needs for all families in Linden.

Mr. Lathram served on Mayor Ginthers Advisory Council for the revitalization plan for Linden , the Diversity Chamber of Central Ohio and serves as the Smart Columbus liaison for North Linden, where his focus is to increase the use of public transportation resources that will soon be available to them. He would like new developers moving to the neighborhood to begin to think about the walkability factor in our neighborhood, which is currently one of the lowest in the city, by encouraging and welcoming minority owned businesses to Linden and provide the healthy resources they need.

Mr. Lathrams vision for a better Linden requires all of our community to join together in making Linden a great place to live, love, work and play in the healthiest way possible.