Welcome to St. Paul! Opening Reception (5:00pm-7:00pm)

Help us kick-off the 2017 National Walking Summit with an opening reception highlighting the great city of St. Paul. The reception will feature honored speakers and a poster session showcasing some of the great work of the walking movement.

Featured Speakers:

Featured Posters (Click on the Title of the Poster to View):

Title of PosterPresenter of Poster
Everybody Walks! SD: Walking Program for Remote, Rural SD CommunitiesAnn Schwader, MEd, Extension Nutrition Field Specialist, South Dakota State University Extension
So Unsafe, It Seems Safe: Improving Child Pedestrian Safety Analyses with Latent DemandNick Ferenchak, Transportation Engineer/Planner, PhD Student, McMahon Associates | University of Colorado Denver
Walking the East Harlem Community Walking Trail: How data can support community advocacy for built environment improvementsChristina Nieves, Community Research and Evaluation Specialist, Harlem Neighborhood Health Action Centers, Center for Health Equity, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Refugee Diabetes Prevention Program in Kansas City, KSErick Abernathy, Med, CGW,
Senior Administrator, University of Kansas Health System
NACDD’s Walkability Action Institute -- Making States and Regions More Walkable One Action at A TimeChris Kochtitzky, Senior Advisor, CDC’s Physical Activity and Health Branch
OA Action Alliance: Steps to Walkable EnvironmentsKirsten Ambrose, MS, CCRC, Program Manager, OA Action Alliance, Thurston Arthritis Research Center
Engaging Police to Identify Challenging School Crossings Leigh Ann Von Hagen, PP, AICP,
Senior Research Manager, Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers University
Simple Steps Generates Big Outcomes!Mary Montagne, Health Promotion Supervisor, Dakota County Public Health Department
Beat the Blues Winter Marathon- Outdoor Fun for All Ages!
April Bril, Northeast Iowa Safe Routes to School Coordinator
Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission; Ashley Christensen, Northeast Iowa Safe Routes to School Coordinator
Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission
Measuring the Urban Walking EnvironmentScott Hess, Active Transportation Planner, Wasatch Front Regional Council
Walking and bicycling excellence by the nation’s most innovative MPOsRochelle Carpenter, Manager of Health and Transportation Programs w/ Transportation for America
Celebrating a National Treasure, One Walk to School at a TimeBeth Barnes, Community Outreach Specialist, North Country Hospital, Newport VT
ON THE MOVE—Partnering for Better HealthSharon Buhr, Chair, ON THE MOVE Partnership, Valley City, ND; Mary Lee Nielson, Marketing Coordinator, Convention & Visitors Bureau, Valley City, ND; Theresa Will, Director, City-County Health District, Valley City, ND; Mary Simonson, Director, Open Door Center, Valley City, ND
Promoting Walking and Health in City Comprehensive PlansLil Leatham, Planner, Dakota County
Become a NorWALKer: Creating a Sustainable Walking Movement in Norwalk, ConnecticutKaitlin Latham, Health Education Associate, Norwalk Health Department
"Q: What Makes WalkWorks Work?
A: Partners + Policy"
Justin Lehman, Public Health Program Administrator, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of Health Promotion and Risk Reduction; Carol L. Reichbaum, MSL, MSPA, Program Director,
University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health
It’s Not Just a Sign #GoHumanSoCalJulia Lippe-Klein, Regional Planner,
Southern California Association of Governments
From Free to Luxury OptionsJohn D Omura, Medical Officer, Physical Activity Epidemiology and Surveillance Team, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Susan A Carlson, Team Lead, Physical Activity Epidemiology and Surveillance Team, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; John Thomas, Policy Director, Office of Sustainable Communities, Environmental Protection Agency; Geoffrey Whitfield, Epidemiologist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Janet E. Fulton, Branch Chief, Physical Activity and Health Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
International Sustainable Transportation Exchange Program (I-STEP) – Lessons from RomaniaTony Hull, Nonmotorized Transportation Consultant, Freelance Consultant
Open Streets MinneapolisMatthew Dyrdahl, LCI, AICP, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, City of Minneapolis
The Case for Healthy Places: Improving Health through PlacemakingLaura Torchio, Project for Public Spaces
The Valley Hi Walk with Friends Story – Community Transformation through a Multi-layered ApproachMarissa Munzing; Program Administrator, Health Education Council
Active Transportation Leadership ProgramWendy Ortiz, Community Engagement Coordinator, California Walks
A Line Bus Rapid Transit - Faster and More Frequent Service for the Twin CitiesMichael Jischke, Senior Associate, Landscape Architecture | Urban Design,
SRF Consulting Group, Inc.
Safer Crossings: Saint Paul’s North End

Holly Moskerintz, Community Programs Outreach Manager, National Association of REALTORS®; Samantha Thomas, Built Environment Manager, Blue Zones; Jeanette Rebar, Community Engagement Coordinator, Public Works, City of Saint Paul; Joe McKinley, Community Engagement Director, Saint Paul Area Association of REALTORS®