Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Friday

Charles Brown, MPA, Rutgers University

Charles Brown, MPA is a senior researcher with the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) and adjunct professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, both at Rutgers University. He has 15 years of public and private sector experience in transportation planning, policy, and research. He also has extensive experience in community development having worked with municipal, county, and state government agencies, for-profit and non-profit organizations in three states: Mississippi, Florida and New Jersey. He is considered a regional thought leader and a leading voice in encouraging equity and complete streets policy adoption and implementation in New Jersey. Since 2011, he has assisted more than 60 municipalities and three counties with adopting complete streets policies. He served as an instructor for twelve deliveries of the New Jersey Department of Transportation Complete Streets Course, and trained chronic disease coordinators throughout NJ on behalf of the New Jersey Department of Health. More recently, he co-instructed a pilot course on advanced environmental justice for the National Transit Institute and Federal Transit Administration. His work has been featured by or quoted in the New York Times, NPR, Streetsblog Los Angeles and Chicago, CityLab, and various other national and local media outlets. 

Thursday

Vince Graham, President at I'On Group

Combining modern advances with time-tested urban principles, Graham founded the traditional walking neighborhood of Newpoint in Beaufort, SC in 1991. Since that time he has participated in building eight other neighborhoods: the Village of Port Royal, Broad Street, I’On, Morris Square, Hammonds Ferry, Mixson, and Earl’s Court in South Carolina; and East Beach in Virginia. In addition to garnering numerous design and environmental stewardship awards, these neighborhoods have also been the subject of articles and stories in The Wall Street Journal, Builder, Landscape Architecture, and National Geographic magazines, Home and Garden Television, CNN, the BBC and more. Graham is a passionate advocate for advancing human-scaled urbanism, and has spoken at architectural and planning symposiums in Australia, Europe, and throughout the United States.

Additional Speakers

Terence Roberts, Anderson Mayor

Terence V. Roberts was first elected Mayor of Anderson in 2006, is an Anderson native, a known consensus builder, and has been recognized for his leadership, community service and passion for education. Mayor Roberts has served many organizations including the Anderson Chamber of Commerce, The Salvation Army, serving as president of the Municipal Association of South Carolina, United Way Community Impact, Appalachian Council of Governments, Ten at the Top, Anderson University Board of Visitors, AnMed Health Board of Trustees, South Carolina Independent Colleges and University, and Innovate Anderson. Explaining his reason for community involvement, he refers to a passage in a book by Vernon Jordan that says, “If you are not at the table, then you are not represented.” As a business advocate, the Mayor has worked with the City Council to establish public/private partnerships to revitalize and achieve great things for downtown Anderson.

Darren Flusche, Senior Planner, Toole Design Group; former Policy Director, League of American Bicyclists

Darren is one of the country’s leading experts on local, state and federal funding programs and policy that support active transportation projects. With a decade of experience in the transportation and policy fields, Darren has authored reports and other resources on topics ranging from climate action plans to the economic impacts of bicycling and walking investments. Prior to joining TDG, Darren served as Policy Director at the League of American Bicyclists, where he led the Advocacy Advance Program and consulted on the Bicycle Friendly America Program. While at the League, Darren co-led the Advocacy Advance program that helps build public support and technical knowledge – accelerating the growth of bicycling and walking projects across the U.S. Darren’s work helped local campaigns secure nearly $1.3 billion in local, state, and federal funds for bicycling and walking infrastructure between 2011 and 2015. Darren has worked with advocates, transportation agency staff, and elected officials in more than 40 cities in 26 states on transportation planning and policy issues. At TDG, Darren works on state and local bicycle and pedestrian plans, federal research projects, national design guidance, practitioner surveys, and active tourism strategies. 

Ernie Boughman, Southeast Regional Director, Toole Design Group

 Ernie’s work has enabled local communities and various state Department of Transportation to expand their perspective of what streets should be, and can be—multimodal public spaces that embrace community values and enhance quality of place. Ernie has provided leadership for the planning and design of transportation facilities that increase the safety, comfort, and convenience of people driving cars, riding bikes, walking, and using transit, enabling people of all ages and abilities to harmoniously travel together. Ernie often provides instruction on the intersection between Context Sensitive Solutions and Complete Streets, and he is President of the South Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association.

Janet Wojcik, Ph.D. FACSM, Winthrop University

Janet is Associate Professor and Program Director in the Exercise Science program in the Department of Physical Education, Sport, and Human Performance at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC.  She is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and is an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist and ACSM/American Cancer Society Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer.  Dr. Wojcik serves as Grants Chair and Chair of Access to Healthy Foods Subcommittee for the Eat Smart Move More York County community coalition.  She leads certification workshops for ACSM, publishes articles, presents at regional and national conferences, and performs peer review. She serves as a research advisor and mentor to undergraduate and graduate students.  In 2015 she was awarded the Bank of America Endowed Professorship through Winthrop’s Richard W. Riley College of Education to enhance her scholarship in her research interests of policies, systems, and environments in physical activity and access to healthy foods.  

Edward Kinney, MLA, City of Greenville

 Edward Kinney is a licensed landscape architect and certified arborist with a Master’s Degree in the field of landscape architecture. During his fifteen years in practice he has worked extensively throughout the United States and Canada, with built projects in the southern coastal states, the American west, and in Atlantic Canada. His work encompasses master planning at local and regional scales, urban planning and design, park design and construction, zoo design and construction, streetscape design, resort amenity design, and notably the design and construction of outdoor classrooms for the Denver Public School System for which he won an AmeriCorps Service Award. Edward chairs Greenville Bikeville, the City’s outreach initiative to connect bicycle advocacy groups with city staff to facilitate bike-related events and construction projects. Edward is a member of ASLA international, ISA, and AZA, and was recently appointed by Governor Nikki Haley to the SC State Board of Landscape Architectural Examiners.

John Fellows, AICP, City of Columbia

John S. Fellows is an Urban Planner and Urban Designer who has over 20 years of experience in Urban Design and Planning for local governments. Mr. Fellows began his career in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and has worked in various capacities in Cleveland, OH, Montgomery County, PA, and greater Milwaukee WI area prior to becoming Planning Administrator with the City of Columbia. Mr. Fellows interest in urban design and planning has focused on the built form of the city and the spaces within cites, active transportation, and children’s relationship to the built environment. Mr. Fellows received a BSAS in Architecture (1994), a Master of Architecture (1997), and Master of Urban Planning (1997) from the University of Wisconsin’s- Milwaukee, and a Master of Architecture in Urban Design and Housing (2010) from McGill University in Montreal, QC. He is a graduate of the Certified Public Manager Program (2008) at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Mr. Fellows is an associate member of the American Institute of Architects and a Certified Planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Blake Sanders, PLA, Senior Landscape Architect, ALTA Planning

Blake Sanders, PLA, is a graduate of Clemson University (Landscape Architecture) and serves as a Senior Landscape Architect leading Alta’s Greenville, South Carolina office. Blake has 10+ years of professional experience and international travels, focusing on guiding municipalities from conceptual planning through construction administration. His experience includes streetscape improvements, corridor planning, bike and greenway planning, as well as municipal, campus, park and recreation design. He is the Mayor of the Town of West Pelzer, SC and serves as a member GPATS Study Team, Past President of the Anderson County Municipal Association, Anderson Complete Streets Committee, and Imagine Anderson.

Julian Reed, Professor of Health Sciences at Furman

Dr. Reed is a Professor in the Department of Health Sciences and is an Affiliate of the Prevention Research Center in the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. Dr. Reed holds a Doctorate in Kinesiology and Physical Education from the University of Northern Colorado and in 2008 received his Masters of Public Health from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Reed’s responsibilities at Furman include teaching introductory and core courses in the Department of Health Sciences as well as advising majors. Additionally, Dr. Reed is the founder of www.activedinc.com, a kinesthetic learning platform that allows teachers to teach all math/ela/literacy concepts with physical activity for the PreK-2nd grade student correlated to all state standards. His research focuses on examining links between the built environment and physical activity and investigating the cognitive benefits of physical activity among youth. He collaborated on a variety of projects forging community partnerships and health initiatives at the local, state and national level, and Dr. Reed is published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health, Preventive Medicine, Preventing Chronic Disease and the Journal of American College Health. He is also the PI or Co-PI on numerous grants. Dr. Reed is the author of Active Education: Lessons for Integrating Physical Activity with Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies.

Kara Pumphrey, Sergeant, City of North Charleston Police Department

Kara Pumphrey has been employed by the City of North Charleston Police Department since August 2005. She has been a member of the Special Operations Unit Bike Team since February 2008. She is responsible for daily supervision and direction of the Bike Team for police activity as well as school and community bike and pedestrian safety education. Sergeant Pumphrey works closely with MUSC Safe Kids, Safe Routes to Schools and School Resource Officers in bringing bike safety and education to as many people as possible. Kara is a Police Mountain Bike Instructor for the Law Enforcement Bicycle Association (LEBA) and has provided certification for law enforcement officers from North Charleston PD, Goose Creek PD, Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, City of Beaufort PD, Dorchester County EMS and North Charleston Fire Department. Kara is also an LCI (League Certified Instructor) for League of American Bicyclists and a SSSL Ambassador.

Dean Moss, Spanish Moss Trail Founder and Volunteer Executive Director


Dean Moss is the former General Manager of the Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority who has spent his entire professional career, and the focus of his active retirement, working with water and land conservation activities. In addition to being the Founder and Volunteer Executive Director of the Friends of the Spanish Moss Trail, he is also actively involved in the Port Royal Sound Foundation as well as the Beaufort County Open Land Trust. He, along with all of the supporters of the Friends of the Spanish Moss Trail, is passionate about connecting our neighborhoods, conserving our unique water and nature preserves, cultural features, and historic sites for the enjoyment of all who live and come to the Lowcountry.

Peter Wilborn, founder of BikeLaw

Peter is the founder of BikeLaw, a nationwide network of attorneys focused on the law related to bicycle crashes. He has represented hundreds of South Carolinians injured by motorists, unsafe road conditions, or defective cycling products. He has personally trained police officers throughout the State to better investigate bicycle crashes. Working closely with the Palmetto Cycling Coalition, he promoted better laws and supported public service campaigns. He has received awards for his pro bono work from the South Carolina and American bar associations, and he regularly speaks across South Carolina (and the country) to bicycle clubs, advocacy groups, and law enforcement personnel on bicycle safety and laws. He is especially interested in the etiquette and culture of cycling, and his article “The Lost Art of the Group Ride” was an internet sensation.

Natalie Britt, Palmetto Conservation Foundation

Natalie Cappuccio Britt is the Executive Director of the Palmetto Conservation Foundation (PCF). PCF’s mission is to conserve South Carolina’s natural and cultural resources, preserve historic landmarks, and promote outdoor recreation through trails and greenways. PCF’s signature project is the Palmetto Trail a cross state hiking and biking trail. Under Natalie’s leadership PCF was named one of the top ten most effective and efficient charities in South Carolina by the Secretary of State. Natalie is a member of the Columbia Rotary, serves on the National Bicycle Friendly America Committee, is an appointed member of Richland County’s Transpiration Penny Advisory Committee and is former Chairperson of the City of Columbia’s Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC).

Frank Mansbach, Bike Walk Greenville

Frank Mansbach is the executive director of Bike Walk Greenville (BWG). After a serious 2010 bike crash and 6 years of experience as a former Greenville County planning commissioner, Frank developed a laser focus in advocating for vulnerable road users. In 2013, Bike Walk Greenville established itself as a non-profit under Frank’s leadership. One of the group’s first orders of business was to work on a local road sales tax referendum that, if passed, would have helped fund bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure projects. While the referendum campaign ultimately lost, their advocacy helped achieve a $48 million allocation for bike walk projects out of the $650 million sales tax package, and they established themselves with the County Council appointed Roads Commission. BWG has partnered with the City of Greenville to build the first protected bike lane in SC on East Broad St in the heart of downtown.

Tracy Hegler, AICP, Richland County

Ms. Tracy Hegler is the Director of Community Planning and Development in Richland County, SC, which is home to the State’s capital city and a population of over 400,000. Tracy oversees the County’s zoning, land development permitting, long range planning, floodplain management, conservation and sustainability initiatives, community development, tax assessments, registering of deeds, business licenses and building inspections. Prior to that, Tracy served as a Senior Project Manager with Hall Planning & Engineering, Inc., developing designs and reports for multi-modal transportation programs. Her work centered on traditional neighborhood design principles, with development structure identified first, and then transportation solutions crafted to fit the specific, desired context. Before joining HPE, she worked with the Florida Space Authority as the Director of Planning and Spaceport Transportation. Here she was responsible for developing a Five Year Work Program for the state of Florida’s space-related transportation needs and assisted in coordinating with NASA/Kennedy Space Center and the USAF/Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on the long-range comprehensive master planning for the Cape Canaveral Spaceport. Tracy holds a bachelor’s degree from the USC in Sociology and a master’s degree from FSU in Urban and Regional Planning.

Allen Davis, Charleston Director of Civic Design

Allen Davis is an urban designer and certified city planner. He is currently the Director of Civic Design for the City of Charleston where he oversees the operations of the Planning Department’s Design Division and the Charleston Civic Design Center. Allen has been an urban designer with the City of Portland, Oregon, the Asheville Design Center, and most recently the City of Wilmington, North Carolina. He has two master’s degrees from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in Urban Design and Community Planning and is a Certified Charrette Planner.
 
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