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Staff

Staff


Stacey Beuttell
Executive Director
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Stacey Beuttell took over as the Executive Director of WalkBoston in October 2019. She previously served as the Deputy Director where she oversaw WalkBoston’s technical assistance programs that provided support to municipalities, community organizations, and residents to improve the safety and quality of the pedestrian environment. Shortly after joining the staff in 2013, Stacey focused her efforts on broadening WalkBoston’s reach. Her work with the Department of Public Health’s Mass in Motion program, MassDOT’s Bicycle and Safety Awareness and Enforcement Program, and the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Pedestrian Safety Planning Initiative has taken her across the state building municipal staff and community awareness around walkable design. She led the launch of the WalkMassachusetts Network, an initiative designed to connect and support local groups working on walking. Stacey is a member of the Massachusetts Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board. Prior to joining WalkBoston, Stacey was a Senior Associate at Sasaki Associates where she practiced as an urban designer and planner. She holds a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Michigan and Bachelor of Arts in American Studies/Environmental Studies from Dickinson College.


Brendan Kearney
Deputy Director
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Brendan Kearney is the Deputy Director for WalkBoston, a non-profit pedestrian advocacy group making walking safer and easier in Massachusetts to encourage better health, a cleaner environment and vibrant communities. Brendan manages outreach and communications through WalkBoston’s email and print newsletters, website, social media, and Ped 101 training programs. He tracks pedestrian fatalities and serious crashes across Massachusetts through a robust monitoring of news reports. This information is more timely and more detailed than the tracking that is available through state or municipal sources. Before WalkBoston, Mr. Kearney managed customer service for an online race registration company and was a service manager at a business to business service provider.  He is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross.


LeighAnne Taylor
Program Manager
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As the Program Manager for WalkBoston, LeighAnne coordinates WalkBoston’s technical assistance and community-based programs with state agencies, municipal staff, community-based organizations, and local advocates. Current programs include: Department of Public Health’s Mass in Motion program, Age Friendly Walking, and Safe Walking for Healthy and Connected Lives. These programs aim to empower people with knowledge and proven strategies to make their own communities more walkable. Prior to joining WalkBoston, she worked with the Tennessee Department of Health in community health promotion and built environment enhancement. LeighAnne holds a Masters Degree in Public Health from East Tennessee State University and a BA/BS in Anthropology and Biochemistry from the University of Tennessee.


Kathleen Ghio
Development Manager
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Kathleen Ghio helps implement WalkBoston’s annual development plan to raise the funds needed to execute WalkBoston’s mission. She provides strategic and technical support to the Executive Director and Board of Directors, prepares grant proposals, engages in prospect research, and helps steward and cultivate WalkBoston’s funders. Prior to joining WalkBoston in 2019, Kathleen worked at Community Servings, a non-profit food and nutrition organization, helping manage the agency’s $10M capital campaign. Kathleen holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Duke University.


Wendy Landman
Senior Policy Advisor
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As Senior Policy Advisor, Wendy focuses her efforts on statewide transportation policies and programs that work to increase pedestrian safety on our roadways and to promote walkable environments. She is a member of the Executive Board, Transportation Justice Committee and Nominating Committee of the Transportation for Massachusetts Coalition (T4MA). Wendy served as the Executive Director of WalkBoston for 15 years before stepping down in October 2019. She continues to be WalkBoston’s point person on many Boston metro area transportation and development projects, including the I-90 Allston Interchange Project. Wendy also works on Age Friendly Walking and is a member of the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative Executive Committee and serves on the Board of America Walks. She holds SB and Master of City Planning degrees from MIT, and a Diploma in Urban Design from the University of Edinburgh.


Dorothea Hass
Senior Project Manager
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Dorothea Hass is a co-founder of WalkBoston, the country’s first pedestrian advocacy organization.  As a grassroots activist, she works with community groups to empower them to create walkable neighborhoods.  She believes that when people stroll through their local streets they develop the connections and familiarity that create strong neighborhood identity and hence safer and more stable neighborhoods. Ms. Hass trains residents in the principles of walkable street and sidewalk design, traffic signalization and convenient connectivity to and from homes, schools, shops and services.  With these technical skills residents can effectively advocate for walkable communities.

Prior to co-founding WalkBoston, Ms. Hass was a partner of Boston Affiliates, an environmental consulting firm and a former staff member of the Urban Development Group of the consulting firm, Arthur D. Little. Ms. Hass has also served as a town meeting member for 11 years in her local community and has given numerous conference presentations at transportation and engineering conferences. Ms. Hass holds a BA from Valparaiso University and a MA in Political Science from Boston University.


Bob Sloane
Senior Project Manager
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Bob Sloane, a co-founder of WalkBoston in 1990, has an educational background that includes a law degree from Northeastern University School of Law and an MS in City Planning from Michigan State University. He was also a Fulbright Scholar at the Universität Bonn, Germany.

Sloane became Senior Planner for WalkBoston in 2003. His prior experience included Howard/Stein-Hudson Associates, researching multiple subjects, and publishing Public Involvement in Transportation Planning and Project Development: A Manual of Techniques, for Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration.

Prior to consulting in transportation, Sloane worked as an editor of the Maine Lawyers Review, a bi-weekly journal of legal case summaries, features and commentary. He was Assistant Secretary of Transportation for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, where he chaired the MPO, a 6-agency board governing regional transportation policy.

He joined the staff of WalkBoston in 2003 and in 2012 was named a U.S. Presidential “Champion for Change” by the Obama White House for his advocacy of the use of minutes rather than miles in signs and maps to help people envision walking distances. His most prized publication is WalkBoston, A Guide to walking tours in Boston’s Unique Neighborhoods, prepared for WalkBoston and the Appalachian Mountain Club.


Ayesha Mehrotra
Intern
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Ayesha Mehrotra supports WalkBoston’s age-friendly walking initiative as well as its Mass in Motion work through the Department of Public Health. She conducts spatial analysis of existing infrastructure and high risk areas for walkers in communities around Massachusetts, helps facilitate walk audits, and writes subsequent reports.

Ayesha is currently pursuing a Master of Urban Planning at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, before which she worked as a researcher studying community-level approaches to improving children’s rights in India.