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Staff

Staff


Wendy Landman
Executive Director
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Wendy has served as Executive Director of WalkBoston since 2004. She has led the organization’s growth into a statewide advocacy presence and works with leaders in state and municipal government and the non-profit community to broaden the impact of WalkBoston. She has broadened WalkBoston’s reach by building our technical assistance efforts, encouraging deep engagement with community based organizations, and forging alliances on key issues such as Vision Zero, Age Friendly Communities, rural walking and multi-modal transportation policies. Wendy serves on the Board of America Walks and is a member of the Coordinating Committee for the national Every Body Walk! Collaborative. Wendy holds SB and Master of City Planning degrees from MIT, and a Diploma in Urban Design from the University of Edinburgh.


Stacey Beuttell
Deputy Executive Director
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Stacey Beuttell manages the technical assistance programs at WalkBoston that provide support to municipalities across the state to improve the safety and quality of the pedestrian environment. She conducts training programs that describe the health, economic and community benefits of walking, and leads walk audits to identify infrastructure deficiencies, recommend solutions, and build community support for walking. She has developed research and policy guidance on specific walkability-related issues including: walkable campus design for elementary schools, low cost pedestrian infrastructure, and pedestrian safety awareness for law enforcement. Prior to joining WalkBoston, Stacey was a Senior Associate at Sasaki Associates where she practiced as an urban designer and planner for over thirteen years. 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
Communications Director
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Brendan Kearney is the Communications 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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LeighAnne is the Program Manager for WalkBoston. She helps coordinate program implementation with state agencies, municipal staff, community-based organizations, and local advocates. Current programs include: MA Dept of Public Health 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.


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.


Joey Santana
Office Manager
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After working in the non-profit sector for 6 years, Joseph joined WalkBoston as the Office Manager in January 2019. He formerly worked for Bikes Not Bombs of Jamaica Plain, working with bicycle accessibility, advocacy and maintenance training so he is excited about the change of pace that working at WalkBoston brings. Joseph is currently pursuing an Associates degree in Accounting from Roxbury Community College.


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. She will be at WalkBoston for the summer of 2019.