Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization Executive Director

Beth Alden leads an award-winning team of planners with a vision of safe, inclusive mobility choices that promote respect and trust. She has spearheaded initiatives that empower residents to reshape their communities together, including the first multijurisdictional Vision Zero Action Plan in the country and the first tri-county growth scenarios collaboration in this region, It’s Time Tampa Bay. Beth has worked in the public and private sectors as a professional planner since 1994 and holds a Master's in Planning from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor's in Environmental Design & Architecture from North Carolina State University.


City of Sarasota

Liz Alpert is a family law attorney in Sarasota, Florida. She has been practicing in Sarasota since her admission to the Florida Bar in September 2006. Liz graduated from Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida in December 2005. As a family law attorney, Liz served on the Florida Bar Support Issues Committee and for a time as the chair of a committee that was working on an alimony guideline formula. Liz has also found time to give back to her local community. In 2003, Liz was appointed to the City of Sarasota’s Human Relations Board where she served until 2007. She was then appointed to the City’s General Personnel/Civil Service Board where she served until her election to the Sarasota City Commission on May 12, 2015.


Florida Bicycle Association

Ed Barsotti joined the Florida Bicycle Association in 2020, serving its Bike Infrastructure Assistance program as a technical and strategic resource for advocates and professionals.  He has also been with Ride Illinois, another state bike organization, since 2001.  Ed’s work has focused on improving cycling conditions through infrastructure, education of cyclists and motorists, favorable legislation and policies, and more.  Ed has been a bike planning consultant for 21 towns and advisor for dozens of others.  



Channing Bickford is a Vermont transplant by way of New Jersey and China.  A Transportation Planner in the AECOM Tampa office since 2016, Channing has focused on bicycle/pedestrian planning, corridor studies, and big data analysis for local, regional and statewide clients.  Channing began cycle-commuting while living in Beijing.  He developed a detailed awareness of cycle infrastructure while exploring the city on weekends and continues to promote safe active transportation in his work and personal life.  


Raleigh Transportation

Paul Black is the Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager for the City of Raleigh, North Carolina. He has more than 20 years of experience working on both planning and geographic information systems. His emphasis is using technology to frame public debates around transportation and land use. Paul holds a B.A. in Geography from UNC-Chapel Hill and a master’s degree in Geography from Appalachian State University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and is a Geographic Information Systems Professional.


Florida Department of Transportation

Brad was born, raised, and has had his entire career in Tallahassee, FL (maybe he should get out more? 😊).  He worked as a Co-Op Student with FDOT until graduation from FSU.  After earning a MS in Civil Engineering, he worked with three international bridge engineering firms, and then he found himself back at the DOT in the Office of Design – first in Structures, then in Roadway, and most recently in Production Support.  Brad now serves as a Project Management Support Engineer and the State ADA Coordinator.


Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization

Ryan works as a Principal Planner for the Sarasota/Manatee MPO and specializes in financial and project management, corridor planning, ITS deployment, and active transportation. He has a worked as an intern for Manatee County, Florida and participated in various planning activities including trail development, forecasting, and trends. He received his Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science and Master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida State University.


City of Palmetto

Shirley Groover Bryant is a native of Palmetto, Florida.  She graduated from Palmetto High School, Manatee Community College (now SCF), and Florida Southern College.  She studied economics and accounting, which serves her well as she manages a city government with a budget of $32 million. Mayor Bryant worked for 15 years at Manatee County Property Appraiser’s Office.  She was the Chief Financial Officer for Manatee School for the Arts.  She was City of Palmetto Ward 2 Representative from 1993 – 2004 and in 2008 she was elected as Mayor of the City of Palmetto, where she continues to serve today.  


Forward Pinellas

Sarah Caper, AICP, is a Principal Planner at Forward Pinellas, the planning council and metropolitan planning organization for Pinellas County, Florida. Sarah manages special projects including Safe Streets Pinellas, the agency’s Vision Zero effort. She has been with Forward Pinellas for six years and was previously with Manatee County Area Transit. Sarah holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Florida Urban and Regional Planning.


Florida Highway Patrol



Dr. Collins specializes using technical justification to build consensus on transportation initiatives.  His expertise includes congestion management, urban design, traffic operations, transportation policy, and safety evaluations that frequently require approval from multiple government agencies.  As both a licensed and engineer and a certified urban planner, he integrates both disciplines toward developing transportation plans that implement the land use vision.  In his spare time, Dr. Collins enjoys paddle-boarding around the beautiful natural waters throughout Florida, and other outdoor activities. 


Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization

Alvimarie Corales is a Principal Planner at the Sarasota/Manatee MPO, steering the planning team to develop and implement transportation studies for the region. Alvimarie’s experience in research and data analysis stems from previous experience including, ADA Accessibility Field Reviews and Signal4 Geocoding at the University of Florida. Alvimarie has a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Florida and a BA in Sociology from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus.


City of Sarasota

Steven Cover is the Director of Planning for the City of Sarasota. During his time in this position he secured approval of “The Bay” Master Plan, a 53 acre City owned Bayfront site that will include a new performing arts center, an outdoor amphitheater looking out over the bay, arts and history centers, boating facilities and major park amenities. He also initiated and secured approval of “Sarasota In Motion”, the City’s first comprehensive Transportation Master Plan that included recommendations for the expansion of bike trails, trolley and micro-transit services, complete streets and water taxi service. 


Forward Pinellas

Rodney Chatman, AICP is the Planning Division Manager with Forward Pinellas. Rodney has over 17 years of professional land use and transportation planning experience including form-based codes, downtown revitalization, comprehensive planning, corridor studies, active transportation planning, and climate hazard resilience. Prior to working for Forward Pinellas, Rodney served as a Principal Planner for Pinellas County and the City of Tarpon Springs.  Rodney received his Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Florida.



Mrs. Kasey Cursey is a Florida native living in the Tampa Bay area since the 1980s.  A Transportation Project Manager with AECOM, Kasey has participated in the planning of multimodal facilities for local MPOs and the FDOT over several years.  With more time to walk, ride and enjoy the outdoors this year, the need to continue providing miles and miles of safe pathways is renewed for all of us.



Philip DiMaria is a Project Manager with Kimley-Horn’s Landscape Architecture and Planning Studio in Sarasota, FL. His expertise in mobility and urbanism has benefited from his diverse personal and professional experiences. One of Kimley-Horn’s local experts in navigating the challenges of placemaking and urban redevelopment, Philip is dedicated to creating human centered communities through the integration of land use and mobility planning, public engagement, and data-driven decision making. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and Congress of the New Urbanism Accredited (CNU-A).


Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the School District of Sarasota County

Mr. Dumas has been with the District since September of 2003 and has served as a director in numerous departments, including Facilities and Transportation. Prior to his tenure with the school district, Mr. Dumas was the manager of Maintenance Operations with Hillsborough County and the assistant superintendent of Public Works with the town of Killingly, CT. He began his career as a third-grade teacher. Mr. Dumas holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Eastern Connecticut State University and has completed 30 hours of coursework toward a master’s degree in Elementary Education. He and his family reside in Arcadia, FL.


Forward Pinellas

Amy Elmore serves as the Communications and Outreach Program Manager for Forward Pinellas, developing communications strategies and guiding community engagement activities for planning and transportation development projects. Amy has over 10 years of communication experience, and has spoken at the local, state, and national level about social media strategies and community outreach. She holds a Master of Science in Digital Forensics from the University of Central Florida.


Federal Highway Administration

Peter Eun is a Transportation Safety Engineer with the FHWA Resource Center’s Safety & Design Technical Service Team and is located in Olympia Washington.  He began in transportation as an intern in the Traffic Division at Pierce County in Washington.  He has over 20 years of experience providing technical assistance and training to local and State officials. Peter helps lead the STEP (Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian) program and he co-manages the Pedestrian Bicycle Safety Program for the Resource Center.



Emmett Gregory is a Landscape Architect with Kimley-Horn’s Landscape Architecture and Planning Studio in Sarasota, FL. With over 6 years of experience in urban, streetscape, and complete street design, Emmett is an expert in making the most out of precious public space. He understands the power of clearly and graphically demonstrating conceptual design as well as implementing details needed to prepare and finalize construction documents. He believes that the urban life demands a context sensitive approach to the multi-faceted role streets play in our cities. He is an Associate of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).


Florida Department of Transportation District 7 Secretary

Mr. Gwynn was appointed as FDOT District Seven Secretary in July of 2017. Prior to this appointment, David served as Director of Transportation Operations for FDOT District One in Bartow.  Mr. Gwynn is a 1983 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree. During his military service, David served as a Field Artillery Officer in the U.S. Army as well as the Florida National Guard. In addition, he also holds a Master of Transportation Engineering degree from the University of Florida. Mr. Gwynn resides in Tampa with his wife and has five children and two grandchildren.


Florida’s Safe Mobility for Life Coalition

Gail Holley has been managing the Florida Department of Transportation’s aging road user program, “Safe Mobility for Life” since 2004. In this role, she also leads a statewide Coalition consisting of 29-member organizations as they develop resources and educational materials to help reduce fatalities and serious injuries for Florida’s aging population while maintaining their safe mobility and connection to the community. Working together Florida’s Safe Mobility for Life Coalition has adopted a positive, collaborative, and innovative approach to help people maintain mobility independence beyond driving.


Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization Executive Director

David L. Hutchinson serves as Executive Director of the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). His multidisciplinary generalist/transportation specialist background spans more than 30 years and combines planning, policy and public affairs. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies from Utah State University and is a certified Gerontologist. Mr. Hutchinson approaches regional transportation planning in terms of relationships to land use, community and economic development, environmental issues, safety, security, critical infrastructure interdependencies, and systems resiliency.


Manatee County Government

Greg Krause is a Manatee County Transportation Planning Division Intern, a graduate student, and a food industry worker. He is finishing his last quarter of University of Washington’s Master of Urban Design and Planning degree program with a specialization in Land Use, Infrastructure, and Transportation Planning. He also has a Bachelor’s in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Florida State University. Greg is a native Floridian but enjoys experiencing diverse cities and culture through travel. Greg is in search of full-time employment.


University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research

Jason Jackman is a Research Associate with the University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research under the ITS, Traffic Operations and Safety program. Mr. Jackman’s expertise is in bicycle and pedestrian safety research. He is a certified educator with FHWA’s Safety Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP) program. Expertise includes pedestrian and bicycle safety, school transportation, safety education and outreach, policy analysis, communications, and program management. 


Hillsborough County

Patricia “Pat” Kemp was elected to the County Commission in 2016 representing Countywide District 6. Commissioner Kemp has more than three decades of public service in Hillsborough County. She was Chief Aide to Congresswoman Kathy Castor when Castor served on the Hillsborough County Commission. She also served as Aide to State Representative Sara Romeo. Commissioner Kemp has long been an advocate for improving transportation in the county and the region. She worked with other community leaders to support the Cross Bay Ferry Pilot Project. She currently serves on several boards related to transportation including the HART Board, the Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Tampa Bay Regional Transportation Authority.


Sarasota County Government

Originally from Canada, Patrick traded in white snow for white sand in 2014 when he moved to the Gulf Coast to expand his professional career as the Bicycle, Pedestrian and Trails Coordinator for Sarasota County Government. Patrick has over 15 years of public sector planning experience with a goal of creating vibrant, connected communities that have a strong physical and social sense of place.


City of North Port

Jill Luke is currently the Vice Mayor of North Port.  She has lived in the Sarasota/Manatee region since 2001, and in North Port since 2009.  She was elected to serve as Commissioner in 2017. She had 23 years of mid and upper management before going into public service.  She has worked in a wide variety of industries including National and International corporations, Education, Recreation, Construction, Small Business, Non-Profit and now, Government.  She has a work ethic that doesn’t allow for much more than her career.  She enjoys collaborating on ideas for the improvement of life within her City and throughout the region… because as she says… “I care”.


Manatee County Government

Michael Lynch is the Mobility Coordinator for Manatee County Transportation Planning. His background includes transportation planning in Portland, Oregon and Florida, as well as a decade of master-planning for the Crown Prince Court government of Abu Dhabi. Though he’s lived all over the world since day one, he is inseparable from Florida beaches and calls it home.


City of Sarasota

Colleen McGue is the Chief Transportation Planner for the City of Sarasota, where her primary responsibility is to create the first Citywide Transportation Master Plan. Prior to working for the City of Sarasota, Colleen was the Principal Transportation Planner at the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization where she worked closely with the state and local government agencies in Sarasota and Manatee Counties to plan and fund regional transportation projects. Colleen is a Certified Planner by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), and she is a graduate of the University of Texas (MA/MSCRP, 2011) as well as the University of Notre Dame (BA, 2008).


Metropolitan Planning Organization Advisory Council

Carl Mikyska is the Executive Director of the Florida MPO Advisory Council (MPOAC) which is the principle forum for Florida’s 27 MPOs to discuss policy issues and enhance the role of MPOs in Florida.  A position he has held since 2015.  The role of MPOAC is represent the collective interests Florida’s MPOs and to augment, not supplant, the role of the individual MPOs in the cooperative transportation planning process.  Carl previously worked for FHWA in their Florida Division, the planning office of Illinois DOT and the Chicago MPO.  Carl graduated from the University of Illinois at Springfield with a Master’s in Business Administration. 


Kittelson & Associates, Inc.

Jennifer Musselman is a Senior Engineer with Kittelson & Associates, Inc. She has helped communities establish beneficial transportation facilities for all users by integrating public involvement activities with planning processes to create community- and data-based plans. She has worked on complete streets, corridor studies, transit plans, active transportation plans, and long-range transportation plans. This work includes leading Sarasota/Manatee MPO’s first Active Transportation Plan collaboratively with MPO staff.


Florida Department of Transportation District 1 Secretary

L.K. Nandam, P.E. is the District Secretary for District One of the Florida Department of Transportation. He has over twenty-two years of experience in the transportation industry in both the private and public sector. He has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Andhra University, India and a Master of Science in Transportation Engineering from Wayne State University. Prior to becoming the District Secretary, he has served as the Director of Operations and District Traffic Operations Engineer at the Florida Department of Transportation. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Florida and is an active member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers.


United Way Suncoast

Dr. Nichole Peña is a Senior Manager, Financial Stability Initiatives with United Way Suncoast. Together with the financial stability team, Nichole leads efforts that help individuals obtain sustainable employment that pays a living wage; obtain, keep, and build assets; and increase capabilities and skills needed to effectively navigate the financial landscape. She also works collaboratively with community partners to remove barriers and create better opportunities for all.


Landis Evans + Partners

Theo Petritsch, P.E., PTOE, is the Director of Transportation Services for Landis Evans + Partners. He is a nationally-recognized expert on nonmotorized operations and safety and has been author or principal investigator for multiple state and national research projects and guidance documents. Theo serves on the Bicycle Technical Committee of the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices and was formerly FDOT’s statewide bike-ped coordinator.


City of Lakeland

With his parents never having drivers’ licenses and living to a combined age of 182 years; as well as growing up in downtown Toronto, Canada, Angelo truly learned to walk the talk. He has personally attended and/or chaired over 600 public meetings with a view of reaching consensus within these communities for implementing lasting solutions, for ALL transportation users!  Angelo is a 1980 graduate of the University of Toronto with a degree in Civil Engineering. Angelo loves to cook (no one has died yet), bike, kayak, and alleges to play the drums!


Florida Department of Transportation

Bessie Reina is a graduate of Florida State University’s Urban and Regional Planning program, and is also an alumni of the Fulbright Program.  She started with FDOT as a Community Liaison to the Collier Metropolitan Planning Organization. Prior joining the Department, she was employed by the Georgia Department of Transportation as a transportation planner in the Atlanta Branch. 


Pasco Metropolitan Planning Organization

Tina A. Russo, Active Transportation Planner for Pasco MPO, is a native Floridian from the Tampa Bay area.  She retired from Hillsborough County and moved to South Carolina and has since moved backed missing her home state and working in government. Tina has a diverse educational background in cycling, League of American Bicyclist Instructor and Florida Bicycle Traffic Safety Instructor. Tina is excited about her new opportunity as an active transportation planner in Pasco County, one of the fastest growing counties in Florida.


Superintendent of the School District of Manatee County

Since being sworn in on June 28, 2018, Superintendent Cynthia Saunders has led the School District of Manatee County with foresight, energy and imagination. Drawing on 30 years of service in education in Florida, Ms. Saunders has guided the district to impressive improvements academically, financially and in introducing innovative new programs and initiatives. Ms. Saunders holds a Master’s Degree (M.S.) from Nova Southeastern University in Educational Leadership, and a Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) in Mathematics Education at the University of Central Florida. Mrs. Saunders is married to George “Rock” Saunders. They have one son, Casey, and are proud grandparents.


Manatee County

Commissioner Servia was born and raised in Sarasota where she attended public schools. Her mother’s family, “The Great Gretonas” were high-wire circus performers who wintered in Sarasota, and her grandparents owned the “House of Chong”, the first Chinese restaurant in Sarasota. Misty has lived in Manatee County since 1988 after accepting her first job as a planner for Manatee County government. She is the first in her family to graduate from college and funded her education through grants, scholarships, and by working three part-time jobs while going to school. She worked for the Manatee County Planning Department for nearly 18 years, where she met her husband Joaquin. Misty and Joaquin were married in 1994 and have three children, Alexandra, Joaquin, and Marc.


Federal Highway Administration

Carey is the Civil Rights Officer for Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Florida and Puerto Rico Divisions.  He provides oversight of and technical assistance to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and Puerto Rico Highway Transportation Authority (PRHTA) in eight programs, including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).  Carey is a graduate of Florida State University and Mississippi College of Law.  He has worked for FHWA since 2008 and has twenty-five years of experience in Federal Civil Rights legal oversight, enforcement and litigation.


Certified Speaking Professional & Certified Virtual Presenter

Jan Spence is an international speaker, author, and consultant. With contagious charisma and a zest for life which make her an excellent motivator and leader, this TEDx speaker has used her vast knowledge in sales, communications, finances, and employee engagement to help numerous clients including Pillsbury, Walmart, and Frito-Lay.  Jan serves on the boards of Meeting Professionals International – North Florida
and Compass Finances God’s Way – Florida. She is active with the local
Association of Talent Development chapter and the Beach Church in
Jacksonville, Florida. She and her husband of twenty years enjoy traveling the world when not at home attending Jaguars football games and cultural events.


Lighthouse Vision Loss Education Center

Hailing from Chicago, Madeline Spencer has lived in Manatee County for the last 8 years working as a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist for the Lighthouse Vision Loss Education Center. For the last 4 years Maddy has also been a Rehabilitation Manager, working with the instructors she supervises to create meaningful and educational programming, online, over the phone, and in person. In her free time she likes to garden, renovate her home, and roller skate with the Bradentucky Bombers. 


StreetLight Data

Teresa Tapia is a Senior Customer Success Manager at StreetLight Data, delivering real-world mobility analytics to transportation organizations across North America. Teresa brings over 10 years of experience as a planner and engineer for transportation organizations in the Bay Area, including San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and Bay Area Rapid Transit. Teresa holds an MS in Transportation Engineering and an MCP from UC Berkeley, as well as a BS in Environmental Engineering from Yale University.


Chief of Police, City of Holmes Beach

Chief Tokajer has a Bachelor Degree in Theology from Life Christian University. He graduated from F.B.I. NATIONAL ACADEMY, (Session 230). He has been in Law Enforcement for forty years and served in the U.S. Army Military Police. He served in the Sarasota Sheriff Department and Bradenton Police Department. He retired as Deputy Chief of Longboat Key Police Department and has served for the last seven and a half years as Chief of Police in the Holmes Beach Police Department. Chief Tokajer has a Certification of Merit from MADD, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers. He has been President of Manatee Children’s Services Board of Directors for 25 years. He has been married to his wife Thea for 38 years.


Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization

Gena Torres is an Executive Planner with the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization.  After graduating from the University of South Florida, she has spent the past 30 years working to make the streets of Tampa and surrounding communities safe. Gena has particular interest in the transit, walking, and bicycle dependent communities who are most affected by our transportation decisions.  Gena strives to cycle or take transit to work at least 5 times each month. She is also a proud mother, grandmother and avid softball player!  


Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization

Corinne Tucker is a millennial and will still be driving in 2045. She graduated from the University of South Florida receiving her Masters in Public Health in addition to attaining her Certification in Public Health. As the Sarasota/Manatee MPO Multi Modal Planner she is responsible for ensuring the community has safe transportation choices like walking, biking, and riding transit. Her passions include volunteering and making the community a better, healthier place to live, work, and play.


City of Haines City

Born in Daytona Beach Florida, Herman Leroy “Roy” Tyler, is a proud 1970 graduate of Haines City High School and a veteran of the US Army.  He joined the Polk County Sheriff’s Department in 1975 and reached the rank of Lieutenant before his retirement in 1988. While there, he was a founding member of the Sheriff’s department S.W.A.T team and completed his degree in Human Behavior & Criminal Justice from Polk Community College & Rollins College in Winter Park.  Roy then became a Regional Manager for Smith & Wesson, the world’s most recognized brand.  In the 1990’s he returned to his alma mater, Polk Community College, to serve as the coordinator for Advanced & Specialized Training at the Law Enforcement Academy.  In 1992, he won his first election as a Haines City Commissioner and has run with opposition on only two subsequent elections. He is currently the elder statesmen on the Commission with over 25 years of service. He has served 5 terms as Mayor.



Dr. Kristin Williams is PublicInput.com's Training Manager and Engagement Specialist, where she works with current partners to implement our software while also creating opportunities to customize tactics to create public engagement strategies. Before PublicInput.com, Kristin was the Engagement Coordinator for The City of Raleigh's Planning & Development Department.  She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from North Carolina State University (Go Pack!), where she studied social inequalities and criminology. 


Sarasota County

Christian Ziegler was elected to the Sarasota County Commission in November 2018. Christian is a small business owner, husband and father, whose goal is to make Sarasota County the top place to visit, work, start and grow a business, raise a family and retire, by promoting low taxes and limited government. After graduating Florida State University with degrees in Criminology and Political Science, Ziegler worked for the Florida House of Representatives and then in Congress as a legislative assistant, digital director, and constituent services representative for U.S. Congressman Vern Buchanan, both in Washington D.C. and his local district office in Sarasota. Christian and his wife Bridget, who currently serves on the Sarasota County School Board, reside in Sarasota with their three daughters - Reagan, Sloane, and Fallon Rose.


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