CNU MIDWEST BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dan Baisden is the Neighborhood Activator for the City of Kalamazoo and serves as the interim chair for CNU Midwest. Prior to his current position, Dan spent several years as a neighborhood planner/public art manager for the City of Fort Wayne and was the Executive Director of Main Street Van Wert. Growing up near Akron Ohio, Dan is passionate about the Legacy Cities of the Midwest and has dedicated years of research toward community development and engagement strategies for these communities with limited resources.
A graduate of Arizona State University and a Graduate Student at Penn State University, Dan won the Edison Research award in 2011 and was named one of Fort Wayne's 40 Under 40 in 2015 ,
Mary Kate Genis
Mary Kate Genis is an Architectural Designer for KZF Design in Cincinnati. Mary Kate is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Architecture. In addition to her role with CNU Midwest, she is the VP of Development for the League of Women Voters of Greater Cincinnati.
She believes that physical and social connection is central to the success of communities. Mary Kate joined CNU Midwest to act on her beliefs through the principles of New Urbanism and connect with others that are working to do the same.
John Yung is an urban planner with over 14 years of experience. He joined New Urbanism in 2004 after reading Suburban Nation. Writer and manager of UrbanCincy.com, he is also a founding member of the CNU-Midwest Chapter.
At Urban Fast Forward he is an urban development and policy consultant with a focus on revitalizing and enriching city centers and neighborhoods. In 2010, he was a key part of the team that developed, implemented, and administered the first Cincinnati-area form-based code in Bellevue, KY.
Katy Shackelford is a Senior Planner for Lochmueller Group with experience in innovative urban planning and design. She has a talent for creating catalytic community impacts using infrastructure investment, skilled project management, and plan execution.
Katy has participated in two of the Harvard Ash Center's Top 24 Innovations in Government. She has a bachelors in Architecture from Ball State University and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, with graduate certificates in Economic Development and Metropolitan Studies.
Jeff Raser, AIA, is the owner of Cincinnati Urban Design and Architecture Studio (CUDA Studio). Jeff has worked as an architect in a 30+ year career designing dozens of projects. Early in Jeff’s career he realized it is the space outside and between buildings that is the focus of his passion.
Since then, Jeff has studied the art, science, and economics of Urban Design – especially the creation of pedestrian-friendly places. He has master-planned new communities, created strategic urban design plans for existing urban neighborhoods, and created zoning codes (including form-based codes) which allow developers to profitably create what communities want and need. As an architect he’s designed many new urban-infill buildings – and restored historic ones – helping communities realize their full potential. Jeff is an advocate for the design and codification of pedestrian-friendly mixed-used places and has written and lectured on the fundamentals of good urban design.
Austin Gibble is the Long Range Transportation Planner for the City of Indianapolis Department of Metropolitan Development specializing in addressing complex urban mobility challenges through analysis, project management, and strategic partnerships. Austin is a graduate of both Ball State University and the University of South Florida, and a Graduate Scholar for the Center for Urban Transportation Research in Tampa Florida.
Serving as the Subchapter Leader for Indianapolis., Austing says "Interventions of the past half-century have damaged our cities and left our most vulnerable behind. CNU is facilitating the conversation to right the wrongs."
Louis Johnson, ASLA is a national leader in landscape architecture for Gresham Smith and our Louisville, KY representative on the CNU Midwest Board. Louis believes that through thoughtful and innovative design, the infrastructure we need can become the places we love.
Louis holds a BSLA in Landscape Architecture from the University of Kentucky and a Masters in Architecture and Urban Design from Georgia Tech.
Northern Ohio Representative
A native of Sandusky, Ohio, Eric Wobser has been City Manager of Sandusky since 2014. Since being hired as the City Manager, Eric has partnered with the City Commission, staff and the community for the passage of Issue 8 and the creation and implementation of the Bicentennial Vision. Highlights of the last five years include over $100 million in public and private investment in Downtown Sandusky, including a new City Hall, the creation of the Cedar Fair School of Resort Management and the transformation of the city’s waterfront via the reconstruction of Jackson Street Pier and Shoreline Drive. Additionally, the city has focused on neighborhood redevelopment, blight elimination, and the expansion of the Sandusky Transit System. These improvements and others led to Sandusky being named “America’s Best Coastal Small Town” by USA Today in 2019.
Prior to joining the Sandusky, Eric served as Special Projects Manager to the Mayor of the City of Cleveland and as the Executive Director of Ohio City Incorporated. Eric is a graduate of Ohio University and the University of Michigan Law School.
The Valley Representative
Justin is a Planner with the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments, where he has worked on projects relating to the dam removals along the Mahoning River, community wastewater planning, the Youngstown SMART2 Network, improving transportation in the region through the lens of multimodal accessibility and active transportation, and has been a part of the Healthy Community Partnership of the Mahoning Valley at the Steering Committee and Action Team level for the past few years. He also spends his time volunteering as the Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Thrive Mahoning Valley, a Board member and Mill Creek Maple volunteer for the Rocky Ridge Neighborhood Association, and a member of the Wean Foundation's Neighborhood SUCCESS Resident Council. The common thread through Justin's professional and volunteer work is that those efforts result in a better quality of life for the people that are often overlooked or ignored by the system. He believes that people deserve to have safe and equitable access to resources and that they should have the autonomy and dignity to do so on their own terms.
Megan Karalambo is the Principal of Karalambo Design + Planning Studio in Cincinnati. Megan has significant experience in developing master plans and community development projects from initial concept design to preparation of final plan documents. She has a Bachelor's in Architecture in Lawrence Technical University and a Masters of Community Planning from the University of Cincinnati.
Megan has won several awards in the planning field including the Indiana ASLA Merit Award in Planning Analysis for the River West Strategic Investment Plan in Indianapolis, the Ohio ASLA Merit Award in Planning and Analysis and the Indiana ASLA Honor Award in Planning and Analysis for Urbanizing Area Master Plan in Monroe County.
Jeffery Tompkins is an award-winning urban planning student with a background in public policy and design. Hailing from northwest Indiana, Jeffery has been fascinated with architecture and urban structures since he was young — this passion for design has fomented into the creation of indyimby.com, a renewed website detailing issues surrounding urbanity in central Indiana. In his spare time, he is a constant reader, bicyclist, and avid baseball fan. Jeffery has been featured in the Indianapolis Star, the Indianapolis Business Journal, and Indianapolis Monthly.
Jeffery serves as the Student Representative for CNU Midwest and is a student at Ball State University in Muncie Indiana.
Jocelyn Gibson is a Senior Consultant and Director at ZoneCo LLC in Cincinnati, OH and specializes in zoning, planning, and land use consultation. In addition to her professional career, Jocelyn is a co-founder of CNU Midwest and serve as its Chair from 2017 to 2021, Jocelyn is also President of the North College Hill Board of Zoning Appeals and she is on the Board of both the Camp Washington Community Council and the Camp Washington Community Board.
Jocelyn has degrees in International Development and Urban Planning from the University of Cincinnati and was a visiting research scholar at Mahasarakham University where she researched urban transportation and land use coordination in Asian megacities. She believes that global levels of urbanization mean that solutions to improve quality of life, equity, and sustainability for a majority of the world’s population are urban solutions. Jocelyn says we need to be better systems thinkers as we plan cities which is one of the reasons she is a founding member of CNU Midwest.
Joe Nickol is a co-founding principal of YARD & Company with over 15 years of experience in urban design, architecture and placemaking. He’s directed projects for clients in 25 states and 7 countries, ranging from popups to new urban districts.
Joe graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture. He is a co-founder of CNU-Midwest and a frequent contributor to Planning Magazine, Better! Cities and Towns, Planetizen, Smart Cities Dive, and the Congress for New Urbanism. He co-authored with Kevin Wright the Neighborhood Playbook in 2016 based on their collective experiences. He is a regular lecturer on urban development, placemaking, and the impact of technology on cities.
Brian Boland is focused on residential and mixed-use properties in traditional urban neighborhoods and says long before he knew anything about urban design or planning or urbanism he was an urbanist by nature. When most people were moving out of Covington, he and his wife and moved in. The couple purchased a historic home and over time have built a portfolio of holdings around the Cincinnati Metro.
Serving as one of the founding members of the Midwest Chapter, Brian says "The CNU community has inspired me and I continue my work as a small part of the greater project of creating places people love — one building at a time."