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Dan Baisden

Dan Baisden is Administrator of Neighborhood Planning and Activation for the City of Fort Wayne Indiana and serves as the 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.

Dan is a graduate of Arizona State University with degrees in Urban Planning and Urban Sociology, and received his Masters in Community Development from Penn State University, Dan won the Edison Research award in 2011 and was named one of Fort Wayne's 40 Under 40 in 2015 , 

Vice Chair
Katy Shackelford

Katy is an award-winning urban planning professional and funding specialist with more than ten years of experience. She specializes in transportation planning, economic development, and public policy. She has a talent for creating catalytic community impacts using infrastructure investment. As a member of Stantec’s North American Funding Program, Katy helps clients navigate complex funding opportunities and position their projects for maximum community benefits. Passionate about building places people love, Katy has helped communities and clients secure over $165M in federal, state, and private funding to bring their ideas to life.

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. 


Phil Holoubek

Phil Holoubek is the founder, President, and CEO of Lexington’s Real Estate Company. LRC is actively involved in the transformation of downtown Lexington. Since its inception, LRC has developed over $70 worth of residential and commercial mixed-use real estate, with additional projects valued at another $50 million currently under development in the downtown Lexington area.

Since moving to Lexington in 2000, Phil has been actively involved in a variety of civic organizations and ventures aimed at improving the quality of life for Lexington’s existing young professionals, as well as recruiting knowledge-based young professionals from other cities. Phil is the founder of a civic organization known as LYPA (Lexington Young Professional’s Association), which is currently in its 15 th year, and which strives to recruit and retain knowledge based young professionals. Phil was also responsible for bringing to Lexington the nationally known “Creative Cities Summit” conference. Phil has served on the boards of numerous local organizations such as the Lexington Center, Urban League, Bluegrass Community Foundation, Downtown Lexington Corporation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and various other local organizations

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Jeff Raser

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.

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Justin Mondok

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.

Chicago Subchapter Representative

Baird Bream


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Student Representative

Elise Jones

Elise is a reent graduate from Ball State University in Urban Planning and Development through the College of Architecture and Planning. She is from Fort Wayne, Indiana but has enjoyed embedding herself into the Muncie community through consistent community service and volunteering. Previously, she has been awarded the University's Top 100 Student award, has served as the President of SPA, the student planning association on campus, and participated in other student organizations. Finally, Elise is a passionate cyclist who is motivated to making cities more bicycle and pedestrian friendly across the Midwest. Elise is employed by Greater Fort Wayne working in Economic Development.

At-Large Representative

Rachael Aziz

Rachael is a designer and AICP-certified planner specializing in place branding and experiential marketing campaigns. She is the co-founder of All Together, a place-based creative agency based in Evanston, IL. Rachael holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Masters in Sustainable Urban Development from DePaul University. 

At-Large Representative

Alex Betsch

Alex Betsch is the Director of Planning at Bayer Becker in Cincinnati.  As a consultant and Certified Planner, he believes every great design starts with a collective vision.  That means working with community members, other design professionals, and key stakeholders to build places people love.  Alex has developed design principles that are in alignment with the Congress for New Urbanism to help guide his team through the plan-making process. 


Alex graduated from the University of Cincinnati School of Planning in 2012.  He has a wide range of experience that includes small-scale urban infill projects, mixed-use developments, and large-scale community master plans.  He’s even had the pleasure of working on several agrihood communities.

At-Large Representative
Brian Boland

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."

At-Large Representative

Kevin Buettner

Kevin Buettner is the Transportation Director for the Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association based in Cambridge, Ohio. Kevin has expertise in developing long-range transportation/economic development plans, hazard mitigation/resiliency plans, and transportation safety plans, with an emphasis on bicyclist and pedestrian safety. He is passionate about bringing New Urbanism ideas to smaller, more rural areas, especially in the Appalachian region of Ohio. Safe, efficient multimodal transportation networks are crucial for successful, walkable cities and Kevin supports these efforts by also serving on the board of APA Ohio.


Kevin received his master’s degree in Renewable Energy & Sustainability Systems from Penn State University in 2022, a master’s degree in City/Regional Planning from The Ohio State University in 2016, a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Alaska, Anchorage in 2014, and an associate degree in Aviation Management from the Community College of the Air Force in 2012. Kevin is also a certified planner (AICP), LEED Accredited Professional in Neighborhood Development (LEED AP ND), New Urbanist accredited (CNU-A), and a FAA-certified UAS Remote Pilot.

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At-Large Representative

Matt Ireton

Matt Ireton is an architect with K4 Architecture having close to thirteen years of experience designing a wide range of project types. His passion for traditional design and urban planning was sparked while earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame. Prior to K4, he spent six years with David M. Schwarz Architects in Washington D.C. 

A member of the Pleasant Ridge Development Corporation’s Board, he is a strong advocate for sustainable urban infill within historic neighborhoods.

At-Large Representative

MK Lindsey

MK Lindsey is Vice President of Real Estate Development at Crawford Hoying in Columbus, OH. For the last decade, MK's work has centered around creating dynamic destinations - distilleries, museums, corporate visitor centers, parks, and walkable neighborhoods. MK has a unique blend of experience in storytelling, master planning, project management, construction, historic redevelopment, and finance. She works with architects, designers, engineers, municipal staff, builders, bankers, and equity investors to make difficult, multi-year projects happen across the region. With a project portfolio of ~$1.5B across 7 states, her key projects have included the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience in downtown Louisville, KY, Sagamore Spirit Distillery in Baltimore, MD, the American Civil War Museum in Richmond, VA, and mixed-use district developments in Dayton, Cincinnati, Louisville, and Ann Arbor. A proud liberal arts advocate and Louisville native, she received her B.A. in Political Science + History from the University of Louisville.

At-Large Representative

Matt Pleasant

As a planning and community development professional, Matt Pleasant enjoys collaboratively working
with diverse groups to cultivate vision, build consensus, and guide strategic land use decisions to
improve the quality of life in Indianapolis.

In his current position as the Administrator of Current Planning for the City of Indianapolis Department
of Metropolitan Development, Matt supervises a team of 12 planners and 4 support staff. Most
recently, Matt worked as a Land Use Professional at Nelson & Frankenberger, a law firm representing
both residential and commercial developers seeking zoning approvals with various jurisdictions of the
Indianapolis metropolitan area. Prior to that role, Matt worked as an Associate Planner for the City of

Matt has also served as President and Vice President for the Irvington Community Council. He is
accredited with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and graduated from the University of
Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute. Matt holds a Master of Community Planning and B.A. in
Geography (Human Emphasis) from the University of Cincinnati. Matt lives in the Historic Irvington
neighborhood with his wife, daughter, twin sons, and two dogs. He enjoys supporting local restaurants
and bars, streaming the latest tv series, and enjoying the City parks with his family.

At-Large Representative

Jeffery Tompkins

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, 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.

At-Large Representative

John Yung

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, 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.  

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