CNU MIDWEST BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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 ,
Katy is an urban planner located in St. Louis, MO. During the day she works as a Grant Specialist for Stantec's North American Funding Program where her primary responsibilities include researching, development, and administration grants. With nearly 10 years of experience in transportation, economic development, and public policy, Katy has a talent for creating catalytic community impacts using infrastructure investment. She ensures impactful and meaningful community-driven outcomes in all her work. She’s passionate about building places people love and has helped communities and clients secure over $29M in federal, state, and private grants.In her free time, Katy is a voracious reader (biographies to social sciences to true crime) who enjoys travel, flower arranging, and volunteering in the community.
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 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
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.
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
Cincinnati Subchapter Representative
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.
National Board Chapter Liaison
Elise is a current planning student at Ball State University pursuing her undergraduate degree 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. She entered the planning program in part due to her interests in sustainability, and therefore has pursued and will complete a Graduate Certificate in Sustainability through Ball State by December 2022. 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.
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.
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.
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."
Kevin Buettner is the Sustainability & Resiliency Director for Burton Planning Services 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 All Aboard 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),
certified Climate Change Professional (CC-P), and a FAA-certified UAS Remote Pilot.
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.
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.
MK is a specialist in complex, collaborative, multi-year design + built environment and master planning projects, MK manages a $120mm+ portfolio of unique real estate development projects across Kentucky and Ohio. She's your champion of team dynamics, relationship building, and strategic results from concept to completion. Her portfolio includes creative, challenging projects like boutique hotels, museums, distilleries, restaurants, bars, immersive retail, corporate visitor centers, residential (multi and single-family), public space placemaking, and traditional commercial. A highly skilled manager and driven leader of collaborative teams, MK believes in building strong communities through creating shared visions, engaging diverse voices, and enhancing unique character through creative placemaking.
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.
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.