CNU Midwest Board of Directors Candidates

Each year, the CNU Midwest Board of Directors accepts nominations for board positions from the general CNU Midwest membership and prepares the slate for a chapter-wide vote.

This year, we are excited to showcase the following candidates:

Dan Baisden (At Large)

  • Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana

  • Experience: Community Development Administration (Neighborhoods), City of Fort Wayne

  • Other Board Experience: National Public Radio (NPR), Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership Millennial Leadership Alliance, Northwest Ohio Community Health

  • Interest in CNU Midwest: Passionate about bringing a national spotlight to communities in need, often considered 'Legacy Cities' forgotten or misunderstood by many in the plan and design profession.

Alex Betsch (At Large)

  • Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Experience: Director of Planning, Bayer Becker

  • Other Board Experience: Urban Land Institute member, University of Cincinnati Real Estate Roundtable participant, Western Economic Council member

  • Interest in CNU Midwest: Believes that great design starts with a collective vision. Interested in developing design principles in alignment with CNU to help guide communities across the Midwest through the plan-making process.

Kevin Buettner (At Large)

  • Location: Cambridge, Ohio

  • Experience: Sustainability & Resiliency Director, Burton Planning Services

  • Other Board Experience: All Aboard Ohio, Rail Passengers Association, VFW Post 2901

  • Interest in CNU Midwest: Wants to strengthen the network with small town/rural planners that are often unaware of what CNU has to offer.

Mary Kate Genis (At Large)

  • Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Experience: Sustainability & Resiliency Director, Burton Planning Services

  • Other Board Experience: League of Women Voters

  • Interest in CNU Midwest: Supports the physical and social connection to the success of communities across the Midwest.

Jocelyn Gibson (At Large)

  • Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Experience: Senior Consultant and Director at ZoneCo, LLC

  • Other Board Experience: Congress for the New Urbanism National Board, Camp Washington Community Council, Camp Washington Community Board, North College Hill Board of Zoning Appeals

  • Interest in CNU Midwest: Global levels of urbanization mean that solutions to improve quality of life, equity, and sustainability for a majority of the world's populations are urban solutions.

Phil Holoubek (At Large)

  • Location: Lexington, Kentucky

  • Experience: CEO, Lexington's Real Estate Company

  • Other Board Experience: Urban League, Rupp Arena, Lexington Young Professional's Association, Legacy Trail, Bluegrass Sports Commission, Bluegrass Tomorrow, Downtown Lexington Corporation

  • Interest in CNU Midwest: Looking to bring a developer's perspective, combining theory or "wish list" with the financial reality of development projects, including expertise in multiple funding models for the capital stack.

Elise Jones (Student)

  • Location: Muncie, Indiana

  • Experience: College of Architecture and Planning Student, Ball State University

  • Other Board Experience: Student Planning Association

  • Interest in CNU Midwest: Following the work of CNU Midwest, would like to help elevate the role of CNU in local universities across the Midwest

MK Lindsey (At Large)

  • Location: Louisville, Kentucky

  • Experience: Project Manager, Weyland Ventures

  • Other Board Experience: Louisville Girls Leadership, ACE Mentoring, Clifton Community Council, Women's Suffrage Centennial and Women's Equality Day Celebration Committee, ULI/WLI Group Louisville

  • Interest in CNU Midwest: Support the organization's efforts in building strong communities through strategic leadership and shared vision.

Jeff Raser (At Large)

  • Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Experience: Owner, Cincinnati Urban Design and Architecture Studio (CUDA)

  • Other Board Experience: American Institute of Architects

  • Interest in CNU Midwest: The space outside and between the buildings is not only central to good design, but strong places. This together with form-based codes, urban-infill, pedestrian-friendly environments, and restored historic structures can help communities realize their full potential.

Jeffery Tompkins (At Large)

  • Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Experience: Principal, PRT Planning; Co-Founder, Kinetiix; Founder, URBQNETIQ; Urban Planner, Meticulous Design + Architecture

  • Other Board Experience: INDYIMBY

  • Interest in CNU Midwest: Promote the principles of New Urbanism across Indiana and help develop a stronger presence in Indianapolis.