Speakers & Bios



Lieutenant Larry Akers
Human Toll of Car-Oriented Streets & What We Can Do to Increase Safety

Larry Akers is completing his 32nd year of law enforcement. He currently serves as the Supervisor of the Sheriff’s Office Regional Traffic Unit, which is comprised of the Traffic Homicide Unit, Regional Traffic Enforcement Unit, DUI Task Force and Motorcycle Unit. Lt. Akers has an extensive background is Crash Reconstruction and Instruct in the areas of Crash Investigation. He coordinates and instructs the agency's Police Motorcycle Operator and Police Motorcycle Instructor Course. Also included in his duties is the management of the agency's participation in traffic events, escorts, and working with local, county and state agencies.



Commissioner Richard Blattner
Welcome and Introduction

Commissioner Richard Blattner, was born in Lima, Ohio, graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and served two years of active duty in the U.S. Army.

Following that, Commissioner Blattner worked for Helene Curtis Industries, Consolidated Distilled Products (both in Chicago), Xerox Corporation (Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Springfield, Ill., San Francisco) and Saxon Business Products (Miami Lakes). In 1977, he created Suncoast Marketing in Hollywood and retired from Suncoast in 2000, selling the business to his partners. His political career began with his election to the City Commission in 1994, serving until 2000. He was re-elected in 2007 to complete a term, elected for a full term in 2008 and re-elected in 2012.

Commissioner Blattner’s current activities include:

  • Volunteer at Broward Outreach Center
  • Former Chair of the YMCA of Broward County
  • Chair of the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization
  • Broward Enterprise Zone Advisory Committee, Hollywood Representative
  • Broward Water Resources Advisory Board, Hollywood Representative
  • Broward League of Cities, Hollywood Representative

Commissioner Blattner is married to Bunny, who is a retired teacher, having most recently taught at the University School of Nova Southeastern University. They have two sons, David and Billy, and four grandchildren. In addition, they consider Barbara Huen Lowe and Bobby Huen to be their unadopted children.


James Carras, MPA
The Return on Investing in Complete Streets

James Carras is an expert on urban community and economic development and affordable housing finance. Mr. Carras has taught for eight years at Florida Atlantic University and previously at universities in his native Boston at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, M.I.T.’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning and Tufts University Department of Urban and Environmental Policy. He holds a Master’s of Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and completed additional graduate work at Tufts University. He is certified by the National Development Council as an Economic Development Finance Professional and the Lincoln Land Institute in Cambridge as a Facilitation for Leadership Professional.

Mr. Carras lectures and consults across the country on community economic development and affordable housing with a particular focus on leveraging private sector investment and finance. His firm recently completed a Community Redevelopment Plan for the City of Opa-locka that focuses on economic empowerment and sustainability. Currently, Carras is preparing a Fair Housing and Equity report for the HUD-funded Southeast Florida Sustainable Communities Plan and Vision. He has conducted facilitation and strategic planning sessions for over 30 public, private and alternative clients.

He also founded and served as the first President of the Haymarket Affordable Housing Corporation, the National Association of Affordable Housing Lenders, the Broward Housing Partnership and the South Florida Community Land Trust, Inc. (nee BHP Community Land Trust, Inc.).


DeWayne Carver, AICP
The Return on Investing in Complete Streets
Inception to Implementation: Making Complete Streets a Reality

DeWayne Carver, AICP, is the Statewide Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator for the Florida Department of Transportation. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received a Master of Regional Planning degree. His career includes state and local government experience as well as nine years in private consulting with Hall Planning & Engineering, Inc. (HPE), where he focused on walkable thoroughfare design and bicycle/pedestrian planning. His HPE work also included traffic analysis, urban design, and roadway design, and provided opportunities to work in cities all over the US, as well as Canada, South America, the Caribbean, and Africa.

DeWayne is a Cycling Savvy Instructor with the Florida Bicycle Association and a League Cycling Instructor with the League of American Bicyclists. He has lived in Tallahassee since 1993. He and his wife Jennifer Carver (former Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator for Tallahassee/Leon County) live near downtown Tallahassee, so DeWayne can help take their children to school on an old tandem bicycle when bike commuting to the FDOT Central Office!


Andrea Crawford
From Birth to Retirement: Creating Lifelong Communities that Empower Independence Beyond the Car

Andi Crawford is the Vice President of Health Innovation at the YMCA of Broward County in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She operates YMCA community health strategies throughout Broward County, a diverse community with nearly 2 million residents. Her team’s focus is to create community based dissemination models for evidence-based strategies to improve population health. Priority focus areas are drowning prevention, access to healthy foods and physical activity, healthy aging strategies, and access to chronic disease prevention and management strategies. She serves as the lead staff for the Pioneering Healthy Communities coalition, which is working to create system, policy, and environmental changes to build healthier communities. Ms. Crawford is a YUSA Faculty Trainer, EnhanceFitness National T-Trainer, and SPARK Master Trainer.


Larry Foutz
Inception to Implementation: Making Complete Streets a Reality

Larry Foutz is a Senior Project Manager for HNTB and has 40 years of transportation planning experience, 20 of which have been in South Florida. Larry has also managed a number of studies that focused heavily on encouraging non-motorized modes of transportation through such efforts as the Complete Streets Study, the NW 7th Avenue Pedestrian/Bicycle Study, the Health District Bicycle/Pedestrian Study, and the Miami Regional Intermodal Plan. Larry has a long record of successfully completing studies both as a consultant and as a part of the MPO staff. Larry has also worked in every aspect of transportation, including transit, highways, airports, seaports, and freight. Larry can bring all of this various experience to bear on his projects.


Anamarie Garces, MPH
Inception to Implementation: Making Complete Streets a Reality

Anamarie Garces is a Managing Partner at Urban Health Solutions, which is a firm, dedicated to weaving health considerations into planning, design and engineering practice to create vibrant, active communities. As the Executive Director of Urban Health Solutions' non-profit arm, Urban Health Partnerships, Anamarie Garces’, prime responsibility is to lead ongoing, community-based initiatives to develop sustainable systems and protocols that improve health outcomes and reduce disparities across the life span.  The intersection between health and the built environment is the cornerstone of UHP and the focus of Anamarie’s career. She was instrumental in securing the Center for Disease Control and Prevention funding for Broward Regional Planning Council’s creation of the Transforming Our Community Health (TOUCH) initiative, which lead to the development of the Complete Streets Guidelines. Anamarie’s team has hosted the Broward Complete Streets microsite, and facilitated the Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Complete Streets Technical Advisory Committee since its inception in February 2012.


Gary Hack, B.Arch, M.Arch, M.U.P., Ph.D., L.L.D
The Return on Investing in Complete Streets

Gary Hack is professor of urban design in the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania. From 1996 to 2008, he served as dean of the School of Design. Before becoming dean, he was professor of urban design and head of the department of urban studies and planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He has prepared plans for cities, neighborhoods, and developments in over 35 cities in the United States, Canada, and Asia. His work includes plans for the redevelopment of Prudential Center in Boston, the transformation of the West Side Waterfront in New York, and other large-scale urban development projects. He collaborated on the winning entry in the competition for the redevelopment of the World Trade Center in New York and headed the effort of preparing urban design guidelines for the project.

Hack is coauthor of Local Planning, Site Planning, Third Edition, Global City Regions: Their Emerging Forms, Urban Design in a Global Perspective, among other publications. His current research and writing is on sustainable site design. He recently completed a study on the business performance of walkable neighborhood business districts for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He has served as the chair of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission and has been a member of many design review committees.

Professor Hack was educated in architecture, obtaining a BArch from the University of Manitoba, Canada, an MArch and an MUP from the University of Illinois, and a PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree by Dalhousie University.


Commissioner Kristin Jacobs
Human Toll of Car-Oriented Streets & What We Can Do to Increase Safety

Commissioner Kristin Jacobs has earned a well-known and respected reputation as a visionary, consistently bringing vital issues to the forefront long before they become fashionable.  In 1998, Commissioner Jacobs was elected countywide to the Broward County Commission and is currently serving her fourth term. She is proud to represent the residents of District 2, and has previously served as Mayor in 2013 and 2005, and Vice Mayor in 2012 and 2004.

In 2008, Kristin was invited by Congress to testify on the Clean Water Act and in 2013, she was invited by the US Senate to testify on Climate Change. This July, Kristin was thrilled when the White House asked her to meet President Obama and to be a part of his historic address on National Climate Change Policy at Georgetown University. She was then asked by the White House to serve on the President’s National Climate Preparedness and Resilience Task Force.

Kristin is a longtime advocate of light rail and has successfully fought for the passage of Broward’s first streetcar, The Wave, and recently passed Complete Streets, adding bicycle and pedestrian-friendly urban design to County roads. Kristin has worked to expand affordable housing, revitalize neighborhoods, encourage sustainable development and is passionate advocate for making solar energy a viable option for homeowners.

Whether fighting for a common sense approach to growth management planning, protecting our environment, securing fair wages for workers or creating a pedestrian friendly public transportation system, Kristin is working for the people of Broward County.


Jessica Josselyn
Inception to Implementation: Making Complete Streets a Reality

Ms. Josselyn is a key contributing Associate Planner to the firm. Ms. Josselyn was trained as a civil engineer but discovered a passion for planning several years into her career. Her multifaceted expertise in both engineering and planning has made her a valuable, unique addition to project teams. She has a keen ability to think through and solve complex technical issues without losing focus on the big picture, client needs, and community values. Her experiences cover a vast array of projects stretching across the nation, but her work has been predominantly in transportation planning in the state of Florida, with a majority occurring in the southernmost counties. Her areas of expertise and experience include regional and long range transportation planning, corridor analysis, performance measurement and prioritization, growth management, public involvement and public agency coordination. Specific to Broward County, Ms. Josselyn managed the Broward Boulevard Transit Corridor Planning Study and is currently serving as the Deputy Manager on the University Drive Mobility Improvements Planning Study. Lastly, she is managing the ongoing 2040 Regional Transportation Plan that includes a Transit Vision for Southeast Florida as well as a regional-scale non-motorized element.


Mark Mayfield, CSP, CPAE

It’s seldom that you find a really funny, clean comedian and it’s seldom that you find a really good, captivating speaker. It’s nearly impossible to find one who is both. Mark Mayfield is one of the rare individuals in the world who is equally accomplished at performing comedy shows or delivering high content keynote speeches.

Known as “The Corporate Comedian”, he has merged together his corporate background as a lobbyist and his comedy background as a nightclub performer to create an extremely unique and comedic presentation style. He has received rave reviews sharing the stage with a wide variety of celebrities like Paul Newman, Peter Frampton, Colin Powell, and Bob Newhart and has introduced the President of the United States on a live, nationwide television broadcast.

Raised on a farm in Caney, Kansas, he received two degrees from Kansas State University and served as National President of the Future Farmers of America. He has spent time as a high school teacher, a corporate lobbyist, was partner of an innovative golf instruction facility, was a professional model and spokesperson in print and television commercials, and owned a top rated nightclub. He obviously struggled with holding down a job.

Mark is author of the popular book, Mom’s Rules, a comedic yet poignant look at those things Mom said to us as kids, and he makes nearly 100 presentations annually to a wide variety of corporations, conventions, and trade associations. He has received two degrees magna cum laude from Kansas State University and is a recipient of the “Certified Speaking Professional” designation from the National Speakers Association. He has also been inducted into their “Speaker Hall of Fame”.

He is happily married to Terry, Grandpa to Delaney, Archer, Reid, and Everett, and the proud father of two amazing daughters, Leah and Lindsay. His hobbies are golf, basketball, and music and he was voted one of the top five funniest people in his family. From comedy shows to seminars, Mark’s philosophy is simple....say it with humor and people will take the message home. A national convention planner recently called Mark “one of the very few, really funny, inspiring men in America today”. Mark’s mom also said that once after a small bribe.


Kelly Morphy
From Birth to Retirement: Creating Lifelong Communities that Empower Independence Beyond the Car

Through her work with the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, Kelly helps neighborhoods and towns become healthier, better connected, more accessible and more sustainable through meaningful civic engagement and better built environments. Kelly brings to this effort a diversity of experiences in community involvement and public service. She cut her teeth professionally in a newsroom, where she learned the value of asking the question ‘why?’ – as politely as possible, of course – until it couldn’t be asked anymore. When you get to the end of “why,” she says, then you have your story. In working to change policies and practices that affect the built environment, Kelly and the team at the WALC Institute try to inspire residents and leaders alike to ask that very question. If nobody knows why something is a certain way, “Well then,” Kelly says, “There you have a place to start making change.” To help bring about change, the non-profit WALC Institute works in about 80 different communities per year, including those with a very specific focus on creating better places for seniors and our country’s aging population. In fact, through a partnership with AARP, Kelly and the WALC Institute have helped seniors and AARP volunteers kick start “active living and active transportation” efforts in nearly three dozen communities across the country.

Kelly’s public service prior to joining the Institute included community outreach for an air-pollution-control district in California and fundraising for a shelter for homeless and runaway teenagers in Guam. Kelly was born in Ohio, but grew up in Guam, where she also competed internationally for nine years as a member of the Guam Women’s National Soccer Team. Kelly and her husband Tim have three children—aged six and younger. They live in Central Florida, where Kelly also serves in a volunteer capacity as president of the not-for-profit Safe Streets West Orange coalition and as co-chair of the health and safety committee for the parent-teacher organization at her daughter’s elementary school.


Avery Pack
The Business of Biking: Why it is Savvy to Invest in Bike Facilities?

A local yet nationally recognized entrepreneur, Avery Pack is the President and Founder of Republic Bike and Citizen Bike. We are honored to have him be the Keynote Speaker at the Safe Street Summit. During lunch provided by Marriott Hollywood Beach, Avery Pack will tell his story and highlight the economic reasons for designing streets for all users, especially cyclists. Pack's company has made bikes for Google, Nike, Intuit, U-Haul, many South Florida hotels, as well as others.


Teina M. Phillips, MPA
From Birth to Retirement: Creating Lifelong Communities that Empower Independence Beyond the Car

Teina M. Phillips is the Program Director of the Transforming Our Community’s Health (TOUCH) initiative. TOUCH is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Community Transformation Grant (CTG) awarded to the Broward Regional Health Planning Council, Broward County, Florida.

Ms. Phillips has a Masters Degree in Public Administration and over 20 years of experience in developing innovative programs, managing comprehensive projects, coordinating multi-agency initiatives and building a sense of “community” among diverse groups of individuals.

Teina will share a brief overview of the work done to support Complete Streets, Bike and Walkability, and Smart Growth initiatives that will positively impact the health and wellbeing those who live, work, learn, play and retire in Broward County.


Stewart Robertson, P.E.
Inception to Implementation: Making Complete Streets a Reality

Stewart Robertson is a licensed professional engineer with Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He holds both a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky. He is a versatile engineer with 14 years of extensive experience in the areas of bicycle and pedestrian safety, and complete streets planning, design, and implementation.

Stewart’s particular areas of interest and expertise include developing innovative strategies to accommodate bicycle facilities and pedestrian crossing treatments on roadway resurfacing and reconstruction projects. His project experience also includes multimodal plans and corridor studies, safety studies, and outreach activities. Stewart served as the engineering manager for the recently adopted Broward Complete Streets Guidelines Manual and is an integral part of the Complete Streets Technical Advisory Committee. Stewart has given numerous presentations on complete streets topics at conferences such as Pro Walk Pro Bike, Florida Section Institute of Transportation Engineers (FSITE), and ThinkBike Miami.


Roy Rogers
The Return on Investing in Complete Streets

On the State level, recently served as the Chair on the Commission on Ethics appointed by the Governor and approved by the Senate. He is Chair Emeritus of the Fair Campaign Practice Committee of Broward, Chair Emeritus of The Nature Conservancy. He is Chair of the Broward Parks Foundation, past Chair of Broward Days, and Past Chair of The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance.

Mr. Rogers is the C.E.O. of Roy Rogers Associates and a Special Consultant for IBI Group, a full-service engineering company with offices worldwide. He was Senior Vice President of Arvida acting as part of the team that developed the 10,500-acre planned, mixed-use community of Weston. Roy served As Navigation Officer on a nuclear submarine during the Admiral Rickover era. Roy was part of the Robert Trent Jones, Sr. team designing and developing golf courses worldwide.


Gregory Stuart
The Return on Investing in Complete Streets

Gregory Stuart, Executive Director of the Broward MPO, brings over 20 years of transportation and land use planning experience in both the private and public sector. Greg has successfully secured Federal appropriations for major transportation projects, modified state rules to facilitate traffic mitigation and stimulated redevelopment efforts by working cooperatively with municipalities, counties, and Florida Departments of Transportation and Community Affairs. Further, Greg has co-authored comprehensive plan transportation elements focusing on walkability and livability, developed public/private redevelopment projects and designed mixed use projects cooperatively with local governments. This experience has shaped Greg’s approach to transforming the way the Broward MPO operates, building stronger relationships with transportation partners and efficiently allocating limited Federal dollars for transportation projects.



Dr. Paula Thaqi, MD
Human Toll of Car-Oriented Streets & What We Can do to Increase Safety
From Birth to Retirement: Creating Lifelong Communities That Empower Independence Beyond the Car

Dr. Paula Thaqi has been the Director of the Florida Department of Health in Broward County (DOH-Broward) since April 2008.  She served as the Director of the Florida Department of Health in Highlands County, Florida from 2001-2008.  Under Dr. Thaqi’s leadership, both county health departments were recognized by NACCHO as Public Health Ready Health Departments and the DOH-Broward received a NACCHO model practice award for the H1N1 Vaccination Campaign and the “Paramedics as Partners” Back to School Immunization Campaign.  At the DOH-Broward, Dr. Thaqi utilizes the Malcolm Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence as the basic framework for performance excellence and she reorganized the BCHD to maximize accountability, efficiency, and effectiveness.


District Secretary James A. Wolfe
Human Toll of Car-Oriented Streets & What We Can Do to Increase Safety
From Birth to Retirement: Creating Lifelong Communities that Empower Independence Beyond the Car

Jim Wolfe is a 35-year veteran of the Florida Department of Transportation.  He began his career in Traffic Operations.  He has been a Senior Manager since 1987, serving as Director of Development and as Director of Operations prior to his current position.

In his current position since 2005, Secretary Wolfe is responsible for all state roads in Broward County, Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast.   He is a member of the FDOT Executive Board.  His duties include representing the Department with other agencies and with local government.