AUGUST 16-18, 2022
ASSOCIATION OF TRAVEL INSTRUCTION
22nd ANNUAL CONFERENCE WRAP UP
This year, ATI returned to an in-person meeting format at the beautiful Drury Park Plaza Hotel, located at 1380 East 6th Street, Cleveland, OH 44114. In addition to speakers, activities included field demonstrations and immersion tours spotlighting Cleveland's landmarks of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Tower City and Playhouse Square along with a behind the scenes look at Ohio's only rail mass transit operation and maintenance facilities.
Please scroll down to the speaker bios section for links to their presentations, if they were made available.
Keynote Speaker: Angie Schmitt
More than 6,000 pedestrians are getting killed every year on American streets, representing an enormous 50 percent increase from the first part of the decade. Angie Schmitt, the author of the new book Right of Way: Race, Class and the Silent Crisis of Pedestrian Deaths in America will talk about the social trends that are putting people at risk. And why fundamentally, it is a problem of systematic, structural inequality.
Bio: Angie Schmitt is one of the country's best known writers on the topic of sustainable transportation. She was the long time national editor at Streetsblog. Her writing and commentary have appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic and NPR. She is the founder of the new firm 3MPH Planning and Consulting, a small Cleveland-based firm which is focused on pedestrian safety. Her book Right of Way: Race, Class and the Silent Epidemic of Pedestrian Deaths in America was published in August by Island Press.
2022 Conference Speakers
Melody Bundy is a program manager with experience in travel training and ten years of experience in education. Most of Ms. Bundy’s work includes training individuals to use public transportation to become independent travelers. She has experience as a trainer with community organizations and high school transition students, and her professional strengths focus on program/curriculum development and implementation. She received her Master of Public Administration degree in Non-Profit Management from Capella University and bachelor’s degree in economics from Seton Hall University. Recent examples of her work include school instruction presented at Spectrum 360 (formerly The Children’s Institute), Deron School, Montville High School, Dumont High School, Hackensack High School, Bloomfield High School, Bayonne High School, Banyan School, Chancellor Academy, Clifton High School, Wayne Hills and Wayne Valley High School. Since 2010, she has managed small community group, school, professional, and one-on-one trainings in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, and Passaic counties through federally funded programs. Ms. Bundy is actively engaged in committees that serve youth, senior citizens, and community affairs and is a member of the Workforce Development Board of Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Passaic Counties. She was recognized in 2017 as Provider of the Year by the Passaic County Workforce Development Board Disability Committee and was elected Transportation Chair for the Bergen County Workforce Development Board. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Association for Travel Instruction, the industry’s national leading organization of travel training.
Alicia Howerton serves as Cleveland Sight Center’s Strategic Partnerships Manager and is a Cleveland native who has been visually impaired for over 40 years. She first became involved with Cleveland Sight Center as a client, receiving training in orientation and mobility with a white cane, daily living tasks and eventually, computers skills so that she could reenter the workforce after caring for her children. She developed excellent computer skills and was later hired by Cleveland Sight Center to teach others how to adjust to vision-loss tactically and strategically. Alicia is a remarkable advocate for those with vision loss and acts as Cleveland Sight Center’s primary spokesperson to schools, universities, community groups and elected officials.
Albert Johnson III
Albert Johnson III (He/Him) is an Office of Equal Opportunity, ADA, & DEI Specialist for the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA). While at GCRTA, he has combined his sense of compassion and desire, in order to lift people up who are challenged to their full potential. Being a huge contributor in the fields of DEI, Title VI, Title VII, and ADA regulations, Albert strives to create equity for all. In addition, Albert also has years of experience as a Travel Coordinator. In his free time, Albert likes to hike, kayak, and ski.
As the Director of Sales & Business Development, Ted is Westminster Technologies' resident "jack of all trades", handling all aspects of customer support, helping with strategic business decisions, and designing the company's marketing (among other things). When not at work, Ted can be found spending time with his three sons, eating, sleeping, or most of all, awaiting the next Star Wars movie.
Lisa Kornegay is a professional Travel Trainer at YAI Network with 15 years of experience working in both Day Habilitation and community-based settings. She provides travel training services throughout all five boroughs and works with external agencies to expand current travel training opportunities for the people she supports.
Kristi McLaughlin is an independent consultant and the current President of the Board of Directors for the Association of Travel Instruction. Ms. McLaughlin is an experienced trainer with extensive knowledge of the transportation provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, paratransit operations, and paratransit eligibility including best practices in physical and cognitive functional testing. Her background includes, but is not limited to, paratransit management, paratransit eligibility determinations, travel training, writing training curriculum effective for adult learners, providing training workshops for large and small groups and providing technical assistance on a wide variety of accessible transportation topics. Ms. McLaughlin began her career in transportation as a scheduling clerk at Bloomington Transit in Bloomington, Indiana. She has since worked as manager of the paratransit system in Bloomington and as general manager of the Niles Dial-A-Ride in Niles, Michigan. For over a decade, Ms. McLaughlin led a number of training and technical assistance initiatives for Easterseals Project Action and assisted in the development of many resources on accessible transportation topics. Ms. McLaughlin was a contributor and reviewer of the only current, national guidebook on determining paratransit eligibility developed by Easterseals during her tenure. Ms. McLaughlin has a B.A. in Philosophy and a M.S. in Applied Health Science.
Calley Mersmann the Senior Strategist for Transit and Mobility for the City of Cleveland. She most recently served for four years as the Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator with the Cleveland City Planning Commission, where she coordinated transportation plans and initiatives, managed the creation and development of the city’s shared mobility program, and led the Vision Zero Action Plan process to develop a strategy to eliminate serious injuries and fatalities from traffic crashes. Prior to joining the City of Cleveland, she was the Safe Routes to School Coordinator with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and managed the establishment of a district-wide travel plan for students walking and biking to approximately 70 K-8 schools across the city. From 2016 to 2018, Calley helped create the Open Streets Cleveland movement, which partnered with over 75 local organizations to produce 11 summer events on public streets in Cleveland, offering games, music, bicycle programming, and other resources to community members. She currently serves on the Ideastream Public Media Community Advisory Board and the Odum School of Ecology Alumni Working Group. She is also a founding member of the Radical Adventure Riders Northeast Ohio Chapter, a developing cycling group building an inclusive community for riders identifying as women, femme, trans, or nonbinary. Calley attended the University of Georgia as a Foundation Fellow, earning a Bachelor of Science in Ecology, and received a Master of Public Affairs with concentrations in local government and sustainable development from Indiana University’s O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Alisa A. Murray
Alisa A. Murray is a licensed social worker and has a Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University. Currently, she is a Mobility Specialist for the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, teaching people with both mental and physical disabilities how to ride public transportation. Additionally, she is responsible for conducting in-person applicant interviews and performing functional assessments to determine a customer’s eligibility for ADA paratransit service.
Frances Rankos came to the transit industry in 1979 from a vocational teaching background. In 1987 when Pierce Transit purchased the first lift equipped buses, she was asked to demonstrate the new lifts for community groups, public schools, and teach passengers how to use the new accessible service. In 1992 she was hired as Pierce Transit’s first travel trainer and developed their Travel Training Program. Frances has been a charter member of the Association of Travel Instruction since 1999 and was actively involved as a presenter and committee chairperson. She has provided mentorship for other local transit agencies starting travel training programs and created an internship program for graduates from Western Michigan University Travel Training degree program at Pierce Transit. From 2004 – 2007 Frances served as a member of the Project ACTION Easter Seals’ Travel Training Curriculum Design Board which helped create a new training course, “Introduction to Travel Training. From 2007 to 2013, Frances served as one of the national trainers for Project ACTION Easter Seals, teaching the Introduction to Travel Training course.
Stephanie Rozanski is a skilled leader with over 20 years of experience working in the field of I/DD. She started YAI Network's first Travel Training program in 2011 which provides services to people throughout the New York City metropolitan area.