We are pleased to welcome a few new members to the Mode Shift Omaha board!
Madeline Brush grew up in Dundee and now lives downtown so she can more easily get around the city without a car. She studied Public Relations, Communication and International Studies at Wayne State College and has travelled to the Czech Republic, Greece, and many places in the U.S., experiencing getting around without a car in these places. She wants to better understand how Omaha can become a more walk-friendly city and also how to more effectively participate in City decision-making. She is also involved with The Gifford Foundation and the Omaha Children’s Museum.
Kevin Flatowicz-Farmer’s path to transportation advocacy began with the flat tire on his car that pushed him to ride the Omaha bus system for the very first time. From that moment, he was hooked. In 2008, he wrote a series of articles in the Omaha City Weekly about the Omaha bus system titled, “Diary of a MAT Man,” that examined the possibilities, deficiencies, frustrations and ultimate joys of transit use in our city. In 2011 he was the Public Stakeholder Committee Chair for the update to the Omaha Master Plan Transportation Element. Kevin was one of the founding members of Mode Shift Omaha and is proud to join as an active member of the board. He is taking over organizing the Mode Shift monthly Coffee Chats and managing the blog.
Jenn Kephart received her Bachelors in Education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, is an alumni of the Citizen’s Academy for Omaha’s Future, and is finishing up her Masters of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Through her studies, Jenn recognized the link between transportation systems and our health and the need to improve the systems we have. She is currently heading up the Mode Shift Safe Crossings Campaign and hopes this project will bring necessary changes to some dangerous intersections around the city.