Volunteer & Community Service

Cardinal Greenways Board of Directors. 2016-present

Serves as a board member as well as chair of the property committee.

Muncie Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee. 2014-present

Worked with the City of Muncie’s Mayoral Administration to form the Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee with the goal of advocating and promoting Muncie as a bicycle and pedestrian-friendly community through education and outreach, development and promotion of infrastructure and enforcement. In 2016, the City received Bicycle Friendly Community designation through the League of American Bicyclists.

Muncie Historic Preservation and Rehabilitation Commission. 2014-present
Serves as a commissioner to evaluate and promote Muncie’s historic resources.

 

Tour of Muncie Community Bicycle Events. 2010-present
Founded the Tour of Muncie with a group friends in order to create an event that showcases and connects the people, places and things that make our community great. The event provides led tours of historic places, green initiatives, weird places, storm water initiatives and Ball State University sites. Tour of Muncie has held multiple cycling related events, partnering with local non-profits and charities to raise money for their organizations. In 2012 we held multiple events including a city-wide scavenger hunt on bikes, a “Worst Day of the Year Ride” held at the end of January, a food drive on bikes called “Cranksgiving” and an Octoberfest-themed ride to celebrate Muncie’s first bike lanes.

Prairie Creek Trails Project/Mid-INdiana Trails (MINT). 2010-2016
Founded a volunteer-led project to building hiking and mountain biking trails at Prairie Creek Reservoir. This project eventually led to the City of Muncie securing a $150,000 Indiana Department of Natural Resources RTP (Recreational Trails Program) Grant to build trail facilities, including the initial stages of an ADA accessible trail connecting the Cardinal Greenway to the park facilities and 6 miles of hiking and biking trails. Serves as primary volunteer coordinator and facility design for hiking & biking trails. Founding board member of  MINT – Mid-INdiana Trails, a local chapter of IMBA, the International Mountain Bike Association.


Red-tail Land Conservancy
. 2009-2016
Served as board member for local land trust that protects nearly 2000 acres in East-Central Indiana.

Delaware County Emergency Management. 2001-present

Serves as primary Emergency Support Function 5 (ESF-5) Information & Planning.

Provides Information assimilation, map generation, status board generation and editing, and volunteer coordination during emergencies in the community. Utilizes GIS, GPS, and databases for data collection, as well as web-based Emergency Operations Applications for Information Delivery. Developed “Mobile Mapping” setup for self sufficient and efficient field data collection, storage, and printing for field disaster response. Provided support for large industrial fire in 2003, tornado damage assessment, 100 year flood event mapping and assessment for FEMA, severe ice storm, blizzard response, recovery & damage assessment, and hazardous material incidents.

East Central Indiana Regional Planning District
2012-present, Delaware County Representative
Regional planning group that provides resources to enhance Economic Development Activities, effective solutions and leadership for East Central Indiana.

Muncie-Delaware Clean & Beautiful.
2001-2006 active board member, 2004-2005 President elect.

A community non-for-profit organization dedicated to the beautification and aesthetic improvement of Muncie and Delaware County. Designed and installed several large traffic island landscaping projects. Supports several large semi-annual neighborhood clean-up efforts, and selects individuals and businesses for awards due to their commitment to beautification and revitalization of our community. Also provided disaster-related relief to disadvantaged/disabled citizens for debris clean up and assistance after a significant ice storm. Maintained organization’s website.

Ball State University Natural Resources and Environmental Management Alumni Society Board.  2008-2017
Serves as board member, helping promote the NREM Department and grow it’s alumni constituents. Served on the NREM awards committee.

 

White River Watershed Project
2001-Present. Steering Committee Member, GIS Subcommittee Chairperson, on-going GIS support.

Multiple EPA Section 319 Grants awarded to the Delaware County Soil and Water Conservation District by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. The grant funds a full time coordinator, on-going water quality testing, GIS land use analysis, county-wide outreach and education efforts, as well as inter-local government agency coordination. This project has fostered a University-Community relationship that is unparalleled in recent years.

Started with the project as a part of DMMPC outreach as in-kind support pledge. Joined the Project’s Steering committee and volunteered to head the GIS sub-committee. Provided new GIS data layers as well as spatial analysis and cartographic map generation for meetings, publications and management plans. Designed and maintained the project’s website that included all documents, analysis and maps generated for the project. Continued with project in full capacity as a volunteer long after in-kind pledge was depleted.
www.whiteriverwatershedproject.org 

Muncie Urban Forestry Board
Board Member 2001-2010

Worked to help the Muncie Urban Forester maintain the GIS database of Muncie streetand park trees, as well as the development of a comprehensive city forest management plan.
Currently organizing a pilot project to use GPS and GIS technology update and expand the tree inventory for more expansive analysis. Continues to provide technical assistance in the maintenance of the GIS-based tree inventory.
Muncie Brownfields Project Board
Brownfields Project Steering Committee, Technical work group, Project website administration.

Provides GIS services to the Muncie Brownfields project, including information and planning for grant proposals, initial field assessments and technical assistance.

Delaware-Muncie Economic Development Board
Serves the Delaware-Muncie Economic Development Alliance with all its geo-spatial needs including initial site assessment and evaluation, as well as advanced cartographic map generation of selected sites for potential company assessment. Provides on-going support to provide detailed site information to potential businesses looking to locate in Delaware County.

White River “Restore the River” tree planting project
Worked with a team to coordinate the largest volunteer-based tree planting along the White River in Muncie’s history. The team was able to plant over 460 trees below the levee in order to reduce erosion, maintenance costs, improve the natural aesthetics of the area as well as provide habitat for riparian flora and fauna. Through volunteers, grant monies from public and private sources, and local match and in-kind services, the cost to the community was greatly reduced.

Community Green Map Coordinator
The Green Map Project is an international organization dedicated to highlighting and promoting sustainable activities through community based maps. A small group of interested people came together and developed a list of sustainable and environmentally forward thinking businesses, organizations and places in the community. A map was created compiling and categorizing the locations. The GreenMap is available online at: http://bit.ly/DelawareMuncieGreenmap

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