In a year that carried the undertone of general collective heartache and cancelled in-person events we learned a whole lot - and one thing we learned was the vast power and potential for virtual convenings and events to successfully connect people from all walks of life around walking, moving and advocating for healthy, people-first communities.
Hear from panelists from three different walking/moving organizations who have recent, hands-on experience and knowledge around developing virtual walking/moving events in our sphere. From the retrospective technical details to the future implementation and vision of what virtual convenings might mean for inclusion and improving community input - we'll cover the full range of best practices for hosting virtual events that aim to promote physical activity and mobility for all people.
As the Deputy Director, Brendan Kearney manages outreach and communications for WalkBoston, a non-profit pedestrian advocacy group making walking safer and easier in Massachusetts to encourage better health, a cleaner environment and vibrant communities.
He is a member of the City of Boston's Vision Zero Task Force, and testifies at public hearings on projects and policies that impact pedestrians. In 2020, Brendan launched our 15-week "Keep Walking" storytelling project and our November "Beat the Bay State" virtual challenge. Before WalkBoston, Mr. Kearney managed customer service for an online race registration company and was a service manager at a business to business service provider. He is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross.
Anthony Fleg is a family medicine physician at UNM's Dept of Family and Community Medicine and College of Population Health. He also serves as a Partnership Director of the Native Health Initiative (NHI) and has dedicated much of his career to improving health in Indigenous communities.
In 2016, he had a vision to create a space for families to run and walk together, and he began the Running Medicine program. This program has gained local and national attention for its unique way of drawing people of all ages and fitness levels to greater health, mind, body and spirit. He is a proud father of 4 children, a poet, and not surprisingly, an avid runner.
Bryan Romey is the Program Coordinator at Walk with a Doc (WWAD), an international nonprofit with a mission to inspire communities through movement and conversation with physician-led walking groups. He helps healthcare professionals launch the WWAD program in their communities and also supports the 500+ active WWAD programs around the world. When his wife asks what he did at work that day, his answer is always the same: “I helped change the world!”
Outside the office, his favorite activities are basketball, golf, tennis, snow/water skiing, walking, and running. He graduated with a Bachelor’s in Health Sciences from The Ohio State University and lives in Columbus, OH with his wife, Shannon, and dog, Izzy.