National Advisory Panel Members

Barbara Boylan, AIA
Director of Design
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority

Barbara joined the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) in 1995 in the newly formed Design Department, where she currently serves as the Director. She is responsible for design oversight for all construction which amounts to $500 million in capital program annually.

As Director, she monitors the key station program for compliance of station design with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Barbara has been the liaison with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and has successfully negotiated the legal agreements between the MBTA and the FTA on accessibility.

Ms. Boylan has her Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Notre Dame and S.M. Arch S. degree from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Barbara is a licensed architect and a member of the American Institute of Architects, Boston Society of Architects, the Boston Chapter of the Women's Transportation Seminar and past member of the Board of Directors.

Barbara is the recipient of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce's 2005 Pinnacle Award for Achievement in Management in Government. She is also an alumni of the American Public Transportation Association Leadership Class of 2002. Ms. Boylan is the 2002 recipient of the Boston Society of Architects Annual Women in Design Award of Excellence.

Dan Burden
Founder & Director
Walkable Communities

Walkable Communities, Inc. is a nationally recognized authority on bicycle and pedestrian facilities and programs, street corridor and intersection design, traffic flow and calming, and other design and planning elements that effect roadway environments. His statement of purpose for Walkable Communities is ideal for this project: Walkability is the cornerstone and key to an urban area's efficient ground transportation. Every trip begins and ends with walking. Walking remains the cheapest form of transport for all people, and the construction of a walkable community provides the most affordable transportation system any community can plan, design, construct and maintain.

He has had 25 years of experience in developing, promoting and evaluating alternative transportation facilities, traffic calming practices and sustainable community design. For 16 years, he was Florida DOT's State Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator. He has taught bicycle and pedestrian facility design courses in hundreds of different communities throughout the nation. Dan has recently been named Director of Urban Design for Glatting Jackson.

Bill Crandall, Ph.D.
Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center

Bill came to The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute in 1973 from the University of Georgia where he was pursuing his Masters degree in Physiological Psychology (class of '79). He transferred into the University of Pacific's Health Sciences Program at Smith-Kettlewell to study neurophysiology in a hands-on, laboratory setting.

In 1981, he received a Ph.D. degree in and continued in basic oculomotor neurophysiology and vision research in the capacity of laboratory manager and co-investigator until late 1990. He moved laterally into the Institute's Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center where he began research in human factors utilization of disabilities access technology. He has spent a significant amount of this time as lead in the research, development and technology transfer of Smith-Kettlewell's remote infrared audible signage, (Talking Signs) a system for people who have print-reading disabilities such as blindness or mental retardation.

Thomas R. Doolittle, ASLA
Sasaki Associates

Tom is a member of the Transportation Research Board and the Board of Directors of WalkBoston and a former President of the Boston Society of Landscape Architects. He is Senior Project Manager at Sasaki Associates, an internationally recognized landscape, architecture, planning and architecture firm with offices in Boston and San Francisco. Tom is a specialist in site development, responsible for management and design of complex streetscapes and infrastructure.

Kim Eric Hazarvartian, Ph.D., P.E., PTOE
Institute of Transportation Engineers, Board of Directors
Bayberry Commons

Kim Eric Hazarvartian is Principal of TEPP LLC, a transportation engineering, planning and policy firm in Concord, NH, USA and North Andover, MA, USA. He has worked since 1981 in the private, government and academic sectors and is a professional engineer and PTOE. He holds a bachelor of science in civil engineering and a master of science in civil engineering (transportation) from the University of Kansas, Lawrence and a Ph.D. in civil engineering (transportation) from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Mr. Hazarvartian has served as Chairman of District 1, President of the ITE New England Section and President of the New Hampshire Chapter. He has received the district's Harvey B. Boutwell Distinguished Service Award and the section's Distinguished Service Award. He is a member of the New England Section Technical Committee and the ITE Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont chapters.

He also is with the American Society of Civil Engineers, Transportation Research Board, Society of American Military Engineers and Chi Epsilon.

Bill Hecker, RA
Accessible Design Consultant
Hecker Design, Ltd.

Bill is an architect (registered in Alabama, Colorado and Georgia) who practices nationwide in the field of accessible design and ADA (American's with Disabilities Act) Consulting. His interest in accessible design began in college when he was on the winning design team for the 1983 Int'l. Special Olympics Village Competition at Louisiana State University, and he continued his involvement as a volunteer sports instructor serving those with Spina Bifida.

While an architect at the Birmingham, Alabama firm of Evan Terry Associates, Bill spearheaded the ADA Consulting/Training efforts and was primary author of two books on ADA facility compliance (published by John Wiley & Sons - NY). He has conducted more than 100 public and private seminars on ADA/Accessibility compliance and surveyed more than 100 million square feet for access barriers. While with Evan Terry Associates, Bill consulted with or trained staff from Harvard University, IBM, Duke University, Rockwell International, MARTA (Metro Atlanta Regional Transit Authority), Georgia Tech University, Shoney's Restaurants, United Way and the American Banker's Association - just to name a few.

Bill left Evan Terry in 1992 to start his own practice and has since split his energies among three general areas - consulting on ADA Title II; training governmental and private organizations on ADA, Fair Housing and Section 504 requirements of the Rehabilitation Act; and, acting as an expert witness/consultant to the US Department of Justice on ADA and Fair Housing facility compliance cases. His most recent projects include curb ramp transition plans for the City & County of Honolulu, Maui County and the County of Hawaii, as well as being selected by the US Access Board to serve on the Public Rights-of-Way Accessibility Advisory Committee. He lectures regularly on accessibility issues during summer programs at Harvard University's School of Design.

Daniel Hunter
Landscape Architect

Daniel Hunter is a landscape architect, researcher, educator, and disability advocate. A research associate with Adaptive Environments and coordinator of the Access to Design Professions international network and mentoring programs for designers with disabilities, he telecommutes from his home office in Oregon. His goal is to transform the face of his chosen profession. He proposes a new aesthetic derived from the work and experience of an emerging disability culture.

Deborah Lisi-Baker
Executive Director
Vermont Center for Independent Living

Deborah is the leading advocate for persons with disabilities in Vermont where she has led numerous public initiatives to promote improved accessible public transit in rural communities. Ms Lisi-Baker represents VCIL and citizens with disabilities in key public policy and systems change initiatives and helps the organization establish and maintain programs and partnerships that expand the civil rights and independent living opportunities available to Vermont citizens with disabilities. Today VCIL is active in public transportation planning in Vermont.

Prior to accepting the Executive Director position, Ms. Lisi-Baker offered public policy and non-profit management services to disability organizations and state agencies and provided training and technical assistance to several college and university programs and state agencies working on health care, long term care and disability services.

Ken Kruckemeyer, AIA, ACSA

Kenneth E. Kruckemeyer is a Research Associate at the Center for Transportation and Logistics and a Lecturer in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also a private consultant specializing in the design of civic infrastructure, focusing on integrated public transport systems, pedestrian and bicycle facilities, and roadway and bridge design. In his life and in his profession he is closely connected with urban neighborhoods and civic design.

His current work combines theory and practice, and centers on public transportation systems in San Juan, Puerto Rico and Chicago, Illinois. As part of MIT's collaboration with the University of Puerto Rico and The University of Illinois at Chicago, Mr. Kruckemeyer teaches and supervises student research on transportation facilities and urban design. He also provides technical advice to the Chicago Transit Authority on the rehabilitation of its transit network.

Mr. Kruckemeyer served as Associate Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Works from 1983 to 1991. There, he was responsible for Bridge and Highway Engineering, and co-authored the book: Bridge Design--Aesthetics and Developing Technologies. In the 1970's and early 80's he was Project Manager of the Southwest Corridor Project in Boston, a $750 million investment in railroad and rapid transit facilities, city streets, parkland and urban revitalization that received a Presidential Design Award and was named the Outstanding Engineering Achievement of 1988 by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Mr. Kruckemeyer is an Architect with degrees from Princeton University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a Loeb Fellow in Advanced Environmental Studies at Harvard University.

Beverly Morris
Planning & Eligibility Officer
New York City Transit
Paratransit Division

Easter Seals Project ACTION's National Representative.

Meg Robertson, COMS
Massachusetts Commission for the Blind
Orientation & Mobility Department

Meg has been Director of Orientation and Mobility at the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind since 1992. She has a Masters Degree in Orientation and Mobility from Boston College. Meg is Chair of Northeast Orientation & Mobility Division, Association of Education and Rehabilitation for the Blind and Visually Impaired. She has been a consistent and effective voice for the importance of quality accessible pedestrian design as a public priority throughout the state.

Karen Tamley
Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities
City of Chicago

As the recently appointed (2005) Commissioner of the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities ("MOPD"), Karen Tamley will continue to ensure that the MOPD provides established services to Chicagoans with disabilities, as well as create new initiatives to enhance the lives of people with disabilities in the years to come.

Prior to her appointment as Commissioner of the MOPD, Ms. Tamley was Program Director of Access Living, a Center for Independent Living serving metropolitan Chicago. As Program Director, Ms. Tamley oversaw all program and advocacy components of the organization in the areas of housing, health care, personal assistance services, community reintegration, youth empowerment, school inclusion, civil rights enforcement, and peer support services.

Ms. Tamley has dedicated her career to advocating for the rights of people with disabilities to live independently in the communities of their choice. Throughout her ten years in the disability rights movement she has worked closely with local and national advocacy organizations who are working to shift federal dollars for personal assistance services to home and community-based settings.

In 1994, Ms. Tamley co-founded the Disability Rights Action Coalition for Housing (DRACH), a national grassroots housing advocacy organization working to promote housing policies which respect the civil and human rights of people with disabilities. With DRACH, she has worked directly with HUD's former Secretary Henry Cisneros and Andrew Cuomo to reform federal housing policies and create more housing choices for the disability community. In conjunction with her federal state and local housing advocacy efforts, she headed a national fair housing outreach and education initiative targeting hundreds of government officials, housing developers, service providers and the disability community.

Lois L. Thibault
Coordinator of Research
U.S. Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (the Access Board)

Mrs. Thibault, a licensed architect, joined the Access Board in January 1992 to direct its technical training activities. In 1998 she became responsible for the Board's research program. In addition, she assists in the agency's rulemaking responsibilities, currently on Public Rights-of-Way and Classroom Acoustics, part of the Board's ongoing work to develop more specific accessibility guidelines for facilities covered by the ADA . Lois also develops the Board's advisory bulletins on ADAAG specifications, provides technical assistance to public and private entities, and conducts and participates in training and education programs for the Board. In 1999, she authored Accessible Rights-of-Way, a design guide for sidewalk, street crossing, and pedestrian facility accessibility.

Her previous work included almost a decade in the private practice of architecture--largely commercial--in the Washington, DC area, and six years with The American Institute of Architects. She has also consulted on accessibility with a variety of organizations in the public and private sectors and serves on the board of The Washington Ear, a radio reading and dial-in service for persons with visual impairments.