Introducing our new Operations Manager Kathleen McKinney!

Last week we added a new PedNet team member! Kathleen McKinney joined us as Operations Manager.

Kathleen is new to our staff team but not entirely new to PedNet. She worked with us as a graduate intern in 2016 when she was finishing her Master of Public Health degree at MU. She did valuable research for us related to Vision Zero that we’ve been relying on for the last couple of years as we’ve implemented Vision Zero with the City of Columbia.

While still interning for us, Kathleen was hired as the Executive Director of Second Chance, an animal rescue organization. Since then she’s partnered Second Chance with us on a few events, like the Bike, Walk & Wheel Week Breakfast Station at Capen Park last year that had dog treats for dog-walkers out on the trail.

We are thrilled to have Kathleen working with us!

Bio: Kathleen McKinney

Kathleen has an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from Westminster College and a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Missouri. Kathleen grew up volunteering for various non-profits in her hometown of Greenwood, Arkansas, and continued to seek out ways to help her community when she moved to Missouri. While working on her Master’s, she interned with PedNet to help them research and successfully propose Vision Zero here in Columbia. Kathleen is a relative newcomer to the active transportation lifestyle, although she frequently utilizes Columbia’s trails and parks to spend quality time with her dog. Her work with PedNet has opened her eyes to transportation inequities and challenges in our current transportation system.

Kathleen spends most of her free time with her animals: Snickers the dog, Levi and Ygritte the cats, and Orrie the horse. Kathleen has opened her home to well over 100 foster animals during her time in Columbia through Second Chance animal rescue. She also enjoys the nerdier things in life, so feel free to introduce yourself to her and chat about Star Wars, Dungeons and Dragons, or Game of Thrones series finale theories. Kathleen is excited to be back at PedNet supporting a mission that she has grown passionate about.

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