Jared joined the MPO in July of 2016. His knowledge and passion for cycling, along with his extensive experience with mapping and data analysis, have been instrumental in increasing the MPO's capacity to serve its jurisdictions. Jared's commitment to improving active transportation was recognized by the Governor's Council on Fitness by designating him the 2021 Kansas Health Champion.
Prior to joining the Flint Hills MPO, Jared worked for the City of Manhattan, beginning as a GIS Technician and later as the Infrastructure Analyst. He also served as the Staff Liaison to the Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee where he worked towards increasing safety and facilities for cyclists and pedestrians. He began his career in GIS with MJ Harden, working on a wide range of projects including pipeline mapping, LiDAR classification, and imagery analysis.
Jared's educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Geography, Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, and a Masters in Curriculum & Instruction, all from Kansas State University.
After living in Kansas City for several years after graduating from K-State, Jared and his wife moved back to the region to raise their family. Jared's passion for creating a multi-modal transportation system are evident in his personal choices and commuting habits. Most of the time, you will see Jared walking, biking, or taking transit to meetings, leaving his vehicle at home.
Abigail is from Tremont, Illinois. In 2019, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology and English literature from Monmouth College (Monmouth, IL). A resident of Manhattan since 2020, Abigail has spent countless hours exploring the beauty of the Flint Hills. In May 2023, Abigail graduated from the post-baccalaureate Master of Landscape Architecture program at Kansas State University. Abigail’s studies have sparked a deep appreciation for problem-solving and community decision-making, leading her to join the MPO during her final semester at K-State.
Abigail’s passions include the outdoors and wildlife conservation. In college, she spent one summer conducting owl surveys in Northern California’s Klamath National Forest, and another educating visitors about wildlife at Acadia National Park in Maine. In her spare time, Abigail enjoys rock climbing, grilling, and spending time with her two cats.