APA Board of Directors
APA is governed by its Board of Directors, who are elected from among the membership of the Association.
The Board is chaired by the APA President, and sets broad policy for the Association and governs its affairs. Day-to-day operations are managed by APA staff. Board members serve four-year terms. Terms are staggered, so half of the board is elected biennially. APA's Board has 13 members, as well as three Advisors, who are the elected leaders of the councils of our component groups, and advise the Board on matters related to Chapters, Divisions and Students.
Carol Rhea, FAICP
Carol Rhea is a founding partner of the Orion Planning Group, and previously created and staffed Rhea Consulting. In addition to her work as a consultant, Rhea has worked as a city, county, regional, and state planner. Her passion is helping local governments build planning capacity, and working with small to medium-sized communities to address planning challenges. She has a history of volunteer work that includes serving as a planning commissioner, on a historic foundation board, and in many leadership roles within APA.
Cynthia Bowen, AICP
President-Elect of APA
Cynthia Bowen is a director at RW Armstrong, a global consulting firm. Prior to her current position, Bowen worked as a Senior Planner at HNTB Corporation. An active APA member, Bowen has held a number of leadership positions including president of the APA Indiana Chapter and vice chair and secretary/treasurer of the Chapter Presidents Council. Bowen is a graduate of Ball State University with degrees in urban and regional planning and environmental science and design. Within her community, Bowen currently serves as a board member and Land Use Committee Chair for the Lafayette Square Area Coalition.
Valerie Hubbard, FAICP
Valerie Hubbard is the director of planning services for Akerman LLP, a national law firm. She provides consulting services to private and public sector clients on a wide variety of planning matters, including comprehensive planning, zoning, permitting, DRIs and land development regulations. Val has held key planning positions in several Florida jurisdictions and was director of community planning for the state land planning agency (2003-2007). Hubbard served as AICP Commissioner from Region III from 2008 until 2014, when she became President-Elect of the AICP Commission. She is current Chair of the AICP Ethics Committee and a past president of the Florida Chapter of APA. Hubbard is a member of the Sunrise Rotary Club in Tallahassee. She has a master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Florida.
Courtenay D. Mercer, AICP
Director elected from Region I
Courtenay Mercer is the New Jersey director of the Regional Plan Association, and the principal/owner of Mercer Planning Associates. Previously, she served as the director of planning and state TDR coordinator for the New Jersey Office of Smart Growth. She has held a number of leadership positions within APA, including Chapter President's Council secretary/treasurer and APA New Jersey Chapter president. Mercer has also served on the New Jersey State Agriculture Development Committee, State TDR Bank Board, and the New Jersey State Historic Preservation Plan Advisory Committee. She is the treasurer for the Jersey City Parents for Progress and chair of the PS#3 PTA Playground Committee.
Rodger Lentz, AICP
Director elected from Region II
Rodger Lentz is chief planning and development officer in Wilson, North Carolina. His focus includes development and implementation of the award-winning 2030 Comprehensive Plan, center city revitalization, brownfield redevelopment, and alternative transportation. The former North Carolina Chapter president, Lentz presently serves on the chapter's legislative committee and on committees of the North Carolina League of Municipalities. He also served on APA's Chapter Presidents Council executive committee. Prior to Wilson, Lentz worked for Charlotte, Cabarrus County, and Matthews, North Carolina. He is also passionate about improving achievement at low performing schools through the Hand in Hand Project.
Wendy D. Shabay, AICP, Assoc AIA
Director elected from Region III
Wendy Shabay is Vice President/Principal and manager of the Urban Planning + Design group at Freese and Nichols, Inc., an architecture/engineering/planning firm founded in 1894. She is works on urban development, comprehensive planning, transit-oriented development, corridor planning, downtown redevelopment, and campus planning. Shabay received a Bachelor of Environmental Design from Texas A&M University, Fightin' Texas Aggie Class of 1993.
Wendy E. Moeller, AICP
Director elected from Region IV
Wendy Moeller is Principal and Owner at Compass Point Planning. Previously, she was Senior Planner at McBride Dale Clarion. She earned a bachelor's degree in Urban Planning at the University of Cincinnati. And in addition to numerous volunteer roles at APA, she served as Chapter President of APA Ohio. Moeller also served Goshen Township as a Zoning Commissioner from 2004-2007.
Brian Campbell, FAICP
Director elected from Region V
Brian Campbell has more than 30 years of experience in public and private sector planning. Recently retired, he was a senior planning advisor for the City of Portland, Oregon, and senior supervising planner for Parsons Brinkerhoff PlaceMaking after a long career as the planning manager for the Port of Portland. He has been an active member of APA, most recently serving as the APA Oregon Chapter president and its coordinator for the Northwest Livability Challenge: Game Changing Initiatives with APA's Washington Chapter. He received his bachelor's degree from Stanford University and Master of Planning from the University of Virginia.
Kurt Christiansen, AICP
Director elected from Region VI
Kurt Christiansen is the economic and community development director for the City of Azusa, California. Previously, he served as community development director for Yorba Linda and development services director for Sierra Madre. Christiansen has served as president of APA's California Chapter, vice chair of the Chapter Presidents Council, and a member of the APA Governance Committee and the Membership Committee. He also served as the co-chair of the local host committee for the 2012 APA National Planning Conference in Los Angeles. He is a member of the California State University, Northridge, Urban Planning and Studies Department Alumni Council. He earned his bachelor's degree from California State University, Northridge, and master's degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Kara W. Drane, AICP
Director elected at Large
Kara Drane is senior planner with Catawba Regional Council of Governments in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Her two decades of experience include former positions as planning director for Forrest County, planning administrator for Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and planning consultant in Mississippi and South Carolina. Following Hurricane Katrina, Drane worked with other agencies to coordinate recovery efforts for Forrest County. She has served as president of APA's Mississippi Chapter and other chapter leadership roles, and has been recognized nationally for her chapter leadership. Currently Drane serves on APA's Legislative and Policy Committee and Membership Committee, and APA South Carolina Chapter Awards Committee. An AICP member since 1995, Drane received her Bachelor of Science in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Ann C. Bagley, FAICP
Director elected at Large
As a community planner and as a consultant, Ann Bagley's work has focused on comprehensive plans, ordinances, park development, and training planning commissions. She has worked in both the public and private sectors and now serves on the Dallas City Plan Commission. Bagley is in her second term as a Board Member Elected at Large on the Board of Directors of the American Planning Association. She also serves as the Planning Officials Development Officer for APA Texas.
W. Shedrick Coleman
Director elected at Large, Focused
W. Shedrick Coleman is principal of Sheddarchitecture and practices architecture, land planning, and interior design. He currently serves as chairman of the Chatham County–Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC) in Georgia. The planning commission is the joint city-county planning agency responsible for comprehensive planning and zoning recommendations to the member governments and for historic and natural preservation, community, transportation, and land use planning.
Fleming El-Amin, AICP
Director elected at Large, Focused
Fleming El-Amin is Project Manager at the Baltimore City Department of Transportation. Previously he has served in a number of public sector planning agencies, including as Citywide Transportation Planner in the District Department of Transportation, Washington, D.C, and transportation planner at the City of Raleigh, North Carolina. El-Amin served as APA North Carolina Chapter President and on a number of APA committees and task forces. He received a Master of City and Regional Planning from Morgan State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and Geography at UNC Charlotte.
Shane Burkhardt, AICP
Chapter Presidents Council Advisor to the Board
Shane Burkhardt is currently Principal Planner at CHA Consulting, and was previously Director of Planning Services at American Structurepoint, Inc. He also served as Associate Director at the Center for Economic and Community Development at Ball State University. He received a BS in Political Science and Environmental Design, and holds a Bachelor of Urban Planning and Development degree from Ball State.
Linda Amato, AICP
Divisions Council Advisor to the Board
Linda Amato is a principal with ICF International, an environmental policy and planning firm, where she leads the environmental assessment team responsible for managing environmental analyses for large, complex transportation and energy-related projects. With over 25 years of planning experience, she has held numerous leadership positions on the Divisions Council, as well as volunteer positions with the City of Seattle, including former chair of the Seattle Planning Commission and board member on Seattle's Landmarks and Preservation Board. Amato has a master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning from George Washington University and currently lives in Seattle.
Student Representatives Council Advisor to the Board
Ellen Forthofer recently graduated with a Bachelor of Urban Planning and Development from Ball State University and returned in the Fall of 2015 to Ball State's Master of Urban Design program. She plans to graduate with a master's degree in July 2016. Through her involvement with APA, she hopes to create an environment that welcomes current students and emerging professionals in planning, and also increases awareness of the profession to others.