Damir Latinovic, AICP, joins Elgin, Illinois, as the city’s new senior planner. Latinovic has extensive experience working with planning commissions, boards of zoning appeals and other municipal committees. Elgin Community Development Director Marc Mylott, AICP, said that Latinovic has demonstrated a solution-first approach to working with the development community and a commitment to add value to projects rather than simply getting them through the requisite process.
Jessica Sarkissian, AICP, joined The Planning Center to lead the company’s Tempe office. The Planning Center is a multi-disciplinary planning and landscape architecture firm. Sarkissian’s specializations include rezoning, general and comprehensive plan amendments, variances, use permits and design review. She also sits on the City of Mesa Planning and Zoning Board and the Arizona Planning Association Board.
Patrice Williams, a doctoral student at Florida State University, received a $120,000 grant through a new program trying to diversify the future generation of policy development leaders. The Health Policy Research Scholars is led by Johns Hopkins University and supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Through the program, Williams will join scholars across the country to collaborate and innovate to solve the persistent challenges and advance a culture of health — one that places well-being at the center of every aspect of life. Williams plans to study how gentrification affects the health of people in disadvantaged populations.
Mary Vandevord, AICP, joined HeartLands Conservancy as the new president and CEO. HeartLands is an environmental nonprofit serving southwestern Illinois. In this role she will be responsible for overseeing the organization’s program development, fundraising, personnel, communications and finance. She also will lead efforts surrounding the Building Greener Communities program, which advances more sustainable efforts within the 50-plus communities of Southwestern Illinois.