APA Member News: New Hires, Promotions, and Retirements

  • Paul Van Buskirk, PhD, AICP, PE, and David H. Farmer, AICP, PE

    Veteran engineering and urban planning professionals Paul Van Buskirk and David Farmer have teamed up to form Metro Forecasting Models LLC, a high-tech company that provides forecasts for population, housing and commercial demand for communities nationwide. Headquartered in Bonita Springs, Florida, Metro Forecasting Models applies state-of-the-art models to forecast future development.

    Paul Van Buskirk is a licensed engineer and a charter member of AICP. He is the author of several published studies about urban modeling and has taught urban planning courses at several major universities.

    David Farmer is a certified city planner with extensive experience in real estate development, planning, civil engineering, modeling, infrastructure design, and construction. He is a nationally recognized professional engineer and has worked in the land development industry since 1989.

  • Tim Chapin, PhD

    Tim Chapin has been selected as the dean of the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy at Florida State University after serving as the interim dean since May 2016. Chapin previously served as chair of the department of Urban and Regional Planning and was associate dean for development at the college. He is a noted expert on land use and comprehensive planning, growth management and urban redevelopment. Chapin currently serves as the senior associate editor and review editor for the Journal of the American Planning Association.
  • Megan DiPrete, AICP

    Megan DiPrete has been named executive director of Blackstone Heritage Corridor, Inc. (BHC), a non-profit organization aimed at preserving and promoting the historical, cultural and natural resources of the 25 Valley communities in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. She joined BHC as its community planner in 2014 and had been serving as the deputy director. DiPrete has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Public Administration from the University of New Hampshire and a certificate in Construction Business Management from Northeastern University.
  • Wayne Dyess, AICP

    Wayne Dyess has been named director of planning for the city of Fairhope, Alabama. He was previously the director of planning and development services in Walton County, Florida. Dyess has nearly 25 years’ experience as a planner at the regional, county and city level, with 15 years at the director level. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama.
  • Philip Farrington, AICP

    Philip Farrington has been hired as director of planning and real estate development for CDC Management Corp. leading strategic planning, property acquisition and development activities for a Eugene, Oregon-based real estate company. Farrington most recently served as a senior planner with the city of Springfield, Oregon, and he has more than 25 years of planning experience in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Farrington currently serves on the AICP Ethics Committee and has previously served in several APA roles, including AICP Commissioner, vice chair of APA’s Chapter President’s Council, president, vice president and director the APA Oregon Chapter Board and chair of the AICP Student Awards Committee. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in Geography and a master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning.
  • Charles Steve Foote, AICP

    Steve Foote has been named city planning director for Springhill, Tennessee. Prior to that, he served as community development director for Dunwoody, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta, where he managed long-range planning, land development, building construction and code compliance. He has 30 years of planning and municipal government experience, including 20 years as a department head/manager. He  has worked for several municipal governments, including Gilbert, Arizona.
  • Renee Magee, AICP

    Renee Magee has retired as planning director for the city of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and the executive director of its redevelopment agency. Magee was recently elected to serve a three-year term on the board of Idaho Smart Growth. In her career, she has worked as a planner, city attorney, historic preservation officer, university professor and advocate for the planning profession in Idaho.
  • Mac Martin, Jr., AICP

    The City of Hoover, Alabama, has hired Mac Martin Jr. as city planner. In this role, Martin will lead efforts to implement the city’s master plan with an emphasis on redevelopment and growth. Martin has extensive experience in long-range planning, site plan review, zoning, historic preservation and transportation.
  • Dwight H. Merriam, FAICP

    Dwight H. Merriam of Robinson+Cole law firm received the John Eldred Shields Distinguished Service Award by the Connecticut Bar Association. The award is given to a member who has performed outstanding service for the benefit of the legal community and community at large. Attorney Merriam taught land use law at several law schools, and published more than 200 articles and 10 books about planning and land use law. Merriam is immediate past chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of State and Local Government Law and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
  • David J. Preece, AICP

    David J. Preece will be retiring in June 2017 from the Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission where he served as executive director and CEO since December 2004. During his 40-year career, Preece worked as a planner for local and regional agencies and consulted with several major cities on their planning projects. He has also received numerous awards for his leadership and contributions to the planning profession. Preece earned degrees in Urban and Regional Planning from Western Kentucky University and University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Kurt Schindler, AICP

    Kurt Schindler has retired as Senior Educator Emeritus in Government and Public Policy at Michigan State University’s Extension office. His expertise in land use (planning, zoning, community development) made him a highly sought-after speaker, educator and mentor. Schindler has more than 38 years of local planning experience in Michigan as a county planning director and consultant, and in the MSU Extension.
  • Jeff Triezenberg, AICP

    Jeff Triezenberg has been named planning director for the town of Garner, North Carolina, after serving as the interim planning director since the beginning of 2017. Prior to that, Triezenberg was assistant planning director for Garner and held several other planning roles in nearby communities. He earned a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.


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May 4, 2017