Fast, Funny, or Passionate 3
These brisk, 7-minute presentations can be serious, funny, and creative. When planners start musing, you may be surprised by what they say.
What you will hear:
· Unexpected Inspiration and Daily Motivation – Breanna Shell
· Two Steps to Improve Housing Affordability – Jonathan Tarr
· BOXhattan: The Little Apple's Box City – Regan Tokos, Lesley Frohberg, Rachel Foss, Samantha Estabrook
· From Flood to Freestyle Kayaking – Jason Valerius, AICP
· Hey Planners! Engineers are People Too! – Ann-Ariel Vecchio, AICP, Robert Davis
· Tales from the Dark Side – Tareq Wafaie, AICP
· Oh, Stop Complaining! – Qazi Zahra
· The Village People aka Village Employees – Dan Gardner
, City of Huntington
Confirmed SpeakerBreanna Shell is the Planner for the City of Huntington in the Department of Development and Planning. Breanna graduated in 2011 from the University of Michigan Master in Urban Planning program and has been with the city since Summer 2012. Breanna took the lead on an in-house revision to the City’s comprehensive Plan update, Plan2025, which began in the summer of 2011 and concluded with a unanimous approval by the Planning Commission and City Council in December of 2013. In addition, Breanna enforces the zoning ordinances, provides administrative assistance to the Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals and participates in several community supported projects. Currently she is active with several targeted community revitalization efforts in West Huntington and downtown; a campaign to increase the supply of mid-range quality housing; and redevelopment efforts along a major corridor into the city. Breanna collaborates with regional, state, and city transportation plans to expand our growing bike/pedestrian network, the Paul Ambrose Trail for Health (PATH). In addition, the Planning office is continually working on revising the City’s zoning ordinances to be more in line with the City’s Comprehensive Plan update, Plan2025.
, Enterprise Community Partners
Confirmed SpeakerJonathan Tarr is a program director in the advisory practice at Enterprise Community Partners. An urban planner and policy analyst with seven years of experience in the placemaking professions, he has consulted to local and state governments on land use, affordable housing, and zoning policies; administered federal grants and cooperative agreements from HUD, USDOT and USEPA; and conducted federal program evaluation. Jonathan earned the Master of Urban Planning degree from the University of Michigan, and a bachelor's degree from Duke University.
, Kansas City
Confirmed SpeakerRegan Tokos is a third year planning student at Kansas State University. She is originally from Omaha, Nebraska.
, MSA Professional Services, Inc.
Confirmed SpeakerJason is a Senior Planner and Team Leader with MSA Professional Services, Inc., based in Madison, WI. Starting with an urban design emphasis, his work has grown to include a wide range of recreational, economic development, housing and land use planning. He often finds himself among diverse professionals and stakeholders, tasked with assembling the pieces into a coherent story.
, San Francisco
Confirmed SpeakerAnn-Ariel Vecchio is a Principal Planner with a specialty in sustainable infrastructure and urban design. She has 12 years of experience working at the intersection of environmental management, policy, planning and design. She currently serves as a core member of the Collection System Planning and Flood Resilience teams for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s (SFPUC) Sewer System Improvement Program (SSIP), where she works on spatial analysis, project concept development, triple bottom line evaluation, and policy development for agency procedures, business practices, and incentive programs relating to flood resilience and green infrastructure implementation. Ann-Ariel holds a Master in City Planning and an Urban Design Certificate from MIT, an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University, and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.
, Clarion Associates
Confirmed SpeakerTareq Wafaie, AICP, is a Principal in Clarion’s Denver office. Mr. Wafaie focuses on land use and zoning code diagnosis and reform, and natural hazard mitigation planning and implementation. His recent work includes projects for a variety of clients across the country from Albuquerque to Syracuse, as well as several cities and towns in his home state of Colorado such as Aurora, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, and Northglenn. Before joining Clarion he worked in both the private and public sectors as a development review planner and spent two years in state government providing technical assistance and training on land use issues to communities across Colorado. Mr. Wafaie is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and is a frequent speaker on planning ethics, among other planning topics, at local and national conferences. Tareq is a born-and-raised Coloradan and enjoys spending time with his wife and two children hiking, skiing, fishing, playing soccer, and exploring Colorado’s unique terrain and communities.
Confirmed SpeakerQazi Aniqua Zahra is an urban planning graduate from Bangladesh currently pursuing her Masters in the same field at Texas A&M University. She is an environment enthusiast with an interest in planning resilient communities. She did internships with reputed organizations like the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) and United Nations Development Program (UNDP)-Bangladesh division, which helped her get a real experience of working with communities. During her time in Texas A&M she found interest in transportation as well and hopes to find a career where she can merge both - sustainable transportation or the effect of transportation on the environment. Aniqua is currently actively seeking full-time positions. She is definitely looking forward to her career as a professional planner!
, Houseal Lavigne Associates
Confirmed SpeakerDan Gardner is a Principal at Houseal Lavigne Associates and manages all market, economic and fiscal analysis for the firm. Dan has overseen successful projects throughout the country as well as internationally. Dan brings over 25 years of public and private sector experience, as well as having serving as an elected and appointed official in the Chicago region. His ability to strategically align public and private sector visions with market and development opportunities has led him to be recognized as a leading expert in the field. Prior to joining Houseal Lavigne Associates in 2007, Dan held director and senior management positions with major Chicago and international development advisory firms. A graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Dan also holds a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Dan regularly presents on panels and at conferences, and has authored or coauthored several articles.
Confirmed SpeakerSamantha Estabrook is in her final year of undergraduate studies in the College of Architecture, Planning and Design. She is studying Regional and Community Planning while pursuing a minor in Non-Profit Leadership Studies. This is Samantha’s third year doing undergraduate research through the Developing Scholars Program(DSP). During her time with DSP, she has researched under Professor Adityavarman studying the embodied mind and cognition, and Dr. Brody studying design governance in Kansas City. Samantha’s first year of research was focused on how individuals interact with design, while in her second year she explored how design decision are made at the level of local government. Samantha’s current research allows her to demonstrate the knowledge gained in her previous years through consideration of marginalized individuals needs and the development a sustainable non-profit model. In addition to research, Samantha is also a member of Edgerley-Franklin Urban Leadership Program, the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students, the Student Planning Association, serves on multiple committees within her college and serves as a Residential Learning Assistant.