APA Members in the News 2007
Matthew Wetli, AICP, has been promoted to associate at Development Strategies, a St. Louis–based consulting firm. Wetli specializes in real estate market studies for development and redevelopment projects. He also leads market and economic feasibility studies that inform planners and citizens on the best courses of action for city master plans, waterfront plans, and downtown plans. Prior to joining Development Strategies in 2005, he was director of planning and urban design at the Neighborhood Design Center of Columbus, Ohio.
Larry Fraser, AICP, joined Woolpert, Inc. as a group manager in the firm's Charlotte office. Fraser joins the firm with more than 23 years of experience as a planner in both the public sector and private practice. His experience also includes managing multidisciplinary operations such as environmental and transportation engineering, site development, landscape architecture, and planning services for national and international clients. Fraser is a member of the executive committee of the Charlotte District ULI Council and a member of the board of directors for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership.
Mami Hara, AICP, has been named principal at WRT Design. Hara is a designer and planner with 20 years of experience ranging from regional planning to project implementation, through all phases of physical planning and landscape design. Her career has focused on large-scale civic projects in urban environments. Hara's notable projects include the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative, a master plan for the Upper Mississippi River, and GreenPlan Philadelphia.
Randall Wilson has been assigned to be the interim planning director for Plumas County, California. Wilson works for PMC, a firm that offers municipal services to public agencies. He will manage the planning department and work with on the county's general plan update. Wilson has 18 years of planning experience in the state of California and Wyoming. He worked in Riverside County, Butte County, Nevada County as a planning director and Lincoln County in Wyoming.
James A. Paulmann, FAICP, has been appointed to the Century Commission for a Sustainable Florida through July 14, 2009. Established by the Florida legislature in 2005, the Century Commission is responsible for providing vision on the state's growth over the next 25 to 50 years and making recommendations for accommodating an increasing population. Paulmann is senior vice president, principal, and member of the board of directors at WilsonMiller, Inc.
Richard Carson has joined the consulting firm of Citygate and Associates in Sacramento, California, where he will be helping government planning agencies reorganize for greater efficiencies. Citygate provides services to city, county, regional, and state government agencies. Carson is the former director of the Clark County Community Development Department in Vancouver, Washington, from which he recently retired. He is also a doctoral student at Washington State University and a writer and lecturer. Earlier this year, his article "A Reinvigorated Property Rights Movement" was published in the May 2007 issue of Urban Land, and a news story, "Washington County Embraces Plain Talk," appeared in Planning magazine in June 2007.
Brian Oppmann has been promoted by Carlisle/Wortman Associates to the position of associate. Oppmann works in the Ann Arbor–based firm's Clarkston, Michigan, office. He most recently guided Independence Township's Vision 2020 Master Plan Update. Other clients include Holly, Oxford, and Highland townships, the cities of Linden and Lake Angelus, and Clinton County. He previously worked for Oakland County, Michigan's planning and economic development department and the city of Bloomington, Indiana.
Zachary Branigan, AICP, has been promoted to associate with Carlisle/Wortman Associates in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Branigan is currently helping the city of Troy, Michigan, develop an innovative new master plan with a unique emphasis on urban form. He also serves Ann Arbor and Northfield townships, St. Clair Shores, and Shiawassee County. He previously worked for Hamilton Anderson Associates in Detroit.
Catherine L. Jones is a new planner at WilsonMiller's Tampa, Florida, office. She is a recent college graduate who spent time as a summer intern with WilsonMiller last year. Jones is working with the firm's Community & Regional Planning team, which integrates planning, design, economic analysis, and pubic involvement to create viable strategies for community redevelopment and revitalization. As an intern, she worked on the preparation of corridor plans, site analyses, and urban rezonings.
Richard C. Ward, AICP, has joined Zimmer Real Estate Services as vice president and a member of its Development Management group. He will also be managing principal of the firm's new St. Louis office. Prior to joining Zimmer, Ward was the senior principal and chief executive of St. Louis-based Development Strategies, Inc., a national market research, land use planning, appraisal and financial analysis firm he founded in 1988. Ward is a nationally recognized expert in issues related to public/private ventures, highest and best use of real estate, land use controls, and eminent domain.
Elizabeth Caraker, AICP, has joined RBF Consulting as a senior planner and senior associate in the company's Monterey Bay office in California. She will be responsible for long-range environmental planning services for public and private sector clients. Since 1993, Caraker has served as a public sector planner and project manager for several agencies, including the Local Area Formation Commission of Monterey County and the City of San Juan Bautista, where she has served as the city planner for five years. She has experience with a variety of local and regional issues, including housing, community design, redevelopment, historic preservation, growth control, agricultural preservation, habitat restoration and economic development.
Mark Strauss, AICP, has been honored by New York State American Institute of Architects as the first recipient of the Fellows Award. Established in 2006, the award recognizes a Fellow of the AIA who has exemplified the philosophy of mentorship within the profession. Strauss received his Fellows Award at a special ceremony at the 2007 AIA NYS Convention. An architect, planner, and urban designer, Strauss leads the Planning and Urban Design Studio at Fxfowle Architects in New York.
John P. Vodopich, AICP, has been appointed as the Planning and Community Development Director for the City of Bonney Lake, Washington. Additionally, he has been appointed by the Washington State Secretary of Transportation to serve on the State Transportation Improvement Board (TIB). Vodopich most recently served as the Community Development Director for the City of Gig Harbor, Washington.
Mary Kay Peck, AICP, is the new city manager of Henderson, Nevada, where she has served as assistant city manager since 2005. Prior to that, Peck was the city's director of community development. As community development director, Peck led a comprehensive revision of the city's development guidelines that were made accessible online and also worked on the Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area Management Plan, which protects more than 48,000 acres and the petroglyphs of Native American origin. She served as president of the American Planning Association from 2002 to 2004, and also served a term on the APA board of directors.
Sharon E. Maclean, AICP, has joined the Philadelphia Regional Office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as a community planning and development representative. Her responsibilities include long-range and strategic planning as well as providing technical assistance to communities throughout Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware. Maclean has many years of experience in areas including regional, county and municipal planning, affordable housing, historic preservation, and integrated transportation and land use planning.
James A. Hayes, AICP, has joined the City of Northglenn, Colorado, as planning and economic development director. Hayes was formerly a planner and planning manager in Adams County, Colorado, from 1995 to 2005. More recently, he was a land planning manager with Pulte Homes in Sarasota, Florida.
Anish Kumar, AICP, has joined Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates as managing principal of world-wide planning practice. In this role, he oversees and sets the strategic direction of the firm's planning and urban design practice from studios in Atlanta, Chicago, Dubai, and Shanghai. Kumar has more than 20 years of experience as a registered architect and certified planner. He has taught as a member of the faculty of Drexel University's Department of Architecture, published in professional journals, and is frequently selected to speak at national conferences.
Sandra Levine Garz, AICP, has been named executive vice president of The Gershman Y, the Center City arts and cultural branch of the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Philadelphia. The mission of The Gershman Y is to serve as a dynamic regional center for arts and culture, retaining a commitment to Jewish culture and identity while appealing to a diverse audience through wide-ranging programming. In her new capacity, Garz will be responsible for expanding innovative cultural programming, creating new partnerships, reaching out to a broader regional audience, and addressing long-term facility needs.
Susan Golden, AICP, has joined WilsonMiller as a project planner. Golden has expertise in planning, affordable housing, grants administration, program implementation, and project management. She will be a member of the firm's Development Planning & Approvals team, which works with clients to maximize land value and potential in balance with environmental and community standards. Prior to joining WilsonMiller, Golden was federal and state grants administration manager for Collier County (Florida) Community Development and Environmental Services. Before that, she was a planner in the City of Naples, Florida.
Colie Hough-Beck, president of Hough Beck & Baird, was recently invited to join the Seattle Planning Commission. She will bring insight into sustainable design and multimodal transportation to the commission. In addition to APA, Hough-Beck holds memberships in the American Society of Landscape Architects, Washington Public Ports Association, and Washington Recreation & Park Association.
Laura K. Kreps, AICP, has joined the staff of Carlisle/Wortman Associates in Ann Arbor, Michigan, as community planner. She most recently was a planner for the city of Monroe, Michigan, where she provided staff support to the planning commission, zoning board of appeals, and downtown development authority. Carlisle/Wortman Associates helps communities plan, regulate, and manage land use and development.
Wayne Grinnell, AICP, vice-president of planning and development of CSA Consulting Engineers and CSA Design Group, Inc. in El Paso, Texas, has accepted membership in the Counselors of Real Estate. CRE is an international organization of 1,100 professionals who provide expert advice on development, fiscal impact, corporate real estate strategy, master planning, capital formation, and other abstract matters involving real estate. Membership is by invitation only.
James Segedy, FAICP, has joined the Kansas City office of Olsson Associates, an engineering and consulting firm. Since 1986, Segedy served as director of community-based projects and professor of planning for Ball State University. He has also been a senior partner with The Community Partnership for the past 15 years. Segedy specializes in working with small- to medium-sized communities, particularly focusing on rural areas. He is the co-author of The Small Town Planning Handbook.
Elizabeth O. Benac, AICP, has been reappointed to the Manasota Basin Board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District by Gov. Charlie Crist. She was initially appointed in 2001; her current term ends in 2007. Benac, vice president and principal at WilsonMiller, is the regional manager of WilsonMiller's Sarasota-based development planning & approvals team.
Ronald J. Reinertsen, AICP, has joined consulting engineering firm Pennoni Associates as a senior planner in the firm's Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, office. Reinertsen most recently served as a principal planner at T&M Associates. His areas of expertise include land use regulations and zoning ordinances, and he has dealt with planning & site development issues on local, state and federal levels. Prior to entering the planning field, Reinertsen held progressively responsible positions for financial firms over a 15-year period.
David C. Dickey, AICP, has been named vice president and manager, Transit and Railroads Business Line, at URS Corporation. Dickey is a transportation and transit planning and engineering professional with more than 20 years of industry experience. In his new role, he is responsible for expanding the firm's transit and railroads practice, encompassing systems that carry both passengers and freight. Dickey had served as vice president and manager of URS's Charlotte, North Carolina, office since 2001.
John Godlewski, AICP, chief planner for the City of Downey, California, has been named director of the Fullerton (California) Community Development Department beginning September 4. Godlewski worked in Fullerton in 1976 as a park planner. He was promoted to associate planner, and remained with the city until 1988, when he accepted a position as senior planner with the City of Orange. He was named director of the Los Alamitos Community Development Department in 2001 and moved to his Downey post in 2006.
Tim Jackson, AICP, is the new planning director of Slidell, Louisiana. Jackson, who spent the past decade as a consultant in both the public and private sectors, replaced Martin Bruno, FAICP, who retired after 14 years with the City of Slidell. Jackson grew up in New Orleans, where he now lives. He and his family relocated to Houston for 10 months after losing their home to Hurricane Katrina.
Gregory K. Lipscomb, AICP, has been named Director of Urban Design and Planning for the Charlotte, North Carolina, office of HNTB Corporation. Lipscomb previously served as senior planner for the cities of Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Charleston, West Virginia. His experience includes comprehensive, conceptual, master and strategic planning, site planning, urban design and land development with an emphasis on TND, resort-residential golf course communities, downtown revitalization, architectural and streetscape design guidelines.
Beth Lewis, AICP, has been promoted to director of Sells Design Studio where she will oversee the planning and landscape architecture group. Lewis joined Chas. H. Sells, Inc. in 2005 in its Cary, North Carolina, office as senior planner to lead the land planning group in land development. Lewis has a decade of local government planning experience both in North Carolina and Florida, including senior planner with the town of Cary. During her employment there, she facilitated rezoning and land use plan amendment requests along with reviewing site/subdivision plan submittals for the town.
Gregg Calpino has been promoted to studio director in the Chicago office of JJR. Calpino is a principal and landscape architect with more than 18 years of experience. He is responsible for day-to-day management by providing leadership and strategic guidance for the continuing development of the Chicago studio. Calpino joined JJR in 1999 as a landscape architect.
Samantha Hudson has received her LEED accreditation. A planner with The Onyx Group, Hudson received her bachelor's in urban and environmental planning in 2005. Her projects have included a parking demand study for a major league baseball team, encroachment action plans, and a regional commission water resources strategic plan.
Nancy S. Vigna has joined The Onyx Group as a senior planner in the firm's Alexandria, Virginia, office. Vigna has more than nine years of specialized planning experience. In addition to working on projects for state and local government agencies, she has worked for the Army Corps of Engineers, Air National Guard, and the United States Army, Navy, and Air Force. In addition to other projects with The Onyx Group, Vigna will be assisting with current Navy, Marine Corps, and Army planning work.
Clement Lau, AICP, recently joined the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation as a park planner. His responsibilities include reviewing projects for potential impact on the county's parks and ensuring that park operations and development projects comply with CEQA, NEPA, and other environmental regulations. He previously worked for the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning and the firm of Cotton/Bridges/Associates in Pasadena, California.
Neale A. Stralow, AICP, a WilsonMiller senior project manager and associate, has been promoted to Tampa Bay regional business unit manager of community & regional planning. Stralow, who became a WilsonMiller associate last year, has more than 20 years of experience in planning and landscape architecture in the Tampa Bay region. He is a registered landscape architect. Stralow's credentials include project and program management roles for numerous noteworthy projects, four of which have won community design awards from the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission.
Gary Anderson, AICP, national director of master planning for Dewberry, was inducted into the Society of American Military Engineers Academy of Fellows. The designation of fellow is bestowed on society members who have displayed outstanding and dedicated service to the society and the field of engineering. Anderson has been a member of the society's Baltimore Post for more than 15 years and is a member of the board of directors. He is a senior planner and project architect based out of Dewberry's Baltimore office and also teaches a course in design issues in development at Johns Hopkins University.
Geeti Silwal has been appointed to associate with the architecture, urban design, and planning firm SMWM. Silwal joined the firm in 2002, providing design and planning expertise on a wide scale of projects. Prior to joining SMWM, Silwal worked extensively in India designing large urban public spaces and infill projects. She has led many of SMWMs public outreach efforts, engaging constituencies on some of the firms most complex projects to identify and develop visions for better communities with a strong focus on sustainable planning practices.
Raymond W. Greer, AICP, has been appointed regional representative of the Florida Redevelopment Association's West Florida Region. The FRA promotes the improvement of urban areas through redevelopment and development activities. Greer is an associate at WilsonMiller where he serves as the firm's Northwest Florida regional business unit manager of community & regional planning. He has more than 12 years of public and private sector planning experience throughout northern Florida and Georgia.
David Scurto, AICP, has joined the staff of community planning firm Carlisle/Wortman Associates (CWA) as a principal planner. He was most recently a senior planner at Hamilton Anderson Associates in Detroit, where he developed new business and managed major accounts and projects, including a community reinvestment strategy for the city of Detroit. Scurto serves on the boards of directors of the Michigan Association of Planning and the Clinton Township Economic Development Corporation and chairs the Macomb County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority.
Tricia Schimpp, AICP, has joined RBF Consulting as an associate and environmental planning services manager in the company's San Jose Office. Schimpp brings more than 30 years of experience as a private and public urban and environmental planning consultant to RBF. Previously, she worked as planning director for Maitland, Florida. She has worked as a consultant to cities in the Bay Area, most recently with Belmont, Cupertino and Palo Alto. She is an expert in California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance.
Matt Everling has joined the Irvine, California, office of Hogle-Ireland, Inc. as a senior associate project manager. He has more than 13 years of planning experience and worked for several California cities providing planning services, including San Clemente, Rancho Cucamonga, and Morro Bay. For the past five years, he has worked as a planner for the city of Gilbert, Arizona, and done private planning consulting in the Phoenix area.
Scott M. Swearengen, AICP, has joined WilsonMiller as a Senior Project Planner in the firm's Tampa office, where he will be working on a variety of public and private planning projects. Swearengen previously served as principal planner for Engelhardt, Hammer & Associates, Inc. in Tampa, and before that was an associate with James Duncan Associates in Chicago. He also serves as newsletter editor for the Sun Coast Section of the APA's Florida chapter.
Brian E. Moore, AICP, has been promoted to associate principal by the Dallas-based design firm Good Fulton & Farrell. Moore is leading GFF Planning's efforts on diverse assignments for campus master planning, site analysis, land use planning, urban design, site planning, and zoning processing assistance for public and private clients. Since joining the firm in 1996, he has worked on several significant projects. He received the 2006 Dream Study Award from the Greater Dallas Planning Council for the Trinity River Economic Land Use Study in conjunction with the City of Dallas Balanced Vision Plan.
Paula N.C. McMichael, AICP, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Florida Planning and Zoning Association (FPZA). The FPZA is a statewide nonprofit organization of more than 1,000 individuals and groups dedicated to planning and developing a quality Florida. McMichael is a member of WilsonMiller's Development Planning & Approvals Corporate Business Unit in the Fort Myers office. WilsonMiller Senior Project Manager and Associate Sharon Jenkins-Owen, AICP, is the immediate past president of FPZA.
Cormac Giblin has been appointed to a three-year term on the Collier County (Florida) Affordable Housing Commission by the Naples City Council. Prior to joining WilsonMiller as a project manager in March of this year, Giblin spent 10 years as a planner and manager in Collier County's housing division, most recently serving as housing and grants manager for the county Housing and Human Services Department. The Affordable Housing Commission oversees and makes recommendations to the county commissioners and city council on all matters pertaining to affordable housing.
Shaunna K. Burbidge was recently awarded the University of California Transportation Center's Doctoral Dissertation Research Award. This award is given to exceptional U.C. students carrying out dissertation research on topics with direct relevance to U.S. surface transportation, with a focus on systems analysis and policy. Burbidge is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her dissertation research involves identifying the impacts of pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure development on travel behavior and physical activity.
Robert Palmer, AICP, has joined HDR as the transportation planning section manager/area coordinator based in the firm's Jacksonville, Florida, office. He will establish client relations and be involved in all aspects of marketing, contractual, design, and production decisions for the Jacksonville transportation planning market. Prior to joining HDR, Palmer was a planning department head with HNTB. He has more than 23 years of experience specializing in large scale public/private transportation projects, corridor studies, and master planning. He managed several award winning projects including Florida's Scenic Highway Program Manual and a $55 million context sensitive design roadway in Tallahassee.
R. James Cox Jr. has joined the law firm of Troutman Sanders LLP as of counsel to its Retail Properties practice group in Raleigh, N.C. Cox comes to Troutman Sanders from the Raleigh office of Smith Moore LLP, where he had been an associate since 2001. At Troutman Sanders, Cox's practice will focus on commercial real estate, serving clients in the retail, office, multifamily, and industrial sectors. Prior to his transition to a legal career, Cox spent more than 10 years in planning and development.
Dale Hall, AICP, has been appointed director of municipal services, a new division at Williams & Associates, Land Planners, PC. Hall comes to Williams & Associates as a project manager with experience in landscape architecture and both urban and municipal planning. His public sector expertise includes zoning, administration, comprehensive and master planning, public works, and municipal development. He is currently president-elect of the Georgia Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and will serve as president in 2008.
James A. Levy, AICP, has joined Wilbur Smith Associates as a senior transportation planner in the Albany, New York, office. His responsibilities include project development, management and facilitation, expanding the planning practice in New York State, and assisting with planning projects throughout the Northeast. Levy has nine years of experience in areas including transportation planning, bike and pedestrian planning, community planning, county planning, and regional planning.
Curtis Ostrodka, AICP, has been promoted to to senior community planner at MSCW, Inc., an Orlando-based planning, design, and civil engineering firm. In his new role, Ostrodka will be responsible for establishing development entitlements for both small and large-scale projects throughout central and northern Florida. Ostrodka joined MSCW in 2005 as a community planner, and his responsibilities have included comprehensive policy plan preparation, rezoning work, concurrency and development plan applications, and more.
Erin Dorn, a planner with WilsonMiller, received her master's of science degree in urban and regional planning from Florida State University. She is an experienced planner in Florida, with expertise in growth management, future land use assessments, and Developments of Regional Impact (DRIs). Prior to joining WilsonMiller, Dorn worked at the Florida Department of Community Affairs, where she was responsible for the evaluation and review of comprehensive plans and amendments.
Tom Darmody, AICP, has joined the global architectural design firm HOK as senior vice president and director of transportation, based in San Francisco. He joins the leadership team of HOK's firmwide Aviation/Transportation practice, which delivers architecture, engineering, planning and other related services for airport, aviation, and transportation facilities worldwide. Darmody brings to HOK 37 years of experience in the planning, design, and construction of major transportation projects, with an emphasis on airports and aviation infrastructure.
Jaquelin Robertson, FAICP, is the winner of the fifth Richard H. Driehaus Prize for Classical Architecture and will receive $100,000 at March 31 ceremonies in Chicago. Robertson, a New York architect and planner, was formerly dean of the University of Virginia's School of Architecture. She has worked on a range of projects including the town of Celebration, Florida, a sculpture park in Kansas City, Missouri, and a capital center in Iran. The Driehaus Prize is endowed by Richard Driehaus, who gives the prize in association with the Notre Dame School of Architecture.
Michael A. Morgan was recently named a stockholder at Gannett Fleming, an international planning, design, and construction management firm. Morgan serves as the Transportation Engineering and Planning Department manager in the firm's South Plainfield, New Jersey, office. With more than 19 years of experience, Morgan is responsible for traffic engineering, signal system design, and transportation and land use planning.
Walter G. Fields III, AICP, and Laura Simmons, AICP, (photos left) have joined the Charlotte office of Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc., as land development planning consultants. With more than 55 years of combined experience in land planning, zoning, and development, Fields and Simmons will be responsible for serving private-sector developers and investors as well as public-sector clients in the Charlotte area and the Southeast. For the last 10 years, following 25 years in public service, Fields has owned and operated a successful consulting practice providing planning, zoning, and land development services to development, real estate, legal, and government clients. Simmons has focused her career on land use consulting and private sector entitlements, serving development, real estate, legal, and government clients in Charlotte over the last seven years at Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman, LLP.
Edward J. Blakely will lead research for the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy on how cities can adapt to climate change. He was named a research fellow for 2006-07 to study how global warming threatens cities worldwide. The professor of urban planning at the University of Sydney, Australia, was also recently named by New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin to lead that city's post-hurricane rebuilding effort.
Mark Guthrel, AICP, recently joined Woolpert, Inc. as a project manager and senior planner in the firm's St. Louis office. He will be managing military planning projects for Woolpert's federal clients. Guthrel has extensive experience managing master planning projects for military installations both nationally and internationally in addition to overseeing planning projects for local communities. He is a member of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME).
R. Adam Carnegie, AICP, has joined WilsonMiller's Tampa office as a senior project manager. An experienced Hillsborough County planner, Carnegie is a member of WilsonMiller's Development Planning & Approvals Business Unit, which works with clients to obtain land use entitlements and development approvals. He is an attorney and a certified planner. As a project manager and planner for another Tampa-based consulting firm, Carnegie managed large-scale public and private projects, as well as developed and facilitated the adoption of long-range comprehensive plans and local land use regulations for a number of large Florida counties.
Norman Krumholz, FAICP, has been appointed to Cleveland's seven-member planning commission. Krumholz was the city's planning director from 1969 to 1979 and is a professor of urban studies at Cleveland State University. He is an APA life member.