CCAPA Officer Elections Coming Soon

CCAPA members will receive electronic ballots for upcoming CCAPA officer elections on August 1st. Ballots will be tabulated and results reported on September 1st.

Following is the slate of candidates put forth by the Nominating Committee:

President-elect: Michael Piscitelli, AICP
MPiscitelliMichael Piscitelli, AICP, serves as the Deputy Economic Development Administrator for the City of New Haven. Economic Development coordinates the work of seven city departments. He previously served as the City’s Comprehensive Planner in the City Plan Department. From there, he served as the first Director of a reorganized Transportation, Traffic and Parking Department with a mission to enhance the City’s transportation assets into a sustainable and integrated system.

Mr. Piscitelli is working on many of New Haven’s signature revitalization projects including the conversion of Route 34 to urban boulevards, the Wooster Square / Water Street TOD and the 100 College Street med/lab development. Before moving to New Haven, Mr. Piscitelli served in similar capacities for Metro-North Railroad and the City of Springfield, Massachusetts. Mr. Piscitelli earned his BA at St. Bonaventure University and MRP (regional planning) at the University of Massachusetts.

Between 2002 and 2004, he served as the professional development officer for CCAPA and from 2004 to 2006 as chapter secretary. If elected, he is looking to continue innovative technical skills training for our members, to broaden regional cooperation and to elevate our participation in planning issues statewide.

Treasurer: Heidi Samokar, AICP
Heidi SamokarHeidi Samokar, AICP, has spent most of her 18 years as a planner helping municipalities plan. She has worked in the public and private sectors, with a focus on long-range planning, planning and zoning administration and public participation. She has served on the chapter boards in both Massachusetts and Connecticut. She also has co-chaired and served on the committee for the three-state Southern New England APA annual conference – a 2-day event that draws over 500 attendees. Heidi has served as Treasurer of the Connecticut Chapter since 2012. If re-elected, she hopes to continue to guide the board on financial matters, find additional ways to reduce the costs of chapter administration, and continue protocols set in place by past chapter treasurers to ensure the chapter operates transparently and efficiently.

Secretary: Khara C. Dodds, AICP
KDoddsKhara C. Dodds, is the Secretary of the Executive Board of CCAPA and the Director of Planning and Land Use Services for the Town of Glastonbury where she oversees the Community Development Department. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts and Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Khara Dodds has been an active member of CCAPA for since 2009 and has served as a member at large on the Executive Board, a member of the Program Committee and SNEAPA Conference Committee, and has organized outreach events for young planning professionals.

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