Executive Board

The Executive Board consists of the Chapter’s elected officers, appointed committee chairs and members-at large. The Board typically meets six times a year. Learn more about Board members and access Executive Board meeting minutes below.

Meeting Minutes

 

President – 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.

Past President – Emily Hultquist, AICP

Emily Hultquist, AICP is the current President of CCAPA. She is a Principal Planner and Policy Analyst at the Capitol Region Council of Governments and has nine years of professional experience in land use, transportation planning and urban design in Connecticut. As CCAPA President, Ms. Hultquist serves as the Vice Chair of the Leadership Development Committee of the APA Chapter President’s Council. Ms. Hultquist holds an A.B. in Growth and Structure of Cities from Bryn Mawr College and a Masters in City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.

Secretary – Khara C. Dodds, AICP

Khara_DoddsKhara C. Dodds, AICP is the Secretary of the Executive Committee and Director of Planning and Land Use Services for the Town of Glastonbury. She graduated with her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Khara Dodds has been an active member of CCAPA for the past several years where she has served as a member at large on the Executive Committee, a member of the Program Committee and organized outreach events to engage young planning professionals.

Treasurer – Heidi Samokar, AICP

Heidi Samokar, AICP has worked in the public and private sector over the last 16 years. Before becoming Chapter Treasurer, she was a member of the Program Committee and had also served on the Massachusetts Board. Heidi has been a long-time member of the Southern New England APA Conference Planning Committee and was co-chair of the 2012 Hartford conference.Heidi Samokar, AICP has worked in the public and private sector over the last 16 years. Before becoming Chapter Treasurer, she was a member of the Program Committee and had also served on the Massachusetts Board. Heidi has been a long-time member of the Southern New England APA Conference Planning Committee and was co-chair of the 2012 Hartford conference.

Government Relations Committee Co-Chairs – Amanda Kennedy, AICP and John Guszkowski, AICP

Professional Development Officer – Susan Westa, AICP

Susan Westa, AICP, is the Chapter’s Professional Development Officer and Program Committee Co-Chair. She has served on the Program Committee since 2010 and on the SNEAPA Planning Committee in 2012 and 2013. Susan is the Community Engagement Director for the Connecticut Main Street Center. She previously worked as an Extension Educator with the University of Connecticut where she served as Co-Director of the Green Valley Institute. She also worked as a planning consultant in upstate New York for many years. Susan has an MS in Environmental Science. She sits on the Town of Mansfield’s Planning and Zoning Commission.

Program Committee Chair – Jeanne Davies, AICP

J_DaviesJeanne Davies, AICP, is Co-Chair of the Program Committee. Jeanne has been a member of CCAPA since 1988 and a member of the Program and former Legislative Committees. She has enjoyed working on Connecticut’s SNEAPA Committee for several Connecticut sponsored conferences. Jeanne has worked as Deputy Director and Principal Planner for the Lower CT River Valley Council of Governments for fifteen years and has over 28 years of experience in community and regional land use, transportation, environmental and emergency management planning.

Membership Committee Chair – Alan L. Weiner, AICP

Alan L. Weiner, AICP has been a member of CCAPA since 1976 and chair of its Member Services Committee since 1985. In July, 2016, he retired after 33 years of service with the City of Bristol, where he first served as the staff planner for the Bristol Development Authority (1983-1986) and then as City Planner until his retirement. Prior to that, he was the Assistant Town Planner in Windsor, the Town Planner in North Branford, and staff planner for a private consulting firm. He is also one of the organizers and managers of the Collinsville Farmers Market.

Communications Committee Chair – Rebecca Augur, AICP

Rebecca Augur, AICP is a Senior Planner with Milone & MacBroom, Inc. where she works on a variety of community and land use planning projects. She previously served as an Assistant Town Planner in Cheshire, CT and as a Regional Planner at the Capitol Region Council of Governments. She holds a Masters of regional planning from UMASS and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Marlboro College.

Member-At-Large – Patrice Carson, AICP

Patrice has been a public sector Planner throughout her career. She first worked as a Regional Planner in Western Massachusetts and then became a Town Planner in Connecticut for the majority of her career. She now serves as a Consultant Planner serving towns needing interim assistance. Patrice has served on the CCAPA Executive Committee for over 12 years, most of that time as a member of the Program Committee which she also chaired.

Member-At-Large – Abby St. Peter, AICP

Abby St. Peter, AICP, is the Assistant Town Planner with the Town of Windsor. She previously worked as a Regional Planner at the Central Connecticut Regional Planning Agency where she oversaw the provision of paratransit service in the region. She holds a Masters of City and Regional Planning from Ohio State University. Abby was appointed to the Executive Board as a Member At-Large in 2015.

Member-At-Large – Robert A. Phillips, AICP

phillipsRobert A. Phillips, AICP is the Director of Planning and Community Development for the Town of Southington, CT. Mr. Phillips holds both a Master of Public Administration (MPA) and a Master of Science (MS) in Natural Resources from the University of Connecticut. He previously served as Town Planner for the Town of Ellington, and as Treasurer of CCAPA for a four-year term limit.

Member-At-Large – Don Poland

PolandDonald Poland is a human geographer and professional planner with twenty years’ experience in land use planning, community development, market regeneration, and executive level management. He has worked in public, private, non-profit, and academic sectors as a municipal planning director, planning consultant, executive director/CEO, and as a university lecturer in human geography and urban planning. Mr. Poland is a community strategist and planning consultant who is affiliated with czb in Alexandria, VA and Goman + York in East Hartford, CT. His practice focuses on distressed and weak market cities, urban regeneration, and complex market issues. Mr. Poland is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography, Comparative Urbanism program at University College London (UCL), London, England. His thesis title is The Remaking of Resilient Urban Space: A Case Study of West Hartford Center 1980 – 2012. Mr. Poland’s research interests include the remaking of urban space, urban-ecological resilience, resiliency approaches to planning, Protestant theology and the nineteenth century American urban experience, suburban histories, urban culture, lifestyle, and hospitality, and utopian planning.

Member-At-Large – Demian A. Sorrentino, AICP, C.S.S.

Demian Sorrentino enjoys working in a fast-paced, customer-driven environment where interpretation/application of regulatory requirements and responsible design result in projects that are mutually beneficial to clients and host municipalities. Past: Zoning Enforcement Administrator/Assistant Planner , Town of Coventry, RI; Director of Planning & Development, Griswold, CT; Part-time Planning & Zoning Agent,Town of Chaplin, CT. Currently: Certified Planner/Soil Scientist and Project Manager, Boundaries LLC, Griswold, CT; Part-time Zoning Enforcement Officer, Town of Sterling, CT.

Member-At-Large – Dan Tuba

Dan Tuba is a former two term president and two term secretary of CCAPA.He has been deeply involved in the activities of the Board since the 1980s and been a force behind the SNEAPA annual conference every year since its inception. Dan is presently “actively” retired after 40+ years in municipal planning.

Member-At-Large – Jonathan Reiner, AICP

Member-At-Large – Christopher Smith, Esq.

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