Alan Steinbeck


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Alan Steinbeck


ALAN STEINBECK, AICP

Chief Operating Officer, Principal | Durham, NC

About Alan: 

Independent, Purposeful, Authentic, Competitive, Innovative, Unruffled, Down to earth

Education: 

BS, Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology

MS, City and Regional Planning, Georgia Institute of Technology

Bio:

Alan’s focus as a planning and design professional has been overseeing projects and programs integrating issues of transportation, land use, community development and design. He has successfully managed the completion of numerous projects including transportation plans, area and master plans, land use studies, technical assistance efforts and economic analyses. Alan has a thorough knowledge of the transportation planning process and can effectively address roadway, multimodal and transit issues at the local and regional level.

He is also an accomplished community planner, combining design experience and analytical tools to support scenario planning, economic forecasting, transit oriented development analysis and sustainability plans.  Alan has the ability to manage complex projects that involve both technical details and high profile decision-making elements. He is an excellent communicator and has a successful record of accomplishment with building consensus around issues among technical staff, the public and elected officials. 

I believe...

that you rise to the level of your commitment and success is measured by how you treat people. 

Alana Brasier


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Alana Brasier


ALANA BRASIER, AICP

Project Manager | Tampa, FL 

About Alana: 

Affable, Interested, Easy going, Detail oriented, Big picture thinker, Bicycle enthusiast, Fun seeker, Never stop learning                  

Education: 

BA, Environmental Science and Policy, University of Florida

MA Urban & Regional Planning, University of South Florida

Bio:

Alana is a project manager in the Tampa office. She studied Environmental Science and Policy at the University of Florida for her undergraduate degree, which sparked an interest in urban planning. She attended the University of South Florida for graduate school, where she was the first graduate of the university’s Master of Urban and Regional Planning program. During her time at Renaissance, Alana has worked on many different projects including long range transportation plans, federal grant applications, transit oriented development, bicycle and pedestrian plans, public outreach efforts, vision plans, neighborhood plans, and transportation and land use plans, among others. 

I believe... 

So many things in our day-to-day lives are influenced by the way our cities are designed: where we live, how we get around, where we recreate, where we get our food, our health, and even our relationships with other people. Conversely, the way we interact with our cities has a profound impact on our environment, economy, and society. We as planners have the good fortune/challenge of synthesizing these two sides of the coin and creating coherent, thoughtful, and meaningful plans to make cities more sustainable, equitable, functional, and fun. 

Alex Bell


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Alex Bell


ALEX BELL, AICP

Project Manager | Durham, NC

About Alex: 

Analyst, Pedestrian, Gooner, Modernist art, Carolina BBQ, Soccer, Psychedlic post fun, Beau gosse        

Education: 

BA, Art History, University of South Florida

MS Planning, Florida State University

Bio:

Alex focuses on plans, projects, tools and data products that support a systematic and comprehensive approach to community and regional planning. His work deals primarily with interactions between the built environment, economic and demographic trends, travel behavior, transportation system performance and environmental impacts of urban development. His project involvement covers database construction and management, GIS analysis and tools creation, and model development and application. He has contributed to a variety of transportation and land use studies at the local, regional, state and federal levels.

I believe... 

that communities are best served by maximizing the utility of their existing infrastructure and preserving local natural resources by coordinating transportation and land use planning, offering a variety of viable transportation options, and creating active public spaces.  These strategies enhance efficiency, opportunity, and dynamism while serving the long term economic, social, and environmental needs of a city. 

Anson Burtch


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Anson Burtch


Anson burTch

Director of Communications & Storytelling | Durham, NC

About Anson: 

Brand builder, bluegrass aficionado, mountain biker, beer lover, Braves fan, BBQ enthusiast & award-winning baker

Education: 

BA from the College of Social Studies (CSS), Wesleyan University

Bio:

Anson focuses on storytelling and messaging for all Renaissance clients. His work brings multimedia storytelling capabilities combined with clear, direct messaging to help organizations get the word out and support their planning projects. From television campaigns, video for web, and branded content, to social media strategy, persuasive presentations, and marketing, Anson’s work gains exposure and influences perceptions. Anson comes from an advertising agency background and has extensive experience managing large, complex projects.

I believe...

that no matter how big or far away the end goal appears to be, if you take a small step in the right direction each day, you will achieve it.

Amanda Douglas


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Amanda Douglas


AMANDA DOUGLAS, AICP

Senior Planner | Tampa, FL

About Amanda: 

Optimistic, Caring, Driven
Happy go lucky, Go Gators!
College football, Dog person

Education: 

BA, Georgraphy, Minor in Urban and Regional Planning, University of Florida

MA Urban & Regional Planning, University of Florida

Bio:

Amanda is a planner in Renaissance’s Tampa office. She provides research, writing, technical, and graphic support for a variety of projects led by Renaissance. Prior to joining Renaissance full-time in June 2013, Amanda was a planning intern with the company, where she contributed technical assistance to the Tampa Bay Regional Strategic Freight Plan and Brevard County (Space Coast) Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. Her experience includes multimodal and intermodal transportation planning, GIS data analysis and mapping, and public involvement. 

I believe... 

that as planners we cannot choose the cities that have been built before us but, we can choose the way cities are built after us.  

 

Caroline Dwyer


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Caroline Dwyer


CAROLINE DWYER, AICP

Senior Planner | Durham, NC

About Caroline: 

Appreciative, Coffee lover
Compassionate, Detail oriented
Engaged, Mother, Organized/ Organizer, Perpetual student
Reader, Resourceful              

Education: 

BA, Environmental Design, Policy & Planning, State University of New York at Stony Brook

MA City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 

Bio:

Caroline is a planner at Renaissance. Caroline’s academic and professional experiences in the areas of sustainability and resiliency have given her unique understanding of these concepts, and how they to effectively incorporate them into planning. Caroline has worked on numerous research projects investigating the intersection of environment and land use including community recovery following natural disasters; “green” cities; comprehensive planning and sustainability; and resiliency after Superstorm Sandy. Caroline has experience with ArcGIS, Microsoft Office Suite, AutoCAD, Stella Modeling Software, Environmental Impact Assessments, and Alternative Dispute Resolution.

My Philosophy Is... 

“In the absence of conviction, I’ve come to terms with the fact that uncertainty is an inescapable corollary of life. An abundance of mystery is simply part of the bargain- which doesn’t strike me as something to lament. Accepting the essential inscrutability of existence, in any case, is surely preferable to its opposite: capitulating to the tyranny of intransigent belief.” Jon Krakauer

Caleb Van Nostrand


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Caleb Van Nostrand


CALEB VAN NOSTRAND, PE 

Senior Planner | Tampa, FL

About Caleb: 

Postive, Careful, Husband
Dad, Tinkerer        

Education: 

BS, Civil Engineering, University of South Florida

MS, Civil Engineering, University of South Florida

Bio:

Caleb serves as a Senior Planner for Renaissance and brings 4 years of experience in Transportation Planning and Modeling. His past experience includes validation and application of travel demand models (FSUTMS), Geographic Information Systems, transit corridor studies, database management, MPO planning, and survey analysis. He has experience working in-house for both MPO and FDOT.

I believe... 

that often the simplest solution can be the best.

Chris Sinclair


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Chris Sinclair


CHRIS SINCLAIR

CEO, Principal | Orlando, FL

About Chris: 

Insanely curious, Fascinated by solving problems, Struggling musician, Reasonable sailor, Teacher, Traveler,                     Son/husband/dad/nephew 

Education: 

BA Urban Affairs, Virginia Tech

MS Urban & Regional Planning, Florida State University

Bio:

Chris Sinclair has more than 25 years of experience managing a variety of land and transportation planning projects. As the firm’s founding owner and current president, he has served as the visionary leader committed to advancing the state of planning practice through the integration of transportation planning and urban design.

Chris has managed master plans, transportation studies, comprehensive plan updates, MPO long range transportation plan updates, impact fee and concurrency ordinances and fiscal impact studies He is well versed in a wide range of planning tools and methods, including land use models, travel demand models, traffic operations software and fiscal impact models. Chris has developed unique technical methods, including the creation of the firm’s land use allocation tool, CorPlan, which is used as a scenario planning model. 

My Philosophy is...

Just like the natural environment, cities are complex, emergent systems that fascinate me.  I’ve come to understand that effectively planning in such complex settings requires the ability to simultaneously pay attention to the forest and the trees. The trick to pulling off this feat is avoiding the temptation to look at each and every tree, and finding and focusing on those trees that have the greatest influence on the forest when zooming between the two levels. The more I apply this approach, the more clearly I truly understand its importance. 

City planners of yore worked in such a way but the profession yielded to the temptation of specialization in order to tend to the details. As a result we spend most of our time lost in the trees, with no one taking responsibility for the forest. The sad result is dysfunctional cities, which ultimately take their toll on the natural environment. There is hope though. The formulation of new and important systems theories, such as emergence, is better defining our theoretical constructs. On the applied side, planners are making a move back to integrated planning. New urbanism, whether one is a fan or not, focuses on integrated planning. 

Dan Hardy


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Dan Hardy


DAN HARDY, PE, PTP

Principal | Arlington, VA

About Dan: 

Inquisitive, Positive, Husband
Dad, Sunsets, Sabrmetrician
Phillies fan

Experience:

27 years

Education: 

BS, Civil Engineering, Michigan State University

MS, Civil Engineering, Michican State Unviersity

Bio:

Dan Hardy is a Managing Principal with Renaissance Planning and has experience in developing transportation solutions that balance transportation and land use options to optimize multimodal travel demand and transportation network services in congested communities. 

Prior to joining Renaissance, Dan served as the Transportation Planning Chief for the Montgomery County Planning Department. Dan managed a 15-person Transportation Planning Division responsible for transportation elements of Countywide growth policies, master plans, and development review cases in a rapidly growing County of nearly one million residents with high expectations for involvement in decision making. His expertise includes both developing and applying growth management policies and practices.

I believe...

One of the things I love about being a transportation planner is that everyone is a stakeholder.  We all need to go places, we all need things delivered to us, and everyone has creative ideas about how their traveling needs would best be served.  Travel patterns are also influenced by the systems we engineer for them; traffic (across all modes) is essentially fluid flow with attitude. 


The challenge for the planner is to assemble the thousands of individual behaviors and desires into a collective narrative and help decision makers understand how the story can be written to have a happier ending. Progressive policies, services, and infrastructure are all complementary tools in the toolbox for building, and sustaining, great communities. Sometimes you actually have a nail and should use the proverbial hammer, other times you might want the pen. The emergence of sustainability as a formal paradigm in the planning arena is a welcome reminder that long-range economic, environmental, and equity considerations should all be balanced in picking the right set of tools.

Dave Nelson


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Dave Nelson


DAVID NELSON, AICP, ASLA

Project Manager | Orlando, FL

About David: 

Designer, Golfer, Pragmatic, Adrenaline Junkie, Sports fan, Blues music, Metal head, Adventuresome, Bleeds red and black, University of Georgia Alumni              

Education: 

BA Landscape Architecture, University of Georgia

Bio:

David is a registered landscape architect with over 32 years of planning and design experience, mostly involving land development consulting and in support of engineering projects. David’s background has given him extensive supervisory, professional, technical, and administrative skills.

David’s job responsibilities have included master planning and development for projects including the design of recreational facilities; golf course planning, routing and design; development of multi-use PUDs, including mixed use traditional neighborhood development (TND) and transit oriented development (TOD); single/multi-family residential developments; trail routing; transit routing; sustainability planning; feasibility studies and layouts for commercial and industrial office parks; wayfinding and signage plans; landscape and hardscape design; entitlements and permitting; eminent domain analysis; soil erosion and sedimentation control planning; and construction coordination. 

My philosophy is... 

The quest isn't "what are we going to do", the question is "what aren't we going to do"? -Ferris Bueller

David Stamm


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David Stamm


DAVE STAMM, AICP

Project Manager | Orlando, FL 

About  David: 

Chicago, Glacier National Park
Read and learn, Adaptable
Synthesis, Simplicity, Wit, Implementation            

Education: 

BA Economics and Urban Studies, Trinity University

MA Planning, University of Minnesota

Bio:

David is a project manager with Renaissance with a special focus on the integration of market analysis, real estate economics, finance, and development strategy with traditional land use and transportation planning assignments. He also has experience in the analysis, planning, and implementation of downtown and transit-oriented developments. David’s experience encompasses multiple disciplines, including market analysis, redevelopment planning, financial feasibility analysis, and development management. He has worked both as a consultant/advisor to public and private sector clients, and as a developer of residential and mixed-use projects. 

I believe..

that in order to effectively plan communities we have to understand not only how people use places but how they (and the organizations/businesses they form) use real estate.  Mobility creates and supports economic value, but the means of mobility provided and utilized shape the places traveled between.  I am fascinated by why things are where they are, how they got there, and where they are going.  To understand this, demographics and economics are important, but so are history, character, design, and culture.  I have been an analyst, planner, real estate adviser, and developer, and I want to use all of those skills to help communities achieve concrete, implementable goals.  I like to watch places change for the better.

I also believe that The Simpsons is the finest television show ever produced. 


Franchesca Taylor


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Franchesca Taylor


franchesca taylor AICP

Senior Planner | Miami, FL

About Franchesca: 

SEC Football fan (WAR EAGLE!), Foodie, Traveler, Sister, Daughter, Creative, Pensive

Education: 

B.S. Business Administration, Florida A&M University

MCP Master’s in Community Planning, Auburn University

Bio:

Franchesca is a Senior Planner in the Miami office. Her work experience ranges in from local to regional scales. Her planning portfolio includes multi-modal transportation systems and safety planning, comprehensive plan updates, and neighborhood revitalization plans. Franchesca prides herself on innovation and has managed projects focused on tactical urbanism, and the use of technology to capture bicycle and pedestrian activity levels. 

I believe...

…that urban planners have the responsibility to engage traditionally disenfranchised populations in the planning process.

Frank Kalpakis


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Frank Kalpakis


FRANK KALPAKIS, AICP

Principal | Tampa, FL

About Frank: 

Driven, Thoughtful, Realist, Listener, Family, Fisherman, Gumbo, Jambalaya 

Education: 

BA, Urban and Regional Planning, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

MA Urban and Regional Planning, University of New Orleans

Bio:

Frank Kalpakis is a Managing Principal with Renaissance. He has an in-depth knowledge of the federal and state transportation planning processes. Frank’s experience covers a wide range of transportation, land use, and resource preservation initiatives including long-range transportation plans, vision plans, mobility management processes, transit planning and transit oriented development, comprehensive plans, corridor studies, freight movement studies, environmental streamlining and preservation, and public involvement. He gives particular attention to developing multimodal transportation solutions that serve both regional demands for commuters and freight transport and local demands for travel convenience and accessibility.  A sample of Frank’s relevant project experience is provided below.

I believe...

hat there is a great demand for honest work, creativity and simplicity, in that order…..and that elegant, simple solutions are mostly the result of a collection of good and not so good ideas – both are needed.

Franco Saraceno


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Franco Saraceno


FRANCO SARACENO

Principal | Tampa, FL

About Franco: 

Father, Husband, Triathlete, Listener, Pragmatist, Ambitious,Creative            

Education: 

BA, Philosophy, University of South Florida

MS, Urban & Regional Planning, Florida State University 

MA, Public Administration, Florida State University 

Bio:

Professional experience includes 13 years as a planner, with eight years of project management and supervisory experience in transportation planning. Specific areas of expertise in planning include long range transportation plan updates, transit corridor studies, travel demand modeling (FSUTMS), transportation surveys, transportation improvement programs and a variety of other Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) support tasks. Focused on innovative approaches to transportation planning challenges, including technical solutions and public involvement activities designed to both engage and educate participants. 

I believe... 

that planning is both a scientific art and an artistic science that relies on a mixture of technical analysis and creative thinking – the trick is finding a balance.

Gastonia Anderson


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Gastonia Anderson


gastonia anderson

Sr. Planner | Miami, FL

About Gastonia: 

Creative, Resourceful, Sister, Aunt, Cosmetologist, Innovative, Problem-solver

Education: 

Master of Public Administration, Troy University

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, University of West Florida

Bio:

Gastonia Anderson is a Senior Planner in our Miami office. Gastonia is a transportation-oriented planner with MPO/TPO and local government finance experience. Prior to joining Renaissance, Gastonia was a budget officer for the City of Pensacola and she has also provided support to Metropolitan Planning Organizations as well as coordinating the Transportation Improvement Programs in both Northwest Florida and the Greater Philadelphia region. She has experience in analytical research, public involvement and outreach, Title VI, project priorities, and ArcGIS.  

Gastonia's hobbies are extensive, but at the top of the list are traveling and baking. Her skills and interest are unlimited, but her favorites include event planning, networking, building databases and websites, marketing, creating hair styles, and assisting others using her talents.

I believe...

“God gave you two ends, success depends on which end you use: heads you win, tails you lose” -- Dr. Tonie Anderson-Steele

Glen Duke


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Glen Duke


GLEN DUKE

Information Technology Manager, Founding Principal | Orlando, FL

About Glen: 

Family, Ultimate frisbee, Computers, History, Humor
Maps, Music               

Education: 

BA Geography, University of South Florida

Bio:

Glen is the Renaissance Information Technology Manager. He also has more than 23 years of experience working with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications, mapping and database-related work. Glen specializes in land use and transportation-related analysis involving multiple types of datasets to quantify and effectively display geographic and socioeconomic relationships. 

My Belief is... 

A map is worth a thousand pictures.

Hunter McKibben


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Hunter McKibben


HUNTER MCKIBBEN

Designer | Tampa, FL 

About Hunter: 

Compassionate, Perceptive
Curious, Fun, Bold             

Education:

BA, Landscape Architecture, Specialization in Urban Design & Planning, University of Florida

Bio:

Hunter is a Designer at Renaissance’s Tampa office.  She focuses on providing design and graphic support to the Renaissance team. With her foundation rooted in Landscape Architecture, Hunter focuses on bringing a humanistic approach to planning.  Her experience includes creating walkability and parking studies for the Pompano Beach Core, large-scale community planning and amenity design, the City of Cocoa Beach Master Visioning Plan, and organization of the East Coast Greenway Alliance South Florida Tour and Summit.

I believe.. 

... the most meaningful parts of life are found in our shared experiences.  To have the ability to create the spaces for these moments, realized or unrealized, is awesome.

Jason Espie


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Jason Espie


JASON ESPIE, AICP

Project Manager | Charlottesville, VA

About Jason: 

Adventurer, Seeker, Leader
Problem Solver, Caretaker, Cook, Musician, Inspired,     Hopeful

Education: 

BA World History, State University of New York, 
College at Purchase

MA Urban and
Environmental Planning, 
University of Virginia

Bio:

Jason brings years of experience helping communities navigate complex planning processes, frame issues, assess trade-offs, rethink possibilities, and realize opportunities. Jason is comfortable working in scales from the region to the street.  He approaches challenges asking how to best integrate planning, transportation, engineering and urban design disciplines to build value and create vibrant, enjoyable places.  Problem solving requires a balance of creativity, art, and science, which Jason brings to his projects with strong leadership and technical abilities.

Jason is a proven facilitator having lead local food systems planning, economic development, revitalization, placemaking and visioning workshops in more than 30 communities nationwide in recent years.  His technical proficiencies include land use modeling and GIS based tools such as CorPlan, Envision Tomorrow Prototype Builder, and CommunityViz. He has experience with data inputs for Travel Demand Models, regional scenario planning, multimodal accessibility analysis, demographics and socioeconomic forecasting.

He is a skilled practitioner of smart growth and integrated planning, having spent over 10 years prior to Renaissance managing sustainability policy and communications work for an international non-government organization, the Mountain Institute. Before joining Renaissance, Jason worked for the Institute for Environmental Negotiation on community involvement and land use planning projects.

My Philosophy is..

I love spaces and places that inspire, cities, public art, mountains, farms, rivers, forests, oceans, parks, streets, trains, bikes, exploration, discovery, learning, teaching, solving, ultimate frisbee, softball, music, people that care about things, being a father and friend.

I plan because I want to help communities manage, adapt to change, and succeed. I plan to create systems that improve everyone’s health, opportunities and well-being.  I plan because I want to make a difference.

 

 

Jeremy Goldstein


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Jeremy Goldstein


jeremy goldstein, AICP, LEED 

Project Manager | Durham, NC 

About Jeremy: 

Advocate, Transit oriented,   Collaborative, Urban, Family  

Education: 

BA, Biological Basis of Behavior (Cognitive Neuroscience), University of Pennsylvania

MRP, City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Bio:

Jeremy is a project manager with Renaissance, responsible for land use and transportation planning research and analysis, including transit station-area land use planning, transit-oriented development, bicycle and pedestrian planning, transportation demand management, market assessments, wayfinding and circulation analyses, public involvement, geographic information systems (GIS) mapping, and graphics creation.

I believe.. 

... that planning ideals and public preference are better aligned than they have been in generations. Walkable communities, premium transit, and infill development are no longer unrealized goals but market preferences. However, there are still hurdles to implementing these changes. I see my job as utilizing coordinated land use, transportation, and economic development planning strategies to facilitate these emerging preferences and overcome the hurdles preventing them. 

Jessica Dimmick


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Jessica Dimmick


JESSICA DIMMICK, AICP, PE

Project Manager | Arlington, VA

About Jessica: 

Passionate, Inquisitive, Believer, Chef, Fine arts, nature, Red wine, Chocolate                          

Education: 

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Lafayette College

Master of Urban and Environmental Planning, University of Virginia

Bio

Trained as a civil engineer, Jessica joined Renaissance in 2008 with a highly technical background in traffic engineering and transportation design. She has since broadened her land use and policy planning experience, developed transit-oriented development expertise, and continued to hone her skills in multimodal transportation planning. She currently manages the South Florida office, and has strong communication and facilitation skills. Jessica’s attention to detail and commitment to quick response and quality work ensure she meets clients’ expectations.

My philosophy is... 

...the best forms of transportation balance environmental responsibility and personal convenience.  In a world of growing consciousness concerning environmental impacts, we must strive to minimize consumption of all forms of energy to preserve natural beauty.  Keeping a focus on local communities can promote a sense of character and pride for citizens while also helping to reduce dependence on long commutes without sacrificing quality of life.  Each individual choice has an impact and should be made consciously with regard for the greater good. 

Jessica Romeo


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Jessica Romeo


JESSICA ROMEO 

Chief Financial Officer | Orlando, FL 

About Jessica: 

Fun loving, Loyal, Persistent, Collaborative, Sister, Aunt

Education: 

BS Accounting, University of Florida

Bio:

Jessica brings over 10 years in accounting. She manages Renaissance's finance and accounting department and has a degree in accounting from the University of Florida. 

I believe.. 

...without risk, there is no reward! 

Kate Ange


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Kate Ange


KATE ANGE, AICP

Chief Development Officer, Principal | Arlington, VA

About Kate: 

Optimist, Connector, Chief of center, Organic, Inspired, Family, Glue, Coffee anyone?   

Education: 

BA Environmental Studies, Rollins College

MA Planning in Urban & Environmental Planning, University of Virginia

Bio:

Kate Ange is Vice President and Managing Principal with Renaissance Planning Group. Kate’s project experiences including working at the corridor and countywide scales on visioning and scenario planning, multimodal transportation planning, community development strategic planning and public engagement. Kate excels in strategic communications and facilitation relative to framing key issues, understanding tradeoffs and identifying a consensus path forward in the development of plans and policies. She has worked with local governments, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, Departments of Transportation and federal agencies to advance integrated approaches to land use, urban design and transportation in support of community livability and sustainability goals. Recent topical areas of expertise include food systems planning, transit oriented development, scenario planning, equitable development, rural community capacity building and development of programmatic guidance and trainings.  

My Belief is... 

The people we encounter, the development patterns we experience and the ways in which we move from one place to another in a given day…these experiences shape who we are. Helping to create communities that provide opportunity, strengthen connections between people, express authenticity of place, provide transportation options and infuse natural elements throughout - that is why I plan.

Katherine Shor


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Katherine Shor


katherine shor

Project Planner, Operations Specialist | Durham, NC 

About Katherine: 

Creative, Organized, Curious, Resourceful, Engaged, Driven

Education: 

BA Public Policy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Bio:

Katherine Shor is a Planner/Operations Specialist experienced in working with diverse stakeholders, across the public and private sector, to cultivate innovative solutions to complex problems. Her work is at the nexus of food system planning, community development finance, and environmental equity. She believes that strategic planning is integral to the long-term sustainability and resiliency of communities. 

Katherine is trained in community engagement, collective visioning, and interviewing techniques; she also has experience with STATA, community meeting facilitation, and Microsoft Office Suite. Katherine holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Public Policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Kathleen Rooney


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Kathleen Rooney


KATHLEEN ROONEY

Project Manager | Orlando, FL

About Kathleen: 

Multidisciplinary, Lagniappe
Redhead, Cheesecake, Green chile, Why?                                 

Education: 

BA Political Science, Tulane

MA Environmental Policy, University of Maryland College Park

Bio

Kathleen brings more than 10 years of integrated transportation planning experience, especially in multidisciplinary, outcomes-based collaborations. Kathleen’s work has focused on innovative and implementable solutions to multimodal transportation planning challenges, notably at the federal and state levels. Her specialties include transportation demand management (TDM), public health and active transportation, smart growth/livability, and applied transportation technologies.

I believe... 

 …that helping people and communities reach their highest potential is true development and freedom – and that everyone deserves that opportunity.

“Progress isn’t made by early risers. It’s made by lazy [people] trying to find easier ways to do something.”  Robert Heinlein

 

Megan Barrow


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Megan Barrow


megan barrow

Senior Planner | Orlando, FL

About Megan: 

Conscientious, Flexible, Determined, Curious, Semi-Spontaneous, Usually Hungry

Education: 

BA, Journalism, University of Richmond

MS, City and Regional Planning, Georgia Institute of Technology

Bio:

Megan's planning work is rooted in the age-old idea that knowledge is power. She has contributed to a variety of projects that encourage informed, inclusive decision-making in transportation and community and economic development, including mobility studies, land use plans, transit analyses and regional visions.

With a solid background in writing, editing, web design and basic coding, Megan lends a holistic perspective to the planning process, along with the ability to synthesize and communicate technical details to a diverse audience. Her skills include GIS (including transportation network) analysis, economic and demographic research and community facilitation.

I believe...

that every person deserves a chance at self-determination

Mia Candy


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Mia Candy


MiA CANDY

Planner | Durham, NC

About Mia: 

Collaborator, Creative thinker, Placemaker, Writer, Photographer, Storyteller, South African in the US

Education: 

BA, English Literature & Social Anthropology, University of Cape Town

MA, City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Bio:

Mia is a well rounded planner with a strong sense of design and place making. She graduated with her Masters in Planning from UNC Chapel Hill and specializes in community development and urban design. She has worked with local governments, non-profit organizations, and private consultants across the state, conducting geospatial analyses, community engagement, and place-based design.

Mia has also worked as a community organizer in Cape Town, South Africa and for the Center for Health & Environment in Queens, NY. 

I believe...

that the evolution of cities occurs on a spectrum from organic growth to human design. Planning for cities that work requires the integration of organic processes and strategic design; embracing chaos and uncertainty as inevitable forces of city building is the key to sustainable, resilient, problem solving. 

Mike Callahan


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Mike Callahan


Mike callahan, AICP

Project Manager | Charlottesville, VA 

About Mike: 

Tar heels, National parks, Explorer, Swimmer, ACC-Basketball, Conscientious, Friendly, Husband, Father    

Education: 

BA, Journalism & Mass Communications, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Master of City & Regional Planning, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Bio:

Mike is a project manager with Renaissance. Mike is a strong facilitator and communicator with expertise is translating complex technical analyses into plain speak common language for policy makers and the public alike. He has a broad range of experience in transportation planning, land use planning, public outreach, writing, and facilitation. His planning experience spans six years during which he has worked with a broad array of clients across the United States including federal agencies, state departments of transportation, metropolitan planning organizations, and dozens of local governments.

I believe.. 

... in the importance of the public realm – especially well designed streets - for our health and well being.

I care about telling clear and compelling stories and thinking of solutions. 

Nick Lepp


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Nick Lepp


NICK LEPP, AICP, CTP

Principal | Orlando, FL 

About Nick: 

Father, Red Soxs Fanatic, Golfer, Direct
Confident, Laid back        

Education: 

BA Political Science, Environmental Inquire Minor, Penn State University

MA Urban & Environmental Planning, University of Virginia

Bio:

Nick Lepp is a Principal at Renaissance Planning with over 13 years of experience in integrated land use and transportation planning, with a focus on practical, results-oriented approaches to land use planning, policy planning, multimodal planning, corridor studies, development review, transportation analysis and long range planning. He is a responsive and service-oriented project manager who has demonstrated the ability to thoroughly understand local community issues, context, and perspectives as a framework for development of transportation systems. He uses his knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to work with Renaissance’s own community-based land-use planning model CorPlan, and multimodal sketch planning Tool CorMap with Florida Standard Urban Transportation Model Structure (FSUTMS) CUBE Software to evaluate scenarios based on performance measures developed for the context of the community.

I believe... 

...that numbers speak louder than words, baseball is the greatest game on earth, and the shortest distance between two points is a straight line.

Natasha Serra


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Natasha Serra


NATASHA SERRA, AICP

Senior Planner | Miami, FL 

About Natasha: 

Mover & shaker, Latin hustle dancer,  Transit diva, Mother of 3, Cuban American

Education: 

BS, Organizational Management, Indian River State College

MA, Community Economic Development and Urban Planning, Southern New Hampshire University 

Bio:

Natasha has six years of experience in the field of Mobility Management, and is a passionate human services advocate with a proven track record for thinking creatively on how to match and leverage resources to implement projects. 

She has extensive experience with public involvement programs for Mobility Management at the local, state and national level. She has worked as the Regional Mobility Manager for FDOT District 4 for the counties Martin and St. Lucie as well as the Statewide Mobility Manager of the Florida Commission for Transportation Disadvantaged. She has assisted with several successful grant applications that resulted in several projects coming to fruition, including a program planning for an innovative transportation project that enabled after-hours services for transit dependent persons, seniors, persons with disabilities and veterans called the Transportation Coordination Network (TCN).

I believe...

 that having the right attitude is the precursor to achieving great change.

Nicole Estevez


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Nicole Estevez


NICOLE ESTEVEZ

Senior Planner | Miami, FL 

About Melina: 

Creative, Tactful,  Perceptive
Analytical, Espresso drinker  

Education: 

BA, Urban & Regional Planning, Florida Atlantic University

MA, Urban & Regional Planning, Florida Atlantic University

Bio:

Nicole is a planner in Renaissance’s Miami office. She provides research, writing, technical, and graphic support for a variety of projects led by Renaissance. Prior to joining Renaissance, Nicole was a Project Manager at the Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions at Florida Atlantic University, where she contributed towards numerous, interdisciplinary research endeavors. Her experience includes a strong background in analytical research, GIS data analysis and mapping, public involvement, visual communications and strategic design.

I believe.. 

“When you first start off trying to solve a problem, the first solutions you come up with are very complex, and most people stop there. But if you keep going, and live with the problem and peel more layers of the onion off, you can often times arrive at some very elegant and simple solutions.” – Steve Jobs

Richard Kuzmyak


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Richard Kuzmyak


RICHARD KUZMYAK

Principal | Arlington, VA

About Rich: 

Family, Faith, Humor, Irony
Gaining insights, Giving insights            

Education: 

BS, Civil Engineering, University of Pittsburgh

MS, Public Management & Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University

Bio:

Rich is a transportation planner and policy analyst with extensive experience in the areas of travel demand analysis, the integration of transportation and land use, smart growth, performance based planning, travel demand management and air quality.  He has done leading research on many of these issues, created special tools to bring the findings into planning practice, and worked with federal, state and local governments and public/private organizations in their application.

What drives me... 

I have a quote from Woodrow Wilson that hangs above my desk where I can read it every day, and twice on days when I come to question why we try so hard to do the right thing when it seems like the rest of the world doesn’t care quite as much about how we treat the planet or each other:

 “You are here to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, and with a finer spirit of hope and achievement.  You are here to enrich the world. “

It would be extremely short-sighted to think that “I” know what is best for the world, but I find it my calling to use my energy and creativity to challenge the forces of conventional thinking to see a bigger picture and to embrace change that can bring us closer together in vibrant, diverse communities, make better use of our scarce resources, and leave the world a better place than the way we found it. 

Rob P


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Rob P


ROBERT PIATKOWSKI

Planner | Miami, FL

About Rob: 

Traveler, Backpacker, Cities
New Jersey, Figure ground, Urbanism, Mountains, Open minded, Yellow jacket           

Education: 

BS, Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

MA, City and Regional Planning, Georgia Institute of Technology 

Bio:

Rob is a planner with Renaissance. His passion is the intersection of urban design and transportation, developed through a series of design studios along with his background in civil engineering. Always with an eagerness to learn and explore, Rob has spent time in China studying and working on urban design issues as well as researched low-carbon urban form.  Prior to joining Renaissance, Rob worked for a Regional Planning Commission and Metropolitan Planning Organization in New Hampshire where his design and engineering skills were applied to a variety of projects.  

I believe... 

... the best way to understand a city is to wander its streets, meet its people, and eat its food. Much about a place and its history can be discovered by taking in all that is possible about its form and the bits and pieces which make it up – unveiling the influences of those who came before and their culture. The same can be said about food! 

Scott Sinclair


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Scott Sinclair


SCOTT SINCLAIR

Business Operations Manager, Senior Transportation Planner | Orlando, FL

About Scott: 

Dad, Cube, Systematized
Lacrosse, Sports trivia
Superstitious, Magic, Bucs and Noles          

Education: 

BS, Geography, Florida State University 

Bio

Scott Sinclair serves as a Senior Transportation Planner for Renaissance and brings over 8 years of experience in travel demand modeling, and integrated land use and transportation planning. He excels at technical analysis and has a keen focus on practical, results-oriented approaches to development review, transportation analysis and long range planning. Scott also serves as the Business Systems Manager where he is responsible for developing and managing the internal/external processes in the following areas - project and contract administration, SharePoint development and implementation, and business administration.

My Philosophy is... 

"If you’re going to have a party, make sure you book a band and not a DJ." 

Tim Whaler


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Tim Whaler


TIM WHALER, AICP

Project Manager | Tampa, FL

About Tim: 

Faith, Family, Explore, Create, Adventure

Education: 

BS, Geography, Minor in Urban & Regional Planning, Florida State University

Bio:

Tim serves as a project manager for Renaissance and brings over 11 years of experience supporting community and regional planning initiatives.  With an educational background in geography, urban and regional planning, and architecture, Tim focuses on integrating transportation and land use planning. His project involvement includes multimodal transportation planning, comprehensive planning, and GIS data analysis and mapping.

I believe... 

Good planning provides a vision for the future and outlines the pathways to get there.

Vlad


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Vlad


VLAD GAVRILOVIC, AICP

Principal | Charlottesville, VA

About Vlad: 

Planner, Urban designer, Real world, Family, Chicago, Virginia
Design, Nature

Education: 

BA, Architecture, University of Illinois

MA Urban and Environmental, University of Virginia

Bio:

Vlad Gavrilovic is a principal with Renaissance and has over 30 years of experience in the integration of land use, urban design and transportation planning practice. He has managed a wide variety of complex projects throughout his career and has designed innovative and context sensitive solutions for communities throughout the country. His experience includes land use and transportation planning, multi-modal transportation design, urban design, environmental planning, and facilitation, public involvement and consensus building.

My philosophy is...

I feel privileged  to partner with people on solving a community’s problems.   A wise person once said that planners should be compelled to live in the places that they plan.  The people who live and work in a place are the ultimate judges of the planner’s work and we have a responsibility to them in everything we do. 


“However beautiful your strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.”  - Winston Churchill

Ysela Llort


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Ysela Llort


YSELA LLORT

Principal | Miami, FL

About Ysela: 

Collaborative, consensus builder, driven to understand, driven to solve, enthusiastic mentor

                         

Education: 

Bachelor of Science in Economics & Anthropology, Duke University

Master of Planning, Clemson University 

Bio:

Ysela has a diverse background as a planner and brings over 30+ years of leadership experience working with DOT's and Transit Agencies. She oversaw Miami-Dade’s transportation transit system as the county’s Transit Director from 2011 to 2015 and is credited with establishing the metro’s Orange Line to Miami international Airport, strengthening Miami-Dade Transit's partnership with the Federal Government and restoring commitment to transit. She also served with the Florida and Virginia DOT's establishing leadership and direction in the development of multimodal plans and programs as well as planning and operations programs.

Ysela has been recognized nationally by the National Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) as well as by Cien Latinos/Hispano’s de Miami-Dade for her transportation work in the state of Florida. She is also an active member of TRB and the National Academy of Science and Engineering. 

I believe... 

...the built environment lasts lifetimes-- often  centuries-it's critical that communities grow in ways that enrich people's lives. 

I get energized from collaborating with people to find practical solutions to the complex problems that enable such places to be. 

Zeina Ahmed


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Zeina Ahmed


ZEINA AHMED

Proposal Coordinator & Communications Specialist | Arlington, VA

About Zeina: 

Artist, Wahoo, Coffee addict,
Twin, Cooperative, Easy going 

Education: 

BA, Urban and Environmental Planning, University of Virginia

Bio:

As Renaissance’s Proposal Coordinator and Marketing Specialist, Zeina's primary role is leading the development of strong and clear proposals. She also supports Renaissance’s communications and marketing initiatives, including the development of client deliverables. Zeina also brings her experience in visualization/design to the team. Using her background in urban planning, she also assists project-based deliverables.   

I believe.. 

…that planning and design is a collaborative phenomenon that can’t occur without embracing innovative ways to engage and include.

“What attracts people most, it would appear, is other people.” –William H. Whyte