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Gary Mitchell, AICP
PLAN PAC Chair
Company:Kendig Keast Collaborative
Location: Sugarland
Position: Vice President
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Bob Hunter, FAICP
Location: Plant City
Position: Member Emeritus
E-mail: robertbhunter@verizon.net
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Dustin W. Henry, AICP
Company:Coastal Resource Division
Location: City of Galveston
Position: Manager
E-mail: dhenry@galvestonTX.gov
Dustin Henry has worked for most of his professional career in local government, specializing in areas such as historic preservation, urban design, sustainable development, comprehensive planning, parks and recreation planning, and coastal and natural resource management. He serves as lead of the Coastal Resource Division for the City of Galveston, and is responsible for developing and administering current and long-range planning programs related to the community’s coastal resources, including shoreline protection, erosion response and mitigation, public beach accessibility, and protection of natural resources. Another major initiative Henry is involved with is the City’s participation in the Community Rating System.
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Ed Hard
Company:Texas Transportation Institute
Location: College Station
Position: Research Scientist
E-mail: e-hard@tamu.edu
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Elizabeth Miller Grindstaff, AICP
Company:Texas Central Partners
Location: Dallas
Position: Brazos  Valley Corridor Manager
Liz received her Bachelor of Environmental Design in 1986 and her Master of Urban Planning in 1988. Her career spans public sector, private sector, as well as a term as an elected official. She began as a Main Street Manager focusing on downtown revitalization and historic preservation, including the commencement of Bryan's reviatlization effort, and progressed on to Planning Director and Assistant City Manager in other Texas cities. After retiring from municipal government, Liz changed careers and began working for a regional railroad. She has since returned to the Brazos Valley and serves as Stakeholder Manager for Texas Central Partners, LLC, developer of the country's first high speed rail system.
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Heather Wade
Company:Texas Sea Grant /Texas A&M University
Location: College Station
Position: Sr. Associate Director for Planning & Extension
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Company:Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Location: Dallas
Position: Director of Economic Development
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Company:City of College Station
Location: College Station
Position: Principal Planner
Jennifer Prochazka is the Director of Planning & Development Services for the City of College Station. Her career with the City has included roles in Land Development, Neighborhood Planning, Comprehensive Planning and most recently, Economic Development. Jennifer also works as an adjunct Economic Development Specialist for the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) in Knowledge Engineering. Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design ('01) and a Master’s degree in Urban Planning ('02), both from Texas A&M University.
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Company:City of Hutto
Location: Hutto
Position: Director of Economic Development
Jessica is experienced in the fields of finance, planning, and economic development. She began her career at Delaware Investments before returning to school to study Urban Planning. She has worked in planning and development for both the City of College Station and the City of Hutto, rising from staff planner and senior planner to planning manager in just 3 years. In 2018, Jessica became Director of Economic Development at the City of Hutto, where she leads the economic development, downtown tourism and events efforts and has been instrumental in the economic growth of the City.
Jessica earned a Masters in Urban Planning with a Land Development focus from Texas A&M University, and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Philadelphia University. She received her American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification in 2017.
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Company:Halff Associates
Location: Austin
Position: Vice President
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Company:City of Bryan
Location: Bryan
Position: Deputy City Manager
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Company:Texas A&M University
Location: College Station
Position: Visiting Associate Professor
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Company:City of League City
Location: League City
Position: Senior Planner
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Company:Brazos Valley Council of Governments
Location: Bryan
Position: Assistant Executive Director
Michael Parks is the Assistant Executive Director of the Brazos Valley Council of Governments (BVCOG). Prior to that, he served as the Director of the Bryan/College Station MPO and as a staff transportation planner for Las Cruces, NM. He received his Bachelors of Planning and Masters of Public Administration from New Mexico State University. He works regionally in the seven counties that make up BVCOG in the areas of regional transportation planning, economic development, GIS mapping, homeland security, housing, workforce, health care, broadband development and other regional issues. Some of Michael’s accomplishments include Vice-Chair of RPO America, Co-Chair of the National Association of Regional Council’s Transportation Committee, Texas delegate for the Rural Planning Organization-Council of Peers, City of Bryan Planning & Zoning Commission and City of College Station Transportation Advisory Committee. But his best accomplishments are being a Sunday School teacher, Little League board president/coach and an Assistant Scoutmaster. Married 29 years to Fanette which together they have 22 year old Shawna and 18 year old David.
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Company:CoPLAN LLC
Location: Dallas
Position: Senior Planner/Project Manager
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Company:Jacobs Engineering
Location: Austin
Position: Transportation Planner
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Company:Jacob Engineering
Location: Austin
Position: Transportation Planning Manager
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Company:Walter P Moore
Location: Dallas
Position: Planner
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Company:City of Georgetown
Location: Georgetown
Position: Housing Coordinator
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Company:Texas A&M Transportation Institute
Location: Houston
Position: Assistant Research Scientist
Todd Hansen is an Assistant Research Scientist for the Transit Mobility Program at TTI. His work focuses on best practices for public transportation agencies, accessibility for persons with disabilities to fixed-route transit, transit agency financial management and cost allocation, innovative practices between public transit and transportation network companies, and analysis of transit agency operational and financial data. He has worked with transit agencies on fleet replacement plans, maintenance practices, state of good repair, and funding needs. He earned his Master’s of Urban Planning from Texas A&M University in 2013 and is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).
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Company:Texas Sea Grant
Location: College Station
Position:Planning Specialist