Board Members

The 2015-2016 APA Colorado Board is comprised of 19 members, 16 of which are voting members. Board member duties are outlined in the Bylaws of the Colorado Chapter of the American Planning Association.

APA Colorado Board Members:

Michelle Stephens, AICP


Michelle has been involved in the development community for over 14 years.  Her professional background includes a broad array of land use and community development experiences in both the public and private sectors as a planner and project manager.  She is currently responsible for the business operations of the Westminster Department of Community Development.  

Stan Clauson, ASLA AICP

Past President

Stan Clauson has over thirty years of planning experience including recreational resort projects in both the Rockies and in New England. Former Community Development Director for the cities of Aspen, Colorado and Montpelier, Vermont, he holds a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.


President Elect

Vacant:  The President Elect is not an elected position. The incoming President serves one year as the President Elect before beginning his/her two year term. The President Elect's term begins November 1st of 2017.

Nick Vander Kwaak, AICP

Vice President of External Affairs

Nick is a Transportation Planner at AECOM where he works on a variety of planning projects throughout Colorado. He obtained his Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado Denver in 2010. He moved away to New York City for a few years, but Colorado called him back where he now resides in Denver. Outside of work, he enjoys being active with his wife and dogs in the mountains.

Hillary Seminick

Vice President of Communications

Hillary is a Planner with the City of Aspen where she works on a variety of current planning issues. Prior to joining the City, Hillary spent seven years in the private sector specializing in environmental and transportation planning. Her career started at the Florida natural heritage program where she developed her love for spatial analysis. When not at work, you can find her exploring the Elk Mountains on skis, bike or foot with her dog Driggs

Leah Dawson, AICP


Leah Dawson is a Senior City Planner with the City of Denver, and has over 12 years of experience in municipal government planning. After moving from Alabama to Boulder, she received her Environmental Design degree from CU, and obtained her Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from CU Denver. She spent 8 years working as a planner for the Town of Parker before working in Thornton and Denver.


Allison Crump, AICP

Professional Development Officer

Allison is a Transportation Planner with Fehr & Peers where she works on a wide range of projects, specializing in comprehensive plans and healthy communities. She received her Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from UC Irvine and her Bachelor degree in Landscape Architecture from Cal Poly SLO. When not at work in the cities and towns within Colorado, you can find Allison hiking or skiing in the mountains.

Anna Gagne Laybourn, AICP

Central Mountain Area Representative

Anna (Gagne) Laybourn AICP - My home is in the town of Carbondale and I have enjoyed providing planning consulting services for communities throughout the West with the firm Design Workshop for ten years. Prior to joining Design Workshop I worked as a Transportation Planner for five years in Columbus Ohio and completed my master’s degree in City and Regional Planning at the Ohio State.

Scott Bressler, AICP

Denver Metro Area Representative (1 of 2)

Scott is a Senior Transportation Planner at AECOM with over 15 years of planning experience. He received his Bachelor Degree in Urban Studies from Metro State University of Denver in 1998 and his Master Degree in Urban and  Regional Planning from the University of Colorado, Denver in 2005. Throughout his career, Scott has primarily worked on transit projects in Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, and Utah; evaluating a variety of modes including light rail, commuter rail, bus rapid transit, demand response, and traditional bus service.

Elizabeth "Libby" Tart Schoenfelder, AICP

Denver Metro Area Representative (2 of 2)

Libby is a Planner at the City of Longmont, Colorado, and has over 13 years of municipal government planning experience. Prior to working in Longmont, she was a Senior Planner II at the City of Aurora, Colorado. Her areas of expertise are in development review and sustainability. She has a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning degree and a Master’s in Public Administration degree from the University of Colorado - Denver along with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Georgia.

Seth E. Lorson, AICP

North Central Area Representative

Seth received his Bachelor Degree in Sociology from Western State College (2003), and Master Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from University of Colorado, Denver (2008). He spent 4 years as a planner for the City of Steamboat Springs before moving to the City of Fort Collins in 2012. He lives with his wife (Leanne) and dog (Roger) in downtown Fort Collins. Both ride bikes to work and endeavor to live a local and walkable lifestyle.

Tamra Allen, AICP

Northwest Area Representative

Tamra has lived and worked on the Western Slope of Colorado for over 12 years and has worked in both planning and municipal management. She has worked on a wide variety of planning issues including topics such as, current planning, emergency preparedness and mitigation, economic development, impact fees, renewable energy development, oil and gas regulations, comprehensive planning and land use code development.

Maureen Paz de Araujo, AICP CEP CTP

South Central Area Representative

Maureen has over thirty years of planning experience, specializing in travel demand forecasting, micro-simulation based traffic operations analysis and transportation air and noise impact modeling/analysis. She holds a BArch (Architecture) and MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. Maureen is a former Planning Director for the Colorado Springs MPO, and remains actively involved in transportation planning for the region.

Mark Williams

Southwest Area Representative

Mark has worked for the City of Durango for 11 years, thoroughly enjoying the mountains, desert and Durango culture. Before moving to Southwest Colorado he worked for the City of Denver, and for the City of Atlanta before that, and the cost of his progressively more casual wardrobe has been more than exceeded by necessities of more gear. He received a Master’s in Community Planning from Auburn University.

Eric Heil, Esq., AICP

Legislative Committee Co-Chair

Eric has represented Colorado communities and local governments as an attorney and planner since 1992.  Eric’s experience includes all aspects of community growth and development, including land use regulation, real estate transactions, natural resource protection, brownfields redevelopment, public infrastructure, public financing, of course, politics.

Susan A. Wood

Legislative Committee Co-Chair

Susan is a Planning Project Manager in the FasTracks Environmental Resource Group of the Regional Transportation District and serves as the Project Manager for the Southeast and Southwest Rail extensions. Prior to joining RTD, she worked in local government, primarily in land use planning.

Paul Rosenberg

Public Official Representative

Paul Rosenberg has served on the APA Colorado Board since 2011. Paul has been an Arapahoe County Planning Commissioner for 9 years, and represents all Elected/ Appointed Officials in the state. Paul is Senior Vice President at the Aurora Chamber of Commerce. Paul has been at The Chamber since 1995, previously being in corporate and small business retail.

Carey McAndrews

Planning Faculty Representative
Dr. McAndrews is an assistant professor in the Department of Planning and Design at the University of Colorado Denver where she joined the faculty in 2012. She received her doctorate in city and regional planning with a designated emphasis in global metropolitan studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

Kate Lucas

Student Representative

Kateis a second year Master of Urban & Regional Planning student at the University of Colorado, Denver with an anticipated graduation date of May 2018. 

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Julio G. Iturreria

Western Planner Representative

 Julio G. Iturreria, over the past three decades, has been involved with urban and rural planning in various positions as a planner, manager and Community Development Director. He currently is the Long Range Program Manager in Arapahoe County. This involves working on comprehensive plans and sub-area plans involving water, water quality, air quality, conservation, open space, regional trails, parks, multiple scaled developments, and regional issues that effect statewide water issues.

Anthony Avery

EPP Co-Representative

Anthony Avery is a planner with the City of Aurora. He specializes in development review and transportation planning with an emphasis on bike and pedestrian mobility. After serving in the US Navy he earned an undergraduate degree in Urban Planning and a Master’s degree in Real Estate Development at Arizona State University. 

Jonathan Cappelli

EPP Co-Representative

Jonathan is an independent urban planning and affordable housing policy consultant currently working with Denver's Neighborhood Development Collaborative (NDC) and PLACE. Previously, he worked in real estate acquisition and community development for the Urban Land Conservancy. Jonathan grew up in Rifle, CO, received his BA in political science & environmental science from St. Olaf College, his MA in urban planning from the University of CO, and currently lives in Denver.

Shelia Booth, AICP

Chapter Administrator

Shelia has over 15 years of planning experience in long range planning and development review, having served as a city planner in Texas and Colorado. She received her undergraduate degree in Journalism and her Master of Urban Planning from Texas A&M University. Prior to working for APA CO, she was the Planning Supervisor for the City of Fountain, Colorado. She has been the Chapter Administrator since August 2012.


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