Board Members

The 2018-2019 APA Colorado Board is comprised of 19 members, 15 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.  


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 as President. After serving two years, the President transitions to Past President for the final year.


Past President

Vacant:  The Past President is not an elected position. The incoming President serves one year as the President Elect before beginning his/her two year term as President. After serving two years, the President transitions to Past President for the final year.

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.

Sarah R. Davis, AICP, LEED Green Assoc.

Vice President of Communications

Sarah R. Davis is the founder + CEO of S. R. D. Consulting, LLC, an energy technology-focused land use planning firm based in Denver, Colorado, where she leads a core team performing upfront development work, entitlements, and permitting for renewable energy, battery storage, and electric vehicle infrastructure throughout the country. With nearly 15 years of professional planning experience, Sarah has dedicated her career to accelerating our global transition towards sustainable energy and transport.

Leah Dawson, AICP


Leah Dawson is a Senior City Planner with the City of Denver, and has over 15 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 the City of Boulder where she works on a wide range of projects, specializing in transportation demand management (TDM) and community engagement. 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 Boulder, you can find Allison hiking, skiing, or rock climbing in the Rocky 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.

Anne Miller, AICP

Denver Metro Area Representative (2 of 2)

Anne Miller, AICP, is the Director of the Colorado Resiliency Office (CRO) in the Department of Local Affairs. CRO supports local governments in building stronger, safer, and more resilient communities in the face of natural disasters and other major challenges. She has over 20 years of community planning experience in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Anne has a Master's of Urban Planning and Policy degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Summer Frederick, AICP

North Central Area Representative

Since moving to Colorado in early 2014, my involvement in APA colorado has provided me with opportunities to connect with planners throughout the state, learn more about Colorado-specific planning issues, and stay up-to-date on emerging planning information and practices. I am current a Principal Planner with the Boulder County Land Use Department where I manage the Development Review Team. Many may recognizer me from previous State Conference sessions and AICP Exam Prep wo

Ethan Mobley, AICP

Northwest Area Representative

Ethan Mobley is the owner of Dynamic Planning + Science, a planning firm based in Montrose, CO. He leads a group of 5 service professionals with varying backgrounds on a wide variety of planning projects. With over 17 years of experience working for local, state, and federal clients, Ethan has managed projects specializing in data visualization, urban design, hazard mitigation planning, construction management, and capital improvements planning. His goal is to provide professional education and training opportunities to Northwest CO APA members and others interested in urban planning.

Maureen Paz de Araujo, FAICP 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 since 2005,and is 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. Mark’s emphasis in Durango is on project review and affordable housing, and prior to serving on the APA Board he volunteered for the APA Awards Committee. He received a Master’s in Community Planning from Auburn University.

Susan A. Wood

Legislative Committee Chair

Susan is a Planning Project Manager in the FasTracks Environmental Resource Group of the Regional Transportation District and serves as the Planning Project Manager for the Southeast and Southwest Rail extensions. Prior to joining RTD, she worked in local government, primarily in land use planning. Most recently, she supervised the Long Range Planning section at Douglas County, having worked previously for Jefferson County and Greenwood Village. Before becoming a planner, Susan worked as a geologist in environmental consulting in San Jose, CA and Denver, CO.

Anita Seitz

Public Official Representative

Anita Seitz has served on Westminster City Council since December 2013. Anita has an undergraduate degree in Earth Science from the University of Northern Colorado and a Master’s in Business Administration from Regis University.   Anita was awarded a Certificate of Completion from the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at Harvard University’s John F.

Manish Shirgaokar

Planning Faculty Representative

Rachel Nyhart

Student Representative

Rach is a graduate student passionate about community involvement in creating inclusive spaces. Currently she is pursuing her master’s in Urban and Regional Planning at University of Colorado- Denver. She is passionate about the use of digital media, such as videography and photography, to connect planning conversations and public engagement efforts to a wider audience. Rach is particularly interested in planning topics surrounding parks and public spaces, pedestrian and bicycle planning, and environmental planning.

Brandon Cammarata, AICP

Western Planner Representative

Brandon has over 15 years of experience as an Urban Planner in the Rocky Mountain Region.  He is currently a Senior Planner for the City of Aurora.  Previously Brandon was the Development Director for the City of Cheyenne Wyoming.  His professional experience includes project management, economic development and leadership roles in the public sector.

Brenden Paradies

EPP Co-Representative

Brenden Paradies currently works for Denver Public Works helping with Vision Zero related projects as a Transportation and Mobility Planner. Previously, he was a case manager for a range of projects at the City of Aurora and was one of the key player’s for creating, integrating, and managing the city's bike-share permit program that launched in October 2017.

Emily Alvarez

EPP Co-Representative

Emily currently works as a planner for Michael Baker International where she focuses on community engagement over a wide range of planning issues. Previously, she was with Denver Public Schools supporting enrollment analysis and handling in-lieu of fees and land dedication negotiations with developers across Denver. She is primarily interested in community engagement and sustainable communities. 

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.

Awards Committee Update November 2019

To recognize outstanding projects, plans, and people in the planning profession, that is the purpose of the Awards Committee. In 2019 the Committee received 24 applications. This is well above the average of 18 applications received in years prior. Categories include sustainability and environmental planning, community engagement, general planning project, projects with a small budget, innovative/creative partnerships, community resiliency, individual leadership, and student projects.


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