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.  


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.

Mehgie Tabar, AICP

Vice President of Communications

Mehgie has a background in housing policy and real estate and is an associate at BBC Research and Consulting in the Housing and Community Development practice. She holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from UC Irvine and Bachelor degrees in Environmental Studies and Fine Art from UC Santa Cruz (Go Banana Slugs!). Outside of work, Mehgie enjoys cooking elaborate meals, listening to soul music, and tapping into her creative side through photography and printmaking.

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.

Anne Miller, AICP

Denver Metro Area Representative (2 of 2)

As the Senior Planner for the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA), I work with planners from across the state and have a unique insight into the issues and needs of planners statewide. As a resident of central Denver, I also have my hand on the pulse of planning challenges and opportunities in the Denver Metro area. I bring over 20 years of experience as a planner, with a focus on long-range planning and policy. I also bring relationships with local governments as well as state and federal

Melanie Sloan

North Central Area Representative

Melanie Sloan is a Transportation Planner with the City of Boulder.

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, 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.

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.

Andrew Rumbach

Planning Faculty Representative
Andrew Rumbach is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Colorado Denver. Rumbach received his PhD and Masters in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University and a BA in Political Science from Reed College.

Joe Green

Student Representative

Joe is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Colorado – Denver. He is passionate about working in partnership with communities to create distinct and resilient neighborhoods. His studies are focused on public participation, land use, and transportation.

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.


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