Board Members

The 2021 APA Colorado Board is currently comprised of 27 members, 17 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:

Joni Marsh, AICP


President
President@APAColorado.org

Joni currently serves as the Assistant City Manager for the City of Longmont. Joni has a MPA from Montana State University and has 24years of municipal government experience. Joni served on the Board as Secretary/Treasurer for two terms and is currently the CML Planning Section Chair. Aside from work, Joni enjoys riding at the barn with her horse, Daegan.

VACANT


Past President
PastPresident@APAColorado.org

The positions of President Elect and Past President are not elected positions. Newly elected Presidents serve one year as President Elect before taking over the office of President where they will then serve for two years. The outgoing President serves one year as the Past President before rotating off the Board.  The Presidential term is a total of four years: one year as President Elect, two years as Pres

Maureen Paz de Araujo, FAICP CTP CEP


President Elect
PresidentElect@APAColorado.org

Over three decades, Maureen has held leadership roles at public agencies and in professional practice, engaging in a broad range planning roles in both the public and privates. Her work has included environmental and transportation planning, traffic planning and analysis, campus planning, and urban design roles. She is currently a Senior Project Manager for Wilson & Company, focusing on transportation planning, traffic operations analysis and travel demand forecasting.

Julia Puester, AICP


Vice President of External Affairs
VPExternalAffairs@APAColorado.org

Julia serves as the Assistant Community Development Director for the Town of Breckenridge where she helps oversee the Current and Long Range Planning, Building, Sustainability and Workforce Housing and Childcare divisions. She has been in the planning profession for twenty years, all within mountain communities in Colorado. She received her Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from CU Denver and her Bachelor Degree in Environmental Studies from CU Boulder. Julia also serves as the Co-Chair of the Chapter Outreach and Communications Committee (OCC) and Awards Committee.

Mike Tylka, AICP


Vice President of Communications
VPCommunications@APAColorado.org

Mike has been involved in various aspects of planning in four states over the years on both the public and private sides. His work has ranged from brownfield development, campus planning, current development planning, and as a planning commissioner. He currently serves as the Senior Planner in the Community Development Department at the City of Brighton. Mike received his Master's Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Iowa, his Master's Degree in Business Administration from Point Park University, and his Bachelor's Degree from Allegheny College.

Josh Olhava, AICP


Treasurer
Treasurer@APAColorado.org

Josh is currently a Principal Planner with the City and County of Broomfield. He has spent nearly a decade working in local and regional planning for communities in both Ohio and Colorado. Josh is proud to be a certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners, a Prosci Certified Change Management Practitioner, a former BizWest Forty under 40 honoree, and an Executive Board member for APA Colorado. He received his bachelor’s degree in Community and Regional Planning from Iowa State University and his master’s degree in Community Planning from the University of Cincinnati.

Erin Fosdick, AICP


Professional Development Officer
PDO@APAColorado.org

Erin Fosdick is a Principal Planner for the City of Longmont; she has 18 years of local and regional planning experience and has been with the City of Longmont’s Planning Division for 15 years. Erin earned her Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado Denver in 2007.  In her work with the City of Longmont, Erin specializes in long range planning and community involvement. She manages complex planning projects, including subarea planning, drafting and updating development codes, and participating in other special citywide projects.

Mark Truckey, AICP


Central Mountain Area Representative
CentralMountain@APAColorado.org

Mark Truckey currently serves as the Community Development Director for the Town of Breckenridge. He has worked for over 30 years in the planning field, with a special emphasis on long range planning for communities and in environmental initiatives. Mark worked for ten years in several jurisdictions in Washington State, where he developed and implemented comprehensive plans and water quality plans for several communities.

Tareq Wafaie, AICP


Denver Metro Area Representative (1 of 2)
DenverMetro@APAColorado.org

Tareq is a Principal-in-Charge based in Denver, Colorado. Tareq has more than 15 years public- and private-sector planning experience, mostly leading cities and counties around the US successfully through the zoning code update process. Tareq is a committed agent of change in planning for wildfire and other natural hazards, where he works with communities on mitigation solutions through policy and land use regulations.

Britt Palmberg, AICP


Denver Metro Area Representative (2 of 2)
DenverMetro@APAColorado.org

Britt Palmberg, AICP, has served as a Project Manager and Planner for a variety of public and private sector clients as a consultant in Colorado and the Midwest since 2006. He has led a number of comprehensive plans, corridor studies, streetscape projects, and related assignments. He currently leads the planning practice for Rick Community Planning (part of Rick Engineering) here in Colorado, based out of Centennial.

Lesli Kunkle Ellis, AICP CEP


North Central Area Representative
NorthCentral@APAColorado.org

Lesli has almost 30 years of planning experience and currently serves as Larimer County’s Community Development Director. She has planned for local and regional governments in Colorado, New Mexico, and Washington and has consulted with over 40 communities in the U.S. on long range plans and policies, codes, and open lands and conservation programs.

Katelynn Wintz, AICP


South Central Area Representative
SouthCentral@apacolorado.org

Katelynn Wintz, AICP is a Senior Planner for the City of Colorado Springs Department of Planning & Development. Katelynn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from Ramapo College and a Masters of Arts in Geography from West Chester University. She has 5 years of experience in the public sector specializing in development review and long-range planning. Katelynn volunteers on the Executive Board of APA’s Women & Planning Division as the Director of Programs.

Ethan Mobley, AICP


Northwest Area Representative
Northwest@APAColorado.org

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Mark Williams


Southwest Area Representative
Southwest@APAColorado.org

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.

Shaida Libhart, AICP


Legislative Affairs Representative | Legislative Committee Co-Chair
Legislative@APAColorado.org

Shaida Libhart is an AICP-certified planner and Principal Associate with TEI Planning & Engineering, leading their Denver office. Shaida focuses on multimodal planning and developing plans that are holistic and focused on improving quality of life. Shaida believes that transportation is a driver of our communities and can that well-connected places with safe mobility options facilitate strong, vibrant communities. After spending several years in the public sector, Shaida developed knowledge and expertise in funding and implementation strategies.

Manish Shirgaokar


Planning Faculty Representative
FacultyRep@APAColorado.org

Manish Shirgaokar is a transportation policy researcher and consultant. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley in 2012 and has taught at the University of Colorado Denver since 2019. Manish is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. His current interests include how transportation systems help or hinder the mobility of groups such as older adults, women, immigrants, and low-income households.

VACANT


EPP Representative
EPPCommittee@apacolorado.org

Vacant. The EPP Representative position is elected by the EPP Committee, then appointed by the President and ratified by the Board.

VACANT


Public Official Representative
PublicOfficial@APAColorado.org

Interested in being appointed as Public Official? Contact admin@apacolorado.org

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Vacant


Allied Organization Representative

This position is currently vacant. If you're interested in applying, please contact Admin@APAColorado.org

The Allied Organization Representative is open to any person who is also a member of another organization such as Western Planner, WTS Colorado, ITE, ITS Rocky Mountain, ASLA Colorado, ULI Colorado, etc. Membership in APA Colorado is not required; however, the allied organizational board must approve your apointment.

Lauren Platman


Student Representative
StudentRep@APAColorado.org

Coming soon! Lauren was elected as the 2021-22 Student Representative by the UC Denver MURP students in May 2021.

Scott Bressler, AICP


Legislative Committee Representative | Committee Co-Chair
Legislative@apacolorado.org

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.

Jennifer Woods


Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee Co-Chair
EDI@APAColorado.org

coming soon!

Renae Stavros, AICP


Great Places Colorado Committee Chair
GreatPlaces@APAColorado.org

As an urban planner, triathlete, runner, mom, wife, and municipal city planner, my days are busy and my time is valuable. I love spending time visiting new places, eating great food, and enjoying all that Colorado has to offer – that is what makes the Great Places in Colorado committee so much fun! I will forever be searching for the best place to go on ‘date night’, the best place to take the family for an evening of entertainment, and the best place to find a little bit of piece and quiet (usually on long trails in the mountains that are not heavily traveled). 

Roshana Floyd, AICP CFM


Healthy Communities Committee Representative & Co-Chair
Healthy@APAColorado.org

Roshana is the Planning Manager for the City of Lone Tree. She has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Nevada, Reno, as well as an M.P.A. and a Graduate Certificate in Community and Regional Planning from Boise State University. Roshana began her career in government and nonprofit administration in 2006 and has been a dedicated planner since 2009. In addition to her service to the Healthy Communities Committee, she is a Colorado Ambassador for APA’s Hazard Mitigation and Disaster Recovery Division.

Maureen Paz de Araujo, FAICP CEP CTP


Membership Committee Chair
Membership@APAColorado.org

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.

Conor Merrigan


Sustainability Committee Representative & Co-Chair
Sustainability@APAColorado.org

Wade Broadhead, AICP


Youth In Planning Committee Representative & Chair
YIP@APAColorado.org

Shelia Booth, AICP


Chapter Administrator
Admin@APAColorado.org

Shelia has over 20 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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