Katie Evans Katie Evans has more than 12 years of local planning experience in upstate New York. Before assuming the role of the Town of Victor's Director of Development in 2014, Katie was the town planner for the Town of Penfield for seven years and a planner for Monroe County Department of Planning and Economic Development four years prior. Previous to starting her public sector career, Katie worked for WilsonMiller, a multidisciplinary firm in southwest Florida, as a land use policy planner for two years. As Victor's Director of Development, Katie oversees several divisions including building, economic development, fire marshal, planning, zoning, as well as the town’s various consultants. The department also provides staff support for the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, Conservation Board, Emergency Management Committee, Local Development Corporation, and Sustainability Committee. She provides leadership and technical expertise for complex development projects, code modifications, and comprehensive planning. Katie has a passion for local government and enjoys meeting with residents, board members, developers and agencies to explain town policies and programs, develop solutions, and continue to enhance the quality of life for those that live, work, and play in the Victor community. While operating under a principle of which we have an opportunity to learn every day she directs, develops, and implements community-wide planning initiatives. Katie has a degree in Urban Studies, Economics and Sociology from Hobart and William Smith and has served as Section Director of the Genesee/ Finger Lakes Section of Upstate APA since 2010. Katie is also a member of Congress for New Urbanism, Urban Land Institute, and an advocate member of Strong Towns.
Rich Guarino, AICP
Richard Guarino is a Senior Transportation Analyst at the Greater Buffalo-Niagara Regional Transportation Council where he specializes in information technology, freight planning and capital programming. He holds a master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University at Buffalo and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Rich is a graduate of the I-95 Corridor Coalition’s inaugural Freight Academy and currently serves as the Infrastructure co-chairman of the International Trade Gateway Association. He has served as Membership Officer for the Upstate NY APA Chapter for the last four years and previously served two terms as Director and one term as Deputy Director for the Western New York Section of APA. Rich has had the honor to serve as chairman of the Michael J Krasner Memorial Scholarship Fund for the last 5 years.
Eve Holberg, AICP
Jim Levy, AICP
Jim is a professional transportation and land use planner, and project manager with 16 years of municipal, county, and multi-municipal planning experience. He is a Principal in Planning4Places, LLC and specializes in transportation and land use planning, bicycle and pedestrian planning, zoning and subdivision reviews, ordinance development, and disaster response & preparedness planning. Jim has two bachelor’s degrees from SUNY Geneseo and a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from SUNY Albany.
Art Buckley, AICP
Arthur J. Buckley is a certified professional planner employed by the County of Wyoming NY as its County Planner. Mr. Buckley has over 25 years of experience in community planning and environmental consulting. A significant portion of his public and private practice has involved agricultural and open space preservation in western New York and the Finger Lakes. His professional services include: community development, comprehensive planning, public participation, watershed and local waterfront revitalization, zoning, brownfield redevelopment, SEQRA compliance and grant writing. He has extensive environmental consulting experience including environmental impact assessment and mitigation, site selection, and environmental testing and monitoring. Arthur is a member of Wyoming County's Planning Board, Ag. & Farmland Protection Board, Marcellus Shale Gas Sub-committee Task Force and serves on the Wyoming County Soil & Water Conservation District. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the Upstate NY Chapter of the American Planning Association and is the chapter’s Professional Development Officer. He is frequent presenter at local, regional and state conferences as well as national webinars.
Andy Raus, AICP
As VP Strategic Planning and Business Development at Bergmann Associates, Mr. Raus focuses on helping the CEO and Leadership Team navigate the constantly changing landscape of the A/E/P industry while staying true to its Mission and Vision. Mr. Raus provides business development coaching and support throughout our geographic locations. Andrew also stays directly involved in project work, managing complex urban and regional planning initiatives. As a Certified Planner and Charrette Manager, his experience spans a wide range of project types including brownfield re-use and downtown revitalization, land use and transportation planning, healthy living infrastructure and large scale water quality restoration programs. Andy has a unique capacity for consensus building, facilitating cooperation among competing interests to define a collaborative solution. Mr. Raus is active in his community and profession, volunteering on multiple not for profit and professional boards. He holds a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning and a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and was recognized in 2009 as one of the Rochester Business Journal Forty Under 40.
Ben Syden, AICP
Ben Syden, AICP currently holds the position of Director of Planning & Community Development at Laberge Group. Mr. Syden has an extensive background spanning over twenty years working with New York State municipalities on government efficiency, program development, implementation, land use planning, economic development and grant writing and management. Mr. Syden is a seasoned program manager, has developed over 100 community planning projects, and has overseen the successful procurement of over $125 million in funding for communities throughout New York State. In addition, Mr. Syden has authored numerous published articles in client-related publications and is a frequent presenter at statewide conferences. Ben attained a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning and a Bachelor of Political Science from the State University of New York at Albany. He is a Past Vice President of Programming of the Capital District Planning Association, and is a member of the American Planning Association, New York Upstate State Chapter of the American Planning Association, the American Institute of Certified Planners, and the New York State Economic Development Council. Ben has served as Legislative Director and/or Co-Director of Legislative Affairs since 2010 and currently serves on the Town of Colonie Industrial Development Agency, is the Vice-Chairman of the Town of Colonie Local Development Corporation, and is a member of the Albany County Planning Board.
Jane Nicholson-Dourdas, AICP
Jane Nicholson-Dourdas is a certified planner with more than 10 years of experience specializing in public outreach and visioning, writing for planning publications, character planning, and neighborhood design. Jane’s professional expertise in the planning field enables her to effectively manage land use studies and special projects, administer zoning applications, and lead public participation efforts. Jane is the Director of Planning, Building and Zoning for the Town of Dryden, NY and serves on the Village of Cazenovia Zoning Board of Appeals and Cazenovia Preservation Foundation Land Use Committee. Jane received her Master’s of Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia, Master’s of Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, Master’s of Science from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and Certificate of Advanced Study in Conflict Resolution from Syracuse University. Jane is committed to developing long-term solutions to our communities most pressing problems and creating well-designed communities with a strong sense of place.
Edward Flynn, AICP
Mr. Flynn is a certified planner with more than twenty three years of experience in planning, economic development, funding and downtown revitalization including 13 years as the City of Batavia’s Director of Community Development. During his time with the City of Batavia and his current position as Project Manager at LaBella Associates for the last seven years Mr. Flynn has obtained more than $16 million in grant funds, sold and helped redevelop 13 municipal properties, assisted more than 165 small businesses with funding and managed multiple brownfield or economic development projects. Mr. Flynn received his undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Buffalo and his Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University.
Mark Castiglione, AICP
Mark Castiglione is the Acting Executive Director for the Hudson River Valley Greenway and Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area. Mark works to build partnerships that result in the protection and promotion of the Hudson Valley's natural, cultural and historic resources. Through his work at the Greenway, Mark engages public and private sector partners to advance regional planning, trail development, and heritage tourism in the Hudson River Valley and beyond. Mark currently serves as the Vice President of the New York Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association. Mark is a certified planner by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). He holds a BA in US History and master’s degree in regional planning from the University at Albany.