Indiana Chapter - American Planning Association

Board Members

Executive Committee
Elections for APA Indiana officers are held every year, but the terms are staggered to prevent a fully new board in any given year. The president serves a four year term (president-elect for one year, president for two years, and immediate past president for one year) and all other board members serve two year terms.

Chapter President
Robert Thompson, AICP - Porter County

Joshua Desmond, AICP – City of Bloomington

Christopher Huff, AICP

Larry Strange, AICP – Mp2planning, LLC

Professional Development Officer (PDO)
Frank Nierzwicki, AICP – Indiana University

Planning Officials Development Officer (PODO)


At-Large Board Members
The regional representatives are elected at large but need to live/work in the region they represent. The board meets in odd numbered months to conduct the business of the chapter.

Northern Region:
Craig Phillips, AICP – City of Michigan City
Mitch Barloga, AICP – Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission

Central Region:
Aletha Dunston, AICP – City of Marion
Aaron Kowalski – Ratio Architects

Southern Region:
Bob Grewe, AICP – BLA
Mark McCormack – Dearborn County

Citizen Planner:
Rob Horning – Michiana Shores

Student Representative:
Caleb Ernest – Ball State University

Faculty Representative:
Lisa Dunaway – Ball State University


Ex-Officio Board Members
Conferences, membership management, awards, and newsletters activities would not be possible without the efforts of our Ex-Officio Board Members.

Awards Committee Chair
Rachel Johnson, AICP – City of Fishers

Legislative & Policy Committee Chair
Phil Roth, AICP - Parsons Brinkerhoff

Communications Committee Chair
Katie Bannon, AICP – Indy Up

Membership Committee Chair
Adam Peaper – CHA Companies

Sponsorship Committee Chair
Christy Langley, AICP - City of Noblesville

Licensure Study Committee Chair
Kristi Sturtz - Sturtz Public Management Group


National Officers (Honorary Board Members)
APA Board of Directors Region IV Director
Cynthia Bowen, AICP – RW Armstrong

Indiana’s Region IV AICP Commission Representative
Cynthia L. Hoyle, FAICP