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
Joshua Desmond, AICP – City of Bloomington

Past President
Robert Thompson, AICP – Porter County

J. Christopher Huff, AICP

Chris is the former: City Planner for the City of Hammond, Director of City Planning for the City of Mishawaka and Director of Community Development for the Village of Schaumburg Illinois.  He was also a licensed financial planner for the Private Client Group at Merrill Lynch, Inc.  He currently provides a variety of community services for South Bend and Region including: special needs and middle school substitute teaching, St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Tourism, treasurer for Greening the Bend, Inc., and conducts natural resource and financial oversight of the South Bend LTCP project.  He received a BS degree in Urban Studies and Planning from Ball State University and an MBA in Finance from Loyola University Chicago.

Larry Strange, AICP – Mp2planning, LLC

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

Planning Officials Development Officer (PODO)
Mark McCormack – Dearborn County

Mark McCormack is the Director of Planning & Zoning for Dearborn County, IN. Through a unique arrangement of inter-local agreements with local communities (that have their own Advisory Plan Commissions), Mark also serves as the Planning Director for the City of Aurora, and the Towns of Dillsboro, St. Leon, and West Harrison. Mark’s previous work experience includes the Performance Group, LLC., a private sector construction firm, as well as the Indianapolis Department of Metropolitan Development. Mark received his degree in Urban Planning & Development from Ball State University and has many professional and personal affiliations and interests. Mark’s favorite activities are those that involve spending time with his two children. His main interests include fishing, hiking, biking, camping, playing sports, and traveling. He also enjoys volunteering, reading (a lot), and making things such as drawings, paintings, crafts and projects involving home improvements.

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

Northern Region:
Mitch Barloga, AICP – Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission
Abby Wiles, AICP – City of Goshen

Abby serves as the Assistant Planning & Zoning Administrator for the City of Goshen. She received her bachelor’s degree from Goshen College and her Master’s degree from Ball State University. Before working at the City of Goshen, Abby interned at the City of Michigan City, MACOG and the Chamber of Commerce of St. Joseph County. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, running, kayaking, and other outdoor activities. Abby also serves on the Board of the Friends of Potato Creek State Park.

Central Region:
Aletha Dunston, AICP – State of Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA)

Aletha currently serves as the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program Manager with the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) for the State of Indiana. She joined OCRA in January 2015, after serving 8 years as the Planning and Community Development Director of Marion, Indiana. There, she was very active as President of the local Main Street and Treasurer of the Urban Enterprise organizations. Aletha is a proud graduate of the College of Architecture and Planning at Ball State University, and is currently enrolled in the Butler University MBA program. She currently serves as Central Representative on the APA-IN State Planning Association board, and strives to support programs that move Indiana and the Midwest forward.

Kathryn (Katie) Wertz, AICP – Greenstreet Ltd.

Katie Wertz is a senior associate with Greenstreet Ltd., an Indianapolis-based strategic planning and real estate practice. Her responsibilities include internal and external project management, research and analysis, strategic planning, graphic design as well as representing the firm in their various community-based initiatives.

With experience in consulting, community development and real estate development, Katie brings a unique perspective to the planning process; one that integrates traditional planning with market-based tactics that allows for realistic, achievable actions to be developed. As the economic development manager for a local community development corporation, Katie managed a variety of projects ranging traditional business attraction/retention efforts; evaluation of potential funding tools, such as an Economic Improvement District (EID) and feasibility analyses of potential projects including the reuse of a former nursing home.

In her previous consulting work Katie managed numerous planning and redevelopment efforts across the country, ranging from small rural towns to some of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the United States. As the firm’s senior project manager, she directed teams of planners, developers and analysts to craft tailor-made solutions to complex redevelopment issues.

Katie currently serves on the Board of Directors for Midtown Indianapolis, a community development organization actively working to attract and support meaningful economic opportunities for the diverse neighborhoods that make up Midtown. She additionally serves as the Central Indiana Representative to the Board of Directors for the American Planning Association Indiana Chapter (APAIN) and recently acted as one of APA’s Ambassadors, allowing her to work with recent immigrants and refugees on topics related to planning and community engagement.  In the past she has volunteered with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Near North Development Corporation, Mapleton-Fall Creek Development Corporation and Paws to Think – a canine-assisted therapy organization.

Southern Region:
Bob Grewe, AICP – Lochmueller Group

Bob currently serves as Manager of Planning and Development Services for Lochmueller Group.  In this role he works with communities to develop effective planning pursuits to address challenges and leverage opportunities to create better communities.  Bob has previously worked for local economic development organizations, city and county governments and also regional planning agencies.  He enjoys hiking, canoeing, cycling and related outdoor recreation pursuits.  Bob holds an MPA and a BS in Public Administration from the School of Public & Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, Bloomington Campus.

Beth Rosenbarger, AICP – City of Bloomington

Beth currently serves as the Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator for the City of Bloomington. In this role, she works to create a more equitable and livable city by reexamining public spaces to improve walking and bicycling. Beth has previously worked as a planner for Monroe County and the City of Bloomington, where she learned the importance of zoning, particularly how it relates to framing the public realm. She enjoys trail running, hiking, urban adventures, and traveling. Beth has an M.S. in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. from Indiana University- Bloomington.

Citizen Planner:
Rob Horning – Michiana Shores

Student Representative:

Faculty Representative:
Scott Truex, AICP – Ball State University

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

Awards Committee Chair

Legislative & Policy Committee Chair
Phil Roth, AICP

Communications Committee Chair
Katie Bannon, AICP – City of Indianapolis

Katie is HOME Grant Manager for the City of Indianapolis.  In this role, she works with community partners to develop affordable housing and improve citizen quality of life. Katie has previously worked for the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) and the City of Bloomington Planning and Transportation Department. In her free time, Katie owns a small rental company, which focuses on the redevelopment of vacant and dilapidated buildings in historic Indianapolis neighborhoods. She also enjoys biking, running, reading, and exploring new places. She received her BA from the University of Illinois and her Master’s in Urban Planning from Ball State.

Membership Committee Chair
Adam Peaper, AICP – Rundell Ernstberger Associates (REA)

Adam is a planner with Rundell Ernstberger Associates (REA), an urban design, landscape architecture, and planning firm headquartered in Indianapolis, where he contributes to a variety of planning and design projects for municipal, private, and non-profit clients.  Prior to joining REA, Adam worked for an interdisciplinary design and engineering firm where he gained experience both domestic and overseas.  Adam combines his education in environmental science and ecology with his planning experience to create strategies that advance community livability while promoting environmental stewardship.  Adam lives with his wife and son in the historic St. Joseph neighborhood in Indianapolis, where in his free time, he can be found designing and building furniture in his workshop.

Sponsorship Committee Chair
Lisa M. Dunaway, AICP – Sensible Ecology LLC and Ball State University

In addition to her work as the President of Sensible Ecology, LLC, Ms. Dunaway is an Instructor of Urban Planning at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.  Her specialties include ecological planning, urban ecology, sustainable development, design communication media, physical planning, and emergency and disaster planning.  She has a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from Ball State University and a Master of Science in Natural Resources degree, with a specialization in Ecological Planning, from the University of Vermont.  Ms. Dunaway is also a certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners and a LEED Accredited Professional.  She has worked as a landscape architect, urban planner, and ecological planner since 2003.

Liaison to Ball State University (College of Architecture & Planning)
Dann Bird, FAICP – City of Shelbyville

National Officers (Honorary Board Members)

APA Board of Directors Region IV Director
Cynthia Bowen, AICP – Rundell Ernstberger Associates (REA)

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

Standing Committees

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