About the Board
Every two years, APATX members elect four individuals to serve as Chapter Treasurer, Secretary, TML Representative, and President-Elect. The President-Elect is a six-year term serving as President-Elect for two years, President for two years, and Past President for two years. The current term is from November 2017 through November 2019. Other members of the APATX Board of Directors are appointed by the Chapter President with the exception of the Section's Representative, which is elected by the nine Section Directors to serve as the section's liaison on the APATX Executive Committee.
Who are we?
From stories about childhood memories at Schlitterbahn to singing Spice Girls during Karaoke, you may want to take a second to learn more about your APATX board.
APA Texas 2021 to 2023 Executive Board
Heather Nick, AICP
Heather Nick is the Assistant City Manager for the City of Tyler, Texas. She is a certified planner and holds a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Texas at Tyler. Nick has held several leadership positions within APA, including chapter communications coordinator, secretary of APA Texas as well as professional development officer and director of the East Section of the APA Texas Chapter.
Kelly Porter, AICP
Kelly Porter is Assistant Director for City of Fort Worth Transportation and Public Works over the Regional Transportation and Innovation Division. His group is responsible for regional coordination and long-range planning. Before returning home to Fort Worth, Mr. Porter worked for the previous 10 years at the Metropolitan Planning Organizations in Houston and Austin. He is a Certified Planner with over 13 years’ experience with a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Prairie View A&M University. He brings a strong successful track record in regional transportation planning across all modes of transportation, and experience working with external partners and the private sector in developing transportation solutions.
Gary Mitchell, FAICP
Gary Mitchell is president of Kendig Keast Collaborative, based in Sugar Land. He is a certified planner and holds a master’s degree in urban planning from Texas A&M University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from University of Texas at Austin. Within APA, Gary has held several leadership roles, including treasurer of APA Texas (2001-05), lead Texas delegate for the 2015 APA National Policy assembly and director of the Houston Section of the APA Texas Chapter. Gary again served as Chapter Treasurer in 2019-21 and was re-elected for another two years through 2023
Carol Barrett, FAICP
Carol retired in December of 2016. She continues her work as a trainer and ethics instructor. She was formerly the Assistant Director of Planning and Transportation for Burbank after working for several years as the Planning Manager for the City of San Gabriel. She moved to California in 2007 after a twenty years in Texas where she worked for the City of Austin and the City of San Marcos, Texas with a brief tour of duty as the Berkeley, California Planning Director between the two Texas gigs. Carol has been active APA member. She was President of the National Capital Area Chapter and the Texas Chapter. She was an APA Board member, and co-chair of the National Conference in San Antonio in 2005. Carol was the Vice President for Professional Development of the California Chapter 2008-2010. She has been a member of the California Planning Foundation since 2008 and was elected President and served from 2012-2015. Carol was invited to join the California Planning Roundtable in 2012. Carol has written and taught about planning ethics during her professional career. In 2001, AICP published her book Everyday Ethics for Practicing Planners. In 2012 she authored a chapter in the new book Ethics, Design, and Planning for the Built Environment. In 1999, she was inducted in the inaugural class of the Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Carol has a Master's Degree in planning from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Rolandrea Russell is a Planner with the City of Allen, Texas. She holds a Master's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning and a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from Alabama A&M University.
Chance Sparks, AICP
Chance Sparks is a project manager of the Urban Planning and Design group at Freese and Nichols. He is a certified planner and holds a master’s degree in public administration, urban and environmental planning and a bachelor’s degree in geography – urban and regional planning from Texas State University. Sparks has held several leadership positions within APA, including Texas APA - Texas Municipal League affiliate and legislative representative, treasurer, director-elect and director of the Central Section of the APA Texas Chapter. He will serve two years as president, and two years as immediate past president.
AJ Fawver, AICP, CNU-A, CPM
AJ is the Community Consulting Planning Leader for Verdunity, and is based in Lubbock, Texas. Her prior experience includes planning and development leadership roles for the cities of Lubbock, Amarillo, and San Angelo. She is accredited through the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), the Congress of New Urbanism (CNU-A), and as a Certified Public Manager (CPM). She has served as secretary and director of the Northwest Section, the chapter's first committee chair of diversity & inclusion, and as a member of the first Great Places in Texas committee, for which the committee received the APA Texas President's Award. AJ is a three-time honoree on ELGL's Traeger List, a ranking of the top 100 local government influencers. Her blogs include the series “Planning and Shaping Cities'' and "Future-Proofing Cities". She is featured on the podcasts "Go Cultivate!", "Are We Doing This Right?", and "We Built it That Way".
Angela Martinez, LCI
Angela is a Transportation Project Manager with HDR in the Houston Office. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Houston and a Master of Science in Land Development from Texas A&M University. Prior to being appointed Conference Coordinator in 2019, Angela served as Treasurer for the Chapter from 2013-2018, Houston Section Secretary from 2011-2013, Chair for the Programming Sub-Committee for the 2013 and 2015 State Conferences, and Chair for the 2017 State Conference. In addition to APA, Angela has been a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) since 2005 and is active in the Urban Plan Program. She is also a member of Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) and a League Certified Instructor (LCI) with the League of American Bicyclists (LAB).
Michael McAnelly, FAICP
Michael McAnelly is the Executive Administrator of the APA Texas Chapter. He has more than 45 years’ experience as an urban and regional planner, including service to regional planning councils of government in Texas, South Carolina and Colorado, and consulting services to communities in Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Colorado, and other government clients. He is a past Chapter President of the APA Texas Chapter, past Section Director of the APA Houston Section, and a past APA Board Director for Region 3 of the APA. He was inducted as a Fellow of AICP in 2003. He is currently a Board Director and Treasurer for the APA Foundation. He has a Master of Science degree in Regional Resources Planning from Colorado State University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Range Science from Texas A&M University.
|East||Tharani Devi Krishnakumar|
|Houston||Luis Guajardo, AICP|
|Midwest||David Hawkins, AICP|
|North Central||Staron Faucher, AICP|
|Southwest||Christopher Looney, AICP|
|West||Michael McElroy, AICP|
Standing Committee Chairs
|Professional Development Officer (PDO)||Richard Luedke, AICP|
|Planning Official Development Officer (PODO)||Ann Bagley, FAICP|
|Sections Representative||AJ Fawver, AICP, CNU-A, CPM|
|Emerging Planning Leaders||Monica Rainey, AICP Candidate|
|Planning Awards||Claire Hempel, PLA, AICP|
|Government Relations||Kelly Porter, AICP|
|Advocacy Network Liaison||Craig Farmer, FAICP|
|Membership||Fred Lopez, AICP|
|Diversity and Inclusion||Shai Roos, AICP|
|University Representative - UT Arlington||Ivonne Audirac, PhD|
|Student Representative - UT Arlington||Kelsey Poole|
Other Appointed Members
|Communications Manager||Heather Nick, AICP|
|Communications Technician||Kyle Kingma, AICP|
|Chapter Historian||Dave Gattis, FAICP|
|Certification Maintenance Officer (CMO)||Barbara Holly, AICP|
National APA and AICP Elected Leaders
APA Director Elected From Region 3
Wendy Shabay, AICP
AICP Commissioner Elected From Region 3
Kimberley Mickelson, AICP
National APA Council/Divisions Representatives
Chapter President's Council Treasurer/Secretary
Doug McDonald, AICP
Federal Planning Division Chair
Andrew Wright, AICP
Latinos and Planning Division Secretary
Latinos and Planning Division Treasurer
Carlo Chunga Pizarro
City Planning and Management Division Vice Chair
Alex Hoffman, AICP