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3/8/19

Julianne Rankin, FAICP has announced her retirement. Congratulations! Message from Juli:

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

After 38 years with the City of McAllen, I will be retiring at the end of this month. So many of you have been mentors and an inspiration to me personally and in the planning profession, and I’ve truly appreciated your friendship. I’ve given considerable thought to this significant decision, and feel this is the right time to retire, to pursue other ventures and more time with my family. I will continue to be involved in APA and hope to participate more actively with AICP Fellows.

After March 31, 2019, I can be reached by email at: julirrankin@icloud.com or (956) 279-2805.  I look forward to staying in touch, and hope to be seeing you at conferences and events in the future.


3/4/19

Kimberly Miller, AICP has joined Halff Associates as a Senior Planner.

Carlos G. Espinoza y Sánchez, has joined Windrose Land Services Inc. as Project Manager for redevelopment and development regulations guidance. Carlos brings five years of experience and has worked for The Woodlands Township, City of Houston Planning Department and is a National APA School Ambassador.


1/23/19

Tharani Devi Krishnakumar, CFM has been promoted to Senior Planner at the City of Tyler.


12/6/18

Chance Sparks AICP, CNU-A has joined Freese and Nichols, Inc as a Project Manager based in San Marcos. Chance has more than 15 years of planning and management experience and has worked for the cities of Buda, San Marcos and Bulverde in Central Texas. He is known as a creative and innovative thinker who has led municipalities to award-winning initiatives. He is the President-Elect of the APA Texas Chapter.

Eleana Tuley has joined Freese and Nichols, Inc as a Project Planner and will be based in Freese and Nichols’ Dallas office. Wleana has more than six years of experience and has worked for Fort Worth, McKinney and Austin. She will be a key asset in development reviews and staff augmentation for clients. She serves as the Communications Coordinator for the Midwest Section of APA Texas Chapter.


12/4/18

AJ Fawver, AICP named to ELGL's 2018 Chris Traeger List for Top 100 Influencers in Local Government

Kyle Kingma, AICP named to ELGL's 2018 Chris Traeger List for Top 100 Influencers in Local Government


11/5/18

Jennifer Arnold, AICP has been named Director of Planning for the City of McKinney


10/1/18

Chelsea Irby has been hired as a Senior Planner for the City of Georgetown 

Gincy Thoppil, AICP has been named Planning and Development Services Director for the City of Arlington

Richard Gertson, AICP has been hired as the Assistant Planning and Development Services Director for the City of Arlington


9/14/18

Jennifer Prochazka, AICP promoted to Director of Planning and Development Services for the City of College Station

Julia Murphy, AICP has been hired as the Sustainable Special Projects Manager for the City of San Antonio’s Office of Sustainability


8/29/18

Rebecca Pacini, AICP hired as the new Chief Planning Officer for the City of Kerrville


8/13/18

Amber Rojas-Varona hired as the new Main Street Director for City of Tyler


5/21/18

AJ Fawver hired as Planning Director for City of Lubbock

Mike Bell promoted to Lead Planner for City of Plano

Ken Schmidt promoted to Lead Planner for City of Plano

Ross Altobelli promoted to Lead Planner for City of Plano

Helen-Eve Liebman hired has Director of Planning and Development for City of Corinth. 

Raha Pouladi hired as a planner for City of Celina. 


5/12/18

Dan Tracy, PE with the City of Richardson was promoted to Assistant Director of Development Services!

Chris Shacklett, AICP with the City of Richardson was promoted to Development Review Manager!