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Recent Alumni News

Andrew Armbruster (BS 2004), University of Shanghai.
A photo of Andrew in Ethiopia

David Waligora (BS 2009)
Picture of Dave

Dave Schneider (BS 1983, MS 1985), ExteNet Systems

Jonathan Ringel (MS 2007), Main Street Program in Iron Mountain, MI

Keith Edwards (MS 1998), working in Tampa

Scott Swearengen (BS 1995), working in Tampa

Jennifer Eschelbach (BS), Energy Consultant

Sherrie Pryor Brindley (BS 1999) and the City of Wayne

Lauren (Horton) Carlson (BS) at MAP

Andre Stone (BS 2005) in Baltimore

Kristen (Monroe) Claus (MS 2009) at the Sault

Anya Dale (MS 2008) and Brett Lenart (BS 1998)
join forces at Washtenaw County Economic Development Office

Professionals Advisory Board

Members of the Planning Program's Professionals Advisory Board serve as advisors to program faculty on how to make the program, its curriculum and its activities, more relevant to the profession of planning. The meetings of the Board are always lively, and serve as an important link between the academic and professional communities.

Current Members

First Name, Last Name



City, State

Michelle Aniol

DDA Administrator

South Lyon Township

South Lyon, MI

Andrea Brown, AICP

Executive Director

Michigan Association of Planning

Ann Arbor, MI

Kevin Christiansen, AICP

Project Manager

Atwell, LLC

Southfield, Mich.

Leslie Kettren, AICP

Planning Consultant


Milford, Mich.

Phil McKenna, AICP


McKenna Associates, Planners

Northville, Mich.

Ralph Pasola



Ann Arbor, MI

James Schafer, AICP

Commun. Devel. Dir.

City of Madison Heights

Madison Hgts., MI

Robert (Rocky) Ward

Faculty Emeritus

Planning Program



Alumni of Note
We are proud of all of our alumni. Some have received special note for their accomplishments.


Leslie Kettren AICP (BS 1991) was formerly a member of the national Board of Directors of the American Planning Association and served as President of the Michigan Association of Planning. She is writing a book on "Walkable Cities."

Andrea Brown AICP (BS 1985, MS 1993) is now serving as Executive Director of the Michigan Association of Planning, the largest statewide planning organization in the country.

Phil McKenna AICP, PCP is owner and president of McKenna Associates, Inc., the Great Lakes region's largest planning consulting firm.

While an undergrad student, Michelle Aniol (BS 2000) was awarded the distinction of Student of the Year by the American Planning Association's national student organization. Kevin Christianson (BS 1984, MS 1986) served as president of the Michigan Association of Planning for 2003-2004.

Tom Covert AICP (BS 1996) served as an intern with Atwell-Hicks in Ann Arbor and was hired upon graduation, where he is now Project Director with one of the country's largest engineering/planning corporations.

Andrew Armbruster (BS 2004 Honors) spent one semester studying planning in France and is now studying planning at the University of Shanghai and working on new town planning in China.

David Schleg is Chief Planner for the City of Dallas, Texas. He worked on the first City Council-supported "forwardDallas!" Comprehensive Plan.

Tracee Davie Patterson (BS 1997) is a community planner and Special Initiatives Manager for the City of Detroit. She speaks Japanese and traveled to Japan with Detroit's Sister City Program, which brings an exchange of students annually.

Steve Magee (MS 1982) obtained a law degree from Southern Methodist University with honors. He moved into land development, and currently is Senior Vice President of Land Management with iStar Financial in New York City, where he manages a $5 billion portfolio for a Real Estate Investment Trust.

Program contacts:

Dr. Robert Jones, Director of Urban and Regional Program, robert.jones@emich.edu
Dr. Norman Tyler AICP, Graduate Program Advisor, ntyler@emich.edu