Executive Board

The Executive Board consists of the Chapter's elected officers, appointed committee chairs and members-at-large. The Board typically meets six times a year.

President - Michael Piscitelli, AICP

Michael Piscitelli, AICP, serves as the Deputy Economic Development Administrator for the City of New Haven. Economic Development coordinates the work of seven city departments. He previously served as the City’s Comprehensive Planner in the City Plan Department. From there, he served as the first Director of a reorganized Transportation, Traffic and Parking Department with a mission to enhance the City’s transportation assets into a sustainable and integrated system.

President Elect - Rebecca Augur, AICP

Rebecca Augur, AICP is a Senior Planner with Milone & MacBroom, Inc. where she works on a variety of community and land use planning projects. She previously served as an Assistant Town Planner in Cheshire, CT and as a Regional Planner at the Capitol Region Council of Governments. She holds a Masters of regional planning from UMASS and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Marlboro College.

Past President - Emily Hultquist, AICP

Emily Hultquist, AICP is the current President of CCAPA. She is a Principal Planner and Policy Analyst at the Capitol Region Council of Governments and has nine years of professional experience in land use, transportation planning and urban design in Connecticut. As CCAPA President, Ms. Hultquist serves as the Vice Chair of the Leadership Development Committee of the APA Chapter President’s Council. Ms. Hultquist holds an A.B. in Growth and Structure of Cities from Bryn Mawr College and a Masters in City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.

Secretary - Abby Kenyon, AICP

Abby Kenyon, AICP, is the Chapter's Secretary and Director of Community Development with the Town of Granby. She previously worked as an Assistant Town Planner with the Town of Windsor and a Regional Planner at the Central Connecticut Regional Planning Agency. She holds a Masters of City and Regional Planning from Ohio State University. Abby previously served as a Member At-Large and has been active on the Communications Committee.

Treasurer - Khara Dodds, AICP

Khara C. Dodds, AICP is the Treasurer of CCAPA and Director of Planning and Land Use Services for the Town of Glastonbury. She graduated with her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Khara Dodds has been an active member of CCAPA for many several years, having served as Chapter Secretary and Member-At-Large; a member of the Program Committee; and, having organized outreach events to engage young planning professionals.

Government Relations Committee Co-Chair - John Guszkowski, AICP, LEED-AP, ENV-SP

John Guszkowski co-leads the Chapter's very active Government Relations Committee - advocating on behalf of the Chapter and planning at the Connecticut General Assembly. John is Lead Planner in the Community Development Group of the consulting firm CME Associates, Inc. based in Storrs, CT. John’s work has spanned numerous sectors of planning, including work as a regional planner with CRCOG, a full-time staff planning director in Woodstock and Thompson, a consulting planner for the Towns of Essex, Clinton, and Hampton, lead planner for special studies in Wethersfield, Manchester, Derby, Brooklyn, and Putnam, and a project manager for numerous private development projects across southern New England. John has also led the nonprofit group Connecticut Resource Conservation & Development Council as chairman for the past 15 years. 

Government Relations Committee Co-Chair - Jenna Montesano, JD

Professional Development Officer - Steve Sadlowski, AICP

Steve Sadlowski, AICP, is the Chapter’s Professional Development Officer. Steve is the Director of Planning and Community Development in Winchester. He previously served as the Land Use Administrator in New Hartford and Canterbury. He has an MS Geography from Central Connecticut State University. In addition to serving as CCAPA’s PDO, Steve is also on the Board of Directors for the Northwest Connecticut Economic Development Corporation.

Program Committee Chair - Jeanne Davies, AICP

Jeanne Davies, AICP, is Chair of the Program Committee. Jeanne has been a member of CCAPA since 1988 and a member of the Program and former Legislative Committees. She has enjoyed working on Connecticut’s SNEAPA Committee for several Connecticut sponsored conferences. Jeanne has worked as Deputy Director and Principal Planner for the Lower CT River Valley Council of Governments for fifteen years and has over 28 years of experience in community and regional land use, transportation, environmental and emergency management planning.

Membership Committee Chair - Alan L. Weiner, AICP

Thank you Alan L. Weiner, AICP for your 35 years of service to CCAPA!

Communications Committee Chair - Amanda Kennedy, AICP

Amanda Kennedy is Assistant Director at the Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments (SCCOG), directing strategic projects related to housing, community development, resiliency, and collaboration. She joined SCCOG in 2015 after working as Connecticut Director for the Regional Plan Association in Stamford/New York City and Development Coordinator for Konover Properties (now The Simon Konover Company) in West Hartford. Amanda holds a B.A. from Yale University and a Master of City and Regional Planning degree from Rutgers University.

Member-At-Large - Robert A. Phillips, AICP

Robert A. Phillips, AICP is the Director of Planning and Community Development for the Town of Southington, CT. Mr. Phillips holds both a Master of Public Administration (MPA) and a Master of Science (MS) in Natural Resources from the University of Connecticut. He previously served as Town Planner for the Town of Ellington, and as Treasurer of CCAPA for a four-year term limit.

Member -At-Large - Don Poland

Donald Poland is a human geographer and professional planner with twenty years’ experience in land use planning, community development, market regeneration, and executive level management. He has worked in public, private, non-profit, and academic sectors as a municipal planning director, planning consultant, executive director/CEO, and as a university lecturer in human geography and urban planning. Mr. Poland is a community strategist and planning consultant who is affiliated with czb in Alexandria, VA and Goman + York in East Hartford, CT. His practice focuses on distressed and weak market cities, urban regeneration, and complex market issues. Mr. Poland is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography, Comparative Urbanism program at University College London (UCL), London, England. His thesis title is The Remaking of Resilient Urban Space: A Case Study of West Hartford Center 1980 – 2012. Mr. Poland’s research interests include the remaking of urban space, urban-ecological resilience, resiliency approaches to planning, Protestant theology and the nineteenth century American urban experience, suburban histories, urban culture, lifestyle, and hospitality, and utopian planning.

Member-At-Large - Demian A. Sorrentino, AICP, C.S.S.

Demian Sorrentino enjoys working in a fast-paced, customer-driven environment where interpretation/application of regulatory requirements and responsible design result in projects that are mutually beneficial to clients and host municipalities. Past: Zoning Enforcement Administrator/Assistant Planner , Town of Coventry, RI; Director of Planning & Development, Griswold, CT; Part-time Planning & Zoning Agent,Town of Chaplin, CT. Currently: Certified Planner/Soil Scientist and Project Manager, Boundaries LLC, Griswold, CT; Part-time Zoning Enforcement Officer, Town of Sterling, CT.

Member-At-Large - Jonathan Reiner, AICP

Jonathan J. Reiner, AICP currently serves as the Director of the Office of Planning and Development Services for the Town of Groton, Connecticut.  Jon has been working as a municipal planner for twenty years.  He holds a Bachelors of Arts degree with a double major in Marine Affairs and Political Science from the University of Rhode Island.  He also received a Masters of Community Planning and a Masters in Marine Affairs, both from URI.  Jon has been focusing on changing the way Groton approaches development and he and his team are doing their best to make Groton a great place to live and to do business.

Member-At-Large - Marek Kozikowski, AICP

Marek Kozikowski, AICP is the Town Planner for the Town of Berlin, CT. He previously served as Senior Planner for the Town of Greenwich where he worked for over ten years and as an Assistant Transportation Planner for the Midstate Regional Planning Agency. He holds both a Master of Public Administration and a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Connecticut. 

Member-At-Large - Patrice Carson

Patrice has been a public sector Planner throughout her career.  She first worked as a Regional Planner in Western Massachusetts and then became a Town Planner in Connecticut for the majority of her career.  She now serves as a Consultant Planner serving towns needing interim assistance.  Patrice has served on the CCAPA Executive Committee for over 17 years, most of that time as a member of the Program Committee which she also chaired.

Member-At-Large - Christopher Smith, Esq.