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 - 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. Rebecca holds a Masters of regional planning from UMASS and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Marlboro College.

Past 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, Mike 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.

Secretary - Abby Kenyon, AICP

Abby Kenyon, AICP, is the  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 Bachelors degree and Masters degree from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Khara 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, Esq.

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 Executive Director of the CT RC&D (Connecticut Resource Conservation and Development Area). She has enjoyed working on Connecticut’s SNEAPA Committee for several Connecticut sponsored conferences. Prior to RC&D, Jeanne 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 - Emily Hultquist, AICP

Emily Hultquist, AICP is the Director of Policy and Planning  at the Capitol Region Council of Governments, with professional experience in land use, transportation planning, and urban design in Connecticut. 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.

Communications Committee Chair - Amanda E. Kennedy, AICP

Amanda Kennedy is Deputy 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.

Member-At-Large - Don Poland

Dr. Poland is a human geographer (social and spatial scientist) and planner with over twenty-five years’ experience in land use planning, economic development, housing, real estate, and community development. Having worked in the public, private, non-profit, and academic sectors, he offers a unique perspective and understanding of the social, spatial, economic, cultural, behavioral, and governance challenges confronting metropolitan and non-metropolitan communities. This unique perspective and understanding affords Dr. Poland the ability to assist communities in the development and execution of strategic and scaled interventions that build community confidence, foster pride in place, create predictability, and grow demand. Dr. Poland is accepted as an expert witness in the areas of land use planning, neighborhood redevelopment, and community development in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana. He is a member of the American Association of Geographers, American Planning Association, and American Institute of Certified Planners. He is a Past-President of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association.

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 City Planner for the City of Middletown. He previously served as Town Planner for the Town of Berlin, as Senior Planner for the Town of Greenwich,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, currently with the Town of Bolton, CT.  Patrice has served on the CCAPA Executive Committee for over 20 years, some of that time as a member of the Program Committee, which she also chaired.

Member-At-Large - Christopher Smith, Esq.

Christopher J. Smith is a land use attorney with the firm Alter & Pearson, and has an extensive statewide legal practice involving zoning, planning and wetlands matters with municipal and state agencies on behalf of property owners, developers, businesses, municipalities and citizen associations. Mr. Smith participates in ethics training for the Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association’s American Institute of Certified Planners’ program.