CUPPAD Regional Commission Staff

Dotty LaJoye, Executive Director – dlajoye @ cuppad.org Phone Ext. 1376

As Executive Director for the Central Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Regional Commission, Dotty oversees day-to-day operations of the Commission staff and projects.

 


Richard Smith, Community Planner– rsmith @ cuppad.org  Phone Ext. 1378

Richard is CUPPAD’s lead person in land use regulations, such as subdivision and zoning ordinances. He works with local and regional organizations on economic development planning and implementation and also provides technical assistance to local units of government, and is also involved in demographic/census data, recreation plans, and master plans. Richard holds a BA in Sociology from Graceland University and a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Iowa.

 

Emilie Schada, Regional Planner – eschada @ cuppad.org  Phone Ext. 1380

Emilie administers arts and cultural programming, trainings, and grant writing for the CUPPAD region as well as through the Upper Peninsula Arts and Cultural Alliance. She has worked as a community / economic developer for local units of government since 2001 and provides technical assistance in this arena. As one of ten re-granting agencies across the state, she administers the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs mini-grant program to increase meaningful arts-related programming in our region. Emilie holds a Master of Public Administration from Grand Valley State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Western Michigan University.

 

Peter VanSteen, Transportation Planner – pvansteen @ cuppad.org  Phone Ext. 1379

Peter is our lead person in transportation planning, access management, traffic counting, non-motorized and other transportation projects.  He represents our region in statewide planning efforts and assists communities with transportation-related technical assistance.Peter holds a degree in Business Administration from Valparaiso University.

 

Steve Lenaker, GIS Coordinator – slenaker @ cuppad.org  Phone Ext. 1381

Steve specializes in developing and analyzing maps for local units, staff, and others using various methods. Steve develops, analyzes, and maintains an extensive set of data layers used by staff for planning and map purposes and builds appropriate base maps for local and regional projects.  Steve also assists with the local and regional 911 emergency management programs, and assists other local communities developing and maintaining their GIS systems and GPS equipment. Steve holds a degree in Geography, with a minor in GIS & Spatial Analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

 


Ben DuBois, GIS Technician/Planning Assistant – bdubois @ cuppad.org  Phone Ext. 1307

A graduate of Grand Valley State University in Geography with an emphasis in Urban Planning and GIS, Ben provides mapping and GIS support under the direction of the GIS Coordinator. Ben is primarily tasked with providing direct GIS support to Delta County under the Regional GIS, and is the primary staff on parcel mapping for Alger and Delta County. Ben also provides assistance on various planning and transportation projects.

 

Scott Lawrence, Videographer – slawrence @ cuppad.org

A graduate of Northern Michigan University in Fine Arts with a concentration in Digital Cinema, Scott is helping to add additional value and a new dimension to CUPPAD’s already robust master planning service area by customizing community centered videos for their marketing purposes helping communities utilize this important communication tool.

  
Rawan Alhabbal, GIS and Planning Intern – intern @ cuppad.org

Rawan is a graduate of the University of Damascus with a bachelor of science in Geology with an emphasis in hydrogeology. She has also decided to continued her education at Bay de Noc Community College and will be receiving an associates degree in Geographic Information Systems. Rawan helps bring support to CUPPAD’s team in aiding in a variety of projects those include: GIS parcel mapping for Alger and Delta County, transportation planning, CDBG, support to the GIS Coordinator, and any other projects where she is needed.

 

 

 


The CUPPAD Region

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