CUPPAD Regional Commission Staff

Dotty LaJoye
Executive Director   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.

Peter VanSteen
Transportation Planner

Peter is currently enjoying his retirement and consults with CUPPAD on transportation and CDBG projects when needed.

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


Ben DuBois
GIS Coordinator/ Community Planner  Phone Ext. 1307

A graduate of Grand Valley State University in Geography with an emphasis in Urban Planning and Geographic Information Systems, Ben brings direction and expertise as the GIS Coordinator. Ben is primarily tasked with providing direct GIS support to communities in the region. Ben also provides assistance on various planning and transportation projects.


Ryan Soucy, AICP
Senior Economic Development and Community Planner  Phone: 906-399-1371

Ryan’s diverse experience in planning, zoning, and specialized training in community and economic development can assist communities with a variety of services and planning needs from capital improvement planning, zoning and permitting, design charrettes, and much more. Ryan is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and comes to CUPPAD from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) where he directed the region’s Redevelopment Ready Community (RRC) Program.


Rawan Alhabbal
GIS Technician

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 continue her education at Bay de Noc Community College and received 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, Delta, and Schoolcraft County, transportation planning, CDBG, support to the GIS Coordinator, and any other projects where she is needed.

Nolan Bergstrom
Associate Planner

Nolan is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a Masters of Science in Geography with an emphasis in Community and Regional Planning. With aspirations to become an AICP certified Planner, Nolan brings his knowledge from having been a paid intern for the City of Kalamazoo Community Planning and Economic Development Department conducting mapping analysis through Phase II of the MAP Award winning Natural Features Protection Overlay District.
Nolan is dedicated to Community Planning and sound geographical principles.


The CUPPAD Region

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