About the Design Team
Charrette Team Leaders
Richard A. Hall, PE
Rick Hall is President of Hall Planning and Engineering. He is a practicing, registered transportation engineer with over 30 years experience in planning, design and regulatory issues in the transportation field. Following his early work with the Florida Department of Transportation and the Tampa Bay Region, Hall became a private consultant in 1980. He has worked on urban transportation plans, developments of regional impact, hurricane evacuation planning, level of service analysis, and transportation/land use interrelationships. Hall has pioneered research in street design for pedestrian oriented neighborhoods, and has participated in more than 40 community design charrettes with leading national design firms. In addition to his consulting work, Hall serves as a visiting professor at Florida State University's Department of Urban and Regional Planning.
Stuart Sirota, AICP, CNU
Stu Sirota is founding principal of TND Planning Group, a consulting practice focused on sustainable community design, traditional town planning, and transportation planning for livable communities. With 20 years experience, Sirota has been responsible for a broad range of planning work that emphasizes compact, mixed-use, walk able neighborhoods, downtown revitalization, regional land use and transportation planning, transit-oriented and pedestrian/bicycle planning. He is experienced in charrette facilitation and holds a certificate from the National Charrette Institute. Sirota's prior positions include 11 years as a senior planner with the Maryland Transit Administration, and six years as a professional associate in urban land use and transportation planning with Parsons Brinkerhoff.
Geoff Ferrell, Principal, Ferrell-Madden Associates, has produced urban design projects across the United States for fifteen years. His work is featured in the book The New Urbanism by Peter Katz. Before establishing his own firm in 1992, Mr. Ferrell was a designer-code writer for Duany Plater-Zyberk Architects and Town Planners in Miami and later served two years as the Director of Urban Design for the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council in Florida. Current projects include urban design and form-based code writing for the City of Peoria Illinois, and the Form-Based Coding element of the new Denver, Colorado Unified Development Code (with Duncan Associates.) Mr. Ferrell holds a Master of Architecture degree with a Certificate in American Urbanism from the University of Virginia, a Bachelor of Architecture from Oregon School of Design, and a Bachelor of Science in Public Policy from Willamette University. He is an adjunct faculty member for the Virginia Tech Department of Urban Affairs and Planning and frequently speaks on the topics of planning, design, and form-based codes. Mr. Ferrell is a Charter Member of the Congress for the New Urbanism.
A licensed architect, Sarah Lewis received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Tennessee in 1988. In 1994, after six years as an architect with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, she joined the planning and design firm, Torti Gallas to work on the HOPE VI Lafayette Courts in Baltimore, and new town developments including King Farm in Rockville Maryland and Celebration in Florida. After working on a number of international charrettes and successful residential projects, she moved to Ayers Saint Gross in 2001 to concentrate on mixed-use projects. Over the next six years, her project experience ranged from campus planning to architectural/urban design guidelines to rewriting land use regulations and zoning implementation for institutional, civic and private clients. Three notable projects under her guidance have won Congress for the New Urbanism Charter Awards: the College Town Study for Lexington Kentucky (2006), the infill/redevelopment plan with architectural and urban design guidelines for the historic Beall’s Hill neighborhood in Macon Georgia (2005), and the Concept Plan for Rebuilding Long Beach Mississippi (2007) Ms. Lewis joined Ferrell Madden, Associates in May 2007.
Principal of Toole Design Group, Jennifer Toole is a nationally-recognized leader in multi-modal planning and design, providing expert consultation on bicycle and pedestrian projects throughout the United States. Jennifer established Toole Design Group to bring together like-minded professionals who take a creative approach to modern transportation and urban design issues, and has since built a growing, multi-disciplinary practice with a reputation for outstanding quality and unwavering focus on clients' needs. Over the course of her career, Jennifer has been involved in several national publications, including AASHTO's first edition of the Guide to the Planning, Design and Operation of Pedestrian Facilities. In addition, she served three terms as the President of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP). When not busy running her growing company, Jennifer volunteers her time to organize Walk to School Day at her children's elementary school in Columbia, Maryland.
William J. Schultheiss, PE
Bill Schultheiss, a civil engineer, has more than a decade of experience assisting clients and communities with high quality engineering and design for a range of projects including: bicycle master plans for the cities of Seattle, Baltimore and Washington, DC; pedestrian and bicycle design guidelines for state and local governments; and site specific solutions for urban, suburban and rural design challenges. He is known for his approachable style and his ability to achieve creative solutions that meet the often-conflicting needs of various users. Bill is active in professional organizations and is a member of the Bicycle Technical Committee of the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. A native Vermonter, Bill remains true to the Green Mountain State by staying involved in two of his favorite activities: bicycle racing and ice hockey.
John Moynahan is a senior planner and urban designer and has contributed significantly in the design of numerous and successful master plans, TNDs, TODs, urban and neighborhood revitalization plans, code books, landscape studies and urban open spaces throughout the United States and abroad. Mr. Moynahan has received national awards for site design sensitivity and environmental design for projects both designed and constructed. Mr. Moynahan is adept at conceptualizing community sensitive plan solutions and generating quick, thoughtful, and creative plans, illustrations, and freehand visualizations. Mr. Moynahan has participated in numerous public planning and design charrettes including Port Royal Waterfront, Shady Grove Transit Village, Twinbrook Transit Village, Westminster, and Frederick East Street Corridor.
G. Wade Walker, P.E.
Wade Walker is a Senior Project Manager and Urban Transportation Planner with Kubilins Transportation Group in Charlotte, North Carolina. Wade has over 14 years experience in a wide range of transportation planning and engineering assignments. For the past 10 years, he has worked in the realm of context-sensitive design and context sensitive solutions, focusing on the restoration of livability to streets. His work primarily involves leading the transportation planning efforts for a variety of projects and clients, often in an intensive design charrette setting. Wade has been involved in many varied initiatives concentrating on livable traffic and a rebalancing of modes, ranging from downtown revitalizations, to new traditional neighborhood developments, to preservation of scenic and historic roadways. Key projects Wade has been involved in include the Plan Baton Rouge Downtown Revitalization Strategy, Yale University Framework for Campus Planning, One-Way Street Conversion Feasibility Studies for Lakeland, Florida and Chattanooga, Tennessee, Virginia’s Route 50 Traffic Calming Plan in Loudoun County, Virginia, Scenic and Historic A1A Master Plan in St. Johns County, Florida, and the Bronx River Parkway Preservation Study on the historic Bronx River Parkway in New York. Current projects include the Pedestrian Master Plan for Towson, Maryland; transportation planning for new traditional mixed-use communities in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Hernando, Mississippi, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Asheville, North Carolina, and Douglasville, Georgia; and downtown main street revitalizations in Poquoson, Virginia.
A graphics specialist, Peter Toco worked as an independent graphics specialist serving town planners and architect starting in 2005. Before that he worked two years for Rodgers Consulting, a land planning and engineering firm in Germantown, Marland Prior to that he worked two years for the Rouse Company as a graphics services coordinator at their Columbia, Maryland, headquarters. Peter began graphics work as a technical writer-illustrator in the early 1990s in Indiana. Peter holds degrees in comparative literature and electrical engineering technology.
Mark Zonarich, a resident of Baltimore County, has over eight years of experience in town planning and New Urbanism. He began his professional career with the acclaimed architectural and town planning firm, Duany Plater-Zyberk and Co., and has served as Town Architect for a number of projects throughout the eastern United States. In this capacity, he has written architectural and form-based codes, reviewed engineering and landscape drawings, critiqued builders' plans and elevation drawings, and served as consultant to home owners' associations. Specializing in the design and implementation of New Urbanist projects, Mark has been a team member on over thirty charrettes around the world and has served as project manager on several in the Mid-Atlantic region. Mark is an AICP and LEED accredited professional, and has had experience with advanced environmental and storm water management techniques. He holds bachelors and masters degrees in architecture and urban design at the University of Maryland.
JMT – Transportation Planners and Engineers
Michael J. Rothenheber, PE, AICP
Michael Rothenheber is a Vice President and Chief of JMT’s Planning Division. Rothenheber has more than 20 years experience on a wide range of projects involving planning and design of community facility projects throughout the mid-Atlantic region. He has a broad background in both engineering and land use planning for a variety of public projects. He has led master planning activities through technical and steering committees, charrettes, community association meetings, and public workshops to build consensus toward an implementable solution. On many of the planning studies, he has followed the project through design, contract documents, and construction. This added experience ensures that the planning studies are constructible, permit-able and budgeted properly.
Jon S. Conner, RLA, AICP
John Conner is a Vice President and Chief of JMT’s Landscape Architecture Section. He has more than 20 years experience in landscape architecture, pedestrian and bicycle facilities and environmental planning. Most recently he has specialized in the planning and interface between transportation facilities and the communities. He has developed conceptual layouts, prepared final plans and construction details. Conner has also conducted community outreach, feasibility analysis and planning studies. He has prepared environmental assessments and environmental impact statements under NEPA requirements. Conner is a member of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals.
Sarah Gary, PE, PTOE
Sarah Gary is a traffic engineer with Johnson, Mirmiran and Thompson and has over nine years of experience. Sarah has a BS and MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky. She is a registered professional engineer in the states of Maryland and Virginia and she is also a registered Professional Traffic Operations Engineer (PTOE). Her experience includes: data collection and analysis for planning and engineering studies; development of intersection and small network models using VISSIM, HCS, Sidra Intersection, TSIS, SYNCHRO, and ARCVIEW; development of signal timing plans; and design of intersections.
Matthew Wolniak has over 25 years of experience in traffic planning and engineering. He holds a BS degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Clarkson University and MBA from the University of Baltimore. Mr. Wolniak is a licensed professional engineer in five states and a licensed professional traffic operations engineer. He serves as an instructor in traffic engineering at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.