Press Release: NARC Elects 2016-2017 Leadership

Washington, DC (July 14, 2016): The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) recently celebrated its 50th Annual Conference and Exhibition in Salt Lake City, Utah and elected its 2016-2017 leadership. For over 50 years, NARC has served as a national voice for a regional approach to problem solving through cooperative action across the boundaries of individual local governments.  NARC members work collaboratively in their communities – large and small, urban and rural — to address the needs of their citizens and promote a regional approach to planning for the future.

Ron Shaffer, commissioner of Johnson County, Kansas; longtime mayor of Prairie Village, Kansas; and past chair of the Mid-America Regional Council board of directors, was elected to serve as president of the Association. Since 2008, Shaffer has held a variety of positions at NARC, including president-elect, senior vice president, and region XI board representative. “I’m pleased to see Ron Shaffer elected as president of NARC. President Shaffer, without a doubt, is committed to helping the regions however he can. He will bring prestige and valuable assets into his office as he leads NARC to better serve its members and their regions,” said NARC Immediate Past President Byron Ryder.

President Shaffer expressed his deepest thanks for all the support he received from NARC and its members, stating “I consider it a great honor to follow Judge Ryder and all the presidents that have come before me. Under their fruitful leadership, regional governments have become reputable, reliable resources that address our nation’s local challenges and work across jurisdictional boundaries. Collaboration is a key element to regional success, and I look forward to working with Judge Ryder, NARC leadership, and staff to continue fostering collaboration for our regions to sustain their important work.”

NARC congratulates President-elect Bob Dallari, commissioner of Seminole County, Florida and Senior Vice President Geof Benson, commissioner of Beverly Shores, Indiana for their successful elections to board leadership. NARC also thanks Immediate Past President Byron Ryder, judge of Leon County, Texas for his service to the Association. Board members representing NARC districts and at-large seats were also elected.

In addition to its governing board of directors, NARC has an advisory Executive Directors Council comprised of executive directors of regional planning organizations from across the country. Green River Area Development District Executive Director Jiten Shah succeeds Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission Executive Director Barry Seymour as chairman of the Executive Directors Council and vice president of NARC. Shah’s relationship with NARC dates back to 1989 and continues to be strong today.

Chairman Shah said, “NARC has been a premier national organization dedicated to keeping the torch of ‘regionalism’ alive and strong as a proactive voice in Washington, the communities in GRADD, and the regions across the nation. I am honored to be part of the NARC leadership team under President Shaffer’s leadership. With five decades of successful history and a talented and knowledgeable staff, NARC is well positioned to serve our members through advocacy and education in Washington and state capitals for a brighter future.”

NARC welcomes returning and newly elected board members: President Ron Shaffer, Commissioner, Johnson County, KS; President-elect Bob Dallari, Commissioner, Seminole County, FL; Sr. Vice President Geof Benson, Commissioner, Beverly Shores, IN; Vice President Jiten Shah, Green River Area Development District, Owensboro, KY; Immediate Past President Byron Ryder, Judge, Leon County, TX; Region I Director Steve Cassano, State Senator, CT; Region II Director Matthew Holt, Freeholder, Hunterdon County, NJ; Region III Director Kenyan McDuffie, Councilmember, District of Columbia; Region IV Director Jennifer Robinson, Council Member, Town of Cary, NC; Region V Director, Bryan Caletka, Councilmember, Davie, FL; Region VI Director, Blair Milo, Mayor, La Porte, IN; Region VII Director Greg Terry, Judge/Executive, Carlisle, KY; Region VIII Director John Smaligo, Commissioner, Tulsa County, OK; Region IX Director Robert Cannon, Supervisor, Clinton Township, MI; Region X Director Wes Suiter, Judge, Angelina County, TX; Region XI Director Marge Vogt, Councilmember, Olathe, KS; Region XII Director Rita Sanders, Mayor, Bellevue, NE; Region XIII Director P. Bret Milburn, Commissioner, Davis County, UT; Region XIV Director Pam O’Connor, Councilmember, Santa Monica, CA; Region XV Director Jim Restucci, Mayor, Sunnyside, WA; At-Large Director Joy Fuchs, Commissioner, Washington County, TX; At-Large Director Garret Nancolas, Mayor, Caldwell, ID; At-Large Director Mary Teresa Sessom, Mayor, Lemon Grove, CA; and At-Large Director Fred Strong, Councilmember, Paso Robles, CA.

NARC welcomes returning and newly elected Executive Directors Council members: Chair Jiten Shah, Green River Area Development District; First Vice Chair William Murdock, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission; Second Vice Chair Andrew Gruber, Wasatch Front Regional Council; Immediate Past Chair Barry Seymour, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission; Region I Representative Tim Brennan, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission; Region I Representative Lyle Wray, Capitol Region Council of Governments; Region II Representative Mary K Murphy, North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority; Region II Representative Jim Hassinger, Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission; Region III Representative Chuck Bean, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments; Region IV Representative Jim Prosser, Centralina Council of Governments; Region V Representative Doug Hooker, Atlanta Regional Commission; Region V Representative Gregory Stuart, Broward County MPO; Region VI Representative Mark Policinski, Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments; Region VI Representative Ty Warner, Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission; Region VII Representative Rodney Kirtley, Barren River Area Development District; Region VII Representative Sherry McDavid, FIVCO Area Development District; Region VIII Representative Rich Brierre, Indian Nations Council of Governments; Region VIII Representative John Johnson, Association of Central Oklahoma Governments; Region IX Representative Jim Kinnick, Eastgate Regional Council of Governments; Region IX Representative Kathleen Lomako, Southeast Michigan Council of Governments; Region X Representative Jim Reed, Central Texas Council of Governments; Region X Representative Tom Wilkinson, Jr., Brazos Valley Council of Governments; Region XI Representative Todd Ashby, Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization; Region XI Representative David Warm, Mid-America Regional Council; Region XII Representative Greg Youell, Metropolitan Area Planning Agency; Region XII Representative Matt Stoll, Community Planning Association; Region XIII Representative Robert MacDonald, Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments; Region XIV Representative Gary Gallegos, San Diego Association of Governments; Region XIV Representative Hasan Ikhrata, Southern California Association of Governments; Region XV Representative Fred Abousleman, Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments; At-Large Representative Harold Barley, MetroPlan Orlando; At-Large Representative David Cleveland, East Texas Council of Governments; At-Large Representative Lisa Daglian, New York Metropolitan Transportation Council; At-Large Representative Ron DeCarli, San Luis Obispo Council of Governments; At-Large Representative Grace Gallucci, Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency; At-Large Representative Brian Martin, Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission; At-Large Representative Sue Pigg, Tri-County Regional Planning Commission; and At-Large Representative James Turnwald, Michiana Area Council of Governments.

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