Washington, DC (June 8, 2018): The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) recently elected leaders for 2018-2019 and celebrated its 52nd Annual Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Florida. For over 50 years, NARC has advocated on behalf of regional councils and the benefits regionalism provides for local governments. NARC members work collaboratively in their diverse communities – large and small, urban and rural — to address challenges that are best solved at the regional scale.
Geof Benson, Councilmember of the Town of Beverly Shores, Indiana and Chair of the Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC), was elected to serve as President of the Association. Benson is also a member of the Lake Michigan Marina and Shoreline Development Commission, as well as Executive Director for Dunes Learning Center. His leadership roles in many community and non-profit organizations have included: Save the Dunes, Child Care Consortium, Chicago Wilderness, and Calumet Stewardship Initiative. His executive leadership and professional management experiences span several decades and include governmental, business, and non-profit organizations.
President Geof Benson expressed his deepest thanks for the significant support he received from NARC and its members, stating: “I am both honored and excited to serve as NARC president. Our collective dedication to public service and community improvement helps American lives every day… and NARC helps us learn about new tools and techniques to bring home to our own communities, helping us solve the challenges we encounter in our regions.
“I would like to thank my predecessor, Bob Dallari, for his excellent work and I look forward to working with President-elect Marge Vogt, Senior Vice President Robert Cannon, and Vice President Andrew Gruber to build upon the achievements made over the last year. Additionally, our Board is fortunate to have such a hard-working staff and Executive Directors Council to support us.”
NARC congratulates President-elect Marge Vogt, Councilmember in Olathe, Kansas, and Senior Vice President Robert Cannon, Supervisor of Clinton Township in Michigan, for their successful elections to board leadership. NARC also thanks Immediate Past President Bob Dallari, Commissioner of Seminole County, Florida, for his service to the Association and assistance in the success of NARC’s 52nd Annual Conference and Exhibition. 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 from regional planning organizations across the country. Wasatch Front Regional Council Executive Director Andrew Gruber succeeds Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission Executive Director William Murdock as Chairman of the Executive Directors Council and Vice President of NARC. NARC Executive and Policy Committee positions were also elected and confirmed.
NARC welcomes returning and newly elected Board members:
President Geof Benson, Town Councilmember, Beverly Shores, IN; President-elect Marge Vogt, Councilmember, Olathe, KS; Sr. Vice President Robert Cannon, Supervisor, Clinton Township, MI; Vice President Andrew Gruber, Wasatch Front Regional Council; Immediate Past President Bob Dallari, Commissioner, Seminole County, FL; 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 Justin Kiel, Council President, Town of La Crosse, IN; Region VII Director Greg Terry, Judge/Executive, Carlisle, KY; Region VIII Director Karen Keith, Commissioner, Tulsa County, OK; Region IX Director Chris Barnett, Vice Chairperson, Supervisor, Orion Township; Region X Director Joy Fuchs, Commissioner, Washington County, TX; Region XI Director Carol Vinton, Supervisor, Mills County, IA; Region XII Director Garret Nancolas, Mayor, Caldwell, ID; Region XIII Director P. Bret Milburn, Commissioner, Davis County, UT; Region XIV Director Fred Strong, Councilmember, Paso Robles, CA; Region XV Director Brad Hill, Councilmember, Yakima City, WA; At-Large Director Lee Constantine, Commissioner, Seminole County, FL; At-Large Director Julie Pierce, Council Member, Clayton, CA; At-Large Director Daniel Troy, Commissioner, Lake County, OH; At-Large Director Bill Zoslocki, Councilmember, Modesto, CA; First Vice Chair Kathleen Lomako, Southeast Michigan Council of Governments; Immediate Past Chair William Murdock, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission; National League of Cities Appointee Pam O’Connor, Councilmember, Santa Monica, CA; National Association of Counties Appointee James D. Healy, Board Member, DuPage County, IL; and Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations Appointee DeLania Hardy, AMPO Executive Director.
NARC welcomes returning and newly elected Executive Directors Council members:
Chair Andrew Gruber, Wasatch Front Regional Council; First Vice Chair Kathleen Lomako, Southeast Michigan Council of Governments; Second Vice Chair Doug Hooker, Atlanta Regional Commission; Immediate Past Chair William Murdock, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission; Executive Committee Officer Brian Martin, Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission; Executive Committee Officer Ty Warner, Northwestern Indiana 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 Jim Hassinger, Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission; Region II Representative Barry Seymour, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission; Region III Representative Chuck Bean, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments; Region IV Representative Anthony W. Starr, Western Piedmont Council of Governments; Region V Representative Gregory Stuart, Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization; 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 Sherry McDavid, FIVCO Area Development District; Region VII Representative Jennifer Beck Walker, Purchase Area Development District; Region VIII Representative Rich Brierre, Indian Nations Council of Governments; Region IX Representative Grace Gallucci, Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency; Region IX Representative Jim Kinnick, Eastgate Regional 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 Matt Stoll, Community Planning Association; Region XII Representative Greg Youell, Metropolitan Area Planning Agency; Region XIII Representative Miriam Gillow-Wiles, Southwest Colorado Council of Governments; Region XIV Representative Rosa De Leon Park, Stanislaus Council of Governments; Region XIV Representative Hasan Ikhrata, Southern California Association of Governments; Region XV Representative Fred Abousleman, Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments; Region XV Representative Bill Fashing, Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments; At-Large Representative David Cleveland, East Texas Council of Governments; At-Large Representative Sallie Fahey, Tippecanoe County Area Plan Commission; At-Large Representative; Brian Martin, Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission; At-Large Representative Diane Rath, Alamo Area Council of Governments; At-Large Representative Jiten Shah, Green River Area Development District; At-Large Representative James Turnwald, Michiana Area Council of Governments; At-Large Representative Betty Voights, Capital Area Council of Governments; and At-Large Representative Chuck Wemple, Houston-Galveston Area Council.
NARC also congratulates new and returning Policy Committee members:
Transportation Policy Committee Co-Chair Fred Strong, Councilmember, Paso Robles, CA; Transportation Policy Committee Co-Chair (Urban) Gregory Stuart, Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization; Transportation Policy Committee Co-Chair (Rural) Miriam Gillow-Wiles, Southwest Colorado Council of Governments; Transportation Policy Committee Co-Chair Alternate Lyle Wray, Capitol Region Council of Governments; Public Safety & Emergency Management Policy Committee Co-Chair Byron Ryder, Judge, Leon County, TX; Public Safety & Emergency Management Policy Committee Co-Chair Diane Rath, Alamo Area Council of Governments; Environment & Energy Policy Committee Co-Chair Pam O’Connor, Councilmember, Santa Monica, CA; Environment & Energy Policy Committee Co-Chair Rosa De León Park, Stanislaus Council of Governments; Economic & Community Development Policy Committee Chair Betty Voights, Capital Area Council of Governments.