1731 Gravel Hill Drive
Sinking Spring, PA 19608
May 30, 2012
I have attended and graduated from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2004 and 2006 with my Master of Science degree. While in graduate school, I was the graduate assistant for the Political Science Department. Being the graduate assistant my major duty was to supervise The Center for Social and Economic Research (CSER) working with undergraduate interns. As a graduate student, I studied Administration but concentrated in Regional Planning. I also had the privilege of interning with the Berks County Planning Commission, where I was able to sharpen my skills as an urban planner.
Following my internship, I was hired full-time by the Berks County Planning Commission. My position as a subdivision and land development planner brought about many opportunities. I was assigned to attend meetings and conferences that allowed me to maintain and increase my planning knowledge. I began working on projects that were directly related to more efficient development habits, such as incorporating storm water best management practices, transportation planning, open space and recreation and conservation zoning. I was involved with meetings and text for the updates to the Berks County Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan and Berks County Comprehensive Plan, Land Use Committee (still in draft form). I was staff liaison for multiple municipalities and municipal projects in and around Berks County. The projects included but were not limited to participate in ordinance amendments/rewrites and collecting and analyzing data for joint municipal comprehensive plan updates. For all of the above projects GIS played a valuable role in making the plans come together; I used GIS daily in my work and during my graduate career.
I am eager to further my career as an urban planner and as a future endeavor; I hope to attain my AICP certification.
Please contact me at (484) 529-4904 so that we may set up a time to further discuss my experience and skills.
Berks County Planning Commission, Reading PA, Urban Planner II
As an urban planner II, I worked mostly with municipalities and municipal officials. I was a community planner and I reviewed site plans, ordinance reviews and amendment reviews. I completed technical review letters for many of my projects. I was staff liaison to many local municipalities with work ranging from subdivision and land development and zoning ordinance rewrites to co-project planner and co-writer for the County Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan to data analysis for joint municipal comprehensive plans. I was on the Bicycle and Pedestrian committee and the land use committee for the update to the County Comprehensive Plan. I maintained the Subdivision and Land Development GIS database and worked with Microsoft Office Products daily.
Berks County Planning Commission, Reading PA, Urban Planner I
I started my career with the County Planning Commission completing subdivision and land development site plans, amendments and ordinance reviews. I worked on zoning ordinance amendments and completed environmental planning.
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, PhD, Political Science
I am not currently enrolled in the program. I left realizing that I did not care for the program and wanted to return to Urban Planning. However, in my time at UWM, I learned more statistical/research methods and learned the statistical program R.
West Chester University of Pennsylvania, West Chester, PA, US, Masters, Administration
I received my Master's of Science in Administration with my concentration being Urban/Regional Planning. I continued my statistical/research methods studies and also learned GIS.
West Chester University of Pennsylvania, West Chester, PA, US, BArch, Political Science
I was a Political Science major with a concentration in Applied Public Policy. Many of my classes were policy oriented, I learned statistical/research methods and SPSS.
Graduate Assistantship, Scholarship
I was the graduate assistant in the Political Science Department and I worked at the Center for Social and Economic Research performing various research projects and also supervising undergraduate interns in the Center.