Eric has been with ECWRPC since 1997 and assumed the Executive Director position in 2005. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay (1992) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Studies with an emphasis in Regional Analysis. Eric received his American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification in 1999 and has been involved in broad range of urban and rural planning issues over the years, many of which have had an environmental focus.
Walt has been with ECWRPC since 1991. He works closely with WisDOT to carry out the Regional Transportation Program. He is also the MPO Director and Title VI Coordinator. Walt has over 20 years of experience in travel demand modeling, traffic forecasting and land use/transportation planning/analysis.
Kathleen Thunes, P.E. – Principal Planner – Community Development
Ms. Thunes joined ECWRPC in 1997 and is a licensed Professional Engineer with a bachelor degree from UW-Madison in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Primary duties include Comprehensive planning, Housing, Community and Public Facilities, Energy and Sustainable Community Planning.
Trish has been with ECWRPC since 1995. She assists member communities with their Park and Open Space Plans, Park Site plans, and trailway studies. Parks facilities, analysis, surveys, and recommendations are included within the planning process as well as mapping.
Melissa Kraemer-Badtke – Principal Planner – Safe Routes to School
Melissa has been with ECWRPC since 2003 and has been working with communities and schools on their local safe routes to school programs since 2007. In 2009, Melissa worked in partnership with Wisconsin Department of Transportation to pilot the first Regional Safe Routes to School Program in Wisconsin. She coordinates all aspects and activities of the Regional SRTS Program.
Dave has been with ECWRPC since 1998. His primary duties include preparing the Transportation Improvement Programs for the Fox Cities, Oshkosh and Fond du Lac Urbanized Areas (MPOs). He coordinates with WisDOT, transit agencies, and local communities to secure funding as part of the TIP process. He also provides planning assistance for the MPOs.
Todd has been with ECWRPC since 2005. Todd is an environmental planner, who’s primary duties include working with the aquatic invasive species coordination for the Winnebago Pool Lakes and working with the region’s communities on a variety of environmental planning issues. Todd’s goal as a regional environmental planner is to protect the region’s surface and groundwater resources, bio-diversity, and natural landscapes through educational outreach and environmentally friendly and sustainable land use practices.
Tom has worked with the ECWRPC since 2008. Tom received a B.A. in Urban and Regional Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. His current work includes working with community and regional stakeholders to merge health principles into planning, economic and community development projects, contract administration, grant writing, and regional and city planning. Tom is the co-chair of the Global New North, an initiative to increase exports in the New North region. Tom is also a board member for the Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway, a non-profit group advancing the historic, cultural, and natural resources of the Fox and Wisconsin Rivers.
Scott has been with ECWRPC since 2001. Scott administrates the NR-135 Reclamation Program. His primary duties include reclamation plan review/approval, database/permit tracking, financial assurance management, and mine site inspections. Scott is here to assist the operators with plan development and to answer any questions that you may have as it relates to mine site planning and reclamation.
Nick has been with the Commission since 2010. His primary duties include: Planning assistance for three metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), which include the Fox Cities; Oshkosh, and Fond du Lac Urbanized Areas. Urban transit planning assistance for three fixed route systems (Valley Transit in the Fox Cities, Oshkosh Transit, and Fond du Lac Area Transit); and County/rural/regional specialized transit planning assistance which includes development and amendments of locally-developed human service transportation coordination plans for ten counties.
Kim has been with ECWRPC since 2016. Kim received a B.S. in Environmental Policy & Planning and in Environmental Science from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and a Master of Studies in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School. As the Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, she is responsible for administering local and regional bike and pedestrian plans, aiding municipalities in implementation and providing pedestrian-based technical assistance.
Sarah Van Buren – Associate Planner – Economic Development
Sarah has been with ECWRPC since 2015 and she oversees the EDA-funded Economic Development District (EDD) program, as well as taking on new roles with the Oshkosh Regional Defense Industry Diversification Initiative (ORDIDI) and various small-scale technical assistance projects.
Joe has been with ECWRPC since 1987 when he primarily worked with land use inventory projects, soil erosion studies, air photography interpretations, general staff duties and eventually as part of the sewer service area planning program. After nearly thirty years of service, Joe is now responsible for the promotion, planning and development elements for ECWRPC’s sewer service area program.
Ashley has been with ECWRPC since 2016. She is part of the Safe Routes to School Team. Her primary focus is on the Regional Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program and collaborating with local SRTS coalitions. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse with a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health Education
Tyler has been with ECWRPC since 2013. Tyler’s primary responsibilities are to create and maintain GIS data and assist planning staff in analysis and creation of maps and data through the use of various computer programs.
Kolin has been with ECWRPC since 2013. Kolin’s primary duties include planning assistance for the Commission’s three metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), which include the Fox Cities, Oshkosh, and Fond du Lac Urbanized Areas. He also collaborates with staff on annual technical assistance projects for the Commission’s membership (i.e. PASER collection and analysis, GIS mapping, and statistical compilation and analysis).
Tim has been with ECWRPC since 2000. His primary duties include operational support for the Commission’s network infrastructure including servers, computers, phone and security systems. He provides end user technical support and is also responsible for website development and maintenance.
Mike has been with ECWRPC since 2000. Mike’s primary duties include representing GIS interests on project teams, coordinating work with planners and staff, developing and maintaining work schedule for GIS division, and coordinating report graphics with outside printing agencies. Mike also works on developing data sets and producing digital maps and graphics for analysis, reports, and presentations by East Central staff.
Adam has been with ECWRPC since 2001. He is a graduate of UW-Whitewater with a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography with an emphasis in Quantitative/Technical aspects (Environmental Studies Minor). His primary duties include mapping/analysis for economic development projects and assists in Niagara Escarpment related projects.
Tanner has been with ECWRPC since 2017. He is a graduate of UW-Stevens Point with a Bachelor’s Degree in Resource Management with an emphasis in Land Use Planning. His primary duties include developing and maintaining GIS data, as well as assisting the planning staff with mapping and analysis.
Kyle’s responsibilities include development of GIS data for mapping, analysis reports, and web-based mapping projects. Kyle also implements the planning commission’s communications and outreach program. Kyle is a recent graduate from UW-Stevens Point with a bachelor’s degree in Geography.
Erin has been with ECWRPC since 2013. Erin’s primary duties include formatting documents, recording summary of proceedings, coordinating mailings, managing the ECWRPC reference library and database, managing project and Commission archives, maintaining the ECWRPC mailing list, managing the front office and assisting Commission staff with various projects.
Pam started at ECWRPC in 2011; she received her CPA license in 1982 and has worked in public accounting as well as a controller/finance officer for both profit and non-profit organizations. At ECWRPC, she is responsible for all accounting functions including financial reporting and compliance with generally accepted accounting principles and federal/state regulations, financial analysis including budget preparation and monitoring, contract and grant administration, cash management and human resources/benefit administration.
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