|Michelle E. Nance, AICP mnance_@_centralina.org
Planning Director, Centralina Council of Governments
Michelle E. Nance, AICP is the Planning Director for the Centralina Council of Governments, providing planning services to nine counties in the greater Charlotte region. She directs the Council’s work related to land use and transportation, healthy community initiatives, energy and the environment. Her work is focused on helping local governments address shared, long-term issues through collaboration and partnerships. Michelle is the former Director of Planning and Development Services for the city of Gastonia, and has experience in state, regional, and local government planning. Michelle holds a Master of Public Administration and BS in Urban and Regional Planning from East Carolina University. She is a past president of the NC Chapter of the American Planning Association, was named the 2014 Health Champion for Active Living by the Region 4 Community Transformation Grant Project Team, was honored as one of the 2017 50 Most Influential Women in the Charlotte region, and was named 2017 Woman of the Year by the Mecklenburg Times.
|Katherine Hebert, MCRP khebert_@_centralina.org
Healthy Community Design Specialist, Centralina Council of Governments
Katherine Hebert is the Healthy Community Design Specialist for the Centralina Council of Governments. She has eight years of experience with city and regional planning and healthy community design work including working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta and the Town of Davidson, North Carolina. She is an experienced Heath Impact Assessment (HIA) practitioner having led or advised on fourteen HIAs, as well as a national presenter and published author. Her current work includes Plan4Health NC, a statewide initiative to equip planners and public health professionals to create healthy communities, and working with local partners to increase physical activity opportunities in West Charlotte. Katherine has a Masters in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, Environmental Policy and Planning from Appalachian State University.
|Jessica Hill, AICP jhill_@_centralina.org
Assistant Planning Director, Centralina Council of Governments
Jessica Hill is the Assistant Planning Director for the Centralina Council of Governments. She provides planning services to the nine counties and jurisdictions within in the areas of land use and transportation planning, facilitation and public engagement, and sustainability. Her work focuses on helping local governments solve for community challenges through analysis and assessment of data, and engagement of residents and partners. Jessica received her Master of City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Master of Business Administration from Wake Forest University.
|Blair Israel, RLA, AICP bisrael_@_centralina.org
Senior Planner, Centralina Council of Governments
Blair is a licensed landscape architect and certified planner at Centralina Council of Governments. Blair specializes in pedestrian and bicycle planning, park and public space design, and graphic design. He played an integral role in the development of regional plans, including the Lake Norman Bicycle Route, the Carolina Thread Trail, and the 14-county CONNECT Our Future project. Blair earned a master’s degree at the University of Virginia in Landscape Architecture and an undergraduate degree from Clemson University, where he later served as a faculty member. He is proficient in GIS, Photoshop, InDesign and AutoCAD software.
|Emily Parker eparker_@_centralina.org
Senior Planner, Centralina Council of Governments
Emily Parker is a Senior Planner at Centralina COG and has been with the organization since 2008. She designs and implements public engagement processes in communities of all sizes across the greater Charlotte region. In this capacity, she has worked with Huntersville, Lincolnton, Mooresville, Salisbury, Stallings, and Troutman, and with organizations such as the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization and the Metropolitan Transit Commission. Emily managed public engagement for the CONNECT Our Future project. She provides staff support for groups including the Regional Conference of Mayors, appointed commissions and committees made up of elected officials, local government staff and residents. Her strengths include public engagement process design, project management, keen customer service, meeting facilitation, and messaging for various audiences and purposes. She holds a Master of Geography – Urban Regional Analysis from UNC Charlotte and a Bachelor of Political Science from UNC Asheville. Emily is a native Charlottean.
|Carina Soriano csoriano_@_centralina.org
Regional Planner, Centralina Council of Governments
After working at Centralina as a public engagement intern for six months, Carina was hired full time to work on a broad range of planning projects. Her work includes public engagement, the Regional Transit Engagement Series, the Regional Freight Mobility Plan, and Planners4Health, as well as website editing and communications. Carina received her Bachelor of International Studies at UNC-Charlotte and is a current graduate student in the UNC-Charlotte Master of Public Administration program.
|Jason Wager, AICP CEP jwager_@_centralina.org
Planning Program Supervisor, Centralina Council of Governments
Jason Wager is Planning Program Supervisor at the Centralina Council of Governments (CCOG). Jason’s work includes projects that employ land use planning principles and public input/engagement processes where he is regularly involved in transportation, energy, and environment-related activities that include collaboration among solid waste/recycling programs, transit and freight movement stakeholders, water resource planning experts, and around renewable energy/energy efficiency initiatives for local governments. He also serves as Coordinator for the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition (CCFC), a USDOE voluntary government-industry partnership that promotes transportation choices including the use of alternative fuels, mode diversity, and clean vehicle technologies. Jason is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and is a Certified Environmental Planner (AICP CEP) and has a certificate in Municipal Administration from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government. He also sits on the Sustainability Technologies Advisory Board at Central Piedmont Community College, serves on the Plug-in NC Steering Committee, is a Catawba Wateree Water Management Group Advisory Committee member, represents Clean Cities Coalitions in the southeast on the national Coordinator Council, and is a trained group process facilitator.