Emi Randall, AICP, CFM
Director of Planning, Kenton County, Planning & Development Services (PDS)
Emi Randall is a community and economic development planner working toward improving the health and prosperity of communities. She is an effective project manager, team collaborator and people motivator. Ms. Randall is an award winning grant writer and has been named Employee of the Year by her peers.
Currently, Ms. Randall is serving as the Director of Planning & Zoning Administration for Planning and Development Services (PDS) of Kenton County, Kentucky. Her department is responsible for long-range planning, current planning, development services, zoning administration and code enforcement for cities and the unincorporated areas of Kenton County, Kentucky. Emi oversees operations of the department, supervises staff and represents the agency and the communities of Kenton County for various regional initiatives and community projects. Prior to joining PDS, Emi served as a Senior Planner for the Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments and as a project manager for Woolpert, Inc., an engineering and planning consulting firm.
Ms. Randall has been using ESRI GIS programs since 2002, where she was first introduced to GIS mapping through studio course work in the Landscape Architecture program at the University of Kentucky. Since that time, she has utilized mapping and GIS analysis throughout her career. She continues to seek innovative ways to utilize GIS in her daily planning work and has forged strong partnerships between her department and the LINK-GIS department.
James M. Drinan
Executive Director, American Planning Association
JAMES M. DRINAN, J.D., is the Executive Director of the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Certified Planners, and serves as President of the APA Foundation. His responsibilities include leading the APA staff, representing the association, advancing the goals and objectives of the planning profession, and partnering with member leaders on the strategic direction of the association.
His career has focused on association leadership, governance, and strategic planning. He has had executive responsibility for associations, foundations and many related organizations. He has served as general counsel, lobbyist, and spokesperson for associations at the state and federal levels, and began his career as a federal attorney for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
A native of Boston, Jim received a B.A. in Political Science from Providence College and a J.D. from the DePaul University School of Law. He has written and lectured on association management, government relations, and legal issues. Drinan has served on, and chaired, boards and committees in numerous legal and association management organizations, as well as his college alumni association and condominium association. His interests include travel, golf, and helping the Boston Red Sox win the World Series.
Founder and President, Esri
A landscape architect by training, Jack Dangermond founded Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) in 1969 with a vision that computer mapping and analysis could help us design a better future. Under Dangermond's leadership, that vision has continued to guide Esri in creating cutting-edge GIS and GeoDesign technologies used in every industry to make a difference worldwide.
Dangermond fostered the growth of Esri from a small research group to an organization recognized as the world leader in GIS software development. Esri employs 2,700 people in the U.S.; many who shared his passion for GIS in the early days are still with the company and remain dedicated to helping our users be successful.
Director, Global Business Development, Esri
Christopher Cappelli is the corporate director responsible for leading Esri’s global sales and business development activities. A computational geographer with a passion for science and technology, he has worked for Esri for 25 years in a variety of key roles.
A native of Pennsylvania and graduate of Penn State University, Christopher joined Esri as a consultative GIS technician, assisting numerous organizations in the eastern US with the planning, implementation, and maintenance of their geospatial systems. Over the next four years, he developed GIS analytical models and applications to improve operational processes, site new facilities, optimize supply chains, and support strategic decision making.
In 1995, Christopher opened the Esri Pennsylvania regional office. There, he built a team to support users and win new customers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. While cultivating business partnerships throughout the region, he conducted planning and design workshops to help people get the most out of their Esri investments.
In 2004, Christopher moved to Redlands, California, to work closely with Esri President Jack Dangermond and assume leadership of the Esri sales group. Since then, his role has expanded to guide Esri’s broader business development activities. He’s been instrumental in evangelizing GIS across the globe and championing the mission and core values of Jack and Laura Dangermond.
Christopher and his wife Dawn live in Redlands and have four children. An avid woodworker, amateur astronomer, and triathlete, Christopher refuses to depart from his technical roots; he still programs in Python and uses ArcGIS daily.
Professor Kelleann Foster, RLA, ASLA, is the Lead Faculty for the Online Geodesign Graduate Programs at Penn State, the Director of The Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, and Associate Dean for the College of Arts and Architecture.
Kelleann has 30-years of professional practice experience as a landscape architect and has been teaching at Penn State for over 25-years. Her sabbatical, based at Esri’s World Headquarters in Redlands, CA, researched how Penn State’s online geodesign graduate programs could most effectively engage students in a collaborative, virtual studio environment. This resulted in the creation of Penn State’s new geodesign programs -- a Geodesign Option in the MGIS degree, a Graduate Certificate in Geodesign, and a Master in Professional Studies in Geodesign – all offered entirely online through Penn State’s award winning World Campus. Kelleann has also introduced Geodesign to thousands around the world through her MOOC “Geodesign: Change your World.”
Much of Kelleann’s work uses computer technologies to communicate alternative scenarios to citizens. Her work has received national and international recognition. She also focuses on generating awareness about career opportunities as a landscape architect. Kelleann authored a book, part of John Wiley & Sons “Careers in Design” series— titled “Becoming a Landscape Architect.” In 2014 the book became available in Chinese through Chinese Architectural Press.
When she’s not working, Kelleann can be found exploring the world via bicycle and she is enjoys anything connected to chocolate! She is a board member of the central Pennsylvania land trust, ClearWater Conservancy, and helps with their annual fundraiser “For the Love of Art and Chocolate.”
Account Executive, Esri
Brooks Patrick is an Account Executive for Geodesgin Markets at Esri helping individuals, teams, and organizations take advantage of Geodesign and the power of 3D GIS for comprehensive community planning, urban design, architecture, and game development. Brooks is also a Landscape Architect with a focus in sustainable urban planning and a frequent presenter at international conferences and workshops. As part of a team working with Esri CityEngine software, he designs solutions able to simulate the impact of planning and urban design alternatives in near real-time. He is responsible for further services and consulting in 3D city modeling and advanced visualization.
Lead Consultant for LandDesign
Mr. Petrosky is a lead consultant for LandDesign, an interdisciplinary planning and design firm based in Charlotte, North Carolina, with offices in Washington DC, Orlando, Dallas, and San Francisco. He is responsible for integrating GIS analysis, modeling and visualization into all stages of the design process. Experience includes land use and comprehensive plans, private master planning, small area plans, corridor studies, greenways and open space plans, and long range multi-modal transportation plans. Mr. Petrosky previously worked for Esri, the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council, the University of Florida GeoPlan Center, and the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. He has thirteen years of experience in data-driven land use and transportation planning. Specialties include demographic forecasting, suitability modeling and the development of custom spatial decision support systems to support grey and green infrastructure planning efforts. Mr. Petrosky has an interest in perfecting urban form, designing smart cities and better defining their transitions and edges.
Rob Matthews is a Practice Manager for Geodesign-related professional services at Esri. As a technologist, Rob's work integrates geospatial analysis, 2D/3D visualization, and design tools for urban development professionals and communities of place. His primary interest is the advancement of sustainability planning with an emphasis on climate change and the resiliency of urban and natural systems. Rob holds a Master of Urban Planning degree from the University of Washington and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Former Planning Director, Planning and Community Services Department, City of Billings, Montana
Candi Millar received a Bachelor’s Degree in geology in 1979 from the University of Montana and began her professional career as an exploration geologist working in the northwest and Alaska. She used early prototypes of GIS programs and GPS instruments to locate precious metal occurrences in conjunction with geologic mapping and geophysical surveys in the 1980s.
Returning to the University of Montana, she received her Master’s degree in urban and rural planning in 1994. Her master’s thesis entitled “Predicting Conflicts between Land Use and Land Suitability, Rattlesnake Valley, Missoula, Montana”, emphasized GIS modeling and analysis of land use conflicts. Afterwards, as an independent consultant, she provided community planning services to rural Montana towns and counties before shifting her focus to development impact planning. Candi prepared the Sweetgrass County Hard Rock Mine Impact Plan prior to the development of the East Boulder Mine and was later hired by Sweetgrass County as Planning Director in 1997.
In 2000, she went to work for the City/County Planning Division in Billings, Montana. There she coordinated the development of the GIS program for the City and incorporated GIS mapping and analysis in community planning activities. Candi assumed the position of Planning Director (2006 to 2016) overseeing the Planning, Building, Code Enforcement and Community Development Divisions for the City of Billings and Yellowstone County.
One of her last projects, the “2016 City of Billings Growth Policy – BillingsBeyond”, incorporated scenario planning to evaluate the impacts and cost-effectiveness of different growth patterns. The project utilized ArcGIS Onlinetm, GeoPlanner for ArcGIStm, Story Mapstm and CommunityViztm to develop, analyze and display the scenarios. Candi is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, past-president of the Montana Association of Planners, and past-president of the Western Planner Resources, Inc.
Eric Brady GISP, PMP is the GIS Manager at Bergmann Associates. With a MA in Geography from the University at Buffalo and 17 years of GIS programming, project management and solution design experience he is continually amazed at the unique value GIS brings to organizations of all sizes and stripes.
Director of Education, Esri
David DiBiase leads Esri's education outreach program. He also teaches professional ethics part-time for Penn State University, where he founded its online certificate and masters degree programs in GIS. David organized the NSF-sponsored GIS Professional Ethics project, and is a former President of the GIS Certification Institute. He was lead editor of the first editions of the Geographic Information Science and Technology Body of Knowledge and the U.S. Department of Labor's Geospatial Technology Competency Model. David currently serves as a National Councillor of the American Association of Geographers. Beyond work his pastimes include hiking, running, and cycling, good wine, and classic jazz music - not necessarily in that order.