AICP, Regional Collaboration and Community Planning deputy director
Trish Settles, AICP is the Deputy Director of Regional Collaboration and Community Planning at the Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission. Ms. Settles began as a planner with the Community Development and Planning Department of CMRPC in 2008. Prior to joining CMRPC, she developed a solid background in environmental consulting, community organizing and community development while working first as an environmental consultant and then working with a nationally recognized non-profit community based revitalization organization in Boston. Ms. Settles received degrees from Washington University in St. Louis, University of Missouri–Columbia, and Tufts University. Drawing from her expertise in community engagement and land use planning, she has consulted for Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and completed a yearlong community fellowship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her work in the region has included development of Master Plans, Open Space and Recreation Plans, Housing Production Plans, and other town and region-wide planning efforts. She served as principal project manager of CMRPC’s ground breaking 2012 Rural-11 Prioritization Planning Project and now holds a seat on the Commonwealth’s Rural Policy Advisory Commission.
Ron Barron joined CMRPC in January of 2017 after earning his MA from Clark University’s Community Development and Planning program. While at Clark, he studied land use and economic development, interning in 2015 with the Southeast Regional Planning and Economic Development District (SRPEDD). At the same time, he did extensive consulting work with the Community Development training institute, working with non-profits and community leaders on grant development and strategic planning. Ron brings nearly a decade of project management experience, in addition to his training in GIS, land use analysis and economic development planning. At CMRPC, Ron is undertaking projects in Green Energy, open space and recreation planning, housing, and economic development planning, among other areas.
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Matt Franz is a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst at the Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission (CMRPC). Mr. Franz’s role at the commission is to provide GIS/Database services and support to CMRPC staff, Regional Planning Agency member communities and outside agencies as well as provide information technology (IT) support to the commission. These services and support come in the form of GIS data/Database development/maintenance, GIS trainings, GIS/Database technical support and project development and implementation. He has over ten years of experience using GIS within regional planning agencies and municipalities. Prior to coming CMRPC, he was a GIS Specialist at the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission in Haverhill Massachusetts.
GISP gis analyst
Founded by the Legislature in 1963, CMRPC provides a variety of services to its constituencies. One of 13 Regional Planning Agencies in Massachusetts, CMRPC serves the City of Worcester and 39 surrounding communities in the southern two-thirds of Worcester County. CMRPC's programs include Transportation, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Regional Collaboration & Community Planning.
Dominique DuTremble is a Principal Planner in CMRPC’s Regional Collaboration and Community Planning Division. An economic development and energy planner, she specializes in commercial district development, energy resilience, the creative economy, and community engagement. Since joining CMRPC in 2013, Ms. DuTremble has assisted communities with agricultural initiatives, freight rail development, municipal energy conservation, priority development area marketing, and a host of other economic development-based projects. She has five years of public sector experience, including work at the municipal, federal, and quasi-public levels. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Community Development and Planning, both from Clark University.
AICP principal planner
Andrew Loew is a Principal Planner in CMRPC’s Regional Collaboration and Community Planning Division. His areas of expertise include infrastructure and facilities planning and project management, natural hazard mitigation planning, regionalization of municipal services, brownfields revitalization, and grant seeking. Mr. Loew holds a Master of Urban Planning degree from McGill University in Montreal. His experience includes five years at the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC) in Springfield and four years with the Mass. Department of Environmental Protection in Boston. While at PVPC, Mr. Loew collaborated with a number of communities to evaluate infrastructure needs, obtain competitive grant resources, and build improvements to water, sewer and road/sidewalk systems. He has also assisted communities with municipal facilities planning and modernization, including compliance with ADA and 521 CMR. Mr. Loew was awarded the Commonwealth Citation for Outstanding Performance in 2010 and was the primary author of the 2013 NADO Innovation Award-winning Pioneer Valley Brownfields Plan.
AICP principal planner
Elizabeth Wood, AICP has 10 years of municipal planning experience in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining CMRPC, she served as a planner for towns of 16,000 people including Sheridan, WY and Windham, NH followed by 2 years of consulting with her own firm, Planwell Resources, LLC. She has experience in various areas including zoning ordinance revisions, master plan development and implementation, subdivision and site plan review, historic property conversion, and capital improvements. She holds a M.A. in Geography from the University of Wyoming and resides in Groton with her husband Steve and daughter Adrienne.
Nick Burnham is a Principal Transportation Planner, with a focus on Transit and Paratransit planning. His work entails data management, reporting and analyses, service planning, and other regional transit planning activities in support of the Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA). In addition to his transit planning tasks, he serves as the staff liaison between CMRPC Transportation staff and the Central Massachusetts Metropolitan Planning Organization (CMMPO). Mr. Burnham joined the CMRPC staff in February 2012. He received his B.A. in Geography from Framingham State University. Previous to CMRPC, he interned with the MetroWest Regional Collaborative in Framingham MA, and Towns of Franklin, MA, and Londonderry, NH.
Robert Raymond, Transportation Planner, completed his M.A. in City Planning from Boston University in 2014 and his B.S. in Environmental Science and B.S in Regional Planning, with a Minor in Geographic Information Systems from Westfield State University in 2012. Rob joined the staff at CMRPC as a transportation planning technician in 2010 and was brought on staff in 2014. In addition to his work with CMRPC, he has worked on numerous research projects while in school and as an Inventory Arborist for the Davey Resource Group. Currently, he runs the regional pavement management and traffic counting efforts.
Hoamy Tran is an Associate Planner in CMRPC's Transportation Division. Ms. Tran joined CMRPC in April 2015 as a Community Development and Planning Division Intern leading the data collection effort for 2015 Greater Worcester Community Health Assessment. The report laid out a comprehensive framework for municipalities that comprise the Central Massachusetts Regional Public Health Alliance's (CMRPHA), including Holden. At CMRPC, her focuses include livability and health planning. Ms. Tran conducts various projects within both Divisions related to Complete Streets, parking studies, healthy aging, housing, design guidelines, open space and recreation, and GIS mapping. Recently she worked with Holden on the Housing Choice Community Designation. Ms. Tran holds a B.A. in Communication and Culture with a minor in Political Science from Clark University.
open space and recreation
Eli Goldman is an assistant planner in CMRPC’s Regional Collaboration and Community Planning Department. Eli joined CMRPC in June of 2017 after earning an MA in Community Development and Planning from Clark University. During his time at Clark, he combined interests in the environment and community development to study urban and community forestry. Prior to joining CMRPC as a full-time employee, Eli worked as an intern with the Community Development and Planning Department at CMRPC. During this time he assisted Central Massachusetts towns in receiving Green Communities designation, provided assistance for a housing rehabilitation study in the Town of Leicester, and provided background research and analysis in support of a Regional Brownfields Plan.
natural and cultural resources
Emily serves as an Assistant Planner in the Regional Collaboration and Community Planning department of CMRPC. Emily started at CMRPC in January of 2017 as an intern for the West Brookfield Master Plan, assisting senior staff members with elements of the Plan including website design, event coordination, and data collection. She began working as a Planning Assistant in August of 2017. Emily attended Clark University, completing her B.A. in Geography in 2014 and M.A. in Community Development and Planning in 2015. During her time at Clark, Emily interned with the Red Cross of Central Massachusetts as well as with the Worcester Division of Public Health. At CMRPC, Emily is undertaking projects in economic development, housing research, municipal energy efficiency, open space and recreation, and continues to work on master plans for towns in the Central Massachusetts region.
land use &
Claire Bayler is an Assistant Planner in CMRPC's Regional Collaboration and Community Planning Department. She joined CMRPC January 2018 as an intern to work on the Holden Master Plan project. She graduated from Clark University in May 2018 with a Master's in International Development and Social Change. She also holds a B.A. in Global Environmental Studies. At CMRPC, Claire is undertaking projects in comprehensive planning, mixed-use development, and leading up CMRPC's visuals and rendering services.
Bennett walked through the doors of CMRPC as an intern from Westfield State University and was recently hired as a planning assistant with a focus on GIS to join the Transportation Department. In addition to data collection and entry, Bennett will work with GIS software and assist the team with traffic counting this summer. He is eager to grow within this field and to support both daily and long-term development initiatives that are intended to strengthen the Central Massachusetts region.