Michael Dunn, Jr. – Executive Director of RMAP

Michael Dunn, Jr.

Education:

Bachelor of Business Studies, Management; Loyola University Chicago

Bachelor of Business Studies, Finance; Loyola University Chicago

Prior to joining RMAP, Michael worked at First Midwest Group, Winston & Strawn and at Fidelity National Financial. He has served on the Rock Valley College Board of Trustees since 2011, and in 2010 was named one of the “40 Leaders Under 40” by the Rockford Chamber of Commerce.

Board Affiliations:

Next Rockford
Winnebago County’s Freedom Field Renewable Energy Initiative
Rockford Area Economic Development Council’s Business Attraction Committee
Winnebago County’s Task Force on Intergovernmental Efficiency & Cooperation
Economic Development District of Northern Illinois
Rockford Chamber of Commerce’s Government Affairs Council

Jon Paul Diipla, AICP – Director of Planning

Jon Paul Diipla

Education:

Bachelor of Arts with Honors, Geography/Urban Planning; DePaul University, 2005

Master of Arts, Urban & Regional Planning; University of Illinois, 2007

Specialty Areas:

  • MPO Administration
  • Passenger Rail
  • Urban Policy and Intergovernmental Collaboration
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Public Participation Planning, Surveys and Outreach
  • Public Transit & Workforce/Human Services Coordination Planning
  • Planning Education and Stakeholder Partnership Development

Contact Information:

779.348.7627 office
779.348.7626 direct
jonpaul.diipla@rockfordil.gov

Dana Northcott – Executive Director of EDDNI

Dana Northcott

Education:

Bachelor of Science with Honors Cum Laude, Community Health, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Master of Science, Public Health; University of Illinois at Chicago

Specialty Areas and Affiliations:

  • Grant Writing and Administration
  • Community and Public Health
  • Rock River Valley Food Pantry, Second Vice President
  • FBI Citizen’s Academy graduate
  • IGNITE and University of Illinois Alumni Association

Contact Information:

779.770.7151 direct
dnorthcott@eddni.org

Thomas Bona – Director of Research and Information

Thomas Bona

Education:

Bachelor of Communications with a Minor Concentration in Writing, Goshen (Ind.) College

Specialty Areas

  • Written Reports and Summaries
  • Correspondence and Marketing Messaging
  • Web-Based Research
  • Social Media
  • Marketing and Public Relations

Contact Information:

779.348.7009 direct
tbona@eddni.org

Michael R. Hren, AICP – Metropolitan Planner

Michael Robert Hren, AICP

Education:

Bachelor of Arts, Urban & Regional Planning, with a Minor Concentration in English, University of Illinois, 2007

Specialty Areas:

  • Mapping and Digital Technology
  • Website Management and Development
  • Community Planning and Sustainability
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • Public Transit & Workforce/Human Services Coordination Planning
  • Renewable/Alternative Energy Programs and Outreach
  • Census Geography & Coordination, Demographics

Contact Information:

779.348.7627 office
779.348.7628 direct
michael.hren@rockfordil.gov

Colin R. Belle – Metropolitan Planner

Colin R. Belle

Education:

Bachelor of Arts, Environmental Science, with a Minor Concentration in Geographical Information Systems, Plattsburgh State University, New York, 2004

Master of Regional Planning with Honors, Concentration in Environmental and Land-Use Planning, University of Albany, New York, 2010

Specialty Areas:

  • Land Use and Regional Growth
  • Housing Coordination and Planning
  • Environmental Planning, Performance Measures and Indicators
  • Hazard Mitigation and Disaster Planning
  • Local Food Systems

Contact Information:

779.348.7627 office
779.348.7621 direct
colin.belle@rockfordil.gov

Sydney Turner – Metropolitan Planner

Sydney Turner

Education:

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, with a Minor Concentration in History, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 2012

Professional Development:

Paralegal Certificate, Duke University, 2014

Specialty Areas:

  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Bicycle & Pedestrian Planning
  • Land Use, Sustainability & Smart Growth
  • Site Evaluation and Planning

Board Affiliations:

  • IGNITE Rockford, INVOLVE Co-Chair
  • Rockford Jaycees, External Vice President

Contact Information:

779.348.7627 office
779.348.7622 direct
sydney.turner@rockfordil.gov

Marlana Dokken- Project and Grant Manager

Marlana Dokken

Education:

Bachelor of Arts in Human Services, with Honors, Judson University

Specialty Areas and Affiliations:

  • Project Management
  • Program Development and Implementation
  • Grant Writing and Administration
  • Enterprise Resource Planning Software Implementation
  • Bridges Out of Poverty Facilitator

Contact Information:

779.348.7627 office
779.348.7621 direct
marlana.dokken@rockfordil.gov

Anna Ma – Metropolitan Planner

Anna Ma

Education:

Bachelor of Arts in Urban Planning, with a Minor Concentration in Landscape Studies, University of Illinois, 2016

Professional Development:

LEED Green Associate, APA Region VI Representative on Student Representative Council Executive Committee 2016-2018

Specialty Areas:

  • Transportation Improvement Program Management & Development
  • Americans with Disability Act Compliance
  • Community Asset Mapping and Neighborhood Auditing
  • Site Construction and Environmental Site Analysis
  • Transportation Systems Planning, Data Analysis, Congestion Management and Forecasting

Contact Information:

779.348.7627 office
779.348.7625 direct
anna.ma@rockfordil.gov

Becky Gibas, Grant Writer

Becky Gibas

Education:

Bachelor of Science in Political Science, Kentucky Wesleyan College, 2012

Master of Public Administration, Western Kentucky University, 2014

Academic Honors: Member, Medallion Honor Society

Specialty Areas:

  • Grant Writing and Administration
  • Community Development
  • Policy Analysis
  • Program Evaluation
  • Fundraising and Development

Contact Information:

779.348.7627 office
bgibas@eddni.org

Ben Rohr, Land Use Planner

Ben Rohr

Education:

Bachelors of Science with honors, Geography, with a Minor Concentration in Urban Area and Development, with a GIS Certificate, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, 2014

Masters of Urban Planning, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2016

Specialty Areas:

  • Digital Mapping
  • Comprehensive Planning
  • Land Use, Smart Growth, and Sustainability Planning
  • Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning
  • Local Economic Development Planning

Contact Information:

779.348.7627 office
779.348.7672 direct
ben.rohr@rockfordil.gov

Ivy G. Hood, Research Associate

Ivy G. Hood

Education:

Bachelor of Science with Honors Summa Cum Laude in Economics and International Studies, Rockford University, 2016

Academic Honors:

  • Member, Sigma Beta Delta
  • Member, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Lincoln Laureate, Class of 2016

Certifications: IMFx Certificate in Macroeconomic Forecasting, 2017

Specialty Areas:

  • Written Reports and Summaries
  • Web-Based Research
  • Economic and Data Analysis
  • Visual Communication/Design

Contact Information:

779.348.7627 office

Christina “Chris” Washington-
Office Manager

Christina Washington

Experience:

20 Years of Accounting and Customer Relations Experience

10 Years of Experience as a Senior Administrative Assistant in the City of Rockford Mayor’s Office

15 Years of Experience in Government Administration

Specialty Areas:

  • Office Administration and Operations
  • Contract Management
  • Accounts Payable, Payroll, Purchasing & MPO Financial Affairs
  • MPO Meeting Planning & Scheduling
  • MPO Committee Agenda, Minutes & Record Keeping
  • Special Assistant to the Executive Director
  • FOIA Officer

Contact Information:

779.348.7627 office
779.348.7620 direct
800.762.7276 fax
chris.washington@rockfordil.gov

Rockford Metropolitan Agency For Planning