||R. Todd Ashby, AICP
Des Moines Area MPO
Des Moines, IA
Todd brings two decades of transportation planning, design, and programming experience to our region. He understands project management and the importance of bringing diverse interests to the table. Under his guidance, the MPO has strengthened its community partnerships and has worked to provide more support to communities.Todd holds degrees from the University of Missouri and Iowa State University. He once willingly jumped out of an airplane at 12,000 feet. In addition to living on the edge and rooting for the Cyclones, Todd enjoys traveling, cooking, and playing both golf and the guitar badly. He also enjoys the diverse cultural offerings that are available in the region.
Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Interstate Council
Ron has served as the Director of the Metropolitan Interstate Council (MIC), the MPO for the Duluth – Superior metropolitan area since 1998. He began with the MIC in 1995 as a Senior Planner. Prior to this he was employed with the City of Janesville (WI) Planning Department as the MPO Coordinator from 1990 to 1995. Ron has a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of Kansas (specialty in transportation and land use) and an undergraduate degree in Geography from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is a member of the American Planning Association and is certified by American Institute of Certified Planners. Ron has presented the MICs work at a number of regional, state and national conferences/workshops including (at the national level): AMPO, Transportation Research Board (TRB) and the National Association of Development Organizations.Additional Member Committees:
- Association of Metropolitan Planning Organization – Board of Directors
- TRB ADA-30 – Transportation for Small and Medium-Sized Communities
- TRB – National Cooperative Freight Research Program Report 17: Freight Transportation within the Great Lakes – Saint Lawrence Basin – 2012
- U.S. DOT – Federal Highway Administration: Modeling and Analysis Needs and Resources for Small Metropolitan Area Transportation Planning: Report on a Peer Exchange – September 2012
Director of Transportation Planning
Baltimore Metropolitan Council
Todd Lang is the Director of Transportation Planning at the Baltimore Metropolitan Council which serves as staff to the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization representing the 2.6 million residents of the Baltimore Region. As Director, Mr. Lang oversees the MPO work program including development of the region’s short and long range transportation plans and the recently completed fifty year regional visioning process. Mr. Lang has a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering, a Master’s in Business Administration (Finance) and a Certificate in Environmental Planning. He is a registered Professional Engineer and is a Certified Planner. Mr. Lang also currently serves on the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Metropolitan Planning Subcommittee.
Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions
Craig is the Transportation Planning Manager for the Municipality of Anchorage’s Planning Department. Craig has served as the Coordinator for AMATS since July 2003. Prior to that he worked as a legislative aide in the Alaska Legislature. His professional responsibilities include development of the Transportation Improvement Program (programming of federal highway funding) and the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP). He oversees the professional planning staff of AMATS. During his tenure with AMATS he has worked to increase citizen involvement in transportation planning by coordinating the creation of a Freight Advisory Committee, and Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee and a revamped Citizens Advisory Committee.
He holds a BA in Government from Norwich University and a BA in Elementary Education from UAA. A lifelong Alaskan, Mr. Lyon serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organization and is the president of the Parent Teacher Organization of his children’s school.
||Ron E. Mitchum
Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments
North Charleston, SC
Ron Mitchum has served as Executive Director of the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments (BCDCOG) since 1993. Prior to his appointment as Executive Director, he served as the Agency’s Technical Assistance Manager, servicing a variety of programs on behalf of the Agency.Ron is responsible for the agency’s overall work program which includes activities in areas such as land use planning, transportation planning, water quality management, financial management, workforce development, and community and economic development. In addition to overseeing the administration of the BCDCOG, Ron also is responsible for the overall management of the Charleston Area Transportation Study (CHATS) Policy Committee, which is the Region’s Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). He also serves as Executive Director of the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Regional Development Corporation.Ron is also the Executive Director of the rural transit system in the Region, TriCounty Link. TriCounty Link operates 9 small urban regular fixed routes and 4 commuter routes that provide services to the rural area of the region.Ron is active in a number of professional organizations/associations such as the National Association of Development Organizations, the National Association of Regional Councils, the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations, the American Planning Association, SC Economic Developer’s Association, SC City/County Managers Association and the Southeastern Regional Directors Institute.Ron holds a Master of Public Administration Degree from the University of South Carolina.
Wessel has managed the Flagstaff Metropolitan Planning Organization for the past seven years and served as its planner since 1997. He has overseen the creation of two regional transportation plans for the FMPO and was instrumental in passage of several transportation sales tax initiatives. Prior to arriving in Flagstaff he served as co-director for the Bannock Planning Organization, the MPO in Pocatello, Idaho. He started there as a land use planner and produced comprehensive plans for several communities. He has a masters in community planning from the University of Maryland at College Park and a bachelors in park management from Colorado State University. Mr. Wessel has presented on panels at the TRB national conference in 2010, the AMPO National Conference in 2009, and at the American Planning Association conference. He served on a TRB research panel on land use and transportation in 2010. Mr. Wessel has also served on numerous statewide efforts in cooperation with the Arizona Department of Transportation including service on the project management team for the statewide transportation plan. Mr. Wessel currently serves on the AMPO Board.