Board Ballot – Bios

Posted on August 18, 2014

President and Vice President:


Perrin Headshot (2014) Richard Perrin, AICP

Perrin serves as Executive Director of the Genesee Transportation Council, a position he has held since  February 2004. Prior to his appointment as Executive Director, Rich held the position of Program  Manager for Regional Development where he was responsible for the production of the Long Range  Transportation Planand served as the lead staff member on various programs and  projects, including  those related to economic development and air quality. Before joining the Genesee Transportation  Council, he managed the development of several land use and economic development plans at the  Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council.

Rich currently serves as President of the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations,  Chairman of the New York State Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations, and is a member of the Transportation Research Board¹s Metropolitan Policy, Planning, and Processes Committee. He is a regular contributor to national research projects and peer exchanges on performance-based planning and programming, system management and operations, and energy and greenhouse gas analyses.

Locally, Rich is on the Executive Committee of the American Planning Association¹s Genesee-Finger Lakes Section. He is a former co-chairman of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council¹s Infrastructure and Transportation Workgroup and Board member and Secretary of the Center for Environmental Initiatives.

Rich received his Master¹s degree in urban planning from the State University of New York at Buffalo and his Bachelor¹s degree from St. John Fisher College. In addition, he has completed the Wharton Transportation Executive Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

He resides in the Town of Perinton, New York with his wife, Marilyn.

EC photo  Elaine Clegg 

 Clegg began working on transportation/land use issues as a citizen advocate and has long advocated for  quality growth management and transportation planning. Her experience as an advocate, nonprofit  leader and elected leader bridges diverse stakeholders.

 Elaine was elected to the Boise City Council in 2003 and re-elected in 2007 and 2011. During her Boise  City Council service the city has adopted a Master Streets Map to guide context sensitive roadway design,  developed a connectivity measurement, completed a full Comprehensive Plan update and is now updated  its zoning codes, completed master plans integrating transportation and land use on a BRT corridor and a  new arterial corridor, and extended its bicycle and pedestrian network including a new  pedestrian/bicycle bridge.

She serves on Boise’s growth management team and represents the City of Boise on the Board of the region’s MPO – the Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho (COMPASS), on the Executive Committee/Board of Valley Regional Transit, the Boise metro regional transit authority and represents the Boise region on the Association of Idaho Cities Board of Directors.

Elaine currently serves nationally as Vice-president of the Board of the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations and on the Policy Steering Committee for Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for the National League of Cities.

Clegg has worked for the non-profit organization Idaho Smart Growth (ISG) since 1998. She currently works as one of the organizations’ Project Managers specializing in bicycle/pedestrian planning where she has worked directly with over 20 Idaho communities providing technical assistance to develop pedestrian and bicycle action plans and to identify policy and zoning solutions that support smart growth through land use and transportation integration.

Clegg facilitates the “Idahoans for Transportation Choices” coalition for ISG, which has worked with Idaho Senators Dirk Kempthorne and Mike Crapo to ensure that transportation reauthorization reflected Idahoans concerns. She has partnered with many national organizations on improving transportation outcomes at the local and regional level.

Elaine volunteered for many years with Girls Scouts and Little League and has served on numerous local non-profit boards. Clegg has a Bachelor of Arts degree (Visual Arts) from Boise State University. She and her husband Brett have five children and seven grandchildren.

Board Seats for the class of 2015 – 2017:


todd headshot R. Todd Ashby, AICP 

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.


Ron M headshot Ronald E. Mitchum

 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.


wesselDavid Wessel

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.