about

The Friends of Planning was formed to help ensure the strength and longevity of the graduate planning degree program at the University of Arizona. Through financial contributions and shared expertise, the Friends of Planning provide scholarship funds and student awards. Activities are funded by annual contributions from Board members and fund raising. In Addition, the Friends of Planning offers mentor-ship to graduate planning degree students and regular meetings with planning program administration.

Board Members

Director-Sarah more, FAICP

Sarah More is the Planning and Building Director for the Town of Sahuarita, Arizona. She has been with the Town Since September 2009.  Sarah has worked in local government planning for over 30 years, including with the City of Tucson and the Town of Oro Valley.

She has her bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies from Washington University in St. Louis and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Arizona. Sarah is a former APA national and Arizona chapter board member and currently serves on PAB site visit teams.  smore@ci.sahuarita.az.us

Treasurer-chuck martin, r.a

Chuck Martin, a native Tusconan, is currently a Principal Project Planner at Rick Engineering Company’s Tucson office. He is the Manager of the Planning Department and is responsible for land use planning endeavors, project designs, presentations and governmental entitlement activities in the Southeastern Arizona region. Before joining Rick Engineering Company in 1993, Mr. Martin practiced architecture at his own firm, Chuck Martin, Architect. He graduated from the University of Arizona with a BS Degree in Architecture and became a licensed Architect in 1978. His planning experience ranges from feasibility studies and due diligence reports at the inception of the prospective projects, to the coordination and preparation of plats and development plans through the entitlement process. cmartin@rickengineering.com

Secretary-barbara becker, Faicp

Dr. Barbara Becker, FAICP, retired Professor of Planning and Dean of the College of Urban and Public Affairs, is well known for her work with students on real life projects. Her classes worked on projects from neighborhood redevelopment to revamping national parks. A number won national awards including her work with Native American reservations. Dr. Becker’s consulting work includes economic development and corridor studies. Dr. Becker has been active in profession of planning and within her community servicing on the Fort Worth Sustainability Committee, the Executive Board of Vision North Texas, the Board of the Tucson Housing Corporation, and the Management Committee of the Regional Transportation Authority. She was also active in professional organizations serving as Missouri Chapter President of the American Planning Association, member and Chair of the Planning Accreditation Board, Director of the Southern Section of the Arizona Chapter of the American Planning Association and President of the Faculty Women Interest Group of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. Dr. Becker remains active in the profession and within organizations.

member-rebecca ruopp

Rebecca has worked for the City of Tucson for the past 15 years.  She is a principal planner with the Advanced Planning Group in the Department of Planning and Development Services.  She also serves as the Neighborhood Engagement Specialist.  Rebecca oversaw the internal team of planners, who prepared Plan Tucson, the City of Tucson General and Sustainability Plan, which was ratified by the voters in 2013.  Prior to her work with the City, she served for over a decade as a senior planner and project manager with the Tucson Office of Parsons Brinckerhoff, an international engineering design and transportation planning firm.  Before relocating to the southwest, Rebecca lived in Boston and New York, where she was an associate with Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill, an international architecture and planning firm. rebecca.ruopp@tucsonaz.gov

member-theresa knoblock

Ms. Knoblock is an accomplished professional with over 25 years experience in the application of environmental regulation for projects with federal funding that require compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Section 404 and Biological Resources concerns. Theresa is currently the Tucson Office Lead at SWCA Environmental Consultants. As well as managing the Tucson office, she manages biological surveys, jurisdictional determinations and environmental planning projects. Her focus is providing clients with turn-key project management, helping them successfully navigate projects from inception to completion. In the past 12 years, Ms. Knoblock has worked extensively on NEPA clearances for linear projects including sewer and water, telecommunications, and transportation projects. She spent over 6 years as an Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) on-call consultant, assisting local governments (including the City of Tucson and Pima County) with acquiring FWHA clearances for roadway and pedestrian improvement projects with Federal funding.

member-ADam call, aicp

Adam Call Bio

Member-ian wan

Ian is committed to supporting change in communities and has worked with low income, senior, youth, adult, disabled, and ethnic communities. His work has been completed as a direct provider as well as a program developer and researcher. These interactions have enabled Ian to see the specific needs of individuals and groups and how they can make positive change through positive influences, services, and planning.

member-Sarah meggison, aicp

Sarah is a passionate land use planner with over ten years of experience in Planning and Community Development. She is an inspired administrative professional, skilled at building strong working relationships with fellow staff, supervisors and community members. She is motivated, organized, and consistent, with a desire to create more sustainable communities.

Meritorious Members

Arlan m. Colton, FAICP
Valerie feuer
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