Meet the Team

A charrette design team led by National Charrette Institute with town planning firm Dover Kohl & Partners and local and national professionals and academics will draft a vision and plan for the Michigan/Grand River corridor from the Capital Building to Webberville. Learn more about each team member below.

Bill Lennertz, project lead, National Charrette Institute

Bill Lennertz, AIA, co-founder and Executive Director of the National Charrette Institute, is co-author of The Charrette Handbook and has co-developed and teaches the NCI Charrette System™, the first structured approach to design-based collaborative community planning. With Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company and as a partner in Lennertz Coyle & Associates, Bill has directed over 150 charrettes. Read more >>

Victor Dover, charrette team leader, Dover Kohl & Partners

Victor Dover serves as principal-in-charge for many of the firm’s design and planning projects, and is responsible for most presentations. He has led more than 100 charrettes. Victor lectures widely around the nation on the topics of livable communities and sustainable development, and is national chair of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU). Read more >>

Joseph Kohl, design team leader, Dover Kohl & Partners

Joe Kohl is recognized nationally as an innovator in urban design and graphic communication. He pioneered the firm’s use of computer imaging simulations and authored many of its illustrated land development regulations. Joe is responsible for daily business operations and internal management of the firm. Read more >>

Amy Groves, charrette project manager, Dover Kohl & Partners

As a senior Project Director, Amy guides the work of the studio team to create visionary images and implementable plans using the principles of smart growth, sustainable planning, and traditional neighborhood design. Amy has participated in over 40 Dover-Kohl charrettes, functioning as both Project Director and Town Planner for downtown master plans, redevelopment plans and form-based codes, as well as new neighborhood and town plans. Read more >>

James Dougherty, lead designer, Dover Kohl & Partners

James Dougherty is the Director of Design at Dover, Kohl & Partners. James has dedicated his career to helping communities envision and implement a more walkable, sustainable future. James has participated in over 120 design and form-based coding charrettes in the United States and abroad. James works closely with the firm’s Principals, Project Directors and Urban Designers to establish the design direction of each of the office’s projects. Read more >>

Lynn Wilson, community outreach, charrette logistics, Mead & Hunt, Inc.

Lynn Wilson has nearly 20 years of experience in community planning and development. Her extensive professional experience includes both comprehensive planning and technical land regulation experience. Lynn is skilled at identifying common goals and building consensus among a variety of interests. She brings effective and creative public input opportunities into project plans and is skilled in social media tools.  Lynn is a proponent of smart growth, healthy communities and sustainable development practices. She is a board member for the Michigan Chapter of the Congress for New Urbanism and has completed NCI charrette training.  Read more >>

Dena Belzer, economic strategy, Strategic Economics

Dena Belzer has 30 years experience working on economic issues ranging in scale from regional growth management to individual development projects. Her work has helped position Strategic Economics as a national leader in innovative urban economics research techniques that guide local public policy decisions based on sound market principals while fostering sustainable communities and creating places with lasting value. Read more >>

Sujata Srivastava, economic strategy, Strategic Economics

Sujata Srivastava has 13 years of experience in urban economics consulting. She specializes in economic development, real estate market analysis, and fiscal impact analysis, with a particular focus on the economics of transit- oriented development (TOD) and infill development. Read more >>


Barbara Arens, transportation, Parsons Brinkerhoff

Since joining Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB) in 1994, Barbara Arens’ project work includes serving as the Project Operations Manager for the Central Region of PB, National Traffic Engineering Technical Resource Center Manager, Area Manager, project manager, and lead transportation engineer. She is proficient in transportation analyses for community transportation planning, traffic operations and traffic engineering, large scale signal retiming, environmental impact reports/statements (EIR/EIS), parking studies, corridor and regional plans, and site traffic impact analyses.

Hannah Remtema, transportation, Parsons Brinkerhoff

Hannah’s experience ranges from transportation planning and traffic engineering to performing key work on various signal optimization projects, bicycle plans, downtown circulation plans and analysis, and traffic impact studies. She most recently served as the project manager/deputy project manager for the Woodward Avenue Complete Streets study; Midtown Greenway Loop Phases II and III Traffic and Safety Study in Detroit; DMC Cardiovascular Institute Traffic Impact Study; DMC Sinai Grace Expansion Traffic Impact Study; and the DMC Royal Oak Center Traffic Impact Study. Hannah was the traffic engineer on the Pontiac Livability Study and the East Maple Road Complete Streets Study.