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Advisory Committee

The MDRN Advisory Committee members collaborate with the Chaddick Institute in assessing plans and topics for events and projects. The members have also volunteered their professional skills and experience to present topics and facilitate discussion at Network meetings. The Committee has recently formalized to represent a diverse range of Chicago area municipalities, and seeks to include various forms of design review, geographic and cultural diversity.

The current members are:

Jeff Brady, AICP
Glenview, IL

Jeff is the Director of Planning/Deputy Director of Development responsible for providing recommendation on technical matters to Boards and Commission, and assists in administering and coordinating Development Department policies. Jeff was the primary planner for the award winning Glenview Naval Air Station redevelopment, directed arterial corridor studies, contributed to significant Appearance Code updates, and oversaw downtown revitalization efforts that led to one of the first form-based codes in the Chicagoland area. He holds a Master of Urban Planning and Policy degree from UIC and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University.

Johanna Bye
Des Plaines, IL​

Johanna is Senior Planner for the City of Des Plaines, where she staffs the Planning and Zoning Board. Prior to joining Des Plaines, Johanna worked as the Associate Planner for the Village of Libertyville and was staff liaison to the Appearance Review and Historic Preservation Commissions. Johanna has a BA in Geography from UCLA and an MA in Urban Planning and Policy from UIC. 

Andy Cross, AICP
Highland Park, IL

Andy is a Senior Planner for the City of Highland Park. Originally from Minnesota, he spent five years as a planner for a Minneapolis suburb before relocating to the North Shore.  He is the staff liaison to the Highland Park’s Plan & Design Commission and is the City’s historic preservation coordinator. Andy received his master's in Urban Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Liz Delevitt, RA
Deerfield, IL

Liz is the Planning & Design Specialist for the Village of Deerfield where she serves as the staff liaison to the Appearance Review Commission.  Liz is a licensed architect with over 18 years of experience in the field of architecture.  She has a Bachelor of Fine and Applied Arts from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin.

Tom Farace, AICP
Carol Stream, IL

Tom is the Planning & Economic Development Manager for the Village of Carol Stream.  He accepted this position in early 2016.  Prior to that, he worked in Schaumburg, IL for over 15 years as a planner and planning & permits manager, focused on development review and the “greening” of design ordinances for the village and is a resource to the MDRN committee on such issues. He earned an MPA degree from Northern Illinois University and a MUP from the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Ryan Franklin, AICP
Schaumburg, IL

Ryan is the Assistant Director of Community Development and Planning Manager for the Village of Schaumburg.  Ryan has been with the Village of Schaumburg since 2016.  Prior to 2016 Ryan was the Community Development Director for the Village of Matteson.  He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, he also has a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from Alabama A&M University.

John Hedrick
Attorney/Consultant

John is a Senior Fellow to Chaddick and the founder and Co-Chair of the Municipal Design Review Network. A licensed attorney, John specialized in business and government matters and has been involved in municipal planning issues for over 25 years. John was Chair of the Glenview Appearance Commission and has served on various planning Committees for the Village.  He is active with various land use professional groups, including publications; and is currently focusing on suburban Downtown development organizations. He has his law and finance degrees from U of I Champaign-Urbana. 

Scott Magnum, AICP 
Evanston, IL

Scott joined the City of Evanston as the manager of the Planning and Zoning Division in 2016. He previously worked as a Senior Planner with the City of Des Plaines, a Coordinating Planner for the City of Chicago, and as a planner with the City of Long Beach, California. Scott graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a double major in Sociology and Afro-American Studies before earning a Master of Planning at the University of Southern California.

Laurie B. Marston, FAICP

Laurie has been a consultant since 1997 and provides planning, zoning and urban design services to municipalities, developers, small businesses and not-for-profits. She has organized and moderated workshops for municipal planners at DePaul University’s Chaddick Institute as well as more than ninety training workshops for Plan Commissions and Zoning Boards with APA-IL, Chaddick and CMAP. Prior to consulting, she worked for twenty years in municipal planning, including nine years as Director of Community Development for the Village of Wilmette. She served two terms as a citizen member on the Evanston Plan Commission. A member of Lambda Alpha International, the honorary land economics organization, Ms. Marston has an MA in Urban Studies from the University of Chicago.

Linnea O’Neill, AICP, RLA 
Northfield, IL

Linnea currently works for the Village of Northfield as the Village Planner and Landscape Architect. In that capacity she is responsible for planning reports to the Village Board, Plan Commission and the Architectural Commission, for which she is the staff liaison. She also reviews all building permits for zoning and landscape compliance. She initiated and coordinates the Village Tree Preservation program including the Emerald Ash Borer removal and reforestation program. Linnea has previously worked for IDOT, Arlington Heights, and Barrington and has served as a planning consultant for EJM Engineering, Hanover Park and Lombard. Linnea is a member of the Arlington Heights Design Commission. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois and a master’s in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dudley Onderdonk, FAICP, LEED-AP, CNU-A, Planning Consultant, Commissioner

Dudley has 40 years’ experience in urban planning and, management as well as community and economic development. His career includes managing community development departments in suburban Chicago including Park Forest, Oak Park and Gurnee, and serving as a planner in Scottsdale, AZ and Los Angeles, CA. The author of several papers and articles, Dudley also serves as an elected Glencoe Park District Commissioner and Plan Commissioner.  He holds master’s degrees from the Ohio State University in urban planning and environmental science and teaches part-time at local universities.

Stephen Robles, AICP
Wheeling, IL​

Stephen is the Assistant Director of Community Development for the Village of Wheeling.  Steve’s planning experience began as the Assistant Planner for the City of Tamarac (Florida) and then as a Senior Planner for the City of Indianapolis, where he also served as a member of the Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Multi-Modal and Public Space Design Committee.  More recently, as the Village Planner for the Village of Lincolnshire, and as a Project Manager for the City of Naperville’s TED (Traffic, Engineering, and Development) Development Services. Steve also serves and a Plan Commissioner for the Village of Schaumburg.

Chris Sandine, AICP Candidate, LEED Green Associate
Libertyville, IL

Chris is the Associate Planner for the Village of Libertyville, where he serves as the staff liaison to the Village’s Appearance Review Commission and Historic Preservation Commission. Chris received a bachelor’s degree in City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University.


MDRN Advisory Council members are appointed by and serve at the discretion of the Chaddick Institute. For further information regarding the Advisory Committee, or selection criteria, please contact John Hedrick at mdrn@depaul.edu.  ​​​