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
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.
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
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
Ryan Franklin, AICP
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.
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
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,
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
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
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
Chris Sandine, AICP Candidate, LEED
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.