Jeff Townsend, Associate, is the Director of Planning and Landscape Architecture, and is a Principal, at Jacobs’ Sacramento office. He has extensive experience in landscape architecture, land planning and urban design projects with a variety of public and private sector projects throughout the United States. He complements his design creativity with site-sensitive planning techniques to compose unique solutions to complex project programs. He is involved with multiple aspects of project development, including programming, public outreach, design development, project management, construction documentation, phasing and construction administration. He has worked with various local and state agencies processing discretionary entitlements for land use, CEQA requirements, zoning, variances, tentative subdivision maps, planning permits and others.
Mr. Townsend holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University in Landscape Architecture and is a Registered Landscape Architect in California and Texas. He is Trustee and Past President of the American Society of Landscape Architects Sierra Chapter, a Board member of the Sacramento Tree Foundation and a member of the Urban Land Institute as well as the American Planning Association. Mr. Townsend has also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, United Way, and the Sacramento Food Bank.
Rick LaMantain, Associate, is currently an accounts manager for the Valley Crest Tree Company, a division of Valley Crest Companies, where he has been employed for the past 25 years. Valley Crest, the nation’s largest integrated landscape company, is renowned for such distinguished project successes as Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park, Duke University Gardens, Dodger Stadium, and the world-renowned Chinese Gardens at Huntington Gardens. As a community leader, Mr. LaMantain has served on the Board of Directors for the Sacramento Tree Foundation, is Chairman of the Landscape and Nursery Expo, and served as a board member of the California Landscape Contractors Association. He holds a degree in Marketing from Fullerton College.
Michele Froyd, Associate, has served as a project manager during the past 30 years, implementing statewide programs as a result of changes in legislation, regulation and policy for the State of California. As a staff manager, she has written legislative and regulatory proposals, and worked with State Congressional offices in the process. Mrs. Froyd represented the State of California on a North American committee comprised of high ranking members of the public and private sectors in the U.S. and Canada to research establish and document best business practices for identity security. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from California State University, Sacramento, and currently owns a floral design business. She is a docent for the Crocker Art Museum, a life time supporter of the Sacramento Zoological Society, and has had an interest in Sacramento and California’s historic preservation programs.
Joe Coomes, Associate, is of counsel in the Municipal and Redevelopment Law practice group of Best Best & Krieger LLP . He was formerly a senior shareholder in the Sacramento law firm of McDonough Holland & Allen PC, with a statewide practice representing private developers and public agencies in land use, downtown redevelopment, and reuse planning, acquisition and development of closed military bases He has been recognized by his peers by being listed in “Best Lawyers of America,” and in March 2008 he received a “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the California Redevelopment Association.
In a civic capacity, he has served as President of the Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Sacramento Commerce and Trade Organization, Valley Vision, and founder and chairman of the Capitol Area Development Authority, among others. He is a past Metro Chamber “Sacramentan of the Year,” Sacramento County Bar “Lawyer of the Year,” and recipient from the Sacramento Chapter of Lambda Alpha International of its “Samuel J. Cullers Outstanding Achievement Award” in recognition of his civic activities. His strong support of the California Garden is part of his vision for the Sacramento region to grow with first class amenities for its citizens and visitors.
Amy Lapin, Associate, is Vice President of Economic & Planning Systems, Inc., (EPS). She has assisted public and private entities in evaluating financial and market feasibility, measuring the fiscal and economic impacts of new development, and identifying funding mechanisms to finance public infrastructure and urban services.
Ms. Lapin’s recent projects include assisting the City of Sacramento in preparing analyses to finance public facilities and ongoing municipal services and evaluating the construction and ongoing economic impacts of the Sacramento RailYards project, a 230-acre redevelopment project adjacent to downtown Sacramento. Ms. Lapin also recently prepared an economic and fiscal impact analysis detailing the potential implications of a real property development moratorium over the next seven years in the City of Seaside.
Ms. Lapin is an active member of the American Planning Association, where she serves as Membership Director for the Sacramento Valley Section. She is also an active member of Urban Land Institute (ULI) and ULI Young Leaders Group (YLG), where she serves as co-chair of the Programs Committee. Ms. Lapin earned a Master of Community and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Psychology from Ohio Wesleyan University.
William Brandon, PhD, BCBA-D, NBCT-ECE –Associate, Dr. Brandon has taught at the university level for several years and is active in the development of course material and content for the courses he teaches. Further he is the founder of Learning Arts, a licensed education agency that specializes in early intervention for children with Autism and other developmental disabilities. He holds a Doctorate in Early Education and a Masters in Special Education. Further, he is currently working toward his second Masters in Psychology.
In addition to his previous and ongoing education and teaching experience at the graduate level, he is a National Board Certified Teacher in Special Education (Early Education Specialist). He is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst – Doctorate; holds 3 teaching credentials; Cross-cultural language, and academic development (CLAD) certification; and a Child Development Program Director Permit. He has also developed and implemented curriculum for numerous public and private institutions for a wide and diverse range of learners from Pre-K to graduate level instruction.
He has been recognized for valuable service by Families for Early Autism Treatment, a parent organization dedicated to helping families who have children with autism and related disorders, the Eminent Educator award from the Fair Oaks Chamber of Commerce, and the Professional Excellence award from TAC staff.
At the regional and state level, he has sat on the Superintendent’s Autism Advisory Committee (SAAC) for the California Department of Education’s task force on autism to develop statewide standards for working with and providing services for children with autism.
Martha (Marcie) Larkey, Associate, currently serves as the Chairperson of the Fund Development Committee. Her professional non-profit career spans almost 40 years in the Sacramento Community. The majority of Ms. Larkey’s experience has been in healthcare where she held a range of positions including Coordinator, Volunteer Services, Mental Health Educator, Director, Community/ Public Relations, Director, Marketing/Business Development, Director, Fund Development, and Director, New Program and Fund Development.
Ms. Larkey, always active in the community, has served on the Board of Directors for The Association of Fundraising Professionals, Habitat for Humanity, People Reaching Out, and Mental Health Associates, (an Independent Practice Association) She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Episcopal Foundation of Northern California and Transitional Living and Community Support (TLCS).