Congratulations to our new AICPs!
The APA Hawaii Chapter would like to recognize the following individuals who passed the recent November 2019 AICP exam. These individuals were either awarded their certification following the exam or will receive their certification after attaining the requisite years of professional experience. Please join us in congratulating these individuals!
Kyle is currently employed as a project manager for Hope Builders LLC, which is a locally owned company on Maui committed to developing workforce housing. Prior to working at Hope Builders, Kyle was employed at the County of Maui as its Director of the Department of Environmental Management for five years. Kyle has had several work experiences in government, planning, and engineering since moving back to Maui in 2003. He is also a licensed professional engineer and has both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA. In his free time, Kyle loves to run and spend time with his wife, two daughters, and his beagle.
Ron’s a little embarrassed that he waited so long to pursue his AICP certification. He has worked in community development for over 25 years – as a Peace Corps volunteer, a nonprofit CEO, a consultant, and a public servant. His title has been “planner” for 10 of those years with the Hawai‘i County Planning Department, where he is currently Acting Program Manager for Long Range Planning. Among his many roles with the County, he was the project manager for the Kaʻū Community Development Plan (CDP), which received the 2018 APA Hawaiʻi Best Practice Award.
Ron’s passions lie with comprehensive planning, scenario analysis, inclusive engagement, decision tools, multi-goal co-benefits, and user-oriented products. He has experience in a range of fields, including natural resources, climate action and adaptation, economic development, food systems, capital budgeting, and organizational and leadership development.
Ron does not have a planning degree, which he hopes is inspiration for planners from a variety of backgrounds to consider AICP certification. A practitioner-scholar at heart, Ron has a history degree from Dartmouth and a PhD in community sustainability from Michigan State University.
Mr. Winchester has over 5 years of professional experience in Hawai‘i, and specializes in Disaster Management and Community-Based Resiliency Planning. Cody presently works at G70 where he prepares environmental impact documents, applications for various land use permits, master plans and design guidelines. Skilled in collecting and analyzing data, Cody excels in presenting technical data in clear, understandable language for decision-makers. Mr. Winchester is certified through FEMA with Community Planning for Disaster Recovery and Volcano Crisis Awareness. He has also trained with the American Red Cross in Disaster Assessment. Prior to joining G70, Cody worked on coastal hazard adaptation research and training programs at the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center. In his free time, he volunteers for the O‘ahu Citizen Forester Program and the American Red Cross of Hawai‘i.