Board Responsibilities

The Board is responsible for organizing TAPA events, such as local planning conferences, awards ceremonies, social happy hours, volunteer opportunities, and CM & AICP training. The board also promotes planning in the community and encourages professional development within the industry.
Terms are two years in duration and require attendance at monthly board meetings and participation in Chapter activities. Elections occurred in 2020 for the January 1, 2021, to December 31, 2022 term.

TAPA 2021 to 2022 Executive Board


Lynn Tully, AICP, CEcD

Lynn is the Northeast Tennessee Regional Director for the Tennessee Economic and Community Development. She has served as the TAPA President since January 2021. Previously, she held the role of Vice President.

Vice President

Jessica Harmon

Jessica serves as the Assistant to the City Manager of Kingsport and was a Senior Planner for Kingsport and Bristol. She is also an adjunct instructor for East Tennessee State University. Jessica was the Section Director for the State of Franklin Section from 2012-2016 and has also served as the Chapter Secretary. 


Cameron Taylor, AICP Candidate

Cameron is the Healthy Development Coordinator for the East Tennessee Region of the Tennessee Department of Health. He is proud of his knowledge and passion of the Knoxville area. He can be reached at


Amy Brooks, AICP, CPM

Amy is the Planning Services Manager and Interim Executive Director for Knoxville-Knox County Planning. She served as the Section Director for the Knoxville section of TAPA from 2017 to 2020  and Assistant Director from 2017-2020. 

Amy holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree with an emphasis on transportation and land use planning from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Political Science from Maryville College. She is a member of the American Institute for Certified Planners, a nationally. Certified Public Manager and a graduate of East Tennessee Regional Leadership. Prior to her position at Planning, she worked as a researcher for small nonprofits, transit consultant,  and as a planner at the regional and local levels in Northern California. 

Legal Advisor

Sam Edwards

Sam is an Attorney and Counselor at Law.

Immediate Past President

Doug Demosi

Doug is the Planning Director of the Rutherford County Regional Planning Commission, He served as the President of the Chapter from 2016 to 2020. 

Student Representative

Caryn Hawkins

Caryn is a graduate student at the University of Memphis City and Regional Planning Program. She was elected by her peers to represent Memphis planning students on the Executive Board, a position she was first elected to in September 2020.

Professional Development Officer

Ian Preston, AICP

Ian is a Transportation Planner for AECOM in Franklin, TN. A former TDOT employee, Ian spent six years in TDOT’s NEPA and Long Range Planning Divisions, where he specialized in stakeholder engagement, planning grants coordination, and multimodal transportation facilities assistance for municipalities and counties in the Middle Tennessee region. Ian is also active in Nashville’s Chapter of the Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT), a non-profit focusing on education and networking for planning and transportation enthusiasts in middle Tennessee. Ian holds a Master’s in City and Regional Planning from the University of Memphis and an Environmental Studies BA from Rhodes College. Since his appointment as Professional Development Officer for TAPA in 2022, he manages professional development activities, AICP prep resources, and serves as the CM provider for the Chapter.


Bill Terry, FAICP

Bill is a Planning Consultant.

National Legislative Liaison

Rick Gregory, AICP

Rick is the National Legislative Liaison for TAPA.

Social Media Officer

Troy J Ebbert

Troy is the Planning Supervisor for TDOT Region 1's Long-Range Planning Division in the Office of Community Transportation.  He served as the TAPA State of Franklin Section Director since 2016. His Planning Experience includes land use planning with the Tennessee Local Planning Assistance Office, First Tennessee Development District, and Washington County, TN. Troy moved on to Transportation Planning for the Kingsport MPO and then to TDOT.  

Membership Chair

Nathan Woods

Nathan is the Business Development Consultant in Northeast Tennessee for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development

Section Directors

West Tennessee

Thomas Skehan, AICP

Tom's planning career started with the North Central Council of Governments, a regional planning agency located in Arlington, TX.  He later worked for the State of Tennessee’s Local Planning Assistance Office.  Upon its closure, he went to work for Southwest Tennessee Development District in Jackson.  He later served as the Planning Director for the City of Lakeland, TN until deciding to return to SWTDD.  Tom currently serves as Regional Planner, Historic Preservationist and Housing Coordinator for the District. 

Middle Tennessee

Micah Wood, AICP

Micah is the Planning Director for the Town of Thompson’s Station. He has served as Middle Tennessee Section Director since 2016. Having more than 18 years of planning experience, he has worked for the Local Planning Assistance Office, the City of Franklin, the City of Columbia, and Volkert, Inc during his career. 


Chuck Hammonds

Chuck is the Director of Planning and Community Development with the Southeast Tennessee Development District in Chattanooga.

State of Franklin

Logan M Engle

Logan is the Director of Planning and Economic Development for the City of Elizabethton.



Melody Butler, PE, AICP

Melody Butler graduated in 2009 from Georgia Tech with a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering and completed her Master’s degree in 2012 in Civil Engineering. She moved to Knoxville in 2017 after several years in Atlanta and Orlando. She is currently a transportation engineer/planner with CDM Smith.