Meet our staff! All staff members can be reached through the main office call handler at 814-693-2080. When prompted, please dial the appropriate extension, listed with each entry below. In addition to the phone, all staff can be reached via email by using the first initial and last name followed by @blairplanning.org.
David W. McFarland, III, AICP
Wesley L. Burket, AICP CTP
Mr. Burket performs transportation planning work for Blair Planning on behalf of the Blair Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). His duties include working with PennDOT, FHWA, municipalities and stakeholders to fund roadway, bridge and transit projects in the Blair MPO's Transportation Improvement Program and Long Range Plan. Additionally, the work includes data gathering and drafting documents that help keep the region federally certified. Mr. Burket earned membership in AICP, a Master's Degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Geography with an emphasis in Regional Planning and an advanced specialty certification from the American Planning Association.
MacKenzie L. Caron
Ms. Caron is our Regional Planner and handles long-range countywide planning. She is a 2022 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown with a Bachelor's degree in Geography and Environmental Studies and a 2023 graduate from Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs with a Masters of Science in Sustainability, Security, and Resilience. MacKenzie is a Johnstown native and enjoys spending time with her dogs.
David W. McFarland, III, AICP
David W. McFarland, III, AICP is the Planning Director, and is involved in transportation, hazard mitigation, and public health in the community infrastructure. Mr. McFarland is one of the six planning directors that developed the award-winning six-county comprehensive plan entitled “Alleghenies Ahead: Shared Strategies for a Stronger Region”. Previously he was employed at the City of Altoona where he rewrote the land-based ordinances and codified them into the Altoona Planning Code. Additionally, Mr. McFarland wrote three urban redevelopment plans for different neighborhoods in Altoona. Mr. McFarland serves on the Professional Development Committee of the Pennsylvania Chapter of APA, and has assisted in the presentation of the annual AICP exam preparation course since 2005. Mr. McFarland has an interest in life-cycle community building and active transportation. He actively supports the WalkWorks and the Let's Move programs in Blair County and is an advocate for an active lifestyle. A 1993 graduate of the planning program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, he enjoys studying international planning efforts in an everlasting quest for ways to do it better. Mr. McFarland resides in Williamsburg, PA with his wife and five sons.
Sherry L. Socie
Ms. Socie is our Strategic Planner, focused on grant identification and funding opportunities, grant writing and administration. She has over 20 years of business administration and financial experience in the public education and municipal government sectors. She has an associates degree in Business Administration from Penn State and is an owner/operator of a small business in Blair County. Sherry has been a lifelong resident of Blair County and enjoys our small-town community feel.