Our Staff

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
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Wesley L. Burket, AICP CTP

Transportation Planner

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Mr. Burket has been employed with Blair Planning for nearly three decades and manages the transportation planning program for the Blair Metropolitan Planning Organization. He received his Masters degree in planning from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and his Bachelors degree from Lock Haven University.

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Sheryl A. Durbin, CAP

Planning Aide

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Mrs. Durbin, CAP  is the Planning Aide for  Blair Planning.  She has recently started to process the Intergovernmental and the Minor Subdivision reviews for Blair County.  Among her other responsibilities she assists with the administrative and clerical functions in the office.    She is a member of the International Association of Administrative Professionals.  Mrs. Durbin is a member of Geeseytown Evangelical Lutheran Church where she has served as a council member. She enjoys being an Avon representative, traveling and spending time with family and friends.  Sheryl is a native of Hollidaysburg, has lived in Colorado and currently resides in the Borough of Duncansville.  She is the proud mother of one son, William P. Durbin who lives in Altoona.

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Jamie L. Klink

Regional Planner

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Mr. Klink is our Regional Planner, and is involved in long-range plan implementation. While the Community Planner position is vacant, he also handles development applications. Mr. Klink was instrumental in the development and implementation of the 2013 Blair County Hazard Mitigation Plan Update as well as the new update, BRAVE: Blair Resilience - Addressing Vulnerability & Exposure. A 2010 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, he resides in Westmont with his wife.

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David W. McFarland, III, AICP

Planning Director

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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.

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Sherry L. Socie

Strategic Planner

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Ms. Socie  is our Strategic Planner, focused on grant identification, writing, and administration. She is a lifelong resident of Blair County, and brings extensive grant administration experience to our agency.

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Riley Wiesinger

Americorps Community Health Advocate

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Ms. Wiesinger is our Community Health Advocate, an Americorps position. She comes to Blair Planning from the Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps and is working to promote healthy lifestyles and and healthy environments in Blair County. Ms. Wiesinger has extensive experience in outdoor work including many improvements at multiple state parks throughout the Commonwealth, organizing events and races, and handling animals. A 2018 graduate of Agora Cyber High School, she holds multiple certifications including beekeeping and Chainsaw Game of Logging.

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Vacant

Community Planner

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The Community Planner position is currently vacant.

Blair Planning
423 Allegheny St., Suite 046
Hollidaysburg, PA 16648 

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