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 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. 

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MacKenzie Caron

Community Planner

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Ms. Caron is our Community Planner and handles development applications. She is a 2022 graduate of  the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown with a Bachelor's degree in Geography and Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Environmental Policy  and is currently working toward her Master's degree in Sustainable Community Development from Ohio University. MacKenzie is a Johnstown native and enjoys spending time with her five dogs.

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Rhonda E. Kelly

Planning Aide

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Mrs. Kelly is our Planning Aide.  She brings 20 years of  county public service experience to Blair County.  In her role, Rhonda focuses her energies on providing clerical support to the staff, local municipalities and citizens.   

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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. 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 2012 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, he resides in the Westwood neighborhood of Johnstown 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 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. 

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Municipal Planner

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The Municipal Planner position is currently vacant.