WSPA officers are listed below. If you have any questions relating to WSPA, department-student relations, or student life in general, please contact the appropriate representative.
Steering Committee Members (2023-24)
Chair | Gabriel Wilkins
The Steering Committee Chair schedules and convenes meetings of the Steering Committee. This position oversees elections and any proposed constitutional amendments.
Communications Director | Elisabeth Bykowski
The Communications Director is responsible for keeping the minutes of all meetings and the meetings of the Steering Committee, manages WSPA’s web presence, and oversees communications within the organization and with the larger URPL community including, but not limited to, faculty, alumni, and professional planners.
Professional Development Coordinator | Heidi Putnam
The Professional Development Coordinator assists WSPA members in obtaining skills needed to succeed as planning professionals post-graduation through the following means:
- Offer and/or announce a series of professional skills workshops
- Provide networking opportunities between current students, planning professionals and/or alumni.
- Ensuring that career development information is both accessible and current for current students.
Social Coordinator | Dan Hauck
The Social Coordinator(s) provides WSPA members with opportunities to interact with one another outside of the classroom setting and promotes planning-related service learning in the Madison area. The Social Coordinator(s) also coordinates and plans graduation ceremonies with URPL faculty and staff.
Finance Director | Makenna Kull
The Finance Director shall access and oversee the WSPA financial account. They create a budget prior to the beginning of each fiscal year and keeps current records of all financial transactions. The finance director also checks the accuracy of all bills and invoices and pays them correctly and in a timely manner and initiates fundraising events.
Faculty Liaison | Gabriel Terrell
The Faculty Liaison serves as a conduit between WSPA and URPL faculty by sitting on Faculty and Curriculum Committee meetings and reporting the relevant activities of those bodies to WSPA members. He or she also assists in communicating with prospective and incoming URPL students.
Alumni Liaison | Karen Armendariz
The Alumni Liaison will act as the student representative to the Planning & Landscape Architecture Advisory Council (PLAAC), helping to coordinate events and fostering connections between alumni and current students.
APA Liaison | Lidia Villazaez
The APA Liaison represents WSPA to the APA and keeps the department informed about APA conferences, workshops, and other programs that will enhance the department’s relationship with the APA.