Thursday, October 24, 2019
The Monrovia planners are a pretty fun group.
Do you want to meet them?
Oh come on…we know you want to, which is why we decided to take up some blog space to introduce them to you.
Introducing Sheri Bermejo (Planning Division Manager), Barbara Lynch (Senior Planner), John Mayer (Senior Planner), Teresa Santilena (Associate Planner), Austin Arnold (Assistant Planner), Vincent Gillespie (Planning Technician), Brenda Quezada (Planning Technician), and last but not least our Community Development Director Craig Jimenez.
We are really a fun team and we have a great sense of humor! However, rest assured that our hearts are focused daily on good planning efforts for the City of Monrovia. Below is a little bit about each of your planners.
Sheri Bermejo, Planning Division Manager
Sheri has been with the City of Monrovia for almost four years, and is in love with this amazing community. She has been a city planner for over fourteen years, and has a degree in Urban Studies and Planning from the University of California San Diego. She speaks Spanish (almost) fluently and loves to practice the language. (Please don’t get her started…she tends to get carried away and is known to even make up words.)
Barbara Lynch, Senior Planner
John has been with the City for a little over a year, and is extremely proud to work for a charming city like Monrovia. He believes that the City’s planning efforts contribute towards a good quality of life for its citizens and businesses. With the relentless pressure for development, John believes that unique cities like Monrovia can grow and change while retaining its status as the “gem of the foothills”. John is interested in the way planners can protect the small town character and how individual projects and new construction can be stitched into the existing fabric of the city. He believes the value of planning is through protecting the scale and appearance of any particular neighborhood. John is certified through the American Institute of Certified Planners and holds Degrees in Public Administration and Urban and Regional Planning.
Teresa Santilena, Associate Planner
If you were to ask Teresa what she likes about being a planner, she would tell you that she likes that every day is a new and different challenge and uses different parts of her brain… the analytical, the creative, and, best of all - the social! If you were to delve a little deeper into her psyche, though, you’d discover that understanding how the world around her was developed gives Teresa a sense of security and makes her feel like a part of something bigger.
Austin Arnold, Assistant Planner
Austin has been with the City of Monrovia for over three years. Prior to that, he worked for the City of Rosemead and the City of Chino. His Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning came from a strong background at Cal Poly Pomona for three years and finished at the University of Utah. He loves that Planners work together for a better future; the fact that they get to review all aspects of a project to help fulfill and create both the short and long- term goals and polices of the General Plan.
Austin recently got married in Maui, HI in February to his wife Mariana Attia-Arnold. At the same time, they also bought a house together in the City of Azusa. You may see Austin riding his bike around town as he has become full eco-friendly and has ditched the automobile to ride the Goldline and his bicycle to and from work! Austin loves movies and spending time with his wife planning different trips around the world.