He holds a Master of Planning degree in Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia (1982), an M.S. in Public Administration from Florida State University (1979), and is a graduate of the University of Central Florida B.A. program in Legal Studies (1977). A charter member of the American Planning Association since 1978 and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners since 1985, Jim has served on the Executive Committee of the Alabama Chapter as President, Treasurer, and Section Representative.
Kay Jones provides administrative services for all projects, including grant administration, financial management and monitoring, research, and technical support. Kay began work at Lehe Planning in January 2005, not long after she and her family lost their home, which was destroyed in 2003 by the Brookside, Alabama, flood of Five Mile Creek. Kay has over 25 years of administrative experience.
Candace Snipes has over 30 years of professional planning and GIS (Geographic Information Systems) experience. She provides mapping and GIS analysis support for comprehensive plans. She was the GIS Manager for the City of Mobile, AL for 16 years where she established its GIS program and managed its GIS Division. She began with the City of Mobile as a Planner for five years before her promotion to GIS Manager. Prior to her work with the City of Mobile, she was a Programmer/Analyst with the Atlanta Regional Planning Commission. Candy holds a B.A. in Geography from Georgia State University in Atlanta (1983). She has completed extensive GIS training throughout the course of her career. Her training has included a series of FEMA training courses in HAZUS-MH at the Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, MD, which qualifies her for FEMA certification as a HAZUS Practicioner.
Lori Gardner, AICP
An urban planning professional with over 12 years of experience, Lori Gardner holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology (2003) from Birmingham-Southern College and a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning (2005) from Florida State University. Her professional experience comprises community planning, hazard mitigation planning, transportation planning, and environmental planning with large national and global firms and with the Florida Division of Emergency Management. Lori excels in the risk assessment components of hazard mitigation plans and public involvement strategies.
Amanda Capps has substantial experience in hazard mitigation and disaster relief. She began her career in mitigation planning with the Alabama Emergency Management Association in early 2004, where she worked as a Mitigation Planner and Program Manager until late 2007, when she left to work for the American Red Cross for a period of nine years. Amanda holds a B.S. from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and is an Advanced Level Emergency Manager (ALEM) through the American Association of Emergency Managers. She has drafted comprehensive mitigation strategies and community action programs for many multi-hazard mitigation plans and has assisted with securing FEMA grant funds for many hazard mitigation projects.
James E. Lehe, AICP
Leader and innovator, Jim has over thirty five years of experience in professional planning. Consulting part-time since 1993, he began his full-time practice in 2000 with the establishment of Lehe Planning, LLC. He previously held professional planning positions as Senior Environmental Planner, City of Birmingham, AL; Planning Director, East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission; Senior Planner, Birmingham Regional Planning Commission; County Planner, Roanoke County, VA; Senior Planner, Shreveport, LA, Metropolitan Planning Commission, and Community Planner, U.S. Department of HUD Urban Intern Program.