July 2016 F.O.C.U.S. Forum Presenter Biographies

Danielle B. Krol

Danielle Krol joined the Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Council (SMTC) in 1999 and is a Senior Transportation Planner with the agency.  She has a background in both geography and urban planning, and has focused much of her time at SMTC on bicycle/pedestrian planning efforts and long-range planning.

Ms. Krol holds a bachelor of arts degree in geography from SUNY Geneseo, and a master of arts degree in geography from SUNY Binghamton with a concentration in urban planning.

Owen Kerney

Owen Kerney currently serves as an Assistant Director in the Syracuse – Onondaga County Planning Agency. He leads the City’s Planning Division, which focuses on urban planning and design, historic preservation, public art, and sustainability initiatives to promote and enhance the livability and prosperity of the City of Syracuse.

Owen develops and manages planning and capital projects for the City including the City’s Comprehensive Plan 2040, the ReZone Syracuse project, the Syracuse Connective Corridor, the Elevating Erie initiative, brownfield redevelopment and multiple State and Federal grant projects.

He lives in Syracuse with his wife Melanie and their three children.

Sam Gordon

As Director of Planning and Zoning for the Town of DeWitt, Sam is responsible for the management of the development process within the town, implementation of the town’s Comprehensive Plan, and coordination of town sustainability initiatives.

Sam oversaw the development and adoption of the Town of DeWitt Sustainability Plan (August 2014). He has more than 15 years of experience in the planning and sustainability fields and has managed and/or provided consulting expertise on a variety of projects from greenway planning, energy conservation and renewable energy deployment, to neighborhood revitalization and alternative mobility projects. Sam developed and oversees Moving DeWitt, an initiative to improve the bicycle and pedestrian environment within the town; and in 2015 in partnership with the City of Syracuse launched Elevating Erie, an ideas competition to close the gap in the Erie Canalway Trail system within Central New York.

Sam received a fellowship in 2005 to work with the Center for Environmental Studies in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, which was selected as the European Green Capital for 2012. He has master’s degrees in landscape architecture and environmental and community land use planning from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse.


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