Mark Koegler, ASLA, PLA
Paul Paige, PLA
Brad Scheib, AICP
Bryan Harjes, PLA, LEED AP


Jeff McMenimen, PLA
Rita Trapp, AICP, LEED AP


Lance Bernard
Amy Bower, PLA
Laura Chamberlain, AICP
Kevin Clarke
Sarah Evenson, ASLA, PLA
Gabrielle Grinde, ASLA, PLA
Jeff Miller, AICP
Andrew Papke-Larson
Jody Rader
Tim Solomonson, ASLA, PLA
Jesse Thornsen, AICP
Eric Blodgett

LANCE BERNARD, Planner - Project Manager

Lance brings a broad portfolio of planning and project management experience including a passion for community and transportation planning to HKGi. His transportation planning expertise includes parking studies, long-range multimodal transportation plans, corridor studies, performance measures, pavement preservation plans, and asset management. His project portfolio includes comprehensive plans, downtown master plans, public health initiatives, grant writing (securing over $250 million in grants over the last five years), and day-to-day planning services.

As part of his work, Lance believes in a meaningful planning process that creates transparency, engagement and trust by the community. He is a proven project manager who has helped lead and facilitate various public meetings and charrettes throughout his career. He has also served as the past President of the American Planning Association of Minnesota and regularly speaks at conferences and trainings throughout the region.

Lance earned his Bachelor's of Science Degree in Community Development/Urban Affairs from St. Cloud State University.


Planner - Project Manager
T: (612) 252.7133

Amy Bower, PLA, Landscape Architect

Amy has more than two decades of experience developing plans, site designs, and construction documentation for parks, public spaces, trails, recreation facilities, and streetscapes. Her background in industrial design, combined with her experience as a landscape architect, has enabled her to develop expertise transforming planning and design concepts into built projects. Her attention to detail and her superior technical efficiency have made Amy a valuable project contributor, particularly during the detail design and implementation phases of a project. Amy is also an avid cyclist and outdoors enthusiast, valuable experiences that provide additional insight into her trail, streetscape, and park design work.

The results of Amy's work can literally be seen throughout the state of Minnesota. Projects that best illustrate the quality of her design skill include the Broadway streetscape in Alexandria, the River's Edge Commons in Elk River, the Osseo Central Avenue Streetscape, and playground and park designs throughout the Twin Cities metro.

Amy has a Master's in Landscape Architecture from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor's of Science in Industrial Design from the University of Wisconsin - Stout.


Landscape Architect
T: (612) 252.7121


Laura is a certified planner whose project experience includes comprehensive planning, grant writing, environmental review and zoning ordinance writing and amendments. She has served as project manager for the comprehensive planning process in White Bear Township and has provided essential planning and writing services for comprehensive plans in communities such as Burnsville, New Brighton, and Mound.

In addition to work on these projects, Laura also provides general planning expertise to several of HKGi's municipal clients. She is skilled in the use of GIS, and she has also provided planning support for transportation and civic engagement planning initiatives.

Laura earned her Master's of City and Regional Planning degree from Rutgers University, where she also worked for the Voorhees Transportation Center and Center for Civic Engagement. She earned her Bachelor's of Arts in Geography from Macalester College.


T: (612) 252.7126

KEVIN CLARKE, Landscape Designer

Kevin Clarke is a planner and landscape designer whose work at HKGi has included project management, parks and recreation planning, land use and redevelopment planning, trail master planning, athletic facilities needs assessments, GIS mapping, and streetscape planning. Kevin also has training in economics, which means he is also a valuable resource for conducting research and collecting and analyzing data related to service standards and recreational or development trends.

Kevin has served as project manager for several recent athletic facilities needs assessments projects and was a key contributor to the award-winning Ironwood, Michigan Comprehensive Plan. He has contributed to downtown planning and streetscape projects in Alexandria, Chaska, Red Wing and St. Francis, and he has worked on several park and trail planning projects in Duluth's St. Louis River Corridor.

Kevin earned his Master's of Landscape Architecture and his Master's of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota and his Bachelor's of Arts in economics from St. John's University (MN). He has also been active in the Urban Land Institute's UrbanPlan program for High Schools and Universities, and he has served on the Minnesota Design Team.


Landscape Designer
T: (612) 252.7143

Sarah Evenson, Landscape Architect

Sarah's three years of experience in landscape architecture have focused on green infrastructure, campus planning, and communications design. Sarah’s ability to translate ideas, data and processes into visually compelling graphics ensures that clients and stakeholders have as much insight into a project as the people designing it.

In her past work experience, Sarah created signage to showcase the Central Corridor LRT's stormwater management practices, contributed to sustainable landscape master plans for several colleges, and developed an operations and maintenance manual for the City of Minneapolis' green infrastructure projects. She cultivated a passion for planting design, urban ecology, and restoration after spending several summers designing raingardens and shoreline restorations for a county Conservation District and a local non-profit. Her award winning thesis examined how the partnership between an Urban Ecology Center and a community could transform a riverside brownfield into an ecologically sensitive outdoor learning laboratory and regional park.

Sarah has a Masters in Landscape Architecture and a Bachelors in Environmental Design from the University of Minnesota.


Landscape Architect
T: (612) 252.7140

GABRIELLE GRINDE, Assoc. ASLA, PLA, Landscape Architect

Gabrielle has a wide range of experience working with communities on projects from large-scale planning efforts to small-scale site improvements. At HKGi, she contributes to park and trail planning, conceptual development planning, document layout, and site design as a project designer and project planner. Gabrielle combines graphic design and analysis skills to create award-winning and clear planning tools for communities, including the Metropolitan Council Stormwater Reuse Guide and the Minnesota River and North Creek Greenway Master Plans. Gabrielle has worked on landscape restoration and stormwater-related landscape designs, greenway plans, community development plans, and interactive online planning tools. Her past work experience includes trail design, lakeshore restoration design, construction oversight, and park planning.

Gabrielle has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Minnesota.


Landscape Architect
T: (612) 252.7141

Jeff Miller, AICP, Project Manager

Jeff is an urban planner with broad experience in community planning, land use, urban design, connectivity and zoning at many scales - community, corridor, neighborhood, district, and site. Jeff has planning experience in the public sector (city planner), private sector (consultant), and the academic environment (university researcher) which affords him the ability to understand issues from different perspectives. Jeff has hands-on city planning experience with five communities over the past 15 years. Prior to joining HKGi in 2005, Jeff was the City Planner for the City of Chaska where he was involved with a wide variety of City initiatives, including historic downtown revitalization, development of the Clover Ridge neo-traditional neighborhood, and planning for the Heights of Chaska growth area. From 2000-2003, Jeff was a Research Fellow with the Design Center for American Urban Landscape where he focused on planning and design efforts for the future Bottineau Boulevard transit corridor. This diverse range of planning and urban design experiences has enabled him to develop a multi-scaled approach for understanding and solving communities' issues and opportunities. Jeff provides expertise in the areas of land use planning, small area/master plans, comprehensive plans, corridor plans, redevelopment plans, urban design, community visioning, public participation, environmental review, historic preservation and zoning.

Jeff has a Bachelor's of Arts in Economics from St. Olaf College and a Master's in Planning from the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota.


Project Manager
T: (612) 252.7123

ANDREW PAPKE-LARSON, Landscape Designer

Andrew is a landscape designer and recent graduate from the University of Minnesota’s College of Design. With a broad set of interests including urban design, community driven design, ecological restoration and water management. Andrew also adds a diverse graphical skill set to HKGi. While working on a Masters in Landscape Architecture he also received a minor in ecological restoration and a certification in the technology of participation, a set of structured methods to enhance facilitation and leadership of groups allowing them to think, talk and work together.

Andrew’s award winning Master’s thesis focused on industrial remediation and reuse through green infrastructure. Andrew Masters in Landscape Architecture is from the University of Minnesota while his Bachelors in Environmental Science comes from Luther College in Decorah, IA.


Landscape Designer
T: (612) 252.7138

JODY RADER, Landscape Designer

Jody is an urban and landscape designer with eight years of project experience in bicycle and pedestrian planning; park and public space master planning; and site planning and design. In addition to her training in landscape architecture, she also has training and experience in architecture, community design, and construction administration. Jody served for several years on the post-Hurrican Katrina rebuilding effort along the Gulf Coast, and her interests include health, equity, urban ecosystems, and stewardship.


Landscape and Urban Designer
T: (612) 252.7136

TIM SOLOMONSON, PLA, Landscape Architect

Tim's focus at HKGi is on 3D modeling, construction documents, graphic design, and GIS mapping. A recent graduate of the University of Minnesota's College of Design, Tim's Capstone work focused on the integration of gardening and agriculture into park planning and redevelopment activities near the Lake Street light rail station.

Tim served in deployments under Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom and has spent significant time abroad studying, learning, and interacting with a diverse range of peoples and cultures. His interests include urban agriculture, wildlife conservation, park planning, natural resource management, historic preservation, and systems integration. Tim has shown continued dedication to community improvement through his involvement with the Gardening Matters Coalition during the formation of Minneapolis Urban Agriculture Policy Plan and through his long term relationships with local farmers market organizers and vendors.


Landscape Architect
T: (612) 252.7137


Jesse is a certified planner and is a recent addition to HKGi’s staff who comes to the firm from the Houston Galveston Area Council. His broad project experience includes comprehensive planning, transportation planning, roadway reconfiguration, master planning, subdivision platting, and planned development ordinance creation. Jesse brings a user-friendly approach to ensuring that streets and communities meet mobility and access needs while being safe, inviting, economically productive, and healthy. He also seeks to reduce the communication barriers between local government and community stakeholders through his ability to translate ideas, data, and processes into visually compelling graphics.

Jesse earned his B.S. in Community and Regional Planning from Iowa State University.


T: (612) 252.7129

Eric Blodgett, Marketing Director

Eric Blodgett has over ten years of experience as a communications professional, including work in the non-profit industry, higher education, and at HKGi, where he worked from 2001-2004. Eric directs HKGi’s marketing communications strategies, including proposal development and production, external communications, and online resources. He also assists in the editing of project reports and documents, striving to ensure that they communicate clearly in concise, reader-friendly language.

Eric earned his bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin, and his master’s degree in English with a focus on Rhetoric and Composition from Texas A&M University.


Marketing Director
T: (612) 252.7132