Robert A. Crum, Executive Director
Mr. Crum joined the HRPDC in July 2015. He has considerable experience in community and transportation planning as well as economic development strategies.
Prior to joining the HRPDC, he served over six years at the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission (RRPDC) as its Executive Director. Among his many accomplishments at RRPDC, Mr. Crum oversaw the formation of Capital Region Collaborative, a strategic partnership between the RRPDC and Greater Richmond Chamber; guided the preparation of the community's first regional Economic Development Strategy; worked to establish the regional emergency management planning program; and guide the restructuring of the Richmond Regional Transportation Planning Organization as a transportation policy planning board.
Mr. Crum has approximately 30 years of professional community planning experience, beginning with his time at the Centre Regional Planning Agency in State College, Pennsylvania, where he was responsible for coordinating all aspects of the Agency’s regional planning program. In addition, he completed planning and consensus building for a nationally recognized water reuse project and an award winning inter-municipal zoning effort. Prior to his work in State College, he was Chief of the Planning Division for Indiana County, Pennsylvania where he coordinated County-wide community and solid waste management planning activities. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania in Geography and Regional Planning.
Keith Cannady, Deputy Executive Director
Mr. Cannady has more than 30 years of experience as a professional planner in the Hampton Roads region. Prior to joining the HRPDC, Keith worked for the City of Hampton, having joined their staff in 2001. He was the Manager of the City’s Planning and Zoning Administration Division, and was responsible for the leadership and management of the division’s work program addressing areas such as comprehensive and current planning, zoning, strategic area plans and environmental and transportation planning.
From 1986 to 2001, Keith held several positions in the City of Norfolk including City Planner, Utility Planner and Environmental Planner. His work included coordination of a program to comply with the Chesapeake Bay Act, project manager for the City’s beach erosion control projects and development and implementation of zoning, site plan review and environmental regulatory programs. He also performed planning work for the City’s water and sewer operations and completed special projects in comprehensive planning, neighborhood land use plans, coastal zone management and solid waste management.
Elizabeth Vandell, Program Support Specialist
Mrs. Vandell joined the HRPDC in June 2017 after working with the HRTPO since September 2016. She works closely with the Deputy Executive Director and assists the HRPDC departments with various tasks including special projects, research, and administrative needs. Prior to the HRPDC and HRTPO, she worked at a law firm in Washington, D.C. and served as a Legislative Aide on Capitol Hill. Ms. Vandell holds a bachelor’s degree in History from Illinois State University and a master’s degree in Political and Justice Studies from Governors State University.
Andrea Gayer, Information Technology Manager
Logan Grimm, Information Technology Support Specialist
Sheila S. Wilson, Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Wilson joined HRPDC in 2001. She is responsible for reconciling general ledger accounts, handling all payroll related duties, producing monthly financial reports and assisting in the year-end audit.
A bulk of Ms. Wilson experience came as the Assistant Director of Accounting for Hampton Roads Transit. There she reconciled all federal, state and local funding sources and assisted in supervising all accounting and payroll activates. She also played a key role in coordinating the implementation of consolidating the financial statements between the merger of TRT and Pentran.
Ms. Wilson received her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Norfolk State University.
Danetta Jankosky, Accounting Manager
Danetta Jankosky joined the HRPDC staff in 2013 as an Accountant. She handles a variety of assignments in the areas of accounting, payroll and finance for both the HRPDC and the Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance (HRMFFA). Prior to the HRPDC, Ms. Jankosky worked as a Full Charge Accountant at Indian Cove Resort Association where she prepared financial and regulatory reports, managed five bank accounts, and processed payroll for up to 50 employees. Prior to Indian Cove, Danetta managed a Liberty Tax store and prepared taxes for individuals and businesses and she performed full charge accountant duties for the franchisee. She also worked for Dollar Tree Stores as a Financial Accounting Manager, assisting in the production of the monthly financial, management reports and board financial packages.
Tiffany Smith, Accounting Manager
Tiffany M. Smith has been with HRPDC since 2010. Prior to joining HRPDC, Ms. Smith enjoyed working in her home town of Honolulu for 11 years as a project manager, planner, and environmental scientist for engineering consulting firms and as a hydrologist for the State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources. She focused on the development of statewide and regional water resource management plans and facility planning for wastewater system improvement and rehabilitation projects. Ms. Smith also prepared state-level and NEPA environmental assessments and impact statements, design alternative and engineering reports, community and resort master plans, andnatural and historic resource conservation plans. She feels fortunate to have participated in watershed and stream surveys, construction observation, and wastewater collection system investigations that took her to seldom-seen parts of Hawaii, both above and below ground! Ms. Smith earned her bachelor’s degree in geology at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota and still collects rocks.
Andrew Margason, General Services Manager
Christopher Vaigneur, Reprographic Coordinator
Danetta Jankosky, Accounting Manager
Human Resources and Administrative Support
Kelli E. Arledge, Human Resources Administrator
Cindy Mulkey, Administrative Assistant II
Cynthia Mulkey joined the HRPDC staff in November 2018. She provides support to the HRPDC Deputy Executive Director, staff and various programs of the HRPDC.
Natalie Brown, Administrative Assistant II
Natalie Brown joined the HRPDC staff in April 2019. She provides support primarily to the HRTPO staff and various programs.
Felicia Williams, Receptionist
Ms. Felecia Williams began working at the HRPDC as a temporary employee in our Emergency Management department in 2012. When a part-time Administrative Assistant I position opened up in March 2013, she moved into that role providing administrative support to HRPDC staff. As the HRPDC receptionist, Felecia greets visitors and callers and provides assistance with special administrative projects as requested. Prior to joining the HRPDC, she worked at Amerigroup in their claims and appeals departments.