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Department Staff

Department staff can be contacted at (607) 274-5560 or by emailing a specific staff person (by clicking on their name). If you don't know who to contact, email here.

Our offices are located in the Old Courthouse, also known as the Daniel D. Tompkins Building.


Katherine Borgella, AICP   --   Commissioner of Planning and Sustainability

Katie oversees all department operations and activities. She plays a major role in all administrative functions in the department as well as department energy and greenhouse gas emissions program activities.

Andrea Aguirre   --   Senior Planner - Energy Specialist

Andrea manages the Department's Business - YES (Your Energy Savings) Program. The Program assists business owners to evaluate energy efficiency and renewable energy options for new construction, renovation, and expansion projects.

Scott D. Doyle, AICP   --   Associate Planner

Scott plays a major role in department activities in the areas of natural resources, climate adapation, and community planning.

Dariele Drake   --   Principal Account Clerk/Typist

Dariele manages all accounting activities in the department and plays a role in a variety of administrative functions.

Sharon Heller   --   Geographic Information Systems Analyst

Sharon handles all mapping activities in the department and plays a role in geographic data analysis for the department.

Nick Helmholdt  --  Principal Planner - Tourism Program Director

Nick plays a major role in department activities in tourism planning and management.

Joan Jurkowich   --   Planning Administrator

Joan plays a role in administrative functions in the department and plays a major role in department activities in the area of community planning.

Darby Kiley   --   Associate Planner

Darby plays a role in department activities in the area of energy and water resources.

Kristin McCarthy   --   Administrative Assistant III

Kristin provides support to the advisory boards associated with the Department of Planning and Sustainability.

Megan McDonald   --   Deputy Commissioner of Planning and Sustainability

Megan plays a major role in department activities in the areas of housing and sustainability.

David West   --   Senior Planner

David plays a major role in department activities in the area of housing.