Paul Paige, PLA
Brad Scheib, AICP
Bryan Harjes, PLA, LEED AP


Rita Trapp, AICP, LEED AP
Jeff Miller, AICP
Gabrielle Grinde, ASLA, PLA


Lance Bernard
Amy Bower, PLA
Laura Chamberlain, AICP
Kevin Clarke
Sarah Evenson, ASLA, PLA
Aimee Hackett
Ryan Heid
Jody Rader, ASLA, PLA
Beth Richmond
Tim Solomonson, ASLA, PLA
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, Urban 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.


Urban 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

AIMEE HACKETT, Landscape Designer

Aimee is a landscape designer whose expertise and experience includes site design and planting plans, park concept planning, construction documentation, and visual communication design. While in college she was named an Arizona Nursery Association Academic Scholar in Desert Studies and completed an internship with the Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden. Her senior project was nominated for the Herberger Institute's Design Excellence award and was also selected for presentation at the 2016 Annual Roads and Streets Conference. Her professional interests include urban design, green infrastructure, botany, master planning, community driven design, marketing, and graphic design.

Aimee earned a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Arizona State University with an undergraduate minor in urban planning. In addition to her training as a landscape designer, Aimee has also received training in horticulture.


Landscape Designer
T: (612) 252.7138

Ryan Heid, Urban Designer

Ryan is an urban designer who brings a strong set of 3D rendering and graphic design skills to his project work. His interests incoud wetland restoration, natural resources management, and commercial planning and design. He earned a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Design at North Dakota State University. As a student he also received the 2017 Dennis C. Colliton Memorial Award for Outstanding Design Thesis in Landscape Architecture for his phytoremediation and wetland restoration design on the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant site in Arden Hills, Minnesota. Ryan was also named to collegiate All-American Lacrosse Teams twice during his college career.


Urban Designer
T: (612) 252.7139

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 Architect
T: (612) 252.7136

Beth Richmond, Planner

Beth provides general planning services to several municipal clients. In addition to general planning services, Beth assists with comprehensive planning, grant writing, and zoning ordinance writing and amendments. Beth served as a planning intern with the City of Cottage Grove, where she assisted City staff with everyday planning services and the implementation of the comprehensive plan. Her internships with the City of Cottage Grove, the City of Eau Claire, and Eau Claire County have given her a broad understanding of the diverse needs of rural, suburban, and urban communities. Beth earned her Master of Urban & Regional Planning degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison where she focused on land use planning. As a graduate student, she worked for UW-Extension’s Local Government Center. Beth also earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the College of Saint Benedict.


T: (612) 252.7145

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

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