Terry Shook

Founding Partner and Principal
Shook Kelley

Biography

Terry Shook, FAIA, is a founding partner of Shook Kelley, a firm specializing in strategic consulting services in disciplines of consumer psychographics and brand development along with specialties in urban planning, architecture and communication design, all focusing on how places and spaces convene humans in meaningful ways.  He graduated cum laude in 1976 from the UNC Charlotte College of Architecture.

Mae Israel

Writing and Editing Professional

Biography

Veteran journalist Mae Israel worked for nearly 20 years as an editor at The Washington Post, specializing in local news coverage. As an editor and reporter for nearly a decade with The Charlotte Observer, she covered the area's growth, development and transportation issues. An award-winning journalist, she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Israel is currently an independent journalist based in Charlotte.

Andria Krewson

Journalist and Graduate Student
UNC Charlotte

Biography

Andria Krewson is a journalist in Charlotte and a student in the University of North Carolina's master of arts in technology and digital communication. She worked at The Charlotte Observer for many years. She lives in Merry Oaks, a central Charlotte neighborhood, and also writes about media coverage of the 2012 political campaigns for Columbia Journalism Review's Swing States project. Find her on Twitter at @underoak or @akrewson.

Keihly Moore

Urban designer, architectural designer
Studio G Architects
Contact via email

Biography

Keihly Moore was a graduate assistant at the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute while she pursued master's degrees in architecture and urban design. She grew up along Lake Superior in Minnesota and has an undergraduate degree in architecture and environmental studies from Iowa State University.

Education

Moore has an undergraduate degree in architecture and environmental studies from Iowa State University and master's degrees in architecture and urban design from UNC Charlotte.

Expertise

Moore is an urban designer and architectural designer with Studio G Architects in Boston. She worked previously with Stantec in Boston and with The Lawrence Group in Davidson.

Joe Padilla

Real Estate and Building Industry Coalition
704-940-3174

Biography

Joe Padilla was named REBIC’s executive director after nearly 15 years in Atlanta’s real estate industry. In addition to an extensive background in regulatory affairs, he has managed the acquisition and entitlement of raw land and residential lots for both a large national home builder and a land development company.

A native of Long Island, N.Y., Joe graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s in journalism and earned his MBA from Georgia State University. He is a 2005 graduate of Atlanta’s Regional Leadership Institute and has served on the board of directors of both the Regional Business Coalition and the Council for Quality Growth, a not-for-profit trade organization promoting balanced and responsible growth in the metro Atlanta region.

Murray Whisnant

Architect
Murray Whisnant Architects
704 375-2788

Biography

Murray Whisnant, an architect, grew up in Charlotte and graduated from Central High. His architecture degree is from N.C. State. Among the awards he has won is the 1990 Kamphoefner Prize for Modern architecture in North Carolina. He is a fellow in the American Institute of Architects.

Education

Expertise

Elizabeth Workman

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Biography

Elizabeth Workman was a Graduate Assistant for the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute. She received her bachelor's degree in political science from UNC Charlotte in 2010. Her research interests include local and state government, urban and suburban issues, and social demographics. 

Education

Expertise

Melissa Currie

Adjunct Instructor
The University of Alabama

Biography

Melissa Currie is a licensed landscape architect in the states of Virginia and Alabama, CLARB certified, and an accredited professional of the Congress of New Urbanism.  She has extensive educational and professional experience in the land planning, landscape architecture, and civil engineering fields.  Prior to coming to UNC Charlotte for doctoral studies in geography and urban regional analysis, she was an assistant professor of landscape architecture at Texas Tech University, teaching studios in urban design, multi-disciplinary collaboration, and regional planning.

Education

Doctorate in geography and urban regional analysis, UNC Charlotte; master of landscape architecture, concentration in urban design, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.; bachelor of science in landscape architecture, magna cum laude, concentration in sustainable development; Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.; associate degree, Northwest Florida State College, Niceville, Fla.

Expertise

Melissa’s research interests include regional planning and how regions can transform themselves into a more sustainable model in which they are empowered to reverse decline and embrace the future; how communities can be rebuilt following disaster or collapse; and how the design of the built environment impacts mental and physical health.

David Goldfield

Robert Lee Bailey Professor of History
UNC Charlotte

Biography

David Goldfield is the Robert Lee Bailey Professor of History at UNC Charlotte.  He has written 16 books on the history of the American South, most recently America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation (2011).  Two of his books have been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in history.  He also serves as a consultant to museums, the news media and the U.S. Department of State on the social and political history of the South.

Education

David Goldfield earned his Ph.D. in 1970 at the University of Maryland.