NRPC is staffed by a highly qualified team that combines the experience of professional planners with expertise in transportation, land use planning, GIS and mapping, energy and environmental issues, and architecture,providing the skills necessary to approach a project with a broad lens and comprehensive results.
As Executive Director, Jay Minkarah oversees the Commission's day-to-day operations and all long-term projects and programs, including financial and personnel management and grant applications. He works closely with the Commission's Executive Committee and Board of Commissioners to craft long-term strategic plans for the Commission and assess performance measures. Mr. Minkarah also serves as the primary public representative of the Commission at various conferences, meetings, forums, and events.
Minkarah, who is well known and respected within the New Hampshire planning community, has a wide range of planning, economic development and management experience, which will serve the Commission and its community members well. Minkarah was appointed at the Commission meeting on September 21, 2017.
Minkarah started his career as an NRPC Regional Planner and was with the organization for approximately 8 years. Minkarah previously served as the Community Development Director for the Town of Merrimack, Economic Development Director for the City of Nashua’s Community Development Division, and the Economic Director for the City of Manchester. Most recently, Minkarah has served as the President and CEO of DevelopSpringfield, the private non-profit development partner for the City of Springfield, MA.
Jay earned a Bachelor of Science in Urban Planning from the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio. Jay subsequently earned a Juris Doctor from The University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center) in Concord, NH.
Sara Siskavich, GIS Manager, has worked in the field of GIS since 2001. Her career focus includes GIS solutions for federal, state, and local government, and utilities. Her professional interests include enterprise GIS implementations and emerging technologies to facilitate GIS data sharing within and across organizations. Sara earned a Master of Arts in Geography from Boston University and is a certified GIS Professional (GISP). A member of the NH Statewide GIS Advisory Committee, Sara grew up in Milford, NH and currently resides in Amherst, NH with her family.
Sara leads a team of GIS professionals with over a decade of combined post-secondary education in Geography. Collectively her staff has approximately 25 years of using GIS in the field of regional planning. Core competencies of the group include data development, cartography, and relational database management. Her staff has technical expertise in the ESRI suite, Google maps, Trimble GPS products, and TransCAD traffic modeling software. Individuals in the group have received formal recognitions from URISA, Association of American Geographers, the Northeast Arc Users Group, and ESRI.
Gregg Lantos, Principal Transportation Planner/MPO Coordinator with the NRPC since December, 2017 is responsible for the development and oversight of the transportation Unified Planning Work Program. Key elements include development of the long-range, fiscally-constrained Metropolitan Transportation Plan, the four-year programming of projects in the Transportation Improvement Program, highway corridor studies, transit studies, data collection/analysis, travel demand modeling and facilitating the public participation process.
Gregg previously served as Senior Transportation Planner with NRPC from 1988 through 1999. During that period he was responsible for the modeling and analysis of major highway projects being planned, including the Circumferential Highway and NH 101A Bypass. He also conducted the original Nashua Passenger Rail Feasibility Study and a Nashua Transit Evaluation Study. Between 1999 and 2017 he was Chief Transportation Planner with the Central Transportation Planning Staff of the Boston MPO, specializing in transportation model development and analysis of project impacts.
Gregg earned an M.S. in Economics from the University of New Hampshire, specializing in econometric analysis. Subsequently, he was employed by the N.J. Department of Transportation, the Northern Middlesex Area Commission, SG Associates in Boston and the Upper Valley-Lake Sunapee Council in transportation planning and analysis positions prior to joining NRPC for his first stint in 1988.