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.
Jennifer Czysz is the Assistant Director at Nashua Regional Planning Commission. Ms. Czysz supports the daily operations of the agency by providing complex administrative and managerial support in the areas of policy formation, budget maintenance, staff resource allocation, and management of complex planning projects.
Jennifer served as the Program Manager for the statewide Granite State Future (GSF) program. Jen managed the GSF statewide program partners and committees to engage stakeholders, develop a regional planning process template, formulate statewide core data and metrics, and disseminate all information to be used by all nine NH RPCs in their regional planning efforts. Prior to joining Nashua RPC, Ms. Czysz served as a Senior Planner at the State Office of Energy and Planning Previously, she was a regional planner at Southern NH Planning Commission.
Ms. Czysz has held various elected positions in the NH Planners Association and the Northern New England Chapter of the American Planning Association. She is also active in the American Institute of Certified Planners and the American Planning Association. Ms. Czysz is a member of the Neighborworks Southern New Hampshire Board of Directors and also sits on the Architectural Design Review Committee in Concord, NH. She is a 2001 graduate of MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning with a Masters in City Planning and a Certificate in Urban Design, and she holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Norwich University.
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.