To accommodate the company’s growth, CWA has promoted Doug Lewan, AICP to the position of executive vice president and Ben Carlisle, AICP and Sally Elmiger, AICP, to the position of principal.
“Our growth has created a demand for broader management, particularly in operations,” said company co-founder Dick Carlisle, AICP. “Doug will oversee our professional and support staff, technology and office operations. This will allow me to concentrate on the long term strategic direction of the company and to devote more attention to growing our subsidiary, Code Enforcement Services.”
Lewan, 51, has more than 28 years of professional practice experience in the public and private sector, joining Carlisle/Wortman in 1993. His experience includes all aspects of community planning and zoning. In addition to his management role with the company, Lewan currently represents 10 communities primarily in Washtenaw and Oakland counties. He received his master’s degree in urban planning from Wayne State University and a bachelor’s degree in community planning from Northern Michigan University. Lewan lives in Plymouth.
Sally Elmiger, 54, joined Carlisle/Wortman in 1999. She received a master’s degree in landscape architecture from the school of natural resources and environment at the University of Michigan, specializing in environmental design and land conservation. In addition to providing continuing services, she contributes expertise in environmental planning, historic preservation, site design and recreation planning to many client projects. Elmiger lives in Plymouth.
Ben Carlisle, 36, joined the firm in 2011 as a community planner after 10 years working in the Chicago area for local government and as a planning consultant. He serves numerous Washtenaw and Oakland County clients including the cities of Troy and Ann Arbor. He received a bachelor’s degree in urban planning at Miami University and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from University of Illinois-Chicago. Carlisle is also the Region IV representative to the AICP Commission of the American Planning Association. He lives in Ann Arbor.