Who We Are

We are planners, ecologists, engineers, and designers with a passion for enhancing communities. From a one-woman founder to a staff of nearly 50 professionals in 2021, FHI Studio continues to grow without sacrificing what matters most: our client service, our culture, and our values.


FHI Studio's corporate culture emphasizes respect, individuality, learning, and opportunity. We promote a flexible work environment that values performance above all, enabling a strong work-from-home network alongside our office locations. Our organizational structure fosters collaboration across service lines and geographies to engage our staff and serve our clients.


  • Susan VanBenschoten, PE

  • Carla Tillery
    Chief Operating Officer

  • Ken Livingston, AICP
    Vice President of Projects & Client Services

  • Mike Morehouse, PE
    Vice President of Innovation & Growth

  • Kristen Ahlfeld, PP, AICP
    Director of Projects

  • Leslie Black
    Director of Community Engagement Services

  • Marcy Miller, AICP
    Director of Governance/New England Community Engagement Manager

  • Stephanie Dyer-Carroll, AICP
    Director of Environmental Services

  • Chris Henry, AICP
    Director of Mobility & Land Use

  • Francisco Gomes, AICP, ASLA
    New England Mobility & Land Use Manager

  • Laurel Stegina, AICP
    Permitting & Field Studies Manager

  • Ryan Walsh, AICP, PP
    Mid-Atlantic Community Engagement Manager

  • Michael Ahillen, AICP
    Project Manager

  • Hannah Brockhaus
    Senior Planner

  • Rachel Bright
    Technical Specialist

  • Susan Bemis
    Senior Project Manager

  • Stephanie Brooks
    Project Manager

  • Alexandra Correa
    Acting Director of Finance

  • Nick Campbell

  • Shawn Callaghan, PSS
    Project Manager

  • Maura Fitzpatrick
    Senior Project Manager

  • Rory Fitzgerald, AICP
    Senior Planner

  • James Gilligan
    Technical Specialist

  • Thalia Giraldo

  • Ronald Gautreau, Jr.
    Technical Specialist

  • Daniel Hageman, PSS, NHCWS
    Technical Manager

  • Sara Grossman
    Graphic Designer

  • Kelley Kelly
    Business Manager

  • Kyle Kleef

  • Kelsey Kahn
    Senior Planner

  • Zainab Kazmi

  • Elizabeth Marchion
    Senior Administrator

  • Jessica Ortiz
    Project Manager

  • Ashley Pleva

  • Laura Parete
    Senior Planner

  • Michaela Phonkhoumphon
    Senior Administrator

  • Melissa Pineda
    Marketing Manager, Senior Planner

  • Jim Redeker
    Senior Strategist

  • Eric Smith
    Technical Specialist

  • Parker Sorenson
    Senior Engineer

  • Adam Tecza, PP, AICP
    Project Manager

  • Bonnie Torres
    Senior Administrator

  • Joshua Weiss, PSS
    Project Manager
Our Story

Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc. was founded in 1987 in Hartford, CT by Ruth (Halliday) Fitzgerald. Ruth believed that planning should encompass all aspects of community and it should be accomplished by integrating active and meaningful engagement throughout the process. Ruth retired in 2019 and remains a welcome member of the FHI Studio family.

Our company has grown but our core values haven’t changed: to provide exemplary planning and design services to our clients and to make a difference in our communities. For more than 30 years, FHI Studio has evolved from a small home-based company with a handful of employees to 50 staff servicing clients across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states along with federal research programs and niche services provided across the U.S. In 2006, FHI Studio transitioned from Ruth as sole owner to an employee-owned company, with current ownership comprised of 10 employees.

We encourage creativity and strategic thinking to serve our clients, our communities, and our own growth as professionals. We promote a flexible and supportive work environment, emphasizing collaboration across disciplines and geographies. Our clients and industry partners value us for our integrity, dedication, and quality service.

As we look ahead, we hold firmly to our core values, our culture, and our love for what we do.

416 Asylum Street
Hartford, CT 06103
New York
11 Hanover Square
New York, NY 10005
New Jersey
926 Haddonfield Road
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002