Our staff of dedicated and experienced professionals is committed to providing you with responsive personal service. We believe it is important to get to know our clients and their needs, and then work closely with them to fulfill their goals and objectives. Presented below is a brief introduction for each of our staff:

Scott B. Odell, AICP, Principal Planner/President

Scott B. Odell, AICP, Principal Planner/PresidentScott B. Odell, AICP, began his professional career in 1980 as a city planner for public agencies and has been an environmental and school facilities planning consultant since 1988. Mr. Odell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from the University of California, Davis and has completed graduate coursework in urban and regional planning. Mr. Odell is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, Association of Environmental Professionals and Coalition for Adequate School Housing.

Michael P. Paoli, MCRP, Principal Planner

Michael P. Paoli has been a school facility, environmental, and city planning consultant since 1971. During his many years as a professional planner, he has served public- and private-sector clients throughout the San Joaquin Valley and beyond and has been active in numerous professional and community organizations. Mr. Paoli holds a Master of City and Regional Planning Degree, With Distinction, and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from California State University, Fresno.

Robert W. Owen, Senior Project Manager

Robert W. Owen has been involved in school facilities planning and construction since 1987. Mr. Owen spent thirteen years directing and managing all aspects of facilities planning, facilities construction and facilities operation for Madera Unified School District. Mr. Owen spent over three years directing support services, including facilities planning and design, for Minarets Joint Union High School District. Mr. Owen served two years as district superintendent for Chawanakee Unified School District. Odell Planning has employed Mr. Owen since January 2006, and he has focused on preparing developer fee studies, school enrollment projections and facilities master plans. Mr. Owen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering (Materials Science) from San Jose State University and has completed graduate coursework in materials science, educational administration and mathematics.

Melissa C. Odell, M.S., Senior Biologist/Planner

Melissa C. Odell, M.S., Senior Biologist/PlannerMelissa C. Odell has over ten years of experience in wildlife biology and management ranging from private lands conservation to environmental documentation and consultation. The majority of her research and professional experience has taken place in Central Valley wetlands, grasslands and agricultural areas, but she is also particularly familiar with the flora and fauna of Central Sierra foothills, San Francisco Bay area, and Northern California coast. She possesses the field skills and knowledge needed for assessing and monitoring multiple taxa, including surveys for plants, game, non-game and special status wildlife species. Ms. Odell’s specialties include avian and amphibian surveys, ecology, and impact analysis, rangeland and wetland management, and ArcGIS analysis and mapping. She holds a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 10(a)(1)(A) Permit for California tiger salamander (CTS), California red-legged frog (CRLF) and all listed vernal pool branchiopods, as well as a California Department of Fish and Wildlife Scientific Collecting Permit. Ms. Odell holds a Master of Science degree in Avian Science from the University of California, Davis, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Management and Conservation from Humboldt State University.

Nicole Hoke, Associate Planner

Nicole Hoke, Associate PlannerNicole Hoke graduated summa cum laude from California State University, Fresno in 2014, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Geography with a minor in Urban Studies and a certificate in Geographic Information Systems. Prior to joining Odell Planning in July 2016, Ms. Hoke worked for two years as an Associate Planner for the Madera County Transportation Commission. Ms. Hoke has substantial experience with GIS mapping and demographic research.

Daniel Brannick, Associate Planner

Daniel Brannick joined Odell Planning in March 2017. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Brannick worked for two years as a Planner for the Fresno County Department of Public Works & Planning where he analyzed and processed land use entitlement applications for a variety of residential, commercial, and industrial projects, including performing environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act. Mr. Brannick holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from California State University, Fresno and a Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he completed coursework that included state and local government law, community economic development, and real estate transactions.