Staff

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/President

Scott 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. As president of the firm, Mr. Odell directs all aspects of the firm’s business and professional operations. He has prepared and managed the preparation of California Environmental Quality Act documents for a wide range of projects, including public school, community college, hospital, transportation, flood control, general plan, redevelopment plan, residential and commercial projects. Mr. Odell has also conducted many site selection studies for new school sites, worked with the California Department of Education to obtain state site approval for those sites, and has prepared numerous development fee justification studies for school districts. Mr. Odell is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (25+ years), Association of Environmental Professionals (25+ years), the Coalition for Adequate School Housing and the State Center Community College Foundation Board.

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.

David K. Young, M.A., Senior Project Manager

David K. Young has been engaged in planning and executing comprehensive environmental documents in support of a variety of water and land-use projects since 1979. He has prepared numerous Environmental Impact Reports (EIR) and Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) pursuant to California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). His experience includes environmental analysis of water resource projects, solar, habitat management plans, general plan amendments, specific plans, community plans for residential and commercial projects. As Project Manager, he successfully leads planning teams in completing projects on time and within budget.

In addition, Mr. Young leads consultations with state agencies (California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Department of Water Resources) and federal agencies (National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service). He holds a Master of Arts degree in Biology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from California State University Fresno. Mr. Young is an adjunct professor at Fresno City College where he teaches biology to science and non-science majors.

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.

Daniel Brannick, AICP, Senior Planner

Daniel Brannick joined Odell Planning in March 2017 and specializes in performing environmental review for projects in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).  He has prepared a number of CEQA documents for a variety of projects undertaken by the firm's clients, including a hospital campus expansion, major road widening projects, and several educational facilities projects.  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 reviewed and managed land use entitlement applications for a variety of residential, commercial, and industrial projects. Mr. Brannick holds a Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from California State University, Fresno. Major projects include the Clovis Community Medical Center Expansion EIR, New Dinuba High School Campus EIR, and environmental review for State Center Community College District's West Fresno Community College Center.

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 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping, demographic research, school site selection, state school site approval, and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) environmental review documents.