Dotty LaJoye

Executive Director


As Executive Director for the Central Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Regional Commission, Dotty oversees day-to-day operations of the Commission staff and projects. Dotty holds a Masters in Public Policy from Northern Michigan University. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family and hiking with her dog, Melbourne.

Ryan Soucy, AICP

Senior Economic Development and Community Planner

Ryan’s diverse experience in planning, zoning, and specialized training in community and economic development can assist communities with a variety of services and planning needs from capital improvement planning, zoning and permitting, design charrettes, and much more. Ryan is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and enjoys hiking, biking, and spending time outdoors with his family.


Ryan Carrig

Associate Planner

Ryan Carrig brings a broad background in research and analysis, and holds a dual Bachelor's in History and Geography and a Master's of Library and Information Science. He enjoys the outdoors and doing woodworking, metalwork, and 3D printing in his free time. Ryan's experience in assisting communities with their information needs will blend well as CUPPAD works with local entities on new projects.

Julia Cogger, PLA

Community Innovation Specialist

Julia Cogger brings a diverse background in design, planning, and construction to the CUPPAD team. She has an undergrad in Architecture and is a licensed Landscape Architect. She has worked for several public park agencies including the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation and the Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation. She is an outdoor adventure enthusiast, avid gardener and watercolor artist in her free time. Her passion for design and practical construction knowledge will aid in defining new ideas and implementing past visions for communities within the Upper Peninsula.


Michael Tripp

GIS Coordinator

Michael Tripp has a wide-ranging background in the geographic information sciences. He worked for a decade in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for the federal government as well as teaching community college GIS classes before joining the CUPPAD team. His passion for the outdoors, natural resource conservation, and map making pairs well with CUPPAD’s mission.

Central Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Regional Commission