Staff Directory

Name Position Phone Email

Milan Nevajda  

Planning Director 207-767-7649 mnevajda@southportland.org
Kelsey Robertson Community Planner 207-767-7648 krobertson@southportland.org
Isabelle Oechslie Community Planner  207-767-7633  

ioechslie@southportland.org

Shukria Wiar Community Planner 207-347-4133

swiar@southportland.org

Jennifer Scipione Administrative Assistant 207-767-7603

jscipione@southportland.org

Meet Your Planning Director and Planning Team

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MILAN NEVAJDA, PLANNING DIRECTOR

Milan Nevajda joined the South Portland Planning & Development Department as Planning Director in April, 2020. Milan's experience includes development review, long-range and master planning, economic development strategic planning, and environmental protection.

Prior to joining South Portland, Nevajda led the Sonoma County Planning Division, covering a 1,770 square mile region, 76-mile coastal zone, 500,000 residents, and over 50 staff.  Milan previously worked for the Town of New Gloucester as in 2013 before moving to planning consulting; first in Maine then in the Bay Area, California. As a consultant Milan worked on South Portland’s Mill Creek master plan.

Milan holds a Master of Urban Planning from McGill University.  

 

 

SHUKRIA WIAR, COMMUNITY PLANNER

Shukria Wiar has worked in the planning and community development field for 17 years, including 15 years in Portland, ME, and joins South Portland’s Planning Division as a Community Planner.

Shukria was responsible for project management of new project applications for development in Portland.  Prior to working with the City, Shukria started her planning career with the Town of Spencer, MA and worked as assistant planner with the City of Laconia, NH.  

Shukria received her dual Bachelor of Science in Biology and Environmental Science and Policy at Clark University and a Master’s in Public Administration, also at Clark University in Worcester, MA. Her interest in Planning is the blend of community development and working with residents in mind.  She loves working with a range of professional skills to bring the best forms of development to the community. Her passions include housing, land use policy,  design and place-making.

Shukria grew up in Portland, ME and now lives in Cape Elizabeth with her husband and four kids.  

 

 

 

KELSEY ROBERTSON, COMMUNITY PLANNER

Kelsey Robertson joined the South Portland Planning Division as a Community Planner in August 2021. Prior to joining the Division, Kelsey spent over three years as an urban planning consultant in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, where she worked on environmental, transportation, and sustainability projects. Some of her favorite projects from that time include designing a new metrorail station entrance, preparing a small area plan for an underdeveloped DC neighborhood, and analyzing the environmental impacts of expanding rail service by adding two new tracks through DC. As part of her role as a project planner, Kelsey also executed stakeholder outreach, quality control, and project management tasks. Kelsey holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from Georgetown University.

Before becoming an urban planner, Kelsey worked in DC as a public policy and lobbying professional for both the national wind energy trade association and Iberdrola Renewables (which shares a parent company with Central Maine Power). Born and raised on Westport Island, Maine, Kelsey has worked towards returning to her home state since transitioning to the planning field and is thrilled to be a part of the vibrant and forward-thinking municipality of South Portland.

Kelsey and her husband had their first child in April 2021 and look forward to watching him grow up in the community.

 

 

ISABELLE OECHSLIE, COMMUNITY PLANNER

Isabelle’s joined South Portland from the City of Saco where she conducted development reviews for the Planning Board and managed their Historic Preservation programs. She also served on the steering committee for the most recent update to Maine’s Statewide Historic Preservation plan.

In Saco, Isabelle spent the last two years working on a broad update to the city’s zoning, site plan, and subdivision ordinances. She also worked on public outreach in connection with updating the city’s Comprehensive Plan.

Isabelle is passionate about creating equitable and sustainable communities; her areas of special interest include historic preservation and climate change adaptation planning. Isabelle is excited to join the City of South Portland because her professional and personal values align with the overall policy goals of the city. Outside of work, Isabelle enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time outdoors; hiking, camping, and kayaking.

 

 

 

 

JENNIFER SCIPIONE, PLANNING ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Jen joined South Portland’s Planning Division as an Administrative Assistant in July of 2021. Jen hails from very rural parts of York County, but moved to Cumberland County in 2021 as her son was ready to enter public school.

Jen has a background in Accounting, but began her career in State public service in the Massachusetts Department of Corrections system, where she lived for three years before returning home to Maine to work in Maine’s Executive Branch. She joined the ASPIRE program with DHHS just as they were phasing out, and thus was quickly promoted to an Office Associate in the Division of Support Enforcement & Recovery at the new Jetport Blvd building. After her son was born in 2016, she spent a few years working for a South Portland law firm specializing in Veterans Disability.

Jen’s most recent experience is with the State’s Judicial Branch, where she worked as a Clerk for Justice MaryGay Kennedy in the Cumberland County Superior Court. She brings to the table a blend of experiences and knowledge and is highly skilled in administrative work, written and verbal communication, and customer service. She enjoys working with members of her community and helping those who need it most. She is looking forward to becoming familiar with City Government while efficiently serving the City’s residents through the Planning Department team.