Private Practice

The APA Private Practice Division (PPD) has been serving the unique needs of private practitioners since 1989. Whether you are a seasoned private practice practitioner, student, or contemplating a transition, the PPD is dedicated to supporting your success. We offer PPD members access to valuable networking opportunities, business resources, current information on private practice planning, and technical support.

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Elections Announcement

Are you interested in helping to shape the direction of the Private Practice Division? Here is your chance!

The PPD is holding elections for tis Executive Committee this summer and we are seeking candidates for three positions:

  • Chair
  • Vice-Chair
  • Secretary/Treasurer

The committee works in a highly collaboratvie way, and we are always looking for creative ideas for communicating to maximize the pleasures and learn from the pitfalls of private practice. Please consider joining your colleagues in this rewarding endeavor!

If you are interested, please contact Deana Rhodeside ( before May 5. Please include your name, email address and the PPD position that you are interested in pursuing. 

About the Private Practice Division


We envision a planning landscape where private practitioners are valued contributors to planning profession, recognized for the value they add to the communities they serve, and for the services they provide to public agencies.


Provide the forum, network, and resources necessary to create, grow, and sustain a successful and satisfying career as a private practice practitioner.


To accomplish the mission, we work both to strengthen the membership and to advocate for the private planning profession. Strategies we employ include:

  • Networking events and discussion forums that facilitate not only member-to-member connections but interactions with other APA divisions
  • Developing and distributing information and tools such as the Private Practice Handbook, which support a successful practice
  • Educational sessions in a range of formats that encourage the exchange of ideas and information with other practitioners
  • Opportunities to promote the private sector practice, build relationships, and gain exposure and visibility within PPD and APA

Executive Committee

Stephen Tocknell, FAICP | Chair
Tocknell Planning Services, LLC
Jacksonville, FL

Bradley Strader, AICP, PTP | Vice-Chair
Beverly Hills, MI

Deana D. Rhodeside, Ph.D. | Past Chair
RHI / Plan + Place
Alexanadria, VA

Elizabeth Schultz, AICP | Secretary
Springfield, MO

Wendy Talio | Communications
Tim Miller Associates
Cold Spring, NY

Armin Aryafar | Student Rep
Orlando, FL