KEN TUMA is Managing Principal of Urban Design Kilday Studios. He directs the firm’s major land planning, governmental approvals and urban design projects. Prior to taking the reins at UDKS, he served as VP of Planning, Engineering and Development with WCI Communities, Inc. and held positions with Toll Brothers, Inc., Taylor Woodrow Communities and The Villages. He has been a featured speaker on land use topics for many organizations in South Florida. He serves on the Executive Committee for the Economic Council of Palm Beach County and is an active member of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, Urban Land Institute and several other professional and civic organizations.
Ken is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering, B.S. in Agronomy; Business Minor. He’s a fervent Ohio State Buckeyes fan and is proud of the fact that there’s a disproportionately large number of transplanted Ohioans and OSU alumni on his UDKS staff.
PLA, ASLA | Principal
WENDY TUMA is a Principal and Senior Landscape Architect and Site Planner. A 20-year veteran in the land planning industry, she has an extensive background in residential community design and has worked with some of the biggest home builders in the area, mixed-use projects such as Delray Marketplace, and a variety of commercial, civic and institutional projects. In addition to design, Wendy also works with municipalities on land use amendments, annexations and rezoning applications. She is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, as well as a past board member and president of the Palm Beach County Planning Congress.
Wendy holds a B.S. in Landscape Architecture and Horticulture from the University of Wisconsin. A native of Wisconsin, she grew up on a family-owned and operated dairy farm with her nine siblings and credits her upbringing for her non-stop energy. She admits that home life can get a little complicated on game days when her beloved Wisconsin Badgers face her husband Ken’s Ohio State Buckeyes. Their children have to choose sides, creating a serious house divided.
PLA, ASLA, AICP, LEED AP | Principal
COLLENE WALTER is a Principal and Senior Landscape Architect and Land Planner. She oversees the firm’s landscape architectural staff and provides overall coordination for projects involving land planning, site design and landscape architectural services. Collene has more than 30 years of experience in residential master and site planning, design and development of a full range of private sector projects. She additionally has worked on behalf of local municipalities, Palm Beach County, the Department of Airports and numerous public utilities. She is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Certified Planners, and she has provided her expertise to several local boards, committees and planning/zoning task forces.
Collene holds a B.S. in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University and a Master’s Degree in Regional and Urban Planning from Florida Atlantic University. Originally from Buffalo, New York, she migrated to Florida to indulge her affinity for convertibles, Lilly Pulitzer prints and flamingos. She lives with her husband Lindsey and two beautiful felines in Atlantis.
ANNE BOOTH is a Principal and Senior Planner. She’s the longest tenured employee, having joined the firm (originally named Urban Design Studio) just six months after its inception in 1977. Over her last four decades in land planning, governmental approval processing and client representation, she has served as a consultant for various private and public-sector clients to provide planning services focused primarily within the jurisdiction of Palm Beach Gardens and has established an excellent rapport with the regulatory agency staff. Her expertise in planning and governmental approvals encompasses a wide variety of projects, including large-scale residential communities such as PGA National, BallenIsles Country Club, Old Palm and Mirasol as well as non-residential projects like the Benjamin School (Upper School), Donald Ross Village, Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center and The Commons. Anne is active in the community and maintains associations with a number of professional and political organizations.
Anne has an associate’s degree in Design from Palm Beach State College. She is known around town and the office for her extensive and colorful shoe collection, which is always perfectly coordinated with her outfits. She and her husband Michael reside in Jupiter.
AICP | Principal
JONI BRINKMAN is a Principal and Senior Planner. She has worked in the planning and zoning field since 1986, earning invaluable knowledge along the way. She began her career with UDKS in 1994 as a zoning technician and rejoined in 2006 as a planning project manager after more than 10 years working for other firms. She quickly rose through the ranks and was appointed planning director, overseeing the firm’s Planning Division. In addition to her vast experience representing private and public-sector clients in Palm Beach and Broward Counties, she has developed particular expertise in eminent domain cases throughout South Florida for condemning authorities as well as individual property owners.
She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and has contributed countless hours to various planning & zoning related board and committee appointments throughout her career.
Joni holds a B.S. in Administrative Office and Personnel Management from Eastern Illinois University. She lives with her husband Paul in the Village of Palm Springs where she is a long-serving Village Council Member and current Vice Mayor. Those with a keen eye can spot Joni in the guise of “Mrs. Clause” in the Village’s holiday parade each year. With two adult children, Joni and Paul share an active empty nester lifestyle that includes boating, fishing, bowling and golf.
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NICHOLAS MIHELICH is a Principal and Senior Landscape Architect. Nick joined UDKS in 1997, specializing in community-enhancing streetscape designs and destination commercial and mixed-use developments such as the very attractive Legacy Place project in Palm Beach Gardens and highly successful Delray Marketplace in western Palm Beach County. He begins many projects with eye-catching conceptual sketches that cannot be captured by a CADD drawing and moves the process forward, incorporating community input and construction expertise to bring his ideas to fruition in harmony with vertical construction of each project. He is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Florida Urban Forestry Council and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Nick received his B.S. in Landscape Architecture from the University of Florida. He lives in West Palm Beach with his wife Nicole and son Finn, a redhead just like his dad. When not at a job site wearing his signature wide-brimmed straw hat or enjoying time with his family and friends, Nick relishes the rockstar life as a talented bassist for the Dryvin South Band.