Project Team

Rick Leisner, AICP, ASLA

Project Director

Rick Leisner is a planner and urban designer with more than 25 years of progressive experience in project planning, design, management and leadership as a consultant. City Comprehensive Planning, Town Design, Downtown Planning, Urban Revitalization Studies, Corridor Planning and Park Planning and Design are a significant part of his large-scale portfolio. Mr. Leisner’s projects range from regional to site specific in scale, public or private from a basis of focus, urban to rural in context and always includes numerous stakeholders for building consensus while utilizing implementation codes/strategies toward creating better places. His work has resulted in numerous state and regional awards for such projects as McKinney Comprehensive Plan, Denton Downtown Implementation Plan, and Fort Worth Commercial Corridor Revitalization Strategies. Rick has appeared as a guest lecturer and presenter on current planning/urban design assignments and SMART Growth initiatives at many state and national conferences.

Lenny Hughes, RLA

Mr. Hughes, Vice President and Director of Landscape Architecture, joined Halff in 1995. He has more than 20 years of experience in landscape architectural design, park design, park and trail system planning, management, bidding/ negotiations, and an extensive background in horticulture. Lenny has worked with the planning team on numerous comprehensive, park master plans and corridor studies. Lenny will lead the parks and trails element of the plan.

Letora Anderson

Ms. Anderson joined Halff in 2016. She has experience with landscape design, master planning, construction details, and illustrative graphics. Her project experience includes park master planning, single-family master planned communities, multi-family and commercial landscape design. Letora believes that successful design practices start with imagination, exploration, and education. She will assist the team throughout the development of alternative concepts, community involvement and final plan design.

Dean Stuller, PE

Mr. Stuller has 34 years of experience in the Traffic Engineering field. He began his Traffic Engineering career at the City of Dallas in the Street and Transportation Departments where he worked for almost 15 years. Twelve of those years he served as a District Engineer responsible for traffic operations and related issues in one-half of the city. Since leaving the city, he has worked 19 years as a traffic engineering/ transportation consultant serving clients in both the public and private sectors, regarding traffic and transportation related issues. Dean has worked with the planning team on numerous comprehensive plans and corridor studies. He will lead the transportation element of the plan.

Dr. Kevin Ells

Dr. Ells is an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of Mass Communications for the College of Education & Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University – Texarkana. He as local contact leader along with some current Mass Communications students will assist Rick and the Halff Team at public workshops and meetings gathering input from Texarkana citizens and community stakeholders.

Ryan Short

Mr. Short is an award winning creative director and designer specializing in branding, mobile web development and digital marketing. As the founder of the MODassic Group, Ryan has built and led this 6 person team in successfully designing and implementing numerous projects over the last 5 years. CivicBrand is a new division within the MODassic Group that focuses solely on working with cities and creating more engaged communities through branding, design and technology.

Jeremy Monroe

Mr. Monroe is a graphic designer and web developer for CivicBrand. His role in the project is establishing the Renew Texarkana logo and brand, creating promotional items adhering to the brand, and maintaining updates for the website.