Staff – Personal

Paul Zucker, President, is married and has lived in San Diego since 1977. He and his wife raised three boys and they have 6 grandkids. They live in a remodeled 1924 carriage house that overlooks San Diego Bay and downtown San Diego. The house and property are delightful and would not meet current zoning standards. The property abuts Voltaire Street but cannot be accessed from Voltaire. It has a private half mile narrow (15ft wide) driveway off Udall St. The former owner was a drug dealer and the house has many interesting features and hidden compartments.

Paul and his wife Kathy are avid musicians and have had their own 10 piece Czechoslovakia Polka band, Z Band, that performs once a year at their Oktoberfest which they put on in 2015 for the 27th straight year. Since there is limited parking on site, guests are shuttled up the long driveway by bus.

Paul loves the ukulele and plays the first one he learned on 65 years ago along with 5 new ones in a ukulele group that meets in a bar once a week. He also claims he can teach anyone in 5 minutes and has 10 of his 5 minute students that meet at his house once a month. He performs at open mic night once a month and is known for country music. He surprised students in one of his webinar groups by breaking into, I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal and surprised 300 planning and architectural students he was speaking to recently at the University of Nebraska breaking into, Okie From Muskogee. 

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Brad Remp, CBO, and his wife, Joyce, moved from San Diego to the forest in Colorado six years ago after they both retired from the City of Chula Vista. Brad has always loved being in the outdoors. His undergraduate degree in Geology and his many years as a Scoutmaster provided him with ample opportunity and appreciation for life beyond the city walls. Living in the country they are surrounded daily by all manner of wildlife.

One of the great advantages of living in Colorado is the opportunity to fish some of the best fly fishing streams in the world. Gold Medal Waters (catch and release only) can be found throughout the State. Brad frequently reports to his wife that he caught some fish but he never returns home with the evidence. Fly fishing, along with golf, are the most frustrating things he loves to do.

Since moving to Colorado he and his wife have taken up the local custom of country dancing. Though it had never been an interest in the past, they now find themselves dancing several nights a week at the local clubs where Joyce teaches line dancing.

Brad also has accumulated a workshop full of woodworking and lapidary equipment that he promises someday he will actually use.

BradHikingHiking with son Brad&WifeJoyce & Brad dancing

 


Mac Birch, Technology, and his wife, Angela, are longtime residents of the western suburbs of Chicago. They have four grown children and four grandchildren. Both have avid interests in Chicago theater and subscribe to several production companies, including the Goodman and Steppenwolf Theatres. Additionally, they are addicted to golf. As weather permits, they play as many as three rounds of golf each week. Mac usually shoots in the mid 90s, so there’s still room to improve.

For the past three years Mac has been a docent for the Farnsworth House, an iconic 1951 pavilion designed and built by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. The house is considered to be one of the most beautiful structures in the world and is a “bucket list” item for visitation by many pilgrim architects and architectural students from around the world. Mac has been working closely with his colleagues in the National Trust for Historic Preservation on maintenance projects and flood protection issues–but his greatest enjoyment comes as a guide, observing and sharing the reactions of visitors, both young and old, as they first see and then enter the structure in its remote, wooded setting.

Finally, Mac has found time to resume his musical studies and composition. With the help of an instructor (one-third his age), he has become a jazz piano “convert” and has been building his repertoire with traditional standards and show tunes. Beyond that, he is applying these old-time principals to modern composition and has participated in several international competitions for tune writing, electronic dance music (EDM) production, and sound design. One of his recent submittals to a Finnish sponsored competition was selected as a winner and is now being offered for sale as a soundscape to film, TV, and videogame producers. In the spirit of J. S. Bach’s majestic Goldberg Variations, he is currently working on the production of 30 electronic variations of the original 1994 “Nokia Tune” ringtone. (He promises that it will not be nearly as irritating!)

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Mary Blais, Planning Director, and her husband recently relocated back to Southern California where she was raised, after living many years in Colorado and northern California so that they could be closer to their only son, who resides in sunny San Diego. They currently reside in the footbills of the San Bernardino Mountains on a small ranch, where they enjoy horseback riding and mountain biking and are surrounded by wildlife. When they are not working, they spend considerable time in San Diego with their son and travel abroad.

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Mary with her husband and son


Brent Muchow, Engineer,  has a wide range of hobbies and interests all subordinate to his primary duties, along with his wife Barbara, of being the “Granpa Taxi” (Pop as he is known to the kids) to get his grandkids to music, soccer, classes, shooting range, etc.

He is an active outdoorsman with hunting, shooting, and fishing on his schedule as often as possible. We know he is difficult to locate during the fall hunting seasons and can be anywhere from Oregon, Idaho, Montana, or South Dakota. He is also on the Board of the Winchester Canyon Gun Club in Santa Barbara. www.wcgc.org

Brent is a ham radio (K6HMZ) operator, and he also enjoys being a railroad fan by supporting the South Coast Railroad Museum as a newly elected trustee for the museum board. www.goletadepot.org. He is not a musician like Paul, but was and probably still can be classified as a “DedHed” being one of the dwindling numbers of Grateful Dead fans and music lovers.

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Carol Barrett, planner, was born in Miami and earned a Master’s Degree in City Planning from Georgia Institute of Technology.  She is married to Gary.  They met as planning students at a national planning conference, although Gary gave up transportation planning and is currently overseeing manufacturing operations in China for a high-tech company based in Texas.  Carol will relocate from California to Austin sometime in 2017.   They have two sons and two grandsons.  Carol is absolutely not musically inclined and will definitely lower the talent curve at Zucker Systerms.

Over the years Carol has been active in planning organizations and was the President of the National Capital Chapter and the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association.  Carol was elected to the APA Board and was in the inaugural class of the Fellows of AICP.  She was one of the Chairs of the APA National Conference in San Antonio in 2006.  In California, she was elected Vice President for Professional Development for the California Chapter.  She was on the Board of the California Planning Foundation helping to raise scholarships for planning students and is currently on the California Planning Roundtable.  All these planning activities constitute her hobbies.

Carol and her husband enjoy traveling.  The picture below was taken in Paracas, Peru.  The second captures a rainbow at Machu Pichu.  This is Carol’s attempt at being artistic!


Amber Kiefer, Office Manager, was born in Michigan but has lived most of her life in San Diego. She has always loved academics and graduated college with a dual degree in psychology and math. She loves reading and anything to do with education. In the past, she has studied American Sign Language, received her real estate license, her Microsoft Certified Professional Certification, Kumeyaay Studies, and her teaching credential. In her “spare time” she teaches adult GED along with math and English and loves tutoring high school students.

Amber and her husband have 3 grown children, 1 dog, and 1 cat. Family, and extended family,  is very important to them and they all get together at least once a month. They also often travel together with at least 15 people in their group. Every summer they all vacation with at least 3 houseboats out on Lake Mead. Amber also loves walking and hiking and belongs to several hiking groups. Her favorite hikes are around the beach areas but she has done various hikes throughout the Cleveland National Forest and sections of the PCT. Amber also loves traveling and her favorite way to travel is by cruise ship.

IMG_3506Hiking to Potato Chip Rock IMG_1243Sequoia with family Family cruise