Meet Our Staff

Jeff Hagan

Jeff Hagan



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As the CEO of EUPRPDC, Jeff supervises all of the projects and programs carried out by staff, development of the annual work plan, budget preparation and serves on various local, regional, and other bodies, provides information, and supervises staff. Mr. Hagan is currently serving on the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation’s Board of Directors, the UP Economic Development Alliance Board, the National Association of Development Organizations Board of Directors, city of Sault Ste. Marie Local Development Finance Authority, the Headwaters North Executive Committee, and the Soo Township Planning Commission. He holds a B.S. in Land Use Planning and Area Management from Lake Superior State University and has been with the Commission since 2000, and its Director/CEO since 2007.

Ellen Benoit

Ellen Benoit

Finance & Programs Manager


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Under the supervision of the Executive Director, Ellen participates in agency administration, including policy and program development. She supervises planners and clerical staff, coordinates research and analysis, and data compilation. Ellen is also responsible for administering and preparing the financial statements of the Commission, administering the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) Regional Regranting program for the Eastern U.P. She also plays an integral role in our Transportation Planning, Coastal Zone Management, Trails Initiatives, and Hazard Mitigation Planning programs. She holds a degree in Business Data Processing from LSSU and has been with the Agency since 1987.

Nathan Coon

Nathan Coon

GIS Coordinator & Transportation Planner


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Nathan manages the GIS Department and leads the Commission’s efforts on mapping support for various grants and all projects. He is also the MDOT Asset Management Coordinator and assists on various transportation planning-related projects. Nathan holds a degree in GIS and Natural Resources from Lake Superior State University and has been at the Regional Planning Commission since 2012.

Seth Harris

Assistant Planner

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Seth is a lifelong resident of Chippewa County and has served on the City of Sault Ste. Marie’s Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals before coming to the Commission. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Lake Superior State University and has been with the Commission since 2023. 

Katrina Harcourt

Katrina Harcourt

Planner I

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Katrina is new to EUP Planning Commission. She is a 2019 graduate of Florida Atlantic University with a B.S. in Urban and Regional Planning. She is excited to contribute to the Eastern UP as they move forward through various programs and projects.

Brittney Ward




Brittney joined the EUP team as an Intern in May 2023.  She is currently managing all of the commission’s various social media pages, and assisting with marketing and promotion. She is presently a student at Lake Superior State University, studying for her Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing with a focus in Professional Communications/Marketing.

Kim Wilcox

Kim Wilcox

Executive Secretary


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Kim started with the Commission in July 2016, after a long and fulfilling career with the Michigan Works! agency in the EUP. She provides administrative support to the planning staff, assists with the daily operations of the Commission’s office in Sault Ste. Marie, and is the Board’s recording Secretary.