Our Team


Brian L. Bell

Brian expertise includes enrollment planning, space utilization, space guidelines and needs, space management, inventory verification, space quality evaluations, and facilities master planning.   Prior to forming CFP, Brian was Director of Facilities Management and Planning with Central State University in Ohio.  He was involved with the planning and construction of numerous renovation and remodeling projects as well as being responsible for directing the Department of Physical Facilities operations for the University.  Before joining Central State, Mr. Bell was the Assistant Director for Capital Planning at the Ohio Board of Regents for eight years and was involved with all aspects of coordinating the State of Ohio’s higher education capital budget.


Lisa H. Macklin

With over 28 years of experience as a facilities planner that includes 11 years at The Ohio State University, Lisa has maintained major responsibilities across a broad spectrum of innovative projects and studies.  These include numerous building programs, feasibility studies, planning studies, space assessments, capital planning, and master planning for Colleges and Universities around the country.  These responsibilities have provided her direct exposure to the space issues and trends facing educational environments from which she is able to bring creative insights to each new project.


David C. Marsh

Dave brings over 43 years of knowledge and expertise in the area of space utilization, needs analysis, and management.  He leads the laboratory utilization and needs assessments through his computation and statistical expertise, as well as, his creative problem solving skills.  Prior to CFP, Dave was Assistant Vice President for Facility Planning at The Ohio State University, where he was responsible for land use planning, capital plan development, space planning and management.   Prior to this, he was responsible for Facility Planning and Budget Management for the regional campuses and University College at The Ohio State University.


James M. Palavin

Jim provides expertise in the development and design of the firm’s space management software system (SIMS2000) and the classroom utilization and needs analysis.   His classroom management and scheduling understanding provides expert recommendations for classroom utilization guidelines and scheduling best practices.  Prior to joining CFP, Jim was the Assistant Registrar for Scheduling at The Ohio State University where he was responsible for classroom technology, classroom scheduling, and course information management.   Jim also served as the Senior Academic Planner for Resource Planning and Institutional Analysis at OSU. He was involved in academic space assignments and the biennial capital plans.  In this role he computerized and redesigned the space needs model used for academic planning at the University.


Jack F. Probasco – Principal Emeritus

Jack has nearly 50 years of planning, management, and statistical analysis experience. His higher education planning experience in combination with his in-depth knowledge of space formulas and factors, have contributed to the development of the space guidelines used by the firm to accurately assess the space needs for institutions ranging from large research universities to small community colleges.  He has considerable experience in benchmarking, enrollment planning, and programming. Prior to forming CFP, he was responsible for the preparation of eight capital plans and over one hundred programs of requirements for athletic, instructional, library, research and medical facilities at The Ohio State University. Prior to Ohio State, he was employed by the Ohio Board of Regents and was responsible for the capital planning process for the public institutions in Ohio.

JoEllen H. Baldwin

JoEllen has over 25 years of experience in facilities planning, project management, financial management and human resource administration. Prior to joining Comprehensive Facilities Planning, JoEllen was the Associate Director of Space Planning at Indiana University where she developed short and long-term space and academic plans; collaborated with provosts, deans, and department chairs to assess space needs; identified funding; evaluated requests for space and identified solutions to address space issues. With this broad experience, JoEllen brings a unique understanding of space and facility issues. This ability to relate to these challenges and responsibilities allows her to leverage both perspectives to achieve a successful outcome.