About Us

Benchmark Associates - Key Personnel


Garth L. McClure, A.I.C.P. Principal
Mr. McClure has over 27 years of professional land use planning experience in both the public and private sector. Mr. McClure possesses a diverse background in subdivision layout and design, land use planning, community planning, and environmental planning. He is knowledgeable of land use practices and law, and is skilled in needs assessment, site evaluation, feasibility analysis, environmental review, site planning and site design. Mr. McClure is skilled in group interrelations, public involvement and project presentation. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Planning from the University of Washington, and a Master Degree in City and Regional Planning from Pratt Institute. Mr. McClure is certified with the American Institute of Certified Planners, #6336




Larry L. Jones, P.L.S. Principal
Mr. Jones is a Registered Professional Land Surveyor. He received a degree in Surveying from the University of Wyoming College of Engineering in 2008. He has been with Benchmark Associates since 1988 and has over 25 years of surveying experience. Mr. Jones has a diverse background and brings a wide array of experience in legal descriptions, boundary and topographical surveys, construction staking, and surveying for site drainage, roadway, curb, gutter and sidewalk.




Steve Butler, P.E.
Mr. Butler is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Idaho, with over 25 years of experience in project engineering and project management. The majority of Steve's design and project management experience has been in residential, commercial, and industrial land development. He was the project engineer and/or project manager for several projects, which included large multi-phase residential and planned community developments. His design experience includes improvements for roadways, curb and gutter, sidewalks, pedestrian pathways, water and sewer systems, pressurized and gravity irrigation systems, storm water facilities, and site grading and drainage. In addition Steve is a licensed geo-technical engineer.




Steve W. Schwarz, P.L.S.
Mr. Schwarz is a Registered Professional Land Surveyor in three States with over 20 years of experience. He has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Surveying Engineering from California State University, Fresno and is a member of the Idaho Association of Professional Land Surveyors. Mr. Schwarz specializes in real time kinematic GPS surveying for boundary, topographic maps, aerial flight control and construction staking. He is licensed in the State of Idaho, #8806.




Cinda P. Lewis, E.I.T.
Ms. Lewis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington. She has been with Benchmark Associates since 1995 and during this time has worked on a wide range of projects. Her experience includes field surveying; CAD design, drafting site & topographic maps; preparation of civil engineering plans and construction specifications; construction inspection for public works projects; preparation of applications and plat maps for new development and plat amendments, including land subdivision, townhouse and condominium projects.




Phoebe Johnaessen, P.E., Senior Engineer / Project Manager
Phoebe holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Seattle University. She is a civil engineer with 20+ years of experience working in the Puget Sound area. She specializes in preparation of stormwater and surface water and related PS&E packages for public agencies. Types of projects include stormwater and surface water design related to roadway design - including highway interchanges, widening, roundabouts, and roadway extensions; light rail; hydraulic culvert design, fish passage culverts, LID/GSI design, multiuse trails, stream restoration, and fish hatchery projects and preparing stormwater reports and construction SWPPPs.




Donald Sewell, Surveying Technician.
Mr. Sewell is a Surveying Technician. He received a Certificate of Land Surveying from the University of Wyoming College of Engineering in 2010. He has been with Benchmark Associates since 1994. Mr. Sewell has a diverse background and brings a wide array of experience in construction surveying, topographic surveying, and surveying for roadway, sidewalks, curbs and gutters, site drainage and highway projects.




Rob Breier, Engineering and Surveying Technician.
Mr. Breier is a Engineering and Surveying Technician. He received a Masters of Architecture Degree from the University of Idaho in 2005. He has a diverse background and brings a wide array of experience in CAD design, 3D modeling, preparing construction documents, construction surveying, topographic surveying, and surveying for roadway, sidewalks, curbs and gutter, site drainage and highway projects.




Rachel Martin
Ms. Martin served as a Planning Technician for the City of Ketchum for nine years before her tenure at Benchmark Associates PA. Rachel is well versed in local planning and building practices and serves as a Commissioner on the Blaine County Planning and Zoning Commission. Rachel is a certified Permit Technician with the International Code Council.