November/December 2012
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30th Anniversary Gala
Bottineau HIA
Members on the Move

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2012 WTS Minnesota
Board of Directors

Katie Roth

Vice President
Fay Simer

Sara Schmitt

Christina Miller

Past President
Kristin Thompson

Scholarships & Recognitions Director
Nikki Farrington

Programs Director
Ashley Ver Burg

Membership Director
Andrea Arnoldi
Marketing Director
HunWen Westman


2012 WTS Minnesota
Advisory Board

Donna Allan
WTS Past President

Gina Baas
Center for Transportation Studies

Debra Brisk
Hennepin County

Biz Colburn
WTS Past President

Sandy Cullen

University of Minnesota

Margaret Donahoe

Minnesota Transportation Alliance

Mary Gute


Judy Hollander

Hennepin County

Ann Johnson

University of Minnesota

Connie Kozlak

Metropolitan Council

Jessica Laabs

Kimley-Horn & Associates

Stephanie Malinoff

Center for Transportation Studies

Laurie McGinnis

Center for Transportation Studies

Dan Meyers


Sam O'Connell

Dakota County

Kristin Asher-Osberg

City of Richfield

Lisa Raduenz


Kate Sanderson


Dawn Spanhake

Center for Transportation Studies

Amy Vennewitz

Metropolitan Council

Charleen Zimmer

Zan Associates


President's Column

Katie Roth 

 Katie Roth president photo



November 29th was a wonderful night of revelry for WTS Minnesota, as we celebrated three decades with our 30th Anniversary Gala. With 120 members and colleagues in attendance, the night was by all measures a resounding success. It was a true pleasure to chat with so many of you that night and see people reconnect with their colleagues, mentors, and friends.


The event reminded me what WTS Minnesota is all about: bringing together the broad and diverse community of transportation professionals in the Twin Cities. We all are lucky to work with some truly wonderful people in Minnesota transportation, and I'm proud that our organization can provide a place where all of us can come together in fellowship.  


The night was also about raising funds to support young people heading into transportation careers. Thanks to the tremendous generosity of our members, friends, and corporate sponsors, WTS Minnesota raised over $6,000 for our educational programs, including Transportation YOU. As a result of this success, we're committing to sending a mentor-mentee pair from our Transportation YOU program to the national Transportation YOU summit, to be held in June in Washington D.C.  


Take a minute to check out photos from the event in our photo gallery, and browse a Prezi timeline showing 30 years of WTS Minnesota history-thanks to Ashley Ver Burg for assembling this gem! And, if you missed it at the Gala, check out the excellent video anniversary greeting from WTS members, produced by the Center for Transportation Studies and students Kristin Havercamp and Nicola Losik.


With the Gala now behind us, it's hard to believe my year serving as your WTS chapter president has already come to a close. I was truly honored to serve the chapter in 2012. I look forward to handing chapter leadership over to the capable hands of Fay Simer and the 2013 Board of Directors, a fantastic group of women committed to strengthening our professional community and providing even greater member benefits in the coming year.


Here's wishing you a joyous and restful holiday season, and we'll see you in 2013!



Katie Roth

President, WTS Minnesota


Just one more acknowledgement of this milestone, and then we promise to bring back our regular programming in the new year!

 30th Anniversary Gala logo  

With 120 attendees, the gala was full of hugs and handshakes as old friends reunited and new connections were made.
30th Anniversary Gala - old friends 
30th Anniversary Gala - new acquaintances 
  Special guests Marcia Ferranto (below left), WTS International President and CEO, and Lori Dykstra (below right), Director of the Center for Engineering, Mathematics, and Science at Blaine High School, reminded Gala attendees of the importance of their support.
 30th Annivesary Gala - Lori Dykstra  
Thanks to all our members and supporters for 30 great years and a memorable evening of celebration!
30th Anniversary Gala attendees
30th Anniversary Gala attendees 
30th Anniversary Gala attendees - CTS 30th Anniversary Gala  

 More photos of the event can be found on the chapter website.   

Program Review: Bottineau Health Impact Assessment

Ashley Ver Burg


Bottineau Health Impact Assessment - RogosheskeThis November, WTS MN provided members and friends with a new benefit by offering AICP certification maintenance (CM) credit with a program on the Bottineau Health Impact Assessment (HIA). The program was hosted at Kimley-Horn and Associates on Tuesday, November 13, with breakfast catered by Golden's Deli - a Green Line LRT business. Fifteen people attended the presentation by Hennepin County HIA Planner Crystal Myslajek and former Northwest Hennepin Human Services Council Intern Ann Rogosheske.


The two provided insight on the process and contents of an HIA. Crystal shared her experience working on the HIA for the Bottineau transitway - a proposed light rail line connecting areas between downtown Minneapolis and Brooklyn Park. The study is being coordinated with the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the project. Ann shared her findings from community engagement to characterize perceived health impacts by those anticipating the Bottineau transitway in their communities.


1.0 CM credits were provided to attendees of this program. Look for more programs approved for CM credit in 2013! 
Bottineau Health Impact Assessment - Myslajek 



Double congratulations to Fay Simer, who will be comfortably settled into her new role of Principal Planner in MnDOT's Office of Transit by the time she takes over the reigns as President of our local WTS chapter! Her contact info remains the same.


Minnesota has two more female engineers! Congratulations to members Ashley Slominski and HunWen Westman for passing the PE exam!


Another transportation alliance! Congratulations to Sara Schmitt (Metropolitan Council) and Don Pflaum (City of Minneapolis) who wed on December 15, 2012. Look at those smiles! 




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