July/August 2014
In this issue...
President's Column
Corporate Partner Spotlight: URS Corporation
July Program: Transportation Funding Panel
August Program: Innovation in Bike and Pedestrian Design
Members on the Move

New Members   

WTS Minnesota welcomes the following new members:


Nadine Chalmers

Hennepin County


Joseph Kapper

SRF Consulting 

Save the Dates:  

Tuesday, September 2:

Open Board Meeting


Wednesday, September 17:

WTS MN Brown Bag Book Club


Saturday, September 20:

WTS Rail~Volution Reception


Friday, October 10:

Transitway Project Updates Roundtable


More information can be found on our WTS MN Events page.


2014-2015 WTS MN Scholarship Information Coming Soon!
 Students, please note that information about the available WTS MN scholarships for 2014-2015 is coming soon. Check the Scholarships page on our website in the next few weeks for more information.


Job Postings  
WTS Minnesota posts job and internship opportunities on our website. Visit our Employment Opportunities page to view all current postings.  
 Help us spread the word about available positions by sending new posting information to Bre Grand.



Corporate Partners   


Thank you to our 2014 corporate partners:



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Kimley-Horn & Associates, Inc.


HR Green Logo    

HR Green




 HDR, Inc.


URS Corp.







Bolton & Menk, Inc.


SRF Consulting


SEH, Inc.


Parsons Brinckerhoff


WSB & Associates, Inc.


J&L Steel & Electrical Services


Professional Engineering Services, Ltd.


See your name here, and support the advancement of women in transportation! For more information about becoming a corporate partner, visit our website.  

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2014 WTS Minnesota
Board of Directors

Molly Stewart

Vice President
HunWen Westman

Chelsey Armstrong

Morgan Abbott
Past President
  Scholarships & Recognitions Director
 Sara Pflaum

 Programs Co-Director
 Rose Ryan
Programs Co-Director

 Membership Director
Kathleen Mayell

 Marketing Director
 Bre Grand

 Transportation YOU Director


 Membership Director
2013 WTS Minnesota
Advisory Board

Donna Allan
WTS Past President
Laura Amundson
Parsons Brinckerhoff 
Kristin Asher
City of Richfield
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

P.E. Services
  Wanda Kirkpatrick
Metropolitan Council


Connie Kozlak
Metropolitan Council

Jessica Laabs

Kimley-Horn & Associates

Stephanie Malinoff

Center for Transportation Studies

Scott McBride
Laurie McGinnis
Center for Transportation Studies

Dan Meyers


Amber Nord
Isthmus Engineering

Lisa Raduenz

Past President

Dawn Spanhake

Center for Transportation Studies

Amy Vennewitz

Metropolitan Council

Charleen Zimmer

Zan Associates

President's Column


Hello All!

With fall just around the corner, WTS is gearing up for an exciting program line up to start it off. But first, let's recap the past summer's events. In July, WTS members and friends gained insight into the current and future state of transportation funding in Minnesota with the help of Scott McBride, MnDOT Metro District Engineer, who moderated a panel of leaders in transportation funding. August was filled by a bike tour lead by WTS members Mackenzie Turner Bargen, Nadine Chalmers, and Rose Ryan which highlighted some of the newest bicycle and pedestrian facilities in Minneapolis. See below for Katie Roth's program recaps. Also this summer, the WTS board finalized our 2013 Annual Report. A special thanks to Sara Pflaum for all her hard work coordinating the effort.

Over the summer the chapter board started a financial planning exercise and is hoping to have a finalized plan in place by the end of the year. In conjunction with this planning, our chapter will also be kicking off our 2015 corporate partnership campaign led by Ashley Ver Burg. This year we had overwhelming support from our corporate partners and we hope to continue that support in 2015. If your firm is interested in becoming a part of WTS Minnesota's corporate partnership program or learning more about it please visit our website or contact Ashley.

WTS Minnesota continues to maintain momentum as fall approaches and will be offering some exciting program opportunities to prove it. On September 17, WTS will be hosting their second annual book club, highlighting the book The Confidence Code by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, led by WTS member Mary Karlsson. Check out our website for more information or to register. Also in September, WTS will be hosting an evening reception to welcome all those in town for this year's Rail~Volution conference. Then in October, join WTS for a Transitway Project Update roundtable. Please visit our chapter website for more details on these programs.

As we get closer to the end of the year, it is time to start planning for next year. WTS Minnesota is successful because of the time and energy our volunteers put forth to further our chapter mission of transforming the Minnesota transportation industry through the advancement of women. For those interested in getting more involved I encourage you consider one of the director positions, becoming a TYOU mentor or joining the programs or scholarships & recognitions committees. For more information please reach out to any board member listed on the left sidebar.

I hope you are enjoying the final days of summer and I look forwarding to seeing many of you at upcoming programs and networking opportunities this fall!

Best wishes,


Molly Stewart

President, WTS Minnesota




Corporate Partner Spotlight: URS Corporation


WTS Minnesota would like to thank URS Corporation for being a 2014 Advocate-Level Partner. Giving at WTS MN's highest partnership level, URS has contributed to the success of WTS programs, scholarships, and educational opportunities in 2014. Please take a minute to learn more about URS in Minnesota and why they support WTS MN.




MN Office Locations: 5th Street Towers (5th & Marquette), Downtown Minneapolis

Transportation Services Offered: Planning, ITS, Traffic, Creative Imaging, Roadway Engineering, Structures Engineering, Environmental Assessment, Construction Oversight

Website: http://www.urs.com/    

Why URS Supports WTS MN: "Recruitment and retention of women within URS is an important initiative corporate-wide, as well as here in MN.  I, as the MN Operations Manager, want to provide the opportunities for our staff to benefit from a great organization like WTS as they navigate their careers in the transportation industry." - Michelle Julius, PE, Vice President, Minnesota Operations Manager, URS Corporation


Calling all potential 2015 WTS MN Board members!


Interested in becoming more involved in WTS MN, and potentially joining the board for 2015? Join us at an open board meeting to learn more about the chapter, the board and how you can become more involved:


Tuesday, Sept. 2

5:30-7:00 p.m.

800 North Third Street, Minneapolis


Light snacks will be provided! If you have any questions or cannot attend but have interest in participating on the 2015 board, please contact Molly Stewart.


Additional Volunteers Needed


It's time to start planning the multimodal, interdisciplinary transportation networking event of the year! We need fun, friendly folks to bring this year's holiday party and scholarship fundraiser to life! If you've wanted to get involved on a limited basis, this is the opportunity for you  - contact HunWen Westman for more details.


If you have a little more time long term, consider becoming a mentor for the WTS MN Transportation YOU program! Commitment is approximately 5 hours per month for the school year. Lisa Rasmussen would love to tell you more!


July Program: Transportation Funding Panel


Our July program shined a light on what makes our system move--the money. On July 22nd, WTS Minnesota gathered for a panel discussion on the current and future state of transportation funding in Minnesota.


Scott McBride, MnDOT Metro District Engineer and WTS Minnesota's Member of the Year, moderated a lively panel of leaders in transportation funding, including: Adam Duininck, Chair, Metropolitan Council Transportation Committee; Margaret Donahoe, Executive Director, Minnesota Transportation Alliance; and Matt Kramer, President, St. Paul Chamber of Commerce.


Afterward, members and friends enjoyed a networking happy hour at FACES Mears Park. 



August Program: Innovation in Bike and Pedestrian Design


On August 8, WTS friends and members met in north Minneapolis to spend a beautiful Friday morning on a bike tour highlighting some of the newest bicycle and pedestrian facilities in the city. WTS members Mackenzie Turner Bargen, Nadine Chalmers and Rose Ryan led the tour and discussion to half a dozen facilities in north and northwest Minneapolis, including locations such as the 5th Street NE bicycle boulevard, the Lowry Avenue Bridge, and the Dinkytown Greenway.





Mary Karlsson is now the Assistant Director of Route & System Planning for Metro Transit. Best wishes to Mary in her new position!



Congratulations to Katie Roth, who was recently promoted to Project Manager, BRT Projects at Metro Transit!



Congratulations to two of our board members who were recently married- Molly Stewart (in June) and Ashley Ver Burg (in August)! 



Sara and Don Pflaum welcomed their first child, Emma Catherine Pflaum, on July 27. Congratulations to the Pflaum family!







Have member news to share? Send in snippets about job changes, life milestones, and other accomplishments to Bre Grand so we can keep track of and recognize our colleagues!