May/June 2015
In this issue...
President's Column
Corporate Partner Spotlight: HDR
Scholarship Fundraiser
WTS MN at the Annual Conference
Recap: May Program
April Happy Hour
Annual Report
TYOU Update
Members on the Move
Save the Dates for Upcoming Programs!

St. Croix River Crossing Boat Tour

Wednesday, July 22nd



Accessibility Program: Tara McBride (MnDOT) and Kristin Jornby (Olmsted Plan)

Wednesday, August 13th

Location TBD


Book Club: 'Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking'

Friday, Sept. 18th

St. Paul

Wednesday, Sept. 23rd



Visit our Events page for more information including registration.

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 Laura Eash.

 Corporate Partners   


Thank you to our 2015 corporate partners: 






Kimley-Horn & Associates, Inc.



 HDR, Inc.





Bolton & Menk, Inc.


Braun Intertec


HR Green


SRF Consulting


SEH, Inc.


Parsons Brinckerhoff


WSB & Associates, Inc.


Pierce Pini & Associates, Inc.


Professional Engineering Services, Ltd.


Rani Engineering




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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2015 WTS Minnesota
Board of Directors

Vice President

Kelly Agosto
Past President

  Scholarships & Recognitions Director
 Lyssa Leitner

 Programs Co-Director
 Chelsey Armstrong
Programs Co-Director

 Membership Director
Kathleen Mayell

 Marketing Director
Laura Eash

 Transportation YOU Director


Development Director

Special Events Director
2015 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

Olsson Associates

Dawn Spanhake

Center for Transportation Studies

Amy Vennewitz

Metropolitan Council

Charleen Zimmer

Zan Associates

President's Column


Dear WTS Members and Friends,

If you want to get excited about transportation and the power of you (women AND men), attend a WTS Annual Conference. 

The 2015 conference was 2.5 days of Chicago transportation system tours and sessions from relationship building to securing transportation funding, followed by evening receptions and networking opportunities. Inspiring speakers abound, in panel discussions as well as addresses by the likes of the real Erin Brockovich; Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour, the first African American female combat pilot; and even U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx himself. If you're a little skeptical and are wondering whether these are big names with little substance, let me assure you: 

  • Erin Brockovich still has the passion for helping people and taking action that made her a household name. She's currently using crowd-sourcing to map environmental and health issues. She taught us that "stick-to-itiveness" is a real word (Microsoft prefers it with the hyphens, but variations can be found without). 
  • FlyGirl is obviously a badass, making opportunities and carving her own path. In addition to giving us all permission to engage, she reminded us to "stand up and be counted - you never know who's counting on you."

  • Secretary Foxx shared personal stories about transportation as lifeline, and might have played to the crowd a little stating (very astutely) that "a transportation system designed by only guys... can't be good."

If your heart and soul can handle more fun than what the conference already offers, get nine other members of WTS Minnesota to go with you. I'm not even sure it matters who the nine are. They might just all be that cool. (Sorry to my nine new best friends, but I think it's possible you're not unique in this sense, since I really didn't hand pick you.)  Really, start making plans, get it into your training budgets for next year. Or better yet, start getting involved and get an edge on the competition for next year's travel grants. 

This is my seventh year on the board of WTS Minnesota and my first time attending the Annual Conference. In the words of Julia Roberts in her other classic role: Big mistake. Big. Huge. [I have to go shopping now.]

Have a safe and happy summer!


HunWen Westman

President, WTS Minnesota

Corporate Partner Spotlight: HDR


WTS Minnesota would like to thank HDR, Inc. for being a 2015 Advocate-Level Partner. Giving at WTS MN's highest partnership level, HDR has contributed to the success of WTS programs, scholarships, and educational opportunities in 2015. Please take a minute to learn more about HDR in Minnesota and why they support WTS MN.



MN Office Locations

Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester, Thief River Falls


Transportation Services Offered
Planning, roads, bridges, traffic, design-build, tunnels, transit, rail, value engineering and risk assessment/management, noise and vibration analyses, NEPA, etc.





Why HDR Supports WTS MN

"HDR employs 8,500 people in more than 200 locations worldwide, of which 32% are women and 18% minorities. We believe strongly in WTS' mission." -- Matt Kocourek, Marketing Coordinator, HDR 

Successful Scholarship Fundraiser hosted by WTS MN, NCITE and ITS MN

Thank you to the many members and friends who joined WTS MN, NCITE and ITS MN for a joint scholarship fundraiser on Monday, June 8 at Tin Whiskers Brewing Company in St. Paul. The night was a great success in building scholarship programs with $1,370 raised, as well as a fun evening of socializing and networking with colleagues and friends.





WTS Minnesota at the Annual Conference 


Front row, from left: Kristin Petersen, HunWen Westman, Katie Caskey and Hannah Pritchard. Back row, from left: Lyssa Leitner, Andrea Arnoldi, Laura Eash, Nikki Farrington, Becky Alper and Michelle Julius.

Mandi Spradling received her award from WTS International.

Several WTS MN members went on a Divvy bike share tour on the last day of the conference.

Thank you to WTS International for the above photos. Click here to see more photos from the conference.

Recap: May Program




At the May program, WTS members had the opportunity to meet and talk with Metropolitan Council Chair Adam Duininck. They discussed various topics including projects members are currently working on, the legislative session, and recent activities at the Met Council. Connie Kozlak, a long-time WTS member and the transportation planning manager at the Metropolitan Council, then gave a presentation about the Metropolitan Council's 2040 Transportation Policy Plan. Connie highlighted the components of the plan that are new this year and how this plan differs from those made previously. Members then asked questions about inputs, methodologies, outcomes, and how the plan may look different in the future. It was a great morning for networking, learning, and supporting women in the transportation industry! 

April Advancing Women Happy Hour Celebration

Approximately 25 people joined in on the gathering for Nancy Daubenberger and Bev Farraher at the Red Cow in St. Paul. Nancy was appointed the Director of Engineering Services Division in December 2014, and Bev accepted the role of Acting State Bridge Engineer and Director of the MnDOT Bridge Office in February 2015.

Annual Report


The 2014 Annual Report is now available from WTS International.

TYOU Update

Planning for next year's TYOU program has begun. Please contact Lisa Rasmussen if you are interested in the program, would like to join the TYOU committee or have questions!


Congratulations to Anna Potter, who now works with Kimley-Horn as a Planner!


Congratulations to Ashley Ver Burg, who recently joined HDR as a Senior Strategic Communications Specialist!


WTS MN Membership Director Kathleen Mayell and her family welcomed Rohan Kane Singh Mayell on May 2nd!



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