Ed Gottko’s career in public works began in 1970 as the Assistant City Engineer for the City of Bayonne, NJ. In 1979 he was appointed the Town Engineer/Director of Public Works for the Town of Westfield, NJ., and in 1994 was appointed the Town Administrator at Westfield. In 2000 he retired from public service and now serves as an adjunct professor at New Jersey Institute of Technology and New York University.
Gottko has been a member of APWA since 1972. He has served as a member of the Finance Committee (2008-10) and has also chaired the committee (2011-12). He has served on a number of other committees, including the Education Committee (2004), Master’s Degree Task Force (Chair, 2005-06), and the Education and Certification Task Force (2011). Gottko is a Past President of the New Jersey Chapter and has also chaired the chapter’s Education/Training Committee. In 2002 he received the Donald C. Stone Award for Excellence in Education.
Since 1976, Larry Stevens has served in numerous leadership roles, including Assistant City Engineer, City of Grinnell, IA; City Engineer, City of Oskaloosa, IA; and City Engineer/Public Works Director at Oskaloosa. After serving as the Director of the Iowa Statewide Urban Design and Specifications (SUDAS) Program at the Institute for Transportation at Iowa State University, Stevens joined HR Green, Inc., Johnston, IA, as a Senior Project Manager in 2010. He now serves HR Green, Inc., as a Project Director
Stevens was elected to the APWA Board of Directors in 2007 as the Region VI Director. He served as the APWA Board liaison to the Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) Board of Directors, is a former APWA Board liaison to the Small Cities/Rural Communities Committee, and has chaired the APWA Finance Committee. He was appointed in 2011 by APWA (as a founding member) to the Board of Directors of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure. Stevens has served in all of the Iowa Chapter officer positions, including eight years as the Chapter Delegate, and has also been a member of the National Nominating Committee (2005) and the Strategic Planning Task Force (2005). He is a past Chapter President of the Iowa Engineering Society and is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers.
Elizabeth Treadway is Vice President with AMEC Environment & Infrastructure, Johnson City, TN., and has been with the firm for 14 years. Her responsibilities with AMEC include leading the water resource practice area and working with officials from many locations on solving water resource issues. Prior to joining AMEC, Treadway worked for the City of Greensboro, NC, for 16 years in public works, joining the department in 1983 as a Transportation Planner. After being promoted to Environmental Services Director, she was responsible for the delivery of solid waste collection and disposal, recycling, stormwater management, fleet management, hazardous waste management, and household hazardous waste collection and disposal.
Treadway has been actively involved in APWA since 1986 at both the chapter and national levels. In addition to having been North Carolina Chapter President, she has been the chapter’s committee chair for the Administrative, Audit, Budget, Education and Training, Nominating, State Government Affairs, and PACE Committees. At the national level, she has been a member of the Water Resources Management Committee (1995-98; Chair, 1996-97), Government Affairs Committee (1998-2000), Congress Planning Committee (1995-97), Membership Committee (Chair, 2009-11), and most recently co-chaired the Certification and Professional Development Group. Treadway was named one of APWA’s Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year in 1997.
Richard (Rick) Stinson has served as the Director of Public Works for the Town of Wakefield, MA., since 2001. He directly oversees ten divisions which include Highway, Water, Sewer, Parks, Forestry, Cemetery, Fleet Maintenance, Buildings, Administration, and Engineering. He previously served as the Director of Operations for the Town of Danvers, Mass., from 1994-2001, and as Business Manager, Town of Wakefield, from 1988-1994. Stinson currently serves on Wakefield’s Galvin Middle School Advisory Building Committee, the Massachusetts Safe Routes to Schools Task Force, Wakefield’s World War II Monument Committee, and Wakefield’s Traffic Advisory Committee.Stinson is a former member of APWA’s Finance Committee and chaired the Task Force on Future Conferences. He has been a member of the Governance Task Force (2006), National Nominating Committee (2004-05), Top Ten Public Works Leaders Selection Committee (2005-08), and Livable Communities Task Force (1997-98). He served on the New England Chapter Board of Directors for 15 years (1993-2008) and served as Chapter Delegate (2002-09) and Chapter President (2001). He has served on a number of chapter committees and chaired the Steering Committee for the 2010 Boston Congress. Stinson was named one of APWA’s Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year in 2003.
As Superintendent of Public Works for the Village of Rockville Centre, NY, Harry L. Weed, II, supervises the Highway Division, which handles road maintenance and tree-trimming; the Sewer Department, which handles the pump stations, sanitary, and storm sewers; the Sanitation, Water, and Parks Departments; and the Central Garage. He also oversees parking meter and console repairs and maintenance, street sweeping, road opening permits and sidewalk inspection program. Weed is a former member of APWA’s Emergency Management Committee and was also a member of the Facilities & Grounds Committee for five years, chairing the committee for two years. He is a Past President of the New York Metropolitan Chapter, chaired the chapter’s Government Affairs Committee in 2003, and has been the Chapter Delegate since 2005. He has been a contributor to the APWA Reporter’s annual Facilities & Grounds issue, penning “Workplace Safety” (April 2007) and “Intergovernmental Cooperative Initiatives” (April 2006). Weed was named one of APWA’s Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year in 2008. Weed was recently selected by New York Governor Cuomo to be the public works representative on the Governor's response committee for Superstorm Sandy.
William (Bo) Mills is the Director of Public Services with the City of Germantown, TN, and has been in that position for nine years. His duties include the direct supervision of the programs and personnel associated with the following areas: Animal Control; Parks/ROW Grounds Maintenance; State Street Aid; Stormwater Maintenance; Street Maintenance; Water Production and Distribution; Sewer Collection; and many utility-related CIP projects. Prior to becoming the Director of Public Services, Mills served the City of Germantown as Assistant Director of Public Services for seven years and Solid Waste Coordinator for six years. He has spent his entire working career with the Germantown Public Works Department.
Mills has been an APWA member since 1989. At the chapter level, he served as the Tennessee Chapter’s West Branch director for six years, working through the chapter’s officer positions until becoming Chapter President in 2005. He served as the Chapter Delegate from 2000 through 2010, and has also served on the chapter’s Membership, Awards, Education, and Past President’s Advisory Committees. Mills serves as a volunteer instructor for the Tennessee Public Works Institute. At the national level, Mills served three years on the Membership Committee and two years on the Transportation Committee, chairing the Roadway Safety Subcommittee for both of those years. He served on the Professional Development Committee which worked to facilitate the establishment of the Donald C. Stone Center for Leadership Excellence. In 2008, Mills was selected to the House of Delegates Executive Committee and was named HOD Chair in 2010-11.
Tommy Brown has worked in the public works sector for 40 years. He began his career in 1973 working as a mechanic for the City of LaGrange, GA. He was promoted to Parts Manager in 1980 and to Superintendent of Fleet Services, his current position, in 1988. When Brown began his tenure as Superintendent of Fleet Services there were no computers, no automated fuel system and no charge-back rates, but he has been able to convert the shop to a modern, self-supporting internal department. He supervises a staff of 15 employees and handles all the challenges that face a city with regards to its fleet of vehicles and equipment.
Brown has been an active member of APWA for 27 years. He served as the Georgia Chapter President in 1999, chaired the chapter’s Equipment Service Committee in 1995, and served as the Chapter Delegate for ten years. At the national level, he has served on the Fleet Services Committee, Education Committee, Congress Planning Committee, National Nominating Committee and Region IV Nominating Committee. He has served one term as Region IV Director.
Linda Petelka is currently serving as an Independent Consultant in Burlington, Ontario. Petelka previously worked for the Regional Municipality of Peel, Ontario, as well as for the Regional Municipality of Halton, Ontario, where she played an influential role in guiding the Region through a period of unprecedented industry-wide change and rapid growth. Petelka played a critical role in transforming the Canadian National Water and Wastewater Benchmarking Initiative partnership into the Canadian standard for water and wastewater best practice development. Petelka served as the Peel leader for the tri-party Public Works Process Benchmarking initiative with the City of Calgary, Abu Dhabi and the Region of Peel.
Petelka was a member of the CPWA Board of Directors in 2009 and 2010 and currently serves as the APWA Board Liaison to . She has been a member of the Ontario Chapter’s Board of Directors since 2000, serving as Chapter President in 2008. She is a past chair of the Membership Committee and Hospitality Committee, and currently serves on the Special Functions Committee. She was on the Advisory Board for CPWA’s partnership to produce the first Canadian Infrastructure Report Card in 2012. Petelka organized the chapter’s response to the St. Bernard Parish volunteer effort for the New Orleans Congress (2008) in support of APWA’s initiative, where her chapter had the most volunteers. She was named one of APWA’s Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year in 2009 and was the recipient of APWA’s Community Involvement Award in 2010.
Chuck Williams was appointed in January 2010 as the Municipal Services Director for the City of Lenexa, KS. His responsibilities include the maintenance of existing infrastructure including street, stormwater, traffic control, fleet, asset management and facilities. Prior to his current position, Williams served as the Public Works Director for the City of Gladstone, MO, where he had responsibility for engineering, traffic control, utilities and streets. Williams also served in a variety of roles for the City of Manhattan, KS., for more than 29 years.
Williams first became a member of APWA in 1982, in which his early involvement was as a member of the Kansas Chapter. Over the years with the Kansas Chapter he served as a Director, Secretary/Treasurer, President, Past President, and the Chapter Delegate. He is currently a member of the Kansas City Metro Chapter and is serving as the Chapter Delegate. Prior to being on the chapter’s Board, he was a member of the chapter’s ACEC/APWA Partnering Committee. He served as the Accommodation’s Committee Chair for the 2008 and 2011 Mid-Am Conferences representing the Kansas City Metro Chapter. He also serves as an instructor in the chapter’s Public Works Institute.
From 1999 through 2008, Jimmy B. Foster served as the Director of Public Works for the City of Plano, TX, with responsibility for the Public Works Operations Division and the Fleet and Equipment Services Division. Foster previously served as the Director of Public Services for the City of Colleyville, TX; Director of Public Works for the City of Hurst, TX; and City Engineer for the Cities of Grand Prairie, TX, and Greeley, CO. He was also a self-employed consulting engineer for three years.
Foster began his career in international service in 1980 with his work as a community development consultant in Burkina Faso, West Africa. He has visited and worked in 57 countries, advising overseas personnel regarding humanitarian projects and assisting in the development of disaster relief plans around the world. Foster has served the Texas Chapter as the Chapter Delegate (2002-07) and as a member of several committees. He is a former member of the national Diversity Committee (2008), Government Affairs Committee (2006-08), Finance Committee (2003-06), International Affairs Committee (2001-04; Chair, 2003-04) and Nominating Committee (2001-02). He was named one of APWA’s Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year in 2005 and received APWA’s International Service Award in 2007.
Ronald (Ron) J. Calkins, P.E., served as the Director of Public Works for the City of Ventura, CA, for 17 years, retiring in 2010. His previous work experience includes City Engineer for the City of Ventura; Assistant Public Works Director/Chief Engineer for the City of Santa Barbara, CA; and Principal Engineer, Senior Engineer, Associate Engineer and Assistant Engineer for the Ventura Regional Sanitation District.Calkins is a former member of APWA’s State and Local Advocacy Task Force and the Body of Knowledge Task Force, and is a former Chapter Delegate for the Ventura County Chapter. He co-founded the Ventura County branch of APWA’s Southern California Chapter in 1982, which then became the Ventura County Chapter in 1995. Calkins is a former trustee for the Public Works Historical Society and a former trustee for the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. He was named one of APWA’s Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year in 2008.
Jill M. Marilley is a Senior Project Manager with HDR, Inc. in the Seattle, WA area. She has over 27 years of experience as a civil engineering professional, with 20 years in the public sector. She has served in positions such as City Engineer with the City of Shoreline, WA, and Public Works Director with the City of Mill Creek, WA. In her current role with HDR, Inc., she is a construction project manager, currently leading the inspection team for a $100 million bascule bridge replacement in Seattle.
Marilley has been very active in APWA at the chapter and national levels. She is a Past President of the Washington State Chapter (2011-12), has been on the Executive Board for seven years, and has chaired the chapter’s Awards Committee. At the national level, she served on the 2011 National Nominating Committee and is a former member of the National Awards Committee. Marilley is also very active in the Delta Zeta National Sorority at the local and national levels, where she has worked directly with college-age women and men directing, guiding, coaching and mentoring their leadership success. She previously was active at the local and national levels for the American Society of Civil Engineers and various community organizations.
David L. Lawry serves as the Director of Municipal Services for Homer L. Chastain & Associates, LLP, Chicago, IL. He formerly served as the Director of Village Operations for the Village of Wauconda, IL, where he managed the departments of Public Works, Environmental Quality, Engineering and Information Technology. Prior to his role with the Village of Wauconda, Lawry worked for the City of Elgin, IL, for more than twenty years. As the General Services Group Director, a position he held for more than ten years, his duties included the direct supervision of the departments of Public Works, Engineering, Building Maintenance and Water.
Lawry has been a member of the Chicago Metro Chapter Executive Committee since 1999, and has served in all the officer positions at both the branch and chapter levels, including Chapter President in 2007 and Chapter Delegate in 2008. He has served on various chapter committees including the 75th Anniversary Committee. He is a former member of the national Project of the Year Awards Committee as well as the Chapter Advocacy Task Force. Along with his service to APWA, Lawry is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, National Society of Professional Engineers, American Water Works Association and the Public Works Historical Society.
Bill Spearman’s professional career has spanned 37 years, all of which have been in the public works arena. He has spent 16 years in public service (eight years with the Federal Highway Administration and eight years with the South Carolina Land Resources Conservation Commission) and 21 years in the private sector (one year with Wilbur Smith Associates and 20 years with his current employer, Woolpert, Inc.). During his 21-year period in the private sector, Spearman served four years as the Vice Chairman of the Saluda County Water and Sewer Authority and four years as the County Engineer for White County, GA, under a contractual relationship.
Spearman has been an active member of APWA at the chapter, regional and national levels. He has served on the national Water Resources Management Committee and also the Government Affairs Committee. He led the effort to develop the Certified Stormwater Manager certification program; taught environmental short courses and Click, Listen & Learn presentations; supported APWA’s advocacy staff with coalition partners on funding and regulatory issues; and led the effort to create the Stormwater Summit at APWA’s annual International Public Works Congress & Exposition.
As Director of Public Works for the City of Largo, FL., Brian R. Usher is responsible for the management of the five operating divisions within the Department of Public Works: Street & Drainage Maintenance, Facilities Management, Solid Waste, Fleet Management, and Administration. Together these activities account for services on more than 250 miles of street, over 40 public structures, and over 500 City-owned vehicles (including police and fire apparatus). Additionally, the Public Works Department is responsible for the repair and maintenance of 34 facilities with a total area just over 500,000 square feet. Usher has been actively involved in fleet management since 1980, with responsibilities for specification writing, fleet management system development and implementation, and fuel system upgrades for environmental compliance.
Usher has been an active 30-year member of APWA, serving in numerous leadership roles both locally and nationally. He served in all five officer positions with the Chicago Metro Chapter, served as the chapter’s Membership Chair and Education Chair for two years, and served on the APWA Congress Host Committee for the 1994 Chicago Congress. He served on the national Emergency Management Committee for six years (2002-08) and chaired the committee in 2003-04. He also chaired APWA’s Homeland Security Task Force (2002-03) and the Engineering and Technology Committee (2010-11). He is a former member of APWA’s Finance Committee. Usher was named one of APWA’s Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year in 2005.
Cora Jackson-Fossett serves as Public Information Director II for the Public Affairs Office of the City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works. She serves as city and department spokesperson and has led a number of high-profile communications initiatives including public works program and service introductions, ongoing grassroots engagements, employee communications, and crisis communications response. She has been a communications leader and public servant for more than 31 years and has been a Public Information Director since 1999 serving Los Angeles and its four million residents.
Jackson-Fossett has been an active member of APWA since 2001. She chaired the Southern California Chapter’s Diversity Committee, instructs classes for the Public Works Institute, and serves as publicity co-chair for the chapter’s hosting of the 2012 Congress. At the national level she chaired the Diversity Committee (2004-06) and also served on the Membership Committee, the Joint Subcommittee of Finance and Membership, and the Progressive Women in Public Works Subcommittee. In 2006, Jackson-Fossett was nominated by then-President Bob Freudenthal to represent APWA on the “Water is Life & Infrastructure Makes it Happen” national outreach program co-sponsored by the Water Environment Federation. She has authored numerous articles on diversity and public outreach for the APWA Reporter and has presented as a speaker at the APWA Congress every year since 2003.
Sue Hann has worked for the City of Palm Bay (Brevard County, FL) for over 15 years—five as the Public Works Director; eight as the Deputy City Manager overseeing the Public Works Department, the Parks and Recreation Department, the Growth Management Department and Economic Development; and the last two years as the City Manager of Palm Bay. She previously worked for Brevard County for more than eight years as the Staff Director of the Brevard Metropolitan Planning Organization. Most of Hann’s 33 years of professional experience has been related to transportation either as a practicing traffic engineer, a transportation planner or a manager of transportation projects.
At the national level, Hann has recently served as a member of the Comprehensive Professional Development Group which laid the foundation for the APWA Donald C. Stone Center for Leadership Excellence in Public Works, has served on the Leadership and Management Committee (2003-08; Chair, 2004-06), and has worked on the development of a sustainable infrastructure rating system with APWA’s partners. She has actively participated with the Transportation Committee and the SAFETEA-LU Task Force, and is the Board liaison to APWA’s Center for Sustainability. Hann has written numerous articles on leadership topics for the APWA Reporter, has frequently presented at the APWA Congress, and has served APWA’s Emerging Leaders Academy Program since 2008.