Elizabeth Treadway is Principal, Water Resources with AMEC Environment and Infrastructure, Johnson City, Tenn., and has been with the firm for 13 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, N.C., 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.
Edward (Ed) A. Gottko’s career in public works began in 1970 as the Assistant City Engineer for the City of Bayonne, N.J. In 1979 he was appointed the Town Engineer/Director of Public Works for the Town of Westfield, N.J., 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 several colleges in New York and New Jersey.
Gottko has been a member of APWA since 1972 and recently served as a member of the Certification/Education Task Force. He is a former member of the Finance Committee (2008-10) and has served on a number of other committees, including the Master’s Degree Task Force (Chair, 2005-06) and the Education Committee (2004). 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.
Diane Linderman has been a member of the public works community since 1979 and an active member of APWA since 1991, the same year she joined the public works staff of the City of Richmond, Va., as City Engineer. In 1999 she was appointed Director of Public Works for the City, a position she held until joining the Richmond office of Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB), where she provides expertise in the field of public works to both private and municipal clients.
Linderman has been an active member of APWA at both the chapter and national levels, including participation on the Utility and Public Right-of-Way (UPROW) Committee (1998-2001; Chair, 2000-01), Finance Committee (2007-10; Chair, 2008-10), and Government Affairs Committee (2003-07). In addition, she served as a director of the VA/DC/MD Chapter from 2002-04. In 2003 she was named one of APWA’s Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year.
Richard (Rick) Stinson has served as the Director of Public Works for the Town of Wakefield, Mass., 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.
As Superintendent of Public Works for the Village of Rockville Centre, N.Y., 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.
William (Bo) Mills is the Director of Public Services with the City of Germantown, Tenn., and has been in that position for eight 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.
Tommy Brown has worked in the public works sector for 38 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 Garage Superintendent, his current position, in 1988. When Brown began his tenure as Garage Superintendent 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 26 years. He served as the Georgia Chapter President in 1999, chaired the chapter’s Equipment Service Committee in 1995, and has been the Chapter Delegate for the past 10 years. At the national level, he is a former member of the Fleet Services Committee, Education Committee, Congress Planning Committee, National Nominating Committee and Region IV Nominating Committee.
As Manager of Wastewater Program Planning for the Regional Municipality of Peel, Ontario, Linda Petelka and her staff are responsible for programs and services such as the Inflow and Infiltration Program, Flow Monitoring Program, Standards Development, Hydraulic Modeling, Local Improvements, State of Good Repair and Servicing Feasibility Studies. Prior to her current position, she worked for the Regional Municipality of Halton, Ontario, for 23 years, where she played an influential role in guiding the Region through a period of unprecedented industry-wide change. 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.
Since 1976, Larry Stevens has served in numerous leadership roles, including Assistant City Engineer, City of Grinnell, Iowa; City Engineer, City of Oskaloosa, Iowa; 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 Howard R. Green Company, Johnston, Iowa, as Senior Project Manager in 2010.
Jimmy B. Foster, P.E., is Program Manager for Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc., responsible for managing the consultancy services for the Maintenance Department of the North Texas Tollway Authority. From 1999 through 2008, he served as the Director of Public Works for the City of Plano, Tex., 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, Tex.; Director of Public Works for the City of Hurst, Tex.; and City Engineer for the Cities of Grand Prairie, Tex., and Greeley, Colo. 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, Calif., 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, Calif.; and Principal Engineer, Senior Engineer, Associate Engineer and Assistant Engineer for the Ventura Regional Sanitation District.
Jill M. Marilley is a Senior Project Manager with HDR, Inc. in the Seattle, Wash., area. She has over 26 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, Wash., and Public Works Director with the City of Mill Creek, Wash. 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 served as the Washington State Chapter President (2011-12), was been on their 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 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 (Dave) L. Lawry is the Director of Village Operations for the Village of Wauconda, Ill., and manages 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, Ill., 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.
William (Bill) E. Spearman’s professional career has spanned 36 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 20 years in the private sector (one year with Wilbur Smith Associates and 19 years with his current employer, Woolpert, Inc.). During his 20-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.
As Director of Public Works for the City of Largo, Fla., 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 27-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. 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 28 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 has 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 has been a member of the Membership Committee, and the Progressive Women in Public Works Subcommittee. In 2006, Jackson-Fossett represented 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.
Susan (Sue) Hann was appointed City Manager of Palm Bay, Fla. after 12 years of serving the city; five years as the Public Works Director and seven years as the Deputy City Manager overseeing the Public Works Department, the Parks and Recreation Department, the Growth Management Department and Economic Development. 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 30 years of professional experience has been related to transportation either as a practicing traffic engineer, a transportation planner or a manager of transportation projects.