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Board of Directors Biographies

David L. Lawry, PEDavid L. Lawry, PE, President

David L. Lawry is the Director of Engineering and Public Works for the Village of Schaumburg, Ill. He was formerly the Director of Village Operations for the Village of Wauconda, Ill., 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, 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, Water, and Parks and Recreation.

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, and the American Water Works Association. He was a Top Ten Public Works Leader of the Year recipient in 2012.

William (Bo) Mills, JrWilliam (Bo) Mills, Jr., PWLF, Past President

William (Bo) Mills is the Director of Public Works with the City of Germantown, Tenn., and has been in that position for thirteen 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 Works, Mills served the City of Germantown as Assistant Director of Public Works for seven years and Solid Waste Coordinator for six years. He has spent his entire 32-year 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 where in 2008, Mills was selected to the House of Delegates Executive Committee and was named HOD Chair in 2010-11.  He has also served on the chapter’s Membership, Awards, Education, and Past President’s Advisory Committees. At the national level, Mills has served on the Board of Directors for the past six years as Director of Region III and President-Elect. He 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 also served on the Professional Development Committee.  More recently he has served on APWA's Roadeo Task Force, Government Affairs and Finance Committees.

William (Bill) E. Spearman, III, PEWilliam E. (Bill) Spearman, III, PE, President-Elect

Bill’s professional career has spanned over 43 years, all of which have been in the public works industry. He has spent 16 years in public service with the Federal Highway Administration and the South Carolina Land Resources Conservation Commission) and 27 years in the private sector with Wilbur Smith Associates, Woolpert, Inc., and as owner and principal of WE3 Consultants LLC. He has also served as the Vice Chairman of the Saluda County Water and Sewer Authority and currently serves as the Chairman of the Saluda County, SC Planning Commission.

Bill has been an active member of APWA at the chapter, regional and national levels since 1993. He has served as Director, Vice President, and President of the South Carolina Chapter. At the national level he is the current President-Elect of the APWA Board of Directors, after having served six years as the Director-at-Large for Environmental Management. He has previously served on several national committees, including the Water Resources Management, Government Affairs, Finance, and Strategic Planning Committees. While chairman of the Water Resources Committee, he led the effort to develop the Certified Stormwater Manager (CSM) certification program; has taught numerous environmental short courses; and has supported APWA’s advocacy staff on funding and regulatory issues and has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Water Resources Committee.

Bill has a BS in Civil Engineering from Clemson University with an emphasis in Transportation Engineering and a MS in Civil Engineering from the University of South Carolina with an emphasis in Water Resources.

Gary Losier photoW. Gary Losier, P Eng, Director of Region I

Gary Losier is the Director of Engineering and Works for the Town of Quispamsis, New Brunswick, and has served in that capacity since 1987. He oversees Public Works, Water and Wastewater, Building Inspection and By-law Enforcement as well as Engineering Services and Planning. He has provided leadership, expertise and vision to ensure community safety and quality of life with a commitment of continuous improvement and staff development. A graduate of the University of New Brunswick, Losier has degrees in both Civil Engineering (1984) and Business Administration (1986). In 1999, Losier received a Diploma in Public Management from Henson College, Dalhousie University. He obtained his Professional Engineer’s designation in 1989.

Losier has been a member of APWA/CPWA since 1995. He has been involved with the CPWA New Brunswick Branch and Atlantic Chapter in various positions which include Director, Chairman, Vice-Chairman, and Scholarship Committee Co-Chair. He served at the national level as a Director on the CPWA Board (2006-08) and as the National CPWA President (2008-10). Other committee involvement and support for APWA/CPWA include House of Delegates representative; Government Affairs Committee; International Affairs Committee; Congress Program Review Committee; Council of Chapters delegate; and Council of Chapters Advocacy Committee.

Charles Jones photoCharles M. Jones, PE, PWLF, Director of Region II
Charlie Jones has been involved in the public works profession for over 39 years. He is currently a Project Manager with Great Valley Consultants, Wyomissing, Pa. Previously he served as the Public Works Director for the City of Reading, Pa. Jones has also served as the Public Works Director and Engineering Services Director for Spring Township, Pa., Project Manager with Spotts, Stevens and McCoy, and Civil Engineer with PennDOT. He served as President of the East Penn Section of the American Society of Highway Engineers in 1987-88.

Jones is a life member of APWA and has served on the Executive Board of the APWA Central Pennsylvania Chapter since 1986 and as Chapter President in 1990 and 2000. He has been the Chapter Delegate since 2002, advancing to Chair of the House of Delegates in 2013.  He was a member of the House of Delegates Transition Task Force and served for two years on the initial Steering Committee of the Council of Chapters. Jones was the first Chair of the Engineering and Technology Committee and served for six years on the Solid Waste Management Committee. He has contributed articles for the APWA Reporter and presented at the APWA Congress in New Orleans in 2008.

Brian (Keith) Pugh, PE, PWLFBrian (Keith) Pugh, PE, PWLF, Director of Region III

Keith Pugh has spent his entire 28-year career with two organizations: the City of Greensboro, N.C. and the City of High Point, N.C. In 1988 he was in charge of the City of Greensboro’s traffic safety program and the request for services program. After receiving his Professional Engineer’s license in 1995 he worked for Greensboro’s Engineering and Inspections Department as the Construction Contracts and Assessments Section Manager. In 2000 he was named Greensboro’s Facilities Engineering Manager overseeing renovation and construction of public facilities. In 2004 he began working for the City of High Point as the Engineering Services Director. As the head of the Engineering Services Department, Pugh oversees design specifications; in-house infrastructure design and construction administration; plan review of public utilities, stormwater, roadway, and sidewalk projects; enforcement of erosion control regulations; collection and maintenance of survey data; and inspection of city and private projects.

Pugh’s leadership in APWA began in 2001 when he was selected to serve on the Engineering and Technology Committee. At the chapter level, he began attending conferences and workshops immediately after joining APWA in 1996. He was elected to the North Carolina Chapter’s Administrative Management Division board in 2003, and has served in various capacities including Administrative Management Division President (2006), Chapter Director (2007), Chapter Awards Committee (2008-present), Chapter President (2011), and Chapter Delegate (2014-present, currently serving on the Council of Chapters Steering Committee). Pugh has served on APWA’s Government Affairs Committee since 2011 (committee chair from August 2013-August 2015).

Douglas (Doug) E. Layton, PE, PWLFDouglas E. Layton, PE, PWLF, Director of Region IV

Doug Layton has worked in many areas of public works. He has worked as a direct city employee, as an engineering consultant, and in the design office and field assignments for design/build contractors. As a city employee, he served as a Public Works Director and as a Program Manager for the planning, design and construction of a $600 million transportation bond program. As a consultant, Layton has provided public works services including utilities, transportation and electrical to over 50 local governments. He has served at the Department Head level or higher for over 20 years. He served as the Office Manager and Regional Manager for several engineering firms including Jones Edmunds, HDR, HNTB and AECOM.

Layton has actively served in diverse leadership roles for the Florida Chapter for approximately 25 years, including Chapter President in 2001-02 after serving in succession as Vice President and then President-Elect. He has provided leadership as Chairman of the Chapter Research, Scholarship, League of Cities, and Strategic Planning Committees, and has provided guidance to the chapter as a member of the Scholarship, Awards, and EXPO VIP Relations Committees. Layton has also chaired the chapter’s conference (EXPO) twice and served on the host committee four times. He has served as his chapter’s Delegate to the Council of Chapters for six years, chaired the Council of Chapter’s Chapter Mentoring Committee, and was a member of the Awards Committee.

Richard (Rich) T. Berning, PERichard T. Berning, PE, Director of Region V

Prior to his retirement in 2004, Richard T. Berning served as the Director of Public Works for the City of Springfield, Ill., with 234 full-time employees and an operational budget of more than $36 million. He has worked in the public works profession nearly his entire career, beginning with his first job in 1969 as Assistant Gas Planning and Design Engineer with Illinois Power Company. He joined the City of Springfield in 1972 as an Assistant Traffic Engineer with responsibilities in traffic signal network renovation and construction. After working in the private sector for a number of years, Berning returned to the City of Springfield in 1988 as the City Engineer. Although he is retired from full-time public works service, he continues to work as a self-employed consultant.

Berning has been a member of APWA for more than twenty-five years and has served the Illinois Chapter as the Chapter Delegate for the past seven years. He has served on the Illinois Chapter Conference Committee for the past nine years and has served on the Illinois Public Service Institute Advisory Board since its creation, twice serving as the chair for two-year terms. At the national level he has been a member of the Government Affairs Committee (2001-03, 2009-10), the Master’s Degree Task Force (2004-05) and the National Nominating Committee (2008). He is also a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, Illinois Society of Professional Engineers, and Institute of Traffic Engineers. Berning has given presentations at a number of conferences and co-authored the article “Public Works in modern-day China” which ran in the April 2006 issue of the APWA Reporter.

Chuck Williams, PWLFChuck Williams, PWLF, Director of Region VI

Chuck Williams was appointed in January 2010 as Municipal Services Director for Lenexa, Kansas and retired in January 2016. His responsibilities included the maintenance of infrastructure including street, stormwater, traffic control, fleet, asset management and facilities. Prior to his position with Lenexa, Williams served as Public Works Director for the City of Gladstone, Mo., where he was responsible for engineering, traffic control, utilities and streets. Williams also served in a variety of roles for the City of Manhattan, Kans., for more than 29 years. His final position with Manhattan was as Director of Public Works where his responsibilities included engineering, utilities, streets, traffic control and facilities.

Williams first became a member of APWA in 1982, in which his early involvement was as a member of the Kansas Chapter.

David FabianoDavid Fabiano, P.E., PWLF, Director of Region VII

David Fabiano has more than 24 years of experience in the public works field. He has spent most of his career working in the consulting engineering arena on both small- and large-scale public works projects for public agencies, with more than 17 years with a single consulting engineering firm. In September 2016, Fabiano made the transition to the public side and became the Town Engineer for the Town of Gilbert, Ariz., where he oversees the Engineering Services Division of the Public Works Department. As Town Engineer, he manages the Capital Improvement Program, Traffic Engineering and Traffic Operations areas.

Fabiano has a long history of participation and involvement at the chapter and national levels of APWA. He has served as an officer and a member of the Board of Directors for the Arizona Chapter, and served as Chapter President in 2007. He served as Co-Chair for the 2015 APWA Congress Host Committee in Arizona. In 2009 he began serving as the Alternate Delegate for the Arizona Chapter to the House of Delegates and was named as the Delegate for the chapter in 2014. In the Council of Chapters, he has served on the Steering Committee as the representative of Region VII. In 2017 Fabiano was recognized as a Top Ten Public Works Leader of the Year.

Shahnawaz (Shahn) Ahmad, PEShahnawaz (Shahn) Ahmad, PE, Director of Region VIII

Shahnawaz Ahmad has a long history of service to the American Public Works Association, to the public works industry, and to the other engineering organizations. For APWA, he served as President of the Southern California Chapter and as well as the Chapter Delegate. He was elected as Chair of the House of Delegates in 2012. He was instrumental in Anaheim, Calif., being selected to host the 2012 Congress. He played a valuable role in coordinating the various activities that were required to host a successful Congress.

Ahmad was instrumental in the preparation of the Southern California Chapter’s Strategic Plan and implementation of its goals and objectives. He also prepared the chapter’s Best Practices for APWA Chapter Capacity Building in 2007. He was Chair of the Bylaws Committee in 2005 to bring the Chapter Bylaws in compliance with the National Model Bylaws and was Chair of the Bylaws Committee in 2011 to review and update the Bylaws. In addition, Ahmad is a member of APWA’s Projects of the Year Awards Committee.

Dan Hartman photoDan J. Hartman, PWLF, Director of Region IX

Dan Hartman has been the Director of Public Works for the City of Golden, Colo., since 1988. He is responsible for engineering, streets, water supply treatment and distribution, wastewater collection, environmental services, stormwater, capital construction, traffic engineering, fleet, and the City’s Building Department. Prior to working for the City of Golden, he held director positions for the City of Tustin, Calif., and the City of Steamboat Springs, Colo.

Hartman has served the Colorado Chapter as a Director, Secretary, President-Elect and President, and as the chapter delegate to the Council of Chapters. He has worked as a committee member on the chapter leadership and management conference and is one of the committee members that started and maintains the chapter’s Public Works Institute. He is also an instructor in the Public Works Institute as well as a lecturer at the Colorado Annual Conference. At the national level, Hartman served on the Leadership and Management Committee for six years, and chaired the committee for two years. In addition to previously serving as the chapter delegate to the Council of Chapters, he currently serves on the Council of Chapters Mentoring Subcommittee. He has been a prolific contributing author for the APWA Reporter, having submitted nearly twenty articles since 2010.

Hartman has been a presenter at PWX on traffic calming, roundabouts, accreditation for small communities, effective utility management, stormwater compliance, public works citizen academies, and leadership and management. He was a Jennings Randolph Fellow to Australia, and an APWA delegate in an exchange with the Ministry of Construction in Japan. He received APWA’s International Service Award in 2010 and was named an APWA Top Ten Public Works Leader of the Year in 2009.

Jim NealJames R. Neal, P.E., PWLF, Director-at-Large, Engineering & Technology

James R. Neal has been involved in the public works profession for the past 38 years. Following his retirement from the U.S. Army after serving 20 years as an engineer officer, he worked as a Senior Project Manager for the City of Charleston, S.C., designing, renovating, and constructing major facilities for the city. Neal has been the Director of Public Works for one of the largest counties in South Carolina for the last 10 years, leading a team of more than 200 employees.

Neal has been active in APWA as the President of the South Carolina Chapter, after serving as the Vice President and President-Elect. Prior to joining the board, he was the South Carolina Chapter Delegate. At the national level, he served as the chair of the Accreditation Council and was working with the Young Professionals Committees. In 2016, he was selected as one of APWA’s Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year.

Lisa Ann Rapp, PWLFLisa Ann Rapp, PWLF, Director-at-Large, Environmental Management

As Director of Public Works for the City of Lakewood, Calif., Lisa Ann Rapp is responsible for the daily operations of the Public Works Department with a staff of 38 full-time and part-time employees, in four operating divisions including Engineering and Administration, Facilities Maintenance, Tree and Hardscape Maintenance, and Fleet Maintenance. She manages all public works services, provided by a variety of in-house staff and both public and private service providers, including Streetlighting, Animal Control, Solid Waste and Recycling, Environmental Management, Street Maintenance and Traffic Operations. Her department is also responsible for management of all city capital improvement projects.

Rapp has been a member of the APWA Southern California Chapter’s Board of Directors and Executive Team since 2004, serves at the editor of the SoCal Chapter’s Insight Newsmagazine, and served as Chapter President in 2009. She was a member of the Program Committee and Co-Chair of the Volunteer/Operations Committee for the APWA Congress in 2012. She serves as the chair of the APWA California Chapters Advocacy Committee. Rapp has been a member of the national Government Affairs Committee since 2012 and has chaired the committee for the past two years. She was named one of APWA’s Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year in 2014.

Mary Joyce Ivers, CPFP, PWLFMary Joyce Ivers, CPFP, PWLF, Director-at-Large, Fleet & Facilities Management

Mary Joyce Ivers has been involved in public works for over twenty-one years. For the past six, she has served as the Fleet and Facilities Manager for the City of Ventura, California. In this position she manages a $10 million operating budget, is responsible for five supervisors and twenty employees, and interacts daily with City departments and the citizens of Ventura. In 2011, Ivers and her team collaboratively developed Fleet and Facilities Business Plans and Service Level Agreements for all of the customer departments and looked at providing public works services as a business model. This was the first business plan developed for any of the departments at the City of Ventura.

Ivers has been very involved in fleet and facilities at both the local and national levels. At the local level, she is involved in the regional Gold Coast Fleet group and the Central Coast International Facilities Management Association. At the national level with APWA, she received the Certified Public Fleet Professional (CPFP) designation in 2008 and was recertified in 2013. In 2010, she was appointed to the Fleet Services Technical Committee and was appointed Chair in 2012. In 2011, Ivers served on the Education & Certification Strategic Planning Group as the Fleet Technical Committee member. Ivers has written many articles promoting success stories within fleet and facilities operations that have been published in the APWA Reporter, Government Fleet, American City and County, Roads and Bridges and other publications.

Stan Brown, PE, PWLFStan Brown, PE, PWLF, Director-at-Large, Leadership and Management

Stan Brown has worked in local government for more than 28 years, holding various public works, engineering, and management positions in Georgia, Colorado and Wyoming. He is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Georgia, and a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve whose recent military service included deployments to Iraq, Kuwait and Kyrgyzstan. Brown was awarded the U.S. Army’s Bronze Star medal for exceptional and meritorious service as a facility engineer commander during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has served as City Manager for the City of Oakwood, Ga., since 2004.

Brown is active in the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Council, has served as Chairman of the Lake Lanier Convention and Visitors Bureau, serves as Executive Secretary for the Hall County Joint Municipal Association Executive Committee, founding Chairman of the Hall County Green Alliance, Chairman of the APWA Small Cities/Rural Communities Committee, Chairman of the APWA Georgia Chapter Awards Committee, and President of the APWA Georgia Chapter Northeast Georgia Branch. In 2015, he was recognized by APWA as a Top Ten Public Works Leader of the Year.

Kathleen B. DavisKathleen B. Davis, Director-at-Large, Transportation

As the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Director of Local Programs, Kathleen Davis has been the advocate and voice of local governments with the Department. With 23 years of experience, she is recognized as a national leader in federal transportation policy. As the Washington State DOT Director of Local Programs, she is personally responsible for administration of state and federal funds that support city and county transportation systems.

Davis has been an APWA member since 1996 and has been active in the Washington State Chapter, most recently involving the Scholarship Committee. The committee’s primary objective is to provide grants to college students and attract them to the service of public works and introduce them to the APWA organization. She has also demonstrated her commitment at the national level by serving on the SAFETEA-LU Task Force and the Transportation Committee as chair for the past two years.

Scott GraysonScott Grayson, CAE, APWA Executive Director

Scott Grayson serves as Executive Director/CEO for both the American Public Works Association (APWA) and the Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA). In this role, he leads the organizations’ operations to provide strategic leadership and ensure that the vision and core values of APWA and CPWA are communicated and implemented at all levels of the organization. Grayson serves as the spokesperson, along with the APWA and CPWA Presidents, on behalf of APWA’s 30,000 members. He collaborates with key stakeholders in the public works sector including: the U.S. Congress, Canadian Parliament, federal, and provincial/state branches of government and agencies.

Before joining APWA as Executive Director, Scott served as the Associate Managing Director for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) located in Washington, D.C. He was responsible for programs related to employment, career and professional development, licensure and registration, and provided support for the IEEE-USA Board of Directors. Grayson worked in the areas of communications, public relations, chapter relations, membership development, strategic planning, conference management, fundraising, research, and most recently worked with student and young professional member engagement. He was with IEEE-USA since 1990 and had been responsible for grassroots, state and federal legislative programs including being a staff liaison to numerous scientific engineering and legal organizations to build coalitions.

Grayson also served on the Golden Valley, Minn. City Council and was Chair of the Golden Valley Housing Redevelopment Authority  He holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s in Latin American & Caribbean Studies from New York University, specializing in international relations and economic development. He is also an active member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), from which he holds a Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential, Association for Talent Development (ATD) and the Council for Engineering and Scientific Society Executives (CESSE).

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