Mary Joyce Ivers, CPFP, PWLF, President
Mary Joyce Ivers has been involved in public works for over twenty-seven years. In 2019 she was promoted to Deputy Public Works Director overseeing the operations activities within the Public Works Department. The Public Works department oversees $100 million with a team of 91 public works “First Responders” who continue to rebuild the community after the Thomas Fire. Prior to serving as Interim Public Works Director, she spent 17 years as the Fleet and Facilities Manager for the City of Ventura. In this position she managed a $10 million operating budget, managed 25 employees and interacted daily with City departments and the residents of Ventura. In 2017, she was recognized as the National Government Fleet Manager of the Year and was inducted to the Public Fleet Hall of Fame in 2018.
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, PWLF, President-Elect
Stan Brown worked in local government for more than 32 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 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. Brown recently retired as City Manager for the City of Oakwood, Ga., after 16 years, and also worked with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia providing instruction to local government elected officials and staff members on public works-related topics. He continues to serve local governments and public works agencies as a consultant with the Georgia Municipal Association.
Brown served on the APWA Board of Directors for four years as Technical Director, Leadership & Management. In 2015, he was recognized by APWA as a Top Ten Public Works Leader of the Year. He is active in the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Council, has served as Chairman of the Lake Lanier Convention and Visitors Bureau, Executive Secretary for the Hall County Joint Municipal Association Executive Committee, 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.
William E. (Bill) Spearman, III, PE, Past President
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 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.
W. 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.
Dominick A. Longobardi, Director of Region II
As the elected Mayor of the Incorporated Village of Floral Park, N.Y., Dominick Longobardi is the Chief Executive Officer of a full-service Village of over 16,000 residents. He oversees a staff of over 300 employees, including the 56-member Police Department, all-volunteer Fire Department, Recreation Center & Pool Complex, Floral Park Library and, of course, the Public Works Department including Sanitation, Highway, Parks and Tree, Fleet Maintenance, and Buildings Maintenance Departments. In his full-time capacity as Deputy Comptroller with the Town of Hempstead, N.Y., Longobardi assists the Town Comptroller and Director of Finance with all purchasing functions, including preparation of contracts, contract negotiations and contract dispute resolutions, and review and oversight of operating funds and bank account management. He previously served as Assistant to the Commissioner of Sanitation for the Town of Hempstead, where he assisted in the entire administration of the department.
Longobardi is a Past President of the APWA New York Metro Chapter and Long Island Branch and has recently served as the Council of Chapters Delegate serving on the Advocacy Task Force. He is a member of Nassau County Village Officials Association and Rotary Club of Floral Park. He is Treasurer of the Long Island Sanitation Officials Association and chairs the Greater Long Island Clean Cities Coalition.
Brian (Keith) Pugh, PE, PWLF, Director of Region III
Keith Pugh received his BSCE from North Carolina State University in December 1987 and immediately began his public service career as a municipal engineer with the City of Greensboro, N.C. He held numerous jobs with increasing responsibility during his tenure with Greensboro including Transportation Planning Engineer, Construction Contracts and Assessments Manager, and Facilities Engineering Manager. He received his Professional Engineers license in 1995. In January 2004 Pugh left the City after 16 years to become the City of High Point’s Director of Engineering Services. He retired from the City of High Point in July 2019, and now serves as Senior Technical Client Advisor with WithersRavenel, Asheville, N.C., serving their municipal clients.
Pugh’s leadership in APWA began in 2001 when he was selected to serve on the national Engineering and Technology Committee. At the chapter level, he was elected to the North Carolina Chapter’s Administrative Management Division (AMD) board in 2003. He has served in various chapter capacities including AMD President, Chapter Director, Chapter Awards Committee Chair, Chapter President, and Chapter Delegate. Pugh has served on APWA’s Project of the Year Selection Committee and Government Affairs Committee (including two years as committee chair). He co-chaired the 2013 North American Snow Conference host committee.
Douglas 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.
Sean E. O’Dell, PE, Director of Region V
As Vice President of Baxter & Woodman’s Water Group, Sean O’Dell leads a group of four departments (W/WW Infrastructure, Water Resources, General Municipal Services, and CAD) and more than 30 professionals. He is responsible for production management, quality control, training, development of the firm’s standards and procedures, and business development. Prior to leading the group, he served in the position of Infrastructure Department Manager for Baxter & Woodman.
O’Dell has been an active member of APWA’s Chicago Metro Chapter since 2009. He has moved through the ranks from Branch Treasurer (’09) to Branch President (’13) and Chapter Treasurer (’14) to Chapter President (’17). He was selected as the Myron Calkins Young Leader of the Year in 2015. He is the current Presidential Appointee, Sustainability Liaison and Community Outreach Committee head for the chapter, where he promotes and participates in many charity events throughout the year such as Hustle up the Hancock, Mathcounts, Future Cities, and Expo 5k Races. He promotes and advocates for public works within the Chicagoland area. He was also part of the “You’re Welcome” video creative team that helped plan and write the lyrics for the APWA National award-winning public relations endeavor.
Joe Johnson, PE, Director of Region VI
As Business Development Manager with Burns & McDonnell, Joe Johnson works with local public agencies on design projects to improve their communities or services they provide. Prior to working with Burns & McDonnell, he worked on the public side for over 30 years with the last 21 as the Director of Public Works for the City of Leawood, Kansas. In that capacity, he oversaw administration, street maintenance, stormwater maintenance, engineering, inspection, fleet and facility operations.
Johnson served on the Kansas City Metro Chapter Executive Committee for almost twenty years (including all officer positions), has served on chapter committees, and has served over ten years as the Delegate on the Council of Chapters. He served as one of the Co-Chairs for the 2018 PWX Steering Committee and was named a Top Ten Public Works Leader of the Year in 2007. In December 2018, at the KC Metro Chapter Annual Holiday Party, he received the Ken Cardwell Heart of America Award, which recognizes individuals who have served the chapter in an exemplary manner and through their efforts have bettered the public works community.
David Fabiano, PE, PWLF, Director of Region VII
David Fabiano has more than 26 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. He oversees the standards and specifications for public works construction and use of the rights-of-way.
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. 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, 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 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. At the national level, Hartman served on the Leadership and Management Committee for six years, and chaired the committee for two years. In addition, he is a member of the APWA credentialing focus group. Previously serving as the chapter delegate to the Council of Chapters, he has served as the Region IX Director since 2018. He received APWA’s International Service Award in 2010 and was named an APWA Top Ten Public Works Leader of the Year in 2009.
James R. Neal, PE, PWLF, Technical Director, Engineering & Technology
James R. (Jim) Neal is a Professional Engineer and Strategic Business Development Coordinator for Mattern & Craig, Charleston, S.C. Prior to his current position he served as the Public Works Director for Charleston County, S.C. He has been involved in the public works profession for the past 40 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. As the Director of Public Works for one of the largest counties in South Carolina for over 11 years, he led 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 worked with the Young Professionals Committees. As a delegate he was active with the Council of Chapters' Public Works Leadership of the Future Committee. In 2016, he was selected as one of APWA’s Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year.
Lisa Ann Rapp, PWLF, Technical Director, 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 was a member of the APWA Southern California Chapter’s Board of Directors and Executive Team from 2004-2018, 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 was a member of the national Government Affairs Committee from 2012 until joining the Board of Directors in 2018 and chaired the committee for the past three years. In her first term on the Board, she served on the Strategic Planning Committee, the Foundation Formation Ad Hoc Committee, and served as Board Liaison to the Solid Waste Management and Water Resources Management Technical Committees, and the Center for Sustainability. She was named one of APWA’s Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year in 2014.
Vic Bianes, PE, Technical Director, Fleet & Facilities Management
Vic Bianes’s career spans 33 years in public works administration, management, project management, planning, design, fiscal management, operations and maintenance, and construction. He has worked in the private sector with Associated Professional Engineering Corporation and with a number of public agencies. He has significant public works experience leading large capital improvements programs, running large-scale operation and maintenance efforts, and managing complex programs within the San Diego County Water Authority and the City of San Diego. Bianes is a California registered engineer with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from San Diego State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Redlands.
Within APWA, Bianes has been very active in the San Diego & Imperial Counties Chapter as well as at the national level. He has been the Chapter Committee Chair for the Internship, Scholarship, and Awards Committees. He has held chapter executive positions including Board Director, Secretary, Vice President, President, Past President and Alternate Delegate. He also represented the chapter on the California Advocacy Committee and has written position papers on the impacts of proposed legislation to public works operations. He is recipient of the 2017 Harry S. Swearingen Award for outstanding chapter service. At the national level, Bianes has been appointed to a number of APWA committees that include the Certified Stormwater Manager (CMS) Council, Committee for Diversity and Inclusion, and Certification Council. He has also served as a committee member and the Chair for the Utilities and Public Rights-of-Way (UPROW) Technical Committee. He has written numerous articles for the APWA Reporter, given presentations at PWX, and participated in a number of Click, Listen & Learn sessions.
Laura Kroeger, PE, Technical Director, Leadership & Management
As the Engineering Service Manager responsible for Capital Improvement Projects and Stream Management/Maintenance for the Mile High Flood District, Laura Kroeger is responsible for a budget of over $40 million with a full-time team of 20 people. The District utilizes an alternative project delivery approach that is relationship-based to implement its work plan. Kroeger developed the alternative process called Project Partners, which brings together a diverse team of experts at the onset of a project to work collaboratively to achieve project goals successfully. In addition, she is leading a new effort for the District called Fee-In-Lieu Improvements projects for development. Kroeger has worked closely with staff, local municipalities, and the development community to build a win-win scenario for fulfilling master planned improvements on development sites. This, in turn, has allowed the District to influence an additional $40 million in stream enhancements directly.
As a past chair of APWA’s Leadership & Management Committee, Kroeger supported the committee in some creative projects, including teaming with the other Technical Committees on developing a public works benchmark tool, designing a leadership framework, and orchestrating the APWA Reporter series “People, the Engine of Public Works.” Her experience on the Certification Council, Credentialing Focus Group, and actively participating in the establishment of the Certified Public Works Professional have provided her with valuable insight to ensure the success of these initiatives and others.
Helena K. Allison, PWLF Technical Director, Transportation
Helena K. Allison has worked in the public works municipal government sector in California for over 24 years, serving as an engineer, Public Works Director, and Transportation Director. In her current role as Construction Inspector/Engineer with Ghirardelli Associates, Inc., she is working as a consultant for the California Department of Transportation on large public works construction projects. She has made numerous presentations to educate and enlighten people concerning the public works profession, written articles about the profession, developed a “Careers in Public Works” Handbook, and presented at universities and high schools on current issues in public works. She is a past president of the Toastmasters International local branch and a member of WTS. She has also requested proclamations on multiple occasions from the governors of California regarding National Public Works Week.
Ms. Allison has been active in APWA’s Sacramento Chapter for over three decades serving as a sustaining member of the Education Endowment Fund, Chapter Board Member, Chapter President, Chapter Delegate, and presently Alternate Chapter Delegate. In 2019, the Sacramento Chapter recognized her with its highest individual honor—the Stan Wilkening Member of the Year Award. At the national level, she was recognized for her efforts in 2017 as a recipient of the International Service Award. She has published multiple articles in the APWA Reporter concerning both global technical and non-technical issues and has made multiple presentations at monthly APWA lunch meetings and conferences (now called PWX). She most recently served on the National Transportation Committee, is active on both the Chapter Advocacy Committee and International Affairs Committee, and is the chapter’s Advocacy Ambassador.
Scott Grayson, CAE, APWA Chief Executive Officer
Scott Grayson serves as 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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