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Board of Directors Biographies

William (Bill) E. Spearman, III, PEWilliam E. (Bill) Spearman, III, PE, 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.

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

David L. Lawry, P.E., is the director of municipal operations at Chastain and Associates, an engineering consulting firm in Schaumburg, Ill. His professional experience includes serving as director of engineering and public works for the Village of Schaumburg from April 2014 until his retirement in August 2018. Lawry also served as director of village operations for the Village of Wauconda, Ill., and as public services director for the City of Elgin, Ill., a position he held for 23 years.

Lawry is no stranger to Board work, having served a previous stint as Region V director from 2008-2011, and as a liaison to APWA’s Engineering and Technology Committee, the Utilities and Public Rights-of-Way Committee, the Asset Management Task Force, and the Accreditation Council. He was also a member of APWA’s Strategic Planning Committee and the Finance Committee.

A member of APWA for 29 years, Lawry also has extensive experience working on the local level of APWA through the Chicago Metro Chapter. He has been a member of its Executive Committee since 1999, has served in each of the chapter officers’ positions at both the branch and chapter levels, including its President in 2007, and has served on various chapter committees and remains a member of the steering committee for the Illinois Public Service Institute. Aside from his service to APWA, Lawry is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Water Works Association. He received one of APWA’s highest honors when he was named one of the Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year in 2012.

Mary Joyce Ivers, CPFP, PWLFMary Joyce Ivers, CPFP, PWLF, President-Elect

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.

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.

Dominick Longobardi photoDominick 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, PWLFBrian (Keith) Pugh, PE, PWLF, Director of Region III

As the Municipal On-Call Contracts Program Manager and a Senior Technical Client Advisor with WithersRavenel, Keith Pugh focuses on helping municipal clients solve complex engineering problems. He retired from municipal service in July 2019 after spending more than 31 years in local government, where he dedicated his time to the City of Greensboro, N.C., and the City of High Point, N.C.

He began his career with Greensboro's traffic safety program in 1988. He rose through the Engineering and Inspections Department to the position of Facilities Engineering Manager in 2000, responsible for overseeing the renovation and construction of public facilities. He transferred to the City of High Point in 2004 to become the Engineering Services Director, where he managed in-house infrastructure design and construction administration and performed plan reviews and inspections for City and private projects.

After joining APWA in 1996, he took up his first leadership positions in the North Carolina Chapter's Engineering and Technology Committee (2001) and the Administrative Management Division board (2003). At the chapter level, he has served as Administrative Management Division President (2006), Chapter Director (2007), Chapter Awards Committee chair (2008–2016), Chapter President (2011), and Chapter Delegate (2014–2016, including Council of Chapters Steering Committee). At the national level, he served on the Government Affairs Committee (2011–2016), including a term as committee chair (August 2013–August 2015). He was awarded the Robert K. Seals Distinguished Service Award in 2013, the highest recognition given by the North Carolina Chapter. He has received the President’s Award from the North Carolina Chapter on 5 separate occasions.

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.

Sean E. O'Dell photoSean 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 photoJoe 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 FabianoDavid Fabiano, PE, 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, PE, 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.

Vic Bianes photoVic Bianes, PE, Director-at-Large, 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.

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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