Mid-Atlantic Public Works Institute
Mid-Atlantic Public Works Institute

Instructors

Qualifications and Experience of Instructors

Mid-Atlantic Public Works Institute instructors are working professionals with years of experience in the field. They are outstanding experts in their subject matter, but what truly sets them apart is that they are also expert instructors. Our talented instructors engage participants and pass their expertise on to them with practical, hands-on skills they can use right away to solve the challenges they'll face in the real world.

"Facilitators were very engaging and kept the level of interest at a level 10 the entire session. Great job!"

About Our Instructors

To ensure quality instruction, a rigorous application and selection process has been put in place to create the instruction team. Instructors will be selected by mid-July and their bios placed here for your reference.  

photo of speaker Ashley Barker has over a decade of experience in project management and customer service. She graduated from Virginia Tech in 2007 with a BS in Psychology and earned a MS in Management from Strayer University in 2013. After earning her master’s degree, Ashley worked at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) as the Coordinator of Event and Meeting Services and received the Presidential Staff Award for Community Multicultural Enrichment. In 2015, Ashley moved back to Blacksburg to serve in her current role as the Assistant Director of Continuing and Professional Education at Virginia Tech. She is responsible for planning and executing educational conferences, events, seminars, institutes, and training workshops. She works with a wide variety of clients including academic faculty, world-renowned research firms, governmental agencies, and global corporations. Ashley has extensive knowledge and experience in the areas of leadership development, project management, and conflict resolution. Her various roles have provided her with the opportunity to lead teams through severe challenges/crises and work with clients and teams of diverse populations and cultures.

For the past 4 years, Ashley has served on the Association of College Unions International’s Region VI Leadership Team and has facilitated numerous workshops on customer service, leadership, communication, and event planning at regional and international conferences.

Ashley is currently pursuing her PhD in Higher Education at Virginia Tech with a focus on leadership development.


photo of speaker Robert B. Boxer, Director Herndon Public Works, has served as an municipal engineer for 42 years. After earned his Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and spending two years in the private sector with the firm of Edwards and Kelcey, he moved to Virginia to take an engineering position with the City of Alexandria. In 1977, he became a project engineer for Fairfax County, in the Construction Management Division, in the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services. He became the Director of the Construction Management Division in 1984. In 2003, Bob became the Director of Public Works for the Town of Herndon, Virginia, where he currently work. The town's Public Works Department is responsible for water and sewer services, refuse and recycling programs, streets, traffic signs and signals, parks and grounds, fleet management and building maintenance operations. They also are responsible for building permits and inspections, project management and storm water management programs. Bob is a licensed Professional Engineer.


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Richard Broad, P.E., CSM, has served as the Assistant Public Works Director for Norfolk Public Works since May 2013. His duties as Assistant Director of Public Works consist of assisting the Director in managing a staff of 449 personnel in nine divisions, an operating budget of $62 million, and construction contracts totaling $96 million.

Previously, Mr. Broad was the Engineering Operations Manager for Norfolk Public Works Combined Operations Division between August 2012 and May 2013, served for 11 years as the Stormwater Administrator for the City of Chesapeake, and worked for a little over a year for as a Civil Engineer III in Norfolk's Division of Environmental Stormwater Management.

Before transitioning to municipal government in 2000, Mr. Broad worked for 9 years in Houston, Texas and 2 years in Newport News for Radian International, an environmental engineering company that was later acquired by URS. Mr. Broad worked designing, constructing, and operating numerous groundwater and soil remediation systems at rail facilities, industrial sites, and Superfund sites. He also conducted numerous environmental site assessments at government and industrial sites in the U.S. and in Mexico. Prior to returning to school to study engineering. Mr. Broad worked for 6 years in the oil and gas industry as an exploration and production geologist in Houston, Texas.

Mr. Broad has a Master of Science degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Houston, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia. His professional affiliations include registered professional engineer in Virginia, Certified Stormwater Manager, and American Public Works Association.


photo of speaker Chris Carson is National Director of Program & Project Controls for ARCADIS U.S., the leading global engineering and consultancy firm. He has over 40 years of experience in Program/Construction Management, specializing in the Controls disciplines of Planning and Scheduling, Cost Management, Risk Management, Document Control, and Forensic Analysis. His project background includes educational, municipal, commercial, industrial, governmental, military, and medical projects, and a variety of industries including facilities, infrastructure/transportation, water/wastewater treatment, utilities, and environmental projects.

Mr. Carson is active in a leadership position in professional associations including CMAA (Construction Management Association of America), AACE (Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering) International, RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors), PMI (Project Management Institute) and the Scheduling Community of Practice, and the GPC (International Guild of Project Controls).

As a recognized thought leader in Program/Project Controls and PMCM, he has received multiple awards, such as the 2011 AACE International "Technical Excellence" award, the 2009 PMI College of Scheduling award for "Significant Contributions to the Scheduling Industry", and the "Chairman's Award" from CMAA in 2006 for contributions to the CM industry.

Mr. Carson is a CMAA Certified Construction Manager (CCM), a PMI Project Management Professional (PMP), an AACE International Planning and Scheduling Professional (PSP), Decision and Risk Management Professional (DRMP), and Certified Estimating Professional (CEP). He was selected as an AACE International Fellow in 2013, the founding Fellow of Project Controls by the International Guild of Project Controls in 2014, and a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in 2015.

As a top ranked speaker and presenter of over 500 sessions, his credentials also include over thirty publications, including "Forensic Schedule Analysis", "Identifying the Critical Path", "Original Baseline Schedule Review", and "Update Schedule Review", "Development of Cost Estimate Plans", "The Ten Best Approaches to Avoid Claims", and "Project Planning". Mr. Carson was an Author and Editor for the 2014 book, "CPM Scheduling for Construction - Best Practices and Guidelines" published by PMI, contributing author for "Construction Project Scheduling and Control", by Saleh Mubarak, published by Wiley in 2010, and contributing author for the "Time Management Procedures" by CMAA.


photo of speaker Stephen Cauffman is a research engineer with the Community Resilience Program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He initiated resilience work at NIST in 2010 with funding from the Department of Homeland Security and developed the initial plan for the NIST Community Resilience Program. The program is developing science-based tools to measure resilience at the community-scale and guidance on planning and implementing measures to improve resilience. The Community Resilience Program (http://www.nist.gov/el/resilience/) produced the Community Resilience Planning Guide for Buildings and Infrastructure Systems and the Community Resilience Economic Decision Support Guide for Buildings and Infrastructure Systems. The Program has also established the Community Resilience Panel, composed of a broad group of stakeholders to identify and address gaps in knowledge, guidance, and standards to enhance community resilience. The program is supported by the NIST-funded Center for Risk-Based Community Resilience Planning, a ten-institution team led by Colorado State University (http://resilience.colostate.edu/).

Mr. Cauffman previously served as the program manager for the World Trade Center Investigation, led NIST's study of the performance of structures following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and was a member of the team that studied the collapse of the Dallas Cowboys Practice Facility. He has served as leader of the Structures Group and as Deputy Chief and Acting Chief of the Materials and Structural Systems Division.


photo of speaker Michelle Clark is the Administrative Services Manager for Operations for the City of Virginia Beach’s Public Works Department. She holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Old Dominion University, and a bachelor's degree in Management from Saint Paul’s College. She also holds two human resources certifications - an IMPA-CP and SHRM-SCP.

Michelle has almost 20 years of budget, finance, and human resources experience in local and state government, and has been instrumental in assisting the department for APWA Accreditation and the subsequent reaccreditation efforts.


photo of speaker Eddie Crockett is the Assistant Director of Public Works Operations for the City of Newport News, Virginia. Prior to serving in his current position he was the department’s Administrator, Stormwater Operations and he was also the Assistant Administrator in the Wastewater utility. Eddie holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Old Dominion University, a bachelor’s degree in Governmental Administration from Christopher Newport University, and an Associate’s degree in Construction Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Eddie’s public sector career spans close to 40 years including a stint in the United States Air Force prior to joining the City of Newport News in 1996. Moreover, Eddie has been instrumental in preparing the department for APWA Accreditation and the subsequent Reaccreditation efforts. He also serves as Public Work’s Incident Commander during emergency operations.


photo of speaker Carol Davis is the Sustainability Manager for the Town of Blacksburg, Virginia. In her current role, she works on a broad range of sustainability issues - from Climate Protection planning to community-wide recycling efforts to aging-in-place issues. Ms. Davis works with her colleagues and the community at large to expand narrow definitions of sustainability, which have traditionally focused on environmental endeavors alone. In her work, she advocates for a broader set of policies and initiatives that expand options and opportunities for all citizens while fostering true community resiliency: in the local economy, in local government operations, and with the natural systems and resource base that supports the lives and livelihoods of current and future generations. Prior to taking her position with the Town of Blacksburg, Ms. Davis worked on a three-year regional Sustainable Communities planning effort, the NRV Livability Initiative, headed up by the New River Valley Regional Commission. The result of that process yielded a preferred sustainability plan for the region integrating multiple topic areas: aging, arts & culture, community health, energy, economic development, housing, transportation, and natural resources. Key strategies that emerged from that process have now entered the implementation phase, including development of a regional Successful Aging in the NRV policy and design guidebook, the NRV Timebank, and the Solarize Blacksburg and Solarize Montgomery projects. In her spare time, Ms. Davis serves as a volunteer and board member of The New River Land Trust, the NRV Bike Kitchen, and Sustainable Blacksburg.


photo of speaker Matt Earnest is currently the Director of Virginia Tech's Center for High Performance Manufacturing in Blacksburg, Va. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a BS in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research and Boston University with a Master's in Human Resources Education.

Before joining CHPM, Matt was an Assistant Director of Virginia Tech's Office of Continuing and Professional Education. He also served for five years as the Vice President of Workforce and Economic Development for Bridgemont Community and Technical College in Montgomery, WV. His prior 25 years of private sector industrial experience includes positions in Industrial Engineering, Training and Development, Quality and Sustainability at Newport News Shipbuilding, Burlington Industries, and Interface Fabrics, Inc. He was also President of his own training company, Not Just Another Training Company, which specialized in leadership development.

Matt is a certified Achieve Global Facilitator, a certified Advanced Analytical Method of Training Instructor and graduate of Leadership Maine. He has also been active in numerous community and economic development organizations in Maine, Michigan and West Virginia and supports local communities via many and varied volunteer activities.

He and his wife, Pam, live on their farm in Check, VA and are enjoying becoming recent grandparents.

"Awesome job! Love the real life experiences the instructors shared."

photo of speaker Ken Eyre currently serves as the APWA Mid-Atlantic Chapter President, working with the many talented public works members from across the region, planning numerous outreach activities including lunch-n-learns, workshops, field trips, young professional social gatherings, and of course, the annual Chapter conference and equipment show. Ken thoroughly enjoys networking with the many volunteers especially the instructors who share so un-selfishly of their time and talents at Chapter-sponsored educational venues. Ken has developed and provided numerous public works training sessions as part of his engineering and professional society's services. He brings over 40-years of extensive environmental and civil engineering experience including having served as project manager for a number of mid-Atlantic public works agencies, providing including asset management services such as physical condition assessment evaluation, participated in a capital asset management pilot for the City of Philadelphia, developed databases to collect and record buried asset information, and used the observations results to assist in the design and construction services for both rehabilitation/remediation and new systems. Ken has also reviewed best management practice (BMP) systems (industrial and MS4 - manufactured and constructed); conducted storm area drainage investigations and associated hydrologic and collection system hydraulic modeling; storm outfall inspection, I/I studies, water quality monitoring; development of alternatives; review of and application of state design standards; regulatory compliance assistance; developed industrial pretreatment and municipal wastewater treatment plant studies, designs and construction services, infrastructure program management, site location mapping and asset management. For APWA, Ken served as their representative on the Stakeholder Advisory Committee to the US EPA's Wet Weather Flows ETV initiative. Ken has served on other national APWA committees. Ken was recently recognized nationally as a 2016 Top Ten Public Works Leader of the Year. Ken is a registered professional engineer in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Washington DC. APWA President-Elect Bo Mills has appointed Ken to serve on the national Top Ten Public Works Leader of the Year Evaluation committee


photo of speaker Doug Fawcett is the Director of Public Works for the City of Fredericksburg, Virginia. Doug has over 34 years of experience working in local government management and administration, with 18 of those being served in Public Works, and over 10 combined as town, city, and county manager. He holds a BA in Political Science and graduate work in Public Policy from West Virginia University. His additional management and administrating training includes having graduated from the Senior Executive Institute at the University of Virginia.


photo of speaker MeghanMarie Fowler-Finn is as a Performance Analyst with the District of Columbia Department of Public Works. She is responsible for creating a data-driven PerformanceStat process for the Executive Team, developing automated real-time dashboards to monitor operations, and preparing the annual agency performance plan. She is also responsible for snow reporting for the three agencies that clean up snow and has developed a "SnowDash" that brings together real-time snow performance data from multiple agencies in one platform for citywide viewing. Prior to her current position she worked for two other District of Columbia agencies as a Performance Analyst. For the Office of the City Administrator she created and managed the Mayor's Dashboard, consolidating information from 30+ agencies across the District for the Mayor's weekly review, and reinvented agency Performance Plans including the strategic planning process and building an online submission and tracking portal/database. At the Division of Student Transportation she helped create their first performance management program, facilitated the Executive Team's multi-month strategic planning process, and built a Customer Relationship Management tool for the Parent Call Center. Prior to that she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Jamaica teaching environmentally friendly agriculture and taught English for a year in China. MeghanMarie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Environmental Studies from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Public Policy specializing in Social and Urban Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. In the meantime she has earned a Performance Management Professional certification and a Strategic Performance Management certification. Contact her at meghanmarie.fowler-finn@dc.gov.


photo of speaker Pete Garner is the Operations-Engineering Manager for the City of Norfolk Public Works Department. His role is responsible for the routine and emergency maintenance and repair of the city's streets, bridges, sidewalks, curbs, and gutters, maintenance of the city's stormwater infrastructure, and environmental stormwater engineering and compliance. Prior to his current position, Pete spent over 23 years on active duty with the US Army and Air Force as a Civil Engineer. He was commissioned in 1987 as a lieutenant in the US Army following graduation from Clarkson University with a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering. He completed his graduate studies in 1989 at Purdue University with a Master's Degree in Construction Engineering and Management. Pete holds a Professional Engineer license from the Commonwealth of Virginia.


photo of speaker Judith L. Hines is the Assistant Director of Public Works for Administration for the City of Newport News, Virginia. Her career in public works spans over 40 years. She was a key management team participant in achieving APWA National Accreditation for the Newport News Public Works Department in 2003, and was also instrumental in re-accreditation in 2006, 2010 and 2014. She is a graduate of Christopher Newport University with a degree in business management. She is a past president of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of APWA and is currently the Chapter Delegate to APWA’s Council of Chapters. She is also a charter member of the Steering Committee for the Mid-Atlantic Public Works Institute.


photo of speaker James A. Jackson was certified as a Public Works Executive at the APWA PWX in Minneapolis, MN in August 2016. He is also an ICMA Credentialed Manager Candidate who currently serves as the Assistant Director of Operations for the Washington, DC Department of Public Works. He has served as interim Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, Operations and DPW director for the cities Richmond, VA and Detroit, Michigan. He has also served as the Public Services director for Wayne County, Michigan and the Streets and Sanitation director for the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan. James has led operations ranging in size from 100 to 1,540 personnel with budgets from $6 million to $1.2 billion and operations including Solid Waste and Recycling, Street Maintenance, Fleet Maintenance, Facility Maintenance, Traffic Engineering, Permitting, Grounds Maintenance, Winter Maintenance Operations and Sustainability, facility maintenance, fleet maintenance, street maintenance for over 1,540 miles of county roadways and 640 miles of interstate highway, 100,000 traffic signs, 900 traffic signal intersections, water treatment facilities, storm water operations and natural reservoirs. He also oversaw public utility operations to include natural gas and street lighting. James is a former marine serving as a noncommissioned and commissioned officer. He holds a Master of Public Administration, a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and he is a graduate of the Michigan Public Service Institute, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan. James has been published internationally for his work on cultural transformation and maintenance management systems.


photo of speaker Chuck Joyner, P.E., Assistant City Engineer, Department of Public Works, City of Norfolk

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering & Master of Engineering, Old Dominion University

Professional Engineer, Commonwealth of Virginia

Over 27 years of experience with the Department of Public Works, City of Norfolk

Before accepting current position as Assistant City Engineer, worked as a design engineer and project manager in Public Works for the City of Norfolk.

Previous employment includes work in private consulting and with the Naval Facilities Engineering Command.

Oversees portfolio of structural and waterfront projects and various infrastructure elements in the City of Norfolk's inventory, including 52 bridges, 4 miles of shoreline structures, and navigational channels throughout the City.

Assists in the selection, bidding, award, and administration of all Public Works design and construction contracts.

Currently a resident of Virginia Beach, where he lives with his wife Kerri and his 7-year old twins Katie & Cody.


Yvette Judge

Strategy, development, and implementation specialist.

Recognized throughout career for being an innovative program management and strategic planning leader leveraging relationship building skills and in-depth knowledge of developing value-adding action plans that increase operational efficiency. Adept at bridging performance gaps to attain organizational objectives, developing process improvement initiatives, and conveying complex process development concepts in a simple and compelling manner. Detail oriented with a high degree of intellectual curiosity. Practiced at connecting analytical observations to a rich, historical dataset while focusing on telling a story. Brings 15+ years of experience.

  • Recognized organizer who transforms strategic plans into workable solutions and benchmarks for performance against key operational objectives.
  • Strong operational process improvement background leveraging effective cost reduction, tactical planning, productivity gain, and revenue growth strategies.
  • Results-driven with exceptional practical judgment and skills in developing program/project team management, process improvement, and risk management directives.
  • Expertise in financial and operational decision making with an extensive scope of responsibility and a proven track record of delivering optimal results in a high growth environment that exceeds operational goals and yields measurable outcomes.

photo of speaker Megan E. Kelly    is a Senior Assistant County Attorney for Prince William County, Virginia. She has been with the County since 1994. Ms. Kelly's practice includes, but is not limited to, human resources and labor law issues, state and federal litigation, representation of the Human Rights Commission, public safety liability training, County wide ethics and internal control training, and the provision of general legal advice to the Board of County Supervisors, the Office of Executive Management, Police, Fire and Rescue, and the Community Services Board. Ms. Kelly serves on faculty of the Virginia State Bar Course on Professionalism, and as an adjunct professor at George Mason University. Ms. Kelly earned her Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University, her Juris Doctor from the College of William and Mary, and her Masters of Public Administration from George Mason University.


photo of speaker Phillip Koetter has served in the position of Operations Management Administrator for the Public Works Department in the City of Virginia Beach since 2007.

After receiving his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Old Dominion University in 1995, he worked as a Design Engineer and Project Manager for URS, where he managed projects and programs for private, municipal, and federal projects.

After ten years of consulting work, Phillip accepted a position with the City of Virginia Beach Public Works Operations Group. In his current position, he oversees the Public Works Operations Management Division comprised of Customer Service, Contracts, Technical Services and Assets, Support Services, and the Stormwater Engineering Operations Construction bureaus that support the city's stormwater, roadway, and traffic maintenance field personnel in the operations and maintenance of all related infrastructure.

In addition to his duties with the City, Phillip also serves on the Board of Directors for the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American Public Works Association where he currently serves on the Membership and Awards Committees. He is also a member of American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society of Highway Engineers, and the Society of American Military Engineers.


photo of speaker Yon Lambert, AICP, is the Director of the Department of Transportation & Environmental Services (T&ES) for the City of Alexandria. Yon joined the City in 2006 to develop the City's non-motorized transportation program. In 2010, he became Deputy Director of Operations with responsibility for the City's public works programs and policies. Lambert now oversees a department of 217 full-time employees, an annual operating budget of $52 million and 10-year capital improvement budget of more than $800 million for transportation and infrastructure. Prior to his work in Alexandria, Lambert served for 10 years as Deputy Director of Palmetto Conservation, a statewide non-profit in South Carolina. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Public Administration from Virginia Tech. Lambert is registered with the American Institute of Certified Planners and was a 2004-05 Knight Fellow at the University of Miami (FL) School of Architecture. Yon is also a 2007 graduate of Leadership Alexandria, the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce. Yon lives in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria with his wife and two daughters who attend Alexandria public schools.


photo of speaker Adam Manne joined Prince William County as the Purchasing Division Chief in April of 2011. Prior to this he served as the Procurement Officer for Alexandria City Public Schools. He oversees a staff 11 Contract Specialists who purchase all goods and services needed by County Agencies. He has personally led the procurement on several a major infrastructure projects for Prince William County. These projects include PPTAs, a new ERP System and he is currently leading the team on Body Worn Cameras for the Police Department. His professional experience includes working in the private sector as the Purchasing Manager for a congeries firm and the business analyst at a major retirement community. Mr. Manne received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Strayer University. He also holds a Certified Public Managers Certification through a joint venture between the Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments and The George Washington University Center for Public Leadership. Mr. Manne is a Certified Public Procurement Officer and a Virginia Contracting Officer, a member of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing and the Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing.


photo of speaker John Morrill is the energy manager for Arlington County, Virginia.  He leads a broad portfolio of work in energy management and energy policy, including energy efficiency and clean energy deployment for government operations, and implementation of Arlington's Community Energy Plan.  John also leads ESF 12, the emergency support function for energy in Arlington. He has been with Arlington County since 2000.

In 2008, Morrill received a Climate Protection Award from the US EPA for his work on the Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy (AIRE), the county's climate action program he helped establish and co-leads today.

Prior to joining the County, John held a variety of research and management positions during 17 years with the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) in Washington DC. He is coauthor of two books, Residential Indoor Air Quality and Energy Efficiency and Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings.

John serves on the Board of the Virginia Energy Efficiency Council (VAEEC), and also on the Board of the Virginia Energy Purchasing Governmental Association (VEPGA). He is a Certified Energy Manager, a member of ASHRAE, and a Life Member of the Association of Energy Engineers.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (physics) from Clark University, and received a Master of Urban & Environmental Planning degree from the University of Virginia.


photo of speaker Denise Nelson is the Vice President for Public Education at the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure. Her responsibilities include education and training for both public and private sector organizations and overall coordination of messaging and promotions related to Envision, the guidance and rating system for sustainable infrastructure that creates public confidence in the process of civil infrastructure development.

Mrs. Nelson received her Bachelors of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech and her Masters of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. She is a licensed engineer with over 14 years of experience in water utilities and sustainable infrastructure.


photo of speaker Tom Nicholas, P.E., has served as the Facilities Engineer for the City of Virginia Beach Public Works Department since July 2015. His duties consist of overseeing the Facilities Design & Construction Division, the Building Maintenance Division, the Facilities Management Office and the Energy Management Office. In this capacity, Tom is responsible for 190 public works employees, an operating budget of $28M and a capital improvements budget of $36M to manage a portfolio of 800 city buildings and support facilities. Prior to his current position, Tom spent 24 years on active duty as a U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps Officer, rising to the rank of Captain. During those years, he held a variety of increasingly responsible facilities management, construction management and military engineering positions around the world. In his last assignment, he served as the Executive Officer of Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Mid-Atlantic. After his military service, Tom worked for private sector consulting firms as the Director, Program and Construction Management with Alpha Corporation, the Vice President of Federal Programs for the Capital Regional Business Unit of URS, the Director of Federal Programs with RK&K and as the Buildings and Places Federal Practice Leader for the National Governments Business Line at AECOM (formerly URS). Tom holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics from the U.S. Naval Academy and a Master of Engineering Degree in Civil Engineering (Construction Management) from Penn State University. His is a registered professional engineer in Virginia and Pennsylvania. In addition to being a member of APWA, Tom serves on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Energy Efficiency Council (VAEEC) and is a lifetime member of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME).


James W. Patteson, P.E., was appointed the Director of the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services (DPWES) in December 2009. As DPWES Director Mr. Patteson is responsible for leading an organization of over 1300 staff providing excellent services in the areas of wastewater treatment, stormwater management, solid waste disposal and collection, land use and building permitting, and capital improvements for Fairfax County. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Patteson served as Director of Land Development Services, one of DPWES' five main business areas.  He began his career with Fairfax County in 1985 and has worked in a variety of agencies including the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Office of the County Executive, various DPWES divisions and Facilities Management, where he also served as director. He is also on the advisory board of the Virginia Tech Land Development Design Initiative. Mr. Patteson has a Bachelor's Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from George Mason University. He also participated in the Senior Executive Institute at the University of Virginia Weldon Cooper Center.  Mr. Patteson is a licensed Professional Engineer, a Certified Building Official and Property Management Official in Virginia.


photo of speaker Kirstin Runberg Platt graduated from Virginia Tech in 1991 with a double major in Geography and History.  She has over 25 years of experience in the field of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) working in Federal and local governments in Virginia, Idaho, Texas, and Oregon.  Kirstin also earned her credentials as a Certified Geographic Information System Professional (GISP).  She is currently the Asset Management Administrator for the Department of Public Works in the City of Newport News.  Kirstin oversees a variety of disciplines related to asset management including software, hardware, communications, and GIS. These disciplines support the department's objective of improving asset utilization and extending asset life and performance while focusing on the reduction of replacement and operating costs. The department's asset management approach is key to meeting various departmental goals and mandated programs such as the Regional Consent Order and the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit.


Morris "Sonny" Poteat is in his third year as the Safety Analyst for the County of Fairfax, Virginia's Department of Public Works and Environmental Services. Sonny is a skilled safety professional with 24 years of experience in both public and private sectors. He began his work life in heavy and light construction as a carpenter transitioning to professional fire fighter and fire investigator. Moving to California, Sonny spent 10 years with a hydrocolloid manufacturer in San Diego as the Construction Safety Manager. During his tenure, he earned an Occupational Safety and Health Management certificate at San Diego State University following 3 years of study at Cuyamaca Junior College. The PSM facility was awarded the Cal-OSHA VPP Star as well as "Best Practice" in the USA for its Contractor/Guest Safety program.


photo of speaker Jeffrey H. Powell is a native and current resident of Roanoke, Virginia “Star City of the South”. He is currently serving as the Solid Waste Manager for the City of Roanoke and is a graduate of Virginia State University and Howard University (MBA). Jeffrey has received a Lean Sigma Six Greenbelt Certification and is a graduate of the Real Estate Seminar Series, Executive Education, School of Management at George Mason University. He interned for the Honorable M. Caldwell Butler, Congressman 6th District, Virginia, Washington, DC Office and Chubb & Sons Insurance Company in New York, and completed a graduate internship in the Howard University Small Business Development Center.

Jeffrey’s professional career began in the Roanoke Valley as a sales representative with Burroughs Corporation, printed forms division. He has over 30 years of public and private sector operational experience – starting out as a first level manager and has moved up to become the Assistant City Manager. Throughout his career, Jeffrey has held managerial and leadership positions in various fields including utilities, public Works, transportation, customer service, citizen engagement, as well as human capital management. He has also taught on the collegiate level as an adjunct business professor at National Business College in Roanoke Virginia, and both Averett University and University of Richmond, in Richmond, VA. He is a student of Robert Greenfield’s “Servant Leadership” principals, has an interest in Management Consulting and enjoys crafts and watching all major sports.


photo of speaker Jennifer Privette is the Sustainability Manager for the City of Newport News. She leads the city's Environmental Sustainability Program, which is one of the five strategic priorities guiding city operations. Jennifer joined Newport News in 2010 to facilitate the development and implementation of a City-wide Sustainability Plan. The plan incorporates new standards to improve the city's environment through policies, programs and operations to achieve significant, measurable and sustainable practices.

The program's success is built upon a sustainable approach seeking to balance the sustainability triple bottom line accounting framework of Economic value, Environmental impact and Social responsibility. Jennifer has applied her experiences (successes and failures) to engage stakeholders by bringing together community organizations to advance sustainability including partners like Christopher Newport University, The VA Department of Environmental Quality, and the Sierra Club.

NN Green, The City's Sustainability Program moniker, has received local, state, and national recognition including:

  • the Governors Environmental Excellence Gold Award,
  • the Department of Environmental Quality's Sustainability Partner status,
  • American Public Works Association International and Chapter Sustainability Program Award,
  • the VA Municipal League's Platinum Green Government Award,
  • the Crystal Award for Sustainability Best Practices from the VA Chamber of Commerce, and
  • Virginia Green Travel Alliance's Green Event of the Year for the One City Marathon

Jennifer is a Newport News native and earned a bachelor of science in business administration from Christopher Newport University, the Graduate Certificate in Local Government Management from Virginia Tech and the Envision Sustainability Professional credentialing for civil infrastructure from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure. Jennifer currently serves as Chairperson for the American Public Works Association Mid-Atlantic Chapter Sustainability Committee


photo of speaker Ed Shea, PE, PWAM, has 17 years of experience in civil engineering and public works facilities in the DC Metro region, including water, sewer, stormwater and transportation projects. His asset management and utility management experience includes operations benchmarking; infrastructure mapping and inventory, condition assessment, infrastructure renewal project delivery, risk profiling of piped assets, capital improvement plans, security, and cost of service studies. Ed earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Virginia Tech, and an MBA from George Washington University. Recently, he earned a Professional Water Asset Manager certification from the Buried Asset Management Institute. Ed is active in the Chesapeake Water Environment Association, serving as Technical Education Committee Chair and a member of the Asset Management Committee.


photo of speaker Michele Siminari, PE is the Senior Plant Engineer at the Fairfax Water Corbalis Water Treatment Plant. A Florida native, Michele graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Engineering in 2010. Following graduation, Michele moved to Northern Virginia to begin her career as an engineer with Greeley and Hansen. While at Greeley and Hansen, she worked as a project engineer on a variety of stormwater and sanitary sewer collections systems projects and served as the assistant program manager for a $400M water supply program including a raw water intake and greenfield water treatment facility. In late 2016, Michele started as the Senior Plant Engineer at Fairfax Water. As the Senior Plant Engineer, she enjoys working with the plant operators, mechanics, electricians, and I&C staff to solve field issues and provide safe, healthy drinking water for the community she serves and lives in. Michele is active as a young professional in water related organizations across Virginia.


photo of speaker Leslie Riddle is an experienced professional with over twenty years in commercial, private and public sector site management. She is currently the Director of Public Works for the City of Hyattsville, Maryland. She is a Certified Professional Horticulturist, certified by the State of Maryland in erosion and sediment control, and is recognized by the International Society of Arboriculture as a Certified Arborist.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and a Master's Degree in Environmental Studies, and has completed graduate studies in sustainable landscape design. Her education and experience has provided a unique outlook on appropriately administrating both financial and ecological resources.


"Excellent presentations! Learned some valuable tools."

photo of speaker Scott Smith is a Senior Project Manager in the Division of Operations: Engineering and Environmental Group, for the City of Norfolk, Virginia Public Works. He graduated from the Florida Institute of Technology with a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering in 1987, and he is currently a licensed Professional Engineer and licensed Land Surveyor in Virginia. Scott has also held certifications as a Wastewater Plant Operator and Spray Irrigation Operator. His primary responsibility is to coastal flooding and climate adaption, and he is responsible for supervising the field engineering staff, including engineers, inspectors, GIS, bridge inspection, and Miss Utility marking program personnel.


photo of speaker Matthew F. Villareale has 15 years of experience in the public work industry. Matt worked for the City of Dublin, Ohio Department of Service for five years first as the Training/Accreditation Coordinator and then Assistant Director of the Streets & Utilities Division. While with the City of Dublin, Matt led the department to become the 9th accredited public works agency in North America with the American Public Works Association (APWA). For the past 12 years Matt has participated on more than a dozen accreditation site evaluation teams for the APWA accreditation program. Currently, Matt is with Prince William County, Virginia Department of Public Works. While with the County, Matt led the department's efforts to become the 87th accredited agency with APWA. Also, while at the County Matt oversaw the County's fleet as the Fleet Management Division Chief. Matt now serves the County as the Assistant Director of Public Works. In his current position Matt oversees department's internal service divisions that provide facility and fleet services to County agencies. Matt is the current Past President of the Mid-Atlantic APWA Chapter.


photo of speaker Debra Y. Ware is an experienced professional with over twenty years of successful experience working with urban public school districts who has recently ventured into the Public Works arena. Debra has successfully implemented Enterprise Resource Planning systems, inventory reduction and cost control programs, Human Resources on boarding process cycle time reduction initiatives, and eLearning Attendance and Credit cycle time reduction projects. Debra is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt who works with public education, government and businesses. Her B.S. degree is from Strayer University, and she is currently an MBA candidate at Texas A&M University at Commerce. She holds certifications as, Certified Public Manager and Change Manager.


photo of speaker Annie White serves as the manager of Washington DC’s Department of Public Works’ Office of Waste Diversion. In this role, Annie leads programs related to recycling policy, outreach, and education, curbside composting and infrastructure planning, and the coordination of waste diversion programs across District agencies. Annie has over 15 years’ experience in the field of sustainable materials management including serving as the founding director of GreenBlue’s Sustainable Packaging Coalition and leading waste diversion and recycling initiatives for Global Green USA. Annie earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Ross School of Business and a Master of Science (MS) in Sustainable Systems from the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan. She also holds a dual Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology and Environmental Science from the College of William and Mary.


photo of speaker Fred Whitley, PE offers broad experience in civil engineering projects, which he developed through more than three decades of service in local government, twenty of which were spent as Hampton City Engineer, and after seven years in the private sector as a consulting engineer with AECOM. His experience ranges from program management to engineering design to construction services on projects encompassing transportation, stormwater, utilities, and site and facilities development. His wide-ranging experience allows him to better understand complex projects, to foresee potential problems and to communicate well with the project stakeholders. He also has extensive experience in public relations and public involvement in local government projects.

Mr Whitley graduated from Va Tech in 1975 with a BS in Civil Engineering and he received a Masters in Engineering Administration from George Washington University in 1983.

He is registered Professional Engineer in Virginia and North Carolina.

He is also the past Chapter President of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of APWA and currently serves as the Chapter Treasurer.


photo of speaker Steven J. Yob is the director of a 260 employee department that is responsible for county roads, drainage, environmental, construction and private development review. The department maintains over 3,400 lane miles of roadway in the county and is one of two Virginia counties that maintain their own roads. He has over 25 years of experience in environmental programs, construction and development. Prior to the County of Henrico, he worked for 17 years for one of the largest public solid waste companies in the US.

He is a licensed professional engineer in Virginia, a licensed Class II Waste Management Facility operator and a certified flagger. He has an MBA from Virginia Tech and has both an MS and a BS in civil engineering from Michigan State University.

Mr. Yob is also engaged in the following other activities:

  • Vice-chairmen of the County of Henrico Local Emergency Planning Committee
  • President Elect of the APWA.
  • Member of the Commonwealth of Virginia Waste Management Board