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