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

Steering Committee

photo of speaker Ken Eyre is a Past-President of the APWA Mid-Atlantic Chapter, is a Life Member of APWA, and has been very active with Mid-Atlantic Chapter educational venues including serving on the Mid-Atlantic Public Works Institute’s Steering Committee. Ken has developed and provided numerous public works training sessions as part of his engineering and professional society's services. He has over 45-years of extensive environmental and civil engineering experience for east coast communities, including having served as project manager for a number of mid-Atlantic public works agencies. 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 Bill Spearman has appointed Ken to serve on the national Top Ten Public Works Leader of the Year Evaluation committee. With two retired Fairfax County public works professionals, Ken established a new consulting business, providing public agencies with organizational assessments, infrastructure engineering assistance, executive level program evaluation, and leadership advice to help their organizations deliver the best services to their communities and customers.

photo of speaker In Memoriam
Daniel Harrison is the Associate Administrator for Fleet Operations at the Washington DC Department of Public Works and a graduate of the Mid Atlantic Public Works Institute. He is responsible for Fleet Operations over the District's municipal fleet excluding our nations capital police, fire and emergency management. He leads the parts and inventory, emergency road calls, towing and tires, welding, light duty repairs and maintenance services. Daniel oversees operations ensuring the District's fleet is safe, reliable and compliant in meeting its environmental goals.

Daniel is a recognized leader in management and government operations whose in-depth experience and proven results span more than 30 years. He has let over 650+ employees on a variety of public operations including trash and recycling collection, sanitation education and enforcement, graffiti removal, public litter can service, grass and weeds mowing, fall leaf collection and street and alley cleaning. Daniel served as the DPW Litigation Coordinator, successfully coordinated the development and launch of safety awareness campaigns. He operated as the Emergency Liaison Officer (ELO) for emergency management and preparedness, managed and coordinated three (3) successful Presidential Inaugural Events. Daniel functioned as a key member of the Department of Public Works (DPW) Executive Leadership Team and was responsible for senior level planning, direction, coordination and execution of comprehensive plans for Safety, Risk Management, and Emergency Preparedness for approximately 1,400 employees and over 600,000 residents in the District as the Safety & Occupational Health Manager.

Daniel is a Certified Public Manager who holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Johnson C. Smith University and Master of Divinity from Howard University. He is also a proud member of the Washington DC Chapter of National Forum for Black Public Administrators, Vice President of the Eastern Board of Officials and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Daniel leads with the philosophy that in order to build a strong team you must see someone else's strength as a compliment to your weakness, not a threat to your position.

photo of speaker Gaynelle Hart iis a 1984 Graduate of Virginia Tech. In 1998 Gaynelle received a Master’s in Business Administration from Lynchburg College. She started her career with the City of Lynchburg, VA as a Maintenance Crew Supervisor 1987. She was promoted to Buildings & Grounds Division Director in 2001, Deputy Director of Public Works in 2006 and to Director of Public Works in 2013. Gaynelle serves on the APWA Mid- Atlantic Chapter Board of Directors.

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 a charter member of the Steering Committee for the Mid-Atlantic Public Works Institute.

photo of speaker Scott Smith, PE, LS-Senior Civil Engineer, is currently licensed as a Professional Engineer and Land Surveyor in Virginia and is Certified Public Works Professional and has over 33 years of experience. Scott currently serves as a Senior Civil Engineer for the City of Hampton, Public Works Department, with a primary responsibility for stormwater management. Duties involve project management of stormwater water quality, drainage improvement , water storage and runoff reduction projects. These projects will assist in the City in meeting its nutrient reduction requirements of the Chesapeake Bay TMDL. Other projects reduce flooding in neighborhoods and help improve the quality of life for the citizens of Hampton. Other duties include assisting Resilience office implement the Resilient Hampton initiative, working to develop and implement adaptation and mitigation strategies in response to Climate Change.

Scott is a member of APWA and ASCE and serves on the Board of Directors for the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the APWA and is Chairman of the Public Works Institute steering committee.