Top TDM Professionals Under 40
“Congratulations to the fifth annual top TDM professionals under 40 class. TDM is such an important part of our regions and worlds mobility future. It’s wonderful to see so many dynamic young professionals working on these issues. It’s also imperative that both the public and private sectors work together to develop a better future for us all. The group of professionals who are recognized throughout this report represent a dynamic cross section of these sectors. I know all of us at GVF are looking forward to working with the recipients for many years to come.” Rob Henry, Executive Director, GVF
Recognizing TDM Professionals Across All Sectors
OVER 120 TOP TDM PROFESSIONALS UNDER 40 RECOGNIZED TO DATE
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Rachel Ammon Director, Marketing and Communications, King of Prussia District While not a transportation professional in the traditional sense, Rachel has been instrumental in helping to promote and advocate for the King of Prussia Rail, the largest proposed infrastructure project in the Philadelphia region. Rachel is responsible for directing the strategy, content and maintenance of koprailcoalition.com and social media efforts of the District.
Frank Falzone Access Design Project Manager, Traffic Planning and Design Inc. Frank Falzone is a licensed professional engineer in Pennsylvania and Delaware. He is well-versed in Roundabout Design and Performance Analysis, Street Lighting Design, and much more!
Rachel Griffith Trails and Open Space Planner, Chester County Planning Commission Rachael has provided significant contributions to the Chester Valley Trail (CVT) Extension to Downingtown Feasibility Study/Master Plan; coordination with DVRPC and Chester County Facilities & Parks to advance the Circuit and complete Chester Countyâ€™s portion of the Schuylkill River Trail; and, managing the current CVT West project and more!
Benjamin Gruswitz Senior Planner, DVRPC Ben works in the Office of Long-Range Planning at DVRPC and was nominated for his expertise and outstanding work in using data to identify trends, understand the impacts of new technologies and external forces, and better inform decision-making at all levels.
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Kwan Hui Senior Capital Programs Coordinator, DVRPC Kwan is a holistic thinker and works to include all modes of transportation and multiple perspectives in her work in Capital Programs at DVRPC. She is fully cognizant of the many components of a transportation system and how things work together now, and how those relationships can be improved for the future, whether it is among people or functions.
Joseph Janos P.E., Trails Design Manager Traffic Planning and Design Inc. Joseph Janos works at Traffic Planning and Design, Inc., where he creates trail designs that balance compliance with nationally accepted codes and ordinances with our clientâ€™s wants and needs. He also serves as a Project Manager for the Access Design Services Department of TPD.
Tom Kohler District Director, The Office of State Representative Tim Briggs Tom has been a member on the Upper Merion Transportation Authority since August of 2013 and have served as chair since January 2017. In January 2014, he was unanimously appointed to the Montgomery County Transportation Authority to work on ROW acquisition for county road and bridge projects.
Rebekah Landis Senior Project Engineer, McMahon Associates Inc. Becki has spent her career on Traffic Signal Design and Operations. Becki has stayed in tune with the everchanging traffic signal technology and the application to TDM strategies through incorporating into traffic signal designs for intersections and corridors.
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Katrina Lawrence Senior Project Implementation Engineer, DVRPC Katrina has very quickly become an integral part of TDM through her project and program development in addition to her PennDOT project delivery focus, she has proven herself to be an asset to DVRPC’s project implementation team and to the entire DVRPC region.
Christopher Lincoln P.E., Municipal Services Project Manager Traffic Planning and Design Inc. Christopher Lincoln has experience in the transportation industry serving both private and public-sector clients on both a regional and local level, starting as a Transportation Planner and transitioning to Project Manager. His primary area of expertise is in the area of transportation planning and municipal engineering. His role at Traffic Planning & Design is to accelerate our municipal and regional transportation planning efforts.
Meijun Liu Transportation Engineer, DVRPC Meijun has excelled in several transportation projects in recent years, both in urban and suburban settings. While her specialty is in modeling traffic flow along defined corridors and identifying improvements, she has mastered the technique of incorporating multi modal solutions within these corridors.
Heather Martin Transportation Planner, Chester County Planning Commission Heather has done an excellent job in advancing transportation improvements and TDM strategies in Chester County through her work in: managing the county’s Transportation Improvements Inventory (TII); leading development of the Phoenixville Region Multimodal Transportation Plan; directing Chester County’s involvement in the West Chester Pike Coalition with Delaware County; and developing WalkWorks routes.
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Ryan Parisi RLA, ASLA, Project Manager Simone Collins Landscape Architecture Ryan Parisi both designs for and lives the Transportation Demand Management lifestyle. He has worked on and managed numerous trail feasibility studies and master plans, trail construction documents, PennDOT and local road redesigns and road diets for bike lanes. Ryan more than just creates these facilities, he has been known to bike to work along the Schuylkill River Trail or train from his home.
Allison Pimm Chief Public Information Officer, Upper Merion Township Dave Kraynik, Township Manager says that Allison has been a valuable addition to the Township Management Team and has greatly improved the Township’s Communication Program.
Kevin Poad Project Engineer, HNTB In his role, Kevin leads a team of engineers to implement TDM infrastructure on PennDOT, SEPTA, and Amtrak projects. Kevin’s current TDM experience includes bridge rehab/replacement projects, safety improvement projects, and roadway reconstruction projects.
Matthew Popek Transportation Planner II Montgomery County Planning Commission With sharp analytical skills and a mind that can quickly comprehend the workings of any system, Matthew is one of the region’s most talented young transportation planners. As a lifelong Upper Merion native, he innately understands suburban transportation and the role that TDM plays in it.
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Zoe Robertson Manager, Project Cost Control, SEPTA Since joining SEPTA nine years ago, Zoe has played a pivotal role in developing SEPTAâ€™s Capital Program and securing funding for the Authorityâ€™s infrastructure and vehicle needs.
Shauna Sanchez Digital Marketing Associate King of Prussia District While not a transportation professional in the traditional sense, Shauna has been instrumental in helping to promote and advocate for King of Prussia Rail, the largest proposed infrastructure project in the Philadelphia region. Shauna is responsible for the content and maintenance of koprailcoalition.com and multiple social media channels related to the project.
Benjamin Torabi Owner, Atlas Transportation The mission of Atlas Transportation is to provide safe cost-effective transportation to the community.
Daniel Wanger Senior Project Engineer, McMahon Associates, Inc. In the decade that Dan has been with McMahon Associates he has served both public and private clients to deliver numerous multimodal and transportation projects, including pedestrian and biking-focused plans, studies, and PS&E packages. He is committed incorporating multimodal strategies into all of his applicable projects.
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Kim Waters P.E., Project Engineer, Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson, Inc. Kim believes it is more vital than ever that we focus on the long-term impacts of expanding our road system. Kim recently had the opportunity to design a road diet/complete street project along an industrial corridor in Philadelphia which allowed me to see how a roadway can be completely reimagined without expanding its existing footprint.
Emily Watts Communications Project Manager, McCormick Taylor Emily has developed and implemented creative communication strategies and tools that allow effective public participation in transportation project planning and development. One example is the King of Prussia Rail project where Emily is SEPTA’s “go to” person for developing web content, meeting facilitation and social media campaigns.
Danielle Wiley Marketing Manager, Suburban Transit Network Inc. Danielle Wiley joined TransNet in June 2016 and has exemplified key qualities and characteristics while performing her responsibilities. These primary duties include but are not limited to marketing all TransNet services to the appropriate consumers, creating and distributing the monthly e-newsletter to over 5,600 recipients, designing, publishing, and updating the new TransNet website, and
Martin Williams Project Engineer, KMJ Consulting Inc. Marty has designed more than 100 traffic signals for the City of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation as part of corridor improvement projects that included traffic signal retiming and system coordination. Marty has six years of experience in transportation engineering in and around the Philadelphia region.
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Jaimie Younkins Highway Engineer, Urban Engineers Jaimie Younkins is a very detailed-oriented professional who constantly is paying attention to make sure she provides a high-quality product for every project that she is assigned. A registered Professional Engineers in Pennsylvania, Jaimie has training and experience in various elements of highway design. Her duties include design of right-of-way; construction; traffic control; erosion and sedimentation control; and stormwater management plans.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THE 2018 AWARD RECIPIENTS!
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