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IN THE GLOW OF THE SPOTLIGHT INSIDE Tolling Operations Team Feature Profile: James Wood Division News From the Archives

Summer 2017, Vol.01 No.03



My Fellow Employees, Summer marks a time for reflection. At the end of the fiscal year, we can look back and reflect on our accomplishments. Think about how your contributions have helped us advance our mission to keep Virginia moving. Our shared value to encourage each other while protecting the public investment allows us to serve with excellence. I hope you have the opportunity to take some time to recharge with friends and family. A chance to reflect and enjoy a few lazy days of summer allows us to return to our daily routines refreshed and energized. Think about your goals moving into fiscal year 2018. What would you like to accomplish, learn or improve; and how can your VDOT resources help you meet those goals? As transportation and the workplace continue to evolve and change, so must we. Let’s make sure we’re staying ahead of the curve. Sincerely, Charlie Kilpatrick, P.E. Commissioner





Gremlina with fans during a 1988 GLOW tour in New Orleans, Louisiana.

It was 1987 when Sandy Manley, now a fiscal technician in VDOT’s

GLOW was the first all-female professional wrestling series and ran

Local Assistance Division, tagged along with a friend on a trip from

for four seasons from 1986 until 1990, when it abruptly went off

Baltimore, Maryland, to Commerce, Georgia, for the Gorgeous

the air. Its colorful characters and comedy sketches were seen by

Ladies of Wresting (GLOW) East Coast casting call. The trip was

millions of viewers each week in the U.S. and beyond.

long, there was a flat tire and they were running late. After finally making it to the audition, director Matt Cimber insulted

complex in Las Vegas with around 50 other girls of diverse

her friend. Sandy, who was in the room but not participating in the

backgrounds ranging in age from 18 to 40-something. She

audition, retaliated with a tongue lashing directed at him.

wondered how the producers would ever get them to work

“I was wearing jeans and a hot rod T-shirt, glasses and no makeup,” she said. “The director said he wanted me for the show and I thought he was insane.”

together. The women kept a strict nine-to-five weekday training schedule that included gymnastics, wrestling and weight lifting. After dinner they worked on camera angles and character development. There was a strict curfew and they had to be in

And so began her two seasons (Seasons 3 and 4) on GLOW.

character around the clock.

As a young girl, Sandy was a fan of wrestling because of her father.

“It taught discipline,” Sandy said.

She went to her first match when she was 6 years old. When she moved to New York City to be an accountant, she would attend matches at Madison Square Garden.


At just 4 feet 9 inches tall, Sandy found herself in an apartment

On the show, each character had her own rap, which was played before a match began. At the time, “Gremlins” was a popular movie and Sandy ended up as villain character Gremlina after being told

Gremlina fan Gener de Vera created this cartoon in 2011.

The GLOW cast posed for a group photo during a 1988 tour in Albany, Georgia.

by Cimber that “little people are mean and vicious ankle biters.”

Sandy, who’s worked at VDOT for 12 years, reconnected with other

She describes her character as a meaner version of herself. She

GLOW cast members through social media in 2010. She contributed

combined the “Gremlins” character Stripe with the Wicked Witch

pictures to the 2011 documentary “GLOW: The Story of the

of the West from “The Wizard of Oz” to come up with a scratchy,

Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling” and attended two of the release

high-pitched voice.

parties in New York City. This has led to appearances at comic book

Gremlina was paired with another character, Daisy, who was under Gremlina’s rule after Gremlina paid all of her debts. Daisy, who was much taller, wrestled for Gremlina as she would stand outside the

and sci-fi conventions and participation in AfterGLOW events where fans can meet former GLOW cast members. She has set sail on two AfterGLOW cruises with a third planned in March 2018.

ring getting in low blows and dirty moves when her competitors

“I learned how to be part of a team in GLOW,” Sandy said. “That’s

were down. Gremlina’s signature move was using her whip.

what really started it. Any team attributes I have I learned there.”

The GLOW cast members filmed two to three wrestling matches each

On June 23, Netflix released its own fictional series, “GLOW,” based

day, which had to be carefully choreographed to prevent injury.

on the show. See coverage in a recent article from The Washington

While taping a match for Season 4, Sandy sustained a knee injury

Post, which includes an interview with Sandy.

that prevented her from continuing on the show. In her last match,

“I tell people I’m an accountant that got lucky,” Sandy said. “It was an

Gremlina freed Daisy, who turned on her and tossed her in a trash

amazing, life changing experience that taught me never to give up.”

can. Sandy moved forward with her family and career. “We had something. Whatever it was it touched the pulse,” Sandy said. “I was just blown away. Here is this diverse group of women. It was politically incorrect, and we were poking fun at everything.”

Left: Gremlina and Daisy during the Locker Room skit in 1987. Right: Gremlina and Daisy in October 2015 at an AfterGLOW Fan Party at Acme Theatre in Los Angeles. 5


Those VDOT-operated toll facilities will soon

“Our main goal is to improve congestion

tolls to use a certain road. But if you need a

be joined by two more – the Interstate 66

through the corridor by maximizing

faster way to get from point A to point B,

inside the Beltway Express Lanes in Northern

throughput and maintaining speed,”

it’s an option to consider.

Virginia and the 64 Express Lanes in Hampton

Monica said.

From ensuring payments get to the right place to handling escalated customer

state are operated by other organizations.

The Central Office group oversees back office operations at the E-ZPass Customer

complaints, the mission of VDOT’s Tolling

Monica Bhatia, the newest member of the

Service Center in Clifton Forge. There, a

Operations Division is to improve mobility

team, will oversee tolling operations for I-66

contract staff of about 100 people provides

– safely and efficiently – on Virginia’s roads

inside the Beltway. This facility will employ

customer service for 1.3 million accounts

through user fee-based facilities.

dynamic tolling – where the price of tolls

and processes electronic toll payments for

changes based on demand – during morning

all toll facilities in Virginia. They also

and evening rush hour. High-occupancy and

reconcile electronic toll payments made

other qualifying vehicles will go through the

with Virginia E-ZPass transponders in other

facility for free while solo drivers will pay

states that accept E-ZPass, and vice versa. In

tolls. Swift clearance of traffic incidents will

total, 210 million transactions and $450

also be a focus, with increased safety

million go through the center each year.

Division Administrator David Caudill leads a team of employees based out of Central Office and at two VDOT-operated toll facilities – the George P. Coleman Memorial Bridge in Gloucester County and the Powhite Parkway Extension in Chesterfield County.


Roads. Eleven other tolling facilities in the

service patrols and dedicated Virginia State

The facilities at the Powhite Parkway Extension,

Police troopers in the facility. Toll revenues

which has about 20 employees, and Coleman

from I-66 inside the Beltway will fund

Bridge, which employs half a dozen, are

multimodal improvements such as

managed on site by Belinda Saunders and

enhanced transit services and bicycle and

Jessie R. Neale Jr., respectively.

pedestrian access.

“Tolling seems easy, but it’s actually complicated. We spend a considerable amount of time educating the public and VDOTers,” said Assistant Division Administrator Robert Todd. “People think E-ZPass runs toll roads, but E-ZPass is a way of paying the toll.”

George P. Coleman Memorial Bridge

Monica Bhatia

From left, David Caudill, Robert Todd, Burt Boehling and Jessie Neal. Not pictured: Bernice Eddleton and Belinda Saunders.

The use of E-ZPass transponders associated

In addition to handling the division’s

“Nobody likes tolling. If you ask anybody, I

with pre-paid balances, which have been in

budgeting, reporting and auditing, financial

don’t think anybody would choose tolling if

use since the 1990s, is likely going to change

analyst Bernice Eddleton handles tolling

they can help it,” Burt said. “But it can

with the advent of new technologies and

legislation brought before the General

bring on roadway improvements much

processes which might include GPS location

Assembly such as enforcement and

quicker than traditional funding sources.”

and license plate image-based accounts.

measures to protect toll-paying citizens.

The Clifton Forge customer service center receives between 3,000 to 4,000 calls a day. Complaints needing additional action are handled at Central Office. “We make sure if we see a pattern of customer concerns that suggest there may

Another proposal that comes up often is for

Toll Facilities in Virginia

VDOT to take over certain toll facilities in

495 Express

the state, she said.

95 Express

“Citizens get in an uproar because they

Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel

think private facilities increase tolls as they

Chesapeake Expressway

see fit,” Bernice said.

Dominion Boulevard Veterans Bridge Dulles Greenway

be an issue with one of the tolling facilities,

Ultimately, as unpopular as it is, tolling, with

we reach out to them and to ensure it’s not

or without public-private partnerships,

Dulles Toll Road

a systemic tolling concern that needs to be

provides a way to fund road projects that

addressed,” David said.

otherwise wouldn’t be funded.

Elizabeth River Crossings (Downtown and Midtown Tunnels) George P. Coleman Bridge*

“That coordination with the public takes a

Financial analyst Robert “Burt” Boehling,

lot of time. By the time they get to us,

who has been on the team the longest – 13

they’re not very happy. The challenge is to

of his 43 years at VDOT, said one challenge

try to diffuse the situation, understand the

has been public acceptance of tolling in the

concern and have someone in one of the

Hampton Roads region, which did not have

facilities follow up. We’ve gotten pretty

toll roads until recently.

good at that I think.”

Pocahontas Parkway Powhite Parkway Extension* Powhite Parkway, Downtown Expressway, Boulevard Bridge South Norfolk Jordan Bridge *Operated by VDOT


our PEOPLE Name: James P. Wood, III Job Title: Facilities Trade Technician II Division: Administrative Services Division

How long have you worked for VDOT? Since April 1, 1993. Professional background? Years ago I worked in housekeeping and laundry at Richmond’s Westminster Canterbury retirement community. I also worked the 5 p.m. to midnight shift for Buildings and Grounds at the Department of General Services’ downtown office. What do you do in your current position? I do maintenance work like setups in the auditorium and I’ll do just about anything else people ask me to do. Over the years I’ve done everything from changing light bulbs to moving offices. What do you like best about your job? I like everything. I like doing things to help people. I’m glad to do it if I can. I enjoy working with my supervisors and co-workers. I won two Peer Awards (1995 and 1996) [now referred to as SPOT awards], which recognize people who make a difference at VDOT. What’s the best advice you’ve been given? When I first started working, I was told by my older co-workers to take some of that money and put it away for a rainy day.

I made a banner for someone in fiscal that was retiring and it just caught on. Then I started getting requests. I’ve drawn portraits of several employees.


James creates banners like the ones pictured here for employee retirement parties and other events at VDOT.

How do you spend your free time? I spend free time with family

Favorite pastime: Playing the Pick 3 and Pick 4 in the Virginia Lottery.

and friends. I also spend a lot of time on my artwork.

I win a little every once in a while. It’s enough to keep me playing.

Have you always been an artist? Yes, I like artwork period. I do

Any hidden talents? Cooking. I’m good at making home-cooked

oil paintings, sculpture, charcoal, drawing and calligraphy.

meals. I can’t make desserts though. I need help from Betty Crocker

When I was in elementary school some of my work was displayed in

and Pillsbury on that.

Thalhimers with other artwork from kids in area schools. When I was

What’s the first thing you do to start your day? I say my

in high school, I did a portrait of Ronald Neil from the movie “Super

prayers. Once I get ready for work I drink a cup of coffee.

Fly” and it was stolen from the classroom.

Do you have any advice you’d like to share? I have lots of

I’ve done work for weddings, baby showers, VDOT retirements and

respect for the younger generation that respect the older

a lot of other events. I always wanted to be an artist that worked in

generation. Treat people the way you want to be treated.

the courtroom.

What quality do you admire in other people? I admire people

How did you get started doing artwork at VDOT? I made a

that show consideration for others and help other people. Even a

banner for someone in fiscal that was retiring and it just caught on. Then

stranger on the street needs help sometimes.

I started getting requests. I’ve drawn portraits of several employees.

What’s next on your bucket list? I want to continue helping others.

What’s your favorite food or restaurant? I love turkey and stuffing. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I also enjoy seafood and Captain George’s is my favorite restaurant. What type of music do you like? Gospel artists Mahalia Jackson and Shirley Caesar; rhythm and blues artists Aretha Franklin, Anita Baker, Luther Vandross, Teddy Pendergrass, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Supremes, The Commodores, The O’Jays and Earth, Wind and Fire; and pop artists Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. Can you tell us about your favorite vacation spot? I don’t take a lot of vacations but I do enjoy going to Baltimore to see family.


the MESSAGE BOARD Construction Inspector Trainee Program Expands The Construction Division recently expanded the Construction Inspector Trainee Program (CITP) to include more employees. The CITP, coordinated by Senior Training Consultant J.R. Noble and Consultant Construction Manager Bill Collins, prepares its participants to become Highway Construction Inspectors in a two-year time frame. VDOT currently has two cohorts of participants, totaling 68 trainees. The latest cohort began on Oct. 10, 2016. Participants gain most of their experience by shadowing construction inspectors on projects throughout the nine districts. The remainder of their time is spent in a series of basic construction courses. The trainees must also complete 12 material certification courses to understand what it takes to build roads and bridges that Central Office Shreds 38.4 Tons of Paper On April 27, Administrative Services held a records management and spring cleaning initiative that helped VDOT lose some excess weight – 76,800 pounds, or 38.4 tons, to be exact. The event was designed to promote records management, safety and good housekeeping in Central Office in recognition of records management month. More than 100 filing cabinets were emptied and recycled. VDOTers also properly disposed of old electronic devices and office furniture and equipment.

meet VDOT standards and specifications. VDOT recently partnered with the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry to develop the “Highway Construction Inspector Apprenticeship Program,” which is recognized throughout the U.S. The Community College Workforce Alliance is now offering six foundation construction courses for the training curriculum (site manager, plan reading, road construction and drainage, structure and bridge, surveying and documentation and recordkeeping). Bringing the program to area community colleges will open it up to the general public and create a career path for those interested while providing a sustainable pipeline of qualified employees for the transportation industry.

Summer Interns and Scholars Join VDOT Approximately 100 interns have joined the VDOT workforce this summer, with 55 in Central Office. The internship program offers participants on-the-job training by providing hands-on assignments and mentorship. Its purpose is to introduce future talent to transportation, and to VDOT. Find out more about them by reading the Employee Spotlights on Inside VDOT. 10

The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship VDOT recently partnered with Keep Virginia Beautiful to help support the agency’s Adopt-a-Highway program. The agreement calls for Keep Virginia Beautiful to focus on engaging volunteers to participate in the program, which is aimed at beautifying roads throughout the commonwealth and preventing litter. Keep Virginia Beautiful will promote the Adopt-a-Highway program through its website, social media platforms and public relations channels as well as the organization’s many external partners. In addition to boosting the volunteer recruitment process, Keep Virginia Beautiful will educate the general public on the need, impact and benefits of an effective Adopt-a-Highway program.

Alternative Intersections: Increasing Mobility on Virginia Roads As part of VDOT’s effort to improve mobility on Virginia roadways, the agency is considering innovative intersection designs that will reduce the number of signals to keep traffic flowing. A multidisciplinary team at Central Office (which includes the Location and Design, Traffic Engineering, Transportation and Mobility Planning and the Office of Land Use divisions) is in the process of implementing policy changes and developing tools for this initiative. Alternative intersections include roundabouts, diverging diamond interchanges, restricted crossing U-turn intersections, quadrant roadway intersections and several other designs. Alternative intersections and interchanges improve traffic movement and flow by eliminating, relocating or modifying conflict points, where the paths of two through or turning vehicles diverge, merge or cross. Approximately half of all severe injuries occur at intersections, and left-turn and angle crashes account for 60 percent of fatal crashes at intersections. Alternative intersections increase safety, reduce congestion and are less expensive to implement. In addition to policy revisions, the team is working with the Communications Division to develop public education materials to familiarize the public with alternative intersection designs and benefits.


the MESSAGE BOARD continued SMART SCALE Portal Receives Technology Award

Interactive Paving Map Informs Citizens

The Richmond Technology Council (RVATech) recently

The Maintenance and Information Technology divisions

recognized VDOT’s SMART SCALE Portal with an award for

collaborated to create an interactive paving map to inform

Innovation in Development – Public Sector. The tool provides

citizens about roads that are scheduled for treatment and the

the general public with transparency regarding the agency’s

status of the project. The map can be found at www.

transportation projects. The award is given to the organization under Maintenance and Construction.

that has demonstrated exceptional technological development to the benefit of the organization or the public

“Bowstring” Truss Bridge Gets a Makeover As part of the Environmental Division’s statewide historic bridge rehabilitation interests, Salem District is rehabilitating The “Bowstring” Truss Bridge (built ca. 1877-78), which is now used as a pedestrian bridge at the Ironto Safety Rest Area off of Interstate 81 in Montgomery County. The historic bridge, which is listed in the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places, is one of the most recognizable and visited in Virginia. It is the sole survivor of its type in the state and takes the name “Bowstring” from the distinctive curved shape of its top “chord” that resembles an archery bow. The bridge first was located over Stony Run in nearby Bedford County and was moved to a site over Roaring Run, also in Bedford County, where it remained in highway service until the 1970s. In recognition of its historic significance, VDOT moved the bridge to the Ironto Rest Area in 1977. The bridge will receive a new floor and a fresh coat of historically-accurate paint. An interpretive sign designed by the Environmental Division also will be installed.




What do you notice in this photo? Proper ergonomics is important to avoid pain and injury. How can this employee make her workstation more comfortable? What potential adjustments can be made? Turn to Page 15 for the answer.



Introducing the Highway Maintenance

HMMS will replace the current Asset Management System (AMS),

Management System

along with other legacy systems, and also work with VDOT’s existing

Have you heard about VDOT’s new Highway Maintenance Management System (HMMS)? Imagine a web-based system that can be used to track a work order request from beginning to end, notifying all of the right employees with consistent information,

systems such as M5 (VDOT’s fleet equipment management system), WEB IMS (the Fiscal Division’s material inventory system) and the VDOT GIS Portal (the Information Technology Division’s Geographic Information System).

and also allowing real-time updates. That’s just some of what

“This has been a long time coming,” said Culpeper District

HMMS will do.

Maintenance Engineer David Pearce. “HMMS will allow us to be

Launching agency-wide this fall, HMMS will allow VDOT to manage work orders and the inventory of selected assets. It will also provide: •

Better reporting. Data from the reports can be used to help maintain assets, generate proactive work plans and forecast future needs.

The system will provide consistent information, improving communication among various divisions and districts working on the same project. Users will be able to access related documents, including inspection and maintenance records, plans and photographs. HMMS will help facilitate communication between maintenance staff and inspection staff related to asset conditions

and respond to work orders on-the-go, eliminating manual

through automatic notifications.

Users will also be able to take and store pictures and record comments on location. •

more proactive and efficient in our response to work order requests.”

Mobility. The HMMS mobile app will allow employees to review processes and allowing others to see real-time information.

Mapping. The geospatial map will allow users to locate assets and work order locations, allowing more efficient work planning and eliminating overlap.

Asset inventory that will be tracked within the system includes select:


Resources by VDOTers, for VDOTers

Signals, overhead signs and lighting

Tunnels and movable bridges

Roadway and roadside maintenance

So what’s next? Training will be provided to district maintenance teams in late summer. Stay tuned to your email inbox and the Electronic Bulletin Boards for more information.

Business Transformation Office


Organization Guide: A Roadmap to VDOT

Style Guide for Specifications

In an agency as large as VDOT, it can be a challenge to find one’s way. To help

Writers Available

VDOT remain efficient and effective, the Business Transformation Office has

VDOT’s Style Guide for Specifications Writers is

reintroduced the VDOT Organization Guide.

now available on OutsideVDOT. The Style Guide

The online guide, available under Resources on InsideVDOT, provides new and existing employees:

is a great resource for anyone writing or reviewing specifications for use on design-bid-build projects. It contains guidance on formatting, language

A quick resource to find roles and responsibilities for divisions and offices, and

An overview of district structures and locations.

and sequence that can serve to aid anyone wanting to create or revise a specification.

“This guide highlights the assets we have in the districts, the roads that VDOT maintains and how the divisions in Central Office support the districts and the agency’s mission,” said Jay Styles, business performance and strategic planning director.

Safety, Security and Emergency Management

Job Books: Knowledge Sharing

Safety Lunches Offer Important Tips

As a Learning Organization, VDOT wants to capture your knowledge and

Safety lunches scheduled through December

experience. Job Books do just that. A relatively new component of VDOT’s

are serving up important reminders for work

Learning Organization program, Job Books are concise reference tools that

and home. Mark the following dates on your

contain links to useful resources as well as guidance and helpful hints from

calendar to attend a 30-minute session in the

experienced employees.

Auditorium (starting at noon):

VDOT’s Job Books are managed by Deborah

July 20: Summer Season Safety

Sawyer of the Learning Organization.

Aug. 16: Safe Lifting

Using the approved Job Book structure, she works with subject matter experts to

Sept. 22: Emergency Preparedness

identify and address major responsibilities

Oct. 18: Situation Awareness

of the job. Books for Area Construction Engineer, Resident Engineer/Administrator

Nov. 15: Stretching

Regional Utilities Manager and Right of

Dec. 20: Electrical Safety

Way Manager are currently available. Have a question? Contact Deborah.

Your back should be straight or slightly reclined, rather than leaning forward. The employee should sit back in the chair, resting against the back rest for support.

The top of the screen should be no higher than eye level, and lower if wearing bifocals.

The mouse should be placed directly next to the keyboard.

Be sure to stretch several times each day. Get out of your chair at least once an hour.

If you need help getting your workstation adjusted for proper ergonomics, contact Jeff Dunnigan, safety program coordinator, Safety, Security and Emergency Management. Thanks to our model Beverly Carwile, IT telecommunications coordinator, Information Technology. 15

the MILE MARKERS Accomplishments Twenty-four VDOTers completed the Transportation Project Management Institute, an eight-day intensive training program, at the University of Virginia’s Center for Transportation Studies in late May. The program’s objective is to enhance the knowledge and skills of project managers to complete projects on-time and on-budget. Central Office participants included Tracy Turpin (Traffic Engineering), Gary Wilmouth (Location and Design), Minwoo Ha (Location and Design), David Beardsley (Location and Design), Harold Caples (Construction) and Todd Springer (Structure and Bridge).

VDOTers completed the Transportation Project Management Institute in May.

Chris Swanson (Location and Design) completed his first 70.3 mile Ironman triathlon in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on May 21. His family was there to cheer him on at the finish line. Capt. Ivan Cruz (Financial Planning) recently returned to VDOT after a 14-month deployment in Iraq with the Virginia Army National Guard. Members of his aircrew flew more than 3,300 combat flight hours and conducted more than 7,000 passenger transports, 300 VIP movements and executed more than 275 aviation mission requests.

Chris Swanson (center) and family at the finish line of the Ironman triathlon in Tennessee.

Births Adam Wilkerson (Location and Design) and wife Andrea, along with siblings Isaac and Even, welcomed baby girl Gwen in May.

The Ramirez’s welcomed son Milan.

Will Ramirez (Fiscal) and wife Dijana welcomed their son, Milan Ramirez, in March.

Retirees (March 1 to May 30)


Richard Bonistalli Assistant Fleet Director Maintenance

Scott Kozel Lead IT Support Specialist Information Technology

Alexander Conlyn Special Counsel Right of Way

Michael McCall Appraisal Program Manager Right of Way

Charles Gibbs Photo Technician Administrative Services

Erle Potter Equipment Fleet Director Maintenance

Raymond Rasmussen Program Manager Crash Records Traffic Engineering

Welcome to your new position in Central Office (March 1 to May 30) Ehsan Abdullah Senior Engineer Structure and Bridge

Kim Gruber Glaubke Right of Way Agent Right of Way

Sonda Parham HR Consultant Human Resources

Cordelia Akompong Federal Program Analyst Federal Programs Management

Mark Gunn Senior HR Consultant Human Resources

Caleb Parsons Senior DBE Inspector Civil Rights

Robyn Anderson Administrative Assistant Right of Way

Michael Haith Engineer Structure and Bridge

Nishant Patel Engineer Alternative Project Delivery

Michael Angier Management Analyst Business Transformation Office

Bangfei Han Senior Engineer Structure and Bridge

Kimberly Pulliam Program Management Specialist Federal Programs Management

Michael Archer Program Consultant Supervisor Construction

Lisa Hawkins Business Analyst Information Technology

Priya Saldanha IT Program Manager Information Technology

Phyllis Armstrong Right of Way Agent Right of Way

Cassandra Hept Senior Engineering Technician Materials Lab

Scott Silva Senior Signals Engineer Supervisor Traffic Engineering

Tanisha Atkinson Senior Accountant Fiscal

Jeffery Howard Senior DBE Inspector Civil Rights

David Smith BOWD Center Program Manager Civil Rights

Carl Blake Right of Way Associate Right of Way

Yu Shan Huang Senior IT Software Engineer Information Technology

Naymond Sunkins Senior DBE Inspector Civil Rights

Robert Cary Chief of Innovation Commissioner’s Staff

David Hylton Senior DBE Inspector Civil Rights

Tiffany Toliver Project Controls Engineer Construction

Jordan Cheresnowsky Right of Way Associate Right of Way

Janice Judkins Business Coordinator Communications

Joseph Urban Senior Training Consultant Human Resources

Monet Conner Fiscal Technician Fiscal

Susan Keen State Engineer Location and Design

Robert Vester Senior Geotechnical Engineer Structure and Bridge

Susan Downing-Reed Senior IT Enterprise Architect Information Technology

Kelley Kimberlin Procurement Manager Administrative Services

Alease Walton HR Benefits Specialist Human Resources

James Eggers Capital Outlay Project Manager Administrative Services

Jeremy Kitto Program Consultant Construction

Julie Weidenbach Research Librarian Business Transformation Office

Morteza Farajian Deputy Director OTP3 P3 Office

James Lightfoot Senior Engineer Structure and Bridge

Heather Williams Environmental Program Metrics Coordinator Environmental

Richard Farrell Right of Way Associate Right of Way

In-Kyu Lim Engineering Program Manager Traffic Engineering

Allison Wilson Civil Rights Specialist Civil Rights

Melissa Feeley Business Data Analyst Federal Programs Management

David Mchugh Senior Auditor Assurance and Compliance Office

Seth Winslow Right of Way Associate Right of Way

Brett Frazer Engineer Program Manager Structure and Bridge

Sabrina Mirshahi AMD Program Analyst Land Use Office

Carolyn Wisdom Senior Procurement Officer Administrative Services

Mona Gabriel Construction Engineer Construction

Anthony Mobley Right of Way Agent Right of Way

Bret Galloway Traffic Engineer Traffic Engineering

Mohini Nallapaneni IT Program Manager Information Technology



Fiscal Division held an Oscar-themed staff recognition March 22. Financial Services Manager Vince Pate and Financial Services Manager Sumitra Shrestha walked the red carpet to the event, which was held in the Auditorium.

Several VDOTers laced up their sneakers on June 8 for the 5k Anthem Corporate Run at the Innsbrook Office Park in Glen Allen.

VDOTers from the Central Office Construction and Structure and Bridge divisions, and the Richmond District Environmental Section used volunteer service leave on June 23 to enhance and restore parts of North Bank Trail in Richmond’s James River Park System. 18

The Central Office Benefits Fair was held April 26 prior to open enrollment. Participating vendors helped employees learn more about options available to them.

Marshall Herman, assistant division administrator for Communications, used her volunteer service leave to act as mistress of ceremonies for The Podium Foundation’s Awesome Adult Spelling Bee presented by Impact Makers at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery on May 18. More than $14,000 was raised to benefit writing programs for local teens.

Information Technology Program Manager Inderpreet Mann addresses the audience during IT Applications Day on May 11. VDOTers learned about various business challenges and the technological solutions that were created and implemented to solve them.

VDOTers celebrated Bike Month on May 19 by participating in Bike to Work Day.

The Adopt-a-Highway Spring Cleanup was held April 17. Volunteers donned their vests and gloves to tackle downtown litter. 19







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July 4 Independence Day July 18 Commonwealth Transportation Board Workshop, 10 a.m., Auditorium July 19 Commonwealth Transportation Board Action Meeting, 8:30 a.m., Auditorium July 20 Safety Lunch: Summer Season Safety, noon, Auditorium









































































August 3 Statewide Roadeo, Meadow Event Park August 12-15 Southern Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials (SASHTO) Conference, Norfolk Waterside Marriott August 16 Safety Lunch: Safe Lifting, noon, Auditorium

September 4 Labor Day September 19 Commonwealth Transportation Board Workshop, 9 a.m., Northern Virginia District September 20 Commonwealth Transportation Board Action Meeting, 8:30 a.m., Northern Virginia District September 22 Safety Lunch: Emergency Preparedness, noon, Auditorium

AROUND the BEND Who owns your career? You do! Driven by the employee, career development focuses on identifying and growing your skills, learning new things and increasing your marketability, thereby adding value to the business. At VDOT, Career Development is a coordinated approach between employees, managers and career coaches, beginning with having conversations about career development. And, development can be just a click away… VDOT offers employees valuable, free online resources through

TC3 is a technical service program within AASHTO that

Skillsoft courses and the Transportation Curriculum Coordination

focuses on developing training products for technical

Council (TC3) on the Virtual Campus to help you develop in your

staff in the areas of construction, maintenance and

current job or prepare for future roles at VDOT.

materials. The goal of this program is to develop,

Skillsoft courses include:

maintain and provide effective access to a quality training curriculum while enhancing the competency

Achieve Productivity in Your Personal Life

Aligning Unit Goals and Imperatives

Becoming an Inspirational Leader

one to 13 hours and can be used to meet continuing

Building Innovation Cultures and Leaders

education requirements. Training is available under

Building Personal Power through Influence

several categories such as pavements and materials,

Difficult People: Why They Act That Way and How to Deal with Them

of the nation’s transportation technical workforce. TC3 offers 120 web-based training courses ranging from

geotechnical, construction and maintenance, highway safety, and site and personal safety. All courses offered by TC3 are free to VDOT employees and can be

Ethics and Project Management

Key Elements of Business Execution

Jeffrey Tipton, senior training consultant, at jeffrey.

Leading through Positive Influence, or at 804-786-4643.

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From the Archives Check out these Highway Building Annex construction images pulled from our photo library. The 196,800 square foot building was constructed in 1961. It has 17 levels, 32 restrooms, five passenger elevators and one freight elevator. The building is heated using steam from Virginia Commonwealth University’s steam plant delivered through an underground piping system.

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