APWA staff

The following statements of responsibilities are designed to assist members in knowing whom to go to for what information. Members are encouraged to call the staff members whenever they have a question or need assistance.

The main Kansas City office number is 816-472-6100. The Washington, D.C. office number is 202-408-9541.


Peter B. King
202-408-9541, ext. 3009
816-472-6100, ext. 3525

Executive Director

  • Chief executive officer
  • External relations
  • Public policy
Peter is the chief executive officer of APWA responsible for executing the board's actions and directing member programs and services in accordance with the APWA Strategic Plan. He serves as chief liaison with other professional and governmental organizations, and works from offices in Washington, D.C. and Kansas City, MO.

Kaye Sullivan
816-472-6100, ext. 3523

Deputy Executive Director/COO

  • Association operations
  • Governance
  • Supervision of KC office
Kaye serves as the chief operating officer of the association and is responsible for day-to-day management of the Kansas City office. She also staffs the APWA Board of Directors, Finance Committee, National Nominating Committee, House of Delegates, International Affairs Committee, Diversity Committee, and various task forces.

Nickole Blankenship
816-472-6100, ext. 3524

Executive/Communications Coordinator

  • Executive Services
  • APWA Reporter advertising liaison
Nickole works with the executive staff and communication aspects of the APWA Board of Directors, and various technical and board committees. She maintains the association and Reporter calendars, handles Reporter and website classified ads, and serves as advertising liaison.


Dennis H. Ross, P.E.
816-472-6100, ext. 3547

Director of Professional Development

  • Leadership and Management
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Agency Self Assessment and Accreditation
  • Asset Management and GASB Statement 34
Dennis manages the department responsible for providing information to address technical questions from members on public works issues. He also oversees the Self Assessment and Accreditation programs and provides staff support for the Leadership and Management Committee, Engineering and Technology Committee, the ACEC/APWA partnership steering committee, AGC/APWA partnership task force, and several other external appointments and ad hoc groups.

Ann Daniels
816-472-6100, ext. 3508

Professional Development Program Manager

  • Transportation
  • Water Resources Management
  • Emerging Leaders
Ann staffs the Transportation and Water Resources Management Committees, and edits the newsletters for each area of interest. She also serves as the point of contact for the Winter Maintenance subcommittee and the National Transportation Operations Dialog subcommittee, both related to the Transportation Committee. Ann is coordinating the Emerging Leaders Forum that encourages involvement of both experienced mentors along with public works personnel with less than five years of professional experience.

Teresa Hon
816-472-6100, ext. 3515

Professional Development Coordinator

  • Support of Professional/Educational/Technical (P/E/T) Committees
  • Support of Public Works Historical Society
Teresa is responsible for the logistical support of P/E/T Committees and other volunteer groups staffed by the Professional Development Department. She provides internal and external member service, serving as the centralized point of contact for staff, volunteers, and members for information regarding P/E/T Committees and other groups assigned to the Professional Development Department.

Dave Draz
816-472-6100, ext. 3527

Professional Development Program Manager

  • Solid Waste
  • Utility & Public Right-of-Way
  • One-Call Systems International
Dave serves as the liaison to the Solid Waste, Utility & Public Right-of-Way, and One-Call Systems International Committees. He is responsible for managing information related to each issue these committees are working on. Dave works with the committees on their monthly conference calls, publications, and web-based resources. Dave is also serving as project manager for an upcoming APWA video production.

Karen D. Bloodworth
816-472-6100, ext. 3591

Professional Development Program Manager

  • Emergency Management
  • Facilities & Grounds
  • Fleet Services
Karen serves as the liaison to three of our Professional/Educational/Technical Committees: Emergency Management, Facilities & Grounds, and Fleet Services. The P/E/T Committees serve as the "center of expertise" and provide oversight responsibility in their jurisdiction for APWA programs, services and products in support of the APWA Strategic Plan.


Dana W. Priddy
816-472-6100, ext. 3587

Director of Meetings

  • The Best Show in Public Works: APWA International Public Works Congress and Exposition
  • Future Congresses Site Selection
Dana is in charge of planning meetings at APWA, including the annual Congress and Exposition. She oversees the site selection, logistics, and implementation for the annual meetings, including the exhibit programs, sponsorship opportunities, sessions, and events.

Brenda Shaver
816-472-6100, ext. 3553

Manager of Meetings

  • North American Snow Conference
  • APWA Congress and Exposition
Brenda manages the overall planning and site selection for the annual North American Snow Conference. She also coordinates the scheduling, setup, audio-visual, and food and beverage needs for meetings, sessions, and special events at the annual Congress and Exposition and various other association workshops and meetings.

Diana Forbes
816-472-6100, ext. 3520

Meetings Coordinator

  • APWA Congress and Exposition
  • North American Snow Conference
  • Other meetings/workshops
Diana participates in the coordination of the annual Congress and Exposition, and the North American Snow Conference activities. She is also responsible for the logistics of other meetings and workshops.


Patricia A. Kutt, CAE
816-472-6100, ext. 3582

Director of Education

  • APWA education from concept to creation
  • New initiatives
  • Leadership Training
  • Joint ventures in education
  • Grant-related programs
Patricia directs the five-person education department in creating the strategies that result in the annual education calendar of offerings. These include workshops, the Click, Listen & Learn series, text-based course development, and Snow and Congress educational programming. She organizes and facilitates both regional and national chapter leaders training when requested.

Karen Wilson
816-472-6100, ext. 3565

Project Manager, Adult Education

  • Congress Education Programs
  • Speaker selection and contracting
  • Specialty Workshops
Karen is responsible for the development and implementation of over 150 Congress sessions annually. She produces the Call for Presentations, manages the judging progress through the Congress Program Review Committee, and handles all speakers communications and contracting. She is the main researcher for many new initiatives in the department and develops specialty programs and workshops as the need occurs.

Michael Long
816-472-6100, ext. 3521

Project Manager, Adult Education

  • Click, Listen & Learn virtual workshops
  • Snow Conference education program
  • Live workshops
Michael manages the planning and production of the new interactive web-based series of monthly information training programs available at your desktop. He also exclusively develops the education program for the popular North American Snow Conference. His role also involves working with the chapters in offering live training, such as the Fleet Workshops, in their locations. Michael is the key education liaison to most of the P/E/T committees.

Kendra Bell
816-472-6100, ext. 3540

Education Assistant

  • Speaker relations
  • Database management for Congress education programs
  • Member interaction for all education inquiries
  • Logistic coordination for specialty programs
Kendra is the education department's control point for all education-related inquiries. She oversees distribution of speaker information packets and then organizes all forms, data and special needs from them for the annual Congress. Additionally, she is responsible for the receipt of all abstracts from the Call for Presentations and prepares materials for and assists in the judging. She is the onsite coordinator for the more than 300 speakers at Congress. Her other responsibilities include CEU maintenance, evaluation summarization, and post-event correspondence.

Ashley Gann
816-472-6100, ext. 3511

Education Assistant

  • Technical coordinator for Click, Listen & Learn programs
  • Support for Snow Conference and Workshops
  • Coordinator for Construction Inspection course enhancement
Ashley handles the logistics and registration process using the proprietary software required for the interactive web programs. She is currently managing the major redo of the PowerPoint presentations to accompany the Construction Inspection course and she handles speaker support for the Snow Conference.


Lee Hawkins
816-472-6100, ext. 3545

Director of Member Relations

  • Member relations
  • Chapter services and Awards program
Lee oversees the development and implementation of membership programs and benefits; chapter governance and bylaws, chapter financials, recruitment/retention programming; and publications such as Bridges, Chapter Resource Guide, and Leadership Directory. He is primary staff liaison to the Membership, Bylaws and Rules, and Awards Committees.

Patty Mahan
816-472-6100, ext. 3584

Membership Marketing and Development Manager

  • Marketing, recruitment, and retention support services
  • Development of membership materials
Patty provides membership marketing, recruitment, and retention support services for both the national and chapter levels. She also coordinates development of membership-related communications materials.

Rhonda Wilhite
816-472-6100, ext. 3512

Chapter Coordinator

  • Awards program
  • Chapter services
Rhonda provides administrative support to the chapters and the national awards program and assists in the development of the APWA Leadership Directory and Chapter Resource Guide.

Kynyatta Whitley
816-472-6100, ext. 3542

Membership Assistant

  • Request for membership information
  • Membership records
Kynyatta is responsible for handling membership inquiries and requests for information from members and non-members; billing of membership dues; and maintenance of the membership database.

Hend Shakntana
816-472-6100, ext. 3578

Member Relations Coordinator

  • Requests for membership information
  • Member records
Hend is responsible for handling membership inquiries and requests for information from members and non-members, billing of membership dues, as well as maintenance of the membership database.


David Dancy
816-472-6100, ext. 3530

Director of Marketing

  • APWA events and activities
  • Publications and education programs
  • National Public Works Week
Dave develops marketing strategies for the association and directs the marketing of all APWA activities including conferences, publications, workshops, continuing education programs, and National Public Works Week. Additionally, he monitors members' needs with periodic surveys.

Jon Dilley
816-472-6100, ext. 3543

Manager of Marketing and Graphic Design

  • APWA events and activities
  • Marketing campaigns
  • Logo usage requests
  • NPWW events and activities
  • Internet marketing
Jon develops marketing strategies and budgets for National Public Works Week and the North American Snow Conference. In addition, he manages the graphic design team, directing the design and managing the printing and production of collateral, web graphics, and the APWA Reporter magazine.

Graeme Hunt
816-472-6100, ext. 3551

Graphic Designer

  • Marketing campaigns
  • Advertisements
Graeme provides graphic design and art direction for many of the marketing campaigns of APWA. His main responsibility is the collateral and promotional material for APWA's annual conference, the Best Show in Public Works. He works with all areas of marketing including design of brochures, magazine advertisements, and other collateral pieces.

Justin Park
816-472-6100, ext. 3550

Graphic Designer

  • APWA Reporter
  • Marketing collateral
Justin provides graphic design to the APWA Reporter magazine. He works with all areas of marketing including design of brochures, magazine advertisements, and other collateral pieces.

Connie Hartline
816-472-6100, ext. 3577

Publications Manager

  • APWA publications
  • Public Works Historical Society
Connie works with staff, P/E/Ts, and freelance authors to update existing or develop new APWA publications. She also staffs the Public Works Historical Society.

Christine Robinson
816-472-6100, ext. 3560

Publications Specialist

  • Purchasing APWA products and publications
Christine is the contact person for those wishing to purchase APWA publications and products. She is responsible for the processing and fulfillment of orders, and assists in marketing publications and educational programs.

Lillie Plowman
816-472-6100, ext. 3538

Publications Marketing Specialist

  • APWA events and activities
  • Publication marketing campaigns
  • Internet marketing
Lillie forges partnerships with the diverse organizations that support the American Public Works Association members. This ensures that the widest possible catalog of publications and resources is available to inform, assist, and educate members on the latest trends, case studies, and manuals used in their various professions.

P.W. Paws
816-472-6100, ext. 3507

APWA Mascot

  • Inflatable
  • Lightweight
  • Maneuverable
P.W. Paws, APWA's nine-foot-tall mascot, creates excitement wherever he goes, whether it's at Congress, the Snow Conference, or at chapter events. If you'd like Paws to appear at your event, just give him a call.


Teri Newhouse
816-472-6100, ext. 3516

Director of Finance/Controller

  • Budget preparation and financial reporting
  • Audit and tax issues
  • Treasury management (banking and investments)
  • Federal grants financial management
Teri is responsible for the financial, budget, and treasury management functions for APWA. She coordinates the budget process; disseminates financial information to APWA staff, board members, and chapters; and manages APWA accounting/reporting software. Coordination of the APWA audit, tax, insurance, and banking services is also within Teri's sphere of responsibility.

Donna Cardwell
816-472-6100, ext. 3519

Accounts Payable Specialist

  • Accounts payable
  • Accounting
Donna is responsible for the timely payment of all APWA vendors. She maintains the in-house purchase order system and works with staff to resolve any questions or concerns regarding expense activity with each account. Donna is also responsible for the 1099 reporting for the national office as well as chapters.

Mary Coleman
816-472-6100, ext. 3518


  • Accounts Receivable
  • Payroll
Mary coordinates the Accounts Receivable and payroll functions. She is responsible for setting up all new meetings and products within the membership tracking software and balancing the activity in membership with accounting information on a monthly basis. She also handles the month-end closing process.

Rebecca Leistico
816-472-6100, ext. 3517

Accounts Receivable Specialist

  • Accounts Receivable
Rebecca coordinates Accounts Receivable and monitors collections. She is also responsible for posting all payments received for Publications, Meetings, and Membership. Rebecca handles member inquiries regarding account balances and registration status.

Brandy Reynolds
816-472-6100, ext. 3536

Chapter Financial Analyst/Registrar

  • APWA National/Chapters financial reporting liaison
  • Education meeting registrations
  • Bill registrations
Brandy is responsible for ensuring prompt registrations to the various meetings and workshops that APWA holds. She reviews chapter financial statements to ensure they contain the required information and are in the correct format. She also sends out chapter rebates for those chapters that meet reporting deadlines, and handles collection efforts for various unpaid invoices.


Daniel Armstrong, MCP
816-472-6100, ext. 3533

Director of Information Technology

  • Information Technology
  • Computer hardware/software/service vendor manager
  • Internal network, website, Internet access
Dann directs and manages all APWA Information Technology areas. He is responsible for coordinating all computer, network, and Internet-related activities in and between the Kansas City and Washington offices, as well as developing and maintaining working relationships with computer hardware, software, and service vendors. He maintains APWA's internal and external e-mail systems and is the technical contact for APWA's InfoNOW Communities. He also maintains and monitors APWA's internal network, website, and Internet access, and establishes Service Level Agreements for all network operations. In addition, he is responsible for all internal and external data security.

Christopher Lemon
816-472-6100, ext. 3534

Web Developer

  • APWA website
  • InfoNOW
  • Fax-on-Demand service
Chris is responsible for the content development of the APWA website. In addition, he manages the association's Fax-on-Demand system and is developing a database of public works resources that will be searchable on the APWA website. He also provides backup support for the Director of Information Technology.

Greg Hartegan
816-472-6100, ext. 3514

Information Resources Manager

  • Database management
  • Mailing labels and lists
Greg is responsible for our database management. He is also responsible for the fulfillment of all data abstractions from APWA's member database (e.g., mailing labels, data disks, report requests). He prepares reports from member data for all internal and external requests.

Brent Paloutzian
816-472-6100, ext. 3588

Web Developer

  • Chapter website templates
  • APWA website maintenance
  • New projects
Brent is responsible for the maintenance and improvement of the chapter website templates. He also provides backup support to the Senior Web Developer and Director of Information Technology through APWA website maintenance and the development of new projects.


Susan Gray
816-472-6100, ext. 3522

Human Resources/Office Manager

  • Employment with APWA
  • Office administration
Susan coordinates staff recruitment, benefits administration, and all other human resources functions for APWA. She also manages the daily office management needs of staff.

Tracy Alfaro
816-472-6100, ext. 3590

Receptionist/Administrative Clerk

Tracy is in charge of the reception area of APWA. She handles the switchboard, answering questions and directing calls and visitors to the appropriate staff member.

Lois Smith
816-472-6100, ext. 3586

Staff Assistant

  • Mailing and receiving
  • FedEx, express mail, etc.
Lois primarily services the mailing, shipping, delivery, and receiving needs of the staff. She is also in charge of copies and supplies.


R. Kevin Clark
816-472-6100, ext. 3513

Manager of Communications
Editor of APWA Reporter

  • APWA Reporter
  • Communications activities
Kevin is responsible for editing and managing the monthly APWA Reporter magazine. He also handles press releases, oversees the production of media kits, and assists with website content.


Beth Denniston
202-408-9541, ext. 3011

Director, National Rural Transit Assistance Program

  • Transit operation, regulation and funding
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Welfare to Work
  • Smart Growth
Beth focuses on rural and small-community issues. She directs the Federal Transit Administration's National Rural Transit Assistance Program, related FTA agreements involving Welfare to Work, and coordination of Health and Human Services Transportation. She is the primary staff liaison to the Small Cities/Rural Communities Forum and represents APWA at a variety of Federal and Association working groups, coalitions and councils.

Jim Fahey
202-408-9541 ext. 3006

Director of Government Relations

  • Government Relations
  • Legislative and Regulatory Affairs
  • Public Policy Advocacy
Jim directs APWA's government relations and advocacy programs and initiatives and is the primary staff liaison to the Government Affairs Committee. He serves as senior staff advocate promoting APWA public policy advocacy priorities and positions before the U.S. Congress, federal agencies and the media.

Andrea Fisher
202-408-9541, ext. 3005

Manager of Government Relations

  • Government Relations
  • TEA-21 Reauthorization Task Force
  • Government Affairs Committee
Andrea is a member of the Washington office Government Relations team. She serves as the lead staff contact for APWA's TEA-21 Reauthorization Task Force and also works with the Government Affairs Committee. Andrea is responsible for outreach to federal agencies, congressional staff and other organizations with primary focus on transportation as well as emergency management and pipeline safety.

Matt Grizzard
202-408-9541, ext. 3015

Manager, Rural Programs

  • National Rural Transit Assistance Program (RTAP)
Matt coordinates and develops the National RTAP web page (www.nationalrtap.org) including refinement of design and writing and maintaining content. He assists with the development, production and dissemination of training modules (videos and workbooks) and other RTAP educational materials. He represents the RTAP program at seminars, meetings and conferences.

Kesha Hicks
202-408-9541, ext. 3001

Receptionist/Office Assistant

Kesha handles all front desk/switchboard duties; processes and sorts incoming and outgoing mail; helps staff with various projects; and types memos and correspondence.

Heather McTavish
202-408-9541, ext. 3010

Government Relations Coordinator

  • Public works issues monitoring
  • Advocacy programs coordination
Heather provides support to APWA's government relations and advocacy programs, including issues and current affairs monitoring, information resource development, and communications coordination. She is also involved in tracking and monitoring legislation for state government affairs.

Lisa Pogue
202-408-9541, ext. 3012

Director of Technology Transfer

  • Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) Clearinghouse
Lisa manages a contract with the Federal Highway Administration for the LTAP Clearinghouse and assists members wanting to get involved in LTAP.

Dave Reinke
202-408-9541, ext. 3007

InfoLink Project Manager

  • APWA-InfoLink Development
  • Internet/e-commerce opportunities
  • E-government initiatives
Dave is responsible for the administration and development of the APWA-InfoLink website. He coordinates technical issues, evaluates web-based application integration, and works with chapters, P/E/T Committees, and individual members to address issues of access, applicability, and information delivery. He also promotes the collaborative value of linking public works professionals, vendors, municipal government programs and the public through this site.

Jean Smith
202-408-9541, ext. 3002

Executive Assistant/Office Manager

  • Office administration management
  • Assistance to Executive Director
  • Liaison for President, President-Elect and Executive Director Meeting Scheduling
Jean manages and coordinates services related to office administration for the Washington, D.C. office. She coordinates multiple projects and functions between Washington and Kansas City headquarters staff. She provides administrative assistance to the Executive Director and serves as the Executive Committee's meeting and conference scheduling liaison.