APWA staff

The APWA staff stands able and eager to help you with any questions or requests you have regarding APWA and its services. The following photos and statements of responsibilities are designed to assist you in knowing whom to go to for what information.

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 at APWA in charge of executing the board's actions and desired courses of development in accordance with the APWA Strategic Plan. He is also chief liaison with 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 web site classified ads, and serves as advertising liaison.

Professional Development

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

Director of Professional Development
* Leadership and Management
* Engineering and Technology
* Accreditation
* GASB 34

Dennis manages the department responsible for providing information to address technical questions from members. 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
* Solid Waste
* Water Resources Management
* Emerging Leaders

Ann staffs the Transportation, Solid Waste, 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.

Ron Brohammer
816-472-6100, ext. 3527

Professional Development Program Manager
* Fleet Management
* Facilities Management
* Emergency Management

Ron is currently responsible for the Fleet Management, Facilities Management, and Emergency Management Committees. In addition, he supports several task forces and subcommittees that are charged with producing APWA publications for their related fields.

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.

In Memoriam

John "Mac" MacMullen

November 17, 1941-February 19, 2001


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

Director of Meetings
* The Best Show in Public Works: APWA Annual Public Works Congress & Exposition
* Future Congress' 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
* Snow Conference
* Other meetings/workshops

Diana participates in the coordination of the annual Congress, 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 educational resources
* New educational initiatives
* Regional Leadership Training

Patricia directs the five-person education department, which handles all education projects for APWA, including seminars, workshops, videoconferences, text-based course development, the virtual classroom events, and the annual Congress education program.

Karen Wilson
816-472-6100, ext. 3565

Education Program Development Manager
* Satellite videoconferences, web-based programs, live workshops, and specialty conferences
* Curriculum development for text-based courses

Karen manages the development of text-based courses for formal training implementation by chapters and agencies. In this role, she is the department's liaison to APWA's PET committees in helping define the annual educational process for the coming year. Karen also produces satellite videoconferences, live workshops, and web-based programs for member training and develops the educational activities for the APWA North American Snow Conference.

Kendra Bell
816-472-6100, ext. 3540

Education Assistant
* Registration logistics coordination
* Speaker relations and database management for Congress
* Member interaction for all education inquiries

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 Papers 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.


Lee Hawkins
816-472-6100, ext. 3545

Director of Member Relations
* Member relations
* Chapter services and Awards program

Lee oversees the servicing of APWA's members; the development and implementation of membership programs and benefits; chapter governance, finance, and recruitment/retention programming; and publications such as Bridges, Chapter Officer's Manual, and Leadership Directory. He is primary staff liaison to the Membership, Bylaws and Rules, and Awards Committees.

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.

LaToya Jones
816-472-6100, ext. 3578

Member Relations Coordinator
* Requests for membership information
* Member records

LaToya 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 directs the marketing of APWA activities including conferences, publications, workshops, videoconferences, 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 for numerous APWA marketing campaigns including The Best Show in Public Works, National Public Works Week, and North American Snow Conference. In addition, Jon manages the graphic design team, art directing the design and managing the printing and production of marketing 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 conferences, The Best Show in Public Works and the North American Snow Conference. 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 and assistance on numerous marketing brochures, advertisements, and other collateral pieces.

Connie Hartline
816-472-6100, ext. 3577

Publications Manager
* APWA publications
* Public Works Historical Society

Connie works with staff, PETs, 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.

Chris Unger
816-472-6100, ext. 3538

Publications Marketing Specialist
* APWA events and activities
* Marketing campaigns
* Internet marketing

Chris forges partnerships with the diverse organizations that support the American Public Works Association members. This ensures that the widest possible catalog of titles are available to inform, assist, and educate members on the latest trends, case studies, and manuals used in their various professions. This also ensures that members receive timely notification of new books and updates to established professional literature.


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)
* Review chapter budgets and financial statements

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; entering registrations for Meetings; and running statements monthly. Rebecca handles member inquiries regarding account balances and registration status.

Information Technology

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

Director of Information Technology
* Information Technology
* Computer hardware/software/service vendor manager 
* Internal network, web site, 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 also maintains and monitors APWA's internal network, web site, and Internet access, and establishes Service Level Agreements for all network operations.

Christopher Lemon, MCSE, MCP+Internet
816-472-6100, ext. 3534

Web Developer
* APWA web site
* infoNOW
* Fax-on-Demand service

Chris is responsible for the content development of the APWA web site. 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 web site. 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.

Office Management

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, and directs all 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, coordinating, and producing the monthly APWA Reporter magazine. He also handles press releases, oversees the production of media kits, and assists with web site content.

APWA staff - Washington, D.C. office

Beth Denniston
202-408-9541, ext. 3011

Director, Rural Transit Tech 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 (SC/RC) 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.

Chanda Lupunga
202-408-9541, ext. 3013

LTAP Clearinghouse Manager
* Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP)

Chanda works on a Federal Highway Administration contract operated by APWA. Her position provides technical, administrative and information support to the LTAP community.

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.

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.