Since 1976, Larry Stevens has served in numerous leadership roles, including Assistant City Engineer, City of Grinnell, Iowa; City Engineer, City of Oskaloosa, Iowa; and City Engineer/Public Works Director at Oskaloosa. After serving as the Director of the Iowa Statewide Urban Design and Specifications (SUDAS) Program at the Institute for Transportation at Iowa State University, Stevens joined HR Green, Inc., Johnston, Iowa, as a Senior Project Manager in 2010. He now serves HR Green, Inc., as a Project Director.
Stevens was elected to the APWA Board of Directors in 2007 as the Region VI Director. He has chaired the APWA Finance Committee, served as the APWA Board liaison to the Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) Board of Directors, and is a former APWA Board liaison to the Small Cities/Rural Communities Committee. He was appointed in 2011 by APWA (as a founding member) to the Board of Directors of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure. Stevens has served in all of the Iowa Chapter officer positions, including eight years as the Chapter Delegate, and has also been a member of the National Nominating Committee (2005) and the Strategic Planning Task Force (2005). He is a past Chapter President of the Iowa Engineering Society and is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers.
As Director of Public Works for the City of Largo, Fla., Brian R. Usher is responsible for the management of the five operating divisions within the Department of Public Works: Street & Drainage Maintenance, Facilities Management, Solid Waste, Fleet Management, and Administration. Together these activities account for services on more than 250 miles of street, over 40 public structures, and over 500 City-owned vehicles (including police and fire apparatus). Additionally, the Public Works Department is responsible for the repair and maintenance of 34 facilities with a total area just over 500,000 square feet. Usher has been actively involved in all facets of public works for more than 37 years, beginning his career as a water division laborer, and through his demonstrated abilities rose through the ranks into leadership and management positions.
Usher has been an active 31-year member of APWA, serving in numerous leadership roles at both the local and national levels. He served in all five officer positions with the Chicago Metro Chapter, served as the chapter’s Membership Chair and Education Chair for two years, and served on the APWA Congress Host Committee for the 1994 Chicago Congress. He served on the national Emergency Management Committee for six years (2002-08) and chaired the committee in 2003-04. He also chaired APWA’s Homeland Security Task Force (2002-03) and the Engineering and Technology Committee (2010-11). He has served as the Director-at-Large, Fleet & Facilities Management, and has also served as a member of APWA’s Finance Committee. Usher was named APWA’s Professional Manager of the Year – Emergency Management in 2010 and was named one of APWA’s Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year in 2005
Edward A. Gottko’s career in public works began in 1970 as the Assistant City Engineer for the City of Bayonne, N.J. In 1979 he was appointed the Town Engineer/Director of Public Works for the Town of Westfield, N.J., and in 1994 was appointed the Town Administrator at Westfield. In 2000 he retired from public service and now serves as an adjunct professor at several colleges in New York and New Jersey.
Gottko has been a member of APWA since 1972 and recently served as a member of the Certification/Education Task Force. He is a former member of the Finance Committee (2008-10) and has served on a number of other committees, including the Master’s Degree Task Force (Chair, 2005-06) and the Education Committee (2004). Gottko is a Past President of the New Jersey Chapter and has also chaired the chapter’s Education/Training Committee. In 2002 he received the Donald C. Stone Award for Excellence in Education.
Richard F. (Rick) Stinson has served as the Director of Public Works for the Town of Wakefield, Mass., since 2001. He directly oversees ten divisions which include Highway, Water, Sewer, Parks, Forestry, Cemetery, Fleet Maintenance, Buildings, Administration, and Engineering. He previously served as the Director of Operations for the Town of Danvers, Mass., from 1994-2001, and as Business Manager, Town of Wakefield, from 1988-1994. Stinson currently serves on Wakefield’s Galvin Middle School Advisory Building Committee, the Massachusetts Safe Routes to Schools Task Force, Wakefield’s World War II Monument Committee, and Wakefield’s Traffic Advisory Committee.
Stinson is a former member of APWA’s Finance Committee and chaired the Task Force on Future Conferences. He has been a member of the Governance Task Force (2006), National Nominating Committee (2004-05), Top Ten Public Works Leaders Selection Committee (2005-08), and Livable Communities Task Force (1997-98). He served on the New England Chapter Board of Directors for 15 years (1993-2008) and served as Chapter Delegate (2002-09) and Chapter President (2001). He has served on a number of chapter committees and chaired the Steering Committee for the 2010 Boston Congress. Stinson was named one of APWA’s Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year in 2003.
As Superintendent of Public Works for the Village of Rockville Centre, N.Y., Harry L. Weed, II, supervises the Highway Division, which handles road maintenance and tree-trimming; the Sewer Department, which handles the pump stations, sanitary, and storm sewers; the Sanitation, Water, and Parks Departments; and the Central Garage. He also oversees parking meter and console repairs and maintenance, street sweeping, road opening permits and sidewalk inspection program.
Weed is a former member of APWA’s Emergency Management Committee and was also a member of the Facilities & Grounds Committee for five years, chairing the committee for two years. He is a Past President of the New York Metropolitan Chapter, chaired the chapter’s Government Affairs Committee in 2003, and has been the Chapter Delegate since 2005. He has been a contributor to the APWA Reporter’s annual Facilities & Grounds issue, penning “Workplace Safety” (April 2007) and “Intergovernmental Cooperative Initiatives” (April 2006). He was named one of APWA’s Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year in 2008. Weed was recently selected by New York Governor Cuomo to be the public works representative on the Governor’s response committee for Superstorm Sandy.
William (Bo) Mills is the Director of Public Services with the City of Germantown, Tenn., and has been in that position for eleven years. His duties include the direct supervision of the programs and personnel associated with the following areas: Animal Control; Parks/ROW Grounds Maintenance; State Street Aid; Stormwater Maintenance; Street Maintenance; Water Production and Distribution; Sewer Collection; and many utility-related CIP projects. Prior to becoming the Director of Public Services, Mills served the City of Germantown as Assistant Director of Public Services for seven years and Solid Waste Coordinator for six years. He has spent his entire working career with the Germantown Public Works Department.
Mills has been an APWA member since 1989. At the chapter level, he served as the Tennessee Chapter’s West Branch director for six years, working through the chapter’s officer positions until becoming Chapter President in 2005. He served as the Chapter Delegate from 2000 through 2010, and has also served on the chapter’s Membership, Awards, Education, and Past President’s Advisory Committees. At the national level, Mills has served on the Board of Directors for the past three years as Director of Region III. He served three years on the Membership Committee and two years on the Transportation Committee, chairing the Roadway Safety Subcommittee for both of those years. He served on the Professional Development Committee which worked to facilitate the establishment of the Donald C. Stone Center for Leadership Excellence. In 2008, Mills was selected to the House of Delegates Executive Committee and was named HOD Chair in 2010-11.
Tommy Brown has worked in the public works sector for 42 years. He began his career in 1973 working as a mechanic for the City of LaGrange, Ga. He was promoted to Parts Manager in 1980 and to Superintendent of Fleet Services, his current position, in 1988. When Brown began his tenure as Superintendent of Fleet Services there were no computers, no automated fuel system and no charge-back rates, but he has been able to convert the shop to a modern, self-supporting internal department. He supervises a staff of 15 employees and handles all the challenges that face a city with regards to its fleet of vehicles and equipment.
Brown has been an active member of APWA for 29 years. He served as the Georgia Chapter President in 1999, chaired the chapter’s Equipment Service Committee in 1995, and served as the Chapter Delegate for ten years. At the national level, he has served on the Fleet Services Committee, Education Committee, Congress Planning Committee, National Nominating Committee and Region IV Nominating Committee.
Prior to his retirement in 2004, Richard T. Berning served as the Director of Public Works for the City of Springfield, Ill., with 234 full-time employees and an operational budget of more than $36 million. He has worked in the public works profession nearly his entire career, beginning with his first job in 1969 as Assistant Gas Planning and Design Engineer with Illinois Power Company. He joined the City of Springfield in 1972 as an Assistant Traffic Engineer with responsibilities in traffic signal network renovation and construction. After working in the private sector for a number of years, Berning returned to the City of Springfield in 1988 as the City Engineer. Although he is retired from full-time public works service, he continues to work as a self-employed consultant.
Berning has been a member of APWA for more than twenty-five years and has served the Illinois Chapter as the Chapter Delegate for the past seven years. He has served on the Illinois Chapter Conference Committee for the past nine years and has served on the Illinois Public Service Institute Advisory Board since its creation, twice serving as the chair for two-year terms. At the national level he has been a member of the Government Affairs Committee (2001-03, 2009-10), the Master’s Degree Task Force (2004-05) and the National Nominating Committee (2008). He is also a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, Illinois Society of Professional Engineers, and Institute of Traffic Engineers. Berning has given presentations at a number of conferences and co-authored the article “Public Works in modern-day China” which ran in the April 2006 issue of the APWA Reporter.
Chuck Williams was appointed in January 2010 as the Municipal Services Director for the City of Lenexa, Kansas. His responsibilities include the maintenance of existing infrastructure including street, stormwater, traffic control, fleet, asset management and facilities. Prior to his current position, Williams served as the Public Works Director for the City of Gladstone, Mo., where he had responsibility for engineering, traffic control, utilities and streets. Williams also served in a variety of roles for the City of Manhattan, Kans., for more than 29 years.
Williams first became a member of APWA in 1982, in which his early involvement was as a member of the Kansas Chapter. Over the years with the Kansas Chapter he served as a Director, Secretary/Treasurer, President, Past President, and the Chapter Delegate. He is currently a member of the Kansas City Metro Chapter and has served as the Chapter Delegate. Prior to being on the chapter’s Board, he was a member of the chapter’s ACEC/APWA Partnering Committee. He served as the Accommodation’s Committee Chair for the 2008 and 2011 Mid-Am Conferences representing the Kansas City Metro Chapter. He also serves as an instructor in the chapter’s Public Works Institute.
Maher Hazine serves as the Vice President/Director of Municipal Operations for W.C. Scoutten Inc. in Goodyear, Ariz. Prior to this position he served as the Public Works-Utilities Deputy Director for the City of Peoria, Ariz., where he supervised a 146-member staff of managers, supervisors, technicians and field staff in the Fleet, Solid Waste, Street Operations, Facilities and the Transit Divisions. He previously served as the Assistant City Engineer for the City of Peoria for seven years.
Hazine has been committed to APWA in various capacities both at the chapter level as well as nationally. Since 2004 he has been a member of the House of Delegates, first as an Alternate Delegate and then as a Delegate since 2009. He has served as an APWA Accreditation Program Evaluator and has chaired the Arizona Public Works Institute (PWI). He is also an active member of the Arizona Education Committee and has chaired the Arizona Municipal Advocacy Committee. Hazine served on the PWI Task Force created by APWA Past President Elizabeth Treadway and also served on the PWI Review Committee.
Ronald J. Calkins served as the Director of Public Works for the City of Ventura, Calif., for 17 years, retiring in 2010. His previous work experience includes City Engineer for the City of Ventura; Assistant Public Works Director/Chief Engineer for the City of Santa Barbara, Calif.; and Principal Engineer, Senior Engineer, Associate Engineer and Assistant Engineer for the Ventura Regional Sanitation District.
Calkins is a former member of APWA’s State and Local Advocacy Task Force and the Body of Knowledge Task Force, and is a former Chapter Delegate for the Ventura County Chapter. He co-founded the Ventura County branch of APWA’s Southern California Chapter in 1982, which then became the Ventura County Chapter in 1995. Calkins is a former trustee for the Public Works Historical Society and a former trustee for the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists. He was named one of APWA’s Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year in 2008.
Jill M. Marilley is a Senior Project Manager with HDR, Inc. in the Seattle, Wash., area. She has over 28 years of experience as a civil engineering professional, with 20 years in the public sector. She has served in positions such as City Engineer with the City of Shoreline, Wash., and Public Works Director with the City of Mill Creek, Wash. In her current role with HDR, Inc., she is a senior construction and design project manager, and recently led the inspection team for a $100 million bascule bridge replacement in Seattle.
Marilley has been very active in APWA at the chapter and national levels. She has served as Washington State Chapter President in both 2011 and 2012 and was on the chapter’s Executive Board for nine years. At the national level she recently completed two years on the Board of Directors, is a current member of the Finance Committee, served on the 2011 National Nominating Committee, and served for two years on the Projects of the Year Awards Committee. Marilley is also very active in the Delta Zeta National Sorority at the local and national levels and was previously active at the local and national levels for the American Society of Civil Engineers and various community organizations. She is an avid homebrewer, energetic Seahawks fan and, until the NHL comes to Seattle, she roots for her Canucks.
David L. Lawry is the Director of Engineering and Public Works for the Village of Schaumburg, Ill. He was formerly the Director of Village Operations for the Village of Wauconda, Ill., where he managed the departments of Public Works, Environmental Quality, Engineering and Information Technology. Prior to his role with the Village of Wauconda, Lawry worked for the City of Elgin, Ill., for more than twenty years. As the General Services Group Director, a position he held for more than ten years, his duties included the direct supervision of the departments of Public Works, Engineering, Building Maintenance, Water, and Parks and Recreation.
Lawry has been a member of the Chicago Metro Chapter Executive Committee since 1999, and has served in all the officer positions at both the branch and chapter levels, including Chapter President in 2007 and Chapter Delegate in 2008. He has served on various chapter committees including the 75th Anniversary Committee. He is a former member of the national Project of the Year Awards Committee as well as the Chapter Advocacy Task Force. Along with his service to APWA, Lawry is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, National Society of Professional Engineers, American Water Works Association and the Public Works Historical Society. He was a Top Ten Public Works Leader of the Year recipient in 2012.
Bill Spearman’s professional career has spanned 38 years, all of which have been in the public works arena. He has spent 16 years in public service (eight years with the Federal Highway Administration and eight years with the South Carolina Land Resources Conservation Commission) and 22 years in the private sector (one year with Wilbur Smith Associates and 21 years with his current employer, Woolpert, Inc.). During his 20-year period in the private sector, Spearman served four years as the Vice Chairman of the Saluda County Water and Sewer Authority and four years as the County Engineer for White County, Ga., under a contractual relationship.
Spearman has been an active member of APWA at the chapter, regional and national levels. He has served on the national Water Resources Management Committee and the Government Affairs Committee, and is a current member of the Finance Committee. He led the effort to develop the Certified Stormwater Manager certification program; taught environmental short courses and Click, Listen & Learn presentations; supported APWA’s advocacy staff with coalition partners on funding and regulatory issues; and led the effort to create the Stormwater Summit at APWA’s annual International Public Works Congress & Exposition.
Mary Joyce Ivers has been involved in public works for over twenty-one years. For the past six, she has served as the Fleet and Facilities Manager for the City of Ventura, California. In this position she manages a $10 million operating budget, is responsible for five supervisors and twenty employees, and interacts daily with City departments and the citizens of Ventura. In 2011, Ivers and her team collaboratively developed Fleet and Facilities Business Plans and Service Level Agreements for all of the customer departments and looked at providing public works services as a business model. This was the first business plan developed for any of the departments at the City of Ventura.
Ivers has been very involved in fleet and facilities at both the local and national levels. At the local level, she is involved in the regional Gold Coast Fleet group and the Central Coast International Facilities Management Association. At the national level with APWA, she received the Certified Public Fleet Professional (CPFP) designation in 2008 and was recertified in 2013. In 2010, she was appointed to the Fleet Services Technical Committee and was appointed Chair in 2012. In 2011, Ivers served on the Education & Certification Strategic Planning Group as the Fleet Technical Committee member; this was the inception and development of the APWA Donald C. Stone Center for Excellence in Public Works. Ivers has written many articles promoting success stories within fleet and facilities operations that have been published in the APWA Reporter, Government Fleet, American City and County, Roads and Bridges and other publications.
Prior to her retirement, Cora Jackson-Fossett served as Public Information Director II for the Public Affairs Office of the City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works. She served as city and department spokesperson and led a number of high-profile communications initiatives including public works program and service introductions, ongoing grassroots engagements, employee communications, and crisis communications response. She was a communications leader and public servant for more than 30 years and had been a Public Information Director since 1999 serving Los Angeles and its four million residents.
Jackson-Fossett has been an active member of APWA since 2001. She chaired the Southern California Chapter’s Diversity Committee, instructs classes for the Public Works Institute, and served as publicity co-chair for the chapter’s hosting of the 2012 Congress. At the national level she chaired the Diversity Committee (2004-06) and also served on the Membership Committee, the Joint Subcommittee of Finance and Membership, and the Progressive Women in Public Works Subcommittee. In 2006, Jackson-Fossett was nominated by then-President Bob Freudenthal to represent APWA on the “Water is Life & Infrastructure Makes it Happen” national outreach program co-sponsored by the Water Environment Federation. She has authored numerous articles on diversity and public outreach for the APWA Reporter and has presented as a speaker at the APWA Congress every year since 2003.
As the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Director of Local Programs, Kathleen Davis has been the advocate and voice of local governments with the Department. With 23 years of experience, she is recognized as a national leader in federal transportation policy. As the WSDOT Director of Local Programs, she is personally responsible for administration of state and federal funds that support city and county transportation systems.
Davis has been an APWA member since 1996 and has been active in the Washington State Chapter, most recently involving the Scholarship Committee. The committee’s primary objective is to provide grants to college students and attract them to the service of public works and introduce them to the APWA organization. She has also demonstrated her commitment at the national level by serving on the SAFETEA-LU Task Force and the Transportation Committee as chair for the past two years.