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Board of Directors

The WTS Colorado Board of Directors are leaders who are committed to bringing WTS to new levels each year. They guide the organization, make strategic-planning decisions and serve as WTS ambassadors to the broader transportation industry. Board members are elected by the Colorado chapter’s WTS membership and serve two-year terms.

WTS Colorado 2019-2020 Board of Directors

Molly Veldkamp, President 

City and County of Denver

Molly is a RiNo Portfolio Integration Manager with the City and County of Denver who has been active in WTS Colorado since winning a scholarship as a graduate student. Since then she has been actively engaged with WTS Colorado. First serving as a volunteer on the Environmental Stewardship and Special Events committees. Molly moved into leadership at WTS Colorado when she co‐chaired the Programs committee for two years and then served as a Director‐at‐Large on the WTS Colorado Board. She has served the past two years as Vice President. Molly has helped foster the expanding WTS activities in Boulder and has lead the WTS involvement in the Annual Transportation Symposium for the past three years. Most recently Molly kicked off the first podcast club (like a book club, but with podcasts) for women to come together across the metro area and discuss the Harvard Business Review podcast Women at Work. Molly’s vision is that WTS Colorado becomes a model for promoting women and diversity in transportation and related fields. Our resources, guidance, and data‐driven policy recommendations will drive change in our industry. All with the mission of helping women achieve their career goals.

Malinda Reese, Vice President

Transportation Engineer, Apex Design, PC

Malinda is a Senior Transportation Engineer with Apex Design and has served WTS Colorado for the past five years. Malinda’s leadership experience includes serving as an Officer for the Engineers Without Borders Denver Professional Chapter, an Executive Board Member of WTS Colorado, the Program Lead for the Engineers Without Borders Denver Professional Chapter Tanzania Program, and a Supervisor at Apex Design. As an organization, WTS is so much more than just a networking group and Malinda is passionate about continuing to promote women in the transportation industry and getting the word out to others about all that WTS Colorado has to offer. She sees the future of WTS Colorado as continuing to invest in introducing young girls to transportation through the Transportation YOU Program, supporting young women through scholarships as they pursue an education related to transportation, shaping young female professionals in our industry through opportunities such as the Mentor Program, and continuing to provide professional development for women in all stages of their career through the Leadership Program. She alsosees the value in WTS Colorado being a part of the Women in the Workplace conversation and has been excited to see programs such as the WTS Podcast Club take hold this past year and would like to continue these types of networking and educational opportunities. 

Michelle McEllhaney, Secretary

Project Engineer, Michael Baker

Michelle is a Project Engineer at Michael Baker International and has been involved in WTS Colorado for eight years. She began as a prot�g� in the WTS Colorado Mentorship program. Then, served as Membership, Scholarship and Recognitions Chairs and most recently as a WTS Colorado At‐Large Board Member. She was the initial creator of the WTS Colorado Awards Luncheon and coordinated the breaking out of this event to ensure that the winners, leading our industry, were getting the recognition they deserved. Also, the WTS Colorado Chapter won the Membership Circle of Excellece Award during her time as membership chair.She has been recognized as a leader through her tireless commitmnet to the chapter. Michelle’s vision for WTS Colorado is to continue to build the future of transportation in Colorado, in particular focusing on reachng out to younger women who are still undecided about the scholastic and career paths to provide mentoring and exposure to the STEM fields as potential career paths. 

Morgan Whitcomb, Treasurer

Neighborhood Transportation Manager, City & County of Denver Public Works

Morgan is the Neighborhood Transportation Manager at Denver Public Works in the Transportation Design group. Prior to this role, she was the Director of Los Angeles Operations for Sam Schwartz Consulting. She has been a member of WTS for eight years, first in Chicago and Los Angeles, and has now been a member of WTS Colorado since she moved to Denver in early 2018. Morgan views WTS as the premier professional organization for transportation, cutting across various disciplines and sectors, where people can build relationships and share knowledge. In addition to supporting all of WTS's ongoing operations as Treasurer, Morgan will focus on supporting increased membership and participation for public sector employees.

Heidi Scharm, Immediate Past President

Project Manager/Senior Engineer, Jacobs Engineering

Heidi is a project manager at Jacobs Engineering and has served on the board of the WTS Colorado Chapter as Vice President and Treasurer over the past four years and was actively engaged in chapter events prior to joining the board. Her vision for WTS Colorado is to continue development of the chapter into one of the strongest networking organizations for the transportation community in the Denver-metro area and beyond. Another key aspect of Heidi’s vision is to continue growing the chapter’s presence in Boulder, Colorado Springs and Fort Collins. Heidi would like to provide our members with more volunteer opportunities within the broader community and help to promote WTS recognition outside of just the engineering/planning community. She aims to diversify outreach across ages, genders, geographies and disciplines, continue support of women from girl scout age all the way through the senior level of their careers, and encourage mentorship and interaction between the different generations.

Celeste Stragand– Director‐at‐Large 

NEPA Specialist, Pinyon Environmental

Celeste currently works for Denver Regional Council of Governments managing the Way to Go Program (www.waytogo.org) providing mobility options for those in the Denver region as the Regional Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Program and Marketing Manager. She has served on state‐wide boards in the past and understand the time commitment and responsibility associated. Let’s roll up our sleeves and continue working to keep Colorado a great place to live, work and play! 

Mobility is the wave of the future and WTS is the premiere transportation organization in Colorado. With more and more people moving to our region, WTS is poised to be the forum for thought leadership. Celeste brings enthusiasm and a measured, regional perspective to the board. The caliber of members and attendees at WTS events are testament to the organization’s respected standing. Her intention is to support our reputation and deliver the services desired by both the board and members

Robyn Kullas, Director-at-Large

NEPA Specialist, Pinyon Environmental

Robyn is a NEPA Specialist with Pinyon Environmental. She has been involved with WTS Colorado since 2012 and has chaired the Professional Development committee for the last two years. Robyn is looking forward to continuing with WTS Coloarado as an At-Large Board member. As an active member of the organization, Robyn hase greatly appreciated the opportunities to enhance her leadership skills outside of her direct work environmentand the opportunity to meet, get to know and learn from leaders within the industry, locally and nationally.  She would like to continue in a leadership role within the organization and put the knowledge and experience she has gained to beneficial use to the greater WTS community. 

Jennifer Wood, Director-at-Large

Colorado State Manager, Parsons

Jennifer Wood is the Colorado State Manager for Parsons’ Infrastructure (Civil/Structural) team and has been actively involved with WTS for the past eight years. As a Co‐Chair for the Professional Development Committee, she has organized numerous workshops in support of career development. Topics have ranged from how to practice and promote authenticity in the workplace to more technical sessions such as how CDOT uses “big data” for their operations. Jennifer volunteered as a mentor for the past two WTS Colorado Mentorship programs and will co‐lead the mentoring program next year. She is passionate about helping young women find support and inspiration from the many talented and passionate leaders within the WTS Colorado community.

Kelly Maiorana – Director‐at‐Large

Environmental Planning Manager, Muller Engineering Copany 

Kelly is the Environmental Planning Manager for Muller Engineering Company and has been a WTS member for nine years. After serving on the Professional Development Committee for four years, she has co‐chaired the committee for the last two years. As an active member of WTS, Kelly has developed specialized knowledge and leadership skills while organizing learning opportunities ranging from salary negotiations to the mentoring program. Kelly is excited to continue serving WTS Colorado as an At‐Large Board member and understands the importance of encouraging younger professionals to participate in professional development activities to develop relationships with industry and agency leaders. This year she will help coordinate the Annual Transportation Symposium to highlight great projects and innovative ideas within Colorado’s transportation community.

 

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