2015 Columbus Chapter Annual Awards
During our Annual Meeting on February 5, 2015, the 2015 Annual Awards were presented.
The Innovative Transportation Solution Award was presented to Burgess & Niple and the City of Columbus Department of Public Service for the Front Street/Marconi Boulevard One-way to Two-way street conversion project. Emilie Worley and Hassan Zahran accepted the award.
The Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award was presented to Mayor Michael B. Coleman for the work the City of Columbus has done in promoting Women and minorities into leadership positions. Tracie Davies, Director of Public Service, accepted this award on behalf of Mayor Coleman.
The Employer of the Year Award was presented to the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission. During their reorganization in 2014, three new departments were formed and all three appointed directors were women.
Elizabeth Royster,a Transportation Engineer at Prime AE Group, received the Member of the Year Award for her work as the Transportation YOU Director.
The Woman of the Year Award was presented to Michelle May, Manager of the Highway Safety Program at the Ohio Department of Transportation.
The Man of the Year Award was presented to Louie Husseini, Project Manager and Associate at Mead & Hunt. Louie currently serves as the Scholarship Director of WTS Columbus.
WTS Columbus Scholarships:
Our chapter's 2015 Scholarships were awarded to two outstanding Ohio students.
Alyssa Manning, a senior Aviation student at the The Ohio State University received the Molitoris Leadership Scholarship for Undergraduates.
In addition to Aviation, Alyssa is working toward her professional piloting specialization and a Leadership Studies minor. Her aviation leadership at Ohio State includes membership and office in Alpha Eta Rho professional aviation fraternity and as an influential leader and competitor on the Ohio State University Flight Team. Alyssa is passionate about aviation, leadership, and transportation safety. She intends to experience a large extent of the aviation industry before reaching her end goal as a Cessna 750 Citation X (10) Captain for a corporate flight department. Throughout her career, she aims to be inspiration to future aviators and aviatrixes in service of a vision for a ubiquitously robust transportation industry.
The Helene M. Overly Memorial Graduate Scholarship and theBeverly Swaim Staley Leadership Legacy Scholarship for Graduates were awarded to Kessa Turnbull from the Cleveland State University.
Kessa is working on her Masters of Urban Planning, Design, and Development with a specialization in Environmental Sustainability. In addition, she is working on certificates in Geographic Information Systems and Economic Development. After graduation she plans to pursue a career in Transportation Planning, focusing on providing access to employment and educational opportunities for vulnerable populations through multimodal transportation systems and balanced transportation infrastructure. In the mean time, she is working as a Student Planning Assistant for the Center for Community Planning and Development and as a Graduate Assistant for a GIS course.
WTS Columbus congratulates these bright and talented young women in their achievements!