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Annual Recognition Awards

WTS Hampton Roads Chapter
Annual Recognition Awards

The WTS Hampton Roads Chapter honors recipients who have contributed to the advancment of the transporation industry both locally and/or regionally. The annual recognition awards are presented to recipients at the WTS Hampton Roads Chapter Annual Transportation Reception Annually.


2019 WTS Hampton Roads Chapter Annual Recognition Awards Winners

Shelley Boge, PE, AECOM, is the recipient of the 2019 WTS Hampton Roads Chapter Member of the Year Award.

Queen Crittendon, Civil Rights Manager for VDOT's Hampton Roads District, is the recipient of the 2019 WTS Hampton Roads Chapter Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award.

Janet Hedrick, PE, VDOT, is the recipient of the 2019 WTS Hampton Roads Chapter Woman of the Year Award.

2018 WTS Hampton Roads Chapter Annual Recognition Awards Winners


WTS HRC Honorary Membership – Camelia Ravanbakht

Dr. Camelia Ravanbakht was appointed Deputy Executive Director of the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization in 2008. In this position, she was responsible for oversight of all administrative and technical activities of the metropolitan planning organization – including the development of the Long-Range Transportation Plan, the Transportation Improvement Program, the Congestion Management Process, and the Public Participation Plan. 

One of Dr. Ravanbakht's most notable accomplishments was overseeing the development of what became known as the Hampton Roads Regional Prioritization Process. It was one of the first in the nation to score, rate, and rank a wide range of candidate transportation capital improvement projects for federal and state funding. 


WTS HRC 21018 Honorable Ray LaHood Award – James Utterback

Mr. James Utterback has more than 30 years of experience managing large scale projects in military, private, and state organizations.  He was recently named Project Director for VDOT’s Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion Project.  As Project Director, he will oversee one of the largest infrastructure projects in the nation which will bring much needed congestion relief to Hampton Roads.

Mr. Utterback has been a staunch supporter of WT, always encouraging membership and participation in the organization. He is also a major backer of VDOT’s Core Development Program, which stresses minority and female participation and affords women and minorities the opportunity to launch their careers with VDOT. In addition, 50% of his Executive Team is comprised of women. As you can see, Mr. Utterback doesn’t just talk about supporting women in the transportation industry, he makes it happen by providing the necessary tools to ensure their success.


WTS HRC 2018 Woman of the Year – Grindly Johnson

Ms. Grindly Johnson was recently named the Deputy Secretary of Administration. Prior to that, she served as the agency’s Chief of Administration as well as the Chief of Equal Business and Employee Opportunity. She has dedicated her career to the advancement of women and minorities in the transportation field. She recently planned and moderated a panel during the 2017 SASHTO Conference where panel attendees learned how diversity improves the workforce by bringing new ideas to the table. She also spearheaded the development of the Commonwealth’s first Business Opportunity and Workforce Development Center – one of only 15 in the nation – to provide DBE firms the tools needed to compete for federally-aided contracts.

Mrs. Johnson has revamped the State Transportation Internship Program, a program designed to help introduce minority students to careers in the transportation field. The program has introduced hundreds of college students to different transportation careers. She is always empowering others by encouraging them to perform better at their jobs and enhancing the ability of minorities and women to succeed in the transportation industry.


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