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December Program Luncheon features MCDOT staff who have been involved in the agency's highly-successful mentorship program.
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Mentorship Program


The 2017 WTS Phoenix Chapter Jane Morris Mentorship Program kicked off March 29 with enthusiasm  and a presentation by Mentorship Director Paul Basha. Excited mentors and mentees take part in this eight-month program giving both sides the ability to learn from each other. 

Mentors and mentees attend eight monthly lunch meetings in addition to meeting as a mentor-mentee pair each month. The monthly speakers are as follows:

  • 3/29 Successful Professional Characteristics, Paul Basha, City of Scottsdale
  • 4/19 Communication, Tammy Caputi, Yale Electric West
  • 5/17 Increasing Employability and Promotability
  • 6/21 Office Politics and Culture, Maisha Christian, Jokake Construction
  • 7/19 Professional Image, Danielle Casey, City of Scottsdale
  • 8/16 Teambuilding, Nicole Lance, City of Surprise
  • 9/20 Ethics, David Braaten, The Williams Institute
  • 10/18 Presentations, Paul Basha
  • 11/8 Program Celebration
Mentees develop professionally, explore potential career paths, receive career guidance and enhance their career advancement skills. Mentors also benefit as they assist young professionals early in their careers and develop associations with the next generation of transportation professionals.
2017 Mentee and Mentor Pairs

Tristan Black, City of Scottsdale and Jennifer Pyne, AECOM
Kimberley Bodington, AECOM and Carolyn Ketcherside, Valley Metro
Alison Ciccarello, AECOM and Victoria Kayiwa, City of Phoenix
Angela Galietti, Ethos and Janie Hollingsworth, Event Transportation Management
Alicia Guccione, Baker and Joseph Bowar, City of Phoenix
Nicole Roy, HDR and Carrie Alexander, Valley Metro
Lucia Sierra Rubio, Aztec and Denise Lacey, Maricopa County Transportation
Brenda Soto, Kimley-Horn and Chaun Hill, Maricopa Association of Governments
Ellie Volosin, AECOM and Thyra Ryden-Diaz, City of Scottsdale
Gemma Wiseman, City of Phoenix and Melissa Boyles, MB Consulting Group,LLC

Also serving as a mentors: Yingyan Lou, Arizona State University and Audra Koester Thomas, Maricopa Assocation of Governments 

The best of luck to all participants and thank you to Paul Basha for his dedication to the program!
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