Staff

Meet the WTS International Staff!

 

Sara Stickler, Executive Director

Sara Stickler joined WTS International in October of 2018 as the Executive Director. Sara works to set and execute WTS International’s organizational strategic priorities, working closely with the WTS International Board of Directors to continuously assess and develop the WTS brand and the association’s programs. Sara also works with the WTS Foundation and its Board of Directors to realize its mission of supporting the next generation of transportation professionals and advancing the principles of WTS.

Prior to joining WTS, Sara was the Executive Director of the Alliance for Consumer Education (ACE), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation of the Household and Commercial Products Association (HCPA). She also served as the Vice President of Research and Education at HCPA. Stickler led the foundation through an organizational rebrand to position the foundation for long-term growth. She oversaw fundraising and donor relationship building initiatives. As Vice President, Stickler oversaw over 25 active joint ventures and LLC’s through the Ignite Solutions program where she implemented a project management approach to the program; overseeing long-term and short-term industry research projects and initiatives.

Previously, Stickler taught second grade at Indian Hill Exempted Village School District in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she also coached basketball and softball. She has extensive experience working in education and with educational programs through schools, nonprofits, and outside organizations. 

Sara earned her Master of Public Policy degree from University of Maryland where she specialized in Nonprofit Policy. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Psychology from Xavier University in Ohio.

Sara can be reached at sstickler@wtsinternational.org.

 

April Rai, Director

April Rai oversees the membership and chapter relations departments of WTS where she drives collaborative approaches to chapter development and member engagement.  April has extensive experience in membership development and external affairs where she specializes in promoting cross-collaboration amongst stakeholders.

Prior to joining WTS, April served as the CEO for the National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS), a membership coalition that promotes safe and healthy lifestyles among all youth while encouraging youth empowerment and leadership.  In this role, April engaged with multiple transportation stakeholders on traffic and motor vehicle injury prevention.

April previously served as Manager & Affairs Analyst in the Office of the Dean at the University of Maryland, School of Nursing directing government affairs and communications.  She also managed day to day operations for the State of Maryland, Action Coalition, an initiative of the AARP Foundation, AARP and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

April can be reached at arai@wtsinternational.org.

 

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Haley Diamond, Manager

As Manager, Haley works closely with each team member to implement WTS’s long-term communications strategy, deliver marketing solutions, and develop programming. Haley enjoys learning about issues in transportation and leveraging communication tools to advance goals in the field. Currently, Haley is developing new strategies to ensure every member feels connected to and empowered by WTS. 

Prior to joining WTS International, Haley worked at the Alliance for Consumer Education, the Household & Commercial Products Association, and the Washington School of Ballet. Her combined skills in strengthening social media and digital communications as well as member and community relations will help expand WTS’ voice.

Haley graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies specializing in International Media and minoring in Literature from American University. She is a Buffalo native who loves visiting home for chicken wings, sponge candy, and visiting her pet Shih Tzu, Spike.

Haley can be reached at hdiamond@wtsinternational.org.
 


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Shelby Blashford, Engagement Specialist

Shelby Blashford supports WTS communication by promoting events, using social media platforms to engage with members and stakeholders, and building content. Shelby is passionate about engaging with members and chapters through communication. Shelby also assists with event management and logistics.

Prior to joining WTS, Shelby worked as a Digital Marketing Coordinator at the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing where she oversaw social media.

Shelby graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies and a minor in Marketing and Social Media Studies. Shelby loves to travel, practice yoga, and visit her golden retriever, Walker, in Columbus, Ohio.

Shelby can be reached at sblashford@wtsinternational.org.

 

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Stacey Warr, Engagement Specialist

Stacey supports the WTS Membership department by processing memberships and assisting with member relations. Stacey coordinates with April, the WTS Membership Director, to improve efficiencies and engagement between the WTS community and headquarters.

Her previous experience of working in early childcare at St. Albans Early Childcare Center has prepared her for community relations and a quick-moving environment.

Stacey graduated from Morgan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences. Stacey enjoys her time outside of work as a choreographer for a children's dance company.

Stacey can be reached at swarr@wtsinternational.org.

 

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MeKayla Washington, Office Coordinator

MeKayla provides multi-departmental support to ensure WTS operations run smoothly. MeKayla assists with chapter and member processes, event registrations, and assists with administrative work.

MeKayla studied at Prince Georges Community College, focusing in Computer Aided Drafting. Her enthusiasm for learning and detail-oriented mindset make MeKayla an asset.

Kayla can be reached at mwashington@wtsinternational.org.

 

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