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WTS Philadelphia Chapter Awards

The WTS Philadelphia Annual Awards Gala will be held on November 30, 2017. Registration information for the event has gone out, so please check your e-mail. We will be honoring the 2017 Award Winners as well as the Scholarship Recipients at the Gala.

Congratulations to all of our award winners!

Woman of the Year:
Rochelle "Chellie" Cameron
Chief Executive Officer
City of Philadelphia, Division of Aviation

As Chief Executive Officer for the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and Northeast Philadelphia Airport (PNE), Chellie is responsible for directing the planning, development, and administration of all activities of the City of Philadelphia's Division of Aviation (DOA) and overseeing the management of nearly 800 airport personnel. With $484 million and $665 million operation and capital budgets, respectively, the airport system generates more than $15.4 billion in annual spending to the regional economy and accounts for more than 96,300 full-time jobs.

Chellie is admired by staff and colleagues for her energy, enthusiasm, and drive to do great things with a strong, diverse team.

During the next few years, Chellie will oversee the DOA's plan to bring innovation to both airfields and terminals through a series of capital improvements and infrastructure development projects. This critical, multi-million dollar undertaking will succeed by building on Chellie's central mission of enhancing the customer experience, improving current airport facilities, and laying the groundwork for future development by cementing the airports' status as important regional economic engines.

Member of the Year: 
Linell Homentosky, CM
Project Manager - Transportation, Aviation

Linell Homentosky, CM, currently serves on the Executive Board of WTS Philadelphia as Treasurer. She is past Co-Chair of the chapter's Scholarship & Awards Committee and Vice Chair of its Diversity Committee. Linell is also an alumna of WTS International's Mid-Career Training Program and its Chapter Leadership Training.

Linell is an Aviation Project Manager at AECOM. With more than a decade of experience, she has been a key contributor to master development for commercial and general aviation airports throughout the United States. Previously, she served as a lead specialist for large-scale airport expansions, including the Philadelphia International Airport's Capacity Enhancement and Terminal Modernization Program. Prior to joining AECOM, Linell worked for the City of Philadelphia's Division of Aviation.

Linell holds an MBA with a concentration in Enterprise Resource Planning from the University of Scranton. She earned a B.S. in Aeronautics (Aviation Management) from Kent State University. She is a certified private pilot.

Linell's contributions to the transportation industry exemplify an extraordinary commitment to the goals and growth of WTS.

Innovative Transportation Solution Award: 
Direct Bus on Roosevelt Boulevard
City of Philadelphia/SEPTA/Urban Engineers, Inc.

In October 2017, the City of Philadelphia and SEPTA unveiled Boulevard Direct, a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) type service along 10 miles of Roosevelt Boulevard connecting Northeast Philadelphia and Bensalem. The implementation of this new mode (Direct Bus) is the culmination of a multi-year partnership between the City and the transit authority. It is the first of its kind of limited stop service coupled with high-quality bus stations in the region.

The routing of this service is based upon SEPTA's Bus Route 14, which travels between the same terminal points and makes more than 80 stops within these 10 miles. Boulevard Direct will include a total of eight stops, with five intersections in Philadelphia accounting for 47% of all passenger activity between the Frankford Transportation Center and Neshaminy Mall. The implementation of this service is estimated to reduce travel time by 13 minutes (28%), bringing it closer to the average automobile travel time.

This project was led by a team of dynamic, high ranking women, in coordination with several city and state agencies.

Diversity Award: 

PhilaPort, an independent agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is responsible for the management, maintenance, marketing, and promotion of port facilities along the Delaware River, as well as strategic planning throughout the port district. The agency provides 17,000 jobs to men and women in the region, and supplies more than $100 million in annual revenues to the state and local economies.

In 2016, the agency set out to intensify its commitment to historically underutilized businesses (HUB) with the expansion of its Diversity Outreach Program. It raised its participation goal to 20% and required that at least two HUB category firms be included at no less than 5%.

Those categories? Minority-Owned; Woman-Owned; Veteran-Owned/Service-Disabled-Veteran-Owned; and LGBT-Owned.

PhilaPort is the first in the city to include the LGBT category in its diversity program. These businesses are certified by the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. This bold move makes it a pioneer in terms of "significant contributions in promoting diversity and cultural awarenes...that support the goals and mission of WTS."

Philadelphia Award:
Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission

DVRPC serves as the regional planning agency for the bistate, nine-county Philadelphia region. It works toward increasing the mobility choices by investing in a safe and modern transportation system that protects and preserves natural resources while creating healthy communities, and that fosters greater opportunities for all.

DVRPC's mission is to achieve this vision by convening the widest array of partners to inform and facilitate data-driven decision-making. At the core is the idea that although the region is comprised of many cities, municipalities, counties, and two different states, it is stronger when we work across those boundary lines.

DVRPC also partnered with WTS Philadelphia to plan and execute the first Changing Lanes transportation symposium, held this past October. It was an epic day for both organizations - a combination of networking, learning, and educated discussion.

WTS Philadelphia is proud to recognize DVRPC for its profound contributions to transportation in the region.

Employer of the Year: 

HDR enhances the transportation industry through unwavering commitment to safety, integrity, and project excellence in every phase, while continually looking for new and better ways to deliver its expertise through innovative solutions that enable its clients to realize their visions.

HDR focuses on recruiting and retaining the most talented women in the transportation industry by providing a diverse and inclusive work environment, offering a strong mentoring program with opportunities in all transportation-related disciplines, supporting volunteerism, providing local women's issues forums, and identifying opportunities for career advancement and promotion.

HDR is a WTS International Corporate Partner. The firm is a recognized sponsor in 50% of all chapters across the WTS organization. In Philadelphia, the firm has consistently sponsored the chapter at the Platinum level, and additionally, was a top sponsor for the Changing Lanes transportation symposium held earlier this fall.

It is with great pleasure that WTS Philadelphia honors HDR with its Employer of the Year Award.

Secretary Ray LaHood Award: 
Michael Carroll, PE
Deputy Managing Director
City of Philadelphia, Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems (oTIS)

Michael Carroll, PE, Deputy Managing Director for Philadelphia's Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems (oTIS), is a creative and nationally respected leader with more than 25 years of experience in transportation. In his role, he leads staff in developing strategies and implementing policies to build safe and equitable, multi-modal systems across Philadelphia's diverse and vibrant neighborhoods. 

Mike coordinates and sets the policy direction for critical City-wide functions, including the Streets Department (both Transportation and Sanitation), Water Department, and the newly created Office of Complete Streets. His oversight includes infrastructure systems made up of more than 9,500 transit stops, 2,575 miles of street, 320 bride structures, 450 lane miles of bike facilities, 1,000 Indego bikes and 100 Indego stations, and 6,500 miles of sewers and water mains.

Committed to the principle that everyone deserves access to mobility in Philadelphia, no matter gender, race, or ability, Mike works to ensure transportation and infrastructure staff reflect and understand the transportation needs of all Philadelphians.

Note: The winning recipients from each WTS chapter may be submitted to WTS International for the International Awards presented at the Annual Conference.

For additional information or to get involved in the WTS Philadelphia Awards Committee, please contact WTS Philadelphia's Awards Chair; Samantha Safara at samantha.safara@hdrinc.com

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