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Chapter Awards

WTS-Rhode Island presents awards to deserving firms and individuals in four categories including:

Employer of the Year: a company that noticeably supports the advancement of women internally and through support of WTS.

Member of the Year: an individual that demonstrates commitment and enthusiasm in continuing and expanding the efforts of WTS-Rhode Island.

Innovative Transportation Solution of the Year: a project with unique or groundbreaking technique or equipment, which was led by women.

Woman of the Year: an individual who is an outstanding role model in transportation.

As in the past, the winners for this year were selected by a review committee utilizing a rubric grading comparison of all nominations received in each category.  The winners were: Pare Corporation for Employer of the year; Deanna Peabody for Member of the Year; the Pawtucket/Central Falls Commuter Rail Station for Innovative Transportation Solution of the Year; and Martina Haggerty for Woman of the Year.  Learn more about each winner below.

Employer of the Year: Pare Corporation

There are several reasons Pare is this year’s Employer of the Year.  They have been an avid support of WTS-Rhode Island since its inception.  They encourage consistent attendance at our programs as well as active involvement on the board.  They have supported board members attendance at the chapter leadership training and annual conferences held by WTS International by assisting with registration and travel as well as supporting professional development time.  In addition, they are constantly actively seeking to employ females in all transportation fields and at all levels, particularly recruiting interns and new-hires, including five females hired in the last two years, which for a smaller firm is impressive.  

Member of the Year Award:  Deanna Peabody

Deanna has been a member of WTS Rhode Island since she graduated from UMass Amherst.  She has been an active member of the chapter and has contributed through several leadership roles including chairing the Communications Committee, Vice President, President and our current Past President.  One of her greatest accomplishments as a member of our chapter is that during her tenure as President, a WTS student chapter was created at the University of Rhode Island (URI).  Deanna participated in events on campus to encourage greater participation by students.  Having seen first-hard, through her active participation in ITE while at UMass, how getting students involved in an organization leads to continued membership involvement in that organization once they graduate, Deanna has sought ways to help and assist the URI student chapter to remain active and increase membership. Anytime Deanna meets one of her peers, co-workers or clients during a project meeting or at a professional networking event, she always takes the initiative to mention WTS-Rhode Island and all the events and activities that the chapter undertakes, and how much she has enjoyed being part of the chapter.

Innovative Transportation Solution of the Year: Pawtucket/Central Falls Commuter Rail Station

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is constructing a new Pawtucket/Central Falls commuter rail station along the MBTA’s Providence/Wickford line.  This train station will be paired with a bus facility and transit corridor improvements.  The project will enhance mobility for residents and increase access to regional jobs. Public transportation will soon connect this area with direct transit to Providence, Boston and T.F. Green Airport (a key employment center in Rhode Island), and is anticipated to catalyze much needed economic investment in the surrounding area. 

The team for the Pawtucket/Central Fall Commuter Rail Station design effort, led by Natasha Velickovic, addressed and overcame difficult engineering constraints; satisfied a diverse set of stakeholders with varying project priorities; and adhered to a limited budget, making Natasha and the project team deserving of this award. The project presented many challenges, both technical and non-technical. The project’s success hinged on the ability to skillfully balance the needs of many different stakeholders – RIDOT, RIPTA, FTA, FRA, Pawtucket, Central Falls and Amtrak.

Despite the many iterations of design alternatives necessitated by the constrained physical location of the project and changing stakeholder requirements, Natasha’s collaborative nature, optimism, and integrity kept everyone at the table and kept the project moving forward. In addition to Natasha there were seven other women involved in key leadership and technical roles for this project both working in a consultant capacity, with the cities, and for the project owner, RIDOT.  

Woman of the Year: Martina Haggerty 

Martina Haggerty is Director of Special Projects at the City of Providence Department of Planning and Development where she oversees planning, urban design, and transportation projects and policy initiatives. She is a passionate advocate for smart growth, inclusive planning processes, and active transportation. Over the past ten years with the City of Providence, Ms. Haggerty has overseen major community engagement, planning, and public improvement projects such as a complete rewrite of the City’s Zoning Ordinance, the Woonasquatucket Vision Plan, City Walk, Kennedy Plaza improvements, the extension of the Woonasquatucket River Greenway, new bicycle and pedestrian safety improvements, Providence’s bike share and e-scooter share programs, expansion of the City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission, and the City’s participation in PeopleForBike’s Big Jump program. She holds a Master of Science degree in Architecture and Urban Design from Pratt Institute and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Roger Williams University.

 

 

 

 

 

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