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Recognition Awards


WTS-DC Recognitions Awards

WTS-DC recognizes the area's leading women who have had a significant impact on transportation, as well as prominent men and distinguished DC organizations -- public or private -- that support the development, growth, and advancement of women in transportation.


WTS-DC received several outstanding nominations for the 2015 Recognition Awards. Thank you for your submissions!

Winners in the following categories will be announced in advance of the WTS-DC Holiday Party on December 9, 2015 and awards presented at the event. We hope you can join us!

 - Member of the Year
 - Woman of the Year
 - Employer of the Year
 - Diversity Leadership Award
 - Innovative Transportation Solutions Award
 - Honorable Ray LaHood Award (Man of the Year)

The winning award nominations from each WTS chapter will be submitted to WTS International for the International Awards presented at the WTS Annual Conference in Austin, TX.


Previous WTS-DC Recognition Award Recipients

Member of the Year: Avital Barnea - Policy Analyst, Office of the Secretary, USDOT
Woman of the Year: Patricia Hendren - Consultant, former Director of the Office of Performance, WMATA
Man of the Year: Richard Sarles - General Manager and Chief Executive Officer, WMATA
Employer of the Year: Nspiregreen, LLC
Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award: U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx*
Innovative Transportation Solutions Award: moveDC Plan (Colleen Hawkinson - Project Manager)

Member of the Year: Anne Stubbs - Executive Director, Coalition of Northeastern Governors
Woman of the Year: Deborah Hersman - Chairman, National Transportation Safety Board
Employer of the Year: Federal Transit Administration*
Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award: Dr. Bryna Helfer - Director of Public Engagement, USDOT
Innovative Transportation Solutions Award: I-395 Air Rights Environmental Assessment (STV, DDOT, and PGP)

Member of the Year: Anja Graves
Woman of the Year: Beverly Swaim-Staley*
Employer of the Year: Holland & Knight LLP
Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award: Rep. Donna Edwards
Innovative Transportation Solutions Award: I-495 Express Lanes Project (Virginia Department of Transportation and Transurban-Fluor)
Lifetime Achievement Award: Senator Barbara Boxer
Member of the Year: Greer J. Gillis - Assistant Vice President, Parsons Brinkerhoff
Woman of the Year: Lora Byala, AICP - President of Foursqaure Integrated Transportation Planning
Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award: McKissack & McKissack
Innovative Transportation Solutions Award: Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuel Initiative (CAAFI)
Member of the Year: Jennifer Mitchell
Woman of the Year: Karen Rae*
Employer of the Year: Sharp & Company
Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award: Lorraine Greene
Innovative Transportation Solutions Award: DDOT Capital Bikeshare
Lifelong Leadership Advancing Women in Transportation: Honorable James Oberstar
Member of the Year: Sean Denniston - Transportation Industry Analyst, Office of Rulemaking, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Woman of the Year: Mariia Zimmerman, Senior Policy Director, Reconnecting America
Employer of the Year: Parsons Brinckerhoff
Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award: National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB)
Member of the Year: Bonnie Shepherd - Vice President, Marketing, East Region, Hatch Mott MacDonald
Woman of the Year: Effie Stallsmith - Community Planner, Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
Employer of the Year: Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award: Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO)*
Innovative Transportation Solutions Award: District Department of Transportation (DDOT) - South Capitol Street Bridge Rehabilitation

Member of the Year: Cathy Connor - Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, Parsons Brinkerhoff
Woman of the Year: Deborah Lipman – Director, Office of Policy and Gov't Relations, WMATA
Employer of the Year: Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority
Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award: Parsons Brinkerhoff
Member of the Year: Christie Dawson - APTA
Woman of the Year: Cynthia J. Burbank - FHWA/FTA
Employer of the Year: HDR
Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award: Bea E. Hicks - Senior Operations Manager, WMATA
Member of the Year: Sherry Ways - Transportation Planner, FHWA Office of Planning
Woman of the Year: Diana C. Mendes - Senior Vice President, DMJM Harris
Employer of the Year: Dewberry
Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award: Linda J. Washington - Acting Assistant Secretary, USDOT
Member of the Year: Margaret M. Ballard - Senior Transportation Planner, HDR
Woman of the Year: Anne Canby - President, Surface Transportation Policy Project*
Employer of the Year: Cairo Corporation
Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award: American Public Transportation Association (APTA)
Member of the Year: Leigh Smythe Merino - Manager, Tire Technical Standards, Rubber Manufacturers Association
Woman of the Year: Mary E. Peters - Administrator, Federal Highway Administration*
Employer of the Year: Jacobs Civil Inc.
Woman of the Year: Edith Boyden - USDOT Volpe Center (retired)
Member of the Year: Jan Balkin - Safety Consultant, North American Driver Safety Foundation
Woman of the Year: Cynthia Burbank - Assoc. Administrator, Planning, Environment and Realty, FHWA
Employer of the Year: Federal Transit Administration
Member of the Year: Felicia Young - Team Leader of Research and Financial Services, Federal Highway (DOT) Office of Interstate Border Planning
Woman of the Year: Luz Hopewell - Former Director, Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business, USDOT

* WTS International Recognition Award Winner


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