Meet the WTS International Staff

  • Sara Stickler

    Sara Stickler

    Executive Director

    Sara Stickler

    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 implements growth and retention strategies and she fosters meaningful relationships with WTS chapters, members, key industry stakeholders and other professionals to elevate the organization.  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), where she advanced consumer knowledge on the correct use, storage and disposal of household and commercial products.  Her work included developing transportation safety campaigns around drugged driving. Stickler led the foundation through an organizational rebrand to position the foundation for long-term growth. She oversaw fundraising and donor relationship building initiatives. Stickler also served as the Vice President of Research and Education at HCPA. 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.

    Stickler serves as a Director on the Board of the Association Foundation Group (AFG) where she co-chairs the Programs Committee.  She previously served on the National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) Board, and chaired their Communications Committee. 

    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 lives in Annapolis, Maryland with her wife and small zoo of dogs and cats. During her free time she enjoys hiking, kayaking, home DIY projects, and reading non-fiction. 

    Sara can be reached at sstickler@wtsinternational.org.

  • April Rai

    April Rai

    Deputy Director

    April Rai

    April Rai leads organizational effectiveness at WTS, and partners with the Executive Director to achieve the WTS mission and vision. April focuses on continual process and operation improvements, oversees daily operations including staff management, planning, and quality control.  April oversees project execution by ensuring staff collaboration and ensures deliverability of projects and events on time and within budget.  April partners with Sara to implement growth and retention strategies of membership, chapters, and corporate partners.  Together, April and Sara work  to foster meaningful relationships with WTS chapters, members, key industry stakeholders and other professionals to elevate the organization.

    Prior to joining WTS, April served as the CEO for the National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS), a coalition of over 100 organizations and agencies dedicated to youth health and safety education. In this role, April engaged with transportation stakeholders on road safety programs, injury prevention education and workforce development initiatives.

    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.  In this role April was responsible for managing 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.

  • Keith Wells

    Keith Wells


    Keith Wells

    Keith works closely with the Director while managing the day to day responsibilities of the membership department.  He brings more than 15 years of progressive experience in member engagement within the non-profit membership sector.  He’s a tactical problem-solver who can envision smart solutions to negotiate partnerships designed to capture opportunities for new memberships while keeping equal focus on maintaining our current membership base.

    Prior to joining WTS International, Keith was the Membership and Database Coordinator at the National Society of Professional Engineers.  During his eight year tenor at NSPE he helped cultivate National & State chapter relations, member retention, and had stakeholder success while seamlessly delivering a core level of service to each member.

    Keith has been a volunteer for both the SPCA of Northern Virginia, and the DC Shiba Inu Rescue group.   His hobbies include the study of Japanese culture, going out to the movies, attempting to prove that pizza is its own food group, and endlessly spoiling his dog Naomi.

    Keith can be reached at kwells@wtsinternational.org.

  • Shelby Blashford

    Shelby Blashford

    Engagement Specialist

    Shelby Blashford

    Shelby helps manage the planning, execution and follow up of all WTS meetings, including the organization’s premier events: the Annual Conference, Signature Leadership Training, and DC Summit. She is responsible for coordinating marketing efforts for events, both live and digital.

    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 strengthened the association’s online voice.

    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.

  • Katie Galbo

    Katie Galbo

    Engagement Specialist

    Katie Galbo

    Katie provides multi-faceted support to the Communications Department, including design, digital engagement strategy, and data analysis. Katie’s background in economics complements the metric-focused approach of WTS and will be instrumental in implementing new services.

    Before joining WTS, Katie worked as a marketing intern at Payroll Network, Inc., where she promoted the organization’s work and supported clients.

    Katie graduated from American University with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a minor in Communication. On a weekend, Katie can be found at a Smithsonian Museum or coffeeshop.  

    Katie can be reached at kgalbo@wtsinternational.org.

  • MeKayla Washington

    MeKayla Washington

    Office Coordinator

    MeKayla Washington

    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.

    MeKayla can be reached at mwashington@wtsinternational.org.

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    Tiffany Fisher

    Administrative Assistant

    Tiffany Fisher

    Tiffany provides administrative support across the organization and assists the Executive Director with office management and the coordinating of meetings and schedules.  In addition, she assists in the daily planning and coordination of administrative procedures and activities in the office and assists the Executive Director with special projects and the coordination of WTS International daily operations.

    Tiffany has a customer service background, assisting in multiple fields to develop her work ethic. Helping others not only in her career endeavors but also in her personal life doing volunteer work is a passion of Tiffany’s. She enjoys being creative and trying new things, like cooking exciting recipes and experiencing different cultures.