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 Executive Director

    April Rai

    April Rai leads organizational effectiveness at WTS as Deputy Executive Director, 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.

  • Jessica Crimi, Sr. Manager, Marketing + Events

    Jessica Crimi

    Sr. Manager

    Jessica Crimi

    Jessica serves as Sr. Manager, Marketing + Events for WTSI. In coordination with the Deputy Executive Director, Jessica is responsible for the planning and execution of all WTSI’s events and implementation of all WTSI’s marketing. Jessica ensures the high-quality event experience consistent with WTSI’s reputation and manages marketing and maintaining a consistent brand presence for WTSI across all channels.

    Prior to joining WTS International, Jessica served as Sr. Event Manager, Convention Services with Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD. In that role, Jessica planned and executed large-scale conferences for fortune 500 organizations while maintaining high client satisfaction scores.

    Jessica graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management from the University of South Carolina and is a Certified Meeting Planner and Virtual Event Producer. She is a Connecticut native who enjoys baking, barre classes and spending time with her husband Michael, her dog Sawyer and cat Jade.

    Jessica can be reached at jcrimi@wtsinternational.org.

  • Keith Wells

    Keith Wells


    Keith Wells

    Keith serves as Associate, Membership + Chapter Services for WTSI. Keith is responsible for maintaining high-level services to WTSI members and chapter leaders through an advanced knowledge of systems, accurate reporting and operational support. Keith works to maintain membership records through WTSI's AMS system, ensure timely responses to member and chapter inquiries, and provide important data to leadership.

    Prior to joining WTS International, Keith served as membership and database coordinator at the National Society of Professional Engineers. In that role, Keith worked to cultivate National and State chapter relations, improve member retention, and deliver superior customer service to members.

    Keith enjoys volunteering in his community and has served both the SPCA of Northern Virginia and the DC Shiba Inu Rescue Group. He enjoys studying Japanese culture, movie watching and endlessly spoiling his dog Naomi.

    Keith can be reached at kwells@wtsinternational.org

  • MeKayla Washington

    MeKayla Washington

    Engagement Specialist

    MeKayla Washington

    MeKayla serves as Engagement Specialist, Membership + Chapter Services for WTSI. MeKayla supports the work of the Membership + Chapter Relations department in providing high-level services to members and chapter leaders through systems, program, and operational support. MeKayla works to provide excellent customer service to members and chapter leaders, maintain accurate records through WTSI's AMS system, and maintain reports for the Chapter Circle of Excellence program.

    Previously, MeKayla served as coordinator with WTSI focused on operational and administrative support. MeKayla enjoys mastering new systems and improving processes.

    MeKayla is an avid bullet journalist and enjoys snuggling up with her two cats, West and Noah.

    MeKayla can be reached at mwashington@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.

  • Varsha Ravichandran

    Varsha Ravichandran

    Engagement Specialist

    Varsha Ravichandran

    Varsha serves as Engagement Specialist, Marketing + Digital Design for WTSI. Varsha is responsible for the development of creatives, and digital content for use on multimedia platforms and print to maintain a consistent brand presence for WTSI across all channels.

    Prior to joining WTS International, Varsha assisted in managing social media accounts for major retail operations while working to attain her Bachelor’s degree in Communications with a focus in Public Relations from the University of Maryland.

    Varsha has lived in Maryland her entire life but loves to travel, hike, and enjoys spending time with friends and family.

    Varsha can be reached at vravichandran@wtsinternational.org

  • Tiffany Fisher

    Tiffany Fisher

    Administrative Assistant

    Tiffany Fisher

    Tiffany serves as Administrative Assistant for WTSI. In this role, Tiffany works to provide administrative support to the Executive and Deputy Executive Director in the coordination of schedules, meeting management and special projects. In addition, Tiffany assists with office administration, planning and coordination of daily office administrative procedures and activities.

    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.

    Tiffany enjoys being creative and trying new things, like cooking exciting new recipes and experiencing different cultures.

    Tiffany can be reached at tfisher@wtsinternational.org