Meet the WTS International Staff

  • Sara Stickler

    Sara Stickler

    President & CEO

    Sara Stickler

    As President & CEO, 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.  She is also a member of Chief, a private membership network focused on connecting and supporting women executive leaders. 

    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, twins- Ruth & Rhys, 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.

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    Lindsay Shelton-Gross

    Director, Public Affairs & Strategic Initiatives

    Lindsay Shelton-Gross

    Lindsay leads public relations and strategic initiatives for WTS International, focusing on media, business relations and planning, brand elevation, and industry partnerships. She helps to define, develop, and implement strategic initiatives and new relationships that deliver benefits for members, partners, and stakeholders, and that fulfill the WTS vision of equity and access in the transportation sector. Additionally, Lindsay supports WTS International committee work and annual giving for the WTS Foundation.

    Prior to joining WTS, Lindsay was the Vice President of Marketing and Membership at the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITSA). At ITSA, she led engagement and programming for association membership, representing the entirety of the transportation ecosystem: automotive manufacturers and OEMs, state and local departments of transportation, MPOs, transit authorities, architecture and engineering firms, telecoms, infrastructure professionals, nonprofit associations, and academic and research institutions to develop, deploy, and promote technologies for a safer, greener, and smarter future of mobility. In this role, Lindsay led corporate branding, member communications and programs and oversaw digital platforms and event marketing. She also supported the ITSA policy, regulatory, and legislative affairs team in their advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill, the technical programs department with contracts for the federal government and U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), and served as the staff liaison for the organization's state and regional chapters. 

    Previously, Lindsay held various marketing and communications roles in standards development and technical associations, including serving as the Director of Communications for the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) and the Director for Membership Engagement with the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP).  Before entering into a career in associations, she worked in government consulting and corporate communications for the Department of Defense. 

    Lindsay earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from James Madison University. She lives in Arlington, VA with her husband, two sons, and Lab mutt. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering with the Remote Area Medical organization, lurking around art museums, rooting for the Washington Nationals, and traveling with her family.

    Lindsay can be reached at lsheltongross@wtsinternational.org.

  • Kia Davis

    Kia Davis

    Director, Membership & Chapter Relations

    Kia Davis

    Kia Davis is the Director of Membership & Chapter Relations for WTS International, and oversees a membership base of 8,500 global members which includes 66 chapters collectively promoting the elevation of women in the transportation industry. Under the leadership of Ms. Davis, the Membership & Chapter Relations team delivers top notch member services to meet the expanding needs of the WTS membership community. In this role, Davis also identifies new areas for chapter expansion and driving the overall membership growth for WTS. Ms. Davis brings a wealth of knowledge to WTS with a background that includes working for several global travel organizations fulfilling a wide array of areas including Membership, Sponsorship, and Program Development. Ms. Davis is a graduate of Hampton University and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Media Communications as well as a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion certification from the University of South Florida, and currently serves as the Lead Staff Liaison for the ED&I Committee for WTS International. Davis is very active in her community and lends her time to several charity organizations. She enjoys international travelling and spending time with her family

    Kia can be reached at kdavis@wtsinternational.org

  • Lauren Waldron

    Lauren Waldron

    Director, Communications & Programs

    Lauren Waldron

    Lauren H. Waldron is the Director of Communications & Programs for WTS International, where she will work to advance the mission, vision, and membership in representing women and transportation as part of the Leadership Team at WTS International. Ms. Waldron is responsible for leading and developing effective communications and programming strategies for the organization within membership, continuing education, professional and career development, events, advocacy, and fundraising. 

    Ms. Waldron brings extensive experience in marketing and communications as well as a background within associations, nonprofit organizations, local government, and professional services firms. Formerly, she served in leadership as the Communications and Community Engagement Manager of the City of Roanoke, the fifth largest municipality in the state of Virginia. Previously, Waldron also worked as the Director of Marketing at the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS), representing around 7,000 members worldwide in architecture, engineering, and construction (A/E/C) industries as well as worked as the Marketing Specialist at the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), representing around 20,0000 members worldwide in the social work profession, including students. Waldron drove strategies to increase awareness around the dues and non-dues revenue as well as the Foundation annual giving campaigns and research initiatives.

    From 2017 to 2019, Waldron served as an appointed Commissioner by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser on the D.C. Commission for National and Community Service (SERVE DC).

    Ms. Waldron graduated with a B.A., cum laude, in Communication and American Government from George Mason University, and has a certificate in Digital Media and Marketing from Duke University.

    Lauren lives in Arlington, VA with her West Highland Terrier (Westie), Henry, and enjoys playing guitar, songwriting, and reading.

    Lauren can be reached at lwaldron@wtsinternational.org.

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    Renita Gross

    Director, Meetings & Events

    Renita Gross

    As Director of Meetings & Events, Renita is essential in leading the overall logistics of the WTS International annual conference (an annual gathering of approximately 800-1200 industry professionals), as well as WTS International and WTS Foundation meetings and events, including chapter event activities. Renita brings extensive experience in meetings as well as a background within associations and nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining WTSI, Renita supervised the logistics for seminars and conventions within the port authority industry as well as conferences and training in the liquid terminal industry. Renita graduated from The George Washington University and is an accomplished meeting professional with over 25 years in the industry. Renita enjoys travelling, cooking, and spending time with her family.  

    Renita can be reached at rgross@wtsinternational.org.

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    Carolyn Stagger Cokley

    Administrator, Executive Office, Board, & Operations

    Carolyn Stagger Cokley

    As the Administrator Executive Office, Board and Operations for WTSI, Carolyn is an integral part of the WTS team. Carolyn supports all aspects of the organization through support of the President and CEO and Board of Directors. Carolyn brings over 20 years of extensive prior experience in the administration, creation and implementation of programs that impact people, and a history of working with nonprofit organizations, within the transportation industry with a focus on human resource management. Carolyn’s last position was as Director, Customer Programs for the Rail Passengers Association where she oversaw the Amtrak Customer Advisory Committee (ACAC) and worked with members and volunteers in establishing station volunteer programs across the country.  Previously, Carolyn worked for Amtrak as an employee Engagement and Recognition Program manager where her duties included developing recognition strategies and managing all corporate employee recognition programs. Carolyn lives in Maryland with her husband, is an accomplished photographer, and enjoys traveling, classic movies, crossword puzzles, consuming good food and spending time with her family.  

    Carolyn can be reached at ccokley@wtsinternational.org

  • MeKayla Washington

    MeKayla Washington

    Engagement Specialist, Membership & Chapter Relations

    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

  • Varsha Ravichandran

    Varsha Ravichandran

    Engagement Specialist, Marketing & Communications

    Varsha Ravichandran

    Varsha serves as Engagement Specialist, Marketing + Communications 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 loves to travel, hike, exercise, and spend time with friends and family.

    Varsha can be reached at vravichandran@wtsinternational.org

  • Tiffany Fisher

    Tiffany Fisher

    Engagement Specialist, Meetings & Events

    Tiffany Fisher

    Tiffany serves as Engagement Specialist, Meetings & Events for WTSI. In this role, Tiffany works to plan and implement WTS International and WTS Foundation meetings and events, including supporting Chapter event activities.  Prior to becoming the Engagement Specialist, Meetings & Events, Tiffany served as Administrative Assistant at WTS International.

    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