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Joe Edwards

Mr. Edwards retired in June 2006 as Field Services Team Leader for FHWA's Headquarters Office of Real Estate Services after 34 years of Federal service with Right-of-Way assignments in multiple offices. In 1988, he served as Right-of-Way Officer for the New Mexico Division for l8 years, specializing in real estate valuation and obtaining certification from the New Mexico Board of Appraisers. Mr. Edwards advocated the State's efforts to apply information technology to its Right-of-Way program and was instrumental in coordinating Transportation Program initiatives with Federal, State, Local and Tribal agencies.

Gary C. Fells

Mr. Fells, a retired Colorado DOT (CDOT) Statewide Right-of-Way Program Manager, began his Right-of-Way career with CDOT Highways in 1979 as an Engineering Aide; in 1982, he was promoted to a ROW Agent in the Statewide Acquisition section; in 2000, he was selected as the Region 6 (Denver Metro area) ROW Supervisor, and in 2004, he was promoted to Statewide Right-of-Way Program Manager. Mr. Fells served as the primary liaison among the CDOT Regions, Federal Highway Administration, the Colorado Attorney General's office, and CDOT program specialty units on policy and procedure, work coordination and project schedule and priorities.

Clyde B. Johnson, SR/WA, R/W - RAC

Mr. Johnson retired from the Federal Highway Administration in 2005 and served as the Director of Real Estate Services for TBE Group for two years. He started in Right-of-Way with the Georgia Department of Transportation in 1973 and served in the Office of Real Estate Services, Washington Office, from 1998 through 2002. He was responsible for the FHWA's National Training Program, the Highway Beautification Program, and Uniform Act compliance. He is a certified instructor for the NHI and the International Right-of-Way Association. He received the IRWA's Frank C. Balfour "Professional of the Year" Award in 1995. Mr. Johnson received his BBA and MBA degrees in Real Estate from Georgia State University.

Faith A. Roland, SR/WA

Ms. Roland spent the past 14 years in the Right-of-Way profession as Project Manager and Acquisition Supervisor for public land acquisitions within King County, WA, prior to establishing the Northwest office as Senior Project Manager for Overland, Pacific & Cutler, Inc. Among her right-of-way expertise areas Ms. Roland is an expert at large scale, multi-parcel acquisitions, especially those involving complex title analysis and railbanking, as well as rails to trails conversions. She mentored and trained staff on the ethics and standards required by local, state and federal regulations and procedures. Ms. Roland managed and completed approximately $200 million in voluntary land transactions, acquiring or preserving over 110,000 acres of public land within Washington. She is active in the International Right-of-Way Association with a Senior Right-of-Way (SR/WA) designation, and now serves as International President-elect on its Executive Board of Directors.

Updated: 09/05/2014
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