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Welcome to the "FHWA Works: Careers in Motion Employee Spotlight" series, a look into the careers and lives of Federal Highway Administration employees. Each month, we will introduce you to one of nearly 3,000 FHWA colleagues and highlight the important work they do. Our employees come from all corners of the agency but all offer the same, yet unique sense of dedication and professionalism, all while keeping America's roads and bridges safe.

Check out whose career is in motion and how #FHWAWorks! Discover exactly why our agency is celebrating being ranked in the Top 10 percent of "Best Places to Work in Federal Government!"

To learn more about how FHWA Works, explore the video series on YouTube or FHWA's LinkedIn page.

FHWA Works: Employee Spotlight - Brenda Red Wing

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Full Name: Brenda Red Wing
Title: Senior Advisor for the Program Management Improvement Team Leader
Division/Department: Director of Field Services
Location: Lakewood, CO

  1. What is your typical workday like?
    First of all, FHWA is a wonderful place to work for and has a variety of positions for all personalities to shine. Everyone is a leader; they may just not know it yet. FHWA has given me the opportunity to hold five different positions in my career, which has accommodated my love for a good challenge and change.

    I took on the Team Leader role this year for Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) reviews and am responsible for managing and ensuring reviews are completed.

    Those who know me know I am a morning person who enjoys starting at 6 a.m. This allows me quiet time to kick my day off to a great start, or a great time to call another FHWA morning coworker to have a question answered, or start reviewing my Outlook calendar, reading emails, responding, thinking strategically, and brainstorming on corporate initiatives. Depending on priorities, I will block out time slots throughout the day and week for preparation and reviews. I would have a to-do list or sticky notes of work activities to help me stay on task and meet deadlines.

    Lastly, I handle all certifying travel for the team and participate in webinars and conference calls. Even though my day and week are planned, I am flexible to the everyday changing atmosphere and appreciate assisting those in need.

  2. What has been your biggest accomplishment over the last year?
    As the TIGER Review Team Leader, I had the opportunity to lead a multi-disciplined, multi-state review team where we reviewed and visited six TIGER project sites in California, New York, Alabama, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. We planned, coordinated, collaborated, communicated, and completed all six reviews. The high level of teamwork was impressive to see and be a part of. It is amazing what we are capable of with technology along with team and division office's support.

  3. Prior to working at FHWA, what was the most unusual or interesting job you've ever had?
    I was a licensed insurance agent doing on the spot sales for a disability insurance company. I would visit businesses every day and give my disability insurance sales pitch. Accidents happen and one can never be too prepared. I enjoyed the daily changing atmosphere, working outside where my smile and loud voice were welcoming, and I was honored to be providing an income supplement benefit to self-employed businesses if needed.

  4. What is one of the biggest lessons you have learned in your career to get you where you are today?
    The difference in personalities can affect your everyday work life. A common goal expressed to you may be expressed differently to someone else as well as interpreted differently. What is your top priority may not be your co-worker's priority. The personality type theories of Carl Jung in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment tool explained my preferences in how I perceive the world and make decisions. It was pretty accurate. It also provided me a better understanding of the variety of personalities and how they perceive the world and make decisions. For me, I have found work flexibility the key to happiness when you are juggling multiple competing prioritize at work.

  5. Who do you admire in the transportation field and why?
    I admire FHWA program managers the most because on a daily basis they are working toward improving their program within their State at a local and/or national level. Program managers are responsible for governance, alignment, assurance, management, integration, optimization, tracking, finances, infrastructure, planning, and improvement. Program managers routinely provide supervision of a program or multiple projects to achieve a corporate vision.

  6. Complete this sentence: "People would be surprised if they knew..."
    I have seven children and two grandchildren. Getting along is a challenge but a necessity for a happy family therefore in conflict I tell my children, "If you cannot say anything nice than do not say anything at all." And my husband taught me to "Never assume," so now I try to assume the best if I have to assume.

  7. What are your hobbies in your spare time?
    Hobbies change as one gets older. Now my hobbies are watching my daughter be a mother to her children, enjoying my son being in Minnesota, celebrating my younger children's ups and downs, attending their gymnastics, track and field meets, football, baseball, and soccer games, and watching or hearing about one of their daily outfit changing model shows. Hopefully, I will get back to running as a hobby instead of running after my children on weekends.

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Photo of Melinda Urban Full Name: Melinda Urban
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Division/Department: FHWA Colorado Division
Location: Lakewood, CO
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Title: Pavements and Materials Engineer
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Photo of Al-Hasan Rashida Full Name: Al-Hasan Rashida
Title: Multimedia Specialist
Division/Department: Office of Management Services
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Neil Gaffney Full Name: Neil Gaffney
Title: Public Affairs Specialist
Division/Department: Office of Public Affairs
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Susie Tingler Full Name: Susie Tingler
Title: Management Assistant
Division/Department: Director of Field Services
Location: Baltimore, MD
Photo of Christopher Douwes Full Name: Christopher Douwes
Title: Community Planner; commonly known as the Transportation Alternatives and Recreational Trails Program Manager
Division/Department: Office of Human Environment
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Mohammed Yousuf Full Name: Mohammed Yousuf
Title: Program Manager, ATTRI/Transportation Research Specialist
Division/Department: FHWA Office of Operations R&D
Location: McLean, Virginia
Photo of Rebecca T. Crowe Full Name: Rebecca T. Crowe (Becky)
Title: Transportation Specialist
Division/Department: Office of Safety
Location: ADL- Virginia Division; Richmond, VA
Photo of Jihan Kamel Noizet Full Name: Jihan Kamel Noizet
Title: Transportation Specialist
Division/Department: Office of International Programs
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Todd Kohr Full Name: Todd Kohr
Title: Legislative Analysis Team Leader
Division/Department: Office of Policy and Governmental Affairs
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Kirsten Poston Full Name: Kirsten Poston
Title: Disability Policy Analyst
Division/Department: Office of Civil Rights
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Agnes Vélez Full Name: Agnes R. Vélez
Title: Transportation Specialist
Division/Department: Office of International Programs
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Joey Hartmann Full Name: Joey Hartmann
Title: Director of the Office of Bridges and Structures
Division/Department: Office of Infrastructure
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of  Marissa Romero Full Name: Marissa Romero
Title: Division Bridge Engineer
Division/Department: Arizona Division Office
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Photo of Doug Hecox Full Name: Doug Hecox
Title: Spokesman
Division/Department: Federal Highway Administration
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Tome White Full Name: Tom White
Title: Social Media Coordinator
Division/Department: Office of Public Affairs
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Ralph M. Davis Full Name: Ralph M. Davis
Title: Supervisory Transportation Specialist
Division/Department: Office of Government and Policy Affairs, Office of Highway Policy Information
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Doug Atkin Full Name: Doug Atkin
Title: Assistant Division Administrator Nebraska Division
Division/Department: Nebraska Division
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska
Photo of Norah Ocel Full Name: Norah M. Ocel, P.E.
Title: Transportation Operations Team Leader/Highway Safety Engineer
Division/Department: Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division
Location: Sterling, Virginia
Photo of LaToya Hines Full Name: LaToya Hines
Title: Staff Assistant to the FHWA Administrator
Division/Department: Office of the Administrator
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Travis Thomas Full Name: Travis Thomas
Title: Lead IT Specialist
Division/Department: Office of Information Technology Service/Office of Administration (HAD)
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Brittany Broussard Full Name: Brittany Broussard
Title: Human Resources Specialist
Division/Department: FHWA/Office of Human Resources
Location: Washington, DC
Roger Ryder Full Name: Roger Ryder
Title: Senior Stewardship Advisor/Director of Operations
Division/Department: FHWA Pennsylvania Division
Location: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Jennifer Nicks Full Name: Jennifer Nicks, PhD, PE
Title: Research Geotechnical Engineer
Division/Department: Office of Infrastructure Research & Development (R&D)
Location: Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center,
McLean, Virginia
Trinette D. Ballard Full Name: Trinette D. Ballard
Title: Marketing and Communications Specialist
Division/Department: FHWA Florida Division
Location: Tallahassee, Florida
Jaun C. Garcia Full Name: Juan C. Garcia
Title: Multimedia Specialist
Division/Department: Management Services/Office of Administration (HAD)
Location: Washington, DC
Melissa Yu Full Name: Melissa Yu
Title: Marketing and Communications Specialist
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Location: Washington, DC
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