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Transportation Conformity Domestic Scan Report: Use of Latest Planning Assumptions and Transition to MOBILE6

Appendix A - Transportation Conformity Scan Team Bios

Regina Aris received a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Loyola College. Ms Aris is currently the Manager of Plan and Policy Development for the Transportation Planning Division of the Baltimore Metropolitan Council. Ms. Aris has been with the Council for 10 years. The Council serves as staff to the metropolitan planning organization known as the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board serving the Baltimore region. Ms. Aris is currently Chair of the Interagency Consultation Group responsible for coordination of air quality issues for the Baltimore region. Ms. Aris participates on several TRB Committees and is a member of several national organizations.

Charles Baber has been employed at the Baltimore Metropolitan Council since 1989 applying travel models in transportation improvement and air quality applications. He participated in the collection and analysis of the Baltimore region's 1993 and 2001 household travel surveys and 1996 on board transit survey. Charles has a Bachelor of Science in Geography and Environmental Planning, Towson University, 1989

Kip Billings is a Traffic Engineer with the Wasatch Front Regional Council - the MPO for the greater Salt Lake City Area. Kip has worked for WFRC for 6 years primarily responsible for transportation conformity analysis and related work with travel modeling, CMAQ programs, and Congestion Management. Kip has been heavily involved in the initial beta testing of the Mobile6 model since January 2001.

Prior to working for WFRC, Kip worked 10 years as a Planner for the Utah Transit Authority. He earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Civil Engineering from Brigham Young University.

Eddie Dancausse graduated from the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering in 1987 and the George Washington University with a Master of Engineering Management in 1991. Eddie worked for the Department of Defense for 12 years doing environmental work in the areas of Hazardous Waste Management, Storm/Waste Water Management and Air Quality Management. Eddie joined the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in January 2000. Eddie has worked on air quality issues both at FHWA Headquarters and the FHWA North Carolina (NC) Division. Eddie has provided oversight and interacted extensively with Federal, State, and local partners for the successful completion of transportation conformity determinations. Eddie also manages the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement Program for the FHWA NC Division office.

Gary Dolce has been an Environmental Scientist in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Transportation and Air Quality in Ann Arbor, Michigan for the past 14 years. During his tenure at EPA, Gary has worked on a wide range of technical and policy issues related to the assessment of the impact of mobile source emissions on regional air quality. Key projects have included the estimation of emission benefits of the National Low Emission Vehicle program and for Tier 2 emissions standards, and the development of a methodology for calculating what emissions reductions are creditable under Clean Air Act rate of progress requirements. More recently, Gary was the primary author of the MOBILE6 Technical Guidance. Gary received a Masters in Public Policy from the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan in 1990. Prior to that, Gary was a 1979 graduate of the University of Illinois with a bachelors degree in biology and he spent nine years as a graduate student and research entomologist at Cornell University and the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plan Research.

Cecilia Ho is the Transportation Conformity Team Leader in FHWA's Office of Natural and Human Environment in Washington D.C. She manages the implementation of the transportation conformity activities for the FHWA and oversees the development of Federal regulations and national policy and guidance related to transportation conformity. Cecilia has more than 18 years experience in transportation planning and modeling, and transportation and air quality policy development and analysis. Since joining the Federal Highway Administration in 1996, Cecilia has been involved in various transportation, air quality, and policy related projects in areas such as transportation conformity, emissions and dispersion modeling, and strategic planning. Her previous experience, in both public and private sectors, includes regional travel demand forecasting, highway and transit corridor planning studies, congestion management studies, and transportation and land use model development. Cecilia received her Master of City Planning degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and a member of the TRB Transportation and Air Quality Committee.

Gary Jensen is a 1993 graduate of the University of Idaho with a degree in Civil Engineering. Gary has been with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) since 1994, serving time in a variety of offices, including four years in the Tennessee Division managing transportation planning and environmental programs. Currently, Gary is with FHWA's Office of Natural and Human Environment specializing in air quality. In particular, he is actively involved in developing policies and guidance associated with transportation conformity, and providing program and technical assistance to areas facing complex conformity issues.

Susan Lee is the newest member of the Transportation Air Quality Conformity team in Washington, DC and serves FHWA as a Community Planner. Ms. Lee relocated from Portland, Oregon and brings a diverse background in transportation and land use planning; program and policy development; revenue forecasting and finance; and public affairs to the agency. She has held increasingly responsible positions with Metro, the staff agency for the designated MPO in the Portland region; Multnomah County Oregon Transportation and Land Use Planning Division; and the City of Vancouver, Washington. She served as a member of the Transportation Managers Advisory Committee for each of these agencies during development of Portland's Westside light rail transit system and the I-5 Trade Corridor Study. Prior to joining FHWA, she was adjunct faculty in both the Hatfield School of Government and the School of Urban Studies and Planning and conducted grant funded transportation research for the Center for Urban Studies at Portland State University. She holds a BA in Human Resource Management, a Master of Public Administration, and is currently a doctoral candidate completing her dissertation on urban transportation policy and organizational development. She has been an Oregon Laurel Scholar, Women's Transportation Seminar Scholarship, and Eisenhower Fellow recipient.

Cynthia Marvin is the chief of air quality and transportation planning for the California Air Resources Board. Her branch is responsible for coordinating development, approval, and implementation of clean air plans to meet state and federal air quality standards. Her staff also works with local agencies on transportation planning issues, including the conformity provisions of the federal Clean Air Act. In her previous experience since joining the Board in 1988, Ms. Marvin managed the agency's response to the new federal ozone and fine particle standards, as well as the regional haze program. She also served as a technical team leader in the development of regulations to control air toxics. Prior to the Air Resources Board, Ms. Marvin was an officer in a private mortgage-banking firm. Ms. Marvin holds a B.S. in Environmental Toxicology from the University of California at Davis.

Sarah J. Siwek is a private consultant on transportation and air quality issues. She has more than 20 years experience in working with and for local, state, regional, and federal transportation and air quality agencies. Conformity related work includes: TCM evaluation, publications including: FHWA/FTA Basic Guide to Transportation Conformity for Local Officials; FHWA/FTA Transportation Conformity Reference Guide; Metropolitan Transportation Planning: How the Pieces Fit Together; Statewide Transportation Planning Under TEA-21; Integrating Planning and ITS. In addition, Ms. Siwek teaches the NHI/NTI Metropolitan Planning Course and the NTI Introduction to Transportation/Air Quality course. Ms. Siwek has also been a guest lecturer at several universities and has moderated national teleconference on transportation and air quality issues. She is also Chair of the Transportation Research Board Transportation and Air Quality Committee.

Lynn Jonell Soporowski, P.E. is a Transportation Engineering Branch Manager for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, in Frankfort, KY. She works for the Division of Multimodal Programs, which guides the transportation planning in Kentucky's urban and metropolitan areas as well as responsible for all regional transportation conformity statewide. Ms. Soporowski received her BS in Civil Engineering from Tennessee Technological University in 1989 and Masters in Civil Engineering at the University of Kentucky in 2002. She continues her education through the Certified Public Managers Training Program. Ms. Soporowski has served on Census 2002: Kentucky's Complete Count Committee and Kentucky's Clean Air Taskforce; KYTC's Citizen Involvement Taskforce, Project Development Taskforce, and Environmental Analysis Taskforce and is an avid spokesperson for rural conformity issues. Ms. Soporowski serves as Co-Chair of the Administrative Council at First United Methodist Church in Frankfort. She is involved with Habitat for Humanity, SIMON House, and spoiling her niece and nephews. Lynn is just returning from a vacation in Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Russia.

Angela Spickard represents the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Transportation and Air Quality (OTAQ) based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she serves as a member of OTAQ's transportation conformity team. She works primarily on conformity rulemakings, guidance and implementation issues. Angela came to OTAQ in March 2001 after receiving her master's in environmental biology at Western Michigan University. She is a native of Virginia where she earned her bachelors in biology at James Madison University and worked in biomedical research before moving to Michigan in 1997.

Spencer Stevens is the Transportation Planning Team Leader for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Pennsylvania Division Office in Harrisburg, PA. Mr. Stevens has been with FHWA since graduating from the University of New Hampshire in June of 1990, and has worked in various FHWA offices throughout the country. On his most recent assignment Mr. Stevens was a member of the joint FTA/FHWA metropolitan office in Los Angeles, CA where for two years he covered transportation planning in Southern California for both FHWA and FTA. He and his family moved to Harrisburg, PA in October of 1998. Current responsibilities:Transportation planning Team Leader for FHWA in Pennsylvania.

Tianjia Tang, Ph.D., serves as the air quality specialist in FHWA's Resource Center in Atlanta, GA. Prior to this position, he was a project engineer/manager for the Florida Department of Transportation. During his eight and half year tenure with the FDOT, he also served as a senior environmental scientist for four years. He was mainly involved in preliminary engineering design/planning and NEPA studies. One of his most successful accomplishments was the completion an EIS study in less than 28 months. He has a bachelor's degree in environmental engineering from the University of Central Florida, and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Arkansas.

Updated: 7/6/2011
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