2021–2023 Board of Excellence

Tanya Adams

Chair | Vice President, Inclusion & Diversity, WSP USA | Chicago, IL

Driven by her passion for diversity and outreach, Tanya Adams has 34 years of experience in the transportation industry serving in several prominent leadership roles. She was named WSP USA’s Vice President for Inclusion and Diversity in March 2021, and is responsible for implementing the company’s three-year Strategic Plan to deliver equity and equality for WSP USA employees and the communities the firm serves. She partners with WSP USA’s Executive Leadership Team to ensure that company policies and practices promote equity, inclusion and diversity.

Freddie C. Fuller ll

Immediate Past National Board Chair | Vice President, Geographic Sales Manager Mid-Atlantic, Jacobs | Washington, DC

A proven leader and a true public servant, Freddie Fuller has spent his entire professional career in the public transportation industry. For more than 24 years Freddie has utilized his education, expertise and relationships to engage and connect organizations and individuals within the transit industry.

Sharmyn Elliott

First Vice Chair | Vice President, Somat Engineering Inc. | Detroit, MI

Sharmyn Elliott is Vice President of Somat Engineering Inc., Michigan (Somat), a full-service infrastructure solution provider. Bringing more than 45+ years of experience to the industry, Mr. Elliott’s responsibilities include operations manager for the firm’s geotechnical and construction engineering practice disciplines, client relations, and developing and implementing strategic planning initiatives.

GwenDolen Gray

Second Vice Chair | Project Controls Director & Vice President, HNTB | Los Angeles, CA

GwenDolen Gray is the Project Controls Director and Vice President for HNTB. She has over 24 years experience in the public transportation industry. Her extensive transportation network expands throughout the country. She focuses on project controls for the firm’s current and future complex infrastructure work, as well as community relations and engagement in the firm’s West Division. She is based in the HNTB downtown Los Angeles office.

Michelle D. Hiett

Secretary/Treasurer | Revenue Systems IT Consultant, Hatch LTK | Ambler, PA

“Helping others is the rent we pay for the space we occupy.” This motto is the premise by which Michelle D. Hiett lives. With the goal of understanding the “Big Picture” towards adding immediate value personally and professionally, it is also the basis by which she orchestrates completion of each assignment. For more than two decades, she served in the non-profit sector.

Regine C. Beauboeuf, PE

At-Large Member | Senior Vice President, Director, Infrastructure & Mobility Equity, HNTB | Detroit, MI

Regine C. Beauboeuf, PE, is Senior Vice President and Director of Infrastructure and Mobility Equity at HNTB Corporation, an employee owned infrastructure solutions firm. Ms. Beauboeuf has 35 years of regional transportation and infrastructure experience specializing in the management of large, complex transportation projects. She has extensive experience on design build and public private partnership projects in the U.S. and Canada.

Yvette Janniere-Houlder

At-Large Member | Lead Program Management, Enterprise Applications, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, State of New York (MTA) | New York, NY

Yvette Janniere-Houlder is an accomplished, business leader and change agent with more than 30 years of experience in the Transportation Industry including aviation, bus and rail in both the private and public sectors. She has a record of achievement driving strategic organizational improvement efforts aligned with technology and business goals. She currently serves as the Lead Program Manager, Enterprise Applications at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) New York State.

Ruben Landa

At-Large Member | Assistant Vice President / Texas Business Leader - Communications & Public Involvement | Dallas, TX

Ruben Landa is an experienced and accomplished leader in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry. He has more than 21 years of experience in public involvement, public affairs, communications, and diversity program management. His career includes significant time with STV Incorporated, HDR Inc., the Texas State Senate, K Strategies Group and now with WSP USA, where he is the Texas CPI Lead and Senior Communications Manager.

Melissa Rolle-Scott

At-Large Member | Transit Section Chief, Office of Safety & Security, Miami-Dade Department of Transportation & Public Works (DTPW) | Miami, FL

Melissa Rolle-Scott is a highly motivated transportation professional with over 29 years of technical, administrative and management experience in the mass transportation (bus, rail and automated guideway) industry. She is currently a Transit Section Chief in the Office of Safety & Security for the Miami-Dade Department of Transportation & Public Works (DTPW) where she is responsible for providing leadership in the planning and directing of Internal Audits and serves as the department’s liaison for safety related state and federal audits. She has met the requirements and received her certificates from the Federal Transit Administration and Transportation Safety Institute’s Transit Safety and Security Program (TSSP) for both the Transit Bus and Transit Rail Programs.

Dr. Lester Woods

At-Large Member | Chief Administrative Officer, Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) | Jefferson City, MO

Lester Woods was appointed Chief Administrative Officer on April 1, 2020, after serving in the position on an interim basis since July 2019. In this capacity, he oversees four MoDOT divisions including communications, diversity and inclusion, health and wellness, and human resources

Quincy Howard

Council of Presidents Representative | Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program Administrator, Central Ohio Transportation Authority (COTA) | Columbus, OH

An industry expert with more than twenty years of successful experience in Supplier Diversity and Business Development, Quincy Howard has a proven track record of fostering business relationships between private/public companies and agencies and the minority business community.

Christopher L. Macklin

Council of Presidents Representative | Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Diversity Compliance Officer, Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) | Jacksonville, FL

Christopher L. Macklin is the DBE Diversity Compliance Officer at the JTA. One of Macklin top priorities is to ensure that JTA workforce and the partners who work on the projects are as diverse as the community we serve. However, one of Macklin favorite and most honored task is leading the Jacksonville COMTO Chapter with the support of the JTA Executive Leadership Team!

Lidy Chan

Council of Presidents Representative Alternate | Risk Financing Manager, Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) | Boston, MA

Lidy is the Risk Financing Manager at Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). She is responsible for managing elements of the Department’s risk financing programs., including insurance programs and loss exposures, procurement and underwriting, cost of risk analysis and budgeting, and more.

Renee Y. Banks

Board Advisor | President & Chief Communications Officer, G. W. Peoples Contracting Co., Inc. (GWP) | Washington, DC

Ms. Banks is a rail transportation expert and is President & Chief Communications Officer for G. W. Peoples Contracting Co., Inc. (GWP), the only African-American-owned railroad construction firm in the country. She coordinates GWP’s marketing and communications, as well as federal, state and local government relations, including federal, state and local DBE/MBE/SBE certifications, business licenses, annual reports, contractors’ licenses and tax filings.

Christian T. Kent

Board Advisor | Principal, Transit Management Consulting, LLC | Virginia Beach, VA

Christian T. Kent has over 34 years of experience in the public transit industry in the private and public sectors, and 16 years in a senior executive role, serving as a charismatic change agent and turnaround specialist for numerous paratransit services across the country. Mr. Kent is best known for his role as a paratransit executive at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). He was responsible for the nation’s fifth-largest paratransit service and system-wide accessibility and ADA compliance for WMATA’s rail, bus and paratransit services.

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