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41st Washington State Public Transportation 
Conference & Vendor Expo & Roadeo
Learn - Engage - Inspire

Tuesday Lunch Keynote Speaker

Jaime Casap

3rd General Session – Tuesday, August 8, Noon-1:30pm

Jaime Casap is the Education Evangelist at Google. Jaime evangelizes the power and potential of technology and the web as enabling and supporting tools in pursuit of promoting inquiry-driven project-based learning models. Jaime collaborates with school systems, educational organizations, and leaders focused on building innovation and iteration into our education policies and practices. He speaks on education, technology, innovation, and generation z, at events around the world.

In addition to his role at Google, Jaime serves on a number of boards for organizations focused on education, innovation, and equity.  Jaime is also an adjunct professor at Arizona State University, where he teaches classes on policy, innovation, and leadership.Please join Jaime for a Q&A session after his keynote speaking.  See Conference Agenda for where and when.


You can follow and reach him on Twitter at @jcasap

You can also follow and reach him on Google+

Tuesday Morning Keynote Speaker

Mark Fenton

2nd General Session – Tuesday, August 8, 7:30am-9:00am    


Mark Fenton is a national public health, planning, and transportation consultant, an adjunct associate professor at Tufts University's Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and former host of the "America's Walking" series on PBS television. He's author of numerous books including the best-selling "Complete Guide to Walking for Health, Weight Loss, and Fitness" (Lyons Press, 2nd edition 2008). He was a developer of the University of North Carolina's Safe Routes to School clearinghouse, and facilitator for the walkable community workshop series of the National Center for Bicycling and Walking; he now provides technical training and community planning as an independent consultant. Mark was a member of the United States national racewalking team from 1986 to 1991, and competed in the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Trials in the 50-kilometer (31-mile) racewalk. He studied biomechanics at the Massachusetts Institute Technology, was a researcher at the Olympic Training Center's Sports Science Laboratory in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and manager of Reebok's Human Performance Laboratory. Mark has research publications and articles related to exercise science, physical activity promotion, and community level interventions. He's a vocal advocate for non-motorized transportation, a frequent consultant on bicycle and pedestrian community plans, and recognized authority on public health issues and the need for community, environmental, and public-policy initiatives to encourage more walking, bicycling, and transit use.

Leading Women in Public Transportation 
Panel Discussion

1st General Session – Monday, August 7, 11:30am-12:45pm

From the private sector to the public sector – advocacy to planning – federal government to local government, women are leading the way for public transportation in Washington State.  At your first general session – Kickoff Lunch with vendors, these leading ladies will discuss their path forward in their careers, the challenges they have endured and the endeavors they have achieved.  Join this panel discussion of leading women in public transportation across Washington State. 



Executive Director – Transportation Choices Coalition

Shefali has been with Transportation Choices for nearly a decade, shaping priorities and implementing programs from policy and education to program evaluation and fundraising. Under her leadership, TCC has won more than $54B in transit investments statewide, secured the nation's most expansive low-income transit fare program, ORCA LIFT and advanced cutting-edge policies that help create transit communities. Her love of all things transit began in Washington, DC, where she earned a Masters in Environmental Science and spent six years exploring the city on the rail system. When she is not working on a transit campaign or getting ready for TCC's strategic plan, Shefali is probably traveling with her husband and young daughter, eager to try transit all around the world.


Claudia Balducci

Councilmember, District 6 – King County

King County Councilmember Claudia Balducci is a mom, a neighborhood advocate, transportation leader and former public safety official.  She represents King County District 6.  

A lawyer by training, Claudia worked for King County for over 16 years prior to being elected to the Council.  As the Jail Director, Claudia embraced Lean process improvement to reform the way the jail housed inmates with mental illnesses, increasing safety, improving conditions, expanding treatment options, and saving over $2 million in costs to the taxpayers per year. 

Claudia's first became active in politics when she joined her neighbors to advocate for the revitalization of her local shopping center.  She was later elected to a Bellevue city charter commission and then to the City Council where she served for 12 years, including two years as Deputy Mayor and two years as Mayor. 

Claudia has been a passionate supporter of good transportation options since first taking office in 2004.  She has been a member and past Chair of the Puget Sound Regional Council’s Transportation Policy Board and the Eastside Transportation Partnership.  She currently serves on the Sound Transit Board of Directors.  She is proud to have played an instrumental role in extending light rail from Seattle to Bellevue and the eastside of Lake Washington.

Claudia is a graduate of Providence College and the Columbia University School of Law.  She lives in Bellevue with her husband Jim, son Victor and former King County shelter cats Sabrina and Lucy.  

Diane Wiatr

Principal Planner in Policy and Planning – Seattle Dept. of Transportation

Diane Wiatr is Principal Planner with the City of Seattle Department of Transportation’s Policy and Planning Division.

She manages long‐range sustainable transportation planning and implementation with an emphasis on placemaking. Diane also worked for 10 years at the City of Tacoma as the Active Transportation Coordinator contributing to policy, education and infrastructure programs to encourage greater community interaction through walking and biking.

Diane received a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute in 2005.

E. Susan Meyer

Chief Executive Officer – Spokane Transit

E. Susan Meyer is the Chief Executive Officer of Spokane Transit Authority in Spokane, Washington, a position she’s held since 2005.

Susan earned an undergraduate degree in psychology and a master’s degree in business (MBA) from Eastern Washington University.

Susan is a committee vice chair of the APTA BRT Council and is a member of several others.  She also serves on the TOPS committee which recommends transit-related research projects (TCRP) for federal funding.

At the state level Susan was recently appointed by the Secretary of Transportation to the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board which distributes nearly $100 million annually for transportation projects.  She is the immediate past President of the Washington State Transit Association.

Her local civic work includes serving on the Spokane Mayor’s Economic Roundtable; Downtown Spokane Partnership Board; Spokane Regional Transportation Council Board; Dean’s Advisory Board at the EWU College of Business & Public Administration; and the Honorary Commanders’ Program at Fairchild Air Force Base.

Linda Gehrke

Regional Administrator – FTA Region 10

Linda Gehrke serves as the Regional Administrator for FTA in the Region 10 Seattle Office. Region 10 is responsible for the administration of federal funds for public transportation purposes in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

Previously, Ms. Gehrke was the Regional Administrator for Region 8 in Denver, CO for four years, Deputy Regional Administrator for Region 10 for 14 years and a community planner in the Seattle office for two years. Her responsibilities included the development and delivery of FTA’s capital, operating, planning and tribal programs; grants management; environmental analysis; technical assistance to external and internal customers; and overseeing administrative functions.

Before joining FTA, Ms. Gehrke worked at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration, as a community planner for 10 years. She assisted governments and organizations in developing and implementing economic development programs in areas of high unemployment and low per capita income, responding to disasters, addressing defense downsizing, and completing the federal environmental process.

Ms. Gehrke holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Geography from Western Washington University and a Master’s of Public Administration from Seattle University. Ms. Gehrke also attended urban and regional planning programs at the University of Virginia and Florida State University with a concentration in regional planning, resource management and environmental planning.

Featured Speaker Linda Callecod

5th General Session

Wednesday, August 9, 7:30am - 9:00am

Linda Callecod, executive consultant and coach, keynote speaker, author, and master trainer / facilitator, is president of Seraphim Consulting and Training in Federal Way Washington. She is also the Senior Organizational Development Consultant for University of Washington’s Professional & Organizational Development department in Seattle. Linda is a 14-year veteran instructor for UW Professional & Continuing Education certificate programs, for which she received UW’s Teaching Excellence Award in business and management as an outstanding instructor in Human Resource Management. Prior to 2009, she was a consultant and partner with the Effectiveness Institute and divisional vice president of training and diversity at The Bon Marché/Macy’s.

Linda has over 20 years’ experience developing leaders and teams across industries and at all levels of an organization. Her specialty is balancing the people side of leadership (Emotional Intelligence) with the organizational side of business (strategic management), and providing individuals with practical tools for success.

As a talented and charismatic leader and educator herself, Linda blends a multiplicity of disciplines to assist her clients in identifying desired outcomes, and partners with them to create a road map with practical mechanisms and approaches to accomplishing individual and organizational results.

Linda’s work is based on theoretical soundness, a holistic-systems perspective, and meaningful, focused action. She delivers highly effective, supportive, yet entertaining learning experiences, together with game-changing, achievement focused, coaching. Leaders and their teams are strengthened, fortified, and aligned through her insight, professional tools, and commitment to excellence.

Featured Speakers:

4th General Session Tuesday, August 8th - 6:00pm

Marko Lias

State Senator, 21st LegislativeDistrict

Senator Marko Liias has represented the 21st Legislative District (Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mukilteo, Everett) in Washington State since 2008. Throughout his service in the Legislature, Marko has focused on policies to advance a strong economy based on good-paying jobs, a safe and quality education system, and a balanced transportation system that serves the whole community.  Marko is a graduate of Georgetown University in Washington, DC and has studied public administration at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Affairs. He volunteers with the Kamiak High School Debate Team and serves on the boards of the Transportation Choices Coalition and the Seattle Repertory Theater.

Roger Millar

Secretary of Transportation, Washington State

Secretary of Transportation Roger Millar was appointed by Governor Jay Inslee in August 2016. He joined WSDOT as deputy secretary in October 2015 and was appointed acting secretary in February 2016. Millar oversees an agency of 6,800 employees, with responsibility for 18,600 lane miles of highway, 3294 bridges, general aviation airports, passenger- and freight-rail programs, and Washington State Ferries, the nation's largest ferry system.

Millar is a second generation civil engineer with 38 years of experience in the transportation arena. During that time, he has worked in construction, design, planning, research, policy development, management and administration in both the public and private sectors. Millar has served as public works director, city and county planning director, arterial streets manager and vice president of a multi-national engineering firm, among other assignments. Prior to joining WSDOT, he served for five years as vice president of Smart Growth America, a national not-for-profit organization, providing technical assistance to state transportation agencies in Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Tennessee and Vermont. Millar also served as director of the National Complete Streets Coalition.

Millar was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1999 and received the ASCE President's Medal in 2016. From 2000 to 2014, he served on the ASCE Committee for America's Infrastructure, which produces the nationally recognized "Report Card for America's Infrastructure." Teams led by Millar have won national, state and local awards for planning and project delivery. Those awards included the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organization's national award for "Outstanding Achievement in Metropolitan Transportation Planning" and the American Consulting Engineers Council's "Honor Award."

A graduate of the University of Virginia, Millar is a registered engineer in Washington and five other states. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and a certified floodplain administrator. Millar has served as president of the Oregon Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers and of the Montana Association of Planners. He is married to Candis Millar, the former planning director of Billings, Montana (retired 2016), and has two teenage children and a black lab named Ouzel.