Candidates for Office
The following are the 2015 Western District candidates for office for your consideration. All members are encouraged to vote. Regardless of how you vote, please vote and make your voice be heard. The deadline for voting electronically has been set as late as possible to allow you to meet and/or learn about the Western District candidates before voting. Thanks for helping the Western District serve its members efficiently and effectively!
Candidate for President
Mark Spencer, PE
It has been my honor to serve as ITE Western District Vice President this past year. I have been working with our Board members, International Directors, and Committee Chairs on several of our District initiatives, including our Articles of Incorporation, student initiatives expenditures, bylaws revisions, and updating the District’s Annual Meeting Local Arrangements Chair Manual. I have also had the opportunity to speak with Sections on behalf of the District, and in January I attended the third annual ITE Western District Student Leadership Summit at Cal Poly Pomona.
I have been a transportation consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1990. I am currently the managing Principal of the W-Trans office in Oakland, California. My involvement in ITE began in 1988 at UC Berkeley and has continued regularly for 28 years. I have held ITE officer positions at the Student, Chapter, Section and District levels. In 2010 I was the LAC Chair for the Western District Annual Meeting in San Francisco, and I am currently on the Executive Board of the ITE Transportation Consultants Council. Throughout my career ITE has afforded me the opportunity to develop increasing levels of responsibility and leadership.
As President I will bring a keen understanding of the District’s needs and goals, and continue working with our District’s officers, International Directors, and Committee Chairs. Some of the key items for the coming year include increasing engagement with all of members, improving collaboration with other professional organizations, and promoting ITE’s key programs such as the Student Endowment Fund and LeadershipITE.
In 2016 we will continue to experience a rebounding and increasingly diverse economy. While seemingly beneficial, it’s how we respond as an organization, and as professionals individually, that is the primary challenge we now face. And as more young people enter the profession, we need to bring them into ITE and foster opportunities for them to flourish and become the next generation of leaders.
This is an exciting time in our profession! I have long recognized that I am quite fortunate to have the support network of ITE, to work together with many of my Western District colleagues, and to be a transportation professional making meaningful contributions to the communities in which I work.
It is my honor to be an officer of this wonderful and important organization, and I look forward to your continued support and serving as your Western District President.
Candidate for Vice-President
Mark Spencer, PE
It has been my honor to serve as ITE Western District Secretary-Treasurer this past year. I have been working with our Board members, International Directors, and Committee Chairs on several of our District initiatives, including the Annual Meeting Local Arrangements Chair Manual update, the WesternITE website upgrade and the Travel Policy update. I have also had the opportunity to speak with Student Chapters and Sections on behalf of the District. In February I delivered the Summit Welcome Address at the second annual ITE Western District Student Leadership Summit at Sacramento State University.
I have been a transportation consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1990. I am currently the managing Principal of the W-Trans office in Oakland, California, where I am responsible for directing transportation planning projects, business development and mentoring staff. My involvement in ITE began in 1988 at UC Berkeley and has continued regularly for 27 years. I have held ITE officer positions at the Student, Chapter, Section and District levels. In 2010 I was the LAC Chair for the Western District Annual Meeting in San Francisco, and I am currently on the Executive Board of the ITE Transportation Consultants Council.
As Vice President I will continue working towards my goals for the Western District, including increasing engagement with all of members, improving collaboration with other professional organizations, and promoting ITE’s key programs such as the Student Endowment Fund and LeadershipITE. These goals are consistent with the exciting times we are now facing in our industry; the economy is rebounding, more young people are entering the profession, and there is a growing paradigm shift away from auto-centric communities. All of these are providing unique challenges, and ITE can and should play an important role in developing solutions.
I look forward to your continued support and to the opportunity of serving the Western District as Vice President.
Dongho Chang, PE
I am honored to be selected as a candidate for the Western District Secretary-Treasurer position. The strength and value of our organization comes from our members who generously volunteer and contribute to our professional organization. Our member’s diversity and breadth of experience makes ITE the trusted source for information and knowledge in our field. Should I be fortunate to represent you, my focus for the Western District will be:
- Improving access to information that our members need to better inform our decisions and serve our clients. This includes timely access to the content that our members provide in research studies and presentations at the section and district level.
- Advocating for professional interests that impact our practice. As an example, I’d like to advance dialog and reform of the joint and several liability statute of many of our States to proportionate liability.
- Improve our connection/partnership with our peer organizations that bring value to our practice.
- ITE Delegate to National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
- Inaugural Graduate of Leadership ITE program
- Local Arrangement Committee for 2014 ITE International Meeting in Seattle
- ITE/FHWA Traffic Calming: State of Practice Update, Expert Review/Advisory Panel
- Review Panel for the ITE Guidelines for Determining Traffic Signal Changes and Clearance Intervals, Recommended Practice
- FHWA Road Diet Information Guide Contributor and Presenter
- Washington State Section President /officer
- 2014 Game Changers in Seattle, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine
- 51 Most Influential People in Seattle for 2013, Seattle Magazine
Lee Cabel, PE
I am honored to have been chosen once again as a Western District candidate for Secretary‐Treasurer. As many of you may recall, I was a candidate in 2013 and though I was not elected, I learned a great deal about the District’s operations and met many great members. Over the past two years as I have thought about that experience and continued my involvement in the District, it made me realize that I still have the desire to serve and contribute to the District’s future success. As a result, I stand here before you, once again, asking for your support.
I have been involved in ITE for over 23 years including:
- BYU Student Chapter; President
- Utah Chapter; President
- Intermountain Section; President
- Western District
- Public Relations Committee
- Secretary‐Treasurer Candidate
- 2015 Annual Meeting, Finance Chair
Through my years of ITE involvement, I appreciate that it is the members that make our organization so great. As an officer, I will do all I can to ensure that our members have opportunities to serve, interact, support, and benefit from their involvement in ITE. In addition to supporting the current Board’s goals and objectives, there are two areas in which I would especially focus my efforts to ensure the District continues to excel:
- Fiscal Responsibility: As the 2015 Annual Meeting Finance Chair, I understand the value of every dollar that each member spends to participate in ITE. Careful stewardship of these funds is needed to ensure the long term financial stability of the District, provide affordable annual meetings, and deliver the services and products members expect.
- Professional Development: My first area of emphasis involves supporting the growth and development of students through the District’s Student Initiatives and Endowment Fund programs such that they continue to stay involved and contribute to ITE as they transition into their professional careers. The second area of emphasis includes maintaining the relevancy of ITE as a leader in the transportation industry so that practicing professionals can continue to expand their knowledge, stay on the forefront of the latest technologies, and further their careers in serving the public.
Professionally, I am a Principal of Horrocks Engineers with 22 years of transportation based engineering experience. I have the full support of my firm to serve as an officer and commit to you, the members, that I will execute my duties to the best of my ability.
Chuck Huffine, PE
I am honored to be a candidate for ITE Western District Secretary/Treasurer! Many people have been important mentors in my career and I was introduced to most of them through ITE. Since moving into the Western District ten years ago, one of my goals has been to give back to the organization that has meant so much to me both professionally and personally. As your Secretary/Treasurer, I promise fiscal responsibility and to work to continue to deliver the services and leadership that you expect from ITE.
Transportation is beginning a marvelous change. As a shift to a more multi-modal environment continues, technology is transforming how vehicles interact with each other and the surrounding infrastructure. Finding sufficient funding, however, is still a barrier. Our profession must be more active in demonstrating the benefits of other modes and new technologies, plus educating elected officials on how transportation projects produce jobs, stimulate the economy, and improve quality of life. ITE can and should play a major role in leading this transformation. If elected, here are three areas that I would like to focus on to make this happen:
- Membership Engagement: continue the great program of student engagement and participation, motivate members to get more involved, recruit more public agency members, cross-sell/network with other Districts and professional organizations, advance programs to attract students into our profession.
- Advance ITE Programs: support District member involvement in LeadershipITE, achieve Student Endowment Fund contribution goals, support efforts of the ITE Advocacy Committee.
- Provide Membership Value: deliver what members want at lower costs, continue to improve/diversify communication and member interaction, keep the District Meeting fresh and current, maintain the tradition of fun in the Western District!
I am the Traffic Engineering and Transportation Planning Discipline Lead for Michael Baker International’s Lakewood Colorado office. Since graduating from Cornell University over 28 years ago, I have been an ITE member and active participant on all levels:
- LeadershipITE Class of 2015
- Executive Committee, Traffic Engineering Council (current)
- Advocacy Committee (current)
- LAC, 2018 Western District meeting (current)
- Former Chair, Western District Public Relations Committee
- Newsletter Editor, New York Upstate Section
- Chair, Student Outreach Committee, New York Upstate Section
- PTOE Review Course Instructor, Northeastern District
My passion for our professional has inspired me to take on leadership roles. If elected, I hope to inspire you to give back to this fantastic ITE organization that has given us so much. Let’s make a difference!
Justin Link, PE
I am ecstatic to be a candidate for Western District International Director. Exciting things are happening in the Western District, and it is a thrill to be part of it as a Committee Chair. It would be an even bigger thrill to be part of it as an elected member of the Western District Board.
Here’s why I’m so excited:
- Following last year’s successful Joint Annual Meeting in Rapid City with the Midwestern District, the Western District budget reserves are officially replenished.
- The Richard T. Romer Student Endowment Fund has officially surpassed the $400,000 mark, getting us closer to our $500,000 goal and further support students in education, and as they transition into their professions.
- The Western District will soon reveal a revitalized website that will enhance the public image of the District.
I am especially pleased about the latter, as it has been my responsibility as Webmaster to oversee the RFP, selection, and redevelopment process. The new website has been revised from top to bottom, with content reorganized for more logical and intuitive use, social media incorporated to reach our younger members, and graphically designed to provide a dynamic, public face for the Western District. The new website will more equitably display our advertisers in the Professional Services Directory, and provide a streamlined, east-to-navigate Jobs Available page. This is key to attracting new advertising dollars in continued support of the District and its goals.
We have to keep the momentum going, and I will be motivated as International Director to:
- Continue to reach and retain our younger members through our media outlets (westernite.org, Twitter, Facebook), articulating the value of ITE and the invaluable resource it represents for professional development, networking, and comradery.
- Keep the District’s budget healthy, by building on the success of the website and the key source of revenue it provides.
- Drive donations to the Student Endowment Fund in support of our future members.
It has been my pleasure to serve at various levels in ITE, first as a Student Chapter officer, then two terms on the Board of the Central Coast Section, and now my current role as Webmaster for the Western District. In 2014, I was honored to have my efforts recognized with the Young Professional Achievement Award.
I am always looking for opportunities to do more for the District and our members. It would be an honor to serve as your next International Director.
Walter Okitsu, PE, PTOE, PTP
It didn’t seem that long ago when I attended my first ITE meeting as a young city employee, going to the local Southern California Section meeting and wondering how I’d fit in. Now, I’m an elder statesman. But I hope to contribute more to the society. I don’t want decades of service to the section, and later to the district, to go to waste.
I can see the world is changing, so much so that I wonder if the transportation profession has peaked. I have two teenage children who show no interest in driving, don’t look up from their phones on road trips, and can’t read a map. And really, do they need to? I think now our job is to ease the transition into a post-motor vehicle world, or at least, a world where people don’t do the driving. That’s the world ITE will need to deal with.
The Institute will have to deal with internal change as well. ITE has been running well with Executive Director Tom Brahms at the helm, but his retirement forces us to examine how ITE should be structured for the years to come. If I am elected to the International Board of Direction, you will have an eager participant in the transformation of the Institute. In what role, I’ll find out when I get there, but you’ll have to trust me on this: I have the experience and capabilities to steer us right.
I look forward to representing the Western District on ITE’s Board of Direction.
The Western District is again offering its members the convenience of on-line voting. Your on-line ballot to vote in the Western District election will be accessible beginning Friday, June 5, 2015, and on-line voting will close Monday, July 20, 2015 at midnight EDT. If you are a voting member of ITE and had a valid email address on file with International Headquarters as of May 1st, you will receive an email message from Elections OnLine with instructions on how to vote electronically. Login at www.electionsonline.us/election with your username and the password provided in the email message from “election” with the subject of “Vote Now!”
Members wishing to vote by paper ballot can request them via phone (510) 444-2600, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, or by regular mail to:
Mark Spencer, PE
ITE Western District Secretary-Treasurer
475 14th Street, Suite 290
Oakland, CA 94612
Paper ballot requests must be received no later than Monday, July 6, 2014, and completed ballots returned to the Secretary-Treasurer no later than Monday, July 13, 2015. Completed ballots may also be returned in person at the Annual Business Meeting on Tuesday, July 21, 2015. If you need help voting electronically or have questions on the electronic or paper ballot, please contact the District Administrator, Dalene Whitlock, at (707) 542-9500 or email@example.com.
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