2018 Western District Candidates

Candidates for Office

The following are the 2018 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

Neelam Dorman, TE

It has been a privlidge to serve as the Secretary-Treasurer and Vice President for the Western District the past two years and I am thankful to have the opportunity to continue to serve the District as President. In serving as a District officer, I’ve learned a lot about how our District operates and had a chance to work with our incredible officers and chairs. We have, as a board, worked through some challenges and made great headway on many initiatives to ensure fiscal responsibility and equity.

As President, I will continue to work towards my goals for the Western District, including better communication between Section and District leadership, continuing to ensure efficient operation of the District as well as fostering current District Board initiatives, and continuing to engage the next generation of engineers and planners within ITE. I hope to foster more programs targeted to our younger professionals and hope to reach beyond college students to middle and high school students and be well represented as a STEM profession.

I am a Senior Engineer with Kittelson & Associates in Orange County, California. I am grateful to have the full support of a firm that understands my commitment to ITE and our members. I have been honored to serve ITE in many other roles including as UC Irvine Student Chapter President, Southern California Section President, and District Career Guidance Chair.

I hope to have your continued support and the opportunity to serve the Western District as President.

Candidate for Vice-President

Paul Barricklow, P.E., PTOE

I’ve been honored to serve as the ITE Western District Secretary-Treasurer for the past year. I’d like to thank the membership for their confidence in me and I’m respectfully asking to continue to serve the district as Vice President.

I bring a team-oriented approach to the board that is both insightful and deliberate and will use it to champion a set of priorities that include:

  • contributing to the evolving direction of ITE International,
  • building the next generation of transportation leaders through education and mentorship,
  • engaging our chapters and sections through resource sharing, and
  • maintaining the values and identity of the Western District.

My ITE experience includes:

  • 2016 Ite Western District Albuquerque Meeting Co-Chair
  • LeadershipITE Class of 2015
  • 2010 ITE TCC Young Professionals Scholarship
  • Western District Member since 2006
  • ITE participant since 1993

I have 17 years of experience in transportation planning and traffic engineering that includes research, consulting, and management. Shortly after earning my MBA, I accepted a position with Lee Engineering and took on the challenge to develop its Albuquerque office. After 10 years, our team continues to thrive and grow.

It is with great enthusiasm that I pledge to serve the Western District in its ongoing efforts to provide increasingly relevant and sustainable value to our members.

Candidate for Secretary-Treasurer

Dennis Acuna, P.E., T.E.

I am honored to have been nominated as a candidate for Western District Secretary-Treasurer. I would like to thank the Board for their confidence in my nomination as well as the Riverside-San Bernardino Section for their full support in my pursuit of this position. With this nomination, I am excited to have a larger role with ITE, for which I have been a part of for over 15 years.

My ITE career started when I was an undergraduate student at Cal Poly Pomona. I served as the Cal Poly Pomona Student Chapter President during 2004/2005 and quickly transitioned to the Riverside-San Bernardino Section after graduation in 2005. Within a year, I was selected as Secretary for the Riverside-San Bernardino Section. I eventually served as President in 2009/2010. Currently, Im serving as our Sections Social Chair and as Co-Chair for the 2022 Western District Annual Meeting to be held in Palm Springs, California.

During my professional career, I have developed a clear understanding of what the goals are for ITE, at the International and District levels. I fully support the current leadership’s vision for the District, and feel that we are on the right path to succeed in this vision. If selected as your next Secretary-Treasurer, I will work with the District Board, International Directors, Committee Chairs, and Local Sections to ensure that we move forward as a cohesive group to accomplish our Districts short and long-term goals. In addition to supporting our current leadership, my goals for this position center on fiscal responsibility and growing ITE membership. During uncertain economic times, it is important to ensure affordability for all our members, including our student members. The idea of fiscal responsibility and membership growth is not new by any means, but I feel that this position provides an ideal platform for new and innovative ways to tackle these areas.

Professionally, I am a Senior Civil Engineer with the Riverside County Transportation Department. I have the full support of my superiors, as they have been involved in ITE and are aware of the commitment it takes to serve at the District level.

Candidate for Secretary-Treasurer

Giancarlo Ganddini, TE, PTP

I am grateful to both the Southern California Section for their nomination and the District Board for accepting my candidacy.  I hope to continue the District’s track record of fostering professional development, providing our members with the resources necessary to solve evolving transportation challenges, and ultimately effect positive change in our communities.

I am a Principal Associate and Manager of Traffic Engineering at Kunzman Associates, Inc., based in the City of Orange.  My ITE experience began as a member on the UC Irvine Student Chapter Annual Project.  I have since served as Student Chapter Liaison, Secretary/Treasurer, Vice President, President, and Past President for the Southern California Section.

As a Section Board member, I initiated a mini-job fair in conjunction with our Student Presentation Night to maintain scholarship funding and provide students opportunities to network with traffic engineering/planning firms. Other accomplishments include developing orientation documentation to aid our Section Officer transition process.  I have been a guest speaker at student chapter meetings, organized the first SoCal Section Student Traffic Bowl, served on the judges panel for the Section Student Traffic Bowl, and volunteered for resume/interview workshops at the Student Leadership Summit and District Annual Meeting.  In 2012, I was honored with the Section’s Young Transportation Engineer of the Year award.  Currently, I continue to serve my Section as a representative on the California SB 743 Task Force and the District as Technical Program co-Chair for the 2020 District Annual Meeting.

It is a very exciting time to be a transportation professional. Whether it’s accommodating growth and development, ensuring the safety of all roadway users, adapting to new technology and shifts in mode and perspective; our communities face many challenges that come with these changes. But, I believe the vast amount of knowledge and technical expertise amongst our members will help us overcome these challenges and keep moving us forward. I would like to focus on ways to further the exchange of ideas by increasing member participation and making valuable networking events like the District Annual Meeting more accessible. In pursuit of these goals, two potential initiatives I wish to explore include financial sponsorships for public agency members to attend District meetings and the feasibility of making technical sessions available online.

It’s important that our District leadership reflect the choices of its members, so please vote. I appreciate your support and hope to see you at the District Annual Meeting in Keystone.

Candidate for International Director

Cathy Leong, P.E.

I have been privileged to serve as ITE Western District Past President for the past two years, continuing to assist with some of the District initiatives that we undertook during my tenure as an officer.  We have so many new initiatives that will benefit our membership and I’m proud to have been a part of advancing the District’s initiatives with students, young professionals, communication, and fiscal responsibility.

I’ve been an active ITE member for over 20 years, serving on my local Hawaii Section Board before joining the District Board as the 2006 Local Arrangement Committee (LAC) Chair.  Since then, I’ve served two terms as the Student Endowment Fund Chair, as a District officer, and even signed up to Co-Chair another District Meeting in 2020.  I’m pleased to complete my role as District officer with a District that is in good financial standing with a number of new initiatives underway.  As I have always done for our District, I hope to continue to advocate for students/young professionals, improving communication with our members, and fiscal responsibility on the International level.  I am honored to be nominated for the position of Western District International Director and I look forward to the opportunity to continue serving the District.

Electronic Voting

Western District members may vote on-line in the upcoming election for officers and directors.  The ballot will be accessible beginning Friday, May 25, 2018, and on-line voting will close Monday, June 25, 2018, at midnight.

If you are a voting member of ITE and have a valid e-mail address on file with International Headquarters as of May 1, you will receive an e-mail message from ElectionsOnLine with instructions on how to vote electronically.  Login at www.electionsonline.us/election with your username and the password provided in the e-mail message from “election” with the subject of “Vote Now!” If you do not receive an email notification on May 25, please check your spam filter, or contact the District Administrator, Dalene Whitlock at dwhitlock@w-trans.com.

Members wishing to vote by paper ballot can request them from District Administrator Dalene Whitlock via phone (707) 542-9500, e-mail, or by regular mail to:

Dalene J. Whitlock, P.E.
c/o W-Trans
490 Mendocino Avenue, Suite 201
Santa Rosa, CA  95401

Paper ballot requests must be received no later than Monday, June 4, 2018, and completed ballots returned to the District Administrator no later than Wednesday, June 20, 2018.  Completed ballots may also be returned in person at the Annual Business Meeting on Tuesday, June 26, 2018.

If you need help voting electronically or have questions on the electronic or paper ballot, please contact District Administrator Dalene Whitlock.