Systems Planning

 

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Craig Markley

Craig Markley
Office Director
Modeling, Forecasting, and Telemetrics
Grant Programs Team
Planning Team
Cartography and Traffic Team
Phone: 515-239-1027
E-mail: craig.markley@iowadot.us
At a glance
Markley started employment with the Iowa DOT in May of 1983 as a summer traffic counter. He continued working summers while attending Buena Vista University to obtain a banking and finance degree. Following graduation, Markley was hired full-time in the Office of Systems Planning where he has worked on the following:
  • Computer-aided drafting and design
  • Urban and rural traffic forecasting
  • Metropolitan travel demand forecasting models
  • Long-range transportation plan
  • Intermodal and congestion management systems
  • Intermodal Feasibility Study
  • Grant programs
  • Mississippi River Parkway Commission

Peggy Riecken

Peggy Riecken
Secretary
Administration Support
Phone: 515-239-1664
E-mail: peggy.riecken@iowadot.us

 

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Mark Hansen

Mark Hansen
Team Leader
Phone: 515-239-1990
E-mail: mark.hansen@iowadot.us

Vesper Brace

Vesper Brace
Traffic Analyst
Traffic sample processing
Phone: 515-239-1246
E-mail: vesper.brace@iowadot.us

Ronald Bunting

Ronald Bunting
Traffic Processing/Analyst Coordinator
Short term traffic statistics
Phone: 515-239-1323
E-mail: ronald.bunting@iowadot.us

Chris Capaldo

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Traffic Scheduling Analyst
Phone: 515-239-1130
E-mail: chris.capaldo@iowadot.us

Jeff Dybvik

Jeff Dybvik
Traffic Analyst
Traffic collection
Traffic data scheduling
Phone: 515-239-1046
E-mail: jeffrey.dybvik@iowadot.us

Noah Fegter

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Traffic Analyst
Traffic collection
Traffic data collection
Phone: 515-239-1045
E-mail: noah.fegter@iowadot.us

Jeff Huston

Jeff Huston
Traffic Analyst
Phone: 515-239-1504
E-mail: jeff.huston@iowadot.us

Lori Judge

Lori Judge
Cartography Planner
Cartographic production and maintenance
Phone: 515-239-1645
E-mail: lori.judge@iowadot.us

Tawnya Sullivan

Tawnya Sullivan
Traffic Processing Analyst - unit leader
Traffic sample processing
Phone: 515-239-1356
E-mail: tawnya.sullivan@iowadot.us

At a glance
Tawnya began her career with the Iowa Department of Transportation in May of 1999. She is the Unit Leader of the Traffic Processing Analyst section in the Cartography and Traffic Section of System Planning.

Traffic Analyst - Vacant

 

Aaron Koethe

Aaron Koethe
Traffic Analyst
Traffic sample processing
Phone: 515-239-1122
E-mail: aaron.koethe@iowadot.us

Tony Volz

Tony Volz
Cartography Planner
City maps
County maps
Specialty maps
Statewide maps
Phone: 515-233-7826
E-mail: anthony.volz@iowadot.us

Cartography Planner - Vacant

Cartography Planner - Vacant
Cartographic production and maintenance
Phone: 515-239-1426

Vacant - Cartography Planner

Cartography Planner
Cartographic production and maintenance
Phone: 515-239-1007
E-mail:

 

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Debra Arp

Debra Arp
Team Leader
Grant Programs Administration
ICAAP
Transportation Enhancements
RISE
Federal and State Recreational Trails
Scenic Byways
Safe Routes to School
Urban Youth Corps
Phone: 515-239-1681
E-mail: debra.arp@iowadot.us

At a glance
Arp joined the Grant Programs Administration section in 2009 as a Transportation Enhancement project manager. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Community and Regional Planning from Iowa State University and a Master of Arts degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Iowa. Prior to her employment with the Iowa DOT, Arp was employed as a city planner with the City of Fort Dodge.

Kevin Anderson

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Grant Programs Team
Construction Monitoring
Phone: 515-239-1861
E-mail: kevin.anderson@iowadot.us

Zac Bitting

Zac Bitting
Grant Programs Team
Transportation Alternatives project development, and database development
Phone: 515-239-1713
E-mail: Zachary.Bitting@iowadot.us

At a glance
Zac joined the Grant Programs team in August 2015. His career with the Iowa DOT began in December 2010 as a transportation planner in the Office of Program Management. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography with a GIS emphasis on Social Change from the University of Iowa and is a graduate of the Certified Public Manager program from Drake University. He also completed all required masters coursework in Community and Regional Planning at Iowa State University. Prior to joining the Iowa DOT, Zac was employed as a transportation planner at the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization in Des Moines.

Deb Coles

Deb Coles
Financial Management
Grant Programs Team
Phone: 515-239-1055
E-mail: deb.coles@iowadot.us

Kurt Harvey

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Grant Programs Team
Project Plan Review
Grant Program Support
Phone: 515-239-1793
E-mail: kurt.harvey@iowadot.us

Jennifer Kolacia

Jennifer Kolacia
Program Manager
Grant Program Team
Revitalize Iowa's Sound Economy (RISE) Program
Phone: 515-239-1738
E-mail: jennifer.kolacia@iowadot.us

At a glance
Kolacia started her career with the Iowa DOT in December of 2009. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management and Art History. Prior to her employment at the Iowa DOT, she worked for the Arizona Department of Transportation in the Traffic and Traffic Safety division.

Pamella Lee

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Grant Programs Team
Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Manager
Phone: 515-239-1810
E-mail: pamella.lee@iowadot.us

At a glance
Pam started her career with the Iowa DOT in the fall of 1980. She is a graduate of Iowa State University with a B.S. in Business Administration, major in Management.

Stacy Lentsch

Stacy Lentsch
Grant Programs Team
Transportation Alternatives (TAP) Project Manager
Urban Youth Corps (UYC) Program Manager
Phone: 515-239-1686
E-mail: stacy.lentsch@iowadot.us


At a glance
Lentsch began her career with the Iowa DOT in February 2016. She is a 2009 graduate of the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. In the summer of 2015, Lentsch obtained her GIS Certificate from the University of North Dakota. Prior to joining the Iowa DOT, Lentsch was employed as a planner at the MIDAS Council of Governments in Fort Dodge.

She is the current manager for the Urban Youth Corps (UYC) Program and also administers the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) projects.

Jodi Rhoads

Jodi Rhoads
Administrative Assistant
Grant Programs Team
Grant Programs Administration
Phone: 515-239-1669
E-mail: jodi.rhoads@iowadot.us

Mary Stahlhut

Mary Stahlhut
Grant Programs Team
Scenic Byways Program
Federal Funding Analysis
Phone: 515-239-1369
E-mail: mary.stahlhut@iowadot.us

At a glance
Stahlhut started her career with the Iowa DOT in August of 1999 in the Transportation Safety Section and has been the Iowa Byways program manager in Systems Planning since 2013. She is a graduate of Buena Vista University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management. Prior to her employment with the Iowa DOT, she had worked as a social services policy and computer systems trainer with Iowa State University and as a certified property tax appraiser for the Iowa Department of Revenue and in Osceola County Florida.

Vacant

Program Manager for Federal and State Recreational Trails
Grant Programs Team
Phone: 515-239-1252
E-mail:
At a glance

 

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Jeff von Brown

Jeff von Brown
Forecasting and Modeling Team
Modeling Coordinator
Phone: 515-239-1554
E-mail: Jeff.VonBrown@iowadot.us

At a glance
Jeff started with the Office of Systems Planning in May of 2012 as the Rural Forecasting Coordinator. Jeff is a graduate of Iowa State University with a Bachelor’s in Transportation and Logistics in 2004 and a Master’s in Transportation and GIS Certificate in 2011. Jeff also holds a Certified Public Manager Certification from Drake University since 2018. Jeff is currently the Modeling Coordinator and is responsible for the project management and assistance for partner entities in travel demand model creation and use in Iowa.

Brian Carlson

Brian Carlson
Phone: 515-239-1526
E-mail: brian.carlson@dot.iowa.gov

Darla James

Darla James
Forecasting and Modeling Team
Asset Management
Traffic Forecasting
Phone: 515-239-1023
E-mail: darla.james@iowadot.us

At a glance:
James began her career with the Iowa DOT in June 1999. Before coming to the Office of Systems Planning in February 2012, she had been in the Office of Design. James is currently working with transportation asset management and highway analysis.

Jay Larson

Jay Larson
Forecasting and Modeling Team
Highway planning
System Classification
Phone: 515-239-1632
E-mail: jay.larson@iowadot.us

At a glance
Larson started employment with Iowa DOT in March 1978 in the Office of Transportation Data. He worked with the Traffic Count Program and the Truck Weight Studies until he transferred to the Office of Systems Planning in August 1987. Larson is presently responsible for coordinating and maintaining the federal functional classification system program and the farm-to-market classification system.

  • Farm-to-Market System.
  • Federal Functional Classification.

Vacant

Forecasting and Modeling Team
Modeling Coordinator
Highway Analysis
Phone: 515-239-1221
E-mail:

Andrew Short

Andrew Short
Phone: 515-239-1236
E-mail: andrew.short@iowadot.us

At a glance
Andrew Short came off the farm in the summer of ‘92 as a fresh faced boy with a dream in his heart and callouses on his hands. He was looking to make his fortune, find a wife and start a family. With that in mind he looked to the Iowa Department of Transportation as the answer to all his dreams. After working 2 summers as a temporary employee setting and installing recorders, Dennis O’Brien, Preliminary Survey Supervisor, decided to take a chance with Andrew and hired him as a lowly rodman on a preliminary survey crew in the Office of Design. After 2 years on the survey crew and working his way up the ladder to lowly rodman, Andrew decided it was a time for a change. He set his sights high and decided the Office of Transportation Data is where he would continue on his path to fame and fortune. He was picked out of many fine applicants by Gordon Peterson to be the Videolog van driver. Here he would spend 4 glorious summers driving a DOT van over the highways and byways of Iowa. He would see the sights and sounds of Iowa and partake in far too many adventures to tell here. It was also here that his talents were noticed by Jim Majors. Majors took him aside and said “Andrew, I want you to be the next Weigh-In-Motion Analyst.” Andrew was up for a new adventure and decided to take Jim up on the offer. And it was an offer Andrew was glad he accepted because after he accepted that offer all his dreams started coming true. Andrew found his wife, started his family and has been the Weigh-In-Motion Analyst in the Office of Systems Planning ever since.

Cameron Mason

Cameron Mason
Forecasting and Modeling Team
Modeling/GIS MPO Support
Phone: 515-239-1337
E-mail: cameron.mason@iowadot.us

At a glance:
Cameron started work at the Iowa DOT in July 2018. He graduated from Iowa State University in the Spring of 2018 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Community and Regional Planning. While at Iowa State, Cameron was most interested in transportation impacts of planning as well as the political side of the planning process. At the Iowa DOT, he supports the DOT and state MPOs through modeling and forecasting responsibilities.

Michael Pillman

Michael Pillman
Forecasting and Modeling Team
Modeling/GIS MPO Support
Phone: 515-239-1615
E-mail: michael.pillman@iowadot.us

At a glance:

Pillman began working with the Iowa DOT in June 2018. He graduated from Iowa State University in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Community and Regional Planning, concentrating in GIS, as well as a minor in Sociology. Prior to employment with the Iowa DOT, he worked with the City of Pleasant Hill, IA as a GIS Intern. Pillman’s work is comprised mostly of the following:

  • MPO Travel Demand Model Coordination under supervision of the Modeling Coordinator
  • Iowa Standardized Model Structure (ISMS) review and implementation
  • MPO & Statewide Travel Demand Model scenario testing
  • Urban & rural Traffic Forecasting
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Noah Zouine

Forecasting and Modeling Team
Intern
Phone: 515-239-1761
E-mail: noah.zouine@iowadot.us

Vacant Team Leader

Team Leader
Forecasting and Modeling and Telemetrics Team
Phone: 515-239-1629
E-mail:
At a glance


Some of the responsibilities include:
  • Urban travel demand modeling.
  • Geographic information systems.
  • Traffic simulation modeling.
  • Traffic estimation and forecasting.
  • Interchange justification studies.
  • Airport pavement condition analyses.
  • Research project manager.
  • Federal Functional Classification System.
  • Farm-to-Market System.

Vacant PP2

 

 

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Joseph Drahos

/Joseph Drahos
Passenger Planner
Planning Team
Phone: 515-239-1772
E-mail: joseph.drahos@iowadot.us

At a glance
Drahos began his career with the Iowa DOT in May 2013. He is a 2014 graduate of Iowa State University with a Masters of Community and Regional Planning and a Graduate Certificate in GIS. Prior to joining the Planning Team in December 2016, Drahos served on the Cartography Team in the Office of Systems Planning.

His current responsibilities include assisting with passenger planning activities such as the implementation of the state park and ride system plan and coordinating with Iowa’s Metropolitan Planning Organizations and Regional Planning Affiliations on their passenger planning activities. Drahos also assists with the state’s long range planning efforts.

Sam Hiscocks

Sam Hiscocks
Freight Planning Coordinator
Planning Team
Phone: 515-239-1004
E-mail: samuel.hiscocks@iowadot.us

At a glance
Hiscocks began his career with the Iowa DOT in September of 2012. He is a 2012 graduate of Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Community and Regional Planning and Environmental Studies. Prior to being on the Planning Team in July 2013, Hiscocks served on the Cartography Team in the Office of Systems Planning.

His current responsibilities include coordinating freight planning activities such as the collection of freight data, development of the state freight plan, and working with the Freight Advisory Council. He is also responsible for coordinating all waterway planning activities.

Justin Meade

Justin Meade
Freight Planner
Planning Team
Phone: 515-239-7767
E-mail: justin.meade@iowadot.us

At a glance
Justin began his career at the Iowa DOT in April 2018 on the Cartography Team in the Office of Systems Planning. He hails from Columbus, Ohio, and is a 2013 graduate of The Ohio State University. Justin has a Bachelor of Science degree in City and Regional Planning, and in 2016 acquired a Geographic Information Systems certificate from Columbus State. His current responsibilities include supporting freight and rail planning and analysis, including the implementation of the state freight plan and working with the Freight Advisory Council. Justin also assists with the state’s long range planning.

Milly Ortiz

Milly Ortiz
Bicycle & Pedestrian Planning Coordinator
Planning Team
Phone: 515-233-7733
E-mail: milly.ortiz@iowadot.us

At a glance
Ortiz began her career with the Iowa DOT in February 2003. Ortiz received a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Puerto Rico, a master's degree in marketing from the InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico, and a master's degree in community and regional planning with emphasis in transportation planning from Iowa State University.

Her current responsibilities include state long range planning, coordinating the development of the state bicycle and pedestrian plan and the transportation map for bicyclists, and managing the State Planning and Research (SPR) program.

Garrett Pedersen

Garrett Pedersen
Team Leader
Planning Team
Phone: 515-239-1520
E-mail: garrett.pedersen@iowadot.us

At a glance
Pedersen began his career with the Iowa DOT in October of 2006. He is a 2003 graduate of Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Community and Regional Planning with emphasis in Transportation and Land Use. Prior to his employment with the Iowa DOT, Pedersen was employed as a Transportation Planner by the Iowa Northland Regional Council of Governments in Waterloo.

Cindy Shearer

Cindy Shearer
Statewide Planning Support
Planning Team
Phone: 515-239-1643
E-mail: cindy.shearer@iowadot.us

At a glance
Shearer began her career with the Iowa DOT in February 1981. Before coming to the Office of Systems Planning in September 1995 she had been in the Office of Transportation Data and Driver & Identification Services. Shearer is on the RPA/MPO Planning Support team in the Planning area.

Sam Sturtz

Samuel Sturtz
Safety & Social Impact Planner
Planning Team
Phone: 515-239-1788
E-mail: samuel.sturtz@iowadot.us

At a glance
Sturtz began his career with the Iowa DOT in June 2015. He is a 2015 graduate of the University of Iowa with a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning having concentrations in transportation and land use. Prior to joining the Iowa DOT, Sturtz was a Planning Intern with the Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission in Burlington, Iowa.

His current responsibilities include coordinating safety planning activities and assisting Multidisciplinary Safety Teams (MDST) throughout the state with safety efforts. Sturtz also assists with the state's long range planning efforts.

Andrea White

Andrea White
Statewide Planning Coordinator
Planning Team
Phone: 515-239-1210
E-mail: andrea.white@iowadot.us

At a glance

White began her career with the Iowa DOT in April 2014. She is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in Geography with a GIS emphasis. Prior to joining the Iowa DOT, White was employed as the Director of Transportation at the Iowa Northland Regional Council of Governments in Waterloo.

Her current responsibilities include leading the state long-range transportation plan update as well as activities related to performance management, asset management, and other state planning efforts.

Vacant Transportation Planner 2

Metropolitan & Regional Planning Coordinator