Systems Planning

 

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

 

Mark Hansen

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

Nate Aronson

Nathan Aronson
Cartography Planner
Cartographic production and maintenance
Phone: 515-239-1094
E-mail: Nathan.Aronson@iowadot.us

Vesper Brace

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

Chris Capaldo

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

Aaron Koethe

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

Bryttan Thompson

Bryttan Thompson
Cartography Planner
Cartographic production and maintenance
Phone: 515-239-1094
E-mail:Bryttan.Thompson@iowadot.us

Zach Thompson

Zach Thompson
Traffic Analyst
Traffic data collection
Phone: 515-239-1717
E-mail: Zachary.Thompson@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

Doug Westvold

Doug Westvold
Traffic Analyst
Traffic data collection
Phone: 515-239-1073
E-mail: Doug.Westvold@iowadot.us

Jorge Zamora

Jorge Zamora
Traffic collection and analysis coordinator
Phone: 515-239-1323
E-mail: Jorge.Zamora@iowadot.us

 

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.

Jenny Lawrence

Jenny Lawrence
Financial Management
Grant Programs Team
Phone: 515-239-1665
E-mail: jenny.lawrence@iowadot.us

At a glance
Lawrence started her career with the Iowa DOT in November of 2019 in the Finance Dept and came to Systems Planning as the Financial Manager in Oct 2021. She is a graduate of Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Prior to her employment at the Iowa DOT, she worked for 13.5 years for the Iowa Auditor of State.

Scott Flagg

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Program Manager for Federal and State Recreational Trails
Grant Programs Team
Phone: 515-239-1252
E-mail: scott.flagg@iowadot.us
At a glance

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.

Susan Hollenkamp

Susan Hollenkamp
Grant Programs Team
Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Manager
Phone:
E-mail: susan.hollenkamp@iowadot.us

 

Troy Schroeder

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Grant Programs Team
Federal-aid Project Manager
Phone: 515-239-1861
Email:troy.schroeder@iowadot.us

Jodi Rhoads

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

Jared Smith

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Program Manager for ICAAP (Iowa Clean Air Attainment Program)
Grant Programs Team
Phone: 515-239-1713
E-mail: jared.smith@iowadot.us
At a glance

EMILY WHALEY

Emily Whaley
Grant Programs Team
Scenic Byways Program Manager
Phone: 515-239-1629
E-mail: emily.whaley@iowadot.us


At a glance
Emily started her career at the Iowa DOT in January of 2008. She began her career in the Contracts and Specifications Bureau and later worked in the Construction and Materials Bureau. She received a B.S. in Education from Iowa State University and has also completed the Iowa Certified Public Manager® (CPM) Program, along with a Master of Public Administration degree from Drake University.

Mike Bloom

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Grant Programs Team
Construction Monitoring
Phone: 515-509-8637
Email:michael.bloom@iowadot.us

Jeff von Brown

Jeff von Brown
Forecasting, Modeling, and Telemetrics Team
Team Leader
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 Team Leader for the Forecasting and Modeling and Telemetrics Team.

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.

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.

Tess Lynch

Forecasting and Modeling Team
Phone: 804-937-3254
E-mail: Tess.Lynch@iowadot.us

At a glance:
Tess Lynch joined the Iowa DOT in November of 2020. A Michigan native, she has a Bachelor’s degree in History from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin.

ATR Analyst (PP2)

 
Forecasting, Modeling, and Telemetrics Team
ATR Analyst
Phone: 515-239-
E-mail:

Cameron Mason

Cameron Mason
Forecasting and Modeling Team
Forecasting Coordinator/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.

Arya Pillman

Forecasting and Modeling Team
Travel Demand Model Coordinator/GIS MPO Support
Phone: 515-239-1615
E-mail: Arya.Pillman@iowadot.us

At a glance:

Arya began working with the Iowa DOT in June 2018. She graduated from Iowa State University in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Community and Regional Planning with a minor in Sociology. Her work was concentrated in GIS, Transportation Planning, and Economics. Her duties include:

  • MPO travel demand model coordination for MPO LRTPs
  • Management of the Iowa Standardized Model Structure (ISMS)
  • Management of the Statewide Travel Demand Model (iTRAM)
  • Modeling support for 9 Iowa MPOs
  • Microsimulation Modeling Projects
  • MOVES3 Vehicle Emissions Analyses

Stephen Rashid

Stephen Rashid
Modeling, Forecasting and Telemetrics Team
Modeling/Highway Analysis
Phone: 515-239-1221
E-mail: Stephen.Rashid@iowadot.us

At a glance
Stephen began working with the Iowa DOT in January 2021. He is a graduate of Iowa State University with a Bachelor's in Political Science in 2010 and a Master of Community and Regional Planning and GIS Certificate in 2016. Prior to coming to the DOT, Stephen worked as a transportation planner at Bi-State Regional Commission and SRF Consulting. His experience includes:
  • Urban travel demand modeling
  • Traffic Safety Planning
  • Corridor Studies
  • Transit Development Planning
  • Geographic Information Systems

Andrew Short

Andrew Short
Modeling, Forecasting and Telemetrics Team
Telemetrics Analyst
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.

Zac Bitting

Zac Bitting
Metropolitan and Regional Planning Coordinator
Planning Team
Phone: 515-239-1197
E-mail: Zachary.Bitting@iowadot.us

At a glance

Bitting began his career with the Iowa DOT in December 2010. He is a 2002 graduate of the University of Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in Geography and a GIS emphasis on Social Change. Prior to joining the Planning Team in September 2019, Bitting was a transportation planner at the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, a transportation planner in the Program Management Bureau, and served on the Grant Program Administration Team in the Systems Planning Bureau.

His current responsibilities include serving as the department's liaison to Iowa's 18 Regional Planning Affiliations and nine Metropolitan Planning Organizations in meeting all state and federal transportation planning and programming requirements. Bitting also assists with the state’s long range planning efforts.

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.

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.

Caleb Whitehouse

Sam Hiscocks
Freight Planner
Planning Team
Phone: 515-239-7767
E-mail: caleb.whitehouse@iowadot.us

At a glance

Whitehouse began his career with the Iowa DOT in December of 2021. He is a 2021 graduate of Kansas State University with a Master’s in Regional & Community Planning. Prior to joining the Iowa DOT, Whitehouse worked at the Southern Iowa Council of Governments in Creston and the Kansas Department of Transportation in the Transportation Planning Bureau.

His current responsibilities include various freight planning activities such as assisting with the development of the state freight plan, Infrastructure Condition Evaluation (ICE), and other analytical efforts.

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

Mark Hansen

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

Nate Aronson

Nathan Aronson
Cartography Planner
Cartographic production and maintenance
Phone: 515-239-1094
E-mail: Nathan.Aronson@iowadot.us

Vesper Brace

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

Chris Capaldo

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

Aaron Koethe

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

Bryttan Thompson

Bryttan Thompson
Cartography Planner
Cartographic production and maintenance
Phone: 515-239-1094
E-mail:Bryttan.Thompson@iowadot.us

Zach Thompson

Zach Thompson
Traffic Analyst
Traffic data collection
Phone: 515-239-1717
E-mail: Zachary.Thompson@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

Doug Westvold

Doug Westvold
Traffic Analyst
Traffic data collection
Phone: 515-239-1073
E-mail: Doug.Westvold@iowadot.us

Jorge Zamora

Jorge Zamora
Traffic collection and analysis coordinator
Phone: 515-239-1323
E-mail: Jorge.Zamora@iowadot.us

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.

Jenny Lawrence

Jenny Lawrence
Financial Management
Grant Programs Team
Phone: 515-239-1665
E-mail: jenny.lawrence@iowadot.us

At a glance
Lawrence started her career with the Iowa DOT in November of 2019 in the Finance Dept and came to Systems Planning as the Financial Manager in Oct 2021. She is a graduate of Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Prior to her employment at the Iowa DOT, she worked for 13.5 years for the Iowa Auditor of State.

Scott Flagg

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Program Manager for Federal and State Recreational Trails
Grant Programs Team
Phone: 515-239-1252
E-mail: scott.flagg@iowadot.us
At a glance

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.

Susan Hollenkamp

Susan Hollenkamp
Grant Programs Team
Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Manager
Phone:
E-mail: susan.hollenkamp@iowadot.us

 

Troy Schroeder

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Grant Programs Team
Federal-aid Project Manager
Phone: 515-239-1861
Email:troy.schroeder@iowadot.us

Jodi Rhoads

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

Jared Smith

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Program Manager for ICAAP (Iowa Clean Air Attainment Program)
Grant Programs Team
Phone: 515-239-1713
E-mail: jared.smith@iowadot.us
At a glance

EMILY WHALEY

Emily Whaley
Grant Programs Team
Scenic Byways Program Manager
Phone: 515-239-1629
E-mail: emily.whaley@iowadot.us


At a glance
Emily started her career at the Iowa DOT in January of 2008. She began her career in the Contracts and Specifications Bureau and later worked in the Construction and Materials Bureau. She received a B.S. in Education from Iowa State University and has also completed the Iowa Certified Public Manager® (CPM) Program, along with a Master of Public Administration degree from Drake University.

Mike Bloom

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Grant Programs Team
Construction Monitoring
Phone: 515-509-8637
Email:michael.bloom@iowadot.us

Jeff von Brown

Jeff von Brown
Forecasting, Modeling, and Telemetrics Team
Team Leader
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 Team Leader for the Forecasting and Modeling and Telemetrics Team.

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.

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.

Tess Lynch

Forecasting and Modeling Team
Phone: 804-937-3254
E-mail: Tess.Lynch@iowadot.us

At a glance:
Tess Lynch joined the Iowa DOT in November of 2020. A Michigan native, she has a Bachelor’s degree in History from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin.

ATR Analyst (PP2)

 
Forecasting, Modeling, and Telemetrics Team
ATR Analyst
Phone: 515-239-
E-mail:

Cameron Mason

Cameron Mason
Forecasting and Modeling Team
Forecasting Coordinator/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.

Arya Pillman

Forecasting and Modeling Team
Travel Demand Model Coordinator/GIS MPO Support
Phone: 515-239-1615
E-mail: Arya.Pillman@iowadot.us

At a glance:

Arya began working with the Iowa DOT in June 2018. She graduated from Iowa State University in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Community and Regional Planning with a minor in Sociology. Her work was concentrated in GIS, Transportation Planning, and Economics. Her duties include:

  • MPO travel demand model coordination for MPO LRTPs
  • Management of the Iowa Standardized Model Structure (ISMS)
  • Management of the Statewide Travel Demand Model (iTRAM)
  • Modeling support for 9 Iowa MPOs
  • Microsimulation Modeling Projects
  • MOVES3 Vehicle Emissions Analyses

Stephen Rashid

Stephen Rashid
Modeling, Forecasting and Telemetrics Team
Modeling/Highway Analysis
Phone: 515-239-1221
E-mail: Stephen.Rashid@iowadot.us

At a glance
Stephen began working with the Iowa DOT in January 2021. He is a graduate of Iowa State University with a Bachelor's in Political Science in 2010 and a Master of Community and Regional Planning and GIS Certificate in 2016. Prior to coming to the DOT, Stephen worked as a transportation planner at Bi-State Regional Commission and SRF Consulting. His experience includes:
  • Urban travel demand modeling
  • Traffic Safety Planning
  • Corridor Studies
  • Transit Development Planning
  • Geographic Information Systems

Andrew Short

Andrew Short
Modeling, Forecasting and Telemetrics Team
Telemetrics Analyst
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.

Zac Bitting

Zac Bitting
Metropolitan and Regional Planning Coordinator
Planning Team
Phone: 515-239-1197
E-mail: Zachary.Bitting@iowadot.us

At a glance

Bitting began his career with the Iowa DOT in December 2010. He is a 2002 graduate of the University of Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in Geography and a GIS emphasis on Social Change. Prior to joining the Planning Team in September 2019, Bitting was a transportation planner at the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, a transportation planner in the Program Management Bureau, and served on the Grant Program Administration Team in the Systems Planning Bureau.

His current responsibilities include serving as the department's liaison to Iowa's 18 Regional Planning Affiliations and nine Metropolitan Planning Organizations in meeting all state and federal transportation planning and programming requirements. Bitting also assists with the state’s long range planning efforts.

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.

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.

Caleb Whitehouse

Sam Hiscocks
Freight Planner
Planning Team
Phone: 515-239-7767
E-mail: caleb.whitehouse@iowadot.us

At a glance

Whitehouse began his career with the Iowa DOT in December of 2021. He is a 2021 graduate of Kansas State University with a Master’s in Regional & Community Planning. Prior to joining the Iowa DOT, Whitehouse worked at the Southern Iowa Council of Governments in Creston and the Kansas Department of Transportation in the Transportation Planning Bureau.

His current responsibilities include various freight planning activities such as assisting with the development of the state freight plan, Infrastructure Condition Evaluation (ICE), and other analytical efforts.

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