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James Whitty
James Whitty
 
James Whitty
Office of Innovative Partnerships and Alternative Funding Manager
(503) 986-4284
jim.whitty@odot.state.or.us
 
By leading Oregon’s efforts to develop and implement a new revenue system based on vehicle miles traveled, Mr. Whitty has achieved national recognition as national leader on road use charging policy and system development in the United States. His work in this field culminated in the successful completion of two per-mile charge pilot programs completed in 2007 and 2013 that led to passage of road use charging legislation in the Oregon in 2013 enacting implementation of a road usage charge system for 5,000 volunteers. 
 
Mr. Whitty currently oversees development of a permanently operational road use charging program which will deploy cutting edge approaches to road use charging under an open technology platform with motorist choice and implementation through public private partnerships as central features. 
 
Mr. Whitty is a co-founder of the Western Road Usage Charge Consortium consisting of states engaging in road usage charge information transfer and joint research on the topic of mileage charging. He is a co-founder and vice chairman of the Mileage Based User Fee Alliance, an entity with a mission of educating policymakers on road use charging and headquartered in Washington DC.
 
James brings a private sector perspective to his role in transportation policy. His prior experience includes 10 years working with transportation finance and environmental public policies for Associated Oregon Industries, the Portland Chamber of Commerce and six years in private law practice.
 
He obtained his bachelor’s degree and Juris Doctorate from the University of Oregon. 

Kathy Kleen
Kathy Kleen
 
Kathy Kleen
Office of Innovative Partnerships and Alternative Funding
Executive Assistant
(503) 986-3193
kathy.a.kleen@odot.state.or.us

Kathy began her career with the Oregon Department of Transportation in 1977 at Driver and Motor Vehicle Services after leaving the medical field. She was involved in document processing, customer service work and was the office manager in the DMV Finance Section during her 16 years there. When ODOT restructured in 1993, Kathy moved to the Financial Services Branch at ODOT headquarters where she became the executive assistant to the ODOT Chief Financial Officer, worked as a payroll technician and was the executive assistant/business manager to the Highway Finance Manager and staff for seven years.

She then moved to the newly-formed Office of Innovative Partnerships and Alternative Funding in April 2004 as an executive assistant/fiscal analyst. Kathy marked 37 years of state service in March 2014.

Art James
Art James

Art James
Office of Innovative Partnerships and Alternative Funding
Senior Project Executive

(503) 986-3858
art.james@odot.state.or.us
 
Art James joined Oregon DOT’s Office of Innovative Partnerships in 2004 as project director. He has been instrumental in launching Oregon’s public/private initiative and key in helping establish Oregon as a leading launch site for electric vehicles (EVs). He works with private sector firms to create a robust network of EV charging infrastructure in Oregon and encourage rapid adoption of electric transportation. He also chairs the Oregon Advisory Team working with utilities and local governments to install hundreds of EV charging stations around the state.  
 
Prior to coming to ODOT, Art managed Oregon’s industrial recruitment efforts at the Oregon Economic Development Department. He brings strong skills in entrepreneurial business development, finance, negotiation and creative deal-making. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a Master of Business Administration in finance from the University of Oregon.

 

Allison Hamilton
 
 
Allison Hamilton
Office of Innovative Partnerships and Alternative Funding
Senior Project Executive

(503) 551-9471
allison.m.hamilton@odot.state.or.us

Allison Hamilton joined the Office of Innovative Partnerships as Project Director in May 2005. She comes with a varied background in public transportation and private consulting.

Allison joined ODOT in 1985, conducting and analyzing experimental construction procedures and products. She moved to the Right of Way Section and later to the Traffic Section. In that position, she worked with the Defenders of Wildlife to implement Oregon’s Wildlife Viewing Area Network. In 1989, she left ODOT to take a position with Barrett Consulting Group/RW Beck, an architect/engineering consortium on Guam.

After two years as a project manager designing and implementing controls at an EPA Superfund Site, she returned to Oregon and ODOT. She was an agreements writer and program coordinator in the Region 2 Office before becoming manager for the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program. In 2001 she accepted an invitation to manage the process of converting ODOT from metric units of measurement back to English. Concurrently with that venture, she managed the department’s Value Engineering Program.

In 2004, she became manager of the new Performance Management and Resource Planning Unit, a position she held until coming to OIPP, where she manages the Oregon Solar Highway Program.

Allison has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and an Associate of Science degree in Structural Engineering. She is an organic farmer and avid gardener living on a 10 acre forested property near Falls City with her husband and two dogs, Sufi and Safara, adopted from Beirut, Lebanon.

Randal Thomas
Randal Thomas
 
Randal Thomas
Office of Innovative Partnerships and Alternative Funding 
Program Director 
(503) 986-3414
randal.b.thomas@odot.state.or.us
 
As a project executive for ODOT’s Office of Innovative Partnerships & Alternative Funding, Randal Thomas has been instrumental in launching Oregon’s Road Usage Charge (RUC) Program. He managed the development and implementation of the state’s Road Usage Charge Pilot Program (RUCPP) and its associated elements. RUCPP, which focused on helping the state achieve sustainable transportation funding and mitigate reductions in gas tax revenues, was recognized by the Intelligent Transportation Society (ITS) World Congress as a 2013 Hall of Fame inductee—the first ever government awardee. With the pilot concluded and the Oregon Legislature authorizing the first legislation in the United Sates to establish a road usage charge system for transportation funding, Randal is coordinating a multi-state collaborative effort for the future of road funding in our nation. The Western Road Usage Charge Consortium is working to set standards, test and research systems in multi-state pilot programs, conduct public policy analysis and consider the potential for a regional road usage charge system. In his position at ODOT, he will also contribute to the implementation of Oregon’s Road Usage Charge Program as well as other public private partnership programs.
 
Randal formerly served as ODOT’s Statewide Traffic Mobility Manager where he created a program to keep traffic and freight moving safely and reliably around the state during the Oregon Transportation Investment Act, a 10-year, $3 billion construction program that repaired and replaced bridges and roads on key routes throughout the state.

He began his career in state service managing Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)
for ODOT’s Motor Carrier Division, which includes the award-winning Green Light
truck preclearance program. Before joining the state, he served as a branch manager for several corporations, including Transamerica and GE Capital.

Randal holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Communications from Corban University where he received the “Most Outstanding Project Thesis” award. He is an internationally published author of various professional papers regarding ITS solutions and traffic mobility strategies. A third-term elected city councilor, Thomas lives in Silverton with his wife and two children.

 

 

Ashley Horvat
 
Ashley Horvat
Ashley Horvat
Office of Innovative Partnerships and Alternative Funding
Chief Electric Vehicle Officer
 
Ashley Horvat joined the Office of Innovative Partnerships to oversee the West Coast Electric Highway Deployment in 2011. In April 2013, she assumed the newly created role for the State of Oregon, the Chief EV Officer. She manages the statewide EV deployment program, provides coordination on EV issues with Governor Kitzhaber’s office, and leads the Energize Oregon Coalition. She is responsible for overseeing an effort to carry out the “Energizing Oregon” Action Plan. In her tenure, she has managed the deployment of the West Coast Electric Highway program (43 DCFC and 43 L2 charging stations), partnered with Travel Oregon on an EV Tourism program, created the “EV Ambassadors” Program, established a roadmap at the Governor’s Cutting Edge Communities symposium for communities throughout the state to advance electric transportation locally, led efforts with the National Governor’s Association to begin national dialogue on EV deployment at the highest level of state government, and was chosen by Governor Kitzhaber’s office to guide the state’s future EV efforts as Chief EV Officer.
 
Ashley brings a strong policy background and experience working with members of various policy communities. Prior to joining ODOT, she worked at the Oregon Department of Energy on the Recovery Act team. As a Recovery Act policy analyst, she evaluated policies and coordinated the federal grant requirements of the SEEARP, SEP, EECBG, and CREFF programs.

Her prior experience also includes work in environmental policy at the Michigan Environmental Council in Lansing, MI and national retirement policy analysis for PAi, in Green Bay, WI.

Ashley received the Environmental Studies Award for Outstanding Research for her research on the Northwest Forest Plan, where she developed and fostered positive working relationships with internal and external stakeholders. Prior to this, she conducted field conservation biology as a research assistant with a 17-member field crew on a research vessel and in the University of Victoria whale research lab in Flores Island, British Columbia. Ashley graduated summa cum laude from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Environmental Studies and drives a 100% electric Nissan Leaf.
 
 
Darel Capps
 
 
Darel F. Capps, CPA, CGMA
Office of Innovative Partnerships and Alternative Funding

Road Usage Charge Program Architect/Implementation Manager
(503) 480-5480
 
Darel Capps’s career at ODOT spans 19 years, in which time he has served as a fiscal analyst, Fuels Tax Manager, and Highway Finance Manager. He joined ODOT’s Office of Innovative Partnerships and Alternative Funding in February 2013 to apply his transportation finance, revenue and financial management expertise to the Road Usage Charge Program. Prior to his arrival at ODOT in 1994, Darel worked for 17 years as a Certified Public Accountant and independent business consultant focusing on audit, estate and tax planning and administration, accounting and finance system acquisition and implementation, business process improvement, and providing interim CFO and CIO services to businesses in organizational or ownership transition.
 
Darel received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Linfield College, and has a Certificate of Public Management from Willamette University. He is a graduate of the State of Oregon’s Leadership Oregon program, and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant, holding memberships with the Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
 
 
Lynn Averbeck

 

 Lynn Averbeck
Lynn Demuth Averbeck
Office of Innovative Partnerships and Alternative Funding
Senior Project Executive
(503) 385-5155
lynn.averbeck@odot.state.or.us

Lynn Demuth Averbeck has been in the Office of Innovative Partnerships since July 2006 where she manages volunteer recruitment for the Road Usage Charge Program. Her other signature projects include NEPA clearances for the Solar Highway Program, a Statewide GIS analysis of Potential Solar Highway Sites, Project Scoping for the Metro Regional Transportation Plan, I-205 Tolling Scoping Study, Regional Tolling Analysis, I-205 Corridor Conceptual Design and Storm Water Master Plan, and Powell Boulevard Storm Water Master Plan.

Lynn began her career with Washington County, Oregon in the Department of Land Use and Transportation where she wrote development code language for transportation projects, coordinated transportation issues with other agencies, represented the department at public hearings and provided information to the public.

In 1995, TriMet hired Lynn to manage the permit acquisition for the $944M Westside Light Rail Project, which included a three mile tunnel under Portland’s West Hills and coordination of hundreds of approvals and permits from numerous agencies. After that she operated her own company, where she assisted public and private clients in Oregon and Washington with identification, preparation and acquisition of land use, transportation, and construction permits.

Lynn acquired an Executive Master of Public Administration degree from Portland State University in 2013, graduating with honors for a high cumulative GPA. Her BS degree in Geography is also from PSU. She has been a member of Women’s Transportation Seminar since 1994, was the Portland Chapter President from 1999-2000, and is a graduate of the 2006 WTS International Leadership Program.


Carley Francis
 
 
Carley Francis
Office of Innovative Partnerships and Alternative Funding
Project Manager, Road Usage Charge Program
(503) 986-3913
carley.francis@odot.state.or.us
 
Carley Francis joined the Office of Innovative Partnerships and Alternative Funding in 2014 to project manage implementation of a volunteer road usage charge program authorized by Senate Bill 810. She brings a broad background in transportation planning to the team.
Previously, Carley worked on various aspects of the Interstate 5 Bridge Replacement (Columbia River Crossing) project including tolling and finance, public disclosure and communications. Other transportation experience includes bicycle planning and travel demand and traffic operations modeling. While with the Baltimore City Department of Planning, she worked on the city’s first bicycle master plan and presented it for adoption by the Planning Commission.
Carley has also worked in K-12 education as a VISTA Volunteer and consultant implementing service and career based learning opportunities.
She has a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University. Her undergraduate work was completed at University of Washington in the Community and Environmental Planning and the Comparative History of Ideas programs.
 
Chuck Larsen
Chuck Larsen

Chuck Larsen
Office of Innovative Partnerships and Alternative Funding
Road Pricing Information Systems Program Coordinator
(503) 986-3676
Norman.C.Larsen@odot.state.or.us
 
 
As Road Pricing Information Systems Program Coordinator, Chuck Larsen is responsible for architecting a road charging system that integrated, interoperable, and publicly acceptable.  ODOT recognizes that interoperability happens though good planning and coordination.  He will be assisting Randal Thomas on the development of the state's Vehicle Road Usage Charge program for electric vehicles.
 
Chuck Larsen has been developing information systems solutions for over 30 years.  In his career, he filled a variety of roles, for System Development Companies providing solutions in the pharmacy, accounting and hospitality industries.  
 
Chuck has spent the last 14 years working for the Oregon Department of Transportation developing innovative technology solutions for Transportation. In his role as Intelligent Transportation Systems Program Coordinator, his group has developed and/or implemented over 20 systems that help improve transportation for the state of Oregon, including the national awarding winning Tripcheck.Com website and traveler information 511 phone system. ODOT traveler information systems are among the nations leaders in usage. The Tripcheck.com web site gets used over one million times in a month by traveling citizens. The 511 system set national records for usage in its first month of service with over 300,000 calls. He is certified by the state of Oregon as a Project Manager.  
  
Chuck was also involved from the start to finish and served the role of technical architect of ODOT's original Road User Project. 
  
 

Jim Atkins
 
 
 
Jim Atkins
Office of Innovative Partnerships and Alternative Funding
Procurement Manager / Business Relationship Lead
(503) 986-3861
 
Jim Atkins is ODOT’s Procurement and Contracts Manager overseeing all buying and administrative activities related to the Road Usage Charge Program. Jim’s background encompasses extensive government and private sector experience. Prior to coming to ODOT, he spent the first 16 years with Hewlett-Packard working as a Supply Chain Analyst, R&D Planning Manager, Supplier Relationship Owner, and Senior Buyer for large scale technology programs. Since joining ODOT four years ago, Jim has managed contracts and quality control for a portfolio of projects worth more than $100M supporting ODOT’s Aviation, Design, and Technology lines of business. Some highlights of his portfolio include:  the nation’s first ever Electric Vehicle Highway, Oregon’s Solar Highway, and the Road Usage Charge Pilot Program. 
 
 
Angela Beane



Angela Beane
Office of Innovative Partnerships and Alternative Funding
Business Analyst
(503) 986-4027
Angela.Beane@odot.state.or.us
 
Angela Beane joined OIPP as Business Analyst for the Road Usage Charge program. In this role she is responsible to ensure systems are designed to work effectively to meet and maintain program goals. Angela brings her cross-functional expertise to the ODOT team to assist with successful integration of systems and operational processes to support the overall program.
 
As a native of Massachusetts, she started her career as an operations manager for several toll service center locations on the East Coast. She brings more than 10 years’ experience in operational and technical analysis with a mix of public and private sector experience. Angela held positions in the transportation, real estate, health care and retail industries where she specialized in systems development for supply chains and designed closed loop supply chain systems to support sustainable initiatives.
Angela earned a Bachelor's degree in Art from Clark University and holds a Master of Business Adminstration degree from the University of Portland with concentration in Technology and Operations.
 
Peter Alotta
 
Peter Alotta
Office of Innovative Partnerships and Alternative Funding
Senior Compliance Officer
(503) 986-4028
 
Peter has been with ODOT since 2000, first with the Motor Carrier Transportation Division and more recently, spending the past five years as the central coordinator of Oregon’s Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). He has accumulated years of experience developing and maintaining business rules and organizational procedures in a regulatory setting.
 
Since joining ODOT’s Motor Carrier division, Peter has been involved with the interpretation of statutes and rules in the application of the weight-mile tax as well as registration, safety and other requirements.
 
Peter’s work with the STIP earned national recognition from the Federal Highway Administration as a “Best Practice” and Oregon’s STIP was honored for its transparency and accountability to stakeholders. He is credited with bringing an attitude of efficiency and sustainability to the program, as well as a genuine desire to keep citizen stakeholders engaged.
 
 
Michelle Godfrey

 

Michelle Godfrey
Office of Innovative Partnerships and Alternative Funding
Public Information Officer
(503) 986-3903
Michelle.D.Godfrey@odot.state.or.us

Michelle Godfrey is OIPP’s Public Information Officer managing the public outreach effort for Oregon’s Road Usage Charge Program. She is a seasoned communications professional with 13 years’ experience leading marketing and public relations programs for government and non-profit organizations including the American Red Cross, Business Oregon and Travel Oregon.

Raised in an advertising/PR agency environment with special expertise in crisis communications, Michelle is savvy about developing effective relationships that serve to advance her organizations’ funding and favor by target audiences. In seven years with the State of Oregon she has honed her skills in public affairs, community/industry relations, integrated marketing, publishing, social media and PR measurement.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism and psychology at the University of Iowa and her master’s in liberal studies at North Central College in Naperville, Ill.

 

 

 
 
ODOT Office of Innovative Partnerships
355 Capitol St. NE MS 32
Salem, OR 97301-3871