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Continuous Improvement Advisory Committee Membership

Ted Aadland

With over 40 years of experience in the construction sector, Ted Aadland is currently working as a consultant, mentoring businesses and individuals. A former president of the Associated General Contractors of America,  he co-founded F. E. Ward, Inc. in 1979, created the partnership Aadland Evans Constructors, Inc. in 2003, and oversaw the construction of the Sellwood Bridge for Sundt Construction between 2012 and 2017.

Ted is currently the chairman of the National AGC Political Action Committee, a member of the Ways and Means Committee, the Legislative Committee, the Highway Committee, and the Past Presidents Leadership Committee.

Linda Beuckens

A relative newcomer to the Oregon Department of Transportation where she is serving as the DMV Program Services Group manager for the past 2 years, Linda is a retired Army officer with 30 years of organizational leadership, program management and communications policy experience.

She has extensive work experience with NATO as a vice-chair of a senior NATO policy committee, senior communications policy advisor, and technology capabilities manager for the NATO security investment program. Her last military assignment was in Oregon as the State Inspector General supporting the Oregon National Guard. 

She has a passion for and a master’s degree in Organizational Change. 

Martin Callery

Callery serves as a commissioner on the Oregon Transportation Commission and will serve as the CIAC chair. A resident of North Bend, Martin Callery served as chief commercial officer for the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay from 1992 until his retirement in 2015. During his career with the Port, Callery was active in a variety of transportation planning and advocacy groups throughout southwest Oregon and the state.

Callery served as chair of the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Transportation Committee as well as chair of the South West Area Commission on Transportation and as a rail stakeholder on the Lane Area Commission on Transportation. He served as vice-chair of the Oregon Freight Advisory Committee and as a member of the Oregon Freight Plan Amendment Working Group. He was selected by the governor to serve on the Governor’s Transportation Vision Panel that completed critical work that helped lead to the HB 2017 transportation investment package.

Bob Gebhardt

Bob Gebhardt is ODOT’s chief administrative officer, overseeing services functions such as facilities, financial services, audits, procurement, information systems, and business services. Before joining ODOT, Bob was most recently the deputy superintendent of Oregon State Hospital. He has an extensive background in budget and credit management and has managed business credit portfolios of $200 million.

He holds a master’s degree in business administration from George Fox University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Pacific University.

Paula Hammond

Paula Hammond is a native of Klamath Falls and a graduate of Oregon State University where she earned a degree in civil engineering. She worked for the Washington State Department of Transportation for 34 years, including five years as WSDOT secretary of transportation. She now works with transportation agencies across the nation in her role with engineering firm WSP.

Paula is a nationally recognized figure on transportation issues, having served as an advisory committee member for the United States Department of Transportation’s Intelligent Transportation Systems Program and as a leader of numerous American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials committees.

Tony Hyde

A private consultant focused on public/private partnerships, Anthony Hyde is a former member and chair of the Columbia County Commission, Mayor of Vernonia, Past President of the Association of Oregon Counties, and member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Counties.

Tony has been an elected official for over 25 years, representing the interest of local and state government.

Andrew Kach

Andrew Kach is an assistant professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management at Willamette University’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management.

Much of his consulting work focuses on implementing Total Quality Management and Lean Six Sigma systems. He has industrial engineering experience and holds a Ph.D. in business administration from New Mexico State University.

Sharon Smith

Smith serves a commissioner on the Oregon Transportation Commission and is the CIAC vice-chair. Smith is an attorney providing legal services for Bend-La Pine Schools on a contract with the High Desert Educational Service District. She advises Bend-La Pine Schools regarding land use, real estate, procurement, contracting, policies, public records and meetings laws and general education law. She is the lead attorney on all aspects of Bend-La Pine Schools’ 2017 $268,000,000 Bond for new schools, safety and other upgrades. 

Prior to joining the ESD, she was a shareholder at Bryant, Lovlien & Jarvis, PC. In private practice from 1991 to 2017, she represented both private development interests as well as public entities. 

She has extensive experience in working with transportation system plans, transportation engineers, and planners.

Kris Strickler

Kris Strickler was recently selected as the 12th director of the Oregon Department of Transportation by the Oregon Transportation Commission. In this position, he leads all aspects of the agency, which includes delivery of Oregon’s multimodal transportation system, and working with a dedicated staff of over 4,700 employees. He is tasked with pursuing a range of policies and programs. He is expected to improve Oregon’s environment and economy, to modernize its transportation network, to diversify the department’s workforce, and to bring innovative solutions to achieve Oregon’s transportation, environmental and economic goals. He serves at the pleasure of the commission.

Prior to his selection as director, Kris served as a division administrator for ODOT, representing over 2,700 employees, and overseeing over 8,000 miles of the state system. He had the pleasure of working with state, regional and local entities from across the state of Oregon and creating partnerships to serve all modes of transportation.

Kris has enjoyed a rewarding transportation career that has afforded him significant experience at every level of project and personnel leadership. He began his career designing and constructing improvement projects on Washington’s interstate system, making his experience not only hands-on but also leadership-focused when it comes to policy and implementation within organizations and projects. 

Kris’ experience also includes private sector work consulting on large transportation projects across the country. A few highlights of his career are:
  • SW regional administrator for the Washington State Department of Transportation
  • Director of Transportation Services for Mackay Sposito
  • Director of the Columbia River Crossing project for the Oregon Department of Transportation
  • Senior project manager and strategic advisor for HDR Engineering 
In his spare time, Kris enjoys biking, hiking, an occasional round of golf and vacationing with his wife Page and children Noah, Payton and Akila.

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