It is imperative that we practice lifelong learning and lifelong teaching.
If we are to improve the practice of our profession and the built environment
 for the benefit of all, we must learn and grow. 
Steven Yob, PE
Director of Public Works, Henrico County

The Transportation Training Academy (TTA/VA LTAP) is pleased to welcome new members, Dempsey Bruton, Russ Dudley and Steve Yob, to its advisory board. They join existing advisory board members Lorenzo Casanova, Amy O’Leary and Walt Catlett to provide a vital interface between the TTA and the agencies that rely on its services.Together with Beth O’Donnell, Director of the TTA/VA LTAP, and Program Manager, Robin Carpenter, the board builds consensus around the workforce development needs of Virginia’s transportation agencies. Representing a variety of industry stakeholders, the board’s mission is to ensure that Virginia’s transportation professionals are equipped with the tools and skills they need to find solutions to local transportation issues.

The board works together with the executive leadership of the TTA/VA LTAP to increase the outreach of the training without sacrificing the quality of instruction. In other words, we aim to make training available in more geographical areas of the state and expand the topics to fill “gaps” or increase demands, thus adding value to the core mission of the LTAP. I believe the LTAP fulfills the mission like no other in the industry.Lorenzo Casanova, PE
Performance and Research/Technology Transfer Programs Manager
Federal Highway Administration, Virginia Division

2020 TTA/VA LTAP Advisory Board

Dempsey Bruton, PE is a Transportation Planning Engineer for the City of Virginia Beach, Public Works.

Lorenzo Casanova, PE is the Performance and Research/Technology Transfer Programs Manager for the Federal Highway Administration in the Virginia Division. He has over 25 years of experience as an engineer. He has extensive practical knowledge in engineering and economic analysis in the public and private sectors as well as in academia. Casanova is a registered PE in Florida and Delaware. He holds a BS in Civil Engineering and earned his Masters of Engineering degree from the University of Florida.

Walt Catlett, PE is responsible for technical education of precast concrete products for the American Concrete Pipe Association.  He provides technical assistance to Departments of Transportation and Public Works Departments through several LTAPs and State Pipe and Precast Associations in VA, MD, DE, AR, TX and OK.  He is a registered engineer in the State of Arkansas and serves on the Arkansas State Highway Commission’s Transportation Research Advisory Council. Catlett is an active member in the American Public Works Association (APWA) and the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME).  He received his BSCE degree from Texas A&M University and his Master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.

Russell Dudley, MPA is the Director of the Local Assistance Division for VDOT. He began his VDOT career in the environmental division and advanced through several positions within the Local Assistance Division, serving as both the Assistant Division Administrator for Local Systems and Projects Programs, and the Assistant Division Administrator for Special Funding Programs. Previous experience includes oversight of the Virginia Army National Guard Environmental and Cultural Resources Management Program. He received a BS in Geology from James Madison University and earned a Masters of Public Administration from Central Michigan University.

Amy O’Leary, PhD is the Associate Director for Environment, Planning and Research at the Virginia Transportation Research Council (VTRC), Research Division of the Virginia Department of Transportation.  Her research interests are in the areas of sociodemographics, public engagement, and policy and legislative studies.  She was chair of the Transportation Research Board’s Committee on Social and Economic Factors in Transportation and was a member of the TRB Public Involvement Committee.  She served as a public member for the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc. since 2011 and served as an ABET Board of Directors public member.  She completed a PhD in Sociology at the University of Virginia.

Steven Yob, PE is the Director of Public Works in Henrico County. Yob initially joined Henrico County as Chief of the Solid Waste Division in the Department of Public Utilities before moving to the Department of Public Works as the assistant director. He is a licensed professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Yob earned an MS in Civil Engineering from Michigan State University and an MBA from Virginia Tech.

“This is an exciting time at the VA LTAP,” stated O’Donnell. “The organization is benefiting from both its increased years of experience and from the fresh perspectives of those who are new to its mission. We will do more of what we do well, while continuing to expand and improve our reach.”

In addition to traditional maintenance and safety classes, the VA LTAP helps local programs manage their federal projects.
While these federal contracts offer huge opportunities to localities, they also require strong project management and rigorous compliance.
I see the VA LTAP as one of the best resources to help localities manage project risks and deliver successful project outcomes.

Russ Dudley, MPA
Director, VDOT Local Assistance Program

The TTA/VA LTAP extends its deep appreciation to Julie Brown and Mike Shahsiah for their past service as advisory board members.For more information, contact Robin Carpenter at

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