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| director's message
Holly Gilbert Stowell

So much has changed in the world, the United States, and
within ITE in the last month, it is hard to know where to begin.
COVID-19 is having a devastating human and economic toll.
Things are evolving and changing so rapidly, much of what I write
now in April will likely be rendered meaningless when you read
this in May. So I will try to focus my thoughts around ITE and
how we are reacting to events at-hand and continue to bring value
to our members.
ITE staff moved into fully remote operations on Wednesday, March 18. This process
was aided by our existing telework policy and the experience that most of our staff
had in working remotely, at least occasionally. However, as I'm sure many of you have
experienced, working remotely full-time and maintaining social distance with family at
home is a much different environment. For others who are alone, it can be quite isolating.
We have all had to try to adjust to our new normal. We recognize the different situations
our employees find themselves in and are working to provide a supportive environment
that works for each individual.
From a business standpoint, we are bringing a business-as-usual mentality to a situation
that is anything but usual. That means not just working remotely, but adapting our business
practices to this new environment and implementing new practices to compensate for the
lack of physical contact. Technology has been key. Like many of you, we are relying heavily on
tools like Go-To-Meeting, Zoom, and Slack, etc. The videoconference features on these tools
have helped create a personal connection that is not possible via email, text, or even voice.
We are working hard to continue to support our International, District, Section and
Chapter leadership. An early focus was on helping people navigate through meeting
cancellations and postponements. We are now shifting our attention to helping local
leadership use these virtual tools to assist members in connecting at a distance. With
the support from the Coordinating Council leadership and volunteers, we continue to
advance a wide range of technical products and professional development opportunities.
We are also working with our International Leadership to bring information and
resources to help you understand and react to what is happening. The e-Community
is one such resource for insightful discussions and posts. I am trying to add helpful
information and articles, not only on the immediate impacts of COVID-19, but on what
some of the lasting effects might be.
We have created our new ITE Virtual Drop-In sessions to help fill the void of
professional networking, allowing members to engage on interesting topics. I encourage
you to volunteer to convene a discussion, sign up for a session, or check out a recording.
We will also be doing longer form engagement, such as our Big Data/Data Analytics
Brainstorming Series, designed to fill the void that was created when similar sessions
planned for the District Annual Meetings had to be cancelled.
This is new territory for all of us. As we work hard to adapt to our new "abnormal," if
there is something we can do to help you, please don't hesitate to reach out to me or one
of the ITE staff. We wish you and your family good health. As always, you can find me at or on Twitter: @JPaniatiITE.

Jeffrey F. Paniati, P.E. (F)
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

May 2020

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Senior Editor and Writer

Pam Goodell

Marketing Senior Director

Content Worx
Design and Production

Jeffrey F. Paniati, P.E. (F)

Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

Kathi P. Driggs, IOM

Associate Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer

Jeffrey A. Lindley, P.E. (F)

Associate Executive Director and Chief Technical Officer

Sonya Torres

Accounting Specialist

Ann O'Neill

Certification Programs Manager

Tatiana Richey

Contracts Manager

Zach Pleasant, PMP

Information Technology Services Senior Director

Douglas E. Noble, P.E., PTOE (F)

Management and Operations Senior Director

Linda S. Pierre, CMP, CEM
Senior Director of Meetings

Eunice Chege Thoya

Membership Associate

Jennifer Childs

Membership Database Associate-Data Services

Sallie C. Dollins

Membership Services Associate

Kellyanne Broom

Professional Development Manager

Colleen A. Agan

Senior Director of Membership Strategies and Operations

Kevin G. Hooper, P.E. (F)

Strategic Projects (Consultant)

Nicola Tavares, PMP

Technical Products Manager

Niloo Parvinashtiani

Technical Programs Associate

Sarah Abel (M)

Technical Programs Manager

Deborah L. Rouse

Technical Publications Manager

Lisa M. Fontana Tierney, P.E. (F)
Traffic Engineering Senior Director

Siva R. K Narla (M)

Transportation Technology Senior Director

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