YPT Atlanta Chapter Leadership

YPT Atlanta logo Skyline whiteYPT Atlanta is governed by a Board of Directors who develops the organization’s mission and activities. Board Meetings are generally scheduled the last Monday of each month. Please contact us if you would like to attend an upcoming meeting. Each position’s responsibilities are outlined in the Chapter Bylaws or Chapter Board Policy. Elections are being held -see the slate of candidates below. We are looking forward to connecting with you!


  • September 23, 2015: All eligible voters will receive the full slate of candidate statements via email (there will also be a National board ballot sent that day).
  • October 12, 2015:  All eligible voters will receive an email with voting instructions.  Online voting for National and Chapter elections opens at 10:00 AM EST.
  • October 23, 2015: Online voting for National and Chapter elections closes at 6PM local time.

Pending any runoff elections, the results will be made available to the YPT membership in early November.  The new Board term for all winning candidates will begin on November 1, 2015.

Candidates for 2015-2016 YPT Atlanta Board of Directors:
Chair –  Phillip Cherry, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
Deputy Chair
Secretary/Vice Chair for Administration
Treasurer/Vice Chair for Finance – Matt Pettit – Citilabs
Vice Chair for Membership
Vice Chair for Programs
Vice Chair for Sponsorship
Vice Chair for Communications and Outreach
Director-at-Large (Five Positions) – Nick Panetta, TSW, Chris Rome, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, Forrest Rose, City of Atlanta – Office of Planning

2014-2015 YPT Atlanta Board of Directors:

Cherry, PhillipPhillip Cherry, Chair
Engineer I
Parsons Brinckerhoff

Phillip is a Dallas native with degrees from Purdue and Georgia Tech who has worked for Parsons Brinckerhoff in their Atlanta office for close to 3 years. There he works in traffic operations and transit planning, most notably having led the paratransit component of the MARTA Comprehensive Operations Analysis.  He has been a part of YPT Atlanta since just after its founding in April 2012, and has served as a Director at Large, Vice Chair of Membership, and now as the Chair of the Atlanta Chapter.  He looks forward to growing the Atlanta chapter and organizing new events.

Rome, Chris

Chris Rome, Deputy Chair
Transportation Engineer
Parsons Brinckerhoff

Chris is a transportation engineer with degrees from Louisiana State University and Georgia Tech.  Chris also works at Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Atlanta office in traffic operations and signal and ITS design.  He also has experience in traffic impact studies, traffic signal timing, and multi-modal transportation planning. Outside of work, Chris has interests in urban design, development, and leveraging data and technology to efficiently improve communities. Chris helped found YPT Atlanta along with James Wong and Melody Butler in May 2012.

Dunnahoo, LindseyLindsey Dunnahoo, Vice Chair for Administration
Project Engineer

Lindsey Dunnahoo is a roadway design engineer at AECOM. She graduated
from Georgia Tech in December 2010 with a Bachelors in Civil


Matt Pettit, Vice Chair for Finance
Sales Engineer

Matt is a sales engineer with Citilabs in Decatur, Georgia. After studying transportation systems analysis at Northwestern University he gained valuable experience working as a transportation engineer for both a public transit agency and a transportation consulting firm. At Citilabs, Matt has played an integral role in the development of a new transportation accessibility analysis software. He also works with local government agencies to best utilize their transportation modeling software.

Elkins, DanielleDanielle Elkins, Vice Chair for Membership
Southeast & New England Director – Government Affairs

Danielle Elkins is Director of Government Affairs for CH2M HILL based in the Atlanta office. She is responsible for all local and state political activities in the Southeast and New England. Prior to moving to Atlanta, Danielle was a transportation design engineer for CH2M HILL in the Bay Area. She was a founder of the YPT SF Bay Chapter and earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California in Civil Engineering – Building Science (Architecture).


Abubakar, NilaNila AbubakarVice Chair for Communications and Outreach
Staff Consultant
Engineering Systems, Inc.

Nila is a structural engineer with Engineering Systems Inc. (ESI). After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, she performed the design and project management for freight railroad bridges and structures with Norfolk Southern. Currently, at ESI she performs forensic investigations to determine the origin and cause of failed systems for residential, commercial and industrial structures or sites. She develops solutions and provides support for claims adjusters, property owners, manufacturers and legal professionals. 

Queen, CarlyCarly Queen, Vice Chair for Programs
Graduate Student
Georgia Tech

Carly Queen is pursuing a Dual Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning and Civil Engineering (Transportation Systems Engineering) at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her thesis research aims to provide tools for planners, engineers, elected officials, and citizens to make more informed, strategic decisions with regard to transportation mode selection for expanding or enhancing transit services in urban areas. Carly also works part-time as a Civil Engineering Intern for URS (now AECOM) and as the Social Media Coordinator for the National Center for Transportation Systems Productivity and Management (NCTSPM).

Gordy, KailorKailor Gordy, Vice Chair for Sponsorship
Project Manager
Metro Atlanta Chamber

I am a driven individual who is passionate about improving the quality of life for every citizen through the resources of Urban Planning and Economic Development.
My professional experience has provided a unique background allowing me to effectively interact between the public, private and political realms. The three realms are all of equal importance, and its equally important that they all cooperate effectively. Given the opportunity, I would use the skills and resources I have obtained to efficiently and effectively impact any organization in a positive manner.

Long, SabaSaba Long, Director At-Large
Media Relations & External Affairs

Saba Long is a communications professional providing external and internal communications strategy at MARTA and other organizations.  Previously, she served as the Manger of Public Policy and Communications for Post 2 At-Large Atlanta City Councilman Aaron Watson. In 2012, Saba was the Press Secretary for MAVEN and Untie Atlanta — the Metro Chamber’s education and advocacy campaigns in supportive of the Atlanta Regional Transportation Referendum.
Saba serves on the boards of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and PEDS. She also serves as the sponsorship chair for the Atlanta chapter of ColorComm Network, a national organization for women of color in the communications field.


Rose, ForrestForrest Rose, Director At-Large
Urban Planner
City of Atlanta

Forrest is a Transportation Planner with the Georgia Department of Transportation and is new to the YPT Atlanta Chapter Board. He works with city, county, regional, and state-wide officials to develop long-term transportation planning and short-term project programming. He has a Master’s Degree from Georgia State University in Public Policy-Planning and Economic Development.


Brodie, StefanieStefanie Brodie, Director At-Large
PhD Student
Georgia Institute of Technology

Stefanie is completing her PhD in Civil Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the Transportation Systems program. With a focus on transportation and sustainable development, her dissertation research hones in on issues of social sustainability. Her dissertation work evaluates methods for assessing equity in metropolitan regional planning, specifically their application for cumulative impacts such as accessibility, and identifies approaches to incorporate equity into the planning and project programming process. She has MS degrees in Civil Engineering and City and Regional Planning also from Georgia Tech and a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland.

Panetta, NickNick Panetta, Director At-Large
Landscape Architecture Designer
TSW design

Nick is a landscape architecture designer with professional experience in residential and commercial construction for both public and private spaces. He is heavily invested in New Urbanism, bicycle infrastructure, Green Stormwater Management, and innovative sustainability. With a strong belief that landscape architecture is the art and science of problem solving within the built environment, Nick hopes to build creative, energy-efficient solutions for the world of tomorrow. Nick earned a Bachelors in Landscape Architecture from the College of Environmental Design at the University of Georgia, Class of 2009. Nick joined YPT in 2014, and joined the Board of Directors in the Spring of 2015.

Pringle, JeshuaJeshua Pringle, Director At-Large
Graduate Student
Georgia Institute of Technology

Jeshua Pringle is currently pursuing a Dual Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning and Civil Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. His research focuses on SMART parking technology as a travel demand management tool in the Metropolitan Atlanta Region. In addition to his studies as a graduate student, Jeshua works as the Transportation and Sustainability Intern at Central Atlanta Progress, Inc. As a future transportation planner, Jeshua hopes to strengthen the connection between land use and transportation.

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