Directors and Advisors

Board of Directors

The National Board of Directors is based in Washington, DC and elected each November to provide guidance and leadership for the nationwide organization as a whole.

YPT Chair

Zach Bugg

Zachary Bugg
Kittelson & Associates

Administer monthly board meetings
Oversee day-to-day implementation of the international by-laws
Supervise international board positions
Serve as the official face of YPT-International

Dr. Zachary Bugg, PE has worked at Kittelson & Associates, Inc. since 2012 and currently resides in Wilmington, NC. A native of Memphis, he holds Bachelors of Science degrees in Civil Engineering and Mathematics from Mississippi State University, as well as a PhD in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University.

Zachary has been involved with YPT since 2012, participating in both the Washington, DC and Portland chapters and serving on the Baltimore chapter steering committee in 2014. In addition to serving on the YPT International Board, he is an active member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers and is engaged in the Transportation Research Board.

Zachary’s experience includes project work in the areas of transit planning, microsimulation analysis, roundabout design and operations, highway safety, and complete streets planning. His main research interests are in transit preferential treatments and microsimulation, and he also has several publications in the areas of highway capacity and the operational effects of geometric design. Zachary is actively engaged in the development of young professionals and enjoys speaking at conferences and guest lectures, as well as mentoring interns and new staff.

Deputy Chair

Allison Plattsmeier

Allison Plattsmier
Transit Alliance

Assist the Chair in administering the international board and with any miscellaneous needs
Set up monthly board meetings
Administer the subsequent year’s election process
Stand in for the Chair when necessary

Allison Plattsmier (née Quintanilla) was born and raised in Nashville, TN. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2015 with a B.S. in Political Science: Public Administration and Nonprofit Management and a minor in Entrepreneurship. She recently graduated with an M.Ed. in Community Development and Action from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College and is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Education in Leadership and Professional Practice at Trevecca.

Allison has over nine years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Her work experience includes Special Events Intern for the American Diabetes Association, Program Administrative Assistant for Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee, Special Events Coordinator for the T.J. Martell Foundation, and Development Coordinator for the Center for Refugees and Immigrants of Tennessee (CRIT). She currently serves as the Associate Director of Programs and Development for the Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee and as Executive Director of Amputee Blade Runners.

She is a recent recipient of Vanderbilt’s William Aaron Pathfinder Award from the Office of Active Citizenship and Service (OACS), the Congressional Award Bronze and Silver Medals, the Point of Light Award, and the University of Tennessee Alumni Association’s (UTAA) Public Service Award. She has been recognized as one of Nashville’s Top 30 Under 30 and as a National Youth Activist Award Finalist.

She serves as Deputy Chair of YPT-International, Programming Chair of YPT-Nashville, and on the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Moving Forward Public Engagement Task Force as well as Vanderbilt University Police Department’s Community-Oriented Results and Expectations (CORE) committee. She is a Ambassador and serves as an advocate for gun violence prevention, ending the cycle of poverty, and social justice equality

Director of Administration

Kirk Hovenkotter

Kirk Hovenkotter
Transit Center

Record minutes for all monthly board meetings
Oversee international awards and other major activities
Keep accurate records of the organization

Kirk’s experience in transportation centers on demonstrating the impact of demand-side strategies. Whether teaching pedestrian safety education to second graders or promoting biking, walking and transit in his most recent position as the transportation programs coordinator for the City of Redmond, Washington, he focuses on the factors that shape how, when and why we choose to go from A to B. He joined TransitCenter as a program fellow in 2014.

Kirk holds a B.A. from the University of Washington and a Masters of Public Administration from NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

Director of Finance – Treasurer


David Moyer
McMahon Associates

Collect individual dues payments and redistribute to chapters
Record and maintain accurate financial records
Pay organization bills in a timely fashion
Manage organization payment systems
Seek opportunities to best utilize existing financial resources and expand revenue streams
Develop annual budget and provide monthly updates to the international board

David Moyer is a transportation engineer for McMahon Associates in Boston Massachusetts. At McMahon he is involved in a variety of transportation projects including roadway and signal design, development of traffic management strategies, and public transit projects. He has been involved with YPT since 2013 where he has served in the programs role on the local YPT Boston Board and is currently the Vice Chair for Finance of the BostonChapter.

David grew up in southern Maine and graduated from Northeastern University in 2011 with a degree in Civil Engineering. He studied abroad in the Netherlands where he learned to appreciate the countries bicycle infrastructure. He likes working with YPT to provide young transportation professionals with opportunities to connect and collaborate. David enjoys exploring cities and urban spaces, and is excited about the innovations happening within transportation technology, car sharing, and autonomous vehicles. He plans to take up snowboarding as his newest mode of transportation.

Director of Membership

Marc Segal

Marc Segal

Monitor YPT membership numbers
Grant administrative access to the Contact Relationship Management System (CivicCRM)
Setup new chapters in database
Remove duplicate membership from the membership database
Assist chapters in using CiviCRM

Marc Segal, EIT, has been with Atkins Global in the tolls division since 2015. After growing up in South Jersey, Marc received a Bachelor’s of Science degree at the University of Texas at Austin. Marc has had planning experience with electric vehicle technologies, alternative energy and connected and autonomous vehicles. In addition, Marc has a passion for active transportation and the natural environment which has led to work with the Greenroads Foundation and local advocacy groups.

As a YPT board member, Marc is excited to engage, meet and expand our professional network. Together we can help shape the future of transportation.

Director of Programs

Nick Ferenchak

Nick Ferenchak
McMahon Associates

Plan/oversee events in conjunction with major conferences
Support chapter programming, especially when major conferences are held near chapters
Coordinate events with the Director of Finance and the Director of Membership

Nick is a transportation engineer and planner with McMahon Associates outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and a PhD student at the University of Colorado Denver. He focuses on making active transportation a safe option for everyone, anything involving GIS, and grant proposals. The FHWA named him an Eisenhower Fellow for the 2015-2016 school year.

Nick is originally from Catasauqua, Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelor’s in Engineering Studies from Lafayette College, Master’s in Geography & Planning from West Chester University, and is pursuing his PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado Denver. In his free-time, he enjoys reading, riding his bike, and working around the house

Director of Communications

Jaime McKay

Jaime McKay
Central Maryland Regional Transit

Manage social media pages
Update website
Send official YPT-International emails
Compile annual report

Jaime McKay is the Interim Manager of Direct Services at Central Maryland Regional Transit. Her duties include creating targeted “Journey to Work” commuting plans and maps; maintaining both internal and public-facing GIS information for local transit systems; and developing and maintaining relationships with local and regional TDM and transportation-focused organizations and partners. Jaime was part of the team responsible for the creation and maintenance of GTFS feeds for 18 agencies across the state of Maryland, enabling thousands of commuters to plan their trips using Google Maps, Bing Maps, and other third-party software. Jaime and her team won the 2016 YPT Project of the Year Award for their work on GTFS expansion. Jaime has also been recognized as an ACT 40 Under 40 Recipient.

Jaime received her Masters in Geography from the University at Albany, and was introduced to the wide world of geography as an undergraduate at Geneseo. Originally from Ballston Spa, NY, she’ll argue until the sun comes up about what qualifies as “upstate” New York, and she is an avid cyclist and hiker. Jaime loves trains and has a one-eyed cat named Linus, who you can meet on Twitter.

Director of Chapter Development

Binyu Wang

Binyu Wang
Norfolk Southern

Communicate with local chapter leadership and hold monthly chapter calls
Assist interested individuals in establishing new YPT chapters
Assist chapters with day-to-day chapter management
Monitor chapters with low or changing membership numbers
Serve as a liaison between chapter leadership and International Directors

Binyu Wang is a GIS Analyst in Norfolk Southern Corporation under the Engineering and Construction Department. She holds a Masters in Geographic Information Science and Technology with a specialization in Transportation from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelors in Urban and Regional Planning from Michigan State University.

Binyu has a great deal of experience on developing and maintaining relationship with other teams. While in graduate school, she was the Chair of the Chinese Friendship Association. A multitude of stakeholders were involved in the events planned and implemented by Binyu and her team, including students, companies, GaTech OIE advisors and local Asian restaurants/Markets.

Director of Sponsorship

Gabi Kappes

Gabi Kappes
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

Solicit and maintain international sponsors
Administer and keep up-to-date sponsorship levels
Provide accurate sponsorship information to the Director of Finance for budget planning

Gabi Kappes is an urban planner for WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff in New York, NY. At WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, Gabi is focused on sustainable, resilient, and transformative transportation projects including Bus Rapid Transit, Transit-Oriented Development, and station area re-designs. She has been involved with YPT locally in NYC since 2014.

Gabi is originally from Philadelphia and holds a B.S. in Community, Environment, and Development from Pennsylvania State University, as well as a masters degree in Regional and City Planning (MCRP) from Rutgers University. She is passionate about transportation planning and urban design because they are central to so many issues — resiliency, accessibility, climate change, environmental sustainability, equity, social mobility, education, and housing. She looks forward to working with YPT and sponsors in order to create a platform for young professionals to connect and learn from each other. Gabi loves to travel to new cities, volunteer, and recently, brave the streets of NYC on a bike.

Board of Advisors

YPT’s Board of Advisors are preeminent public and private sector leaders in transportation with a wide range of exemplary experience in the field. We are grateful for their participation and willingness to assist the development of a new generation of transportation professionals.

  • Linda Bailey, Executive Director, National Association of City Transportation Officials
  • Andrew Bata, UITP (International Association of Public Transport) North America Regional Manager
  • Jane Garvey, North American Chairman, Meridiam Infrastructure
  • Greg Kelly, President and CEO of WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff (US, Central, and South America)
  • Inbar Kishoni, New York City Department of Transportation Deputy Director of Public Engagement
  • Gabe Klein, Co-Founder of CityFi
  • Joung Lee, Policy Director for the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials
  • Neil Pedersen, Executive Director, Transportation Research Board (TRB)
  • Mary Peters, Former Secretary of the United States Department of Transportation
  • Robert Puentes, President and CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation
  • Catherine Ross, Director of the Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development and Georgia Tech Professor of City and Regional Planning
  • Lisa Scriebman, New York City Transit Director of Strategic Planning, Operations Planning

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