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2019-2020 YPT-Austin Board of Directors Elections


Nomination bios organized alphabetically by last name by position on Board of Directors.

Elections open October 14, voting ends October 25.

Chair

Katrina Lack – Engineer – Atkins North America
During my two terms as the vice chair for communications and membership, our membership has more than doubled from 47 to 95 members. With the creation of our Instagram account, our social media following has increased by more than 100 followers. Also, our email list subscribers have increased by more than 12%. As chair for this upcoming year, I would be committed to coordinating our chapter growth even more. One of my main goals as chair would be to continue adding value to YPT membership by having engaging and informative technical tours and lunch & learns with top transportation professionals. In addition, I am also committed to organizing fun networking events for our members and friends. Having served on the board, I am also familiar with the roles of each board member and am committed to helping our board members utilize their roles in order to serve the chapter.


Deputy Chair

David Gutierrez – EIT – Kimley-Horn
I would like to be nominated for Vice Chair for Finance (Treasurer). I’ve been a member of YPT for just over a year. I’ve had the opportunity to participate in several YPT events and meet several people in our industry. I’d love to become more involved in our organization and help grow our presence in Austin!

Tyler Mitchell – EIT – Kimley-Horn
I would like to be able to be a part of an organization that promotes inter‐company relationships, and professional growth within the Austin area. I recognize that personal relationships with other people at similar stages in their career in invaluable and often  overlooked. That is why I am running for Deputy Chair and Treasurer to be a good role model and promote relationships between members and other professionals such as speakers or special guests.

Lucia Murguia – Business Development Manager – Garver
I would like to be nominated for the position of Deputy Chair for the YPT-Austin Board of Directors. Having served since 2017, I have assisted the Chair with activity coordination for YPT Events. I have experience on several fundraising committees, and I believe this has helped me in organizing networking events for YPT. As a business developer for a transportation civil engineering firm, I have been able to apply what I have learned on the technical side to YPT events such as round tables and lunch and learns that bring people in the industry together. With transportation infrastructure being at the forefront of issues in our community, creating a platform to talk about them is how we can find solutions. YPT has done a great job in creating these opportunities for young professionals in the transportation industry to work together with our cities, counties, and state to come up with solutions to mitigate congestion and improve our infrastructure. These networking opportunities create a culture that help our industry move forward.


Vice Chair for Programs and Administration (Secretary)

Wylder Conoly – Transportation EIT – Jacobs
I heard about YPT through a coworker of mine, Emily Weigand, a few months ago and she really seems to get a lot out of the organization which sparked my interest. I’ve been to a couple of the YPT tours and think that it’s a very good way to become informed on interesting topics and get involved with other like-minded professionals my age. I’m the lead of a network at Jacobs that requires tasks like the ones that this position entails so I think that would be useful to YPT. I really think I’d enjoy getting involved and helping out YPT!


Vice Chair for Communications and Membership

Madeline Hirsch – Graduate Engineer – BIG RED DOG Engineer, a division of WGI
With one year under my belt as an Austinite and an engineer new to the industry, YPT has been a great place for me to learn about the Austin community and connect with industry leaders and my peers. YPT has been a great source of opportunity and knowledge for the past year and I would love to continue and further my involvement by serving this great group of people.


Vice Chair for Finance (Treasurer)

David Gutierrez – EIT – Kimley-Horn
I would like to be nominated for Vice Chair for Finance (Treasurer). I’ve been a member of YPT for just over a year. I’ve had the opportunity to participate in several YPT events and meet several people in our industry. I’d love to become more involved in our organization and help grow our presence in Austin!

Madeline Hirsch – Graduate Engineer – BIG RED DOG Engineer, a division of WGI
With one year under my belt as an Austinite and an engineer new to the industry, YPT has been a great place for me to learn about the Austin community and connect with industry leaders and my peers. YPT has been a great source of opportunity and knowledge for the past year and I would love to continue and further my involvement by serving this great group of people.

Tyler Mitchell – EIT – Kimley-Horn
I would like to be able to be a part of an organization that promotes inter‐company relationships, and professional growth within the Austin area. I recognize that personal relationships with other people at similar stages in their career in invaluable and often  overlooked. That is why I am running for Deputy Chair and Treasurer to be a good role model and promote relationships between members and other professionals such as speakers or special guests.

Allen Yu – Engineer I – Atkins Engineering
I’d like to serve on the YPT-Austin Board of Directors because I’ve enjoyed my experience in YPT and would like to have the opportunity to contribute to YPT’s goal of connecting transportation engineers. I’m interested in the Vice Chair for Finance position because I’d like to help manage the organization’s financial operations and expenditures in order to continue supporting YPT events and activities.


Vice Chair for Newsletter

Madeline Hirsch – Graduate Engineer – BIG RED DOG Engineer, a division of WGI
With one year under my belt as an Austinite and an engineer new to the industry, YPT has been a great place for me to learn about the Austin community and connect with industry leaders and my peers. YPT has been a great source of opportunity and knowledge for the past year and I would love to continue and further my involvement by serving this great group of people.

Heather Sulaica – EIT – American Structurepoint
I am applying for Vice Chair for Newsletter because I’m looking to stay involved in YPT and have lots of experience creating both biannual and quarterly newsletters. I have held this position with YPT for the 2018-2019 year and would love to continue making newsletters for the upcoming year. I have additionally been responsible for the creation of the Pooled Fund Post Newsletter for the Roadside Safety Program at the Texas Transportation Institute. I am eager to stay involved and do anything I can to make this organization better!