YPT Philadelphia – Board of Directors

Taylor Novitsky - Chair


Taylor Novitsky is a Civil Engineering Specialist with 3 years of professional experience. This will be her second year as Chair of the Philadelphia chapter of Young Professionals in Transportation. She works in the Transportation and Infrastructure group at STV in Center City Philadelphia, and has experience in roadway design, drainage, traffic control, and ESPC work. She has worked on several Philadelphia projects for agencies such as the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. More recently, has even had the opportunity to work on projects in Oklahoma and Connecticut. Taylor lives in Philadelphia, and graduated from Penn State in 2019. In her spare time, you can find Taylor teaching dance classes in Bucks County, snowboarding, and watching Philly & PSU sports.

chris fralinger - deputy chair

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Chris Fralinger graduated from Villanova University in 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is currently a Tolling Specialist at Gannett Fleming Inc. His work focuses on the planning and designing of electronic tolling projects and intelligent transportation systems. 

Casey therien - communications chair


Casey Therien is an Intelligent Transportation Systems Designer at Gannett Fleming with 2 years of experience. Casey has worked on a variety of projects with New Jersey DOT, Pennsylvania DOT, Indiana DOT, New York State DOT, and Connecticut DOT. In his, very limited, free time he enjoys lifting weights, riding his bike, cooking unnecessarily difficult dishes, and playing video games. Casey lives in Toms River NJ, and graduated from NJIT in 2020 with a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering. 

Chris edwards - recruitment chair


Chris Edwards currently works in the traffic and infrastructure group at STV Inc.. Chris has had the opportunity to work on several Pennsylvania Department of Transportation projects such as: the I-95 Betsy Ross Interchange, Scranton Bridge Project, and Safety revisions for the Roosevelt Boulevard. He is currently studying at Drexel University and majoring in Civil Engineering with a minor in Construction Management. In his free time he loves to play golf, basketball, and video games. #GoBirds


Ben shelley - financial chair

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Ben Shelley was a Financial Advising Co-op with Invictus Wealth Management, a Wells Fargo Advisory in Doylestown, for 2 years. He then was a 6-month Co-op with Vanguard’s US and Worldwide Fund Tax Teams working on several projects including European Court of Justice reclaims from Italy and Sweden and assisting the distribution of fund income to shareholders. Ben will be graduating from Drexel University in March 2023 before rejoining Vanguard in their AFP program. In his free time you can find Ben playing hockey, golfing, skiing and attending concerts