Each year the Ray L. Lappegaard Distinguished Service Award is presented to a transportation professional who displays outstanding leadership, mentorship and support to the profession. The award is named in honor of Ray L. Lappegaard, chair of the CTS Executive Committee from its creation in 1989 until his death in April 1993. Lappegaard held numerous high-level positions in state government and the private sector, and was a mentor to many in the transportation field.
Laurie McGinnis, Julie Skallman, Ann Johnson
Julie Skallman is director of the State Aid Division at the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Skallman provides statewide leadership and managerial direction in the development and implementation of the Minnesota secondary highway system. She also chairs the steering committee of the Minnesota Local Technical Assistance Program and is a member of the U of M Department of Civil Engineering advisory board. She has worked for MnDOT for more than 35 years in various positions.
"It is wonderful to be recognized for doing the things you think are the most fun in your world," Skallman said. Her work with the Department of Civil Engineering's advisory board gives her an opportunity to interact with professionals and students. "It reminds you that our profession will be in really good hands even after we retire," she said. She also noted a recent meeting with a student mentee who had just gotten a job. "That's the kind of thing you couldn't buy."
Charles Zelle, President and CEO, Jefferson Lines; Chair, Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce; and Co-Chair, Transportation Task Force of the Itasca Project
Ann Johnson, faculty director of the Construction Management degree program and outreach coordinator, Department of Civil Engineering
Ferroll Robinson, Part-time Fellow, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Doug Weiszhaar, Vice President for special projects at WSB & Associates
Connie Kozlak, Systems Planning and Programming Manager, Metropolitan Council
Donna Allen, Director, MnDOT Office of Transit
Jeff Hamiel, Executive Director, Metropolitan Airports Commission
Michael Sheehan, County Engineer, Olmsted County
Natalio Diaz, Director, Metropolitan Transportation Services
Peter Fausch, Principal engineer, SRF Consulting Group, Inc.
Richard Hansen, Public works director/highway engineer, St. Louis County’s Public Works Department
Gene Ofstead, Assistant commissioner, MnDOT (retired)
Darryl Durgin, Former deputy commissioner, MnDOT
Douglas Differt, Vice president/director of transportation engineering, BRW, Inc.
Charleen Zimmer, President, Zan Associates
Chuck Siggerud, Short Elliot Hendrickson Inc.
Robert J. McDonald
Jim Newland, CTS Interim Advising Committee
William Smith, CTS committee member