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.
This year’s recipient, Bernie Arseneau, serves as HDR’s Highways and Roads director. Prior to joining HDR, Arseneau spent 30 years at MnDOT, most recently serving as deputy commissioner and chief engineer. While state traffic engineer from 2003 to 2008, Arseneau led the traffic safety paradigm shift in Minnesota from the traditional reactive approach to the proactive and systematic Toward Zero Deaths approach we have today.
Sue Mulvihill, Deputy Commissioner/Chief Engineer, Minnesota Department of Transportation
Amy Vennewitz, Deputy Director, Metropolitan Transportation Services, Metropolitan Council
Alan Forsberg, County Engineer, Blue Earth County (retired)
Don Theisen, Director, Public Works, Washington County
Brian Lamb, General Manager, Metro Transit
Howard Preston, Senior Transportation Engineering Professional, CH2M Hill
Julie Skallman, Director, State Aid Division, Minnesota Department of Transportation
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