The Toole Design team continues to grow in both numbers and the breadth of expertise we are able to offer.
New Hires, New Leaders
In Portland, OR, Jessica Zdeb, AICP has been promoted to Portland Office Director. She succeeds Rob Burchfield, P.E., who remains with the firm as a Senior Engineer. Jessica has risen through the ranks during her 8 years at Toole Design and assumes leadership of a fast-growing full-service office.
Jessica is joined by Sharon Daleo, P.E. , our new Portland Engineering Director. With nearly 20 years of multimodal design and project management experience, Sharon brings extensive local experience and national expertise to design projects in the Pacific Northwest and western U.S.
We are also excited to announce that Eric Widstrand, P.E., PTOE has joined the firm as our Northwest Regional Traffic Engineering Director, working out of our Seattle office. Eric has more than 25 years of public and private sector experience in multimodal transportation in both the private and public sectors, serving as the City Traffic Engineer for Seattle and Long Beach, CA. Eric will provide valuable leadership and support for traffic and design initiatives and projects for clients in the Northwest and across the U.S.
Our Silver Spring headquarters welcomes Stefanie Brodie, Ph.D to the team as a Senior Researcher. Stefanie holds a doctorate in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech, and has focused her research and professional work on developing analytical frameworks for equity in long-range planning processes. She has also led cutting-edge research focused on micromobility pilot programs.
In the Southeast, Chris Lambka, PLA has been promoted to Spartanburg Office Director. Chris is a visionary designer with an eye for the details that make communities more sustainable, livable places. He takes over local operations in Spartanburg from Ernie Boughman, AICP, as Ernie completes his transition as the Director of Operations for the Southeastern U.S .
Julie Walcoff has joined our Columbus office as a Senior Planner, ensuring that her wealth of knowledge and innovations in active transportation is available to communities across the country. Julie was named APBP’s Public Sector Professional of the Year in 2017, and recently retired from the Ohio Department of Transportation after nearly 30 years. During her last 11 years at ODOT, she established and managed the award-winning Active Transportation and Safe Routes to School programs.
New Practice Leads
Frank Proulx, Ph.D leads our Data Science practice, applying innovative new techniques to data analytics to help our clients make smart decisions towards safer, more equitable transportation networks. Frank will lead our development of data analysis tools and techniques, mentor and manage our data science team, and oversee quality control for all of our analysis work.
Adrian Witte, P.E. is Toole Design’s Micromobility Practice Lead, where he will use his unparalleled expertise to evolve Toole Design’s bikeshare and shared mobility practice at the lightning pace of micromobility. Under his leadership, Toole Design will continue to offer objective analysis, policy recommendations, and implementation assistance for communities and policymakers, equipment vendors, and operators.
Pete Robie has been promoted to Visualization Practice Lead. In his new role, he will expand our graphics and visualization program to serve more clients across North America. Pete’s award-winning renderings and graphics have set a new standard for communicating technical information in easy-to-understand ways.