Things are always changing and that is the truly the case when it comes to the AASHTOWare ProjectTM Task Force (PTF).  We would like to welcome Lesly Tribelhorn, Montana Department of ​Transportation and Vonda Lane, Tennessee Department of Transportation to the Task Force.  Both Lesly and Vonda were appointed by the Special Committee on AASHTOWare® (SCOA) to the Project Task Force in March 2017. Lesly and Vonda jumped into their roles at the first of April and attended their first face-to-face Task Force meeting a few weeks ago in Charleston, SC. We are very excited to have them on our committee and look forward working with them.

As mentioned in our February e-Newsletter, we will be spotlighting the members of the Task Force over the next couple of issues.  In this edition, we are pleased to introduce the Task Force Chair and Vice Chair! Click the links to learn more!

Kevin Fox, PTF Chair

Kevin serves as Michigan’s AASHTOWare Program Manager with oversight responsibilities for all AASHTOWare Project systems used by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). MDOT uses the AASHTOWare Project systems to manage and process virtually all aspects of Michigan’s road, bridge, airport, and railroad construction project life cycles under the state’s construction program. Kevin has worked for MDOT and the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget since 1984 and has more than 30 years of experience in DOT related information technology program management, project management, systems administration, and systems analysis. Kevin has been a member of the AASHTOWare Project Task Force for three years and has served as Chair since July 2016.

“I’m a firm believer in joint development and the benefits it provides to agencies. Along with the significant financial benefits of shared funding, there are also substantial benefits to building software based on best business practices gathered through the experience and collaboration of participating agencies.”

Fun Fact: Kevin owns and lives on the family homestead farm which has been in the Fox family since 1848. The farm is recognized by the Michigan Historical Commission as a sesquicentennial historical farm. Kevin and his wife have 3 children and 2 grandchildren. He enjoys spending time with family, playing and watching sports (although the amount of time playing is decreasing while the amount of time watching is increasing), and working outside in the yard and on the farm.

Jeremy Kampeter, PTF Vice Chair

Jeremy began working for the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) on May 24, 1999 and they went into production with SiteManager® less than six weeks later on July 1st.  What a way to start a career. Jeremy has always been working with the AASHTO products. Due to that he has been lucky enough to attend all but one of the users group conferences since the 2000 conference in Santa Fe. During those years, he served a number of roles.  The first role was that of an observer, trying to soak in any piece of information that he could to take back to Missouri. A few years later he was elected as the Construction Management TAG coordinator and then as the PUG Vice Chair and as the Chair the following year.

“The PTF as a nine-member group has frequent openings. So, if the next time a request for applications comes out and you find yourself sitting on the fence wondering if you should fill out an application or not, go ahead, take the chance. It has been worth it.”

Jeremy has served on the PTF for the last five years. Decisions that are made to improve the product are the most mportant output of the PTF.  There have been days that priorities had to be rearranged and others where individual(s) were ​ pushing to get documents completed (newsletter articles) or approved, but those days are the exception. When reflecting on his days as a PTF member what he thinks about most are the individuals he has served with and the laughs they have had together.

Fun Fact:  Jeremy was born and raised in a small town in central Missouri helping out on the family farm and earning some extra spending money by cutting grass, chucking hay bales and doing odd jobs at a Chevrolet dealership throughout high school.  In college, he worked as a teller and in customer service at a local bank and graduated with a degree in Computer Information Systems.

– Jeff Hisem, Ohio Department of Transportation, SCOA Liaison; Kevin Fox, Michigan Department of Transportation, PTF Chair; Jeremy Kampeter, Missouri Department of Transportation, PTF Vice Chair.