The AASHTOWare ProjectTM Task Force

August 25, 2017

In this edition, we continue to highlight the current AASHTOWare Project Task Force (PTF) Members.  Be sure to say ‘Hello’ at the 2017 PUG Users Conference in Montana.

Janet Treadway, PTF Member

Janet is a 16-year veteran with the Ohio Department of Transportation working in the areas of Highway Maintenance, Public Information and the last 11 years in Construction.  She has overseen the implementation of multiple construction management systems, from document management to overall project administration and management systems. Currently, she is the data systems manager for the Department’s use of the current construction project management software, AASHTOWare Project SiteManagerTM. She is also leading the Ohio Department of Transportation’s e-Construction initiative.​

Fun Facts:  She and her husband, Matt, have 4 amazing daughters that continue to keep her active with their activities and insight of adulting.​

Charles Groshens, PTF Member

Charlie serves as Minnesota DOT’s (MnDOT) Labor Investigation Supervisor in the Office of Construction and Innovative Contracting. He has been with MnDOT for 27 years in the eight-person Labor Compliance Unit and has state/federal prevailing wage & labor law oversight on contracts funded under the commissioner of transportation; which includes not only MnDOT construction contracts but also locally let contracts as well as MnDOT Specialty Office contracts. Charlie has served on the AASHTOWare Project Civil Right & LaborTM TRT, the AASHTOWare Project 3.01 Leadership team, as the Assistant Coordinator & Coordinator for the Civil Rights and Labor TAG, PUG Board Vice-Chair/Chair/Past Chair and has been serving on the AASHTOWare Project Task Force for the past year.

“In my 27 years at MnDOT, I have seen and used a lot of different software programs. All have had their issues and required learning curves; however, AASHTOWare Project has been the only one that allows the users to have a direct impact on the development and future functionality; it has been like a fine wine improving with age.”     

Fun Facts:  Charlie and his wife, Jean, enjoy spending time with their three daughters, two son-in-laws, and one granddaughter. The family enjoys weekends at their lake cabin and hunting on family property in northern Minnesota. Charlie worked in the construction industry for 11 years as a Heating & Air Conditioning Technician and Sheet Metal Worker which led to owning a Heating and Air Conditioning company prior to working at MnDOT; he still holds Master HVAC Mechanical Licenses/Certifications.

Devin Townsend, PTF Member

Devin is currently an Assistant Materials Engineer and has worked at the Nebraska Department of Transportation for 10 years. He started his career in Construction where he was a project inspector and project engineer for 4 years. An opportunity in materials afforded him the chance to become the SiteManager® Materials Administrator, which evolved into managing all of AASHTOWare Project for NDOT. Expanding opportunities also resulted in him managing the materials final review process and the physical testing laboratory.

Fun Facts:  Devin has been married to his wife Melissa for 10 years whom with he has 2 kids. Devin enjoys hiking in the mountains where he has been able to summit 29 of Colorado’s 54 14ers.

Vonda Lane, PTF Member

Vonda serves as Tennessee’s Construction Contracts Manager with oversight responsibilities for AASHTOWare Project software. Vonda has worked with AASHTOWare® products since 2000 and has attended the PUG conference regularly since 2002 which was held in Austin, Texas. In addition to Construction, she has served TDOT in the areas of Maintenance, Estimating and Bid Analysis for over 30 years. Vonda was appointed to the AASHTOWare Project Task Force in the spring of 2017.

Fun Fact: Vonda was born in rural middle Tennessee where most of her family still resides. While raising two small children, her family earned extra money by growing a tobacco crop each year. Not so much fun!  Vonda has lived in Nashville for the past 15 years and both sons have recently moved to the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys visiting with family, spending time at the beach and traveling.

Lesly Tribelhorn, PTF Member

Lesly has been an engineer with the Montana Department of Transportation for almost 30 years, doing stints in Road Design, Hydraulics, worked in the Butte District, and currently oversees the Highways Bureau (Road Design, Hydraulics, Photogrammetry & Survey, Visualization, Cost Estimation, and Tort Claims).  With the implementation of SiteManager in 2007 came a push for the rest of MDT to use AASHTOWare products, and Lesly was instrumental in rolling AASHTOWare Project EstimatorTM out to the MDT design staff. From there, Lesly’s participation in AASHTOWare blossomed into active participation from the start of the AASHTOWare Project EstimationTM TRT, from 2008 until 2015. MDT is now rolling out the AASHTOWare Project Estimation software to internal design staff. Lesly was appointed to the AASHTOWare Project Task Force in March 2017.

Fun Fact:  Lesly transplanted to Montana from the east coast in 1981 and has never looked back. She loves hiking and skiing, bikes to work regularly, and can’t imagine life without mountains in the background.

Charles Nickel, PTF Member

Charles holds a BS Degree in Physics Education from Southeastern Louisiana University and a BS Degree in Civil Engineering with a minor in Mathematics from McNeese State University.He worked for the Mississippi DOT for 3 years as an Engineer Intern before starting his career with LA DOTD in 1998. After receiving his Professional Engineering license in 2000, he continued working in the Bridge Design section where he developed the Quad Beam Bridge Standards and participated in the design of the Lake Pontchartrain twin span bridges after hurricane Katrina in 2005.  In 2007, after working 8 years in Bridge Design, he transferred to the Project Management section as Value Engineering and Cost Estimate Director. He is currently a member of the AASHTO Technical Committee on Cost Estimating (TCCE) and the AASHTOWare Project Task Force.

Fun Facts:  About every other weekend, Charles visits his parents in a rural area near the border of Mississippi where he went to Southeastern, and received a degree in Physics Education and taught a half a year of high school Physical Science and Biology. He has two brothers who are also Professional Engineers and both also work in the same Louisiana DOTD Headquarters building as he does.