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DBE Focus Board

Executive DBE Focus Board
Jennifer Killen, or “Sis” as she is widely known, joined Cook County in 2012 and serves as the first female Assistant Superintendent in the 102 year history of the Department of Transportation and Highways for Cook County.  The Department is responsible for all aspects of transportation facility planning, development, design, construction and maintenance/public works. Sis has been instrumental in the transformation of a 270 person Department from a roads centric environment to a culture with a focus on a broader range of transportation projects which foster economic and community benefits.After spending 13 years in the private sector working for public sector clients in the region and developing a strong talent and appreciation for Public Service, Sis jumped into her first Public Sector position as Bureau Chief of Transportation and Planning at the Cook County’s Highway Department.  Her role has evolved significantly during her five plus years at the County during the development and subsequent approval of the County’s first multi-modal transportation plan, Connecting Cook County.  This role further expands with the management of its implementation activities. Sis received a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is a licensed Professional Engineer and Professional Traffic Operations Engineer.

Jennifer (Sis) Killen

Asst. Superintendent, Cook County Dept. of Trans. & Hwys.

Executive Members - DBE Focus Board

Libby Braband

Vice President


Daniel Gallagher

Vice President

Gallagher Asphalt

Gustavo Giraldo

Chief Diversity & Strategic Dev.

Illinois Tollway

Michael Kleinik


The MACIS Group, Inc.

Tracy Morse


Images, Inc.

Leslie Sawyer

Chairman & CEO

Environmental Design Int'l.

Pamela Simon


Illinois Dept. of Transportation

Patrick Urich


City of Peoria

Members, DBE Focus Board

Joshua Adams

Operations Manager/IL


Tanya Adams

Vice President


Amir Al-Khafaji

Executive Director

Bradley University

Laith Alkhafaji

Senior Manager

CGN Global


Anas Alkhatib

Associate VP

Michael Baker Int'l.

Jamil Bou-Saab

Vice President

Terra Engineering, Ltd.

Lesa Branham


Favor, Inc.

Justin Brown

Operations Manager/Chicago



Kevin Burke III

Executive Vice President

Illinois Asphalt Pavement Assoc.

Anne Cotter

President & CEO

Cotter Consulting, Inc.

Abdul Dahhan

Vice President of Engineering

Chicago Testing Laboratory

Roderick Drew

Deputy Program Manager



Darrell Eilers

Vice President

EFK Moen

John Fortmann

Vice President

TranSystems Corp.

Gillermo Garcia


GSG Consultant Inc.

Santiago Garcia


GSG Material Testing


Rashed Gulaid


Gulaid Consulting Engineers

Clint Heinold

Vice President

CCG Services, Inc.

Kristie Lafleur

Board Member

Chicago Skyway

Ryan Macander

Vice President

Omega Inc.


Timothy Martin

Principal & Manager


Robert McAndrews

Vice President


Dan Meckes

President & CEO

Crawford, Murphy & Tilly

Luis Montgomery


2IM Group, LLC


Ramesh Patel


American Geoengineering, Inc.

Frank Powers

Executive Vice President

Ardmore Roderick

Anthony Quigley

Engineer of Project Impl.

Region 1, IDOT

Imtiaz Rehman


Engineering Services Group


Gabriel Rodriguez

Manager of Estimating

P.J. Hoerr

Harvind Singh

Executive Vice President

Singh + Associates, Inc.

Charles Stenzel

Principal & Sr. Vice President

TranSystems Corp

Alison Walters

Executive Director



Mae Whiteside



David Williams


Williams Brothers Const.

Claire Williams


Environmental Design Int'l.

John Yonan

Superintendent of Highways

Cook County Highway Dept.