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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

Pamela Simon

Director, Bus. Workforce &

Diversity, IDOT

Terry Miller

Chief of Diversity

Illinois Tollway

Michael Kleinik


Illinois Dept. of Labor

Daniel Gallagher

COO& Vice President

Gallagher Asphalt

Libby Braband

Vice President

HDR, Inc.

Gabriel Rodriguez

Sr. Director

P.J. Hoerr

Leslie Sawyer

President & CEO

Environmental Design Int'l.

Mary Person


F. H. Paschen

Members, DBE Focus Board



Joshua Adams

Vice President

NPL Construction Co.

Tanya Adams

Vice President


Anas Alkhatib

Associate VP

Michael Baker Int'l.

Anshu Balekai


Interra, Inc. 


Jamil Bou-Saab

Sr. Vice President

Terra Engineering, Ltd.

Justin Brown

Operations Manager/Chicago

NPL Construction Co.

Kevin Burke III

Executive Vice President

Illinois Asphalt Pavement Assoc.

Robert Culp

Sr. Project Manager

Midwest Engineering Assoc.


Abdul Dahhan

Vice President of Engineering

Chicago Testing Laboratory

Roderick Drew

Deputy Program Manager


Ally Fields


Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc.

John Fortmann

Vice President

TranSystems Corp.


Guillermo Garcia


GSG Consultant Inc.

Santiago Garcia


GSG Material Testing

Amit Gauri


Black Dog Corp.

Gustavo Giraldo

Contracts Administrator



Rashed Gulaid


Gulaid Consulting Engineers

Rafael Herrera

Vice President


Karen Jensen

President and CEO

Farnsworth Group, Inc.

Paul Loete

Vice President



Ryan Macander

Vice President

Omega Inc.

Timothy Martin

Sr. Vice President

SPAAN Technologies Inc.

Jesse Martinez

FEP Administrator

Capital Development Board

Robert McAndrews

Vice President

HNTB Corp.


Dan Meckes

Chairman & CEO

Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc.

James Messmore

Senior Vice President

Hanson Professional Services

Griselda Monsivais

Associate Vice President

Globetrotters Eng. Corp

Luis Montgomery


2IM Group, LLC


Anthony Quigley

Region 1 Engineer


Imtiaz Rehman


Engineering Services Group

Deborah Roethler

Assistant City Manager

City of Peoria

Harvind Singh


Singh + Associates, Inc.


Charles Stenzel

Principal & Sr. Vice President

TranSystems Corp

Edward Stritch

President & CEO

The Concord Group

Priscilla Tobias


Arora and Associates, P.C.

Neli Vazquez-Rowland


A Safe Haven Foundation


Mae Whiteside



Michael Williams


Williams Brothers Const.

John Yonan

Superintendent of Highways

Cook County Highway Dept.

Isaac Yun

Director, Project Development

Ozinga Materials