Meet our Board Members
Contracts and Specifications Engineer MaineDOT
George graduated from the University of Maine in 1986 and started with the Maine Department of Transportation that same year. He has 14 years as a Bridge Designer/Project Manager; 10 years in Highway as the Highway Project Manager, Highway Design Manager and Financial Support Manager; and 11 years in the Contracts Section as the director which also has the title of Contracts and Specifications Engineer for the department. He started coming to the TEA in 2012 and was chairman and conference host in 2015; he is currently Chairman again. He also served on the TCCE for a number of years.
Bidding and Contract Services Engineer MoDOT
Danica graduated from the University of Missouri – Rolla, now known as Missouri University of Science and Technology in 1998. She has over 23 years of services with the Missouri Department of Transportation. Danica started her career designing bridges before discovering her passion for contractor services working as a project reviewer. Danica has held several positions in the Bidding and Contract Services section including Project Reviewer, Estimator, Estimate and Review Engineer and now leads the team as the Bidding and Contract Services Engineer. Along the way, she spent 4 years in Transportation Planning in Local Programming where she was responsible for administering federal funding distributed to local agencies for roadway, bridge and pedestrian projects and in Central District as a Project Manager, delivering roadway, bridge and pedestrian projects to central Missouri.
Nicole has over 13 years of transportation project and portfolio management. She started her career designing bridge structures to ultimately managing an $11 Billion portfolio of transportation projects. Nicole has a unique blend of project and portfolio management skills including: project planning and programming, risk analysis, and cost management. Recently, Nicole led a TxDOT Enterprise Work Group for Construction Cost Estimating to evaluate current cost estimating business practices to bring consistency across the agency. She currently leads the first, Texas Department of Transportation Construction Cost Estimating Community of Practice. In 2002, Nicole received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
Treasurer & TCCE rep
Elijah Gansen has worked in the Design Bureau for the Iowa Department of Transportation since 2004. From 2005 to 2015 he served a Transportation Engineer working on highway projects on the primary system in the state. In 2015 he moved to the Methods Section in the Design Bureau with emphasis on geometric design and cost estimating. His responsibilities with cost estimating include serving as an administrator and trainer for the cost estimating software in use at the agency and also aiding staff with estimates for roadway projects within the state.
Assistant State Contracts and Estimates Engineer WYDOT
Chris has been working for the State of Wyoming for 21 years. I began my career with WYDOT while in college as part of the road design group. After graduation I spent another 9 years in road design at WYDOT headquarters. After a short stint in the Wyoming Military Department I returned to WYDOT in our Traffic Signing program before being hired into the Contracts & Estimates group, where I have spent 5 years as the Assistant State Contracts & Estimates Engineer.
Estimates Engineer MnDOT
Nancy is the Estimates Engineer at the Minnesota Department of Transportation. She has led the Cost Estimating and Engineering Cost Data Unit for 11 years. She and her team are responsible for preparing the Final Engineer’s Estimate/Letting Estimate for MnDOT Design Bid Build projects and managing AASHTOWare project data entry.
S. Mitchell Ball PE, LS, DBIA
Cost Estimation Office Director
Mitch Ball is the director of VDOT’s new Cost Estimation Office. Mitch has extensive senior leadership experience in the field of transportation infrastructure, including construction, cost estimating, value engineering, scheduling, and claims. Prior to joining VDOT, Mitch enjoyed a successful career with a large Virginia based heavy / highway contracting firm wherein he worked as engineer, estimator, and was ultimately promoted to the position of chief engineer for the firm. During his private sector career, Mitch gained extensive experience and knowledge in cost estimating and bidding.