ODOT appoints new District Deputy Directors

Twelve new district directors to lead future transportation investments in Ohio

COLUMBUS (Thursday, January 20, 2011) Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Director Jerry Wray announced today the appointment of the department’s twelve new District Deputy Directors.

"It is with great pleasure to announce ODOT’s new transportation leaders," said ODOT Director Jerry Wray. "I am confident in our team and entrust them to make the best decisions for Ohio as we diligently work to improve and enhance our world-class transportation system."

Working collaboratively with the district’s administrators, District Deputy Directors perform a vital leadership role by assisting the department in strategic transportation planning, policy development and implementation of the statewide transportation initiatives.

Below is a list of the District Deputy Directors and location of the District Offices.

Kirk Slusher, P.E., District 1 (Lima) – Serving as District Planning Administrator since 1997, Slusher began his career at ODOT upon graduating from Ohio Northern University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering.

Todd Audet, P.E., District 2 (Bowling Green) – Having previously worked at ODOT from 1994 to 2007, Audet last served as District Deputy Director until taking a position with Midwest Terminals of Toledo International as Vice President of Operations. Audet received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from University of Toledo.

Allen C. Biehl P.E., District 3 (Ashland) – With a B.S. in Civil Engineering from The Ohio State University, Biehl began his career at ODOT, first as a production engineer, then the District Real Estate Administrator and then finally served as the District 3 Production Administrator from 2002 to 2005.

Anthony M. Urankar, District 4 (Akron) – A graduate of St. Bonaventure University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communication and Journalism, Uranker served as Public Information Officer as well as Business and Human Resource Administrator for ODOT District 12 during his 17 year career at ODOT.

Julie Gwinn P.E. (Acting), District 5 (Jacksontown) – Within her 18 year career at District 5, Gwinn began at a Design Engineer and most recently led the planning department as the District Planning Administrator. Julie has a B.S. in Civil Engineering and MBA from the University of Missouri.

Ferzan Ahmed, P.E., District 6 (Delaware) – Ferzan began his engineering profession in 1992 as part of ODOT’s Engineer-in-Training Program. Ferzan has more than 15 years of construction engineering experience and three years of engineering design experience at ODOT. Ferzan has served as the District 6 Acting Production Administrator since November 2009.

Matt Parrill, P.E. (Acting), District 7 (Sidney) – With more than 25 years of transportation experience at the state level, Matt began his career at ODOT in 1986 working in the Planning Department. Parrill is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering.

Steve Mary, P.E., District 8 (Lebanon) – Having begun his career at ODOT after graduating from University of Cincinnati with a B.S. in Civil Engineering, Mary has spent the past 25 years at the Hamilton County Engineers Office as Bridge Engineer and several other transportation related positions.

Vaughn Wilson, P.E., District 9 (Chillicothe) – Wilson is a veteran of ODOT and began his career with the department in 1971 working in both the bridge and traffic engineering offices and was the District 9 Highway Management Administrator from 1995 to 2007. Wilson is a graduate of Ohio University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering.

T. Steve Williams, P.E., District 10 (Marietta) – A graduate of Ohio University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering, Williams has more than 24 years of construction engineering experience at ODOT. For the past ten years Steve has served as the District 10 Construction Engineer where he was responsible for all aspects of construction management including project supervision, budgeting, dispute resolution and inspection.

Lloyd MacAdam, P.E., P.S., District 11 (New Philadelphia) – With a diverse background in engineering, MacAdam began his career at ODOT in 1997, serving as a Transportation Engineer, Real Estate Administrator, Production Administrator and most recently Regional Projects Manager for northeast Ohio. MacAdam is a graduate of the University of Akron with a B.S. in Civil Engineering.

Myron Pakush, District 12 (Garfield Hts.) – Pakush has nearly two decades of experience working at ODOT, most notably serving as District Deputy Director for both Districts 5 and 11. Pakush has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Toledo.

For more information contact:
Melissa Ayers, Central Office Communications, at 614-644-8640
or your local
ODOT District Communications Office