Dr. Kenneth Jones is an Organizational Psychologist and is most notably nationally recognized in the field of Education Reform, although his skills and experiences are not limited to education. He was the Program Officer for District and National High School Reform Grants with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to this position, he was the Organization Development Specialist for the Washington Education Association and, prior to that, a Consulting Associate with Dannemiller Tyson Associates. He left the position of Vice President and Corporate Director of Organization Development & Training with the Michigan National Bank Corporation (a department he created) to join Dannemiller Tyson Associates.
Dr. Jones has over thirty (30) years of experience in Organization Development, training and education. He has consulted with such clients as Boeing, U. S. Steel, Ford Motor Company, Marriott, The Academy for Educational Development, The Office of The Ministry of Education for the country of Jamaica, METRO-Seattle, the County of San Mateo, The Annenberg Institute for School Reform, and many other public and private sector organizations.
Dr. Jones has come out of retirement to help organize SBTRC clients so that they are ready, willing and able to pursue more US DOT contractual opportunities in the Central Region.
Supplier Diversity Program Manager
Francoise Lyles-Wiggins is the Supplier Diversity Program Manager for Bi-State Development. In this capacity, she is responsible for administering the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program (DBE) for Bi-State Development ensuring compliance with U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) federal regulations and guidelines.
Prior to joining Bi-State Development, Lyles-Wiggins worked with the St. Louis Development Corporation as the MBE/WBE Program Manager and with the City of St. Louis-Lambert St. Louis International Airport DBE Program Office as a Program Manager I-Compliance. In these roles, she ensured compliance on all public works and economic development projects throughout the City of St. Louis; development of an in-house compliance monitoring system; policy development; and implementation and certification of firms in accordance with the U.S. Department of Transportation and Mayor Executive Order No. 28, as amended for the City of St. Louis and the MBE/WBE Certification and Compliance Rules.
Ms. Lyles-Wiggins received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Mississippi Valley State University and Masters of Public Administration-Urban Management from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She presides on the board of the Regional Union Construction Center, serves on the Diversity Committee and owner representative on the St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers, member of Missouri Department of Transportation-St. Louis Regional Diversity Council, member of the Liaison Committee with the Mechanical Contractors Association-St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers, member of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials and holds a Contract Compliance Administrator certification with the American Contract Compliance Association. In 2012, Lyles-Wiggins received the PRIDE of St. Louis Construction Joe Rinke Owner Award for her efforts to advance the spirit of teamwork and harmony within the St. Louis construction industry.
Senior Diversity & Inclusion Specialist, MoDOT Equal Opportunity and Diversity
Cheryl received her B.S. Degree from the University of MO, Columbia with a double major in Business/Journalism and her M.A. in Human Resource Development from Webster University. She also has attained the Senior Professional in Human Resource (SPHR) certification.
Cheryl is currently working on her Master’s Certification/ Ed. D in Social Justice at the University of MO, St. Louis.
A military daughter, and the mother of 2 daughters/1 son, Cheryl has lived and was educated on base, in small towns, large cities and abroad. Cheryl has been educating, coaching and advocating for Diversity and Inclusion in the community, schools and businesses her entire career.
President, All America Transportation, Inc. and Managing Member, Petro Logistics, LLC
With nearly 20 years of entrepreneurial experience, Lianne continues to build the impressive reputations of All America Transportation, Inc. and Petro Logistics, LLC as high-quality, well-respected service providers. As clients’ demands increase, Lianne helps both businesses innovate, evolve and diversify product offerings while managing her talented teams as they set and exceed goals. She names communication, transparency and high visibility into clients’ shipments as the best assets of both businesses.
Specializing in truckload and freight transportation management services, All America Transportation, Inc. has been named an Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Company and also is recognized annually by several organizations as a top woman-owned business. Petro Logistics, LLC sells and distributes petroleum products to manufacturers in Missouri on company-owned trucks and tankers, as well as provides full truckload dry van services. Petro Logistics, LLC formed in 2012 after Lianne noticed a need for a woman-owned petroleum supplier within the construction industry.
Adept at problem solving and cultivating key relationships with clients, Lianne credits honesty, intense determination and a thirst for knowledge as contributing factors to her success. She’s passionate about fitness, traveling and volunteering to help mentor other women-owned business organizations throughout the St. Louis area. In her very spare time, she likes to disconnect by spending weekends at Lake of the Ozarks.
Current Vice President of Schrimpf Landscaping Inc.
SLI was established in 1961 and Incorporated in 1980. Established by Ann and Jerry Schrimpf, it is a family owned company that currently has 35 employees working with us.
Steve began buying his Father Jerry out in 1986, and Kim Schrimpf (President) began buying Ann out in 2001. SLI specializes in Seeding, Mulching, Planting, Erosion Control,
Modular, and MSE wall construction. Roughly 95% of our yearly receipts are on MODOT/KDoT projects.
Steve Schrimpf was the 80th Chairman of the MO AGC, and currently serves on the AGC Board of Directors, and other various committees, along with a seat on the Laborers Pension Board.
Attorney at Law
Colette Holt & Associates, Oakland, CA
Colette Holt represents public agencies and private firms on issues related to civil rights, public contracting and affirmative action. She has broad experience in conducting defensible disparity studies, expert witness consulting and testimony, drafting legislation and policies, designing programs, managing initiatives, defending affirmative action programs, and counseling private firms on compliance with diversity requirements. Ms. Holt serves as General Counsel to the American contract Compliance Association and is an author and frequent media commentator on these issues.
Ms. Holt received her B.A. in Philosophy from Yale University and her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. She was a Law Clerk to the former Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Prior to developing her own practice, she was associated with a large law firm, Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago and Chief Operating Officer of the Chicago Park District. She is a former Adjunct Professor at Loyola University School of Law and the John Marshall law School.
Dan Lester, Director of Contractor Relations and Personnel Recruitment (Concrete Strategies), works with executive
leadership, middle management, and field management personnel
to create viable and realistic solutions that educate the construction workforce on diversity, equity, inclusion, and
cultural principals relevant to the industry.
Lester serves as the Executive Director of CCDI, Inc. (Construction Career Development Initiative), a non-profit organization that provides mentorship, weekend classes, and financial resources for minority and underserved youth and young adults looking to become viable candidates for construction trades and professional degree programs.
Dan is an internationally recognized professional speaker and speaks on topics of workforce development, diversity, inclusion, cultural awareness, leadership, and motivation through his platform “The Art of Adaption.”
Dan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Management Information Systems, with a Minor in Information, Science, and Technology, from Missouri University of Science and Technology.
Kevin Kiesling is the Procurement Manager with MoDOT’s General Services Division. A native of Jefferson City, MO, Kevin earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Lincoln University. Kevin began his career with MoDOT in 2014, focusing on the strategic direction of learning and development, contract management, supplier diversity, and supporting MoDOT’s long term vision.
Alice M. Prince, Ed.D. is a proud native of St. Louis, Missouri and a graduate of St. Louis University where she received her Bachelor of Science. She went on to Webster University in St. Louis, where she obtained a Master of Arts in Communication Management with an emphasis in Crisis Communication. In her pursuit to achieve higher academic excellence, Dr. Prince went on to receive a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and completed a groundbreaking study and research on the effects of student success and teacher-bullying.
Dr. Prince was recently named the Executive Director of the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE) American Job Center in St. Louis, Missouri by Lyda Krewson, the Mayor of the City of St. Louis. Dr.
She believes access to employment, training, and education is a social justice matter. Dr. Prince’s work in bettering the lives of others goes unprecedented and her passion goes unmatched. In her previous capacity, she served as the Young Adult Division Manager of the company where she oversaw approximately 30 contracts that focused on youth employment, empowerment, mentoring, financial literacy, and legal services.
Chief Estimator for Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc., Columbia, MO. He has been in this position for 18 years.
His primary responsibility is the management of the bidding process on Department of Transportation
jobs in the states of Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Kansas.
These responsibilities include quantity take‐offs, cost estimate preparation, solicitation and negotiations with material suppliers and subcontractors, schedule preparation and final bid reviews with management prior to submission of bids.
He graduated from the University of Missouri – Rolla (now Missouri University of Science and Technology) with a BS degree in Civil Engineering. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Missouri.
He has almost 40 years of experience in road and bridge construction. He had 10 years of field experience ranging from laborer to carpenter foreman prior to serving as a Project Manager/Estimator for 15 years before assuming his current position of Chief Estimator.
Brian Burger is the Construction and Materials Engineer for MoDOT – Kansas City District. Burger, is a native of Lee’s Summit and a 2005 graduate of the University of Missouri Columbia. He began his career at MoDOT as a construction inspector, and he has also worked as a Resident Engineer, and Deputy Director of the Manchester Bridge Design Build project. Brian and his wife Amber have 3 small children and enjoy cheering for the Royals.
Randy Hitt holds a BS in Civil Engineering from University of Missouri-Rolla has over 30 years of Construction & Materials Inspection experience with MoDOT. Randy is currently the Construction & Materials Liaison Engineer in the St. Louis office. He has been involved in the construction of 16 major river crossings and was the project director of the Stan Musial Veterans memorial Bridge project.
Missy Stuedle is the Manager with the External Civil Rights unit and has been with MoDOT for over fifteen years. She is responsible managing the day to day activities of the division including the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program, On-the-Job Training Program, Equal Employment Opportunity, Title VI, ADA and all other non-discrimination or affirmative action programs related to federal-aid contracting activities. Missy graduated from Central Missouri State University, with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, and graduated from Columbia College with a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice.
Steven Smith is the President 7 CEO of Job Point and brings 30 plus years of experience and leadership in the finance industry. In addition to his work in the private sector, Smith has served numerous organizations, including the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, Columbia Public Schools and Heart of Missouri United Way.
Steve is well known in the community, with a strong background in business and non-profit organizations.
Design Build Director/ Project Manager
Justin is a graduate of the University of Missouri – Columbia and is a Registered Engineer in Missouri. He has served MoDOT in multiple roles within the Design Department, ultimately serving for 10 years as a Transportation Project Designer leading a group of engineers and technicians in the development of plans for highway construction. Justin served as the Deputy Director for the I-44/Route 141 Design Build Project in southwest St. Louis County and is currently the Project Director for the I-270 North Project.
Barry Rolle, PE is a Vice President and Senior Professional Associate with HDR. He serves as HDR’s Transportation Program Manager for the Missouri and Kansas offices. In his 40 years of transportation engineering and planning experience he has also held positions with City of Columbia, City of Lenexa, KS, and Santa Barbara County, California. Barry holds two degrees from the University of Missouri and is a member of the Academy of Distinguished Alumni for the University’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Chip Jones, P.E., (B.S. in Civil Engineering University of Missouri – Columbia, 1988) is the Heavy/Civil Branch Manager for Emery Sapp & Sons, Columbia, MO. Chip has more than 30 years of experience in the heavy/civil construction industry, including 28 years of experience working for and with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT). In recent years, Chip has overseen the heavy/civil branch of Emery Sapp & Sons (ESS). Over the last six years, he has managed a work force of more than 200 employees and has successfully completed more than $700 million of highway and bridge projects. Project innovation and aggressive project scheduling have been key to Chip’s success. His knowledge and his outstanding leadership ability has provided excellent results for a number of MoDOT projects, including two winners of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America’s Build America Award for Highway and Transportation Renovation.
Andrea Kropf is the Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of the Inspector General, Chicago, IL. She has 21 years of experience as a federal law enforcement officer, responsible for conducting sensitive and complex investigations involving criminal, civil, regulatory, and administrative violations of the Department's programs and regulations involving contract and grant fraud, hazardous materials, and aviation, rail and motor carrier safety. Andrea holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Illinois State University and a Master’s Degree in Learning & Organizational Change from Northwestern University.
Amber holds 25 years of leadership experience in business development, community relations and strategic planning with an emphasis on diversity and inclusion for organizations in aviation, healthcare, and community development. Having held highly visible leadership positions, she has earned a reputation for continually making a positive bottom line-line difference while maintaining excellent customer service. Currently, Amber manages the City of St. Louis and Lambert Airport's DBE and M/WBE certification and compliance programs. These programs promote business opportunities for disadvantaged, minority and women businesses for Airport and City departments.
Dan Smith is the manager of Equal Opportunity and Community Outreach at the Full Employment Council. In his duties he is responsible for oversight of all EEO customer service, EEO marketing and Outreach. He is also assist with security protocol; and facilitating the monitoring and reporting on all funded programs.
Joe currently works for Lionmark Construction Companies as the Safety Director/EEO Officer. He has 20 years with Lionmark Construction Companies working in the heavy highway industry. Prior to that, he worked at Guarantee Electrical Company in St. Louis as a Safety Inspector.
Joe has served as Chairman of the Associated General Contractors of Missouri Safety Committee where he led the committee to promote industry wide safety training and compliance and worked with committee members and affiliates to enhance and develop innovative jobsite safety techniques and standards. In July of 2016- Joe was appointed to the State of Missouri Workers’ Compensation Determinations Review Board- by then Governor Jay Nixon.
Joe has a Bachelors in Business Administration from Fontbonne College, St. Louis, Mo.
When not at work Joe is active in his Church enjoys spending time with his wife and 4 children and their many sports activities.
Kendall Davidson is a true entrepreneur who offers his construction hauling and petroleum service and expertise to contractors within the state of Missouri. His construction hauling service ranges from residential to large-scale commercial projects. He is no stranger to hard work. He has worn many hats as a truck driver, operations manager and a certified diesel mechanic.
Kendall specializes in superior customer service. He is known for his timeliness, well-maintained equipment, and courteous communication to his clients. His dedication to his profession has allowed him to increase his business relationships in St. Louis City, County and beyond.
Kendall’s goals are to establish lasting relationships with his clients by achieving customer service at the highest level and to provide a top notch hauling, petroleum and freight service.
Linda Moen is the majority owner and managing member of EFK Moen, LLC, a civil engineering design firm with three offices in the St. Louis region, and offices in Chicago and Atlanta. Linda is a graduate of the University of Missouri College of Engineering who started her career with the Missouri Department of Transportation in 1985. After 13 years in design and operations in the St. Louis and Jefferson City Districts, Linda left MoDOT to join three other partners and create EFK Moen.
EFK Moen has been in business for twenty years providing engineering designs to state DOT’s, counties and municipalities on significant roadway and bridge projects. As the managing member of the firm, Linda is responsible for financial management, insurance, HR, purchasing, office leases, contract administration, government registration and certifications, in addition to business development, engineering design and personnel management.
Tom currently is the St. Louis District Design Engineer, managing the internal and external design staff delivering nearly $300 million worth of projects. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri – Rolla obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering in December 1998 and became a Professional Engineer in the State of Missouri in 2007. In the past Tom has held positions in Construction for MoDOT in North St. Louis County, was the Transportation Project Manager for MoDOT in the St. Louis Area from 2008 to 2011 and oversaw the WB Blanchette Bridge rehabilitation project. In 2011 Tom was the Area Engineer for MoDOT in St. Charles County until 2015. Tom lives in Maryland Heights with his wife and four children.
Assistant Athletic Director-Community relations
University of Missouri-Columbia
Howard Richards was born in St. Louis, MO and was a student in the St. Louis Public School system through high school graduation. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communication, with an emphasis in Radio, Television and Film from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Mr. Richards later spent time working at KRCG-TV, the CBS television affiliate in Jefferson City, MO, fulfilling duties in both the news and sports departments.
Richards spent seven seasons in the National Football League, playing six seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, and one season with the Seattle Seahawks before retiring after the 1987 season. He helped the Cowboys win two NFC East Division championships, along with making two consecutive appearances in the 1982 and 1983 NFC championship games. Following his retirement from professional football, Mr. Richards worked for thirteen years at the Central Intelligence Agency, where he served on the security staffs of four CIA directors, along with serving a tour of duty in Tel Aviv, Israel, where his duties included both personnel and physical security, and liaison and security coordination in Gaza and the West Bank between the Israeli and Palestinian governments.
Mr. Richards is active in the community. Accordingly, he serves as an advisory board member for Segs4Vets Foundation (www.Segs4Vets.org), a “Spirit of Hope Award” winning foundation that provides Segway personal transport vehicles to severely wounded military veterans, to assist them to regain their mobility and to improve their quality of life. Richards has also been involved as a voluntary board member for the Gerry Bertier #42 Foundation (http://www.gerrybertier.com), which raises funds for spinal cord research and individuals who have suffered spinal cord injuries.
In June of 2011, Richards was selected to succeed former Mizzou coach (and the man who helped recruit him) John Kadlec, as the Tigers radio football analyst. "To be able to come back and be part of Mizzou football on this level, I couldn't have found a better opportunity to further my broadcasting aspirations and reconnect to my alma mater,'' said Richards. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.''
Richards is a member of the St. Louis Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. He is a member of the NFL Retired Players Association whose mission includes, among other things, working with the numerous NFL Charities. In February of 2012, Richards was honored as a recipient of the College of Arts and Science’s Distinguished Alumni awardees at the University of Missouri-Columbia. In October of 2015, Richards was honored as a recipient of the 48th 2015 Faculty-Alumni Awards. He also serves as a member on the College of Arts & Science Strategic Development Board and the advisory council for the College of Arts and Science Department of Communication.