NOCoE Board of Directors

Shailen P. Bhatt, Board Chair and Executive Director, Colorado Department of Transportation
Shailen P. Bhatt serves as Executive Director for the Colorado Department of Transportation. Prior to his current position, Bhatt served as Cabinet Secretary for the Delaware Department of Transportation.

Bhatt currently serves on AASHTO's Board of Directors and Chairs the Standing Committee on Public Transportation; Diamond State Port Corportation Board of Directors; Northeast Corridor Comission, Co-Chair to Communication and Public Outreach Committee; and State Smart Transportation Initiative Advisory Committee. He was recently named Chair of the Executive Committee of the I-95 Corridor Coalition.



Martin Knopp, Associate Administrator for Operations, Federal Highway Administration 

Martin C. Knopp was appointed as the Associate Administrator for Operations in January 2017. In this capacity, he provides national leadership for the management and operation of the surface transportation system, and is responsible for FHWA's efforts in the areas of congestion management, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Deployment, traffic operations, emergency management, and freight management and operations. 

Prior to this, Martin served as the Director of Field Services (DFS) since November 2012 for the northeast region overseeing the corporate responsibilities of 13 Federal-aid Division offices in the northeast that include 264 employees and over $8 Billion in Federal-aid new funding annually.  As one of four DFS leaders covering the Federal-aid across the country, the DFS supervise the Division Administrators and serve as a field deputy for the Executive Director as well as members on the agency’s Leadership Team.

Martin graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering and he is a licensed engineer in Utah.

Abbas Mohaddes, President & CEO, Iteris, Inc.
Mr. Mohaddes is the CEO of the Mohaddes group and co-founder and principal of CAVita. He is a transportation executive focused on ITS. He is the former CEO of Iteris, where he led the transformation and substantial growth of Iteris into a software-based traffic management information technology organization. Abbas has over 30 years of experience in the application of technology in transportation systems. He has developed and implemented area wide traffic management and communication system plans for several small and large agencies around the country. He is a founding member and past chairman of ITS America, Current chair of the ITSA leadership Circle, member of the Transportation research Board (TRB) and past member of its executive committee, member of the board of trustees of the Mineta institute, fellow at ITE, and member of the University of California Irvine, Chancellor’s CEO roundtable.


Douglas W. Wiersig, Ph.D., P.E., Director of Transportation and Public Works, City of Fort Worth, Texas
Dr. Wiersig is Director of Transportation and Public Works for the City of Fort Worth—starting this position in April 2011. The Department is comprised of 8 major delivery divisions spanning roadway, storm water, facility, and environmental infrastructure systems. Functional activities span all elements of planning, capital delivery, operations, and maintenance.

Prior to joining the City of Fort Worth, Dr. Wiersig was Transportation Programs Manager for Jacobs Engineering in their Houston, Texas, office. In addition to this role, he had the opportunity to support various Program Management, Alternative Delivery Methods, and LEAN Program Analysis.


Laurie Matkowski, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
Laurie Matkowski is the Manager of the Office of Transportation Operations Management with the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), the Metropolitan Planning Organization covering counties in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  She has worked at DVRPC for over fifteen years, fostering planning and interagency coordination on numerous ITS, Operations, and Incident Management projects. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for ITS Pennsylvania, co-chairs the Pennsylvania State Transportation Innovation Council ITS Technical Advisory Group, and co-chairs the I-95 Corridor Coalition’s Highway Operations Group for the Delaware Valley.  Laurie recently received the “Woman of the Year” award by Philadelphia’s regional chapter of WTS, an organization promoting women in the transportation industry.

GHarry Voccola, Associate Program Director, Operations, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
Mr. Harry Voccola has maintained passionate support for ITS technologies and has championed the growth of the ITS industry. Currently, he is the Vice President of NAVTEQ (HERE). Mr. Voccola is a founding member of ITS America. While at ITS America, he engaged in public and private sector outreach and advocated for active American involvement in the World Congresses.

He's served as Chairman for the ITS America Board of Directors and for the 12th ITS World Congress in San Francisco, California, member of the California Alliance for Advanced Transportation Systems Board of Directors, Chairman of the Connected Vehicle Trade Association Board of Directors, and has worked as Senior Vice President of Transportation Systems and Services for Lockheed Martin. Mr. Harry Voccola has made significant contributions to the industry and is among the historic icons of ITS.

Jennifer Cohan, Secretary, Delaware Department of Transportation
Jennifer Cohan was appointed to be only the third woman to lead the Delaware Department of Transportation after serving as the Director of the Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles since 2007. Her state public service career has spanned over 25 years. Jennifer has worked in the capacity of Financial/Program Manager at the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) managing the state's Clean Water Program. Jennifer has also worked with the Delaware State Legislature within the Office of the Controller General.

Ms. Cohan has also held an array of leadership positions within the Delaware Department of Transportation in the areas of Planning, Finance, and Motor Carrier Safety. She is an adjunct professor at Wilmington University, teaching leadership and public policy in the Masters program. Jennifer has served as a member of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) Board of Directors, and as Interim Board President and CEO. Ms. Cohan is the president of the Greater Dover Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors.  Secretary Cohan currently serves as a member of the AASHTO Board of Directors, and serves on the I-95 Corridor Coalition's Executive Board, the Diamond State Port Corporation Board of Directors, the Northeast Corridor Commission, the Northeast Association of State Transportation Officials, Transportation and Climate Initiative, and Transportation Research Board Executive Committee.

Mike Holder, Chief Engineer, North Carolina Department of Transportation
Mike Holder is a 1984 graduate of North Carolina State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He has been with the North Carolina Department of Transportation for over 31 years.  On January 27, 2014, he was appointed to his current position of Chief Engineer. In this role, he oversees and directs engineering and program activities of the 14 Transportation Divisions,  the Asset Management Division, Transportation Safety & Mobility Division, and the Field Support Units.  Prior to being named Chief Engineer, Mike served as Division Engineer in Division 12 for 13 years.  

Mr. Holder also previously served as Division Construction Engineer in Division 9 and Resident Engineer, Assistant District Engineer and Assistant Resident Engineer in Division 7. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and a certified public manager. Mike currently chairs the AASHTO Subcommittee on Traffic Engineering, is a Board of Directors member of the National Center for Operations Excellence and a member of the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.  Mike is married with two daughters, Shannyn who is a dental student at the University of North Carolina and Samantha who is a senior in high school.