WYDOT staffer wins national post

2011-08-22T23:45:00Z 2011-08-23T00:30:14Z WYDOT staffer wins national post

By JOAN BARRON

Casper Star-Tribune

The Billings Gazette
August 22, 2011 11:45 pm  • 

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A Wyoming Department of Transportation employee is one of only 10 people named to represent the states on the National Cooperative Highway Research Program Committee.

Lisa Fresquez is the 30-year-old manager of WYDOT’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program. This is a certified program for minority or women-owned, operated and controlled firms that are involved in highway and airport construction.

The federal program requires that contractors on federally funded road construction projects include DBE subcontractors in the bidding process.

Fresquez said Monday she will be on the national committee’s topic discussion panel dealing with regulation changes in the DBE program. The panel, she said, will make recommendations for the DBE programs nationwide.

Fresquez was nominated by Olivia Fonseca, deputy director of business and economic opportunity with the California Department of Transportation.

The two know each other through the Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.

Appointment to the National Cooperative Highway Research Program committee is competitive, and nominees come from all over the country.

“I’m honored to be one of them,” Fresquez said of the 10 appointments.

“It’s exciting that Wyoming’s DBE program is at the forefront of policy discussions that affect all DOTs across the nation. I hope that the knowledge I have gained and the ideas I have will provide a benefit to the department,” she said.

As part of her duties, Fresquez will attend meetings in Washington, D.C., several times a year and also discuss matters with the committee through teleconferencing.

Her appointment means WYDOT will be able to further help shape national policies, said Kent Lambert, the department’s director of civil rights.

“She is a real go-getter,” Lambert said Monday in an interview.

A resident of Cheyenne since she was 14 years old and a graduate of Central High School, Fresquez started working for state government at age 19 in the Department of Health’s infectious disease unit and then at the construction management section of the Department of Administration and Information.

She is married and has two children.

The committee is part of the Transportation Research Board, a Washington, D.C.-based organization that gets experts in the transportation field together to research and come up with solutions to transportation issues.

The TRB is one of six divisions of the National Research Council, a private, nonprofit organization administered by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine, a WYDOT release said.

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