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Public Lands Team Staff

Volpe's Public Lands Team is composed of planners, engineers, and analysts. Our work draws on expertise in a variety of fields, including transportation planning and engineering, environmental science and policy, acoustics, and modeling.


Portfolio Managers

Jonah Chiarenza, Community Planner

Master of Urban and Environmental Planning, University of Virginia
Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Washington University in St. Louis

Jonah Chiarenza has over 15 years of experience in public, private, and non-profit planning organizations. As a transportation planner at the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, Chiarenza develops strategies for national policy, conducts research and disseminates information about best practices, and designs solutions for local and regional transportation challenges. He works with a range of federal agencies, including the Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration, Forest Service, and National Park Service, and works with state DOTs and MPOs, local municipalities, national organizations including TRB and NACTO, and academic and research institutions.

Prior to joining the Volpe Center, Chiarenza served as a senior transportation planner with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) leading the design and implementation of major complete streets projects, and managing implementation of San Francisco’s WalkFirst pedestrian safety program in support of Vision Zero. Previous to SFMTA, he was an associate with a consulting firm leading transit-oriented development, urban design, and planning policy and implementation projects. View Jonah Chiarenza’s LinkedIn profile and reports.

Rachel Chiquoine, Civil Engineer

Rachel Chiquoine is a civil engineer and transportation planner at the U.S. DOT Volpe Center. Chiquoine works on safety studies and program development, transit and trail feasibility studies, stakeholder engagement, and technical assistance for the National Park Service, as well as virtual public involvement for the Federal Highway Administration, and recovery for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Chiquoine oversees Volpe's support of the National Park Service National Capital Area. Her background is in emergency management, transportation planning, and public health. She is certified as an Associate Emergency Manager (AEM) by the International Association of Emergency Managers. Chiquoine has a PhD in Disaster Science and Management from the University of Delaware, during which time she was an FHWA Eisenhower Transportation Fellow. View Rachel Chiquoine's LinkedIn profile.

Travis Crayton, AICP, Community Planner

Master of City & Regional Planning, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Master of Public Administration, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Travis J. Crayton, AICP, is a transportation planner focusing on long-range transportation planning, congestion management, and alternative transportation. Crayton currently manages Volpe’s portfolios with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Southeast Region of the National Park Service (NPS). He also manages transportation planning projects for several NPS regional offices and the NPS Washington Support Office. In addition to his public lands transportation planning work, Crayton also supports the Federal Highway Administration’s Office of Project Development and Environmental Review and the Federal Transit Administration’s Office of Research, Demonstration and Innovation. View Travis Crayton’s LinkedIn profile.

Amalia Holub, Community Planner

Portrait of Amalia Holub

Master of City Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Barnard College, Columbia University  

Amalia Holub is a transportation planner focusing on policy, active transportation, safety, and emerging transportation technologies. She oversees Volpe's portfolio with the National Park Service Washington Support Office. This work draws on a team of over 35 planners, analysts, and engineers focusing on projects ranging from national transportation policy to site-specific pilots and studies. She also manages Volpe’s support to the Federal Highway Administration Office of Human Environment, focusing on livability, equity, and multimodal connectivity, along with projects for the Office of the Secretary of Transportation. Prior to joining the Volpe Center in 2015, Holub’s career included work in state government, an international non-profit in Argentina, and the private sector. View Amalia Holub's LinkedIn profile.

Michael Kay, Community Planner

Portrait of Michael Kay

Master of City Planning and Master of Science in Transportation degrees, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, New York University


Michael Kay focuses on alternative transportation in parks and public lands, innovative finance, performance measurement, and long-range transportation planning. Kay manages the Volpe portfolio with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, assisting the Corps with strategic transportation planning and validating their visitation estimation processes. He works with the National Park Service and other federal land management agencies to promote alternative transportation systems both agency-wide and at individual parks. At the agency level, Kay supports efforts to promote the need for alternative transportation in parks and public lands in federal transportation authorizing legislation. At the park level, Kay's work focuses on transit service planning, and vehicle counter calibration and monitoring. Read additional reports by Michael Kay.

Katie Lamoureux, Community Planner

Portrait of Katie Lamoureux

Master of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University
Bachelor of Science in Marine and Freshwater Biology, University of New Hampshire

Katie Lamoureux is a community planner with more than 13 years of experience working with federal, state, and local agencies to help find context-sensitive solutions to transportation and land use planning challenges. She currently manages the Volpe portfolio with the Bureau of Land Management and FHWA Office of Federal Lands Highway Central Division, and is providing on-site technical assistance to the NPS Northeast Region Alternative Transportation Program. She also supports work for the U.S. Forest Service, FHWA Office of Planning, FHWA Office of Transportation Performance Management, FTA, and others. Her work has focused on performance-based planning and programming, long-range planning, resiliency planning, and alternative transportation planning and programming. Lamoureux is an experienced facilitator and brings more than 10 years of experience as a watershed planner and scientist prior to coming to Volpe. View Katie Lamoureux’s LinkedIn profile.

Cynthia Lee, Electronics Engineer

Portrait of Cynthia Lee

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Northeastern University

Since joining Volpe in 1991, Cynthia Lee’s work has covered many aspects of transportation-noise research for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), National Park Service (NPS), Federal Rail Administration (FRA), and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). In support of the FAA and NPS, she is the project manager for acoustical research in support of the Grand Canyon National Parks (GCNP) Overflights Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)  and the development of Air Tour Management Plans (ATMPs) where she leads teams that collaborate with experts from the fields of social science, natural resource management, and acoustics in the development of quantitative relationships that correlate aviation noise exposure and visitor responses. Both projects include acoustical data collection to determine ambient sound conditions, computer modeling using the FAA’s Integrated Noise Model (INM) and Aviation Environmental Design Tool (AEDT), and analyses to predict noise impacts from air tours or other sound sources of interest for National Environmental Policy Act documents or other planning documents. She also provides contractor oversight, project management, project review and monitoring, and technical expertise for the FRA’s High Speed Intercity Passenger Rail (HSIPR) Program  and Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Program. Other work includes support of the FHWA’s Noise Barrier Design Handbook and Traffic Noise Model (TNM). View Cynthia Lee’s LinkedIn profile.

Kevin McCoy, Community Planner

Portrait of Kevin McCoy.

Master of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Bachelor of Music Education, University of Michigan, School of Music, Theatre & Dance

Kevin McCoy has assisted federal, state, and local agencies with transportation planning projects since joining the Volpe Center in 2011. He works on planning, research, and oversight projects in support of the Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration, National Park Service, and Fish and Wildlife Service. He has also assisted regional and local governments with planning projects, particularly those which involve public lands. His work covers a diverse range of planning topics including long-range planning, shared mobility and emerging technologies, ridesharing, transportation demand management, public lands transportation, performance-based planning and programming, climate resilience, and regional cooperation. McCoy’s work on the National Park Service’s National Long Range Transportation Plan has been recognized for excellence and teamwork by the National Park Service and the American Planning Association.

Eric Plosky, Chief of Transportation Planning

Portrait of Eric Plosky

Master in City Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
SB Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Eric J. Plosky is the Volpe Center’s chief of transportation planning. Plosky leads a team of more than 25 planners, working on some of DOT’s highest-priority efforts, and supporting public-lands agencies, DOT offices, and other organizations on many different kinds of transportation-planning initiatives: data analysis, systems, and visualization; policy, program, and project development, management, oversight, and evaluation; infrastructure and service planning; and public communications and outreach. Since starting at the Volpe Center in 1999, Plosky has carried out several detail assignments, beginning with a four-month assignment to the headquarters of the National Park Service, in Washington, DC. In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, he served for five months after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita as a disaster-recovery coordinator for DOT, working collaboratively with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other agencies both to develop national policies and programs and to conduct location-specific recovery operations. He has deployed on several subsequent disasters, and presented at the U.S./China Transportation Forum in Xi’an, Shaanxi. Plosky completed undergraduate and master’s degrees in planning at MIT, and often serves as a speaker and panelist at MIT events. He has visited all 50 states.

Amy Plovnick, Community Planner

Master of City Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
BA Political Science and Environmental Studies, Washington University in St. Louis

Amy Plovnick is a community planner with expertise in infrastructure resilience, sustainability, active transportation, and public health. At the Volpe Center, she supports the National Park Service, Federal Highway Administration, and other federal agencies on research, program implementation, and policy analysis work. Plovnick supports portfolio management for the National Park Service Washington Support Office and manages transportation planning projects for NPS regional offices. Previously, she worked on renewable energy and energy efficiency policy at two nonprofit organizations in Washington, D.C. View Amy Plovnick's LinkedIn profile.

Benjamin Rasmussen, Public Lands Team Leader

Portrait of Ben Rasmussen

Master of City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Bachelor of Arts in International Relations/Political Science, Carleton College


Benjamin Rasmussen is a community planner with expertise in shuttle service planning in public lands, non-motorized transportation planning and evaluation, regional and long-range transportation planning, and resiliency planning. In addition to managing the Volpe portfolios for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service Midwest Region, Rasmussen leads and coordinates the work of Volpe’s public lands team. He has also worked with the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Transit Administration, and local, regional, and state transportation planning agencies. Before joining Volpe, Rasmussen worked as a senior program officer for an international environmental non-profit organization and as a transportation planner for a metropolitan planning organization. He is a member of the Transportation Research Board’s Metropolitan Policy, Planning, and Processes Committee and the Special Task Force on Climate Change and Energy. Read additional reports by Benjamin Rasmussen.

Heather Richardson, Community Planner

Portrait of Heather Richardson

Master of Urban and Regional Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy and Management, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse

Heather Richardson is a transportation planner at Volpe with experience in assisting public land agencies in addressing issues of access and congestion using alternative transportation. She specifically focuses on public transit services connecting to and within public lands and how technology can improve such services. Her experience working at public land units in several regions enables her to share the lessons learned between them and facilitate growth in understanding. Richardson also has local transportation planning experience from the New York City Department of Transportation, where she worked in planning and operations for seven years. At the Volpe Center, she primarily supports work for the National Park Service regional offices and the Federal Transit Administration.

Erica Simmons, Community Planner

Portrait of Erica Simmons

Master of City Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Arts and Science in Archaeology and Geological and Environmental Sciences, Stanford University

Erica Simmons is a transportation planner at Volpe with a focus on long-range transportation planning, performance management, infrastructure resilience, transit, and active transportation. She oversees Volpe’s portfolios with the Federal Highway Administration’s Western Federal Lands Division Office and the Alaska Region of the National Park Service, and she co-manages Volpe’s portfolio with the Bureau of Land Management. In 2015, she completed a three-month detail at FHWA’s Western Federal Lands Division Office and the Bureau of Land Management’s Oregon State Office, where she coordinated with FHWA, Federal land management agencies, and Washington and Oregon State Departments of Transportation to develop the Pacific Northwest Collaborative Long-Range Transportation Plan. Simmons has also supported planning research and policy analysis for the Federal Highway Administration’s Offices of Planning and Safety and the Federal Transit Administration’s Office of Budget and Policy. Before coming to Volpe, she worked as a planner for a regional parks and conservation agency in California. 


Project Staff

Group photo of the public lands team.

  • William Baron, Computer Engineer
  • Anna Biton, Community Planner
  • Laura Black, Civil Engineer
  • Rebecca Blatnica, Environmental Protection Specialist
  • Holly Bostrom, Community Planner
  • Andrew Breck, Environmental Protection Specialist
  • Michael Buonopane, Project Engineer
  • Chris Calley, Economist
  • Amishi Castelli, Physical Scientist
  • Chris Crachiola, Economist
  • Travis Crayton, Community Planner
  • Jonathan Cybulski, Environmental Protection Specialist
  • Jared Fijalkowski, Community Planner
  • Gina Filosa, Operations Research Analyst
  • Rachel Galton, Community Planner
  • Scott Gilman, GIS Specialist
  • Glenn Goulet, Supervisory General Engineer
  • Kim Higgins, Policy Analyst
  • David Jackson, Transportation Industry Analyst
  • Anthony Jones, Community Planner
  • Danielle Kittredge, Community Planner
  • Alexander Kosnett, Operations Research Analyst
  • Jacob Korn, Policy Analyst
  • Scott Lian, Operations Research Analyst
  • Alex Linthicum, Operations Research Analyst
  • Daniel Mannheim, Mechanical Engineer
  • Travis Mast, Biologist
  • Alexandra McNally, Community Planner
  • Charlie Mills, Technology Policy Analyst
  • Sean Peirce, Economist
  • Margaret Petrella, Social Scientist
  • Sean Puckett, Economist
  • Drew Quinton, Community Planner
  • Kaitlin Schluter, Engineer
  • Susan Smichenko, Community Planner
  • Brian Sumner, Information Technology Specialist
  • Catherine Taylor, Economist
  • Hoamy Tran, Community Planner
  • Christopher Zevitas, Environmental Engineer
  • Stephen Zitzow-Childs, Operations Research Analyst
Last updated: Friday, April 30, 2021