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Women of Asphalt appoints leader

Sheila Barkevich, CRH Americas Materials, was named president of Women of Asphalt (WofA), and Ashley Batson, Ingevity was named treasurer. Rachel Quam, Caterpillar, was elected to join the group’s board of directors, and Michelle M. Miller, Michigan Department of Transportation, was elected branch liaison to the board.

“I want to sincerely thank WofA members for the opportunity and confidence to serve as WofA President,” said Amy Miller, Asphalt Paving Alliance and Past President and Incoming Past President, in a prepared statement. “It was a valuable experience, both personally and professionally, in the service of consulting. The directors and I are proud to have Barkevich, Batson, Quam and Miller on our management team. These individuals will add significant value to the organization through their expertise in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. »

Barkevich graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and immediately went to work for Callanan Industries, a CRH company. She has spent her career in various roles at Callanan and earned an MBA from the University of Albany. Barkevich has served on the NCAT and NEAUPG steering committees and served as co-chair of the NYSAPA Technical Committee for several years.

Batson joined Ingevity as Government Relations Manager, Road Construction, in 2021 and is a founding member of WofA. Prior to that, Ashley served as executive director of the South Carolina Asphalt Pavement Association for 10 years. She began her career as a federal judicial law clerk, then worked in private practice before moving into government relations and association management. Ashley earned a Juris Doctorate from Charleston School of Law in 2007. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Spanish from Clemson University in 2003.

With 20 years of experience at Caterpillar, Quam’s career has spanned roles in engineering, sales, strategy and leadership. She leads a team focused on dealer and customer education, customer experience, prioritizing product needs/gaps across regions, and driving profitable growth aligned with business goals. She holds an MBA from Bradley University and an electrical engineering degree from South Dakota State University. Quam is heavily involved with the Society of Women Engineers, the Women’s Initiative Network (a resource group for Caterpillar employees), and Women of Asphalt, helping to launch the Women of Asphalt Minnesota/Dakota branch and serving as vice- president.

Miller began her career as a student mixing, compacting and testing asphalt in the basement labs of Michigan Technological University. This led to his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Immediately after college, she began working in asphalt design and quality control. After 14 years working for asphalt paving contractors in Wisconsin and Michigan, she became an HMA Mixture Design Engineer with the Michigan Department of Transportation in 2021. She is a licensed professional engineer in Michigan and Wisconsin.

Source: Asphalt Women

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