Each year the Michigan Transportation Planning Association recognizes a group of members for its annual awards. There are four categories for these awards:
SENIOR PLANNER AWARD
Awarded to a planner who has demonstrated mastery in the multiple facets of transportation planning.
2021 Andrea Faber, Grand Valley Metropolitan Council
2019 Pat Karr, Battle Creek Area Transportation Study
2018 Maja Bolanowska , Midland Area Transportation Study
2017 Steve Stepek, AICP, Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study
2016 Kimberly Gallagher, Southwest Michigan Planning Commission
2015 Andy Tilma, Battle Creek Area Transportation Study
Mark Kloha , Michigan Department of Transportation
JUNIOR PLANNER AWARD
Awarded to a planner who has demonstrated significant accomplishments in the multiple facets of transportation planning with fewer than ten years of experience.
2021 Demetra Manley, Saginaw Transportation Agency
2019 Christina Ignasiak, Southeast Michigan Council of Governments
2018 Tanya DeOliveira, Region 2 Planning Commission
2017 Andrea Strack, Tri-County Regional Planning Commission
2016 Mark Ferrall, Washtenaw Area Transportation Study
2015 Elisa Hoekwater, Macatawa Area Coordinating Council
BEST PRACTICES AWARD
Awarded to a TMA or MPO who has reached an agency objective or advanced the agency as a whole using creative and imaginative techniques. We encourage MDOT, FHWA, or a MPO to nominate agencies.
2021 Washtenaw Area Transportation Study
2019 Genesee County Metropolitan Planning Commission
2018 Grand Valley Metropolitan Council
2016 Washtenaw Area Transportation Study
2015 Genesee County Metropolitan Planning Commission
RAY LENZ FRIEND OF TRANSPORTATION AWARD
Awarded to a federal or state representative who has provided remarkable assistance and demonstrated exceptional professionalism in working with local transportation organizations.
2021 Susan Weber, Federal Transit Administration
2019 Jeff Franklin, Michigan Department of Transportation
2018 Heidi Phaneuf, Michigan Department of Transportation
2017 Eric Mullen, Michigan Department of Transportation
2015 Racheal Tupica, Federal Highway Administration