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INTERNATIONAL DIRECTORS
Kirsten Tynch, P.E., PTOE, LEED AP BD+C, ENV SP (F)

Cathy Leong, P.E. (F)

Southern District

Western District

Kirsten Tynch serves as the Virginia Beach
Managing Director for VHB, a 1,400-person
engineering consulting firm headquartered in
Watertown, Massachusetts, USA, with 24 offices
along the East Coast. In her role, she oversees
all operations of the firm's Virginia Beach,
Virginia, USA office. In addition, she manages
numerous traffic engineering and roadway
design projects for private, municipal, state, and federal clients.
Kirsten has more than 26 years of experience in transportation
engineering and is a registered engineer in seven states and the District of Columbia. She earned her bachelor and master of science in
civil engineering from the University of Virginia, and is certified as
a Professional Traffic Operations Engineer, a LEED professional, and
an Envision™ Sustainability Professional (ENV SP) by the Institute of
Sustainable Infrastructure.
Active in ITE since 1993, Kirsten is a past president of the
Southern District of ITE (SDITE) and Virginia Section of ITE
(VASITE). Kirsten also served as one of the Local Arrangement
Committee chairs for the Southern District Annual Meeting in 2010.
For her work with VASITE, she has been awarded VASITE's Young
Member Award, Outstanding Individual Activity Award, and the
Distinguished Service Award. She has also been awarded SDITE's
Joseph M. Thomas Young Member Award. Kirsten is an alumna of
the LeadershipITE Program. She currently serves on ITE's Family
Program Subcommittee and is the awards chair for the Pedestrian
and Bicycle Standing Committee. Kirsten has been married to her
husband, Jack, for 12 years and has two sons, Logan and Callen.

Cathy Leong is an associate director of the
Traffic/Transportation Engineering Group at
Wilson Okamoto Corporation in Honolulu,
Hawaii, USA. Wilson Okamoto Corporation is a
local, multi-disciplinary firm that provides civil
engineering, traffic and transportation engineering, and land use/environmental planning
services. Cathy graduated with a bachelor's
degree in civil engineering from the University of Hawaii at Manoa
then earned a master's degree in civil engineering from the University
of California, Berkeley. She is an ITE Fellow and a licensed engineer in
Hawaii with more than 20 years of traffic engineering experience.
Cathy first joined ITE in 1995 as a student member and has been
actively involved ever since. She's a past president of the Hawaii Section, served as the Student Endowment Fund Chair for the Western
District for six years, and completed her term as Western District
president in 2016. In addition, she was the Local Arrangements Committee chair for the 2006 Western District Annual Meeting in Hawaii
and has volunteered again to co-chair the LAC for the upcoming 2020
Western District Annual Meeting in Hawaii. Cathy has received several awards over the years for her contributions to ITE including the
Western District Young Professional Achievement Award in 2008 and
the Western District Individual Achievement Award in 2012.
Cathy lives in Honolulu, Hawaii with her husband Garrett and
son Tyler.

Karen Aspelin, P.E., PTOE (F)
Mountain District
Karen Aspelin is an owner and principal of
MaxGreen Transportation Engineers, LLC, in
Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA. She
graduated with a bachelor's degree in civil
engineering from the University of Virginia
and with a master's degree in civil engineering
from Texas A&M University. She is a licensed
professional engineer in Colorado, New
Mexico, Idaho, Texas, Arizona, and Hawaii, and took and passed the
first Professional Traffic Operations Engineer exam offered in 1999.
Karen has been actively involved with ITE since 1994. She is a past
President of the New Mexico section and the Western District, and
she served as the Technical Committee Chair of the Western District
for nine years. She is an ITE Fellow. Karen also serves on the board
of the American Society of Civil Engineers Southern Colorado
Branch and is an assistant scoutmaster in her son's Boy Scout troop.
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Carlos A. Ortiz, P.E., T.E., PTOE (M)
Western District
Carlos Ortiz is the chief operating officer and
principal at ADVANTEC Consulting Engineers,
Inc. (ADVANTEC). Carlos has more than 30
years of experience, exclusively in the field of
intelligent transportation systems, connected/
automated vehicles, smart cities, and traffic
engineering. He has extensive experience
managing projects and programs for numerous
agencies throughout California, Arizona, and Washington. At ADVANTEC, Carlos manages the daily operations and regional projects related
to smart cities, connected/automated vehicles, big data, and ITS.
In addition to serving on the ITE International Board of
Direction starting in 2018, Carlos also serves on ITE's Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) Council,
Transportation Consultants Council, and he serves as the co-chair
of ITE's Advocacy Committee. He served as president of the ITE
Western District and on ITE's Strategic Initiatives Committee. Carlos
also served as president of ITE Southern California Section, ITE
Riverside-San-Bernardino Section, Orange County Transportation



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