Contact information/Office staff


Mailing address

Office of Public Transit
800 Lincoln Way
Ames, Iowa 50010
www.iowadot.gov/transit
Fax: 515-233-7983


The Office of Public Transit staff is responsible for administering all of the state transit programs, plus all federal transit assistance for regional and small urban transit systems, and intercity bus carriers, and most of the federal nonformula projects for transit systems serving Iowa’s urbanized areas.

Select a name below to view biography and contact information.

Director
Transit programs manager
Compliance and training manager
Research and technology manager
Administrative support
Michelle McEnany, Director
Michelle has served as the director of the Office of Public Transit for the Iowa Department of Transportation since July 2002. Michelle directs Office of Public Transit programs, initiatives and staff to meet the overall mission of the office. In her role, she also acts as the primary liaison to various governmental agencies and public transit associations as well as local, state, and federal decision-makers. Prior to joining the DOT, Michelle was the director of state and local relations for the Greater Des Moines Partnership (formerly known as the Greater Des Moines Chamber of Commerce). Michelle is a graduate of Boston College with degrees in economics and political science.

michelle.mcenany@dot.iowa.gov
515-239-1659

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Pamella Lee, Transit Programming Manager
Pam serves as the Planning and Programming Manager for the Office of Public Transit. She is primarily responsible for development of the State Transportation Improvement Program’s transit element, administration of the federal grants application process, maintenance of the Public Transit Facilities and Equipment Management System, and coordination of office computer applications, including website maintenance. She has been employed with the Iowa DOT since November of 1980. She is a graduate of Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, major in Management.

pamella.lee@dot.iowa.gov
515-239-1872

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Kristin Haar, AICP, Compliance and Training Manager
Kristin serves as the Compliance and Training Specialist, joining the Iowa DOT in February 2010. Kristin’s duties include compliance reviews of Iowa transit system, providing identified training needs to transit systems and staff, and maintaining the Transit Manager’s Handbook and other educational materials. Prior to joining the Iowa DOT, Kristin was the Executive Director of the Heart of Iowa Regional Transit Agency from 2005-2010 and also worked as a Transportation Planner at the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization from 2000 - 2005. Kristin holds a B.S. in Community and Regional Planning from Iowa State University and a Master’s of Public Administration from Drake University.

kristin.haar@dot.iowa.gov
515-233-7875

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Ryan Ward, Research and Technology Manager
Ryan joined the Iowa DOT, Office of Public Transit in July 2010.  Ryan serves as the Research and Technology Manager in the office.  His primary responsibility is researching and evaluating technology based solutions for the enhanced mobility of Iowans.   Ryan began his transportation career in 1995 working for Cambus;  The University of Iowa transit system.  He continued his education at Ruan Transportation in Des Moines, IA as a member of the Ruan University Management Trainee Program.  Ryan’s career path took him into Over-the-Road trucking working as a fleet manager,  account manager, sales manager, and project manager before coming to the Iowa DOT.  Ryan is a graduate from the University of Iowa where he studied American History and Political Science.

ryan.ward@dot.iowa.gov
515-233-7877

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Laurie Carnahan, Administrative Support
Laurie is responsible for the administration of the fellowship program, contract assistance and tracking and general office support. She was previously employed with the Iowa Department of Public Safety serving state law enforcement in a support capacity. She has an A.A. in Business Administration, a B.A. in Organizational Psychology and an MBA in Business Administration.

laurie.carnahan@dot.iowa.gov
515-233-7870

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