TxDOT welcomes new Aviation Division staff
We take a lot of pride in the fact that most employees who join TxDOT’s Aviation Division remain with us for their entire career. We believe that is because our staff enjoy their jobs and are committed to the betterment of Texas aviation. However, time marches on and retirements do occur. During the past year, we have added four new employees to our aviation team that we would like to introduce to you.
Megan McLellan joins our Planning and Programming Section as the assigned planner to the West Texas Region airports. She graduated from the University of Louisiana at Monroe with a Bachelor’s Degree in Aviation Management. Her background includes airport operations and security positions at Air Carrier airports, as well as the planning and development of airport projects for both general aviation and air carrier airports during her time at Louisiana’s State Aviation Office. Although she calls Louisiana home, Megan was born in New Mexico and lived in El Paso for 5 years during her self-described “Army Brat” years. She has worked at airports of all sizes and is eager to provide a seamless transition and continued support for her newly assigned airports.
Aaron Ford joined the Aviation Division in December 2013 as our Property Acquisition Specialist, replacing Scott Bryan who has moved on to our Planning and Programming Section. Aaron, an Alabama native, graduated from Faulkner University in Montgomery Alabama and started his career in Land Acquisition and Right of Way in 2005 with the Alabama Power Company. He comes to TxDOT Aviation with several years of experience in property rights acquisition with oil and gas and electrical transmission and distribution companies. Aaron is fully engaged in the land acquisition process and looks forward to working with you to meet your airport expansion needs.
Trudy Hill, a member of our Grants Administration Section, is a Contract Specialist, responsible for overseeing Disadvantaged Business Enterprise/Historically Underutilized Business Program compliance. She also administers grant and contracting processes for airport improvement projects in the Atlanta District as well as managing some of our planning projects. Prior to joining the Aviation Division, Trudy worked for a consulting engineering firm dealing with transportation related contacts.
Lisa Maraden is a contract specialist in our Grants Administration Section responsible for administering the Davis Bacon Act regulations in our construction projects. She also assists with the administration of our Routine Airport Maintenance Program (RAMP) and supports internal IT initiatives. Lisa has 10 years of customer service experience and 7 years of procurement and contract management experience. Her work experience with the public as an employee of the City of Austin and Williamson County and her knowledge of government purchasing, procurement, and contract management make her a great addition to our Grants Management section.
Megan, Aaron, Trudy and Lisa are committed to good customer service and look forward to meeting and working with our airport owners and aviation stakeholders throughout Texas.