Rudy Malfabon, P.E.
Director, Nevada Department of Transportation
Rudy Malfabon has worked for the Nevada Department of Transportation for more than 25 years. As director, he is responsible for the daily operations of the department that has an annual operating budget of over $800 million and close to 1,750 employees.
Mr. Malfabon began his career at NDOT in 1984 as an inspector on the Flamingo Road interchange at Interstate 15 in Las Vegas. As an assistant resident engineer, he was the sole representative of NDOT on privately-funded projects at the Colorado River Bridge in Laughlin and the Summerlin Parkway interchange at U.S. 95 in Las Vegas. After earning his professional engineering license, Mr. Malfabon became a resident engineer and managed the construction of several interchanges and grade separations on U.S. 95 in northwest Las Vegas. Nearly half of Mr. Malfabon’s NDOT career was spent in Carson City, where he held the titles of assistant and chief construction engineer.
In 1998, he accepted the position of state construction engineer for the Washington State Department of Transportation. Mr. Malfabon was then recruited by Jacobs Engineering in Las Vegas in 2000, where he worked for three years as manager of Jacobs’ construction management services in Nevada. After being away from NDOT for nearly five years, Mr. Malfabon returned on July 7, 2003 when he was appointed to the position of deputy director for Southern Nevada, a position approved by the Nevada Legislature in mid-2003 to provide a director’s office presence in Las Vegas.
As NDOT director, Mr. Malfabon seeks to further enhance communication, coordination and customer service with local agency partners, elected officials, contractors and the general public to prioritize transportation funding needs, projects and activities across the state.
Mr. Malfabon chairs the American Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials' Standing Committee on Highway Traffic Safety, which encourages, recommends and supports highway safety programs to reduce highway crashes and promote national health and economic growth. He has also served on two research panels for the National Cooperative Highway Research Program, dealing primarily with construction management issues. Mr. Malfabon is a graduate civil engineer from the University of Nevada, Reno, and is a registered professional engineer in Nevada and Washington. His hobbies include camping, fishing, and gardening. He resides in Carson City.
As deputy director, Mr. Hoffman is responsible for assisting the director in the daily operations of NDOT.
Mr. Hoffman began his employment with NDOT in February 1991 as an engineering technician in District Two. He became a rotational engineer in 1996 and worked within District Two on various construction projects. He then moved into the Bridge Division and served as a bridge designer for five years. From there, Mr. Hoffman worked in the Construction Division as the quality assurance engineer and most recently as the chief of the Maintenance and Operations Division. In this role, he administered several of the NDOT’s statewide programs in the areas of Highway Maintenance, Roadway Operations and Facilities Management. Some of the programs under his direction included the Integrated Transportation Reliability Program (ITRP), which implements new and innovative projects to reduce congestion and keep Nevada moving, the I-80 Corridor Coalition Program, which focuses the efforts of several western states to improve winter mobility along Interstate 80, and the Maintenance Accountability Program (MAP) to establish a customer service approach to statewide NDOT maintenance activities. He also oversaw vital motorist services such as NDOT’s 511 Nevada Travel Info and Freeway Service Patrol as well as support to the nearly one million person hours dedicated yearly to NDOT road maintenance duties. Mr. Hoffman chaired several national winter maintenance committees during his tenure as chief maintenance and operations engineer.
Mr. Hoffman graduated from the University of Wyoming in December 1990, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Marketing. While at Wyoming, he also played football and earned All-Conference and Honorable-Mention All-America honors. He returned to college in 1993 and graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in December 1996, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Nevada.
Deputy Director, Southern Nevada
Tracy Larkin-Thomason is NDOT deputy
director for southern Nevada, with statewide responsibilities for NDOT's three
engineering districts and the civil rights program with a focus on coordination
of NDOT southern Nevada activities.
Larkin-Thomason has more than 25 years of transportation experience, beginning
her NDOT career in 1987 in the right-of-way division. She worked seven years in
Roadway Design, three years in the Structural division, five years as District
II traffic engineer and engineering service manager, six years as District II
maintenance engineer and most recently, four years as assistant director of
In this position, Ms. Larkin-Thomason seeks to improve communication,
coordination, and customer service with local agency partners, elected
officials and the general public. She has served on several National
Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) panels and scans on a variety of
subjects including asset management, cost of maintenance and fiscal constraint
compliance and currently serves on four AASHTO and TRB committees including
Strategic Management and the MAP 21 Implementation and Reauthorization
Ms. Larkin-Thomason has Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a
Master in business Administration, both from the University of Nevada,
Reno. She is a licensed Civil Engineer in the state of Nevada. Ms.
Larkin-Thomason is also certified as an ITE Professional Traffic Operations
Engineer, a Nevada Certified Public Manager and is a past president of the
Nevada Certified Public Managers Society.
Assistant Director, Engineering/Chief Engineer
As Assistant Director of Engineering, Mr. Terry is in charge of NDOT’s pre-construction engineering sections including Project Management, Design, Bridge, Environmental, Location, and Right-of-Way. His focus is on project delivery and ensuring that NDOT’s projects are of the highest quality and delivered on time and within budget. In this role, Mr. Terry supervises six groups within NDOT headquarters, representing more than 300 engineering and right-of-way professionals responsible for developing all engineering work necessary in delivering design plans and specifications used in the construction of NDOT projects.
Mr. Terry worked for NDOT in Carson City in the Roadway Design, Structures, Hydraulics, and Traffic Divisions. He participated in the design of several projects in Nevada including the I-580 Extension in South Reno, the I-515 Freeway in Las Vegas/Henderson, the I-15 Tropicana Interchange, and the I-80 Sparks Boulevard Interchange. After 12 years in the private sector, Mr. Terry returned to NDOT in 2002 as a senior project manager and assistant chief project manager handling some of the largest projects in Southern Nevada including the US 95 widening, Martin Luther King to Craig Road, I-15 South Design Build, and Las Vegas Beltway projects.
Mr. Terry has a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Union College in Schenectady, New York, and has been a registered professional engineer in Nevada since 1984. He has been married for 27 years and has two children. He enjoys many outdoor activities including golf, skiing and hiking.
Assistant Director, Administration
Robert Nellis serves as NDOT Assistant Director of Administration. In the role, Mr. Nellis oversees four divisions including Financial Management, Accounting, Administrative Services and Information Services. Through sound budgeting, financial and administrative practices, the divisions under his oversight play a proactive and supportive role in ensuring the success of the Department's goals and objectives.
Mr. Nellis has 20 years of experience in private sector real estate development, business management, public land management, and energy program management. He has been with the State of Nevada since 2004 and was head of the State Land Office in the Division of State Lands for five years. Mr. Nellis administered the Nevada Land Bank for the Nevada-Tahoe Resource Team and was responsible for all statewide transactions and permits on lands managed by the Division. In 2009, Mr. Nellis accepted a position at the Governor's Office of Energy (GOE) as the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) Project Director. As a result of his work on ARRA, the GOE was recognized by the federal government in 2012 as one of two states to have successfully implemented the ARRA program on time and within budget. During his tenure at the GOE, Mr. Nellis also led the development and implementation of new financing programs, the creation of an open source software portal to streamline permitting processes, and secured additional federal funding sources for the GOE.
Mr. Nellis is a Nevada Certified Public Manager with a bachelor's degree in business administration and master's degree in communication. He is also currently pursuing advanced certification and training in public-private partnership finance, transportation finance, and bond finance. Mr. Nellis earned the Eagle Scout Award in 1986 and is also the father of an Eagle Scout. He has been married for 21 years and enjoys hiking, skiing, and other outdoor activities with his wife and five children.
Assistant Director, Planning
As Assistant Director of Planning, Sondra Rosenberg oversees eight divisions within NDOT: Program Development, Multimodal Planning, Performance Analysis, Research, Roadway Systems, Safety Engineering, Traffic Information and Southern Nevada Planning.
Ms. Rosenberg has a Bachelor's of Science degree in Physics from the University of Rochester and a Master of Science degree in Transportation Technology and Policy from the University of California, Davis. She is a certified Professional Transportation Planner and is active in the Northern Nevada Section of the American Planning Association.
Ms. Rosenberg has worked at NDOT since 2008 and prior to that she was a transportation planner for Fehr & Peers, a consulting firm. As the Federal Programs Manager in NDOT Planning, Sondra managed the I-15 Mobility Alliance and the I-11 & Intermountain West Corridor Study. She effectively built coalitions that consisted of neighboring state DOTs, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, economic development councils, chambers of commerce, businesses and various other stakeholders.
Assistant Director, Operations
Reid Kaiser serves as NDOT's Assistant Director for Operations and is responsible for the Construction, Materials, Equipment, Traffic Operations and Maintenance and Asset Management divisions. He is responsible for administering the construction program, implementing strategies for pavement preservation, keeping the NDOT fleet mobile and managing traffic operations.
Mr. Kaiser holds a Bachelor's degree in Construction Engineering Management from Oregon State University and is a licensed professional engineer in Nevada and California. He began his career with NDOT as a rotational engineer and has served as Assistant Resident Engineer, Resident Engineer, Assistant District Engineer, Assistant Chief Construction Engineer and Chief Materials Engineer. Having worked 25 years in construction and materials at Headquarters and District 2, Mr. Kaiser has constructed over $100 million in construction projects, implemented asphalt pavement specifications for NDOT, and served on AASHTO's sub-committee on Materials.
Mr. Kaiser and his wife of 23 years have two children attending Carson City schools. Some of his hobbies include hunting, running, mountain biking, snow and water-skiing.
Mary A. Martini
District I Engineer
In July 2004, Mary Martini relocated to Las Vegas from Portland, Ore., to begin her career with NDOT as the District I engineer. District I encompasses the southern half of the state, is the largest geographically, and includes Las Vegas, the fastest-growing metropolitan area in the nation.
Ms. Martini is responsible for District I operations, including the administration of approximately half billion in annual construction projects, as well as the maintenance of the highway system and appurtenances. Traffic operations in the Las Vegas valley are controlled by the Freeway and Arterial System for Transportation. Known as FAST, the system is a coalition of NDOT, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, and local agencies. Ms. Martini represents NDOT and oversees the state-of-the-art facility that houses both FAST and the Nevada Highway Patrol.
Prior to joining NDOT, Ms. Martini was the director for surface transportation in the northwest for URS Corp. She led a business practice in highway and bridge engineering for Oregon, Washington, and Alaska. URS recruited Ms. Martini from the Oregon Department of Transportation, where she worked for 20 years. Ms. Martini began as a construction inspector/survey crew chief and over the years served as a bridge designer, project manager (resident engineer) for construction, district manager for maintenance, and regional construction engineer. Ms. Martini is a graduate of the Oregon Institute of Technology with a B.S. in civil engineering and an A.E. in structural engineering. She also holds an M.B.A. from Colorado State University.
Thor A. Dyson
District II Engineer
Thor Dyson was appointed District II engineer in August 2003. In this position, he is responsible for approximately 300 employees & maintenance personnel, permit and administration employees, plus six NDOT resident engineer crews and seven to eight consultant resident engineer crews. The District II engineer position is responsible for all snow and ice and avalanche control operations along highways. Emergency response operations for western Nevada state highways also fall under his charge. In addition, he oversees approximately $500 million in construction and permit projects in northwestern Nevada.
Mr. Dyson received a bachelor of science degree in civil and environmental engineering from Utah State University in 1986. He passed his Engineer in Training examination before graduation, and holds professional engineering licenses in Nevada and California. While attending Utah State University, he spent his summers working for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. A one-year hiatus from the university allowed him to visit Brazil and attend school to learn Portuguese.
After graduation, Mr. Dyson worked in Sun Valley, Idaho, and performed structural engineering for three years. In 1989, he joined the Nevada Department of Transportation in the rotational engineering program.
Before completing the rotational engineering program, Mr. Dyson joined the District II office as a staff engineer for snow, ice, and construction projects along the eastern Sierra, Nevada/Tahoe, and District II desert areas. He was assistant resident and resident engineer for highway construction contracts from 1994 to 1997. From resident engineer, he moved to assistant District II engineer for maintenance and then to assistant District II engineer for construction until he was named District II engineer in 2003.
Mr. Dyson is a 2005 graduate of the State of Nevada Certified Public Managers Program.
Mr. Dyson enjoys, kayaking, skiing, bicycling, and other outdoor activities.
District III Engineer
Kevin Lee was appointed in July 2003 as the district engineer for the Department of Transportation’s District III, which covers a broad expanse of rural northeastern Nevada. The western boundary begins on I-80 at Imlay and runs for 265 miles to West Wendover on the Nevada/Utah border. The northern boundaries begin at the Nevada state lines with Oregon and Idaho and extend south for approximately 300 miles. Moreover, this doesn’t include the many hundreds of miles of state-maintained roads that wind within the district.
A native of the District III area, Mr. Lee was born in northeastern Nevada. As a second-generation NDOT employee whose father retired from NDOT as a resident engineer, Mr. Lee joined the ranks in 1985 as an engineering technician. He has worked on highway projects throughout Nevada, including Hawthorne, Wells, Wendover, Winnemucca, Fallon, Austin, and Beatty. While working on construction crews, he enrolled in NDOT’s Engineer in Training Program and passed the EIT and professional engineer exams. Mr. Lee’s prior appointments with NDOT include engineering technician, supervisor I/associate engineer, assistant resident engineer, district traffic engineer, and assistant district engineer.
In 2005, Mr. Lee was appointed by the Secretary of the Interior to sit on the Bureau of Land Management’s Northeastern Great Basin Resource Advisory Council as a representative of transportation and rights-of-way organizations. The council provides advice to the Secretary regarding management of public lands within the Council’s jurisdiction. Mr. Lee has served on various NDOT committees and is a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers.
Mr. Lee enjoys anything to do with the outdoors, including hunting, fishing, hiking, and camping. He is an avid wildlife photographer, and his camera is always included in these excursions. Mr. Lee and his wife Amy have a daughter, Kassandra, and sons, Kynan and Kendrick.
Sean Sever serves as communications director for the Nevada Department of Transportation. In this role, Mr. Sever oversees the media, public information, multimedia, customer service, public hearings, and photography/video sections. He also serves as the department liaison to the Nevada Legislature.
Mr. Sever previously served as energy outreach coordinator for the Nevada Governor’s State Office of Energy, public information officer for the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada and Western Nevada College, and general manager of the Piñon Plaza Casino Resort.
Mr. Sever has a journalism degree from the University of Nevada, Reno, and has served as chairman of the Carson City Convention and Visitors Bureau. He is a Nevada native and a graduate of the Carson City Leadership and State of Nevada Certified Public Manager programs.
Mr. Sever and his wife have three children. In his free time, he enjoys running, playing basketball, hiking in the Desolation Wilderness, attending UNR games, and doing fun things with his family.