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Kristina Swallow, P.E. - Director

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Director Kristina Swallow was appointed by Governor Steve Sisolak in January of 2019. As Director of the the Nevada Department of Transportation, she is responsible for overseeing the state highway system and proudly leads a dedicated and talented team of approximately 1,800 people.   

Director Swallow joins NDOT with more than 25 years of diverse experience in engineering, public policy and community advocacy. As a practicing civil engineer, Kristina has worked in several technical areas including flood control, traffic impact analysis and mitigation, land development, public works and transportation policy. Bridging industry gaps, she has been a small business owner, a consultant and also served as a program manager in city government. Additionally, she worked in the U.S. Senate on transportation policy including the passage of MAP-21 and as a lobbyist for local government during the 2013 Nevada State Legislative Session. Director Swallow's passion for serving the engineering community at-large is echoed by her role as 2018 President of the American Society of Civil Engineers, a global organization representing over 150,000 members in 177 countries. A thought-leader, Kristina artfully blends her breadth of experience and ability to communicate the concerns-at-hand to achieve the goals of the greater good. She strongly believes that the key to successful transportation systems lies in the strength of the plan. Since arriving at the Nevada Department of Transportation, she has emphasized the role that planning has in their future program. 

Kristina received her Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Arizona and a Master of Science in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is a licensed civil engineer in Nevada.

Kristina is married to her husband David, also a civil engineer. They enjoy learning new things, traveling - especially in Nevada - and spending time with their cats and dog.


Cole Mortensen, P.E. - Deputy Director

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Cole Mortensen serves Director Swallow as second-in-command. As Deputy Director, he oversees five NDOT groups focused on planning and performance, including administration, planning, human resources, communications, internal audit and external civil rights.

Cole began his NDOT career in 2002 as an associate engineer in the Design division, then served six years in the Structures division and ultimately advanced to management in 2009. As a project manager, he oversaw the development of the state’s largest public works project, Project NEON, and has been a leader in the department’s alternative project delivery aimed at most efficiently and quickly constructing road improvements. Cole then advanced to Chief of Project Management, followed by Assistant Director of Engineering. In that role, he supervised six groups within NDOT headquarters, representing more than 300 engineering and right-of-way professionals.

He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno and is a registered civil engineer in Nevada and California.  

Cole enjoys the outdoors, including hunting and camping with his family. He is most proud of being a part of an organization that has the ability to positively impact so many Nevadans by helping provide safe, reliable and sustainable transportation.


Tracy Larkin-Thomason, P.E. - Deputy Director, Southern Nevada

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Tracy Larkin-Thomason is the 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.

Tracy has more than 25 years of transportation experience, beginning her NDOT career in 1987 in the Right-of-Way division. She has worked in Roadway Design, the Structural division, as District II Traffic Engineer and Engineering Service Manager, as District II Maintenance Engineer and most recently as Assistant Director of Planning.

Tracy received her Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering and a Master’s in Business Administration both from the University of Nevada, Reno.  She is a licensed civil engineer in the state of Nevada. She is also a certified ITE Professional Traffic Operations Engineer, a Nevada Certified Public Manager and is the past president of the Nevada Certified Public Managers Society.

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. She currently serves on four American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and Transportation Research Board committees including Strategic Management and the MAP-21 implementation and Reauthorization Committee.

As a Deputy Director, Tracy seeks to improve communication, coordination and customer service with local agency partners, elected officials and the general public.

 


Cliff Lawson, P.E. - Deputy Director, Project Delivery

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As Deputy Director of Project Delivery, with a long career in private and state service, Cliff oversees several divisions responsible for designing, engineering and constructing NDOT projects, including Project Management, Design, Structures, Location, Hydraulics, Right-of-Way, Construction, Environmental Services and Stormwater Management.

Prior to joining NDOT, Cliff served a tour in the Marine Corps, worked in aerospace and construction industries, for the Nevada Bureau of Health Protection services and the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection. In those roles, he was responsible for creating regulations to support Safe Drinking Water Act requirements and fluoridation programs. He supervised both the Technical Services and Permits Branches through wastewater treatment and industrial inspections, engineering plans and specifications reviews. He also oversaw subdivision reviews, grant management, budgeting, regulation development, permit compliance and the implementation and permitting of Clean Water Act, Groundwater, Underground Injection Control and Statewide Stormwater programs.

At NDOT, Cliff has served as the Principal Bituminous Engineer in the Materials division and as the Division Chief for NDOT’s Stormwater Program.

Cliff holds a degree in civil engineering from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and is a registered professional civil engineer.

He is looking forward to continuing his work as an environmental steward and providing leadership to a fantastic dedicated team that works for safe, reliable and sustainable transportation.


Felicia DenneyFelicia Denney - Assistant Director, Administration 

 

Felicia Denney was named NDOT’s Assistant Director of Administration in early 2020. In her role, she oversees Financial Management, Accounting, Information Technology, Administrative Services and Headquarters’ Buildings and Grounds divisions.  

Felicia has been with NDOT for over 14 years, serving as chief of the Financial Management Division prior to her current position. She also has experience working for the State of Nevada Department of Taxation, State Industrial Insurance System and the Department of Insurance.  

Felicia earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a Finance Concentration from San Jose State University where she was a proud member of the San Jose State swim team.

Felicia is honored to work for an agency that strongly supports Nevada communities and visitors and can make a positive impact on Nevadans' daily lives. She is focused on the responsible use and maximization of taxpayer dollars and providing the department and the public with excellent customer service.  

Felicia enjoys swimming, gardening and cheering her children on at their sporting events and theater productions.

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Sondra Rosenberg, PTP - Assistant Director, Planning

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Sondra Rosenberg came to NDOT in 2008 and moved into her current position in 2014. As Assistant Director of Planning, Rosenberg oversees eight divisions within NDOT: Program Development, Multimodal Planning, Performance Analysis, Research, Roadway Systems, Safety Engineering, Traffic Information and Southern Nevada Planning.  

Sondra received her bachelor’s 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 worked as a transportation consultant for three years.  She spent time working as a Transportation Scholar through the National Park Foundation and had the opportunity to live and work at Sequoia National Park evaluating their transit system pilot and helping to make it a permanent system. Toward the end of that program, her dream job opened at NDOT, where she has been since.

Sondra is a certified Professional Transportation Planner and is active in the Northern Nevada section of the American Planning Association. 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.

Sondra lives in Reno and spends most of her time with her husband, chasing their young son around. She loves to travel and hopes they can take fun trips as a family in the coming years.


Darin Tedford, P.E. - Assistant Director, Operations

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Darin Tedford comes to the Assistant Director of Operations position after a 26-year career at NDOT. In the role, he oversees the Materials, Traffic Operations, Maintenance and Asset Management and Equipment divisions.
 
Darin began his career at NDOT as a summer intern in the Materials division. After graduating college, he worked for one year in the private sector before returning to NDOT. He has previously worked in Roadway Design, Signs and Striping, and the Materials division, where he dedicated his time for the last two decades and ultimately led the division.
 
Darin received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada, Reno and is a registered professional engineer in Nevada.
 
He lives in Carson City. He and his wife spend their free time with their kids at the dance studio where they take lessons. They support their children by building elaborate sets and props, as well as “rhinestone-ing” costumes for performances. Darin enjoys watching his kids’ talent develop in a way that brings creativity and joy to their whole family.

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Ryan McInerney - Director, CommunicationsA man with red hair and beard wearing glasses and smiling.

Ryan McInerney was appointed to serve as NDOT’s Communications Director in May of 2020. Previously, Ryan served as Communications Director in the Nevada Governor’s Office where he was the chief communications officer and on-the-record spokesperson for Governor Steve Sisolak and the Executive Branch. 

Ryan has spent more than a decade in strategic communications, public affairs and research, including serving as the Las Vegas partner of a political and public affairs firm where he worked with local and national-level causes and campaigns. He spent several years working in Washington, D.C. supporting tens of millions of dollars in strategic communication plans throughout the country, including in Nevada. Ryan has also led federal-state relations for a small, nonpartisan think tank that focused on issues important to California like health care, transportation and technology.

Ryan received his J.D. from the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Irvine.

He enjoys spending time with his family and chasing around his two-year-old daughter and Jack Russell mix, Marlow. Ryan’s goal is to help Nevadans learn about the many ways NDOT keeps them safe and connected. 

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Mario Gomez, P.E., PTOE - District I Engineer

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Mario Gomez was named District I Engineer in 2019. He is a two-decade department veteran who previously served as Assistant District Engineer for Construction. Mario oversees maintenance, operations, construction and planning duties, among other responsibilities.

The department’s District I coverage area consists of Esmeralda, Lincoln, Nye, Clark and Mineral counties. Mario manages 500 state workers as well as a network of 1,900 miles of highway throughout southern Nevada. He is also an active mentor to engineering and construction students.

Mario graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso, Texas with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering. He is a registered professional engineer in both Texas and Nevada. Additionally, he is a state-certified public manager.

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Mike Fuess, P.E., PTOE - District II Engineer 

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Mike Fuess was named NDOT District II Engineer in September 2018. He oversees maintenance and construction of approximately 1,350 miles of state road across northwestern Nevada. Mike enjoys working closely with the District II team to implement innovative, effective and timely solutions and strategies to work toward NDOT’s goal of zero fatalities while implementing a system that is safe, reliable and sustainable.

Mike comes to NDOT with many years of relevant experience. He was the City Traffic Engineer for the City of Auburn, Washington and has worked as a civil engineering consultant and as a government public works engineer. His professional career has taken him to California, Washington, Idaho and Nevada.

He received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of California, Irvine. Mike came to NDOT in 2003 as a Staff Professional Engineer before being promoted to Engineering Services Manager and District Traffic Engineer. Since 2013, he has served as District II Assistant District Engineer for Maintenance, overseeing maintenance of state roadways across northwestern Nevada. He is a registered professional engineer in Nevada, Idaho and Washington.

Mike lives in Reno, Nevada.

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Boyd Ratliff, P.E. - District III Engineer

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Boyd Ratliff was named NDOT District III Engineer in June 2017. He is responsible for District III operations, including more than 325 miles of interstate and U.S. routes, and more than 15 state routes and a broad expanse of rural northeastern Nevada.

He has worked at various private engineering firms in geotechnical and construction management positions.

Boyd earned a bachelor’s degree in geology from Idaho State University. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Nevada. Ratliff joined the department in 2010, serving first as District Support Engineer and then District Traffic Engineer. Most recently he served as Assistant District Engineer in Elko, directly overseeing NDOT construction and maintenance crews in Elko-area regional offices.

Boyd lives in the Elko area, where his family has had roots since the 1800s. He enjoys spending time with his wife and family and taking advantage of the outdoors that Nevada has to offer. He also volunteers with The Boys and Girls Club of Elko and the Northern Nevada Youth Soccer Association.