North Carolina - The city of Asheville named Eunice Lovi as its new transit planning manager. Lovi previously served as transit manager for Broward County Transit in Plantation, Florida, and for a transit company in Modesto, California. She also was director of planning and development for a transit agency in Thousand Palms, California, and planning and scheduling manager for the San Joaquin Regional Transit District in Stockton, California.
New Mexico - Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham recently appointed Rolf Schmidt-Petersen as the new director of the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission (ISC). He replaces acting director John Longworth. Schmidt-Petersen was ISC's Colorado River Basin manager, interim Colorado River Basin bureau chief, and Rio Grande Basin bureau chief. Before serving in those positions, he was an engineer adviser for the Rio Grande Compact Commission and worked as a hydrologist in the private sector.
California - Danette York is Butte County Public Health's new director, succeeding former Director Cathy Raevsky who retired in March. York served as director of the Lewis County Public Health and Social Services in Washington state from 2009 to present and as health commissioner of the Brown County Health Department from 1998 to 2009.
Illinois - The Western Illinois University Board of Trustees appointed new Provost and Academic Vice President Martin Abraham as the university's acting president until the selection of a long-term interim president. He replaces former university president Dr. Jack Thomas. Previously, Abraham was a professor of civil/environmental and chemical engineering at Youngstown State University since 2007 and provost there from 2015-2018. He also was Youngstown's interim provost from 2014-2015 and founding dean at its College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics from 2007-2014.
Oklahoma - Two longtime employees have been named to new positions in the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT). Rick Johnson was appointed director of capital programs, and Jared Schwennesen was named rail division manager. Johnson joined ODOT in 1997 as a transportation CADD specialist in roadway design. He transferred to the special projects branch of the agency's Roadway Design/Project Management Division in 2001 where he became Division 8 project manager in 2010. He then established and managed ODOT's Facilities Management Division before serving as project management division manager from 2016 to 2019. Schwennesen started with ODOT in 2009 as an engineer in training. He advanced to positions in the department's bridge, traffic, and environmental programs divisions and in fiber optics. He most recently served as assistant to the director of capital programs.