Congratulations to the incoming Executive Board for Chapter 57!
President & International Voting Director (1-Year Term)
MATT NUSENOW, P.E.
President-Elect & International Voting Director (2-Year Term)
HECTOR CASILLAS, SR/WA
Riverside County Transportation Commission
ROBBIE HECHANOVA, R/W-RAC
Overland, Pacific & Cutler
Best, Best & Krieger
Professional Development Committee Chair (3-Year Term)
MIKE ROMO, SR/WA
The ROW Company
International Voting Director - Remainder of Term (2020-21)
MATT NUSENOW, P.E.
Amendments to ByLaws Approved
The Chapter opened nominations for its 2021/2022 Board electronically on February 3, 2021. Electronic nominations remained open through March 5, 2021. From these efforts, the slate of nominees for Chapter 57's 2021/2022 Board is as follows:
President & International Voting Director (1 Year)
Matt Nusenow, P.E.
of Farallon Consulting, LLC
President-Elect & International Voting Director (2 Years)
Hector Casillas, SR/WA
Robbie Hechanova, R/W-RAC
of Overland, Pacific & Cutler, LLC
of Best, Best & Krieger LLP
Professional Development Committee Chair (3 Years)
Mike Romo, SR/WA
of The ROW Company
1. The proposed Bylaws that are currently up for vote by the Chapter members have been amended. The following language has been added to ARTICLE 4, Section 6(E):
The President, President-Elect, Treasurer and Secretary shall be authorized to provide meeting minutes and/or an adopted Resolution and/or a copy of the Chapter Bylaws to Chase Bank, or any other current banking institution, for the purpose of changing signatories on relevant bank accounts from year to year, after the election and installation of new Chapter officers, and for clarification that for banking purposes, the Chapter is known as IRWA Chapter 57.
The reason for the change is that oftentimes banks change their criteria for allowing account changes. This language permits the incoming officers to provide documents necessary to confirm the validity of the persons seeking to become signatories on the Chapter accounts, as well as to authorize deletion of unnecessary signatories. If you have questions or objections, please let me know.
2. The Joint Appraisal Institute meeting scheduled for April 7, 2021 has been changed to April 21, 2021, due to a conflict.
3. The Region 1 Spring Forum will be held virtually on Saturday, April 10, 2021. This business meeting is open to all IRWA members, at no cost. If you are interested in attending, please reach out to me for more information.
-Peggy Barnes, President
From the International Right of Way Association:
The IRWA is extremely saddened to have learned of the passing of IRWA instructor, course author, magazine columnist, and mentor Carol Brooks, SR/WA.
Carol has made a tremendous amount of contributions to the IRWA's education and instructor development programs over the years, and her passing will leave a deep void in our hearts.
She served as Vice Chair of IRWA's Partnership for Infrastructure Professional Education (2015-2018); authored Course 100 - Principles of Land Acquisition (in-person and online); served as the VEIT instructor for C100 Online and Course 213 Online - Conflict Management; and wrote a regular column titled, "Back to Basics" for Right of Way Magazine (2010-2014), which focused on effective communication skills, communication etiquette, team-building management and the art of negotiations.
She was a recipient of the Louise L. & Y. T. Lum Award for distinguished contribution to education for the right of way professional. She also earned the Mark A. Green Award for Journalistic Excellence and Outstanding Contribution to Right of Way Magazine. Additionally, she was a frequent workshop speaker at the IRWA’s Annual Education Conference.
She once said, “Right of way professionals exemplify the public good and I want them to have all the communication tools to become the best they can be, and serve our citizens in an exemplary manner.”
Her goal was always to create critical thinkers in her classroom and prepare her students to return to their respective jobs better than when they arrived on the first day of class. She certainly did that, and so much more. She was a consummate professional who instilled a wealth of knowledge and expertise in every student she has taught over the course of nearly two decades as an instructor.
Our thoughts are with Carol's family. We wish them peace, strength and comfort during this extremely difficult time.
A great way to honor Carol's legacy with the IRWA is to take Course 213 - Conflict Management, taught by Carol and recorded for posterity. For more information: www.pathlms.com/irwa/courses/7531