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Since 1977, WTS International, then called Women’s Transportation Seminar, has focused on promoting the advancement of women in the transportation industry.


Women were largely discouraged from participating in professional associations – unless the activities were deemed educational. In response, a pioneering group of women organized luncheons and workshops, deemed acceptable as “seminars.” They supported one another, used their connections to advance each other, and began to idealize a more diverse, inclusive and equitable transportation industry.


Today, the WTS International is a vibrant and essential part of an industry of more than 40,000 transportation professionals. WTS has more than 8,500 members and over 60 professional chapters.


Thank you for being a part of the WTS journey!

Arkansa Chapter Board

Your Arkansas Chapter Board

Suzanne Peyton

Chapter President

Suzanne Peyton, a licensed professional civil engineer, serves as the Director of Properties, Planning & Development for Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock. She oversees over $125 million of capital projects currently at the airport. She began her career with Garver in 1996 as an aviation project engineer and airport master planner and was promoted to various roles within the engineering firm as she managed planning and development projects for small, medium and large hub airport clients across the United States.


Peyton earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Louisiana Tech University. She is a certified member of the American Association of Airport Executives.

Keli Wylie

Immediate Past President

Keli is Assistant Chief Engineer for Program Delivery at Arkansas Department of Transportation, where she supports the Chief Engineer for Preconstruction and oversees the Alternative Delivery, Program Management, Local Programs Divisions.

Kristen Spickard

Communications Chair

Kristen is a Senior Graphic Designer on Garver's Communications Team, where she contributes to a range of print and digital communications projects. She has previously served as the communications chair of the Conway Alliance for the Arts board.

Julia Phillips

Membership Chair - NWA Representative

Julia is the Director of Transportation Systems in the Fayetteville office of BGE, Inc. With a background in aviation, railroad, and highway engineering design and inspection, she's responsible for team strategy and coaches the growth and development of the Transportation Design Team. She also facilitates multi-regional collaboration for project delivery within BGE.

Jill Marchese

Special Events Chair

​Jill Marchese is with Darragh Company and manages the sales and marketing of geosynthetics and erosion control products to contractors, subcontractors, municipalities, and engineers.Jill is an active member in WTS and numerous industry associations and serves on the Board of Directors of The American Public Works Association.

Lindi Miller

Chapter Vice President

Lindi is a Public Engagement & Communications Specialist at HNTB, where she oversees public engagement efforts, develops client focused communications strategies, and contributes to various industry programs statewide. She has over 5 years of experience in strategic marketing, stakeholder relations, and public involvement. 

Amanda Furr

Chapter Secretary

Amanda is the Vice President and Principal at Michael Baker International, Inc.’s Little Rock office, where she oversees and manages a dynamic team encompassing Roadway and Bridge designers and engineers, Construction engineers and inspectors, and Survey crews. She has over ten years of progressive growth in operations leadership roles, including seven years as a Chief Engineer with the Department of Veterans Affairs, and ten years as a construction Project Manager.


Amanda, an Arkansas Native, earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and Master of Science in Operations Management at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. She maintains her professional engineering licensure in both Arkansas and Oklahoma.

Jessica Halbrook

Finance Chair

Jessica is a Bridge Team Leader at Garver with over 10 years of experience with bridge rehabilitation and load rating. She leads a team of engineers to provide services that range from new bridge design to maintenance of bridge assets for DOTs, municipalities, and private bridge owners.

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Katie Rutledge

Programs Chair

Katie is a transportation engineer at Halff, where she works on transportation projects that include local municipalities and state DOTs. The projects include bridges and approaches, street widenings, roundabouts, and highway reconfigurations.

Claire Schoppe

Membership Chair - Central Arkansas Representative

Claire is a Project Manager at McClelland Consulting Engineers, Inc., where she oversees transportation design projects for the state department, cities, and counties around the state.

Our Mission

Our Mission

WTS attracts, sustains, connects and advances women’s careers to strengthen the transportation industry. To fulfill this mission, WTS operates under a specific vision with core values, goals, and guiding principles behind all of its activities and programs.

Our Vision

Our Vision

Equity and access for women in transportation.

Our Guiding Principles

  • WTS is an international organization dedicated to building the future of transportation through the global advancement of women.

  • Advancing women in transportation is key to building the transportation industry.

  • A strong international organization enables members, chapters and communities within WTS to achieve our shared vision.

  • WTS can shape future generations of transportation leaders.

  • WTS is committed to ethical leadership, integrity and respect for all.

  • The WTS spirit of community, inclusiveness, and mutual support is one of our greatest assets.

Guiding Principles
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