MnLTAP staff updates: New roles and faces, same steady service!

MnLTAP is pleased to share news about our leadership and staffing.

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First, Stephanie Malinoff has taken a new role within CTS as the Director of Strategy and Operations, moving her away from the Minnesota LTAP director role. In this new position, she will oversee the financial and administrative functions of CTS as well as guide all aspects of the center’s operations including policy development, strategic positioning, resource allocation, and staff development. 

“I am excited about the new role but will miss the LTAP community greatly,” Malinoff says. “Our stakeholders are so dedicated to their work and their communities—they make our cities and counties run. I am grateful for my time with the program and all the wonderful people I worked with. My thanks to all of you, and I look forward to seeing the next evolution of Minnesota LTAP!”

Mindy Carlson, a long-time LTAP staff member of 26 years, will step in as interim director. Mindy has plans for retirement in the near future so the role will be temporary.

“I have spent most of my career at CTS working on LTAP and have enjoyed every minute of it! The people we serve are hard working and committed to making our transportation system more efficient and safer for the public,” Carlson says. “We have a workforce dedicated to building their knowledge and skill sets through education and then applying what they have learned to their jobs. They have been an inspiration to me throughout the years, especially as I watched students work their way through our Roads Scholar program.

“As we search for a new LTAP director,” Carlson adds, “my hope is that we find someone who has strong relationships and connections with our local agencies and stakeholders, and has a passion for education and training.”

CTS plans to post for the new director position by the end of the year and hopes to have the new person onboard in the spring.

Katherine Stanley will remain in her role as LTAP training and technical assistance manager. In her five years with the program, Stanley has provided quality training to our stakeholders, helped expand our training program, and guided many workforce development projects.

MnLTAP is also pleased to introduce two new program coordinators: Jackson Piper and Natalie Niskanen. You might see their names in emails or meet them at a workshop. We’ll share more about them in our next issue.

“Don’t be surprised if you still see me around, too,” Malinoff says. “Thank you, Mindy, for serving as interim director, and hearty thanks to all our staff. We're excited to bring training and services throughout Minnesota!"