Women of Asphalt Appoints New Leadership

SOURCE: Women of Asphalt | June 14, 2022

Sheila Barkevich, CRH Americas Materials, has been named president of Women of Asphalt (WofA), and Ashley Batson, Ingevity has been named treasurer. Rachel Quam, Caterpillar, was elected to join the group’s board of directors, and Michelle M. Miller, Michigan Department of Transportation, was elected to be branch liaison to the board.

“I want to sincerely thank the WofA members for the opportunity and trust to serve as WofA President,” said Amy Miller, Asphalt Paving Alliance and outgoing president and new past president, in a prepared statement. “It has been a valuable experience both personally and professionally serving the Board. The directors and I are proud to have Barkevich, Batson, Quam, and Miller on our leadership team. These individuals will add tremendous value to the organization with their expertise from across the public, private and nonprofit sectors.”

Barkevich graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and immediately went to work for Callanan Industries, a CRH Co. She has spent her career in various roles at Callanan and while there earned an MBA from the University at Albany. Barkevich has participated on the NCAT and NEAUPG Steering committees and was co-chair of the NYSAPA technical committee for several years.

Batson joined Ingevity as the manager of government relations, road construction, in 2021 and is a founding member of WofA. Prior to that, Ashley served as the South Carolina Asphalt Pavement Association as executive director for 10 years. She began her career as a federal judicial law clerk and then worked in private practice before transitioning to government relations and association management. Ashley earned a Juris Doctorate from the Charleston School of Law in 2007. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and Spanish from Clemson University in 2003.

With 20 years of experience at Caterpillar, Quam’s career has spanned roles in engineering, sales, strategy, and leadership. She leads a team focused on dealer and customer training, customer experience, prioritizing product needs/gaps within the regions, and driving profitable growth aligned with the enterprise goals. She holds an MBA from Bradley University and an electrical engineering degree from South Dakota State University. Quam is highly engaged in Society of Women Engineers, Women’s Initiative Network (a Caterpillar employee resource group), and Women of Asphalt, helping launch the Women of Asphalt Minnesota/Dakota Branch and serving as the vice chair.

Miller began her career as a student mixing, compacting, and testing asphalt in the basement laboratories of Michigan Technological University. This led to her Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. Immediately after college she began work in asphalt mix design and quality control. After 14 years of working for asphalt paving contractors in Wisconsin and Michigan, she became the HMA mix design engineer at the Michigan Department of Transportation in 2021. She is a licensed professional engineer in Michigan and Wisconsin.

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