Subject Matter Guest Speakers
Jon Cheney, Volusia County
Traffic Engineering Division Director
Jon has been a resident of Volusia County since 1986 when he moved to DeLand after he completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Florida. A native Floridian, he was born in Orlando and raised near St. Petersburg.
Jon worked for more than 12 years with the Florida Department of Transportation, DeLand. His career began as a professional engineer trainee and steadily progressed to become the systems manager for the first two fully operational freeway management systems in Florida. Motorists traveling Interstate 4 to Orlando or Daytona Beach can see the fruit of his labor when they view the cameras and traffic message boards. Jon has always been a champion of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and served as President and Chairman of the Board of ITS Florida.
A professional engineer since 1991, Jon has specialized in traffic engineering and operations throughout his career. He joined Volusia County employment in March 1999 as the Traffic Engineering Division Director. The Division handles transportation planning, development review, thoroughfare road impact fees/proportionate fair share, traffic operations, and traffic studies. Jon currently oversees 17 employees with a Division budget of approximately $4.5 million. Jon enjoys what he does because traffic is always changing and there is never just one answer to a problem, making the job as much an art as a science.
Jon currently is on the Volusia County Metropolitan Planning Organization's Technical Coordinating Committee, the West Volusia Community Traffic Safety Team (CTST), the East Volusia CTST, the Volusia County School Crossing Guard Committee, and the Volusia County Freeway Incident Management Team. Jon enjoys talking to different organizations (and elected officials) about Volusia County's Transportation Issues.
Chris Walsh, TEDS
VP of Transportation Engineering
Mr. Chris Walsh is the Vice President of Transportation Engineering for TEDS, with over 24 years of diverse experience in both transportation planning and traffic engineering projects within Florida, including detailed operational assessments of roadways, intersections and interchanges, safety evaluations, and traffic operation design. He has served as project manager on a significant number of continuing contracts and has a proven ability to lead and integrate multiple disciplines, leading projects from the initial planning stages, developing real-world implementable solutions, and ultimately directing a team of design engineers during plans preparation. Chris provides public and private sector perspectives which have been beneficial to public clients when long range planning, operational needs and funding considerations are addressed.
Chris prepared more than 350 traffic operational studies including spot-speed studies, mid-block pedestrian crossings, signal warrant analyses, and roadway safety audits for such agencies as Orange County, Seminole County, Volusia County, Lake County, FDOT, along with numerous cities. Chris has been called to lead unique projects like the Volusia County Beach Safety Study, and was responsible for the Traffic Calming Program Handbook in the City of Ormond Beach.
He also prepared and reviewed a significant number of traffic signal and signing/pavement marking (S&PM) plans in the central Florida area. His experience includes the design of traditional signals, emergency signals, interchange signals, S&PM plans for interstate projects, plans for a road-diet, parking plans, LAP- funded projects, and design-build projects. Clients have included FDOT, Eastern Federal Lands (FHWA), Volusia County, Lake County, Daytona Beach, Port Orange, and Melbourne, along with a number of private developers.
Stephen Harris, River to Sea TPO
Transportation Planner - Project Manager
Stephan Harris was the River to Sea Transportation Planning Organization’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator from 2006 to April 2016 and is currently the Transportation Planner-Project Manager (since April 2016). Mr. Harris is a member of the American Planning Association and Florida Planning and Zoning Association. Mr. Harris earned a Master of Public Administration degree and Graduate Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Central Florida and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Marketing Management from Florida Southern College. Born and raised in Daytona Beach, Mr. Harris now lives in Port Orange with his wife Regina, son David, and daughter Caitlyn.
Michael Sanders, Florida DOT
Professional Engineer Administrator
Mike Sanders is a registered professional engineer. He grew up in DeLand and went to local schools including DeLand High School. He graduated from the University of Central Florida having majored in civil engineering. Mike interned at the Florida Department of Engineering where he experienced a variety of engineering areas. Ultimately he decided that his interests were most engaged with traffic engineering. As a traffic engineer with the Department, he analyzes traffic flows and dynamics to make traffic move more safely and efficiently.
Mike currently works in the Traffic Operations section as the Transportation Services Program Engineer, overseeing a section where traffic studies are performed. As the front line traffic engineer, Mike receives comments and ideas from citizens, other engineers, other agencies and professionals about how traffic works in the nine counties that make up District Five.