MITA is pleased to announce that Rachelle VanDeventer, P.E., has joined our staff as Vice President of Industry Relations. Rachelle replaces Douglas Needham, P.E., who is the new executive director of the Michigan Aggregate Association.
Rachelle most recently was employed by the Michigan Department of Transportation as the Engineering Support Services Manager for the design division. Her responsibilities included managing the unit, which was responsible for providing continuous improvements in engineering processes to gain efficiencies and effectiveness. The unit also provided additional services, such as process and software support/training for MDOT and external partners, including the implementation of e-construction and 3-D modeling design standards.
Prior to MDOT, Rachelle worked at Alfred Benesch & Company as a designer. A graduate of Michigan State University, with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering, Rachelle lives in Laingsburg with her husband, Aaron Wekenman, and their two dogs. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends at her cabin in Grayling.
“I feel extremely lucky to have this opportunity to be part of the MITA team and to use my professional experience to serve the membership in any way that I can,” Rachelle said.
Rachelle can be reached at MITA by email at email@example.com, or by calling her at 517-347-8336 (office) or 517-331-1106 (cell).