2018 Public Work Essentials - Instructors

Your workshop leaders

4 great reasons

to attend


1.    John Ostrowski - Facilitator
John Ostrowski is a management consultant who established JOMC in 1999 after more than 30 years in various phases of public works administration at the state, county and city level.  He spent 17 years as Public Works Director in Vancouver, Washington. He was also Acting City Manager in Vancouver and Interim Executive Director of C-TRAN, the countywide bus system in 1998 and again in 2006.  He has received numerous awards including APWA Top Ten Public Works Leader of the Year and has authored and co-authored articles and speeches on public works and financing issues at conferences and seminars.  He is the administrator of the Northwest Public Works Institute and has taught Public Works Institute classes in Washington, Oregon, California, Kansas City and Arizona.  John also has served as a site reviewer for the APWA Public Works Accreditation Process.  He was a member of the Washington State Transportation Performance Audit Board.  His books, “Everything You Need To Know To Be A Public Works Director”, “Survive and Thrive”, “Lessons from the Life of Jack Pittis” , “Axioms and Outlooks” and “More than Everything You Need To Know To Be A Public Works Director” are published by APWA.  He also co-chaired the publication and wrote the Managing People chapter of the “Public Works Administration” textbook.

2.    Jeanne Nyquist
Jeanne Nyquist speaks from 30 years of experience as a public agency manager and organizational development consultant.  She is currently the President of Nyquist and Associates, Inc., a management consulting firm providing services to public, private and non-profit organizations.  Jeanne is a lifetime member of APWA and was recognized as a ‘Top Ten’ public works leader in 2017. She is an avid downhill skier who enjoys connecting with nature on the slopes.  She lives in Tigard, Oregon, with her very active Jack Russell terrier dog.


3.    Jeff Orlandini

Jeff Orlandini currently works for Lane County Public Works as a supervisor in the Waste Management Division, where he supervises 30+ employees. He also serves as a trainer for the AchieveGlobal leadership development program. He has 15 years of experience in nonprofit leadership, working in Detroit, Chicago, San Antonio, and Eugene. He has led large scale community based service events, and served as the principal of an alternative high school. He enjoys camping, backpacking, and snowboarding.

4.    Kim Bria

Kim Bria is the NW Operations Manager for CMTS LLC overseeing Oregon staff, client relations and business development. Working with public agencies she constantly strives for improvements in efficiencies and performance. An active APWA member, Kim completed the NWPWI program in 2014 and values the growth opportunities it provides. She thrives outdoors playing on the slopes, the river or the garden.

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