Staff Profiles

Ray Dovalina, Director

Ray Dovalina is the Street Transportation Director for the City of Phoenix where he oversees five divisions with close to 700 employees, an annual department budget of over $70M, and a $500M five-year Capital Improvement Program. He brings 23 years of experience in transportation engineering and high level municipal management. Prior to this appointment he was Assistant Street Transportation Director, where he oversaw the Planning, Design & Programming and Traffic Services Divisions. Since joining the City of Phoenix in 2000, Ray has held various positions which include Traffic Engineering Supervisor, Freeway Liaison, and Floodplain Manager. Ray’s professional career began with the California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) and also includes four years in the private sector engineering firms and four years with the Phoenix Transit System and most recently worked for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).

Ray is a registered Professional Engineer in Arizona and Texas. He graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering and obtained a Master of Administration degree with an emphasis in Leadership from Northern Arizona University.

 

Kini Knudson, Assistant Director

Kini Knudson is the Street Transportation Assistant Director and City Engineer for the City of Phoenix.

Prior to joining the Streets team, Kini was a Deputy Director in the Public Transit Department responsible for its Facilities Division. In his role with Public Transit, he was responsible for planning, designing, constructing, and maintaining the City’s transit maintenance and passenger facilities.

Since joining the City in 2000, he has worked in several City departments, including Development Services, Public Transit, Aviation, and Engineering and Architectural Services. Kini has spent the majority of his professional career managing vertical and horizontal construction projects and programs, and possesses significant contracting and procurement experience.

Prior to his employment with the City of Phoenix, Kini was an Officer in the United States Navy Civil Engineer Corps. Kini spent time stationed in southern Spain and in the Washington DC area. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Arizona. He holds a bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Arizona, and a MBA from Arizona State University. 

 

Tom Godbee, Deputy Director

Thomas L. Godbee, PE, attended the University of Arizona where he graduated with a B.S. degree in Geotechnical Engineering.   He left Tucson to work in Phoenix for the Arizona Department of Transportation as a Transportation Analyst working on urban and rural traffic safety projects throughout the state.  After ADOT, he joined BRW, Inc. in Phoenix as a Senior Consultant working on a variety of transportation projects including freeway planning and design, traffic impact analyses, noise modeling and traffic calming.

Tom began his career with the City of Phoenix in 1994 on the Neighborhood Traffic Management Team (Traffic Engineer II), with promotions to the positions of Traffic Safety Engineer and later Traffic Engineering Supervisor where he worked as the ADOT Liaison/Freeway Coordinator. 

 

In 2001, Tom became Light Rail Coordinator for the Street Transportation Department, overseeing light rail planning, design and construction on behalf of the department.   He was promoted to Deputy Street Transportation Director in 2007 to lead the Right of Way Coordination Division and has been deputy over the Traffic Services Division since 2009.  Tom has been a registered Arizona Professional Engineer in Civil Engineering since 1990 and is a former Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Arizona Section President.

 

Jenny Grote, Deputy Director

Jenny L. Grote, PE, PTOE has been employed by the City of Phoenix in the Street Transportation Department for more than 29 years. She was the first female traffic engineer for the City and has spent most of her career in the Traffic Services (Operations) Division until she was promoted two and a half years ago to Deputy Street Transportation Director.  She leads the Transportation Planning & Programming Division.   Last year, she started a Mentor Program for the 300+ person Division.  

Jenny's career began in Denver, Colorado with the consulting firm of BRW, Inc. after receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Colorado.  She is a registered Professional Engineer in Arizona and a certified Professional Traffic Operations Engineer.

Jenny also has 28 years of leadership experience in ITE: Arizona Section President in 1989–1990; Western District President in 1993–1994, International Director in 1997, 1998 and 1999; International President in 2002; and Western District Administrator from 2004 to 2012.

 

 

Charlene Reynolds, Deputy Director

Charlene Reynolds is the Deputy Street Transportation Director over the Management Services Division. Charlene is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Fiscal Services section, Information Technology, Public Information, Central Records and the Administration Sections.  Ms. Reynolds has managerial responsibility for the department's $70 million operating and $500 million capital budgets.  In addition to these responsibilities Charlene also assists the Director with special projects and city-wide initiatives including organizational assessments.

Since coming to the City in 1992, Charlene has worked as a Management Assistant II in the  Phoenix Convention Center, City Manager's and Community and Economic Development  Departments.  Prior to joining the city, Ms. Reynolds held the position of Corporate Contracts Manager for Entranco Engineers in Phoenix and worked in various contract administration positions with the Regional Public Transportation Authority.

Charlene earned her M.B.A. from Keller Graduate School of Devry University and a B.A. in Management from the University of Phoenix. 

 

Chris Turner-Noteware, Deputy Director

 Chris Turner-Noteware, PE, is the Deputy Street Transportation Director over the Design and Construction Management Division.  Chris has been with the City over eight years with the Street Transportation and Public Works Departments and returned to Streets in January of this year.  Prior to joining the City, she spent over 11 years working in private consulting throughout the state of Arizona designing public works projects for government agencies.  She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering and a Master’s of Science in Civil Engineering, both from Arizona State University, and is a registered Professional Civil Engineer in the state of Arizona.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Glock, Deputy Director

Mark is a native of Reno Nevada and earned his Civil Engineering degree from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1991. He began his professional career with the Nevada Department of Transportation and has 25 years of construction management experience. Mark came to the City of Phoenix in 2000 as a Civil Engineer and is currently the Deputy Director managing the Street Maintenance Division for Street Transportation.  Mark is a registered Professional Engineer in Arizona, California and Nevada. Mark also oversees the City of Phoenix New Products Committee, whose function is to research new materials and products for the Street Transportation Department and various City departments. In addition to his responsibilities with the City of Phoenix, he is a current member and past Industry Chair of the Southwest Regional Center for Job Order Contracting Excellence organization. In his spare time Mark has enjoyed volunteering as a coach for youth sports for the past 22 years.