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 $105M, and a $930M 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 private sector engineering firms and four years with the Phoenix Transit Department 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 bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Arizona, and a master's degree in Business Administration from Arizona State University. 

Mark Glock, Deputy Director

Mark Glock 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.

Gladys Nkeze, Deputy Director

 Gladys Nkeze is the Deputy Street Transportation Director over the Management Services Division and oversees the department’s $105 million operating Budget and $930 million five-year Capital Improvement Program budget.  This division includes Central Records, Administration, Technical Services, Administrative Services and Fiscal Administration sections. Prior to joining the City, Gladys spent several years working for King County of Washington and the private sector in Michigan in various business, budget, finance and management positions. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Detroit Mercy and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Lawrence Technical University in Michigan.

Mark Melnychenko, Deputy Director

 Mark Melnychenko is the City of Phoenix Street Transportation Department's Deputy Director overseeing the Transportation Planning and Programming Division. As an urban planner, Mark brings 30 years of both private and public sector experience in transportation planning, project management, facility development, along with a strong planning emphasis in an engineering based department.  Currently, Mark is leading the efforts associated with the Phoenix Complete Streets Initiative, Phoenix Downtown Comprehensive Transportation Plan implementation, developer coordination, multi-modal planning and ancillary studies.  Mark and TPP staff are also playing a major role in Transportation 2050 Mobility planning tasks linking the Public Transit and Street Transportation departments. Previously, Mark worked for the Public Transit Department and was instrumental in developing the City’s comprehensive transit passenger facility system.  Mark earned a Bachelor's Degree in Design and a Master's Degree in Environmental Planning from Arizona State University.