Session No. 1F

How to Make Working During a Pandemic Work for You and Your Company/Agency

A panel discussion on how companies and agencies are adjusting to working remotely during the pandemic.  Discussing the challenges, lessons learned, pros, cons and exploring the ways companies/agencies may permanently change how they do business

Moderator: Jennifer K. Walsh, P.E., HDR Inc.      


  • Robert Chiapelli, deputy secretary for administration, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 
  • Julie Levy, office services manager, Michael Baker, International 
  • Holly Rybinski, principal, Rybinski Engineering


Robert L. Chiappelli was appointed deputy secretary for administration on January 7, 2020. He began his career with the Department of Transportation in 1986 in various capacities such as a real estate specialist and construction cost specialist. In 1998, he became a Human Resource Analyst with Training and Safety as well as Labor Relations.  In 2003 he became a Human Resource Officer for PennDOT District 2 office. He was appointed acting deputy secretary for administration in July 2019.

Julie Levy is the office services manager for Michael Baker International in the Philadelphia office. Levy brings more than 15 years of professional administrative experience in operations, office, and project management. She supports a diverse team with marketing and proposal pursuits, human resources and employee engagement, and project administration. Before joining Michael Baker, Levy was the senior office administrator for the executive leadership team at AZTEC Engineering, Inc. She owned and operated an event planning company, Sophisticated Shindigs, and was honored by The Knot for Event Planner of the Year for the Phoenix metropolitan area. She is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in business administration while continuing to use her organizational and planning skills to improve office processes and ensure human capital is optimized.

Rybinski Engineering's principal engineer, Holly Rybinski, PE, PTOE, built her resume with diverse projects throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond. Best known for traffic engineering and intelligent transportation systems, Rybinski's additional background in planning and project development enables her to add value in any transportation task or project. She is persistent and assertive in helping teams achieve project goals. Holly has developed and taught traffic and ITS course material for both the University of Delaware and the Delaware Department of Transportation. This experience reinforced her command of traffic engineering principles and tools such as the Highway Capacity Manual, MUTCD, ITE manuals, and software such as HCS and Synchro. Rybinski founded this firm to bring together technical expertise, client experience, business best practices, and personal style in building a top-notch team to serve the transportation needs of the region. Rybinski was recently awarded the University of Delaware Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering 2018 Outstanding Alumni Award. Furthermore, Rybinski Engineering was awarded WTS Philadelphia Employer of the Year.

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Dec. 9, 2020

2:00 to 3:00 p.m.




The Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference (TESC) attracts professionals from throughout Pennsylvania, the mid-Atlantic region, and the country. It is an authoritative source of information on pressing issues from some of the foremost experts in transportation today.

Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute

201 Transportation Research Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4710

Phone: 814-865-1891