The JPA has a hard-working staff assigned to handle daily operations and ensure the success of the Connector Project:
Tom Zlotkowski, Executive Director
Previously, Tom was the Director of the Sacramento County Department of Transportation, where he oversaw the planning, design, construction and ongoing maintenance and operations of 2,600 miles of streets and highways located in the unincorporated areas of Sacramento County. He was responsible for an organization of 375 employees, with a $160 million annual budget.
Tom oversaw the delivery of more than $1 billion in capital transportation projects in Sacramento County through the initiation and execution of the annual Transportation Improvement Process.
His most recent professional acknowledgements include the Institute of Transportation Engineers’ “2007 Distinguished Service Award” and the American Public Works Association’s “2006 National Transportation Manager of the Year.”
Tom is a registered Civil and Traffic Engineer in the State of California, as well as a Professional Traffic Operations Engineer (PTOE).
Lynn Kalamaras, Executive Assistant
Lynn manages the financial accounting for the project, including handling and processing all invoices and working closely with vendors and consultants. Lynn also works closely with Executive Director Tom Zlotkowski, developing and managing the Board agendas.
Prior to coming to the Capital SouthEast Connector project, Lynn worked for 23 years with the County of Sacramento in the District Attorney’s office.
Derek Minnema, Project Manager
Derek Minnema is responsible for the daily management of the Connector’s projects and reports directly to the Executive Director.
His duties include overseeing the preliminary engineering, project approval and environmental documentation of segments that are currently moving towards construction. He also is responsible for updating the Plan of Finance and Project Design Guidelines, working with member agencies and the Project Development Team on the adoption of the connector into local plans and adjacent developments and assisting with Connector funding strategies.
Derek has successfully led a number of high profile, complex projects in the region, including those on the Connector route which are currently under construction: The U.S. 50/Silva Valley Parkway Interchange project in El Dorado County and the Grant Line Road Widening project in the City of Elk Grove.
Derek is actively involved in the community and lives in Fair Oaks with his wife Megan.
In 2004 voters in Sacramento elected Derek to the board of the American River Flood Control District where he served until 2012, giving him a unique insight to the flood control challenges in the Central Valley. He has been active within the Metro Chamber as part of the Transportation Committee and Cap-to-Cap team. He also participates on the CSU Sacramento Industry Advisory Council where he has spoken to large audiences of students about transitioning into the work force, mentored graduating civil engineering students and participated as a guest lecturer on the geometric design of transportation facilities.
Derek holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from CSU Sacramento and is a registered Civil Engineer in California.