Capital SouthEast Connector JPA Staff
Derek Minnema, Executive Director
Derek Minnema was appointed Executive Director of the Connector JPA in May 2017. In that role, he is responsible for all aspects of the JPA's administration and governance and he is also responsible for the Connector’s project delivery, including engineering, environmental approval, funding and construction.
Derek previously served for three years as Connector project manager and prior to that led delivery of dozens of Sacramento region transportation projects valued at more than $100 million, including the Silva Valley Parkway interchange on Highway 50 in El Dorado Hills and the Grant Line Road widening and grade separation in Elk Grove.
Derek also served from 2004 to 2008 as an elected member of the American River Flood Control District board of directors. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from California State University, Sacramento and is a registered Civil Engineer in California.
Derek serves on the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce Transportation Committee and Cap to Cap Transportation Team, and participates on the CSU Sacramento Industry Advisory Council, where he has mentored graduating civil engineering students and lectured on geometric design of transportation facilities.
Derek lives in Fair Oaks with his wife Megan and their son.
Kari Emery-Cotner, Administrative Services Officer
Kari Emery-Cotner joined the Connector JPA in April 2017 and brings more than 30 years of experience in fiscal and administrative services to her role. As Administrative Services Officer, Kari manages the JPA budget and handles financial accounting for the project. She works closely with vendors, consultants, and funding sources to ensure accurate and timely claims and payment processing.
Prior to joining the JPA, Kari worked for the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office as an Administrative Services Officer in grant administration.
Kimberlee Marlan, Technical Administrative Assistant/Secretary of the Board
Kimberlee Marlan is responsible for a variety of technical and administrative functions for the Connector JPA, serves as Clerk of the JPA Board, and provides support to the Executive Director. Kim develops and oversees JPA Board meeting agendas, staff reports and presentations; assists with public outreach efforts; and oversees general office operations.
Prior to coming to the JPA, Kim worked in the local engineering and general contractor community for more than 19 years. Her administrative and technical experience and broad knowledge of public contracts, project management and project development are a great benefit to the JPA.
Kim enjoys the outdoors and lives in Elk Grove with her husband Ernie and their two children.