Capital SouthEast Connector JPA Staff
Derek Minnema, Executive Director
Derek Minnema is responsible for all aspects of the Connector’s successful and timely project delivery including engineering, environmental approval, funding, and the management of consultant contracts. He is the liaison to Connector JPA member jurisdictions and leads the technical teams responsible for the various phases of delivery. A critical aspect of his role is also the development and maintenance of strong relationships with regional transportation agencies.
Derek reports directly to the Executive Director and supports the development of delivery procurement models, such as Design-Build and Construction Manager/General Contractor, supports the JPA’s contract and legal administration, and supports the JPA’s ongoing political, legislative and public outreach efforts.
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 Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce as a member of the Transportation Committee and Cap-to-Cap team. He also participates on the CSU Sacramento Industry Advisory Council, where he has 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. Derek is actively involved in the community and lives in Fair Oaks with his wife Megan.
Kari Emery-Cotner, Administrative Services Officer II
Kari Emery-Cotner joined the JPA in April 2017 and brings over 30 years of experience in fiscal and administrative services. As Administrative Services Officer II, Kari manages the JPA budget and handles the 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 their Administrative Services Officer I in grant administration.
Kimberlee Marlan, Technical Administrative Assistant/Clerk of the Board
Kimberlee Marlan is responsible for a variety of technical and administrative functions, serves as Clerk of the Board for the JPA board meetings and also provides support to the Executive Director. Kim develops and oversees the JPA Board agendas, staff reports, presentations, assists with public outreach efforts and oversees general office operations.
Prior to coming to the Capital SouthEast Connector JPA, Kim had worked in both the local engineering and general contractor community for over 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.
Kimberlee enjoys the outdoors and lives in Elk Grove with her husband, Ernie and their two children.