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Joseph D. Bertoni
Deputy Commissioner
joseph bertoni photoJoseph Bertoni has over 25 years of experience in transportation engineering, planning and administration with NJDOT.

Joe began his career with the NJDOT in 1988 in the Division of Bridge Design and has worked as a Project Manager in the Department's Capital Program Management unit where he was responsible for managing the design and construction of major bridge and highway projects. Prior to becoming Deputy Commissioner, Joe served as the NJDOT's Chief of Staff.

Joe received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Widener University and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New Jersey and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Gary Brune
Chief Financial Officer
gary brun photoGary Brune joined NJDOT as Chief Financial Officer in August 2010. Gary manages the financial operations of the Department, overseeing approximately 150 staff in the Divisions of Budget, Accounting and Auditing, Procurement, and Information Technology. As the Executive Director of the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF), Gary is responsible for department policy on TTF funding and program reauthorization and works closely with the Department of Treasury and the Office of the Attorney General on associated bond sales, cash management and tax compliance issues.

Previously, Gary worked for 24 years at the New Jersey Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in the Department of Treasury, rising to the position of Associate Director. At OMB, he was primarily responsible for the areas of transportation, environmental protection, motor vehicle services, workforce development, capital budgeting and information technology. Gary also served on the New Jersey Commission on Capital Budgeting and Planning, the New Jersey Building Authority, the Office of Information Technology's Project Review Board and the New Jersey 911 Commission.

Gary received a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Dayton in Ohio and Masters of Public Administration from Baruch College, City University of New York.

Joseph S. Dee
Chief of Staff
joseph dee photo

Joseph S. Dee was appointed Chief of Staff of the New Jersey Department of Transportation on March 1, 2014.

Joe had been serving as NJDOT Director of Communications since May 2010 and had worked in the Communications Office for several months prior to that appointment.

Joe came to NJDOT from NJ TRANSIT, where he served as a public information officer starting in June 2006.

Joe had a lengthy career in the field of journalism prior to his work in government. He was reporter at The Times of Trenton, the Princeton Packet and briefly at the South End News in Boston, where he earned his bachelor's degree in journalism at Boston University.

Jeanne M. Victor
Assistant Commissioner, Administration
jeanne victor photoJeanne M. Victor, Esq. was appointed to the position of Assistant Commissioner of Administration in December 2013. In this capacity, she has the responsibility of managing a staff of approximately 150 people in three divisions and seven bureaus. Benefiting from her guidance are the Divisions of Human Resources, Support Services, and Civil Rights and Affirmative Action.

Jeanne has been with NJDOT since March 2011 and has over 20 years of experience with several different State of New Jersey agencies including the Office of Attorney General and the Division of Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action in the Department of Personnel. As Deputy Attorney General she was assigned to the Transportation Section of the Division of Law where she worked on a wide variety of issues affecting many Divisions within NJDOT. Prior to her state service, Jeanne worked as a Civil Engineer for various government agencies and in the private sector.

Jeanne received a law degree from Rutgers University School of Law in 1990 and is a member of the Bar in New Jersey and New York. She also has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of New York.

David A. Kuhn
Assistant Commissioner, Capital Investment, Planning and Grant Administration
dave kuhn photoAs Assistant Commissioner of Capital Investment, Planning and Grant Administration, Dave is responsible for management of the NJDOT's capital funds, administering grants to local government, non-profits and the private sector, and planning for future transportation investment to move people and goods effectively throughout the state.

As a major area of focus over the last two years, Dave has been leading NJDOT’s Asset Management Program, establishing performance metrics and improving the use of data to drive business decisions.

Dave has 23 years with NJDOT, working in Project Development, Capital Project Management, Local Aid and Capital Investment.

Richard T. Hammer
Assistant Commissioner, Capital Program Management

richard hammer photoRick is an engineering graduate of Rutgers University, College of Engineering and has over 28 years of experience at NJDOT. He is responsible for Design Services, Project Management, Right of Way and Access Management, Capital Program Support, Construction and Materials. Rick's duties also include the management and delivery of the Department's annual capital construction program and state bridge and roadway infrastructure management.

Anthony Attanasio
Assistant Commissioner, Government and Community Relations
anthony attanasio photoAnthony J. Attanasio joined NJDOT in June 2011 as the Assistant Commissioner for Government and Community Relations. This unit manages all correspondence for the Department, as well as maintains communication and positive relationships with elected officials, the news media and the community at large. He is responsible for the examination of both state and federal legislation to identify any potential impacts on the NJDOT and the State. Anthony is also responsible for the maintenance and adherence of both state and federal regulations and coordination with various transportation authorities.

Prior to joining the Department, Anthony served as Deputy Chief of Staff to James Weinstein, Executive Director of NJ TRANSIT. At
NJ TRANSIT, he was responsible for managing and helping to coordinate the activities of NJ TRANSIT’s non-operating/administrative departments and as the liaison between
NJ TRANSIT’s Office of the Executive Director and the Office of the Governor and the State Legislature. As a member of the Executive Staff, Anthony worked daily with the rail, bus, light rail and Access Link operations.

Before joining NJ TRANSIT, Anthony spent several years as a campaign operative and as a political and media consultant in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.

Anthony is a graduate of Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Minor in Public Administration.

Richard Shaw
Assistant Commissioner, Operations
rich shaw photoRich Shaw, a 27 year veteran of NJDOT was appointed as the Assistant Commissioner of Operations in July 2011.

Rich holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce, majoring in Accounting from Rider College and a Masters in Public Administration from Rutgers University.

In November, 1984 Rich joined NJDOT, working in the Division of Accounting and Auditing, Revenue Section. His primary responsibilities included preparation of billings to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for reimbursable costs on federally funded agreements and third party agreements.

Rich came to the Bureau of Maintenance Support as an Executive Assistant 3 in December 1990 and then went to Region 2 (Newark) as Executive Assistant to the Regional Director, in 1992. In November 1994, Rich came back to NJDOT Headquarters to work for the Director of Construction and Maintenance, as an Executive Assistant.

After a reorganization, the Office of Operations was created and Rich worked for Assistant Commissioner Al Ari as his Executive Assistant. He was promoted in 1999 to Director, Operations Support.

Rich also has Engineering credits from Mercer County Community College.

Dhanesh (Dennis) Motiani
Assistant Commissioner, Transportation Systems Management

dennis motiani photoDennis Motiani, a 24-year veteran of NJDOT, was appointed to the position of Assistant Commissioner, Transportation Systems Management on June 1, 2013. Dennis is responsible for ensuring safe and reliable travel for people and goods on New Jersey's highway system through the oversight and management of a 24/7 statewide operation broken down into two sections - the Division of Traffic Operations and the Bureau of Mobility and Systems Engineering. In cooperation with the New Jersey State Police, Dennis oversees the Statewide Incident Management Program and traffic coordination for special events such as the upcoming 2014 Super Bowl and Formula One Race.

Dennis also continues to lead New Jersey into the forefront of technology nationwide through the administration of programs such as advanced traffic signal systems, active traffic management systems and other systems operations strategies that enhance mobility throughout the state.

Dennis began his career with NJDOT in 1990 as a Traffic Engineer for the Bureau of Traffic Engineering and Investigations. Prior to joining NJDOT, he worked for the New York City’s Transit Authority in Brooklyn.

In addition to being selected as a member of the Strategic Highway Research Program's Technical Coordinating Committee for Reliability, Dennis is also a member of the Transportation Research Board’s Work Zone Traffic Control Committee, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Subcommittee on Systems Operation and Management and the Intelligent Transportation Society (ITS) of America's Policy and Business Council. He also represents NJDOT as Chairman of ITS-NJ.

Dennis holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Gujarat in India and a Master of Science Degree in Transportation Engineering, from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, New Jersey.

Johanna Barba Jones
Inspector General

Johanna Barba Jones joined NJDOT in July 2012 and was formally sworn in as Inspector General of NJDOT in August 2012. In that role, she manages NJDOT's Internal Investigation Unit, Office of Internal Audit and the Records Management/Open Public Records Act (OPRA)/Ethics Unit. She is responsible for coordinating major investigations involving NJDOT assets and employees with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies as well as administrative bodies within NJDOT. As Inspector General, she also chairs NJDOT's Accident Review Board.

Prior to joining NJDOT, Johanna served as Assistant Counsel to the Governor within the Authorities Unit. Her portfolio included multiple environmental and transportation-related independent state and multi-state authorities. From 2000-2010, Johanna prosecuted criminal appeals of statewide significance before the New Jersey Supreme Court and Appellate Division, as Deputy Attorney General in the Appellate Bureau of the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice. Johanna also served as a member of that unit's Search and Seizure team, lectured law enforcement audiences on constitutional issues and represented the Attorney General on the New Jersey Supreme Court's Committee on Model Criminal Jury Charges. Johanna began her legal career as Law Clerk to the honorable Peter J. Giovine, J.S.C., presiding criminal judge of the Ocean County Superior Court.

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  Last Updated:  March 25, 2014