Ms. DeBruhl joined DRPT as the Chief of Public Transportation in 2016 following over 20 years of distinguished public service to the transportation community, at the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). At DRPT, Ms. DeBruhl played a significant role in the development and implementation of Virginia’s Making Efficient + Responsible Investments in Transit (MERIT) program increasing accountability in public transportation funding, launching the Virginia Breeze intercity bus service, and spearheading the new Transit Ridership Incentive Program to expand regional connectivity and reduce barriers to transit use.
Ms. DeBruhl has an undergraduate degree in Urban Studies, a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning, and a Certificate in Public Management, all from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, Leadership APTA Class of 2018, Chair of the APTA State Affairs Committee and member of the Board of Directors, Vice Chair of the AASHTO Multi-state Transit Technical Assistance Program Steering Committee, and is a certified Project Management Professional.
CHIEF OF ADMINISTRATION
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Ms. Oware previously served as the Chief Financial Officer for the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. She had over 20 years of progressively responsible experience with the State of Indiana. Her previous roles include serving as the Deputy Budget Director and Budget Analyst for the Indiana State Budget Agency, Chief Budget Officer and Director of Grants for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, and Community Development Director for what is now the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.
Ms. Oware has also served on numerous professional and community boards and commissions, including the Board of the Indiana Public Retirement System and Indiana’s Deferred Compensation Committee. The Indianapolis Business Journal recognized her as 2021 CFO of the Year for Governmental/Non-Profit Entities. She holds a bachelor’s degree in bioenvironmental science from Texas A&M University and a Master of Public Administration focused in public finance and urban management from Indiana University.
CHIEF OF RAIL TRANSPORTATION
Ms. Stock has over 15 years with the Commonwealth between her previous role as DRPT’s Manager of Rail Planning and Business Development Manager for the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, where she matched growing industries with the best locations in Virginia for manufacturing and logistics, including rail-served sites.
Ms. Stock has a Master of Planning degree from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Science in Geology from James Madison University.
CHIEF OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
CHIEF OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS & STRATEGIC INITIATIVES
Mr. Wright has nearly 20 years of experience working in legislative affairs and communications. Prior to his time at DPRT, he served as the chief of staff for former state senator R. Edward Houck from 2004 to 2011, and he was a hearing officer and legislative analyst for the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles between 2012 and 2016.
Mr. Wright received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg and his Master of Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.