Division administrator biographies

Aileen Switzer, administrator
Division of Budget and Strategic Initiatives (DBSI)

Aileen Switzer is the administrator of the newly formed Division of Budget and Strategic Initiatives (DBSI) at WisDOT. DBSI oversees the department’s biennium budget; manages the department’s performance improvement program; administers the department’s research and library programs; and serves as the liaison for federal transportation issues. The division also develops and coordinates department strategic initiatives and emerging issues, such as connected and automated vehicles. Aileen has extensive experience in transportation management and research, serving 22 years at WisDOT and nearly 2 years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She holds a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from UW-Madison.
You can reach Aileen at (608) 266-1114 or aileen.switzer@dot.wi.gov.

 

Casey Newman, administratorKenneth "Casey" Newman
Division of Business Management (DBM)

DBM manages WisDOT's personnel, payroll, information technology, facilities, fleet, purchasing, fiscal services, printing, and risk and safety programs. 

Casey Newman was appointed DBM Administrator in March of 2019. He has spent the majority of his 25-year career with WisDOT, serving in several senior management roles, most recently as the Director of the Bureau of Business Services in DBM and previously as the Director of the Office of Policy, Finance and, Improvement (now called the Office of Management and Budget). Casey has also held senior positions at the Department of Corrections and UW-Madison. 
You can reach Casey at (608) 266-2090 or casey.newman@dot.wi.gov.

 

 


 

Kristina Boardman, administratorKristina Boardman
Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV)

DMV helps millions of customers each year in-person, by phone, mail and/or Internet and generates more than $800 million annually to support Wisconsin's safe and efficient transportation system.

Kristina Boardman is the DMV Administrator, and has worked in state government for more than 20 years. Kristina spent 10 years as a legislative aide for the Wisconsin State Assembly before transitioning to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation in 2005.

Prior to becoming DMV Administrator, Kristina worked as DMV Deputy Administrator and the Director of DMV Field Services.
You can reach Kristina at (608) 266-1113 or kristina.boardman@dot.wi.gov.


 

 

Anthony Burrell, SuperintendentAnthony Burrell
Division of State Patrol (DSP)

Governor Tony Evers announced the appointment of Anthony Burrell as Superintendent of the Wisconsin State Patrol effective January 20, 2019.

Raised in Milwaukee, Burrell graduated with the State Patrol’s 40th recruit class in July of 1990 and began his career as a trooper in St. Croix County. He was promoted to sergeant in 2006, lieutenant in 2012, and named captain of the State Patrol’s 11-county Northeast Region in March of 2015.

Following the tragic shooting death of Trooper Trevor Casper by an armed suspect on March 24, 2015, Burrell was awarded the Medal of Valor - the State Patrol's highest decoration for bravery. In December of 2016, Burrell was promoted to major and deputy director of the State Patrol's Bureau of Field Operations.

Formerly president of the National Black State Troopers Coalition, Burrell has a bachelor's degree in Finance and a minor in Management from Upper Iowa University. He is also a graduate of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety.
You can reach Supt. Burrell at (844) 847-1234 or anthony.burrell@dot.wi.gov.

 

Joseph Nestler​​, administrator
Division of Transportation Investment Management (DTIM)

DTIM includes bureaus that are responsible for a wide range of activities including planning and economic development; asset management; state highway programs; transit, local roads, rails and harbors; and aeronautics. 
 
Joe Nestler is a registered professional engineer with a civil engineering degree from the University of Illinois. He has more than 25 years of transportation engineering experience. Joe has served 20 years at WisDOT, most of the time in DTIM in a variety of managerial roles, including deputy administrator, and director of the Bureau of State Highway Plans. Joe most recently served the department as the administrator​ of the Division of Transportation System Development. 
 
Joe has a passion for innovation and has been a leader in the evolution of WisDOT’s asset management systems, drawing from experience as project manager and project engineer on comprehensive pavement management system implementations for nine states, as well as for the United States Army, Navy, and Air Force. Outside of transportation, Joe spent four years working in research and development and is an author on four U.S. patents.
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​Rebecca Burkel, administratorDivision of Transportation System Development Administrator Joe Nestler
Division of Transportation System Development (DTSD)

As DTSD administrator, Rebecca Burkel leads a division of more than 1,300 employees who work throughout Wisconsin overseeing the development, maintenance and operation of the state highway system.  DTSD is comprised of five regions and six bureaus. Region offices work locally with key stakeholders and serve as the front line of project delivery, while the bureaus develop statewide policy and best practices regarding engineering, economic, environmental, and social standards and practices. In addition, DTSD houses a nationally recognized innovation program that focuses on technology and process improvement.

Rebecca grew up in the Green Bay area and earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay. Her WisDOT career began as an environmental coordinator in 1993. She was promoted several times to managerial positions, most recently serving as deputy administrator before her 2019 appointment to administrator. Throughout her time at WisDOT, Rebecca has focused on process improvement, innovation, efficiency and consistency of policy application among DTSD’s functional, technical and regional areas.

Rebecca’s honors and achievements include honors from Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve recognizing her efforts to help balance responsibilities for staff called away on military duties. She’s also a past honorable mention for the Virginia Hart Award, which recognizes exemplary women in state government. 

You can reach Rebecca at rebecca.burkel@dot.wi.gov.​