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Women in Tolling Awards Program

About the Awards

The WIT Awards Committee is a part of the WIT Council, an organization established in 2020, made up of a group of women in the tolling industry within IBTTA.  Its mission is “Connecting women in tolling globally, supporting diversity in leadership and promoting professional development.” Two WIT awards are anticipated to be presented at the IBTTA Annual Meeting each fall including the WIT Lifetime Achievement Award and the WIT Trailblazer Award. Learn more about the Women in Tolling.


Selection Methodology:  

The WIT Awards Committee is responsible for gathering and reviewing nominations for each of the WIT Awards in April of each year. Qualified applicants will be evaluated based on the responses received in the nomination form and known or available information on the awardee. The WIT Awards Committee will make a recommendation for each award to the WIT Council Officers and IBTTA no later than the end of May. The final award recommendations will go before the WIT Council each June for a majority vote and approval per the WIT Charter. The WIT Awards will be presented at the IBTTA Annual Meeting each fall. For further questions, please contact msallach@srta.ga.gov.

2022 Application Deadline: May 15, 2022
WIT Lifetime Achievement Award

The WIT Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a WIT Council member who has made significant contributions to IBTTA Women in Tolling and the overall transportation/tolling industry in a way that supports the Mission, Vision, and Objectives of the WIT Council. This outstanding awardee will exemplify overall leadership on the WIT Council, is an active member of a WIT Committee, advocates for women and diversity within the industry, and has made a significant contribution towards the advancement of women in tolling. This awardee will be presented with this WIT Lifetime Achievement Award and will be given a lifetime membership on the WIT Council.

To be considered for the WIT Lifetime Achievement Award, a nominee must meet the following criteria:   

  • Active or former member of the WIT Council and IBTTA.
  • Demonstrated advocate and supporter of IBTTA Women in Tolling Council through their contribution of time, talent, and/or resources.
  • Significant contributions to IBTTA Women in Tolling and the overall transportation/ tolling industry in a way that supports the Mission, Vision, and Objectives of the WIT Council.
  • Noteworthy personal, professional, and/or organizational achievements.

Nominate a Recipient 

WIT Trailblazer Award

The WIT Trailblazer Award recognizes an IBTTA member who has made significant contributions to the transportation/tolling industry in a way that supports the Mission, Vision, and Objectives of the WIT Council. This outstanding awardee will exemplify overall leadership within the tolling industry, promotes connections within and across diverse teams, mentors and encourages personal and professional development in others, and has made a significant contribution towards the advancement of women in tolling.

  • To be considered for the WIT Trailblazer Award, a nominee must meet the following criteria:   
  • Active or former member of the WIT Council or WIT Committee and IBTTA.
  • Demonstrated advocate and supporter of IBTTA Women in Tolling through their contribution of time, talent, and/or resources.
  • Significant contributions to IBTTA Women in Tolling and the overall transportation/ tolling industry in a way that supports the Mission, Vision, and Objectives of the WIT Council.
  • Noteworthy personal, professional, and/or organizational achievements.

Nominate a Recipient 


2020 and 2021 Award Recipients

Susan Buse, President of SBuse Consulting and IBTTA Past President, "virtually" accepts her 2021 Women in Tolling Lifetime Achievement Award during the 89th Annual Meeting & Exhibition. 

(pictured L to R: Mary Sallach, Vice-Chair, WIT;  Susan Buse, 2021 Awardee, and Patty Rubstello, P.E., Chair, WIT)

Susan Buse served as IBTTA  President in 2008, the 3rd woman president in IBTTA's history.  After 30 years in both the public and private sectors, Susan is now a sole practitioner focused on providing management consulting and business development services to clients in the toll road sector. Her practice includes research, AET conversion, feasibility studies, and communication strategic planning. Prior to her current role, Susan was the senior finance executive at the North Texas Tollway Authority for more than 15 years and was responsible for all finance functions and financial planning activities. She implemented agency-wide financial processes as the operations tripled and directed multiple feasibility studies of new roadways. As CFO, Susan completed the issuance of over $7 billion in debt using a complex mix of public finance instruments and loans.  Susan is a trusted advisor at IBTTA and continues to be very involved through the Membership, Mentorship, and Finance Committees. 

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Mary Jane O'Meara, Vice President, HNTB, and IBTTA Past President accepts her 2020 Women in Tolling Lifetime Achievement Award during the 89th Annual Meeting & Exhibition. 

(pictured L to R: Snehal Ambare, Secretary, WIT; Mary Sallach, Vice-Chair, WIT; Mary Jane O'Meara, 2021 Awardee and Patty Rubstello, P.E., Chair, WIT)

Mary Jane O’Meara began her career in transportation working as a consultant for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. Several years later, Massport hired her as operations manager for the Tobin Bridge, and subsequently, she was promoted to director of the bridge, a post she held for 18 years. In 2011, she joined HNTB to lead the Boston office, and today she is a vice president in the national toll group.  Mary Jane held the role of IBTTA President in 1999, only the 2nd woman president in IBTTA history.  Mary Jane also founded and chaired, for 20 years, the New England Toll Association, which fostered cooperation among the region’s toll authorities to implement unified electronic toll collection systems. In 2015, she joined an esteemed list of women who’ve made a difference in the transportation industry and was featured in the book, Boots on the Ground, Flats in the Boardroom: Transportation Women Tell Their Stories by Grace Crunican and Elizabeth Levin.  Mary Jane is one of IBTTA's beloved "GO-TO" people at IBTTA.  She's always willing to share ideas, insight, and guidance and has her finger on the pulse of the tolling community!

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