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Rincon's Purcell named to list of influential women
Ann R. Purcell
Georgia Department of Transportation Board Chair Ann R. Purcell touts the single-county T-SPLOST at Jekyll Island in 2019.. - photo by Mark Lastinger/staff
ATLANTA -- Engineering Georgia magazine has released its annual listing of “100 Influential Women in Engineering”– women of character, integrity and purpose. 

Rincon's Ann R. Purcell, State Transportation Board (STB) member for the First Congressional District, is among the distinguished list of women, which includes three other STB members, as well as six Georgia DOT team members.

“It is an honor to be able to highlight the achievements of the power players from engineering, architecture, and construction firms and from public agencies and private companies who are creating Georgia’s built environment,” said Michael L. “Sully” Sullivan, publisher of Engineering Georgia.

Purcell represents southeast Georgia, including the ports of Savannah and Brunswick and the entire coastline. She was elected in 2013 and has served as chair and vice chair. Purcell previously served 18 years in the Georgia House of Representatives.

The State Transportation Board is comprised of 14 congressional districts each represented by a board member elected by a majority of a General Assembly caucus from their congressional district. Board members serve staggered five-year terms and guide the planning, development and management of the department and critical transportation projects in the state of Georgia.

Georgia DOT aims to deliver a transportation system focused on innovation, safety, sustainability and mobility. The Department prides itself on its diverse and well-trained workforce and is proud to recognize the achievements of these women. In addition to Purcell, they include:

  • Stacey Key, State Transportation Board, Congressional District 5
  • Emily Dunn, State Transportation Board, Congressional District 9
  • Dana Lemon, State Transportation Board, Congressional District 13
  • Meg Pirkle, P.E., Georgia DOT Chief Engineer 
  • Angela Whitworth, Georgia DOT Treasurer
  • Carol Comer, Georgia DOT Director of Intermodal
  • Marlo Clowers, P.E., Georgia DOT Senior Project Manager
  • Hiral Patel, P.E., Georgia DOT Director of Engineering 
  • Natalie Dale, Georgia DOT Spokesperson
The magazine also recognized Monica Flournoy, P.E. state materials engineer and Kimberly King, director of Equal Employment Opportunity as “Women in the Know.” These women were selected among those most likely to have considerable influence on the future of Georgia’s built environment.  They are on the fast-track to becoming the next generation of engineering influencers.