Leadership

Organization

Jeff Barness

Jeff Barness

CRSS Coding Production Coordinator

BA Degree with a year of graduate studies, and 18 years of experience in transportation research and crash analysis. Mr. Barness is trained in sampling and data coding for the General Estimates System, Crash Report Sampling System, and Fatality Analysis Reporting System. He is also a trained database manager, using SQL and Crystal Reports to support KLD’s data-driven executive decision-making. He currently supervises all CRSS data coding activities at KLD’s CRSS Operations Center in San Antonio.

Richard Bays

Richard Bays

CISS Field Operations Coordinator

B.S., Business Management, with 15 years of experience in transportation research and crash analysis. Mr. Bays began his KLD career as a field researcher in Dallas, Texas, conducting crash investigations for the Crashworthiness Data System. Mr. Bays is a certified Crash Data Retrieval System Operator and Data Analyst, and served as Senior Team Coordinator of CDS, supervising all electronic crash data collection. He has served as an instructor at the Transportation Safety Institute, and as a member of the NASS Coding Manual editorial staff. He currently serves as the Field Operations Coordinator of the Crash Investigation Sampling System, supervising the activities of 24 field offices.

Sherry Wiggs

Sherry Wiggs

CRSS Operations Coordinator

B.A., Management, with 25 years of experience in transportation research and crash analysis. Ms. Wiggs began her KLD career as Research Assistant at the Denver, Colorado field office. She then became a Crash Researcher for the Crashworthiness Data System, and eventually moved to San Antonio to assume the role of Team Coordinator. As a Team Coordinator, she also served as an instructor at annual update training, and as a member of the NASS Coding Manual editorial staff. She currently serves as the Operations Coordinator of the Crash Report Sampling System, supervising the crash sampling activities at 60 geographic sites across the country.

William R McShane

William R McShane

President/CEO

William R McShane PhD PE PTOE is President and CEO of KLD Associates, Inc. Bill is a Fellow of ITE, a Life Member of IEEE, and a Member of ASCE. He is a registered professional engineer in several states. He joined KLD in early 2007.

At KLD, he is responsible for strategic planning, business operations, IR&D, and directing certain projects.

Bill is also Professor Emeritus at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. He had an active career in the transportation research and academic programs at its predecessor (Polytechnic University), including five years as VP/Dean responsible for all academic and research program. He was the original lead author of the text Traffic Engineering (Prentice-Hall, 1990) and remains one of the co-authors in the 4th edition (2010) and 5th edition (in preparation). He has contributed to the Highway Capacity Manual, conducted research for NCHRP and others, and served on national committees. He was a consultant to Florida DOT on traffic planning methodology, HOV operations, and access management.

He has been involved in systems safety work for the Office of the Secretary, USDOT, including work on modal safety indices. He was lead investigator for the NCHRP work on “Traffic Signal Warrant for Railroad at-Grade Crossings near Intersections”. His education was centered on systems engineering, control systems, and statistics.

Steven Mavros, MBA

Steven Mavros, MBA

Executive Vice President

Steven T. Mavros, MBA has over 35 years of experience and specialized training in transportation safety, data analysis, management, and USDOT practices. He is EVP and Chief Operations Officer.

He has managed the KLD work for the NHTSA NASS Program since the program’s inception, and an active contributor to its quality control practices and their evolution. He has a proven record of managing large and disperse data collection efforts, and is now focused on further developing KLD’s deep bench to manage and lead such programs.

Steve is the program manager of KLD’s work for NHTSA under its Data Modernization Program, including the CISS and CRSS efforts. Steve has led KLD’s role establishing the infrastructure of these programs, including; establishing cooperation with local law enforcement agencies and hospitals, staffing and opening field offices, and managing day-to-day operations. He is located in KLD’s San Antonio Office, at which he developed a core stable workforce that can lead and manage the disperse activities that include 28 CISS field offices and data feeds from 60 CRSS PSU’s throughout the nation (most of which are now handled through electronic police accident reports (PARs). Above all, he has worked with NHTSA in refining practices and procedures in the startup of the challenging Data Modernization Program, and led early efforts in the NASS Program days to introduce new data collection tools and techniques, automate error-checking of data entry, and overall quality control.

The key to success in KLD’s data programs lies in a highly motivated, stable workforce throughout its field offices and base location. Steve has not only achieved this, but has been singularly responsible for the retention of a large portion of the highly experienced workforce at KLD, who now contribute to the new Program – despite a total redefinition of the field office locations and data practices.

“The secret to our success, is that I build my team with well-trained, skilled personnel that I trust, and give them challenging assignments that they are well prepared for.”
Steve Mavros