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Individual Class Member Details

Individual Class Member Details

Regina M Santana
City of Lebanon
Class of 2021
(615) 516-0852

Member Since: July 1st, 2020
Current Activities / Involvement

I'm currently serving as the Tennessee Chapter of APWA's Middle Branch Director as the first female director in our branch.

APWA is the American Public Works Association

Major Barriers

I've always been involved in the APWA group, but just recently started stepping forward. I've also been involved in various other things over the years (Tennessee Promise, Sunday school teacher, helped coach too many ball teams to count). My kids are now all grown and are out on their own & I'm ready to start seeing where I can help in new areas within my community.

Community Challenge / Issue / Goal

Extracurricular opportunities for teens/tweens is really needed here and is often talked about on social media. Additionally, like I discussed above I think there is a need to reach young females who may be very good in STEM related areas that are shy (like I was) and may need a little help seeing their potential and getting past perceived limitations. I would love to help in either of those areas. Having 3 grown boys who were heavily involved in sports growing up, them not having something constructive to do with their time was never really a concern of mine, but now that they are grown I see the potential of what too much down time and not enough good activities can lead to.

Education: High School

Mt. Juliet High School

Education: College

Tennessee Technological University

Education: Graduate Level


Education: Academic Awards

It's been quite a while since I was in school. I do remember that I was in the top 10% of my graduating class (actually in the top 5 out of 400+).

Education: Extracurricular & Leadership

I ran track in high school ... many years ago. Was a member of many organizations like BETA Club, newspaper staff, etc.(can't begin to remember all of them). In college I was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). I'm still a member of that organization.
No awards that I remember.

Company / Job Responsibilities

I'm in the Engineering Services Director. I manage the engineering and stormwater departments. We handle everything from development, drainage issues, traffic, floodplain management, TDOT and TDEC coordination, resurfacing and striping of streets, sidewalks, and all capital projects for the city (i.e. new utility line construction, new buildings or additions, etc.). I'm also the City's floodplain administrator.

Participation Expectations

I hope to gain more self confidence. I chose engineering as a career path due to my love of match and science. Never really thought about the fact there would be pretty much no other females in my classes in college and basically not many female engineers when I graduated and entered the workforce. As shy as I was and in a male dominated world of engineers, contractors, and developers, I've held back and been happy to work in the background getting things done, but not really putting myself out there. Over the last couple of years, I've noticed more and more female engineers entering the workforce. I'd like to help them not stay in the shadows like I have. In order to do that, I need to step forward and to do that I need more self confidence. I'm confident in my abilities, just not in stepping forward with them.

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