During her retirement party, Nungesser spoke fondly of her achievements in growing the Texas practice and her work on projects with the Oklahoma DOT, with whom she still maintains contact. She also shared her many experiences in working on projects that helped to identify creative solutions for clients on difficult issues.
“This is what brought Lisa to her final project for WSP with the California High-Speed Rail program,” said Barbara Gilliliand, WSP vice president and a co-worker during Nungesser’s time in the Sacramento office. “Over her four-year tenure she helped Caltrans apply for its first NEPA [National Environmental Policy Act] assignment outside of a highway project. She brought this idea to the agency and steadfastly pursued it and, on the eve of her retirement, the U.S. Department of Transportation granted the State of California this approval. This is a testament to her dogged persistence and ability to get a job done.”
Nungesser credited her mother and two sisters as the biggest inspirations to her career.
“My mother, a single mom, raised three daughters to think and act professionally and pursue careers where they could make a difference,” Nungesser said. “She was a project manager who travelled to jobs as far as Alaska, which was very unusual for a woman in those days. This had a tremendous influence on me and my sisters.”
Gilliland is grateful for the time she has had working with Nungesser.
“It has been an honor to work with someone as professional and knowledgeable as Lisa,” Gilliland said. “It’s been an adjustment to not see her in the office every day, but the influence she had on staff and projects during her tenure remains strong, and will be felt for years to come.”
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