Executive Office Biographies

William T. Panos, NDDOT Director

William Panos, NDDOT Director

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Bill Panos is director of the North Dakota Department of Transportation. He was appointed director by Governor Doug Burgum on September 23, 2019.

Prior to joining NDDOT, Panos served as director for Wyoming’s Department of Transportation under Governor Matt Mead. His role encompassed all aspects of the transportation agency’s operations, including leading the state’s aviation, motor vehicle services, and the highway patrol. He also led Wyoming’s school construction agency.

Panos has extensive experience in operational leadership and development in government and commercial sectors. Previously, he served in leadership roles in Washington, California, Idaho, and Massachusetts, as well as the TRW Corporation.

Panos earned a bachelor’s degree from The California State University. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials, as the Governor’s Highway Safety Representative, as a Henry Toll Fellow with the Council of State Governments, and as President of the Western Association of State Highway Transportation Officials.

North Dakota’s Department of Transportation solves the toughest problems in mobility and safety to meet the ever-evolving needs of our citizens statewide. Our 980 employees define what’s possible every day using science, technology, and engineering to create and deliver advanced transportation systems and services.

Ronald J. Henke, P.E., Deputy Director for Engineering

Ron Henke, Deputy Director for Engineering NDDOT

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Ron currently serves as the Deputy Director for Engineering at the North Dakota Department of Transportation.  He is in charge of the engineering area at the Department which is comprised of several programs including; operations, project development, pre-construction, construction, and maintenance.  Ron joined NDDOT in 1990 and previously served as Office of Operations Director, Office of Project Development Director, as well as other various capacities including Design, Construction, and as Assistant Engineer for Planning and Programming. 

Ron earned his Bachelor of Science degrees in Construction Management and Construction Engineering from North Dakota State University in 1988 and 2001.  Ron is a Registered Professional Engineer in North Dakota with a background in field construction, statewide operations (construction and maintenance), planning and programming of projects, budget, environmental document preparation, and plan development.  He is a member the American Society of Highway Engineers.  He currently serves on the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Transportation Policy Forum and Council on Streets and Highways; and as time permits, coaches youth basketball in Bismarck, North Dakota.  

Jennifer Turnbow, Deputy Director for Planning

Jen Turnbow, Deputy Director of Planning

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Jen Turnbow was named the Deputy Director for Planning in September 2021. Jen oversees all planning divisions and functions within the DOT, including planning & asset management, programming, local government, safety, and transportation program funding. She also assists with state and federal planning-related legislation, budgeting and finance and help the department with strategic planning.

Jen has spent 20 years working in the transportation industry and navigating projects through a myriad of complex factors and numerous stakeholders. Her extensive experience also includes working in the aviation, telecommunications, oil and gas, municipal, power and renewable energy industries.

She was named to the list of Top 25 Women in Business by Prairie Business Magazine in 2019 and serves as a member of the North Dakota Commission on the Status of Women. She earned her master’s degree in organization/industrial psychology from Grand Canyon University in early 2021, and a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental science from the University of Idaho.

Robin Rehborg, Deputy Director for Driver Safety

Robin Rehborg, Deputy Director for Driver Safety

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Robin Rehborg was named the Deputy Director for Driver Safety in 2019. Robin oversees Drivers License, Motor Vehicle, Safety, State Fleet and Aviation Services.

Robin joined the NDDOT in 2006 and worked in many capacities including Fleet manager, Fleet Operations manager, Workplace Investigation team lead, and Interim Drivers License Director. Robin obtained her Certified Automotive Fleet Manager (CAFM) designation in 2012. She served as State Fleet Services Division Director for seven years.  Prior to joining the Department she was the General Manager of Southeast Propane LLC, in Gwinner, North Dakota. She has been an active member of the National Conference of State Fleet Administrators (NCSFA), NAFA Fleet Management Association and Government Fleet Magazine Advisory board. Robin is a graduate of Moorhead State University, Moorhead, Minnesota, and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Robin and her husband, Tom, live in Mandan and have two grown children.

Terra Miller-Bowley, Deputy Director for Administration

Terra Miller-Bowley, NDDOT Deputy Director for Administration

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Terra Miller-Bowley was named the Deputy Director for Administration in 2019. As Deputy Director for Administration, Terra oversees Financial Management, Audit Services, Legal, Human Resources and Communications Divisions

Terra joined NDDOT as Audit Services Division Director in 2017. Prior to joining the Department, Terra was Audit Services Supervisor at ND Retirement & Investment Office for three years. She spent much of her early career in the property and casualty insurance industry specializing in weather related catastrophe losses. Terra has Bachelor’s Degrees from University of Minnesota Morris in Computer Science, Dickinson State University in Accounting and a Master’s Degree from Central Michigan University in Marketing. She currently holds a Certified Internal Auditor designation. Terra and her husband, Michael, reside in Bismarck.