Bruce A. Van Note, Commissioner
Commissioner Bruce A. Van Note is an engineering graduate, an attorney and a professional land surveyor. He was born in Houlton Maine, one of six children, and moved to Bath at a young age, where he attended public schools. He holds degrees in engineering and law, both with honors.
Bruce has 25 years of professional transportation work experience in Maine, including 20 years at MaineDOT. His MaineDOT experience included 12 years as Deputy Commissioner, during which time he managed most aspects of the department. Most recently, he served as the Director of Policy and Planning at the Maine Turnpike Authority.
Van Note lives in Topsham with his wife, Susan. They have four adult sons. His interests include family vacations, everything about Maine, a never-ending home renovation, hiking, and the 13-time World Champion Green Bay Packers.
Angela Hinkley, Administrative Assistant to the Commissioner
Nina Fisher, Deputy Commissioner
Nina Fisher was appointed by Commissioner Van Note as Deputy Commissioner in early February 2019.
As Deputy Commissioner, Fisher oversees policy and communication matters at MaineDOT, including oversight of Legislative and Constituent Services, Public Relations, and the Office of Creative Services.
Nina served under Commissioners Cole and Bernhardt as MaineDOT's manager of legislative and constituent services. She returns to MaineDOT after her most recent position as the director of government relations for the Maine Community College System. She brings a wealth of knowledge and over 20 years of experience at the State House, as well as expertise with state and federal policy.
Nina is a native of Madawaska and is a 2002 graduate of the University of Southern Maine, with a B.S. in Political Science. She resides with her husband, Adam in Farmingdale. They have three children, Henry, Abbott, and Eloise.
Angela Hinkley, Administrative Assistant
William Pulver, P.E., Chief Operating Officer
Prior to becoming MaineDOT’s Chief Operating Officer in September 2018, Bill served as Director of Project Development and Deputy Chief Engineer beginning in 2013. His primary responsibilities were overseeing the management and delivery of MaineDOT’s statewide capital improvement program consisting of hundreds of highway, bridge, traffic and multimodal construction projects each year. Bill’s internal focus has included streamlining, innovative contracting, accelerating project delivery and establishing and measuring program delivery objectives and performance goals.
Bill is in the 34th year of his career with MaineDOT, which began as a materials quality assurance inspector while he attended the University of Maine. Since that time, he has worked in a variety of areas and capacities throughout the department including: Assistant Director of Project Development, Director of the Property Office, Program Management in the Multimodal and Bridge Programs, Construction, Research and Development, Pavement Management, Capital Resource Management and Management Systems Development.
He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from the University of Maine and is a licensed Professional Engineer. Bill lives in the town of Vassalboro with his wife Theresa. Their two sons, Ryan and Jeff, are engineering graduates and are working in Maine.
Shelly Wood, Administrative Assistant
Joyce Noel Taylor, P.E., Chief Engineer
Joyce Taylor is the chief engineer for the Maine Department of Transportation. She joined the department in 1999 and has risen through the ranks holding several key positions. Chief Engineer Taylor first worked in the construction division as its environmental engineer and held various positions, including Bureau Director of Project Development before becoming Chief Engineer in 2013. She has worked on various high-profile department projects, most recently heading the Sarah Mildred Long project between Maine and New Hampshire.
Joyce Noel Taylor was the first president of Maine's newly-formed chapter of Women in Transportation. She is an active participant on the Council of Highways and Streets and the Transportation Policy Forum of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). She also serves as the Vice-Chair on the AASHTO Committee on Design as well as serving on the Maine Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers.
She graduated from the University of Maine at Orono in 1986 with a BS in Chemical Engineering.
Shelly Wood, Administrative Assistant