Bruce A. Van Note, Commissioner
Bruce A. Van Note was sworn in as MaineDOT Commissioner in January 2019. A lifelong Mainer, Bruce was born in Houlton, one of six children, and moved to Bath, where he attended public schools. He holds degrees in engineering and law, both with honors. He is a proud UMaine engineer, a professional land surveyor, and an attorney.
Bruce has 27 years of professional transportation work experience in Maine, including more than 22 years at MaineDOT. His MaineDOT experience included twelve years as Deputy Commissioner. During that time, he acquired working knowledge of policy, legislative affairs, planning, budget, procurement, freight services, capital project delivery, and maintenance and operations. Bruce enjoys leading the dedicated and talented team at MaineDOT to provide a transportation system that supports economic opportunity and quality of life. Immediately before becoming Commissioner, he also served as the Director of Policy and Planning at the Maine Turnpike Authority.
Angela Hinkley, Administrative Assistant to the Commissioner
Nina Fisher, Deputy Commissioner
Nina Fisher was appointed Deputy Commissioner in February 2019.
She oversees policy and communication matters at the department.
Nina previously served as MaineDOT's Manager of Legislative and Constituent Services under Commissioners Cole and Bernhardt. She has also worked as Director of Government Relations for the Maine Community College System. Nina has more than 20 years of experience working with lawmakers at the local, state, and federal levels.
Nina is a native of Madawaska and a 2002 graduate of the University of Southern Maine. She has a degree in political science. Nina lives 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 of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). She also serves as the Vice-Chair on the AASHTO Committee on Design, Co-Chair of the Climate Council’s Transportation Working Group 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