Executive Staff


The Tollway is a user-fee system – no state or federal tax dollars are used to support maintenance and operations. Operations are funded by toll and concession revenues.

Under the leadership of the Board of Directors and Executive Staff, the Tollway is committed to achieving the following goals:

  • Increase collaboration with regional transportation and planning agencies
  • Promote the regional economy 
  • Maintain financial integrity
  • Foster environmental responsibility and sustainability
  • Maintain the safety and efficiency of the Tollway system
  • Further transparency and accountability
  • Enhance customer service
  • Maintain public trust


Illinois Tollway Executive Leadership


Cassaundra Rouse

Executive Director

As Executive Director, Rouse oversees the state’s 294-mile Illinois Tollway system supporting five roadways across 12 counties in Northern Illinois. She is responsible for day-to-day management and oversight of nearly 1,400 employees in providing a safe, effective and efficient toll highway system and ensuring the highest possible level of customer service for the Tollway’s nearly 1.6 million daily drivers. In addition, Rouse oversees the Tollway’s 16-year, $15 billion Move Illinois capital program, now in its 13th year.


Cathy Williams

Chief Financial Officer

As CFO, Williams is responsible for all functions related to the Tollway's financial operations including the agency’s, accounting and financial reporting, accounts payable, payroll, risk management, fiscal operations, debt management and procurement as well as oversight over the Tollway’s $15 billion long-term financial plan and $450 million operating budget.


Manar Nashif

Chief Engineering Officer

As chief engineering officer, Nashif is responsible for the policies, practices and procedures of the Engineering Department, which manages the capital program and oversees all the planning, design, construction, maintenance and operation on the Illinois Tollway system.


Michael Shay

Chief Information Officer

As the inaugural CIO of the Illinois Tollway, Shay leads the Information Technology and Business Systems departments to meaningful technological outcomes. With his leadership, these departments strive to keep the Illinois Tollway innovative, efficient, safe, secure and at the forefront of the tolling industry.

John DonatoChief of Staff
Angela JenkinsChief of Administration
Michael CatolicoChief of Business Systems
William Eric OccomyChief of Contract Services
Marlene VickActing Chief of Diversity & Strategic Development
Sharon FergusonEEO/AA/ADA Officer
Bret AngelosEthics Officer/FOIA Officer
David DonovanChief of Facilities and Fleet
Kathleen Pasulka-BrownGeneral Counsel
TJ HengesbachInspector General
Shaun FarmerChief Internal Auditor
Darrion RobinsonChief of Maintenance and Traffic
Karyn RoblesChief of Planning
Peter FoernsslerChief of Procurement
Arthur GristChief of Security and Safety
Quentin Jay FordChief of Stakeholder Engagement
Pat TaylorChief of Toll Operations