Executive Office Biographies

Grant Levi, P.E., Director

Grant Levi, Deputy Director for Engineering NDDOTClick on photograph to the left to download a printable version.

Grant Levi, P.E. was appointed director of the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) in May 2013 by Governor Jack Dalrymple. As director, he is responsible for the daily operations of the department which has a $2.8 billion biennial budget and provides quality services for motor vehicle, driver’s license, operation, construction and maintenance of the state’s highways.

Grant had served as NDDOT’s Deputy Director for Engineering since 1999, overseeing several programs including: operations, transportation, project development, planning, pre-construction, construction, and maintenance. He has worked for the NDDOT since 1980, holding positions in the Valley City District, the Fargo District, and at the Central Office in Bismarck.

Professional Experience:

Grant earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from North Dakota State University in 1982.  He is a Professional Engineer trained in planning, programming, pre-construction, operations and construction management.  Grant currently serves on numerous committees for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO).

Grant is a native of Zeeland, North Dakota. He and his wife, Patty, are residents of Bismarck and have three grown children.



Darcy Rosendahl, P.E., Deputy Director and Deputy Director for Business Support

Darcy Rosendahl P.E., Deputy Director and  Deputy Director for Business Support Click on photograph to the left to download a printable version.

Darcy Rosendahl has been named Deputy Director for the Department. As Deputy Director Darcy will fill in during the Director’s absence. He will also serve as Deputy Director for Business Support where he is responsible for overseeing the tasks and duties of seven divisions including: Audit Services Division, Communication Division, Financial Management Division, Human Resources Division, Information Technology Division, Legal Division, and State Fleet Services Division. He also manages the Aviation Services and Business Planner functions of the Department.

Professional Experience:

Darcy previously worked for the Department and retired from his position as Office of Operations Director in June 2011. Darcy returned to NDDOT to serve as Deputy Director in September 2013. Before retiring he worked for the Department for 28 years serving in many capacities. In addition to the Office of Operations Director he worked in the Bismarck, Grand Forks, and Fargo Districts, Design Division, Materials and Research Division, and Planning and Programming Division. From July 2011 to September 2013 he worked for the North Dakota Local Technical Assistance Program (ND LTAP) as a program manager and program director.


Darcy has a Civil Engineering degree from North Dakota State University. Darcy is a native of New Salem, North Dakota. He and his wife Sara are residents of Bismarck; they have one son.



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

Ron Henkei, Deputy Director for Engineering NDDOTClick on photograph to the left to download a printable version.

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, transportation programs, project development, planning, 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. 

Professional Experience:

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 of the North Dakota Society of Professional Engineers and the American Society of Highway Engineers.  He currently serves on the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Standing Committee on Highways, is involved with the Will-Moore Elementary School’s PTO, and as time permits, coaches youth baseball and basketball in Bismarck, North Dakota.


Ron is a native of Hannover, North Dakota.  He and his wife, Michelle, are residents of Bismarck; they have three children. 



Mark Nelson, Deputy Director for Driver and Vehicle Services

Mark Nelson, NDDOT Interim Deputy Director for Driver and Vehicle ServicesClick on photograph to the left to download a printable version.

Mark Nelson was appointed Deputy Director for Driver and Vehicle Services of the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) in 2014. Mark oversees the Drivers License, Motor Vehicle, and Safety Divisions at the North Dakota Department of Transportation.  Besides overseeing these three divisions, he focuses on public safety education and strives to provide a high level of customer service at the North Dakota Department of Transportation.


Professional Experience:

Mark joined NDDOT to serve as Safety Division Director in 2009. Prior to joining the Department, he worked for the North Dakota Highway Patrol for more than 28 years during which time he was appointed Superintendent of the agency in 2007.

Mark has a Criminal Justice degree from Park University of Parkville, Missouri and is also a graduate of Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command. Mark is originally from St. James, Minnesota and moved to North Dakota in 1981. He and his wife, Colleen, reside in Bismarck and have two grown children.