APTA | Passenger Transport
August 30, 2010

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Two chief executive positions are among the 12 job opportunities offered in the classifieds!


People on the Move

Tom Hock
CINCINNATI, OH—The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA), operator of Metro in Cincinnati, has announced that Tom Hock, president and chief executive officer of Professional Transit Management LLC (PTM), is acting as interim CEO of Metro. Marilyn Shazor, who was an employee of PTM, is no longer serving in this post.

Hock has 36 years of transit experience; he has worked with Metro for many years and has been responsible for oversight of the agency as a PTM account since last summer.

Steve Clark, Consuelo Saragoza
PORTLAND, OR—The Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) welcomed Steve Clark and Consuelo Saragoza to the board of directors, representing the Westside and Southeast Portland respectively.

Clark, who succeeds board President George Passadore on the board, is president of the Portland Tribune newspaper and president and publisher of Community Newspapers, a group of 17 weekly and monthly and community newspapers published in four Oregon counties. He has served on Oregon’s Big Look Task Force, appointed by the governor to recommend changes in the state’s 30-year-old land use system, and was appointed by the governor to chair a committee on transportation governance that helped lead to the transportation package adopted by the 2009 Oregon Legislature.

Saragoza is senior advisor to the Multnomah County Health Department’s Public Health & Community Initiatives and has held director-level positions with the department since 2000. She is a regular transit rider and recently participated in TriMet’s “Low Car Diet” challenge. Saragoza succeeds Sue Van Brocklin, whose term expired July 1.

Bruno Barriero, Kristin Jacobs
POMPANO BEACH, FL—Miami-Dade County Commissioner Bruno A. Barreiro has been elected chair of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) Governing Board, and Broward County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs was elected vice chair.

This is Barreiro’s fourth time serving as chair of the board. First elected to the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners in 1998, he represents District 5 and serves constituents in parts of Miami, Miami Beach, Little Havana, Downtown Miami and South Beach.

Jacobs was first elected to represent District 2 on the Broward County Commission in 1998. She spearheaded the Community Bus Transport Network, which connects neighborhoods to Broward County Transit in more than 20 cities, and was instrumental in obtaining cities’ support through the dedication of gas funds to establish this service.

Michele Johnson
SALT LAKE CITY, UT—The Utah Transit Authority announced the appointment of Michele Johnson to its board of trustees by municipalities within Salt Lake County and the cities of Tooele and Grantsville.

Johnson is associate director of environmental health and safety at the University of Utah, where she oversees the university’s Occupational Hygiene and Environmental Protection Division.

Kenton Rainey
OAKLAND, CA—Kenton Rainey is the new police chief of the 296-member San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District Police Department.

Rainey began his career in law enforcement in 1979 as a deputy in the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department. He worked for that department for nearly 23 years as a senior deputy, sergeant, lieutenant, and captain. In 2002, he became superintendent of patrol operations with the police department of Dayton, OH, then returned to California as second in command of the City of Whittier’s Police Department and later chief of police for the City of Fairfield.

Reginald A. Mason, Paul Rose
SAN FRANCISCO, CA—The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) announced the appointments of Reginald A. Mason, ASP, WSO-CSSD, as director of safety/chief safety officer and Paul Rose as media relations manager.

Mason came to SFMTA from Houston, where he was associate vice president and chief safety officer for the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County. He succeeds Carter Rohan, SFMTA director of capital programs and construction, who served in an interim capacity after Jim Dougherty left the agency in April.

Rose served most recently as director of communications for Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums, and earlier held communications-related posts with the Bay Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, Speaker Gifford Miller of the New York City Council, the New York City Department of Education, and California Gov. Gray Davis. Kristen Holland, interim media relations manager since the departure of Judson True, will resume her role as assistant media relations manager.

Jim Beil
ORANGE, CA—The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) has named Jim Beil, a 22-year transportation veteran from Caltrans, to the new position of executive director of capital programs.

Beil currently serves Caltrans as deputy district director of capital outlay programs.

Daniel Baxter
DENVER, CO—Daniel Baxter, P.E., has joined CH2M HILL as the new practice director for transportation operations. He will be responsible for providing leadership to the firm’s highway operations team, traffic engineers, and growing the company’s capability as an Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) provider.

Baxter is an internationally recognized expert in transportation engineering for freeways, tunnels, and toll roads.

Dan Kemper
SCHAUMBURG, IL—Dan Kemper has joined the Public Sector Division of Motor Coach Industries (MCI) as a business development manager.

He comes to MCI from REI following a 10-year career as a regional sales representative with New Flyer of America.

Will Kempton
ORANGE, CA—Will Kempton, chief executive officer of the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), was honored by the American Public Works Association as one of the nation’s top 10 ten public works leaders for 2010.

Kempton, a 35-year veteran in the transportation industry, joined OCTA in 2009. He previously served as director of Caltrans.

Sandra Burgess
ATLANTA, GA—Georgia DOT has named Sandra Burgess, its general counsel, as the new head of its Public Private Partnership (P3) program. Burgess, a 30-year veteran of the department, succeeds Earl Mahfuz, who retired earlier this year.

The department is preparing to receive proposals for three P3 projects with private groups, including design and operations for toll lanes on Interstates 575 and 75 in Cobb and Cherokee counties.

Georgia DOT Deputy Counsel Matthew Cline will assume Burgess’ former post.

Rachel Pereira
NEW YORK, NY—ABC Companies has named Rachel Pereira as ABC Parts Mid-Atlantic territory manager. Her territory will include New York City, Long Island, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

Pereira is the daughter of two longtime employees of Liberty Lines Transit in Yonkers, NY. She worked summers during college at that company, helping with Occupational Safety and Health Administration training and data entry in the Maintenance Department.

Dan Mesnick
LITTLE FALLS, NJ—Dan Mesnick has joined Systra Consulting Inc. as chief operating officer.

He has more than 30 years of experience in rail and transit planning, operations and rail simulation, engineering, track design, track condition assessment, and maintenance planning.

Mesnick served MTA New York City Transit as project manager, track and structure department, from 1986 to 1991. From 1992 to 2007, he was the principal and founder of TransTech Management, a rail and transit consulting firm. Since 2007, he has served as director, rail services, for the Louis Berger Group.

Christopher J. Taylor, Joseph Atwood
NEW YORK, NY—Christopher J. Taylor, P.E., has joined AECOM as U.S. deputy director for the high-speed rail practice of its transportation business.

Taylor brings to AECOM experience as a senior manager in two nationally recognized engineering firms. He also has also served in all forms of public-private partnerships and program management in transit, bridge, port, and aviation projects.

Also, AECOM announced the appointment of Joseph Atwood, P.E., as project director in its U.S. Southwest and Mountain Transportation practice. He will be based in Fort Worth, TX.

Atwood comes to the firm after more than 26 years with Texas DOT, where he managed in-house production of the agency’s reconstruction projects.

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