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LuWanna R. Reed
PEORIA, IL—LuWanna R. Reed has joined the Greater Peoria Mass Transit District (CityLink) as its new assistant general manager.

Reed comes to CityLink from MetroLINK (Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District) in Rock Island, IL. She has 15 years experience as a coach operator, one year as a supervisor and radio technician and trainer, and six years as a transit planner.

John Langmore
AUSTIN, TX—John Langmore, chair of the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Capital Metro) Board of Directors, has been reappointed to a second term on the board.

Langmore is the executive management appointee of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, which voted to reappoint him to a three-year term. He has been a member of the Capital Metro board since January 2010.

Jack Ajrab, Jonathan Julse, Jason Jardine, Cathy Campbell-Wilson, Adrian Corlett, Marcela Diaz-Ruiz, Gustavo Garron, Stephanie Rice, Hugh Hawk
MARKHAM, ON—Delcan announced the promotions of Jack Ajrab, Jonathan Julse, Jason Jardine, and Cathy Campbell-Wilson to principal; Adrian Corlett, Marcela Diaz-Ruiz, Gustavo Garron, and Stephanie Rice to senior principal; and Hugh Hawk to vice president.

Ajrab is a senior structural engineer in Delcan’s Ottawa office with 15 years of experience in project management, planning, design, evaluation, rehabilitation, and construction of transportation structures and buildings.

Hulse, with more than 30 years of engineering experience, is a member of the firm’s Program and Project Management Division.

Jardine has 11 years of experience in transportation engineering and manages numerous traffic impact and area transportation planning studies for public and private sector clients.

Campbell-Wilson is a business development manager in the Kingston office who has 15 years of passenger rail transit experience.

Corlett has more than 20 years of design and project management experience in civil engineering infrastructure.

Diaz-Ruiz is division manager for Delcan’s Program and Project Management Division and has 18 years of experience in project management and controls, business case analysis, procurement, engineering coordination, and construction management.

Garron is a senior project manager who manages and leads the planning and design phases for local, regional, and interurban multimodal transit projects. He has nearly 30 years of experience in various areas of transportation planning and engineering.

Rice has worked on heavy and light rail projects in Canada, Israel, Malaysia, and Singapore during her more than 20 years of transportation planning and project management experience.

Hawk has more than 30 years of experience in the design of complex and unusual bridges. He is a member of the Structures Division.

Boris Fyerman, John Jacobsen
LOS ANGELES, CA—Parsons Brinckerhoff announced the hiring of Boris Fyerman as a senior supervising engineer and John Jacobsen as a supervising architect, both based in the Los Angeles office.

Fyerman has more than 40 years of experience as an electrical engineer for transit, power plant, and industrial applications. He will oversee traction power design and coordination for several Los Angeles area light rail and heavy rail projects.

Jacobsen will be responsible for developing detailed designs for transit and light rail projects. His extensive architectural and design experience includes projects with the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District and Los Angeles Metro.

Jack Waldron, Bob Holt
SAN FRANCISCO, CA—URS Corporation announced the appointments of Jack Waldron, P.E., senior vice president and national director, transportation design-build projects, and Bob Holt, senior vice president and national director, program and construction management.

Waldron, previously a URS vice president, served as the firm’s vice president of design-build for the West Group since 2006. He originally joined URS in 1986 and served as the California Transportation Division manager until 2001, then was chief operating officer with T.Y. Lin for five years before rejoining URS.

Holt joins URS from Jacobs Engineering, where he was vice president of program and construction management.

Michael S. Burke, James M. Jaska, Alan P. Krusi, Nigel C. Robinson, Stephen M. Kadenacy

ORANGE, CA—AECOM has named Michael S. Burke its president. Burke, who joined the firm in 2005, was named chief financial officer in 2006.

The firm also announced the following appointments, effective Oct. 1: James M. Jaska as president, government; Alan P. Krusi as president, strategic development; Nigel C. Robinson as president, global geographies; and Stephen M. Kadenacy, succeeding Burke as executive vice president and chief financial officer.

William D. Colon, Gary G. Ficek
HARRISBURG, PA—Gannett Fleming announced the appointments of William D. Colon, P.E., as a vice president and director of transportation services in the Northeast Region and Gary G. Ficek, PMP, as a project manager

Colon will be based in the firm’s New York City office. He has more than 35 years of experience in the development, design, and construction/implementation of transportation infrastructure projects and programs.

Ficek will support teams with the management and oversight transit projects from the San Francisco office. He also serves as the subject-matter expert in the areas of security, quality assurance, and project controls. Ficek has 13 years of experience in the management of heavy civil and building construction projects in the U.S. and overseas.

Thomas F. Barry Jr.

ORLANDO, FL—Atkins has named Senior Vice President Thomas F. Barry Jr., P.E., director of operations for transportation in North America.

Barry joined Atkins in 2003, serving as business development director for transportation and earlier as head of the firm’s surface transportation sector. He spent almost 24 years with Florida DOT, ultimately as secretary of the agency.

Benson Fairow, Janeith Glenn-Davis, Daniel O. Hartwig

OAKLAND, CA—The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) has named three new deputy chiefs for the BART Police Department.

Benson Fairow has been with the Oakland Police Department for 21 years, serving the last five as a captain.

Janeith Glenn-Davis has 26 years of law enforcement experience, including more than 17 years with the Oakland Police Department and the last eight as chief of police for the California State University, East Bay Police Department.

Daniel O. Hartwig has served the BART Police Department for more than 28 years and has been security programs manager for BART.

Katrina Heineking
TUCSON, AZ—Katrina Heineking, general manager of Sun Tran and Sun Van in Tucson, received the Outstanding Transit Individual Award from the Arizona Transit Association (AzTA) and Arizona DOT. This award honors an individual who has provided outstanding leadership and contributions to public transportation programs to improve the quality of transit service.

Heineking joined the Sun Tran and Sun Van staff in 2004 and became general manager of both systems in 2006.

Marchelle E. Moore, Randy Rosser, Jamison Pack
COLUMBUS, OH—The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) announced the appointments of Marchelle E. Moore as vice president of legal affairs and general counsel; Randy Rosser as director of vehicle maintenance in the Operations Department; and Jamison Pack as director of marketing.

Moore joined COTA in 2005, serving first as senior legal counsel and more recently as interim vice president of human resources and labor relations. Earlier she served the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas as a staff attorney for the Honorable Guy L. Reece II.

Rosser came to COTA following a 27-year career in vehicle maintenance with United Parcel Service.

Pack was assistant director of marketing and communications with WOSU Public Media since 2007.

Jason McGlashan
ORLANDO, FL—Jason McGlashan, an employee of HDR since 1993, has been promoted to technical director of the transportation planning practice. McGlashan previously managed the transportation planning section for both the southeastern U.S. and the Orlando office and will continue to be based there.

He succeeds Jim Lee who became HDR’s technical director of transportation planning when HDR acquired his company, Transportation Planning Group, in 1999. Lee is remaining with HDR on a part-time basis, leading the company’s private land development market sector.

Victor Rodriguez, Raul Luzzaraga
HOUSTON, TX—The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (Houston Metro) has named Houston Police Capt. Victor Rodriguez to head its police department.

Rodriguez started his career with the Houston Police Department in 1985, rising to lead the department’s North Division. He also holds a J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center and has participated in the FBI Executive Fellowship Program.

Also, Raul Luzzaraga returned to Houston Metro as vice president of human resources, a position he previously held from 2004 to 2006. More recently, he worked with Team Industrial Services, Coca Cola, 3Com, and Nortel/Williams Communications.

Robert R. Bidart
RENO, NV—Robert R. Bidart has joined Stantec as associate engineer in its Reno transportation practice, working with public and private clients in Nevada and northern California.

Bidart has more than 17 years of experience. Prior to joining Stantec, he was an engineering and project manager for a national engineering firm serving largely public-sector projects throughout the country.

Robert H. Wilson
RICHMOND, VA—The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation has named Robert H. Wilson as chief of public transportation, overseeing the state’s public transportation, human service transportation, and transportation demand management programs.

Wilson has 20 years of experience in transportation, the last 13 of which he served as a chief executive for three separate agencies. Most recently he was executive director of the George Washington Regional Commission, the planning district commission for Fredericksburg and Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, and Stafford counties in Virginia. He also was executive director of the South Western Regional Planning Agency in Stamford, CT, and president and chief executive officer of Long Island Transportation Management Inc.

John Trautmann, Douglas Conyers, Dirk Braxton
LOS ANGELES, CA—Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB) announced the appointment of three employees in its Los Angeles office: John Trautmann, a senior supervising architect; Douglas Conyers, a senior supervising engineer; and Dirk Braxton, a lead mechanical engineer. They will all work on rail projects for Los Angeles Metro.

Prior to joining PB, Trautmann led his own firm, John Trautmann Architects, in Santa Monica, CA, for 15 years. He previously worked at several major architecture and engineering firms in Southern California.

Conyers has 25 years of experience in the design of transportation infrastructure and has worked on numerous transit and airport projects throughout Southern California.

Braxton joins PB after a 23-year career with MTA New York City Transit, most recently serving as a project mechanical engineer within the Capital Program Management Department.

Joseph P. McAtee
PHILADELPHIA, PA—Joseph P. McAtee, P.E., PLS, FCMAA, executive vice president with Urban Engineers, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Drexel University’s Construction Management Advisory Council (CMAC).

McAtee joined Urban Engineers in 1967 and became one of the principal owners of the firm in 1993. As executive vice president and chief operating officer, he has oversight responsibility for the firm's design, construction, and program management activities. He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Drexel and is a past president of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Pennsylvania, which earlier this year presented him with the Distinguished Award of Merit. 

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