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Charles Frazier
WEST PALM BEACH, FL—Charles Frazier has joined Palm Tran as its assistant director.

Frazier began his career with Palm Beach County 11 years ago in the Department of Community Services, moving to Information System Services in 2004 and, most recently, serving as director of electronic services and security for facilities development and operations.

Percival Buxhoeveden
PHILADELPHIA, PA—Percival Buxhoeveden has joined SYSTRA as assistant chief engineer/director of systems.

Buxhoeveden has more than 26 years of leadership in the development of new client relationships, both market/business development expansion and team leadership. He will provide technical direction to SYSTRA’s Systems practice, which encompasses train control, communications, and systems engineering.

He comes to SYSTRA after serving as a principal-in-charge/signal designer with a major engineering consulting firm. His clients included MTA Long Island Rail Road, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, and New Jersey Transit Corporation.

Randy M. Stedman
PORTLAND, OR—The Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) announced the appointment of Randy M. Stedman as executive director of labor relations and human resources.

Stedman comes to TriMet from Workplace Practices Group in Lake Oswego, OR.

Norma Navarro, Nevin Grinnell

DALLAS, TX—Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) has appointed Norma Navarro vice president, commuter rail, and Nevin Grinnell vice president and chief marketing officer.

Navarro began her career with DART in 1990 and has served in several capacities, most recently assistant vice president, commuter rail administration.

Grinnell joins DART after more than 20 years in marketing, primarily in the food and beverage and consumer products sectors. Most recently he was senior vice president of marketing for the NCH-Retail Product Group, responsible for company strategy and new product innovation.

Pattie Antich, Melissa Cutter, Tina Moschetti
LOS ANGELES, CA—Stantec has named Pattie Antich as senior project manager, Melissa Cutter as project engineer, and Tina Moschetti as California transportation chief of staff and contracts manager.

Antich has extensive experience with project management, construction management, engineering management, quality control, and permitting within design-bid-build and alternative design-build delivery methods. She has worked on numerous Los Angeles Metro projects.

Cutter has served on a variety of Los Angeles-area public transit, highway, and road projects, including a number of major design-build projects.

Moschetti has more than 25 years of project management, business, contracts, cost, and finance experience, working most recently for a major engineering and management firm as program manager serving the Orange County Transportation Authority.

Joseph Bonaduce, Bryan D. Clarke, Bradley J. Clarke
VALLEY FORGE, PA—Joseph Bonaduce, Bryan D. Clarke, and Bradley J. Clarke have joined Gannett Fleming Transit & Rail Systems.

Bonaduce, based in the firm’s Philadelphia office, is a signal and system integration services manager. He has 36 years of experience in systems engineering and integration with an emphasis on design construction supervision and installation of railroad and transit systems.

Bryan Clarke, a signals project manager in the Valley Forge office, has 37 years of signal system development and management experience.

Bradley Clarke joins the Newark office of Gannett Fleming as a signals project manager with 34 years of experience in transit and railroad signal system designs, engineering, and engineering management.

Charlie Clarke
SALEM, OR—Salem-Keizer Transit announced the appointment of Charlie Clarke as fixed route operations manager.

Clarke comes to Salem from the Lane Transit District in Eugene, OR, where he was operations supervisor for six years.

Chris Hines

SEATTLE, WA—Zonar announced the hiring of Chris Hines as executive vice president.

Hines has more than 25 years of financial and technological experience in the transportation industry, working most recently as president and chief operating officer of the Celadon Group. He also was president and chief executive officer of Tripmaster Corporation (now Mix Telematics) and earlier was president and chief executive officer of Atipical Holdings, a business he founded, focusing on transportation finance and technology mergers and acquisitions.

Mike Birch

INDIANAPOLIS, IN—IndyGo has promoted 16-year employee Mike Birch to director of human resources.

Birch joined IndyGo as a road supervisor and worked in a variety of positions including human resources and, most recently, director of security, safety, and training in the Operations Division.

Matthew Cahill
WASHINGTON, DC—B&I Transportation Consulting LLC has named Matthew Cahill manager of business development.

Cahill has a background in transportation research and strategic marketing, including experience at the Federal Transit Administration.

John Danish, Robert Strauss, Loretta Ellerbe, Richard Carrizales
DALLAS, TX—Irving attorney and longtime community leader John Danish has been elected chair of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Board of Directors. He succeeds Bill Velasco of Dallas.

Danish was appointed to the DART Board in 2005. An attorney in private practice, he is a former Irving city councilman, deputy mayor pro tem, and former chairman of the Irving Planning and Zoning Commission.

Board members also elected Robert Strauss vice president, Loretta Ellerbe secretary, and Richard Carrizales assistant secretary. Officers serve one-year terms.

Strauss, a 2005 Dallas appointee to the Board, is a partner in the Texas-based law firm of Strasburger & Price, LLP. His primary areas of practice are real estate, housing, and finance.

Ellerbe was named to the board in 2008 by the Plano City Council, of which she is a former member. She chairs the Operations Committee of the DART board.

Carrizales joined the board in 2010, representing Dallas. He is past president of the Mexican American Bar Association of Texas and a past board member of the Dallas Volunteer Center, Dallas Bar Association, and Dallas County Youth Village Foundation

Robert A. Dennison III

ALBANY, NY—VHB Engineering, Surveying and Landscape Architecture, P.C., has named Robert A. Dennison III, P.E., former New York State DOT chief engineer, as its New York regional director for transportation design services.

While at New York State DOT, Dennison was third in command responsible for the state’s $1.6 billion annual capital construction program. He has worked in the field for more than 35 years and received the Federal Highway Administrator’s Public Service Award for 2011.

Raymundo Delgadillo
FORT WAYNE, IN—Raymundo Delgadillo has joined Citilink as its maintenance manager.

He previously served as maintenance manager for Fairfax County, VA, and earlier held several maintenance positions with the Chicago Transit Authority.

John Ravasio
CINCINNATI, OH—Metro in Cincinnati has named John Ravasio its labor relations and employment law manager.

Ravasio previously worked since 2005 as an attorney for Veolia Transportation, focusing on labor law, grievance arbitration, and client counseling. He has been a lead negotiator for numerous public transit labor contracts throughout the U.S.

Claire Celsi
DES MOINES, IA—Claire Celsi has been named to the new position of director of marketing and community partnerships for the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART).

Celsi has experience marketing businesses, government entities, and nonprofits throughout the Des Moines region. In addition to her marketing and public relations career, she has served on the boards of multiple civic organizations and has taught business and public relations at Drake University, her alma mater. Most recently she owned and operated her own business, The Public Relations Project LLC.

Robert Saldana, Carl Weckenmann, Rosa Villarreal
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX—The Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority announced the appointments of Robert Saldana as director of procurement; Carl Weckenmann, AICP, as director of planning; and Rosa Villarreal as director of operations.

Saldana come to the agency with experience from the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Agency, and Aramark Uniform Service.

Weckenmann has 10 years of experience in transit planning, most recently as transit system planner for the Fort Worth Transportation Authority. He has also worked for public transit systems in central Oklahoma and north Texas.

Villarreal previously served the system as director of human resources and was senior human resources analyst for the city of Corpus Christi. She has almost 15 years of human resources experience.

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