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Paul J. Ballard, Tommy Bradberry, Cindy McGinnis, Jimmy Smith
NASHVILLE, TN—The Tennessee Public Transportation Association (TPTA) Board of Directors has elected Paul J. Ballard, chief executive officer of the Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority and Regional Transportation Authority, as its president. He succeeds William Hudson Jr., president/general manager of the Memphis Area Transit Authority.

Tommy Bradberry, transportation director with the Northwest Tennessee Human Resource Agency in Martin, TN, was elected TPTA vice president; Cindy McGinnis, general manager of Knoxville Area Transit, secretary; and Jimmy Smith, transportation director of the Clarksville Transit System, treasurer.

Gary W. Cumbie, Rosa Navejar, Gary Havener, Rev. Maurice E. Barnes, Steve Berry
FORT WORTH, TX—The Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T) Board of Directors re-elected its current slate of officers to serve in 2012.

Gary W. Cumbie, donor relations officer, Tarrant County College Foundation, remains as board chair. The vice chair is Rosa Navejar, executive director and president of the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the secretary is Gary Havener, a real estate developer.

The T also announced two new board appointments. The Rev. Maurice E. Barnes, pastor of Zion Missionary Baptist Church, succeeds former state Rep. Reby Cary, and Steve Berry, a partner and co-founder of Vintage Capital Partners, a real estate development firm, takes the position previously held by former Chair Bob Jameson.

Lisa Gonzales Castañeda

HOUSTON, TX—Lisa Gonzales Castañeda, P.E., has joined the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County Board of Directors, representing Harris County. She succeeds Trinidad Mendenhall Sosa, who retired.

Castañeda is deputy director of the Harris County Toll Road Authority. She has 21 years of professional experience in multimodal transportation system development, highway, bridge, traffic, drainage, utility relocation, right-of-way acquisition, and toll systems engineering.

Darwin Rubeck
OMAHA, NE—Radio Engineering Industries Inc. (REI) announced the appointment of Darwin Rubeck to national sales manager-transit.

Rubeck has worked in sales for more than 30 years and has been a member of the REI sales team since 2006.

Susan E. Schruth
MARLTON, NJ—Susan E. Schruth has joined Hill International as an executive consultant.

Schruth comes to Hill after retiring from the Federal Transit Administration, where her last position was associate administrator of program management. She led staff efforts during the 1996 Summer Olympic Games and served as the first director of the Lower Manhattan Recovery Office, charged with administering $5 billion in transportation assistance following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. She also has 25 years of state and federal experience.
Michael Loehr
MILLBURN, NJ—Hatch Mott MacDonald has named Michael Loehr, P.E., senior vice president and U.S. practice leader-rail and transit, based in the firm’s Richmond, VA, office.

Loehr has more than 33 years of extensive, worldwide experience in the engineering, design, and construction of a wide variety of railroad and transit industry projects, including commuter rail transit facilities, freight rail installations, railway bridges, parking facilities, and highways.

Dan Dawson
AUSTIN, TX—The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Capital Metro) has named Dan Dawson vice president of marketing and communications. This position replaces the existing vice president of marketing position, which has been vacant for more than a year.

Dawson spent the last decade as the customer relations manager for Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus in Santa Monica, CA. Earlier he held other marketing and communications positions in both the public and private sectors.

Terry Parker
EUGENE, OR—Terry Parker, accessible services program manager for the Lane Transit District, has been named Outstanding Public Transportation Employee for 2011 by the Oregon Transit Association.

Parker received the honor for her leadership and compassion in social service planning and program administration.

She also chairs both the Easter Seals Project ACTION National Steering Committee and the Oregon DOT Public Transit Advisory Committee.

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