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The Source for Public Transportation News and Analysis January 27, 2012
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Simon Siew
IRVINE, CA—Simon Siew has joined HID Global as managing director, identity and access management, for the Asia Pacific Region, based in Hong Kong.

Siew joins the firm after five years as managing director of a major security systems, access control, and locking systems company, and a long career in sales and marketing.

Michael Brainard
OMAHA, NE—Michael Brainard has joined HDR as director of government compliance.

Most recently, Brainard was founder and president of the Brainard Group LLC, which he founded in 2007. He has more than 30 years of experience guiding corporations through the government contracting process.
Katharine Eagan
TAMPA, FL—Katharine Eagan, chief of service development at the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) since 2009, has been promoted to chief operating officer.

Eagan came to HART after directing service development at the Maryland Transit Administration in Baltimore.

Jacob Craig
CINCINNATI, OH—Jacob Craig, P.E., has joined HDR as a senior rail engineer/project manager based in the Cincinnati office. His responsibilities include managing rail construction oversight projects for Class I railroads and regional and short lines covering Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and Tennessee.

Craig joins HDR after serving as a project manager with Anderson and Associates Inc. His 14 years of industry experience also include serving as a staff liaison to the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transit as manager, programs.
Jessica Mitchell
INDIANAPOLIS, IN—IndyGo has named Jessica Mitchell its new manager of communications.

She previously worked for the South Bend Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Michiana Area Council of Governments.
Cliff Hall
DALLAS, TX—Stantec hired Cliff Hall as a principal in the company’s Dallas-based transportation practice.

Hall has more than 27 years of domestic and international experience in bridge, light rail transit, airport, major freeway interchange, railroad, and road projects. Prior to joining Stantec, he played a significant role in the development of several key projects for Texas DOT.

Angela Miller
OCEANSIDE, CA—Angela Miller, chief technology officer and chief sustainability officer for the North County Transit District (NCTD), has been named one of Computerworld’s Premier 100 Information Technology Leaders for 2012. IDG’s Computerworld is a leading publication for the information technology industry.

Miller left a Global Fortune 100 company four years ago to work at NCTD because she wanted to do more than “make widgets because they were cool.” Instead, she said, “I wanted the opportunity to work as part of a high-performing team that could deliver creative projects for customers.”

Among her accomplishments, Miller secured competitive funds to install four solar projects on NCTD property, built a unique Green Data Center, and oversaw the launch of wireless Internet and electronic ticketing systems on Coaster commuter rail and real-time arrival information for the Breeze bus system.
Elizabeth G. (Libby) James
GREENSBORO, NC—Elizabeth G. (Libby) James, public transportation manager for the city of Greensboro, was named Public Official of the Year by the North Carolina Triangle Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.

James received recognition for her oversight of the new, 66,000-square-foot Greensboro Transit Authority Operations/Maintenance Facility and Administrative Offices, the first public municipal building in the city to achieve LEED Gold status.

Gary Slagel
DALLAS, TX—Former Richardson Mayor Gary Slagel has been appointed to represent the municipalities of Richardson, Addison, Highland Park, and University Park on the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Board of Directors.

Slagel, elected to the city council in 1987, served as mayor from 1991 to 2007, then again from 2009 to 2011. He is currently president and chief executive officer of CapitalSoft, a company that develops and implements program management software for the public and private sector construction markets.

Roy Kienitz, Rick Capka
NEW YORK, NY—Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB) announced the appointments of Roy Kienitz, former DOT undersecretary for policy, as a senior advisor in the New York City office, and Rick Capka as area manager-construction services in the Seattle office.

While at DOT, Kienitz assisted Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in formulating national policies affecting surface transportation and aviation. He also has served as deputy chief of staff for former Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell; secretary of the Maryland Department of Planning; and executive director of the Surface Transportation Policy Project.

Capka most recently served as a construction manager for Sound Transit, working on several underground construction contracts associated with the University Link light rail in Seattle. Earlier he was a resident engineer for PB, working on the Beacon Hill tunnel and station of Sound Transit’s Central Link light rail.

Frederick L. Daniels Jr., Barbara Babbit Kaufman, Juanita Jones Abernathy, Harold Buckley Sr.
ATLANTA, GA—The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority Board of Directors elected Frederick L. Daniels Jr., representing DeKalb County, as its chair for 2012. He is executive vice president of Citizens Trust Bank. Vice chair is entrepreneur Barbara Babbit Kaufman (Fulton County); secretary, Juanita Jones Abernathy (Atlanta), former educator and retired sales director; and treasurer, Harold Buckley Sr. (DeKalb), owner/broker, Precision Realty.

Fran O'Connor
EDISON, NJ—Fran O’Connor has joined Atkins as a principal project director for its national tolls sector.

O’Connor worked for the New Jersey Turnpike Authority in management capacities for 16 years, ultimately serving as the deputy director of electronic toll collection (ETC). He also was vice president of operations for Electronic Transaction Consultants Corporation (ETC Corporation) and held several senior toll customer service positions with Affiliated Computer Services Inc.

Vincent C. Ewing
OAKLAND, CA—AC Transit has named Vincent C. Ewing its general counsel.

Ewing holds a law degree from Howard University School of Law and has 12 years of California municipal law experience. He is a former deputy city attorney for Los Angeles, assistant city attorney for Santa Rosa, city attorney for East Palo Alto, and a prosecutor of violent crimes for the city of Los Angeles.

Mike Martinez

AUSTIN, TX—Mike Martinez, chairman of the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors since 2010 and a member of the Austin City Council, has been named “Government Leader of the Year” by the Alliance for Public Transportation.

Martinez has served on the board of directors for more than four years and was elected to the city council in 2006. He is a retired firefighter and former president of the Austin Firefighters Association.

Charles F. (Chuck) King

NEW YORK, NY—Charles F. (Chuck) King, P.E., has joined Urban Engineers as vice president and manager of the New York City office.

King brings more than 35 years of diverse experience in the transportation industry to this position.
Kathi Thompson
EDMONDS, WA—HDR has promoted Kathi Thompson to director of real estate services from her previous position as assistant director of real estate services.

Thompson has more than 25 years of transportation experience. She joined HDR in 2007 as part of the company’s acquisition of real-estate consulting firm PHAROS Corporation. Before joining PHAROS, she was Sound Transit’s commuter rail senior representative for real estate services.

Pat McCarthy, Aaron Reardon, Julia Patterson
SEATTLE, WA—The Sound Transit Board of Directors elected Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy to serve as its chair for the next two years.

McCarthy succeeds Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon, who will become one of the board’s two vice chairs along with longtime board member Julia Patterson of the King County Council. The outgoing vice chairs are Fred Butler of the Issaquah City Council and Claudia Thomas of the Lakewood City Council, who has served on the board for 10 years.

David Cangany
CINCINNATI, OH—Cincinnati Metro has named David Cangany station manager for the agency’s Queensgate and Bond Hill operating facilities, with responsibility for day-to-day operations.

Cangany has more than seven years of experience in the transit industry. He comes to Metro from the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky in Fort Wright, KY, where he was manager of special services. He also worked as transportation supervisor for IndyGo in Indianapolis, IN, and began his public transit career as an operator for Indiana University Campus Bus Service and Bloomington Transit while a student at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Rob Bryans
ATLANTA, GA—Rob Bryans has joined RouteMatch Software as international sales director.

Bryans most recently was director of sales and marketing for TranSched Systems. Earlier in his career, he was a key account manager at Trapeze Group.

Richard P. Whitwell
SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Richard P. Whitwell, B.Sc, has joined Gannett Fleming as a senior project manager in the Program Management Practice, based in San Francisco.

Whitwell has more than 20 years of experience in electronic controls and measurement systems in the machine tool industrial sector, coupled with an additional 20 years in rapid transit.

Erin McGrath
SAN RAFAEL, CA—Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) announced that Erin McGrath has returned to her former position of chief financial officer. She previously left SMART in 2010 to spend more time with her family.

McGrath’s extensive experience includes almost 10 years working in finance for the City and County of San Francisco.

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