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William P. McGarrigel
CHERRY HILL, NJ—William P. McGarrigel, P.E., has been promoted by Urban Engineers Inc. to regional manager for Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey. He will also continue as vice president and office manager of the firm’s Cherry Hill office.

McGarrigel has more than 20 years of professional engineering experience in transportation project management, design, and planning. He joined Urban in 1995.
J. Thomas Hodges
CINCINNATI, OH—The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) honored J. Thomas Hodges with its Royal Coachman Award, given to recognize an individual’s commitment to the development and betterment of public transportation.

Hodges, an attorney, has served on the SORTA Board of Trustees since March 2010 and chaired the board from May-November 2012. He also was a board member of the Everybody Rides Metro Foundation.
Kimberly Fragola
STATE COLLEGE, PA—The Centre Area Transportation Authority (CATA) announced the promotion of Kimberly Fragola to director of administration.

Fragola came to CATA in 2010 and has since served as its assistant director of administration. Earlier she worked for Patton Township and Centre County.

Peter J. (Jack) Basso, Bridget Wieghart, Tony Mendoza, Charles Maass
NEW YORK, NY—Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB) has announced the following appointments.

Peter J. (Jack) Basso, a nationally recognized expert on transportation finance and policy, has been named a senior advisor in PB’s strategic consulting group, based in Washington, DC. Most recently, Basso oversaw the management of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials as chief operating officer and business development director. He also was DOT assistant secretary for budget and programs and the department’s chief financial officer.

Bridget Wieghart has been named a senior supervising planner in the Portland, OR, office of PB. She has 27 years of experience, working most recently with Metro, the Portland-area metropolitan planning organization.

Tony Mendoza, another senior supervising planner, will be based in the Los Angeles office. He joins PB after serving as manager of transit analysis at Metro in Portland and, earlier management of service development at Portland’s Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon.

Charles Maass joined the New York office of PB as a senior supervising construction engineer. He worked 20 years with New York State DOT.

Terry Marcellus
SACRAMENTO, CA—Parsons Brinckerhoff has named Terry Marcellus a senior commercial specialist in its Sacramento office. He will be responsible for managing the delivery of design-build construction packages for the initial segment of the California High-Speed Rail Project.

He has more than 18 years experience in program management of major transit projects, including service as contract manager on multi-billion-dollar programs of the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority and the Los Angeles Community College District.
Valarie J. McCall
CLEVELAND, OH—Valarie J. McCall, a member of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority Board of Trustees, has been elected president of the Governing Board of the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA). She is the first African-American woman to serve in this post.

McCall is chief of government affairs for the City of Cleveland and an at-large member of the APTA Board of Directors. She has served on NOACA’s Governing Board as the alternate for Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson since 2006.

Suzanne Burke, Karl Schultz
CINCINNATI, OH—The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) has elected Suzanne Burke its board chair for 2013. Karl Schultz was elected vice chair.

Burke is chief executive officer of the Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio. She joined the SORTA board in 2011.

Schultz, a board member since 2010, serves on the Miami Township, Clermont County, Board of Trustees and the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Planning Authority Board of Directors.
Dave Roberts, Bob Campbell
SAN DIEGO, CA—Dave Roberts, vice chair of the Full Access and Coordinated Transportation Inc. (FACT) board in Oceanside, CA, joined the five-member San Diego County Board of Supervisors in January. He is the first new supervisor in San Diego County in nearly 20 years.

Roberts has been a member of the FACT board since 2006 and was its chair in 2012. He served two terms as Solana Beach council member and was the city’s deputy mayor.

The FACT board elected Vice Chair Bob Campbell its chair for 2013. He is a former Vista City Council member.

Greg Winterbottom, Shawn Nelson
ORANGE, CA—The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) Board of Directors has named Greg Winterbottom its new chairman, succeeding Paul Glaab. Winterbottom previously served as chairman in 2004 and most recently was vice chairman.

He has more than 25 years of experience in transportation and has been one of two public members of the OCTA board since 1993.

The new vice chairman is Shawn Nelson, a member of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, who joined the OCTA board in 2010. Nelson served as the mayor of Fullerton in 2004-2005 and 2006-2007.
Gina Trombley
PASADENA, CA—Gina Trombley has joined Parsons as a senior vice president of mining and international rail infrastructure.

Trombley has more than 14 years of experience in the railroad, marine, and mining industries. Before coming to Parsons, she worked for GE Transportation in various operational and commercial positions, most recently as the commercial leader for its locomotive service business. She also served six years in the U.S. Army as an intelligence officer.
Dolores Buckenberger, Andy Nicol
KANSAS CITY, MO—TranSystems has promoted Dolores Buckenberger to the position of vice president, based in New York City. She joined the firm in 2002 and is a leader in its highway and bridge practice.

Also, Andy Nicol, a TranSystems employee since 2008, has been promoted to assistant vice president, based in Orlando, FL. He works on the company’s transit and planning team. For APTA, he serves on the Commuter Rail Committee and Marketing and Communications Committee.
John Andrews
WINNIPEG, MB—John Andrews has joined New Flyer Industries Inc. as regional sales manager for the eastern U.S. region, based in Orlando, FL.

Andrews has extensive industry experience, including 30 years with Motor Coach Industries (MCI), developing the company’s public transit sector. Following his retirement from MCI, he was vice president of sales for GFI Genfare.

He is a past chair of the American Public Transportation Foundation and a current member of numerous APTA committees.
Michael C. May, Francis C. Jones, Robert Thomas, Matthew Kelly, John D. Jenkins, Jonathan L. Way, Gary F. Skinner
WOODBRIDGE, VA—The Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC) has named Michael C. May, a member of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors, its chairman for 2013.

Other new officers are Francis C. Jones, mayor of Manassas Park, vice chairman; Robert Thomas, a member of the Stafford County Board of Supervisors, secretary; Matthew Kelly, a member of the Fredericksburg City Council; treasurer; and John D. Jenkins, a member of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors, immediate past chairman.

Jonathan L. Way, a member of the Manassas City Council, and Gary F. Skinner, a member of the Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors, joined the PRTC board as at-large members.
Gary Hansen, Clint Hooppaw, Jane Victorey
BURNSVILLE, MN—Gary Hansen, a member of the Eagle City Council, was re-elected chair of the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority Board of Directors for 2013.

Apple Valley Councilmember Clint Hooppaw was elected vice chair and Savage City Councilmember Jane Victorey was re-elected secretary/treasurer.
Kevin Dawson
ST-EUSTACHE, QC—Nova Bus announced the appointment of Kevin Dawson as regional sales manager to serve the northeastern U.S.

Dawson comes to Nova Bus after serving as acting vice president of sales for North America for another major motorcoach manufacturer. He has more than 12 years of experience in the transit industry, including sales, customer support, and aftermarket.

Robbie Makinen, Steve Klika, A.J. Dusek, Michael Short
KANSAS CITY, MO—The Board of Commissioners of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority has elected officers for 2013, re-electing Jackson County, MO, Commissioner Robbie Makinen as chairman. Makinen is economic development coordinator for Jackson County and a board member since 2007.

Steve Klika, commissioner representing Johnson County, KS, will serve as vice chairman; A.J. Dusek, Wyandotte County, KS, secretary; and Michael Short, Platte County, MO, treasurer.

Brian W. King, Christopher M. Thompson
HARRISBURG, PA—Gannett Fleming has named Brian W. King, P.E., and Christopher M. Thompson, P.E., as senior associates.

King, based in the firm’s corporate headquarters in Harrisburg, is a manager of maintenance facilities for Gannett Fleming Transit & Rail Systems. He has more than 25 years of experience.

Based in the firm’s Philadelphia office, Thompson is a vice president and project manager of Gannett Fleming Transit & Rail Systems with more than 12 years of experience.
Laura L. Toole, Jon Gerlach, Anwar Abdullah, Chirag Gandhi, Jessica Nepomiachi, Alex Rothberg
NEW YORK, NY—Sam Schwartz Engineering, PLLC (SSE), announced the hiring of Laura L. Toole as vice president and director of business development.

Toole, formerly president of Michael Baker Engineering Inc., White Plains, NY, has more than 30 years of broad-based experience in business development, marketing, public involvement, and executive management.

She is a board member of the Women’s Transportation Seminar Foundation.

SSE also announced the hiring of Jon Gerlach, Anwar Abdullah, Chirag Gandhi, Jessica Nepomiachi, and Alex Rothberg. Gerlach, formerly of New York City’s Department of Design and Construction, is a CAD Technician in the firm’s transportation planning department. Abdullah and Gandhi are inspectors with the Department of Construction Engineering and Inspection. Nepomiachi and Rothberg have joined the community outreach team as critical liaisons for communities affected by large construction projects.
Robert J. Philbin
HARRISBURG, PA—Robert J. Philbin has joined Capital Area Transit as its marketing and communications officer.

Philbin previously served as senior advisor and director of communications for the city of Harrisburg. 

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