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Frank M. Spataro, Daron Brown
CINCINNATI, OH—­Cincinnati Metro has appointed Frank M. Spataro as executive director of human resources/Equal Employment Opportunity officer and promoted Daron Brown to assistant director of the Fleet & Facilities Department.

Spataro is a human resources professional with more than 35 years of experience, who most recently served as human resources director in Oak Park, IL.

Brown has worked for Metro in various capacities for more than 24 years. He was most recently the agency’s quality assurance and maintenance superintendent and played a major role in developing Metro’s Maintenance Apprenticeship Program, which started in 2011.

Rebecca Young-Montgomery, Scott Mahaffey, André McEwing, Carter Burdette
­FORT WORTH, TX—Rebecca Young-Montgomery has joined the Fort Worth Transportation Authority as assistant vice president for government relations. She succeeds Shawna ­Russell, who accepted a position with the Texas Transit Institute.

Young-Montgomery is a government relations professional, holding positions in state government and the Texas Legislature where she was chief of staff to Rep. John Smithee.

The authority’s Board of Directors has re-elected Scott Mahaffey, president and chief executive officer of Cohn & Gregory Inc., as its chair for Fiscal Year 2014.

André McEwing, manager of supplier diversity, ­Tarrant County ­College District, was elected vice chair and Carter ­Burdette, an attorney and former Fort Worth City Council member, was elected secretary.

Robert Pinghero
NEW YORK, NY—AECOM Technology Corporation has appointed Robert Pinghero, P.E., as transit/rail manager in the New York Metro District, based in New York City.

Pinghero brings more than 25 years of public transit management experience to AECOM, having previously worked on projects for clients such as MTA New York City Transit, New Jersey Transit Corporation, and MTA Metro-North Railroad.

Rick Cunningham
ALEXANDRIA, VA—Rick ­Cunningham has joined Atkins’ planning practice as director of planning and urban design based in Alexandria. He will focus on Atkins’ cities business, including the company’s new global “Future Proofing Cities” initiative.

Most recently, Cunningham was planning director for the city of Omaha, NE, reporting to the mayor and serving on his cabinet. In that position, he managed the Urban Planning, Housing and Community Development, and Building and Development divisions. He has more than three decades of experience.

Charles Hall, Lee Castellion, Lara Karamatsu
NEW YORK, NY—Parsons ­Brinckerhoff (PB) announced the appointments of Charles Hall as a senior technical manager in its New York City office and Lee ­Castellion as a senior communications engineer in its Denver office.

Hall joins PB with more than 24 years of rail/transit experience. He most recently was director of construction for a New York electrical contractor and earlier worked for PB in London on a major rail modernization program.

Castellion has 25 years of systems engineering experience. Prior to joining PB, he was a senior systems solution engineer with a leading communications company, ­serving as designated subject matter expert for transit.

Also, Lara ­Karamatsu, a civil engineer in PB’s ­Honolulu office, recently received the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 2013 Edmund Friedman Young Engineer Award for Professional Achievement.

Joseph Sambaer, Patrick Cannon, Robert Swanson
LANSING, MI—The Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA) Board of Directors elected Joseph ­Sambaer its chair. A CATA board member since 2003 representing Lansing Township and former vice chair, he is a senior mortgage banker at Summit Community Bank.

Patrick Cannon, who was named vice chair, has represented Meridian Township on the board for 22 years, serving as its secretary-treasurer for the past four years. He recently retired as director of the ­Michigan Commission for the Blind. He also served on the U.S. Access Board and was an advisor to ­Michigan Gov. ­Jennifer Granholm.

Robert Swanson, named secretary-treasurer, has been a member of the board since 2007, representing the city of Lansing. Following more than 34 years in state and ­government service, he retired in 2007 as director of the Department of Labor and Economic Growth and a member of ­Granholm’s cabinet.

Megan H. Kleinman, Lindsay Ford Ellis
COLUMBUS, OH—The ­Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) announced the appointments of Megan H. Kleinman as senior counsel and Lindsay Ford Ellis as associate counsel.

Kleinman joins COTA after four years with Carlile Patchen & Murphy LLP. She also spent five years as an Ohio assistant attorney general in the Employment and Labor Relations sections.

Ellis most recently worked for the Supreme Court of Ohio as a judicial attorney for Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor. Earlier, she was an associate with Crabbe, Brown & James LLP.

Nick Antonucci
ARLINGTON, VA—HNTB Corporation has named Nick Antonucci, P.E., vice president, as mid-Atlantic district leader and leader of its Arlington office. He will have overall responsibility for operations and client relations in Virginia, Washington, DC, West Virginia, and Maryland.

Antonucci has more than 14 years of experience. Since joining HNTB in 2007, he has held successive leadership roles, most recently serving as mid-Atlantic deputy office leader, office delivery ­manager, and sales manager.

Gena Shelton
COLUMBUS, OH—Gena Shelton has been named state coordinator for Ohio Operation Lifesaver. She succeeds Steve ­Friday, who became deputy director of security and safety at the Ohio Statehouse.

Shelton has worked as a consultant assisting nonprofit organizations with planning, programming, and outreach. She spent the beginning of her career working in higher education, representing Ohio’s nonprofit colleges and universities before government and regulatory agencies.

Lawrence Marinesi
SAN DIEGO, CA—The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) has promoted nine-year employee Lawrence Marinesi to chief financial officer (CFO). He succeeds Clifford Telfer, who retired after 37 years of service.

Marinesi began his career with MTS in 2004 as a budget manager before being promoted to director of financial planning and analysis in 2010. Telfer started as a grant analyst in 1976 and became CFO in 2008.

Savannah Maziya
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA—­Savannah Maziya has been named chairman of the board of Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa (Pty) Ltd., the Africa affiliate of Parsons Brinckerhoff.

Maziya has extensive industry experience, including serving as group chief executive officer of Bunengi Holdings and national sales and investment manager (USA) at Cacharel. She also was president of Serengeti Portfolio of Prestige and chief executive officer of the African Broadcast Network.

Rep. James L. Oberstar
ATLANTA, GA—Former U.S. Rep. James L. Oberstar has joined the board of directors of the Center for Transportation and the Environment, a national university transportation center based at North Carolina State University's Centennial Campus in Raleigh.

During his 36 years representing ­Minnesota in the House, Oberstar became an expert on transportation policy. He served on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee during his entire tenure in Congress and was its chair from 2007-2011.

Michael T. McNamara
VALLEY FORGE, PA—Michael T. McNamara, P.E., president of ­Gannett Fleming Transit & Rail Systems, a division of Gannett Fleming, has been named to Penn State Altoona’s Rail Transportation Engineering (RTE) Advisory Board.

The mission of the board, formed in October of this year, is to stimulate and nurture the university’s new four-year degree program that prepares students for careers in railroad management and engineering.

McNamara has more than 35 years of experience in the design, construction, and maintenance of railroads and transit systems.

Freda Hardage
ATLANTA, VA--Freda Hardage, a registered nurse and longtime medical executive, has joined the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority Board of Directors representing Fulton County.

She is completing the remainder of the term of Adam Orkin, who resigned. The term expires Dec. 31, 2014.

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