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Henry Wallmeyer
ALEXANDRIA, VA—The Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT), an organization representing commuting and transportation demand management professionals and organizations, has named Henry ­Wallmeyer its new executive director. Wallmeyer is a veteran association executive who previously served as deputy director of the International Parking Institute (IPI).

Though organizationally separate, ACT will be co-located at IPI headquarters in Alexandria.

Beverley Swaim-Staley
SAN JOSE, CA—Beverley Swaim-Staley, president and chief executive officer of the Union Station Redevelopment Corporation in Washington, DC, has joined the Board of Trustees of the Mineta National Transit Research Consortium.

Swaim-Staley worked for 25 years in state government and was the first woman appointed as Maryland’s secretary of transportation. For APTA, she previously served on the Board of Directors.

Linda Bohlinger
LOS ANGELES, CA—Linda ­Bohlinger has been named a principal consultant in the strategic consulting group of Parsons Brinckerhoff.

Bohlinger has 36 year of transportation experience in both the public and private sectors, most recently as a vice president with an international engineering firm. Earlier she was executive director of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority/Tri-Rail in Pompano Beach and spent 15 years with Los Angeles Metro, including a term as the agency’s interim chief executive.

For APTA, she is a member of the Business Member Board of Governors and these committees: Business Member Business Development, Business Member Government Affairs, Business Member Liaison and Outreach, Information Technology, Legislative, and Research and Technology.

Tilman Globig
LONG ISLAND CITY, NY—Tilman Globig, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, has joined di Domenico + Partners as a senior associate.

Globig has more than 28 years of experience in the design and production of architectural and planning projects. He joins the firm from Ricardo Zurita Architecture & Planning, with previous senior design and management roles at Beyhan ­Karahan & Associates and Mitchell/Giurgola Architects.

Robbie Ashe, Frederick L. Daniels Jr., Noni Ellison-Southall, Freda Hardage
ATLANTA, GA—The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) Board of Directors has elected Atlanta representative Robbie Ashe as its new chair. He succeeds Frederick L. ­Daniels Jr., a DeKalb County representative and executive of Citizens Trust Bank, who chaired the board for two terms. Daniels remains on the board as treasurer.

Ashe, an attorney with Bondurant Mixson and Elmore, was appointed by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and the Atlanta City Council to the MARTA board.

Noni Ellison-Southall, a representative from Fulton County, will serve as board vice chair.

Also, Freda Hardage, a registered nurse and longtime medical executive, joined the MARTA board as a representative of Fulton County. She will complete the last year of the term of Adam Orkin, who resigned.

Hardage is director of Northside Hospital’s Alpharetta Medical Campus and Foundation Services for all of its campuses.

Ken Browning
FRANKLIN, TN—Ken Browning, assistant vice chancellor for facilities and construction, Vanderbilt Medical Center, has joined the Board of Directors of the TMA Group (Transportation Management Association).

Browning has served in his current position for the last three years, following 26 years as director of plant services at Vanderbilt.

Paul Pattison
CHARLOTTE, NC—Paul ­Pattison, P.E., has joined ­Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc. as a practice leader specializing in transit engineering, based in the firm’s Charlotte office.

Pattison comes to Kimley-Horn from URS Corporation, where he was senior project manager and southeast transit business line leader. He has 20 years of experience in the planning and engineering of light rail and streetcar systems.

Coleen M. Cook, Susan Sherwood, Tony Kellen
BUFFALO, NY—Wendel has announced the appointments of Coleen M. Cook, PMP, and Susan Sherwood, CP, as associate principals.

Cook, the company’s director of information technology, has more than 15 years of experience in information technology networking and telecommunications in the healthcare, manufacturing, and consulting sectors. Sherwood, an eight-year Wendel employee, is a program manager for the firm’s Public Transportation Group with a specialty in passenger rail facilities and rail agency coordination.

In addition, Tony Kellen has joined Wendel’s Public Transportation Group in Minneapolis to assist with the execution of regional and national public transportation and compressed natural gas projects. He has more than 27 years of experience in the public transportation industry, most recently as director of operations and technology of the St. Cloud (MN) Metropolitan Transit Commission. Kellen also has served eight years as president of the ­Minnesota ­Public Transit Association.

Leslie Richards
PHILADELPHIA, PA—Leslie ­Richards, a board member of the ­Southeastern Pennsylvania Transpor­tation Authority (SEPTA) and vice chair of the Montgomery County (PA) Board of Commissioners, has been named the 2013 Woman of the Year by the ­Philadelphia Chapter of WTS.

Richards has spent much of her career in the private sector, including a variety of roles in areas focusing on transportation and the environment. Her experience spans managing multi-million-dollar infrastructure projects to writing annual and long-range strategic plans.

She joined the county board of ­commissioners in 2011 and the SEPTA board in 2012.

Ron Paananen
SEATTLE, WA—Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB) has named Ron Paananen its Seattle area manager, with responsibility for all of the firm’s operations in Washington state and Alaska.

Paananen has more than 34 years experience in design and management of transportation infrastructure. He joins PB from an international consulting engineering firm where he served as a deputy program manager, working on major infrastructure projects in ­Washington, DC.

At Washington state DOT, Paananen most recently led the program to replace the SR 99 Alaskan Way Viaduct and served as deputy urban corridors administrator.

Lynda M. Dorman
WASHINGTON, DC—WTS Inter­national has named Lynda M. Dorman its chief corporate relations officer.

Dorman has more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit executive leadership, spending the past five years as an independent consulting analyst for private firms and public agencies. Previously, she was executive director for the Black Entertainment Television Foundation (BET) Inc. in Washington, DC.

Mike Stern, Josh Foster
BALTIMORE, MD—The Baltimore office of Maintenance Design Group (MDG) announced the hiring of Mike Stern and Josh Foster.

Stern, who joined the firm as a senior facility design manager, has more than 35 years of both domestic and international public transit and rail project experience.

Foster has experience in both architecture and urban design. He joined the company as a facility designer.

Kim Kawada
SAN DIEGO, CA—The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) has promoted longtime employee Kim Kawada to chief deputy executive director. During her almost 19 years with SANDAG, Kawada most recently was the agency’s TransNet and Legislative Affairs Program director.

She succeeds Renée Wasmund, who retired after a decade-long career at SANDAG.

Dow Constantine, Marilyn Strickland, Paul Roberts
SEATTLE, WA—King County Executive Dow Constantine has been elected to a two-year term as chair of the Sound Transit Board of Directors. He succeeds Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy.

Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland and Everett City Councilmember Paul Roberts serve as vice chairs. Strickland succeeds 12-year board member Julia Petterson, who retired from elected office. Roberts has served in this role since May 2013.

Raymond Diaz
NEW YORK, NY—Raymond Diaz, former chair of the New York City Police Department Transit Bureau, has joined the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) as director of security.

The MTA Police Department has jurisdiction in 14 counties in New York and Connecticut, patrolling approximately 5,000 square miles of the authority’s rail network.

Diaz retired from the NYPD in 2011 as chief of the Transit Bureau, which is responsible for the safety and security of the MTA New York City Transit subway and bus system. He succeeds Douglas Zeigler, who came to the MTA almost three years ago after 37 years with the NYPD.

Diaz was a member of the NYPD for 41 years, during which he also served as commanding officer of the Manhattan North and Manhattan South patrol boroughs as well as three precincts and the School Safety Division.

Jeff Comerchero, Andrew Kotyuk, Ella Zanowic
RIVERSIDE, CA—The Riverside Transit Agency Board of Directors elected Temecula City Councilman Jeff Comerchero as its chair, succeeding District 5 County Supervisor Marion Ashley.

Comerchero has been a board member since 2000 and served as chair in 2010.

Board members also voted San Jacinto Councilman Andrew Kotyuk as first vice chairman and Calimesa City Councilwoman Ella Zanowic as second vice chair.

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