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Tim Fredrickson
RICHLAND, WA—Tim Fredrickson retired Dec. 31 after more than 18 years as general manager of Ben Franklin Transit (BFT).

Fredrickson’s transportation career spanned more than 32 years, beginning as assistant to the executive director in Spokane, WA. He came to BFT after 12 years as general manager of the ­Clallam Transit System, Port Angeles, WA.

Fredrickson was a past member of several APTA committees and the APTA Board of Directors and was active in the Washington State Transit Association.

Cindy Cain
LOMBARD, IL—Cindy Cain has joined Veolia Transportation North America as Northeast Region director of safety and training, based in Vaughn, ON, Canada. She will also serve as the company’s representative to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.

Cain began her transit career as a driver for Laidlaw Education Services in 1986. While there, she held a series of positions focused on driver devel­opment and safety. In 2005, Cain became regional safety manager for First Student/Laidlaw Education Services-­Canadian Region, a position she held until her promotion to area safety ­manager in 2013.

Mitch Drouillard, Don Eaton
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL—Q’Straint has announced two new regional sales managers: Mitch ­Drouillard, Southern Region, and Don Eaton, Western Region.

Drouillard joins the company after 15 years in the automotive industry, focused on sales and sales management for a tier one original equipment manufacturer, working extensively with government agencies.

Eaton has more than eight years of experience in the transit industry, most recently with Apollo Video Technology.

John McCormack, Jolene Yeats, Laura MacNeil, Ileanna Pappas, Robert Nadramia
NEW YORK, NY—Sam Schwartz Engineering has announced the following promotions in the New York City office:

John McCormack, P.E., PTOE, to vice president, after serving as director of traffic in the New Jersey office; Jolene Yeats, AICP, to deputy director of the Traffic Engineering Department; Laura MacNeil, director of the award-winning Second Avenue Subway Community Information Center, to senior planner I; Ileanna Pappas to ­co-general manager of pedestrian traffic management; and Robert Nadramia, P.E., to project manager in the Traffic ­Engineering Department.

Chuck L. Sisk, Larry Hoy, Bill James, Jeff Walker, Tom Tobiassen
DENVER, CO—The Regional Transportation District Board of Directors has elected Chuck L. Sisk its chair for 2014.

Larry Hoy is first vice chair; Bill James, second vice chair; Jeff Walker, secretary; and Tom Tobiassen, treasurer.

T.R. (Tom) Hickey, Bryan Jungwirth
ALEXANDRIA, VA—Virginia Railway Express announced the hiring of T.R. (Tom) Hickey as chief development officer and Bryan Jungwirth as director of public affairs and government relations.
Hickey, a former Delaware state railroad administrator and general manager of the Port Authority Transit Corporation in Lindenwold, NJ, most recently served as senior director-rail and transit (East Coast) for CH2M HILL.
Jungwirth previously served as acting executive director and chief of staff at Valley Metro in Phoenix. He is a two-time past president of the Arizona Transit Association.

KyuJung Whang, Frank Proto, Seph Murtagh, Kathy Luz Herrera
ITHACA, NY—KyuJung Whang, Cornell University’s vice president for facilities, has been named chairperson of the Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit Board of Directors for 2014.

Whang succeeds Jennifer Dotson as chairperson. Dotson, former Ithaca Common Council member and executive director of Ithaca Carshare, remains on the board and serves as the agency’s policy committee representative to the Ithaca Tompkins County Transportation Council.

Frank Proto, former Tompkins County legislator, is vice chairman and Seph Murtagh, Ithaca Common Council member, is secretary and treasurer.

Also, Tompkins County legislator Kathy Luz Herrera returned to the board. Herrera served on the TCAT board and its predecessor operating committee from 2001 to 2013. She succeeds former county legislator Pam Mackesey, a TCAT board member for almost 10 years.

Clint Hooppaw, Jon Ulrich, Jane Victorey
BURNSVILLE, MN—Clint ­Hooppaw, a member of the Apple Valley City Council, has been elected chair of the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority Board of Directors, succeeding two-time Chair Gary Hansen of Eagan.

Jon Ulrich, Scott County commissioner, was elected vice chair, and Jane Victorey, Savage City Council member, was re-elected secretary/treasurer.

Jeff Gee, Shirley Harris
SAN CARLOS, CA—The San Mateo County Transit District Board of Directors elected Jeff Gee, mayor of Redwood City and the previous vice chair, as its new chair.

Shirley Harris, a longtime board member, was elected vice chair.

Michael C. May, Francis C. Jones, Robert Thomas, Gary F. Skinner, John D. Jenkins, Matthew J. Kelly, Jonathan L. Way
WOODBRIDGE, VA—The Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission has named Michael C. May, vice chair, Prince William Board of County Supervisors, its chair for 2014.

Other board members are Francis C. Jones, mayor of Manassas Park, vice chairman; Robert Thomas, a member of the Stafford County Board of Supervisors, secretary; Gary F. Skinner, a member of the Spotsylvania Board of County Supervisors, treasurer; John D. Jenkins, a member of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors, immediate past chairman; and at-large members ­Matthew J. Kelly, a member of the ­Fredericksburg City Council, and ­Jonathan L. Way, a member of the Manassas City Council.

Julie Grossman
EUGENE, OR—Julie Grossman has joined the Lane Transit District Board of Directors, appointed by Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and confirmed by the state senate.

Grossman will complete the unfinished term of Martha Riley, which ends in 2016. She is associate executive director of the Eugene Family YMCA and has been with the YMCA in a variety of capacities since 2001.

Ebbe Jensen

LOMBARD, IL—Ebbe Jensen has been named national safety and security compliance manager for Veolia Transportation, with responsibility for safety and security at approximately 100 ­Veolia contract locations nationwide. He will also retain his current position as director of safety for Veolia’s Southeast Region, based in Columbia, SC.

Jensen began his public transit career as a coach operator for SCANA Corporation in Columbia, SC, in the early 1990s, and held a series of responsible positions until becoming operations supervisor for Atlantic Express of South Carolina in 2000. He joined Veolia in 2001 as an operations supervisor and was promoted first to safety and training manager, then to his current post in 2010.

Dan Veselsky
EXTON, PA—USSC Group announced the appointment of Dan Veselsky to develop and foster key national accounts in the fire and emergency vehicle industries.

Veselsky comes to the firm after 21 years of decorated service in the fire industry.

Max Crumit

DENVER, CO—Max Crumit has joined CH2M HILL as strategic project development director for the firm’s transportation business, based in Orlando, FL.

Crumit has more than 27 years of transportation planning, engineering, and toll industry experience. He is a ­former executive director of the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority and earlier served as president of transportation for PBS&J.

Rick Talbert, Steve Vermillion
TACOMA, WA—Rick Talbert has been elected chair of the Pierce Transit Board of Commissioners. He succeeds Marilyn Strickland, who remains on the board.

Talbert served on the board ­during his eight years on the Tacoma City Council and for four additional years since his election to the Pierce County Council in 2010. He previously served as the board’s vice chair for two years.

The board also elected Commissioner Steve Vermillion as its vice chair.

Michael Ake
LOS ANGELES—Michael Ake has joined Keolis Transit America as senior vice president, East Region.

Ake comes to Keolis with more than 20 years experience in the transportation industry. He has worked for Veolia Transportation for the past eight years, serving in capacities including general manager in Toronto and area vice president for the Northeast Region of North America before being promoted to regional vice president for the Southeastern U.S.

He was a captain in the U.S. Air Force for 10 years, involved in multiple combat missions, including Desert Storm. Ake also worked 12 years for Greyhound Lines as district manager of operations and national operations manager.

Ryan Harshbarger
STATE COLLEGE, PA—The Centre Area Transportation Authority (CATA) has promoted Ryan Harshbarger to director of transportation. Harshbarger joined the agency in 2008 as transportation analyst and since that time has advanced to increasingly responsible positions.

Prior to joining CATA, he worked for the Overhead Door Corporation.

Mike Restle

CINCINNATI, OH—Mike Restle has been named chief financial officer of Cincinnati Metro after serving in the position on an interim basis.

Restle has more than 25 years of accounting and financial experience, serving as Metro’s controller since 2007. He previously was director of finance for 10 years at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.

Eduardo Orellana

NEW YORK, NY—Integrated Strategic Resources has named Eduardo Orellana director, communications and wireless/radio frequency technologies.

Orellana has more than 20 years of engineering and management experience, specifically in radio frequency engineering. He was project manager for MTA New York City Transit’s recent bus radio interim upgrade and senior communications engineer for the Second Avenue Subway access control system.

Christin Wegener
LIVERMORE, CA—Christin Wegener is joining the Livermore/Amador ­Valley Transportation Authority as director of planning and communications.

Wegener was chief of the Fairfax Connector Section at Fairfax County DOT, Fairfax, VA.

She is a graduate of the Leadership APTA Class of 2011.

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