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Who's Doing What in the Industry

Leslie White
SANTA CRUZ, CA—Leslie White, APTA chair in 1996-97, has retired after 17 years as general manager of the Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District (Santa Cruz METRO).

White entered the public transit field as a bus operator in Kalamazoo, MI, to pay for his undergraduate and graduate studies at Western Michigan University. After four years as a high school teacher, he returned to Kalamazoo Metro Transit as its general manager. He subsequently headed agencies in Fort Wayne, IN, and Vancouver, WA, before joining Santa Cruz METRO in 1997.

As APTA chair, White created the Leadership APTA program, oversaw the expansion of full voting rights to business members, and presented the first APTA Lifetime Achievement Award to Rosa Parks. He also served on the APTA Board of Directors and Authorization Task Force, and was a member of the Access, Bus and Paratransit CEOs, Legislative, and Small Operations committees.

Ken J. Anderson, Merlin Maley
DENVER, CO—The RNL Transportation Market announced the promotions of Ken J. Anderson, associate principal, to Eastern Region transit director, and Merlin Maley to associate principal and Western Region transit director.

Anderson has more than 17 years of architectural experience, and 13 years with RNL. He has directed the company’s Washington, DC, office since 2011. For APTA, he is a member of the Policy and Planning and Sustainability committees.

Maley joined RNL in 2005 and has 16 years experience in architecture, landscape design, and green construction. He is a graduate of the Leadership APTA Class of 2013 and serves on the Bus Operations and Policy and Planning committees.

Robert Pickels, Greg Wilkinson, Richard (Dick) Watenpaugh

YUMA, AZ—Robert Pickels, Yuma County administrator, has been elected to his third term as chairperson of the Yuma County Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority Board of Directors. Yuma City Administrator Greg Wilkinson was elected to his third term as vice chairperson. Richard (Dick) Watenpaugh, Wellton town manager, also joined the board.

Andrew Frey
POMPANO BEACH, FL—Florida Gov. Rick Scott has appointed Andrew Frey to a vacant seat on the governing board of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority. Frey is a lawyer, development manager for CC Residential, and board member of the American Planning Association Gold Coast Section.

Christine Haynes, Ethan Grebe

DENVER, CO—Christine Haynes and Ethan Grebe have joined the Denver office of Maintenance Design Group. Haynes, a business development coordinator, has more than three years of related project and business development experience. Grebe is a facility designer and a recent graduate of the University of Colorado, Denver, with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.

Mike Pancoast
SOUTH BEND, IN—The South Bend Public Transportation Corporation (Transpo) has named Mike Pancoast to the newly created position of safety, security, and training manager. He will be responsible for safety education, accident prevention, loss control, security, and environmental and regulatory compliance.

Pancoast joined Transpo in 2003 as a part-time fixed route operator. He was promoted to operations supervisor in 2012 and will also retain that position until it is filled.

Mitch Guralnick, Tom Wagner, Louis Quaglia, Darrill King, Brent Danielson, Brad Noeske
DES PLAINES, IL—Motor Coach Industries (MCI) announced four promotions: 15-year employee Mitch Guralnick, top left, vice president of pre-owned coach sales; Tom Wagner, top right, an MCI employee since 2005, vice president of public sector sales; Louis Quaglia, bottom left, vice president of regional public sector sales; and Darril King, bottom right, vice president-Setra sales specialist.

Brent Danielson, based at MCI’s Winnipeg, MB, plant, has been promoted to director of sales engineering and product planning. Seven-year employee Brad Noeske has been promoted to manager of product planning and analysis.

Georgine Welo

CLEVELAND, OH—Georgine Welo, mayor of South Euclid, recently joined the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority Board of Trustees. Welo was elected by the Cuyahoga County Mayors and City Managers Association to fill the term previously held by Mayor Mark Elliott of Brook Park.

Margit Kittridge
NEW YORK, NY—Titan has named Margit Kittridge to the newly created position of vice president, head of digital. Kittridge is the former executive director of marketing and digital business development at The Wall Street Journal Office Network.

Jason Smedley, Jon Wisniewski

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR—The Central Arkansas Transit Authority (CATA) announced the hiring of Jason Smedley as director of public engagement and Jon Wisniewski as grants accountant.

Smedley was special assistant for agency and legislative affairs in the office of Gov. Mike Beebe. Wisniewski previously was an accountant for Quality Petroleum Inc.

Vinny Kissoon

NEW YORK, NY—Vinny Kissoon has been promoted to vice president of STV. He will continue in his role as a chief estimator with the STV Construction Management Division’s Project Controls group.

Based in the New York City office, Kissoon has been with STV for 15 years. He more than 28 years of experience in project controls.
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