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Who's Doing What in the Industry
Ken Westbrook, John King, Derrick Breun
LOMBARD, IL--Ken Westbrook, chairman of the Transit Division of Transdev, has taken on additional responsibilities as president of the Rail Division while retaining his current duties. He succeeds Ron Hartman, who is leaving Transdev after 16 years to accept a position with Network Rail.
Early in his career, Westbrook was general manager for several transit contracts for ATC, becoming the firm's regional vice president in 1999. Veolia Transportation, Trandev's predecessor company, acquired ATC in 2005; in 2007, Westbrook became Veolia's senior vice president for the eastern region of the U.S. He was promoted to president and chief operating officer of the Transit Division in 2010 and became its chairman in 2014.
Also, Transdev named John King regional vice president of the Northeastern Region and Derrick Breun regional vice president of the Southeastern Region.
King previously was an area vice president for the Transit Division. Earlier he was general manager of Transdev's contract in Prince George's County, MD.
Breun previously was an area vice president for the same region of the Transit Division. He joined Transdev in 2005 as general manager of Jefferson Parish Transportation Operations in Louisiana and served as chief operating officer of Transdev's contract in service to the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority Board of Commissioners.
David Thurston, Alex Whittle, Sergio Callen, Dan Mesnick, Graham Stroud, Jonas Radstrom
TAMPA, FL--Atkins North America announced several appointments to its rail and transit business.
David Thurston and Alex Whittle are joining the firm's new design center in Pittsburgh, while Sergio Callen will head rail systems in the New York office. Dan Mesnick will succeed Graham Stroud in asset management and Jonas Radstrom will lead rail systems in the western U.S. from the San Francisco office. Stroud will remain with Atkins in the United Kingdom.
EUGENE, OR--Roland Hoskins has joined Lane Transit District as director of administrative services. He is a former director of youth services and employee and labor relations manager for Lane County and more recently was a private consultant. Hoskins succeeds Mary Adams, who retired Jan. 30.
URBANA, IL--Bryan Smith has joined the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District as its chief operating officer. He previously served in several jobs at the Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority, Kent, OH.
Michael J. Natale
SACRAMENTO, CA--Michael J. Natale, ARM, CRIS, has joined Bickmore as a strategic partner in the Risk Management Consulting practice. He has more than 30 years of experience in the insurance and risk management field, serving most recently as risk manager for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.
Scott R. Armstrong
PASADENA, CA--Scott R. Armstrong has joined Parsons as vice president and Alternative Project Delivery business development director for its transportation business unit. He will be based in Columbia, SC. Armstrong has more than 27 years of experience in planning, managing and building transportation systems and other projects.
Natalie E. Cornell, Thomas B. Furmaniak
AMBLER, PA--LTK Engineering Services announced the appointment of Natalie E. Cornell as director of business development, based in the company's headquarters in Ambler. She previously managed a division of LECIP Inc. and earlier was a marketing director in Accenture's Transportation Practice.
Cornell succeeds Thomas B. Furmaniak, who led LTK's business development activities for the past five years. He has been named director with LTK's affiliate, NDYLTK Rail, in Sydney, Australia, where he is based.
Furmaniak worked for LTK in the 1970s; he returned to the firm in 1998 after tenures with MTA New York City Transit, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, and the Athens Metro in Greece.
Robbie Makinen, Daniel Serda, Jim Klobnak, Dennis Bixby
KANSAS CITY, MO--The Board of Commissioners of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority re-elected Jackson County, MO, Commissioner Robbie Makinen as its chairman. Makinen is economic development coordinator for Jackson County and co-chair of the area's Regional Transit Coordinating Council.
Also elected were Daniel Serda, representing Kansas City, KS, vice chairman; Jim Klobnak, Kansas City, MO, secretary; and Dennis Bixby, Leavenworth County, KS, treasurer.
CINCINNATI--Paul Grether has been promoted to director of rail services at Cincinnati Metro. He joined the agency in 2012 as rail services manager after serving as manager of streetcar development for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority.
Grether is a graduate of the Leadership APTA Class of 2011 and chairs the APTA Streetcar Subcommittee.
Travis Campbell, Moira Beznoska
WASHINGTON, DC--Operation Lifesaver Inc. has announced two new state coordinators: Travis Campbell in Idaho, succeeding Kim Davids, and Moira Beznoska in South Dakota, where Connie Greguson has served on an interim basis.
Campbell has been a volunteer with Operation Lifesaver for three years and has been involved in public service for 16 years. He served seven years in the U.S. Army Medical Corps and has been a locomotive engineer for Union Pacific Railroad since 2004.
Beznoska is office coordinator with the South Dakota Safety Council. She has more than 15 years of experience as an educator in the medical field.
WASHINGTON, DC--Public transit attorney Katie Kraft has been elected to the partnership of Thompson Coburn LLP. She serves on the APTA Legislative Committee and is a member of WTS International.
Jeffrey Lalloway, Lori Donchak, Michelle Steel
ORANGE, CA--Irvine Mayor Pro Tem Jeffrey Lalloway is the new chairman of the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) Board of Directors. He joined the board in 2013, was its vice chairman for the past year and succeeds outgoing Chairman Shawn Nelson, who is also a county supervisor and remains on the board.
Lori Donchak, a member of the San Clemente City Council, is the new board vice chairman. She joined the OCTA board in January 2013. County Supervisor Michelle Steel also joined the OCTA board.
Jason Dunn, Ken Reed
CINCINNATI--Jason Dunn has been re-elected chair of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority board and Ken Reed was re-elected vice chair.
Dunn is director of multicultural affairs and community development for the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Reed is manager of loss control services for the Ohio Transit Risk Pool and previously served as general manager at Butler County Regional Transit Authority in Hamilton, OH.