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Who's Doing What in the Industry

Jack Gabig

Gardena, CA—Jack Gabig, transportation director of Gardena GTrans for the past five years, announced his retirement from the agency effective July 5. His transportation career has spanned more than 40 years, beginning in 1975 when he was a transportation planner with the city of Beloit, WI. In 1976, he joined McDonald Transit Associates, working in Fort Worth, TX, and Athens, GA.

Gabig moved to Long Beach Transit in California in 1980, serving as planning and marketing director and maintenance manager. Beginning in 1989, he was transportation director for Montebello Bus Lines until 2002, when he became LA Metro’s sector general manager for the San Gabriel Valley until joining GTrans in 2010.

Freddie C. Fuller II

WASHINGTON, DC—CH2M announced the hiring of Freddie C. Fuller II to lead the public transit and rail market in Virginia, Washington and Maryland through the company’s Transportation Business Group. He has more than 18 years of experience in the transportation industry. He is a graduate of the Leadership APTA Class of 1999, an at-large member of the APTA Board of Directors, vice chair of the Business Member Government Affairs Committee and a member of several other committees.

—Hill International announced the hiring of Dominick ­Fickeria as senior vice president and deputy Northeast regional manager with its Project Management Group. Fickeria has more than 35 years of experience, most recently working as director of the Construction Management Department for the New York City office of URS Corporation. 

Irvin E. Richter of Hill International Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from CMAA’s Mid-Atlantic Chapter
Also, Irvin E. Richter, the company’s founder and chairman, recently received the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Construction Management Association of America. Richter has been involved with the organization for more than 30 years as a member, board member and fellow.
HOUSTONEarl (Chip) Mitchell has joined CH2M as president of its Oil, Gas & Chemicals Business Group. He has spent the past 25 years of his career at Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., most recently as its group vice president for the upstream, midstream and pipeline business.
EUGENE, OR—Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has appointed Cottage Grove businessman Don ­Nordin to the Lane Transit District (LTD) Board of Directors, succeeding Mike Dubick. Nordin is the owner of Equinox Industries and, in the 1990s, played a leadership role in the expansion of LTD services to Cottage Grove.
COLUMBUS, OH—The Central Ohio Transit Authority announced three new members of its board of trustees. Brett Kaufman, representing Columbus, is the founder and chief executive officer of Kaufman Development, a real estate firm. Philip D. Honsey, representing Grove City, is a past city administrator who served more recently as an independent contractor for InNow LLC/Nitsa Fuels. Donald B. Leach Jr., representing Upper Arlington, is a partner in the law firm Dinsmore & Shohl LLP and president of the Upper Arlington City Council.
ALLENTOWN, PAMelissa M. Gemelli, deputy executive director and chief financial officer of the Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority, has been elected to the Professional Ethics Committee of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
VIENNA—Kapsch CarrierCom has named David Brandauer vice president, public transit, for CarrierCom North America. Brandauer has more than 25 years of experience in public transportation, working for firms including BLIC Inc., Trapeze Group and INIT-­Innovation in Transportation Inc.
SAN DIEGOGary Gallegos, executive director of the San Diego Association of Governments, has been elected to the Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors. The coalition includes more than 60 public and private organizations dedicated to increasing federal investment in America’s intermodal freight infrastructure.
ENGLEWOOD, CORobert Kennah has joined HDR as a principal project manager based in the firm’s Englewood office. He has 20 years of experience and comes to HDR from AECOM, where he was alternative delivery capture manager.
KANSAS CITY, MOMark Huffer has joined HNTB Corporation as Kansas City transit practice leader. Huffer’s more than 35 years of public transportation experience include serving as general manager and chief executive officer of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority and employment in St. Louis, Indianapolis, Lynchburg, VA, State College, PA, and Columbus, OH.
AUSTIN, TX—Manor Mayor Rita G. Jonse is joining the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors, representing the small cities in the agency’s service area. She succeeds Dave Siebold, who served on the board since 2013 and whose term expired this month.
ISELIN, NJArthur (Artie) Silber, Northeast Corridor area manager and transportation strategies director for Hatch Mott McDonald, has been elected chairman of the Executive Committee of the Underground Construction Association of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration. Silber has more than 40 years of engineering experience and is a senior vice president of the firm. Earlier he worked 28 years for New Jersey DOT and was employed by New Jersey Transit Corporation.
NEW YORK CITY—Parsons Brinckerhoff announced the following appointments. 
In Pittsburgh, Judith Andersen was appointed assistant vice president and John A. Nicholson Jr. senior project manager. Andersen, whose previous experience includes working for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and PennDOT, will manage the Pittsburgh office.

Nicholson has more than 21 years of transportation industry experience, serving most recently as a senior engineering manager with a civil engineering consulting firm.

Matthew Shelden has been named a senior planning manager in the firm’s Seattle office. He has 26 years of experience, serving most recently as system planning manager for Sound Transit and previously with King County Metro Transit and Community Transit in ­Snohomish County, WA. He is a member of the Leadership APTA Class of 2010.
DES MOINES, IA—The Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority has named Amanda Wanke chief engagement and communications officer. She has more than 15 years of experience, serving most recently as communications director for the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute.
BROOKLYN, NYGabrielle ­Shubert has announced that she will retire as director of the New York Transit Museum in September. She was a manager in the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Art and Design program when she took on the museum job in 1991.

DETROIT—Dan Lijana has joined M-1 RAIL as its communications officer. He worked in Detroit Mayor Dave Bing’s administration for nearly three years and most recently was director of communications for the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan.
DALLAS—Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) has announced the addition of three vice presidents: Maureen McCole, vice president, commuter rail/railroad management; Garrome (Jerry) Franklin, vice president and chief safety officer, and David Schulze, vice president for policy and strategy.

McCole began her career with the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak), joining New Jersey Transit Corporation in 2004 as policy and strategic analysis manager and becoming superintendent of River Line light rail operations in 2007. 

Franklin has more than four decades of transportation-related experience. He served the Federal Aviation Administration as regional administrator and deputy associate administrator for civil aviation security and was an FTA regional administrator before he joined DART in 2006.


Schulze has worked in various attorney roles for the city of Dallas and general counsel roles for DART during the past 25 years.
PHOENIX—The Valley Metro Rail Board of Directors elected Phoenix Councilmember Thelda Williams its chair and Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell vice chair.

COLUMBUS, OH—Officials of Franklin County, OH, have appointed Trudy Bartley to the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) Board of Trustees for a term that extends until April 2017.  Bartley is the executive director of Partners Achieving Community Transformation (PACT) and assistant vice president of government affairs for Ohio State University. She serves on the boards of the Central Ohio Workforce Investment Corporation and Ohio State University Hospital East among other groups.
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