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Who's Doing What in the Industry

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BOSTON—The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) has hired Janelle Chan as its real estate manager, working to maximize the agency’s real estate interests in TOD efforts. Chan joins MBTA after serving since 2010 as executive director of ­Boston’s Asian Community Development Corporation.

DALLAS—Jonathan R. Kelly has been appointed to the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Board of Directors to represent the city of Garland, succeeding Michael Cheney.

Kelly, a senior portfolio manager with more than 20 years of financial services experience, is a vice president at Northern Trust Company and previously worked at other financial companies.

NEW YORK CITY—WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB) has announced the following appointments:

Richard Driggs has been appointed president of the program management sector at WSP | PB, based in Atlanta, responsible for building a program management organization across all of the company’s markets in the U.S. and Latin America. He has more than two decades of experience and was formerly the president and chief executive officer of Heery International.

Joseph Marie, a technical manager since 2012, has been named operations manager of the firm’s transit & rail technical excellence center in the New York City office. He has 30 years of intermodal transportation experience in both the public and private sectors.

Manisha Patel has been appointed associate director of environmental policy in WSP | PB’s St. Louis office. Most recently she was deputy general counsel for President Obama’s Council on Environmental Quality. She also served in various capacities at the Environmental Protection Agency.

Dave Schumacher has been named a senior planning manager in the firm’s San Diego office, acting as project manager or lead planner on transit planning projects in Southern California. He has more than 30 years of experience, working most recently as a principal regional planner for the San Diego Association of Governments.

Tanya Adams, WSP | PB assistant vice president, community relations and diversity manager for the transportation and infrastructure sector’s Central U.S. region, recently was named 2016 Corporate Executive of the Year by the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) and was elected to COMTO’s national board of directors. Prior to joining the firm in 2006, Adams spent more than 18 years with Illinois DOT.

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX—The ­Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority (CCRTA) announced the promotion of Robert Saldana to managing director of administration and the permanent appointment of Kelly Coughlin as director of marketing, a position she held on an interim basis.

Saldana has been a CCRTA employee for five years, previously serving as director of transportation. Coughlin joined the agency about a year ago.

VICTORIA, BC—Jonathon Dyck has joined BC Transit as communications ­manager. He previously worked five years with Northern Health in Prince George, BC, and was a news reporter and anchor.

PHILADELPHIA—The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) announced the promotion of Andrew Busch to chief press officer.

Busch joined the SEPTA Media Relations Department as a press officer in 2009 and most recently served as a public information manager. He has nearly two decades of experience in the Philadelphia news market, working as a writer and producer for KYW-TV and a reporter and editor with the Philadelphia Metro.

SAN DIEGO—Cubic Corporation has named Darryl S. Albertson to the newly created position of chief human resources and diversity officer. Albertson has served as vice president of corporate human resources since joining Cubic in September 2013.

Previously, Albertson held various leadership roles in human resources.

DAYTON, OH—Frank Ecklar, director of planning and marketing for the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority (RTA), has retired after 32 years in ­public transportation, 28 of them with RTA. He began his career with the Central Ohio Transportation Authority in Columbus.

RTA cited Ecklar for his work to develop the Wright Stop Plaza facility and create the regional hub network.
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