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LONDON, U.K.—Network Rail Consulting, based in London, has opened a Canadian subsidiary headquartered in Toronto and named Susanne M. Manaigre vice president to lead the office. Manaigre’s 30 years of rail experience include serving as chief of operations for GO Transit/Metrolinx in the Toronto region.
OAKLAND, CA—Peter Gertler has rejoined HNTB Corporation as a senior vice president in a corporate and national strategic business development role. He previously served the firm from 2004-2014 as rail and transit market service leader and principal project manager.
Gertler is a nationally recognized rail and public transit expert with three decades of infrastructure experience. Prior to rejoining HNTB, he managed global business and strategic development for a technology firm.
For APTA, he is a former member of the Board of Directors and numerous committees and immediate past chair of the High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Committee.
SAN DIEGO—Jannet Walker Ford has been named vice president and general manager of Eastern Region, Americas, for Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS). Previously, Ford was vice president and North America director of strategic programs and policy for Parsons Corporation and worked for the Philadelphia International Airport and Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority. She serves on the APTA Board of Directors, the American Public Transportation Foundation and the Leadership APTA Committee.
ATLANTA—Georgia Trend magazine recently honored Keith Parker, chief executive officer and general manager of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), as one of its “2017 100 Most Influential Georgians.” The magazine credited Parker for fostering increased support of MARTA and supporting the passage of a half-cent sales tax last year.
AMBLER, PA—LTK Engineering Services announced the reorganization of its rail vehicle practice, led by the promotion of James Dietz to vice president, vehicle engineering. A 29-year LTK employee, he most recently led the rail vehicle electrical engineering group.
Jim Herzog, a 25-year employee, has been named manager, mechanical engineering; Nicholas Zeolla, who joined LTK in 2015, manager, structural engineering; and Alex Gutman, a 19-year employee, manager, electrical engineering. Bill Downs, leader of the company’s quality assurance program for 13 years, retains his title of manager, vehicle quality assurance.
CINCINNATI—Helen Black has joined the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority Board of Trustees, She is senior manager of a nonprofit organization that works to improve student outcomes.
CHICAGO—Transdev has named Jacquelyn Charles general manager of the firm’s Dial-a-Ride Transportation Services (DARTS) contract with the Department of Aging and Youth Services, Fulton County, GA, in the Atlanta metropolitan region. A 16-year public transit veteran, she started in fixed-route operations with the Charlotte Area Transit System before transitioning into paratransit management.
FRANKLIN, TN—Diane Thorne, regional transportation director for the TMA Group, which manages and operates Franklin Transit, recently received the Spirit of Transportation Leadership Award from the Nashville Area MPO. Thorne was recognized by MPO Acting Director Michelle Lacewell for her actions on the local, regional and national levels.
CHICAGO—Quandel Consultants announced the promotion of four employees from associate to principal, bringing the total number of principal partners to seven. They are James Jennings, Daniel Schulte, Melanie Johnson and Charles Hoppesch.
SAVANNAH, GA—The Chatham Area Transit (CAT) Board of Directors elected Howard French chairman, succeeding Pete Liakakis.
French joined the board in 2013 and is in his second term. He is retired from Zodiac of North America, where he worked in various capacities including president and chief financial officer.
BURLINGAME, CA—Proterra announced the promotion of Matt Horton to chief commercial officer from senior vice president of sales and marketing. He joined the company in 2014 and earlier was chief executive officer of a distributor of alternative fuels.
BLOOMSBURG, PA—SEKISUI Polymer Innovations LLC announced the following new members of its business team:
Robert Anderlik, midwest regional business manager; Virgil Minor, south central regional business manager; Benjamin Smalley, aviation market business manager; Blake Iman, promoted from customer service specialist to aviation business coordinator; Michael Miler, who moved from aviation market business manager to senior business development analyst; Nik Taritas, promoted from midwest regional business manager to North American business manager; and John Martino, western regional business manager, who also took on the role of international distribution manager.
PHILADELPHIA—Urban Engineers announced that Jeffrey S. Yeager, deputy structural practice leader for the firm, has relocated to Philadelphia from the Erie, PA, office.
ORLANDO, FL—Bryan Mehaffey has joined Burns Engineering as director of operations, Southeast Region, based in the company’s new Orlando office. His more than two decades of experience include serving as chief technology officer and in senior facilities positions at several large higher education campuses. Most recently, Mehaffey ran project development for large projects at Johnson Controls Inc.
SAINTE-CLAIRE, QC—Prevost announced the appointment of Jean Dupont as director of pre-owned coach sales. Dupont has worked in the bus industry for more than 25 years, most notably as the third-generation owner and general manager of one of the oldest service centers for motorcoaches and their operators in Quebec, founded in 1936. In 1997, he founded Dupont Industries or Dupontrolley, a manufacturer of trolley-replica buses.
SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WA—The Community Transit Board of Directors has elected Snohomish County Councilmember Stephanie Wright its chair, succeeding Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring, who will remain on the board.
Stanwood Mayor Leonard Kelley was named vice chair and Mukilteo Mayor Jennifer Gregerson secretary.
Also, Lynnwood City Councilmember Rev. M. Christopher Boyer joined the board as an alternate representing large cities.
ORLANDO, FL—Edward L. Johnson, chief executive officer of the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (LYNX), has joined the board for Lighthouse Central Florida, which provides life skills, job training and placement to more than 100,000 people with sight impairment.
TORRANCE, CA—Torrance Transit has appointed Godfrey Offoegbu deputy transit director, Dietter Aragon transit operations manager and James Lee as transit administration manager.
Offoegbu has 13 years of public transit experience, serving most recently as superintendent of Long Beach (CA) Transit. Aragon has more than 15 years in the field. Lee has been an employee of the city of Torrance for more than 20 years, including 10 years with the transit agency.
WASHINGTON, DC—Amtrak has streamlined its senior management team, including reducing the direct reports to President and CEO Wick Moorman to six. They are: operations, Scot Naparstek, chief operating officer; marketing and business development, Jason Molfetas, executive vice president; finance, Jerry Sokol, chief financial officer; law, Eldie Acheson, general counsel and corporate secretary; administration, DJ Stadtler, chief administrative officer; and planning, technology and public affairs, Stephen Gardner, executive vice president.
PITTSBURGH—Beth Steimle has joined Michael Baker International as vice president and office executive in Tampa, FL. She has 15 years of experience, previously serving as an associate vice president of T.Y. Lin International.
DENVER—Adam Giuliano has joined Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP as a partner. He will open an office in New York City.
CINCINNATI—The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority Board of Trustees re-elected Jason Dunn as chair and Ken Reed as vice chair. Dunn, a board member since 2012, is vice president of multicultural and community development for the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau. Reed, loss control services manager for the Ohio Transit Risk Pool and a former general manager of the Butler County Regional Transit Authority in Hamilton, OH, joined the board in 2011.
KANSAS CITY, MO—The Board of Commissioners of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) elected these officers for 2017: chairman, Steve Klika, vice chairman of the Johnson County, KS, Board of Commissioners; vice chairman, Daniel Serda, representing Kansas City, KS; secretary, Dennis Bixby, representing Leavenworth County, KS; and treasurer, David Bower, representing Jackson County, MO.
CHICAGO—Transdev has announced the promotion of VTMI Executive Director Bill Bishop to vice president and the appointments of two general managers for the company’s public transit agency contracts. VTMI is Transdev’s rail maintenance and infrastructure subsidiary.
Bishop has worked in rail for 37 years. Before joining Transdev in 2009, he was project manager for New Mexico Rail Runner Express commuter rail in Albuquerque, NM. For Transdev, he is interim general manager under the firm’s contract with the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority.
Also, Charles (Doug) Brockwell is general manager for Transdev’s operations contract with the Regional Transportation District in Denver.
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX—Abel Alonzo has joined the Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority Board of Directors, representing the city and succeeding Conrado Garcia. He has served on the board two previous times.
NEW YORK CITY—The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced the appointment of Owen J. Monaghan as chief of police of the MTA Police Department. He succeeds Michael R. Coan, who led the MTA Police Department for eight and a half years.
Monaghan joined the MTA in 2015 as vice president of security for MTA New York City Transit. Previously he worked for the New York Police Department for more than three decades.
ITHACA, NY—Scot Vanderpool has joined Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT) as operations manager following the retirement of Nancy Oltz, an agency employee for almost 40 years.
Vanderpool joins TCAT from Syracuse University, where he was manager of parking and transit services. Earlier he was manager of operations and planning at the Central New York Regional Transportation Authority in Syracuse, NY.
WOODBRIDGE, VA—The Board of Commissioners for the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission re-elected Frank J. Principi, a member of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors, to his second term as chairman.
Other officers are Manassas Park Mayor Jeanette Rishell, vice chairman; Pamela Sebesky, a member of the Manassas City Council, secretary; Paul Milde III, chairman of the Stafford County Board of Supervisors, treasurer; John D. Jenkins, a member of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors, immediate past chairman; and at-large member Matthew J. Kelly, a member of the Fredericksburg City Council.
KANSAS CITY, MO—HNTB Corporation announced the appointments of Michael Powers as rail program manager, based in Arlington, VA, and Taiwo Jaiyeoba as regional business development manager, based in Charlotte, NC.
Powers has 30 years of industry experience.
Jaiyeoba has worked in planning for 26 years. He is a graduate of the Leadership APTA Class of 2014 and a member of several APTA committees.
PAINESVILLE, OH—The Laketran Board of Trustees unanimously re-elected Brian Falkowski to a third one-year term as its president and Paul E. Miller to his second term as vice president.
SANTA MONICA, CA—Rolando Cruz has joined Big Blue Bus as chief operations officer.
Cruz has more than two decades of experience, working most recently as executive director and vice president of maintenance and facilities at Long Beach (CA) Transit. He is a graduate of the Leadership APTA Class of 2008 and a member of numerous APTA committees and the Transit Asset Management Working Group.
SAN JOSE, CA—The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Board of Directors elected Los Altos City Councilmember Jeannie Bruins its chair and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo vice chair.
The VTA board also welcomed five new board members and four new alternates. The board members are Charles (Chappie) Jones, Lan Diep and Raul Peralez, who served as an alternate last year, all representing San Jose City Council, Cupertino City Councilmember Savita Vaidhyanathan and Morgan Hill City Councilmember Larry Carr, a longtime alternate.
The alternates are San Jose City Councilmember Devora (Dev) Davis, Milpitas City Councilmember Bob Nunez, Los Gatos City Councilmember Rob Rennie and Gilroy City Councilmember Daniel Harney.
LANCASTER, CA—Palmdale City Councilmember Austin Bishop has joined the Antelope Valley Transit Authority Board of Directors, succeeding Fred Thompson.
NEW YORK CITY—WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB) has announced the following appointments:
Kurt W. Krauss, based in the firm’s Washington, DC, office, has been named chief projects officer for the U.S. Advisory Services group, which provides strategic consulting services. He has more than 20 years of strategic and financial management experience, most recently as a managing director for KPMG LLP.
Scott E. Trommer has been named a principal with the same division, managing transit and rail project development and finance activities. He has 29 years of experience.
Edwin E. Tatem, a 10-year WSP | PB employee and a vice president of the firm, has been named construction services manager, transportation and infrastructure, for the company’s central region based in Detroit.
Tanya Adams, community relations and diversity manager for the firm’s central U.S. region, has been promoted to vice president. Based in Chicago, she joined WSP | PB in 2006 after 18 years with Illinois DOT. Adams is a member of the national board of directors of COMTO (Conference of Minority Transportation Officials), which named her 2016 Corporate Executive of the Year.
Ruben Landa has been named senior communications manager in the company’s Dallas office.
Anthony Scolaro has been named a senior supervising environmental planner in the firm’s Tempe, AZ, office.
Andres Ruiz has been named chief financial officer of the firm’s Latin America region, based in Bogota, Colombia. Prior to joining the firm, he was an investor relations officer for Avianca Holdings S.A., a leading Latin American airline holding company.
Tamara Werkmeister has been named a national strategic pursuit manager based in Orange, CA. She has 27 years of experience, most recently serving as Southern California sales and business development manager for an infrastructure professional services firm.
Elia Nunez has been named an assistant vice president in the company’s Miami office. She previously served as director of public works for the town of Miami Lakes and chief design project manager for the city of Miami.
SEATTLE—Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers has been named chair of the Sound Transit Board of Directors, succeeding King County Executive Dow Constantine. Redmond Mayor John Marchione and Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland were approved as vice chairs.
Also, newly elected Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier joined the board, succeeding eight-year member Pat McCarthy.
ARLINGTON, VA—Fairfax County Supervisor Jeffrey McKay has been elected chairman of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC), with Alexandria City Council Member Paul Smedberg as vice chairman and Loudoun County Supervisor Matthew Letourneau as secretary-treasurer.
McKay joined the commission in 2008 and previously served as NVTC chairman in 2013. Jay Fisette, who was chairman in 2016, was succeeded by Arlington County Board Member Libby Garvey.
Smedberg joined the commission as an alternate in 2005, was its chairman in 2014 and secretary-treasurer in 2016. Letourneau became the first Loudoun County supervisor to be an NVTC officer after joining the commission in 2016.
CLEVELAND—Tom Raguz, sformer finance director for the city of Cleveland Heights, has joined the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) as executive director, Office of Management and Budget, following the retirement of Gale Fisk. He also held several jobs for the auditor of the state of Ohio, including assistant auditor and audit manager.
Also, the Cuyahoga County Mayors and City Managers Association re-elected South Euclid Mayor Georgine Welo to the RTA board, which she joined in 2014.