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Who's Doing What in the Industry

JACKSONVILLE, FL—Nathaniel P. Ford Sr., APTA vice chair and chief executive officer of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA), has received the Thomas G. Neusom Founders Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO).

This award honors transportation executives and policymakers responsible for the direction and operation of their agency and who, through their COMTO affiliation, have made outstanding contributions toward the growth and development of people of color in the industry and have given outstanding service and leadership to the organization.

Also, COMTO honored Christopher Macklin, JTA’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise/diversity specialist, with its Emerging Leader Award.

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO—Trapeze Group announced the appointment of Paul Comfort as a vice president of business development with Trapeze NA. Comfort most recently was administrator and chief executive officer of the Maryland Transit Administration in Baltimore and formerly served on numerous APTA committees.

WASHINGTON, DC—Jennifer ­Kalczuk has joined AlphaVu LLC, a data analysis firm working with corporations, issue-based advocacy groups, public transit and infrastructure organizations, trade associations and members of Congress.

Kalczuk joins AlphaVu after 18 years as external relations manager for The Rapid in Grand Rapids, MI. She is immediate past chair of the APTA Marketing and Communications Committee and a former member of the APTA Board of Directors. For the past four years, she has been president of the Michigan ­Public Transit Association.

SAN BERNARDINO, CA—Loma Linda Council Member Ron Dailey has succeeded Rancho Cucamonga Council Member Sam ­Spagnolo as chair of the Omnitrans Board of Directors and Redlands Council Member Pat Gilbreath was elected vice chair of the board. Both will serve two-year terms.

Dailey joined the Omnitrans board in 2010, the same year he was first elected to the Loma Linda City Council. He is dean of the School of Dentistry at Loma Linda University.

Gilbreath was on the board from 2000-2007, chairing it from 2005-2007, and returned in 2014. She was first elected to the Redlands City Council in 1993.

Also, Omnitrans announced the hiring of Trischelle Baysden to lead its new rail department as the agency prepares to launch Arrow passenger rail service in 2020, connecting Redlands and San Bernardino. Her 25 years of experience in rail operations began with Burlington Northern Santa Fe and include nine years with Metrolink commuter rail in Los Angeles.

STEVENSVILLE, MD—Stertil-Koni has promoted Hans Herrera to service manager from service technician, a position he held since 2015. Before joining the company, Herrera worked in the automotive industry for more than five years and taught college-level automotive classes.

DAYTON, OH—The Greater ­Dayton Regional Transit Authority (RTA) has named Chris Cole, the current chief maintenance officer, to the newly-created position of chief operating officer. He joined the agency in 2015 as deputy chief maintenance officer and has more than 25 years of public service experience, including more than 15 years with the Central Ohio Transit Authority in Columbus, where he ultimately was director of transportation.

RTA also announced the promotion of Tim Harrington from IT project manager to management information systems manager. Before joining the agency about a year ago, Harrington spent 13 years as director of the Information Technology Department for the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority in Cincinnati.

Harrington succeeds Hank Trimble, who will remain at the agency as deputy manager until he retires later this year.

SAN CARLOS, CA—Cheryl Brinkman, chair of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) Board of Directors, has joined the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board representing SFMTA. The joint powers board is the governing body of Caltrain commuter rail.
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