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CORONA, CA—Tolar Manufacturing Company has promoted five-year employee Kristen Allen to quality control manager. She joined the company in 2012 as an entry-level design engineer while attending college, later becoming communications liaison and quality control assistant.


PLATTSBURGH, NY—Prevost has named 26-year employee Guy French vice president and general manager for services for Prevost and Nova Bus following the retirement of Clay Flynt after 33 years with the Volvo Group, 10 of them in this job.

BLOOMSBURG, PA—Karyn M. ­McAlphin has joined SEKISUI Polymer Innovations LLC as design strategist consultant, focusing on product branding and design development. She has more than 18 years of experience in aircraft interior product development.

BLAIRSVILLE, PA—Penn Machine Co. has promoted John Santarlas to general manager, responsible for coordinating operations of the company’s rail transit and locomotive gear divisions, from his previous post leading the Locomotive Gear Division. Earlier he worked in strategic procurement and operational excellence posts with GE Transportation, Siemens and Kongsberg.

VANCOUVER, WA—Jim Quintana, director of operations for C-TRAN, is assuming a new role as the agency’s chief of safety and security. Quintana has served C-TRAN since 1988 in numerous positions including operations and field supervision, dispatching, bus operator training, administrator of organizational training and development, senior manager of customer service and communications and senior manager of development and public affairs.

DALLAS—The Dallas Area Rapid Transit Board of Directors has elected Sue S. Bauman, representing Dallas on the board since 2016, as its chair for the coming year. She retired from the agency in 2011 as vice president of marketing and communication and now serves on the adjunct faculty at Richland College.

Plano representative Paul N. ­Wageman, elected vice chair, is an attorney and shareholder at the Dallas law firm of Winstead P.C. who joined the board in 2012. Dallas representative Michele Wong Krause, a board member since 2014 and a Dallas attorney, was elected secretary. Garland representative Jonathan R. Kelly, assistant secretary, is a senior portfolio manager with Northern Trust who joined the board in 2016.

NEW YORK CITY—WSP USA, formerly WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, has announced these appointments:

Reneé Ross has been named business development director for transportation and infrastructure in the company’s central region. She is a senior vice president in the firm’s St. Louis office and has more than 20 years of experience in engineering, project management and operations. She joins WSP from a global provider of technical, professional and construction services.

Kirsten Pennington has been named planning manager for the company’s Portland, OR, office. She has almost 20 years of experience with transportation policy, planning and implementation projects and is currently leading the Historic Columbia River Highway Congestion Mitigation and Safety Plan. Pennington served from 2011-2015 as planning manager and interim policy and development manager for Oregon DOT Region 1.

Ken Zatarain, a senior planning manager also based in Portland, will lead the firm’s station access planning for the California High-Speed Rail program. He joins WSP after 30 years with the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon, serving most recently as director of service delivery. He co-chairs the APTA Environmental Justice/Title VI Subcommittee and is a member of several other APTA committees.

BUFFALO, NY—The Niagara ­Frontier Transportation Authority announced the promotion of Leonard Hubbard to transportation supervisor at Frontier Station and the hiring of Bob Chapman as resident engineer.

Hubbard previously was transportation supervisor for the agency’s public transit division, supervising operations and station clerks among three bus stations. He also worked in multiple maintenance positions.

Chapman previously worked on construction of the University of Buffalo’s new school of medicine and biomedical science as one of the superintendents.

DENVER—Mark Clendennen and Jason Orme have joined HNTB Corporation’s national rail systems team as rail operations planning manager and senior project manager respectively, based in the firm’s Denver office.

Clendennen has more than 12 years of rail experience, most recently as a project manager for a railroad contractor in Denver and earlier as program manager, rail systems and project management, for the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority in Austin, TX.

Orme comes to HNTB with almost 20 years of experience. He was a key contributor to the development of the GE Transportation Intelligent Control Systems validation and systems engineering processes and procedures.

CLEVELAND—Sheryl King Benford, general counsel and deputy general manager for legal affairs with the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, has been inducted into the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Hall of Fame. She received her law degree from the school in 1979 and joined the authority as general counsel in 2000, part of more than 25 years in public-sector legal practice and management.

AUSTIN, TX—Jeff Travillion has been named by the Travis County Commissioners Court as its representative to the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors, succeeding Beverly Silas, who stepped down. Travillion, who was elected to the court in 2016 and took office in ­January 2017, worked for the city of Austin for 16 years, retiring as team lead for the Code Department’s Neighborhood Enhancement Team.

LOS ANGELES—Teresa Cole has joined Keolis Transit America as vice president of safety and risk. She previously was senior director of safety in the eastern region for First Group, overseeing public transit and school bus operations across 300 properties. Cole is a member of the National Safety Council Board of Delegates and a past president and secretary for the American Society of Safety Engineers.

WASHINGTON, DC—Leif Dormsjo, former director of the District of Columbia DOT, has joined Louis Berger as senior vice president for infrastructure asset management, based in the Washington office. Dormsjo’s almost 20 years of experience also includes tenures as Maryland DOT deputy secretary, chief of staff for Baltimore DOT and an operations analyst for the Baltimore mayor’s office.

CHICAGO—Thomas J. Kotel, recording secretary of Pipe Fitters Local Union No. 597 since 2006, has joined the Regional Transportation Authority Board of Directors representing the city of Chicago. He was a commissioner on Chicago’s Public Building Commission from October 2012 to September 2017.

CHICAGO—Transdev announced that Gerry Weber has been named chief operating officer of VTMI, the firm’s railroad infrastructure and maintenance-of-way subsidiary. He comes to Transdev from Canadian National Railway, where he served most recently as vice president of supply/fleet/fuel management.

GRAPEVINE, TX—Richard (Rick) Bellew has joined RailPros in the new position of assistant vice president of safety and training. His more than 18 years of experience include leadership positions at FRA and railroad services companies. For APTA, he serves on the Rail Safety and Safety Coordinating committees and the Commuter Rail Safety & Security Subcommittee.

ROCKFORD, IL—David Sidney has been named to a four-year term on the Rockford Mass Transit District Board of Trustees, succeeding Gary ­Marzorati, and will serve as the board ­secretary/treasurer. Sidney is project director for Transform Rockford, the region’s strategic plan, and earlier was a comprehensive planning and design manager with the city. He has more than 11 years experience as an urban planner.
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