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Calabrese to Retire as GCRTA CEO, General Manager
CLEVELAND—Joseph A. Calabrese, chief executive ­officer and general manager of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA), will step down from that post Sept. 1. He will remain with the agency in a senior advisory capacity through 2020.

Calabrese has more than 43 years of experience in public transportation. He is the longest-serving general manager in RTA history and the longest-serving general manager of any multimodal transit system in the nation.

He is a member of the APTA Board of Directors, a member and past chair of the Rail Transit CEOs and Rail Transit committees, and serves on the Bus & Paratransit CEOs, Access, Bus Operations, Membership, Workforce Development, BRT and Mobility Management committees.

CINCINNATI—Khaled Shammout has joined Cincinnati Metro as director of transit development. Most recently he was director of transit planning for Palm Beach County, FL, where he managed all planning-related activities for Palm Tran. He has also held leadership roles with Makkah Mass Rail Transit in Saudi Arabia and the Jacksonville (FL) Transportation Authority, in addition to serving as a planner for the Central Ohio Transit Authority in Columbus.

PHOENIX—The Valley Metro Regional Public Transportation Authority (RPTA) and Valley Metro Rail boards of directors have elected new officers for Fiscal Year 2018-2019. Valley Metro RPTA is the regional public transportation agency for greater Phoenix, while Valley Metro Rail plans, constructs, operates and maintains the area’s light rail system.Valley Metro RPTA board officers are: chair, Glendale Vice Mayor Lauren Tolmachoff; vice chair, Chandler Councilmember Kevin Hartke; and treasurer, Phoenix Mayor Thelda Williams.

Williams chairs the Valley Metro Rail board, with Tempe Vice Mayor Robin Arredondo-Savage as vice chair.

COLUMBIA, SC—Jackie Boulware recently joined the Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET) Board of Directors as a representative of Richland County, succeeding Jennifer Harding.

Boulware is a retired, national board-certified teacher and is currently a real estate agent. Harding, a board member since 2012, is director of relocation services for a real estate agency.

NEW BRITAIN, CT—Bus operator Mark Sullivan recently celebrated his 40th anniversary with DATTCO Inc., ­during which he has driven more than 3.5 million miles accident free.

In 2016, Sullivan received the Connecticut Bus Association’s Motorcoach Driver of the Year Award, recognizing both safe driving and maintaining the highest standards in every facet of the profession. He also works with DATTCO’s Safety & Training Program, helping to train and mentor new drivers while also providing remedial training for seasoned drivers.

SAN ANTONIO—The VIA Metropolitan Transit Board of Trustees elected Patricia Rodriguez its vice chair, David Marne as secretary and Bob Comeaux as assistant secretary, a new position.

Rodriguez was appointed to the board by the city of San Antonio in 2016 and was elected secretary earlier this year. She has more than 15 years of experience in government banking and public finance.

Marne has served on the board since 2014, representing the Greater Bexar County Council of Cities. A former mayor of Shavano Park, he is president/chief executive officer of a real estate firm.

Comeaux also has represented the city of San Antonio on the board since 2016. He is a retired field representative for the San Antonio Alliance of Teachers and Support Personnel and a trustee for the San Antonio AFL-CIO Central Labor Council.

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WA—Community Transit recently recognized bus operator Ray Harnisch as only the second driver in its 41-year history to reach three million miles on the road without a preventable accident.

Harnisch drove for the U.S. military before joining the agency in 1997. Edith Richerson, the other Community Transit driver to achieve the same record, retired in 2009; six other current drivers have reached the two-million-mile mark.

Harnisch’s photo will appear on the sides of 10 buses for the rest of 2018 to celebrate his accomplishment.

ST. LOUIS—Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has appointed Rose Windmiller, associate vice chancellor of government and community relations at Washington University in St. Louis, to the Bi-State Development Board of Commissioners.

Windmiller is a former chairwoman of Citizens for Modern Transit and serves on several education-related boards and commissions.

DALLAS—MV Transportation Inc. recently recognized John Moss, a bus operator with the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County, Reno, NV, with the national Katherine McClary Operator of the Year Award.

Moss has worked for MV since 2011. During his career he has received 15 customer commendations and has a flawless driving record with no preventable accidents.

Established to honor the memory of Katherine McClary, who was killed in a bus accident in 2004, the annual award recognizes MV’s safest public transit operators, selected from across North America.

WEST PALM BEACH, FL—Tom Romano recently retired after 41 years as a bus operator with Palm Tran and its predecessors, Florida Transit Management Inc. and CoTran (County Transportation). He was recognized last year for 25 years of driving without any preventable accidents.

MONTREAL—Bombardier has announced the following changes in its senior leadership:

Jim Vounassis has been named chief operating officer, with responsibility for global operations, quality and procurement functions, as well as overall industrial strategy.

Louis Véronneau will assume responsibility for Bombardier’s strategic planning process in addition to his current role overseeing the company’s partnerships, mergers, acquisitions and divestures as senior vice president, strategy and corporate development.

Nico Buchholz, who joined Bombardier in 2015 as group chief procurement officer, has announced plans to retire.

RIVERSIDE, CA—Kallie Arevalo has joined Complete Coach Works as marketing manager. She has a master’s degree from the University of Redlands and years of experience in the marketing field.

BOSTON—The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) announced the appointment of Danny Levy as its chief customer officer. She joins the MBTA after 13 years as chief marketing officer for the Massachusetts Port Authority.

TAMPA, FL—The Tampa Bay ­Business Journal has recognized Kenyatta Lee, chief administrative officer and interim chief of staff of the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority, as its 2018 Business Woman of the Year. The award honors both Lee’s business success and her passion and drive to improve the public transit industry. She is a graduate of the Leadership APTA Class of 2015.

SANTA BARBARA, CA—Jennifer Evans has joined CHK America Inc. as director of operations. She joins the firm from Brasco International, where she served as vice president. Evans is a member of the APTA Marketing and Communications Committee.

PASADENA, CA—CALSTART has announced the opening of a Midwest office in Troy, MI, headed by ­Maureen Marshall, and also has named Ben ­Mandel regional director for its Northeast office in Brooklyn, NY.

Marshall has served in engineering positions for both Ford and Chrysler and worked on connected car technology at Siemens and Harman International.

Mandel comes to CALSTART from the New York City Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, where he was senior policy advisor for energy regulatory affairs. He succeeds Alycia Gilde, who continues to work with the organization.


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