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American Public Transportation Association

 Program

APTA's Transit Board Members & Board Support Seminar is offered exclusively to governing board members and  administrative support staff for boards and commissions of APTA-member public transportation systems. The seminar will be July 19-22, 2014 at The Westin Cleveland Downtown, 777 Saint Clair Avenue NE, Cleveland, OH and hosted by Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA).

NOTE: The Board Support Seminar is approved for 1 CMC Experience point or 1 MMC Advanced Education or Professional and Social point by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC.)

Last updated July 15, 2014 

* Sessions and events for both board members and board support staff.

TRANSIT BOARD MEMBERS  BOARD SUPPORT STAFF
SATURDAY, JULY 19, 2014

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Stenia

Registration*

Transit passes sponsored by Xerox.

Host giveaway sponsored by City Architecture, Inc.

10 - 11:30 a.m.

Calypso

This is APTA: Maximizing Your Membership*
Your best industry resource - how to get involved in leadership on a national scale

The American Public Transportation Association is widely recognized as the voice of the transit industry. This session will focus on the many resources available to you as a member and cover everything you want to know about getting involved in your association to gain the full value of yor membership. Find your unique path to work with your board member and board support colleagues.

Presenter:
Michael P. Melaniphy,
president & CEO, APTA

Guest Speakers:
Randall D. Chrisman, 
member, APTA Board of Directors; secretary, APTA Transit Board Members Committee; chair, APTA Transit Board Members Legislative Subcommittee; co-chair, APTA Authorization Task Force; and board member, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX

Jeanne Schapper, CMC, co-chair, APTA Board Support Subcommittee Program Committee, and administrative services manager/clerk of the board, Lane Transit District, Eugene, OR

Jan McBride, co-chair, APTA Board Support Subcommittee Program Committee, and executive office manager, Community Transit, Snohomish County, WA

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch on your own

1:15 - 2:15 p.m.

Calypso

APTA Chair & President's Round Table*
The national perspective - energize, organize, and reauthorize

As public transportation systems advocate for reauthorization of the federal surface transportation legislation, join APTA's chair and president in a conversation about the association's initiatives. Come with questions, comments, and direction to guide APTA's work on behalf of board members and public transit agencies.

Presenters:
Peter Varga,
chair, APTA, and chief executive officer, Interurban Transit Partnership (The Rapid), Grand Rapids, MI

Michael P. Melaniphy, president & CEO, APTA

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Calypso

Transit Board Members Committee Meeting & Election of Officers

Chair, Frederick L. Daniels Jr.

You are welcome to attend this meeting, one of three convened each year. The election of committee officers will be held at this meeting for the chair, vice chair, secretary, and the regional representative for APTA Region VI. You'll receive a copy of the new Transit Board Member Handbook. It will be discussed with the committee as a whole and there will be small group discussions from 4 - 4:30 p.m. organized by APTA region and led by the regional 'reps.'

Breakout Discussions 4 - 4:30 p.m.

APTA REGIONS I & II - Ida
New York, Connecticut, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Washington DC, North Carolina, South Carolina

Facilitator:
David M. Stackrow, CPA,
region I representative, APTA Transit Board Members Committee, and chairman, Capital District Transportation Authority, Albany, NY


APTA REGIONS III & IV - Stanhopea
Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Arkansas Mississippi, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Ohio, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, North Dakota, South Dakota

Facilitator:
Andre Gibson, region III representative, APTA Transit Board Members Committee, and board vice chairman, Memphis Area Transit Authority, Memphis, TN


APTA REGION V - Stelis
Colorado, Texas, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico, Iowa, Missouri

Facilitator:
Jeff Walker,
region V representative, APTA Transit Board Members Committee, and secretary, Regional Transit District, Denver, CO


APTA REGION VI - Calypso
California, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii

Facilitator:
Carol Herrera,
region VI representative, APTA Transit Board Members Committee, and executive board treasurer/auditor-controller, Foothill Transit, West Covina, CA

4:30-5:45 p.m.

Orchis

Board Support Subcommittee Meeting

Chair, Beth Vidaurri

At this meeting, the results of the first electronic vote for subcommittee chair, vice chair, and secretary will be announced and the new process will be discussed. Other topics will include the leadership development webinar series. This is one of three meetings held during the year.

6 - 7 p.m.

Vanda North & South

Welcoming Reception*

Mix it up, renew friendships, and network with new colleagues at this high-energy gathering that is sure to set the tone for learning more about public transportation and continuing to develop your leadership style.

7-9 p.m.

Board Support Dutch Treat Dinner

Join your board support staff colleagues in this Dutch-treat dinner at the Mallorca. Meet in the Westin Hotel lobby at 6:45 p.m. to ride the free C-Line trolley to the restaurant. Dinner reservations are for 7 p.m.

Mallorca, 1390 W. 9th Street, Cleveland, OH

http://www.clevelandmallorca.com

SUNDAY, JULY 20 2014

Today's Presiding Officers:

Board Members: Frederick L. Daniels Jr., member, APTA Board of Directors; chair, APTA Transit Board Members Committee; and treasurer, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA

Board Support: Jeanne Schapper, CMC, co-chair, APTA Board Support Subcommittee Program Committee, and administrative services manager/clerk of the board, Lane Transit District, Springfield, OR

7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Stenia

Registration*

8 - 8:30 a.m.

Orchid Foyer

Continental Breakfast*

8:30 - 9:45 a.m.

Orchid Ballroom East

OPENING GENERAL SESSION: America's Future is Riding on Public Transportation*
Warm welcomes from GCRTA and APTA

As APTA’s Transit Board Members & Board Support Seminar begins, come hear an overview of the seminar events and discuss the direction you feel APTA as an association should take over the next five years. Enjoy a warm welcome as host Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority rolls out the red carpet for everyone and see why, “Where Public Transportation Goes, Community Grows.”

Come learn from exceptional public transit systems with innovative, proactive programs to benefit passengers, the public, and employees -- the dedicated individuals who show every day that, with the community’s desire for travel options and growing public demand, America’s future is riding on public transportation.

In creating jobs, building a healthy economy, and helping to provide greater energy independence, public transportation offers fresh solutions for growing, livable, and sustainable communities. This energizing kick off to the conference will begin opening doors as you and your professional colleagues network and discover new ideas, contribute your knowledge, and learn even more about providing quality services.

Presiding:
Frederick L. Daniels Jr.,
member, APTA Board of Directors; chair, APTA Transit Board Members Committee; and treasurer, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA

Welcoming Remarks:
Honorable Frank G. Jackson,
mayor, City of Cleveland, OH

Peter Varga, chair, APTA, and chief executive officer, Interurban Transit Partnership (The Rapid), Grand Rapids, MI

George F. Dixon, III, president, Board of Trustees, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Cleveland, OH

Dr. Valarie J. McCall, member, APTA Executive Committee; vice chair, APTA Transit Board Members Committee; vice chair, APTA Transit Board Members Legislative Subcommittee; and member, Board of Trustees, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Cleveland, OH 

Beth Vidaurri, chair, APTA Transit Board Members Board Support Subcommittee, and manager of the executive office, Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority, Corpus Christi, TX

Michael P. Melaniphy, president & CEO, APTA 

Discussion of APTA's 2015-2019 Strategic Plan: 
Petra Mollet
chief of staff, APTA

10 - 11:45 a.m.

Orchid Ballroom East

Public Transportation Board Development by Design*
Strategies for enhancing leadership skills and governance capacity

Effective board leadership is critical to the public transportation agency’s stability, operational performance, and growth. The board’s governing performance depends on continuously and systematically developing your board’s governing capacity. This session will provide board members and support staff with detailed, practical, and tested guidance for creating and implementing a comprehensive board development plan, including: 

1. The key elements of a board development plan:
      Developing the...
       - people on the board
       - board’s governing role and functions
       - board’s governing structure
       - ongoing board support functions

2. The roles of the CEO, board support staff, and executive team in board development

3. Two major board development vehicles:
     - The Governance Task Force
     - The Governance Retreat

This session will offer in-depth, small group discussions based on the size of your agency. Share your ideas and experience with your colleagues -- board members and board support staff -- the objectives, processes, and outcomes of a board development plan.

Presenter and Facilitator:
Doug Eadie,
president & CEO, Doug Eadie & Company, Oldsmar, FL 

Invitation to 2015 Transit Board Members & Board Support Seminar:
Jeff Walker,
region V representative, APTA Transit Board Members Committee, and secretary, Regional Transit District, Denver, CO 

12 - 2 p.m.

Orchid Foyer

 

 

Stanhopea

 

 

 

 

 

Vanda North & South

 

 

Stelis

 

Board Members Lunch
Discussion by System Size
Views, discussions & insights

Take your buffet lunch from the Orchid Foyer into a breakout room and join the group discussions organized by the size of your transit agency.

Small Systems, 100 or fewer buses
Facilitators:
Gene Clare,
chair, Eastern Contra Costa Transit Authority, Antioch, CA   

Sharon McBride, chair, APTA Transit Board Members Small & Mid-Sized System Subcommittee; editor, BOARDtalk; and chair, Greater Peoria Mass Transit District, Peoria, IL

Mid-Sized Systems, 101 to 500 buses
Facilitator:

Doran J. Barnes, secretary-treasurer, APTA; chair, Access Services; and executive director, Foothill Transit, West Covina, CA  

Large (500+ vehicles) or Multimodal Systems
Facilitator:
Tom Nolan,
member, APTA Board of Directors, and chairman, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

12 - 2 p.m.

Cattleya

Board Support Luncheon:
Stepping into Leadership 
Promoting a team environment and demonstrating leadership skillls

With more than 30 years of experience working at the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Loretta Kirk is well respected among her transit peers. She will provide tools, information, and interactive activities to aid board support staff in promoting a team environment, demonstrating leadership, and handling difficult situations.

Presenter:  
Loretta Kirk,
deputy general manager - finance & administration, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Cleveland, OH

2:15 - 3:30 p.m.

Orchid Ballroom East

Succession Planning & Workforce Development -- Dynamic Training Initiatives
The human factor: public transit's greatest asset

Under MAP-21 -- Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, the Federal Transit Administration awarded $7M in grants for innovative workforce development projects, with an emphasis on promoting training opportunities in emerging technologies and encouraging young people to pursue careers in public transportation. Several projects address the current and projected workforce shortages in technical areas for front line and blue collar occupations. This session will highlight examples of innovative projects, including a consortium for rail signals training courseware development; building a transit virtual career network to build awareness of the diverse career opportunities in the industry; hybrid technology maintenance education programs; and initiatives providing military veterans and high school students with skills training and assistance to help them make the transition into an agency’s bus maintenance apprenticeship program.

Facilitator:
Dr. Barbara K. Gannon,
chair, APTA Workforce Development Subcommittee, and principal, GannonConsult, Gloucester, MA

Presenters:
Joseph A. Calabrese,
chief executive officer, general manager/secretary-treasurer, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Cleveland, OH

Kari Solomon, budget management analyst, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Cleveland, OH

Carina Lieu, national parks scholar, Cuyahoga National Park, Ohio


 

2:30 - 4 p.m.

Cattleya

Electronic Records Management Systems
How public transportation can best leverage their use

Electronic Records Management (ERM) technology enables the indexing, imaging, preservation, retrieval, retention, and disposition of business records in electronic format. Typically, a document is a work in progress or draft until it has been reviewed, approved, and (potentially) published, at which point it becomes an official business record. It may be in physical or electronic format. An ERM system facilitates the indexing (entry of descriptive information about the document) and its conversion to electronic media even when received in physical format. The conversion process indexes the content of the document making it fully text searchable. The ERM system then applies defined retention policies that control how long the record will be preserved from change until its final disposition. Join this session to consider the benefits, implementation methods, and challenges of this system within a public transit organization.

Presenter:
Komal A. Gulich, CRM, IGP,
immediate past president, ARMA International (formerly known as the Association for Records Managers and Administrators – currently known as Professional Organization for Records and Information Management), and manager, enterprise records management, FirstEnergy Corporation, Akron, OH

3:45 - 5 p.m.

Orchid Ballroom East

Hiring and "Onboarding" a New CEO
Best ways to recruit, hire, and introduce the new chief executive

Each board of commissioners, directors, or trustees will need to hire a new CEO or general manager at some point. Many board members say they felt unprepared when it became their task. This discussion will center on the experiences of board members who have hired a new chief executive officer.

Moderator:
André McEwing,
vice chair, Fort Worth Transportation Authority, Fort Worth, TX

Panelists:
Joel Keller, president, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, Oakland, CA

Daniel Dodge Sr., director, Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District, Santa Cruz, CA

Mariela C. de Rivera, secretary-treasurer, Long Beach Transit, Long Beach, CA

4:15 - 5 p.m.

Cattleya

New Board Support Orientation
Foundation and tools to do the best job supporting the board

When you start a new job as a board support staff member, it can seem overwhelming and one wonders whether there is anyone to ask for help. This orientation will provide an overview of what goes into the job of supporting a board of directors or commissioners, various functions, and coping strategies. It will provide a foundation and tools to help you do the best job possible. You’ll also have an opportunity to talk with seasoned board support professionals about issues specific to your role.

Facilitator:
Roberta Boomer,
vice chair, APTA Transit Board Members Board Support Subcommittee; vice chair, APTA Annual Meeting Planning Subcommittee; and board secretary, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, San Francisco, CA

7 - 11 p.m.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Reception* 

This reception offered by the seminar host, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, includes a tour of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum exhibits, interactive stations, and theaters. Enjoy food, music, fun, and a majestic view of Cleveland's lakefront. Board shuttle buses at 6:45 p.m. on E. 6th Street, just west of the Westin Hotel entrance.

Visit rockhall.com for more information.

Reception sponsored by Allison Transmission, Cummins Inc., Luminator, New Flyer, Thermo King Corporation, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Medical Mutual. Photo below of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame courtesy of ThisIsCleveland.com.

 

        

 

       

MONDAY, JULY 21, 2014

Today's Presiding Officers:

Board Members: Dr. Valarie J. McCall, member, APTA Executive Committee; vice chair, APTA Transit Board Members Committee; vice chair, APTA Transit Board Members Legislative Subcommittee; and member, Board of Trustees, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Cleveland, OH

Board Support: Jan McBride, co-chair, APTA Board Support Subcommittee Program Committee, and executive office manager, Community Transit, Snohomish County, WA

8 - 8:30 a.m.

Orchid Foyer

Continental Breakfast*

8:30 - 10 a.m.

Orchid Ballroom East

 

Strategies to Welcome Riders with Disabilities to Fixed-Route Services
Helping to ensure full participation and more spontaneous living with quality customer service

APTA’s Transit Board Members Committee’s ADA Subcommittee and Access Committee proposed a study that was done by the Transit Cooperative Research Program as TCRP Project B-40. Join this session to learn from the study’s principal investigator, Russell Thatcher, who will summarize the strategies published in the May 1, 2014 TCRP Report 163 – Strategy Guide to Enable and Promote the Use of Fixed-Route Transit by People with Disabilities, available now (along with five research briefs) at http://www.trb.org/Publications/Blurbs/170626.aspx

Mr. Thatcher will be joined by board and staff members from three transit systems in the project for a conversation. Learn more about strategies that include:

• Developing an understanding of the current use of fixed-route transit and ADA-complementary paratransit, and establish system-wide goals
• Ensuring that fixed-route transit service is accessible, usable, and reliable
• Making bus stops and the pedestrian environment as usable as possible
• Developing marketing and public information materials; offer trip planning and travel training services
• Considering fare incentives
• Considering alternative transit service designs that are more inclusive and serve all riders
• Using the ADA-paratransit eligibility determination process to identify travel abilities.

Moderator:
Douglas Lecato,
chair, APTA Transit Board Members ADA Subcommittee, and board member, Capital Area Transportation Authority, Lansing, MI

Introduction:
Donna P. McNamee,
vice chair, APTA Transit Board Members ADA Subcommittee, and trustee, LAKETRAN, Grand River, OH

Presenter:
Russell H. Thatcher,
principal investigator, TCRP Project B-40, and senior transportation planner, TranSystems Corporation, Boston, MA

Panelists:
Mary J. Saenz MS, C.R.C., 
board member, Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority, Corpus Christi, TX

Ryan Warner, board member, Intercity Transit, Olympia, WA

Andrew R. Altenweg, deputy general manager, LAKETRAN, Grand River, OH

8:30 - 10 a.m.

Cattleya

Clarity of Course: Leadership Workshop -- Commitment to Mission
Ways to stay on course in advancing your organization's mission

This dynamic, interactive day-long presentation is designed to help board support staff members understand what leadership really is, how to make decisions that work toward the goal of the organization, how to communicate effectively, and how to establish expectations for themselves and others. Each registrant will make her or his own commitment to an individualized leadership plan to take home after the event.

Regarding the first segment, Commitment to Mission ... No matter what role you play in an organization, you are a leader and as such have a direction in which you are heading. You have goals to reach -- a mission.  In this segment, we will dig into each organization’s mission. What is on the docket for your organization? How do you stay committed to that mission when there are inevitable challenges that crop up? We’ll explore ways to stay on course and get others to join us.

Presenter:
Diane Helbig,
business and leadership development coach, and president, Seize This Day Coaching, Lakewood, OH

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Orchid Ballroom East

Creating a Safety Culture: FTA's Safety Oversight Programs and Working with the National Transportation Safety Board
A conversation...

This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the transit safety awards program of APTA and its predecessor organizations. Attend this need-to-know session to learn more about safety and security practices that offer effectiveness, benefit, and transferability - learn from one another and help your agency to adapt the ideas. Learn more about the Federal Transit Administration's Safety and Program Oversight programs and how the NTSB works once its representatives arrive on site to investigate an incident. Hear how the preventative measures it suggests have resulted in better environments, cost savings, and life-saving work habits.

Moderator:
Mortimer L. Downey, III,
chair, WMATA Board of Directors Safety Committee, and first vice chair, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC

Presenters:
Honorable Mark R. Rosekind, Ph.D.,
member, National Transportation Safety Board, Washington, DC

Angela Dluger, deputy associate administrator, Office of Transit Safety and Oversight, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Cattleya

Clarity of Course: Leadership Workshop -- Decision Making & Effective Communication Strategies
Aligning your decisions with the agency's mission and goals
 

Once you have clarity regarding your mission, you want to be sure the decisions you make and the ways in which you communicate are moving you and your organization toward that mission. In this segment, we work on effective communication strategies and how to implement a system to be sure your decisions are in line with your mission.

Presenter:
Diane Helbig
business and leadership development coach, and president, Seize This Day Coaching, Lakewood, OH

 

12-1:30 p.m.

Lunch on your own

Use your complimentary gift card courtesy of Parsons Brinckerhoff to enjoy lunch at one of a dozen restaurants on E. 4th Street in downtown Cleveland. Board the shuttle bus at 12 p.m. on E. 6th Street, just west of the Westin Hotel entrance.

 

2 - 5 p.m.

 

 

Host RTA's Tours 
At the host desk in the registration area, please sign-up early for the tour of your choice.

HealthLine BRT Tour

RTA’s HealthLine is considered by many to be the best BRT system in North America. This $200 million “new start” investment has been credited with over $5 billion in related economic development. Much credit for the development and the 60 percent ridership increase goes to the new “rail-like” brand. 

First, you'll hear a presentation at 2 p.m. in the Orchid Ballroom East by Joseph A. Calabrese, chief executive officer, general manager/secretary-treasurer at the host agency, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA). Then you'll be escorted to board the shuttle bus on E. 6th Street, just west of the Westin Hotel entrance, for the tour.

 

Downtown Trolleys

The City of Cleveland was looking for a way to better connect its many major venues at the same time that RTA was looking for a way of expanding the reach and benefit of its rail system. The Downtown Trolleys were the answer. From the unique “Trolley-Like Vehicles” and “Trolley Ambassadors,” this program was designed to combat the perception of many that “in Cleveland, suits don’t ride buses.” Hear about the plan, the implementation, the partnerships, and the branding.

At 2 p.m., board the trolley on E. 6th Street, just west of the Westin Hotel entrance, for a ride to RTA's office for a presentation by Steven Bitto, RTA executive director, marketing and communications.

 

Hard Hat Tour

RTA has four major projects that will be of interest to seminar registrants. Take a tour of the recently completed Cedar-University Red-Line Rail Station, the Little Italy Red Line Rail Station, the innovative Buckeye/Woodhill Blue/Green Line Station that substituted a series of ramps for elevators to enhance ADA accessibility while saving money, and lastly the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Intermodal Transit Center. 

At 2 p.m., board the shuttle bus on E. 6th Street, just west of the Westin Hotel entrance, to take the tour led by Mike Schipper, RTA deputy general manager, engineering, and project management.

2 - 3 p.m.

Cattleya

Clarity of Course: Leadership Workshop -- Expectations and Consequences ... Discussion and Acceptance
Recognition, ownership, and following through

Once we know where we’re going and have decided how we’re going to communicate moving forward, we’re ready for moving ahead. In any plan that is designed to get you to a goal there must be expectations and consequences. You have expectations of yourself, your peers, your resources, and board. Everyone who plays a role in the success of the organization is expected to accomplish certain things. If they do, there are certain consequences. If they don’t, there are other consequences. It is your responsibility as a leader to own those expectations and consequences, communicate them, and follow through with them. In this segment, we’ll talk about what those are, which people are responsible for which roles, and how to follow through.

Presenter:
Diane Helbig
business and leadership development coach, and president, Seize This Day Coaching, Lakewood, OH 

3:15 - 5 p.m.

Cattleya

Clarity of Course: Leadership Workshop - Setting Personal Commitments
Your personal leadership plan moving forward

As we wrap up the day, it’s time to review everything we’ve explored and make commitments to ourselves and our organizations about how we are going to move forward from today. How will you communicate, monitor, remain accountable, and hold others accountable? How will you be the leader you are? You’ll take this plan back into your role and enjoy future successes.

Presenter:
Diane Helbig,
 business and leadership development coach, and president, Seize This Day Coaching, Lakewood, OH

7- 11 p.m.

The Mardi Gras Reception*

Toast the town at this reception as you experience The Lancer, one of Cleveland's finest dining and social destinations. Board shuttle buses at 6:45 p.m. on E. 6th Street, just west of the Westin Hotel entrance. 

The Lancer, 1425 E. 21st Street, Cleveland, OH.

Sponsored by GILLIG LLC, Richard L. Bowen & Associates, Inc., Delta Railroad Construction, Inc., and
The Superlative Group, Inc.

 

 

TUESDAY, JULY 22, 2014

Today's Presiding Officers:

Board Members: Randall D. Chrisman, member, APTA Board of Directors; secretary, APTA Transit Board Members Committee; chair, APTA Transit Board Members Legislative Subcommittee; co-chair, APTA Authorization Task Force; and board member, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX

Board Support (a.m.): Leslee Bachus, co-chair, APTA Board Support Subcommittee Program Committee,
and executive assistant/board support, Denton County Transportation Authority, Lewisville, TX
Board Support (p.m.): Jeanne Schapper, CMC, co-chair, APTA Board Support Subcommittee Program Committee, and administrative services manager/clerk of the board, Lane Transit District, Eugene, OR

8 - 8:30 a.m.

Orchid Foyer

Continental Breakfast*

8:30 - 10 a.m.

Orchid Ballroom East

It’s All About Advocacy:
How to Engage our Stakeholders
Where public transportation goes, community grows

Join us to hear the latest on how to best engage with the general public and stakeholders to promote the value of public transportation at the local, state, and national levels and leverage board members' influence to advance the case for federal authorization funding. APTA’s outreach initiative, as well as digital advocacy and social media outreach, will be highlighted so you can become an even better advocate for public transportation.

Moderator:
Randall D. Chrisman,
member, APTA Board of Directors; secretary, APTA Transit Board Members Committee; chair, APTA Transit Board Members Legislative Subcommittee; co-chair, APTA Authorization Task Force; and board member, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX

Presenter:
Jennifer Kalczuk,
member, APTA Board of Directors; chair, APTA Marketing & Communications Committee; and external relations manager, Interurban Transit Partnership (The Rapid), Grand Rapids, MI

8:30 - 9:45 a.m.

Cattleya

Peer-to-Peer XChange
Consultant for a minute

In this two part, interactive session, you will learn techniques to generate creative solutions to challenges along with a practical approach to professional and personal development. These are simple, yet effective methods that you can implement immediately and in a wide range of circumstances.

Presenter:
Leslee Bachus,
executive assistant/board support, Denton County Transportation Authority, Lewisville, TX

 

10:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Orchid Ballroom East

Board Members' Roles with Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Partners
A new framework for leadership

With MAP-21's mandate to include a transit system representative on the MPOs' boards, many transit board members are becoming involved in their local and regional planning organizations. Board members are working on performance-based planning using regionally developed measures to mark progress towards goals in long range plans and shorter range programs. The work includes a focus on safety and the state of good repair, environmental sustainability, congestion reduction, and the general infrastructure condition. Hear from transit board members who serve on and have chaired their MPO boards to help lead the decision-making and framing new ways of doing business.

Moderator:
Dr. Valarie J. McCall, 
member, APTA Executive Committee; vice chair, APTA Transit Board Members Committee; vice chair, APTA Transit Board Members Legislative Subcommittee; and member, Board of Trustees, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Cleveland, OH

Panelists:
Grace Gallucci,
executive director, Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency, Cleveland, OH

John C. Spychalski, chairman, Centre Area Transportation Authority, State College, PA

David Siebold, board member, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Austin, TX

10 -  11:30 a.m.

Cattleya

Helping a New Board Chair Become the Most Effective
at the Job
Focusing on the presiding officer

As the chair keeps the board focused on its mission, the chair is also looking to the future. She or he leads the communications with the board members or commissioners, helping to make the board's work easier and more enjoyable. Together, the CEO and board chair develop the meeting agendas and the chair facilitates the meetings to discuss ideas, reach a consensus for a plan of action, and achieve a meeting’s purpose. What are the parliamentary procedures the chair can exercise to keep everyone on track and offer opportunities for all to be heard? Join our guest speaker to learn more about effective use of the chair's perogatives.

Presenter:
Sarah E. Merkle, J.D.,
certified professional parliamentarian, and professional registered parliamentarian, Birmingham, AL

12 - 1:30 p.m.

Orchid Ballroom East

LUNCHEON: Emerging Trends in Labor Relations
A discussion of transit industry issues

Attend this session for an analysis of labor relations activities by an attorney who has specialized in transit labor relations for the past 40 years, negotiating over 350 agreements in 38 states on behalf of transit systems and working with 13 international unions. Come hear his unique perspectives and contribute your own.

Moderator:
George F. Dixon III,
president, Board of Trustees, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Cleveland, OH

Panelists:
Thomas P. Hock, Esq., vice president, labor relations, Veolia Transportation, Cincinnati, OH

Bruce E. Hampton, deputy general manager - human resources, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Cleveland, OH

Invitation to 2014 Annual Meeting & EXPO
Christoph Spieler
, board member, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, TX

 

 

11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

 

11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

12:15 - 12:35 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 12:45 - 1:15 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1:15 - 1:30 p.m.

Site Visit and Lunch Meeting at Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority

 

Agenda Packet Preparation in Cleveland

Board support staff members will visit the RTA's Main Office, where all board meetings are held. Hear a presentation highlighting the tools and information used to put the meeting packages together.  

Presenter:
Theresa A. Burrage,
co-chair, APTA Board Support Subcommittee Program Committee, and executive assistant, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Cleveland, OH

 

Linking to the APTA Board Support Subcommittee's Collaboration Page at www.apta.com

Experience a walk through APTA’s Collaboration Page and then have your voice heard on how best to share information among ourselves in today’s real-time environment.

Presenter:
Martha A. Martinez,
district secretary, San Mateo County Transit District, San Carlos, CA

 

New Board Member Orientation - The T's Experience

Imagine that the headline news is that your agency’s entire board is being replaced. For staff, one immediate need is for a board orientation plan and materials. Join us to gain greater insight into  how one agency created an orientation package for its entire board in less than a week. With only one opportunity to set the foundation for interactions with new board members and help them understand the agency and its role in the transit industry, this session will inspire you to make the most of that opportunity. 

Presenter:
Detra Whitmore, 
director of administrator/board liaison, Fort Worth Transportation Authority, Fort Worth, TX

 

Wrap-Up

Enjoy this summary of lessons learned, takeaways, new contacts, and "ah ha" moments.

Facilitators:
Nancy K. Johnson,
director, board support, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX

Gina Estrada, executive assistant/board liaison, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Austin, TX 

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