Assistant Vice President – Meetings and Member Services
Deborah Bongiorno is the Assistant Vice President for the Meetings and Member Services Department for the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).
Bongiorno’s responsibilities include planning and execution of APTA meetings and strengthening membership activities.
She previously served the association as Senior Managing Editor of APTA’s news magazine, Passenger Transport. Bongiorno has extensive association management experience in such areas as membership, meeting planning and development, external relations, marketing, and communications.
Bongiorno is a graduate of Syracuse University.
Pamela L. Boswell
Vice President – Workforce Development & Educational Services
Pamela Boswell is Vice President-Workforce Development & Educational Services for the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).
Boswell, who joined APTA in 1999, oversees the association’s strategic, comprehensive and diverse workforce development and educational services program for its members and staff. These programs include Leadership APTA, the Emerging Leaders Program and the American Public Transportation Foundation, APTA’s educational arm. Boswell oversees and develops strategic partnerships with key stakeholders to promote standards-based training and educational programs for the full range of the industry’s diverse workforce.
She has more than 30 years in the transportation field, beginning in 1985 as a management trainee at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. After that, she held several positions of ascending responsibility at the Port Authority in transportation policy, planning, government and community relations, and public participation initiatives for highways, transit, aviation, maritime and waterborne transportation services. During her tenure with the Port Authority, Boswell received two Executive Director’s Citation Awards, as well as the Exceptional Service Award for efforts in support of the World Trade Center following the February 1993 attack.
Boswell received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Clark Atlanta University and a master’s degree in public policy from Duke University.
David J. Carol
Chief Operating Officer
David J. Carol is the Chief Operating Officer for the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).
Carol is responsible for supporting the activities of the CEO, streamlining and integrating internal APTA operations, and leading APTA’s advocacy and support for the industry’s rail services and initiatives.
Carol has spent his entire career in transportation as a lawyer, government affairs manager, advocate and project director. Prior to joining APTA in 2018, Carol spent nine years with WSP, serving as its Market Leader for Passenger, Freight and High-Speed Rail. He led various major passenger and high-speed rail projects across the US, and most recently helped manage design and construction of new light-rail transit projects in both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Carol also worked for the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS), leading commuter rail, streetcar and multimodal station programs.
He spent 19 years with Amtrak, where he served as Assistant General Counsel, Senior Director of Congressional & State Affairs, and Vice President High Speed Rail. He served on Amtrak’s Management Committee and led the planning and construction of the Northeast corridor Acela High-Speed Rail program.
Carol received his bachelor’s degree from Amherst College, and master’s and law degrees from the University of Virginia.
Chief Financial Officer and Vice President-Administration
Mary Childress is Chief Financial Officer and Vice President-Administration for the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).
Childress, an APTA employee since 2012, has more than 25 years of experience leading the financial and administrative functions of associations and nonprofit organizations. Before coming to APTA, she was chief operating officer for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. Previously she held senior-level finance positions at the American Wind Energy Association, Optical Society of America, National Association for Home Care and Partnership for Democracy.
A graduate of the University of Maryland, Childress holds designations as a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Association Executive.
Linda Ford is General Counsel for the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). As such, she provides legal advice and counsel to the association and its members. In addition, she oversees contract preparation and prepares association responses to proposed legislation and regulations.
Ford, who came to APTA in 2017, has more than 10 years of legal experience, beginning in 1995 when she served as an environmental attorney for the Indiana state government. In 2001, she took a senior attorney-advisor position with the U.S. Department of Transportation, followed by five years of serving as the Federal Transit Administration’s Assistant Chief Counsel for Legislation and Regulations. She also led FTA’s Office of Civil Rights for six years.
Ford obtained her law degree from Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis and her bachelor’s degree in general science from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN.
Vice President – Mobility Initiatives and Public Policy
Art Guzzetti, Vice President-Mobility Initiatives and Public Policy for the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), is a 32-year veteran of public transportation at the local, state and national levels.
Guzzetti is responsible for APTA’s policy research agenda, policy analysis and development, transportation information and statistics. He works with the legislative and executive branches of all levels of government and with other national associations, think tanks and interest groups to cultivate the ideas, relationships and advocacy initiatives that promote public transportation. The focus of his career has been on generating support for public transportation and the benefits it provides to communities and regions.
Prior to coming to APTA in June 1997, Guzzetti spent 16 years in management at New Jersey Transit Corporation and Pittsburgh’s Port Authority of Allegheny County, along with two years at New Jersey DOT. His duties focused on transportation policy, government affairs, capital programming, grants development and grants management and advocacy.
Guzzetti has a political science degree from Edinboro State University and a master of public administration degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
Director – Executive Office
Kym Hill is the Director of the Executive Office for the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).
Hill, who joined APTA in 2014, supports the President and CEO in building strategy, managing special projects and driving the association’s most critical cross-organizational work to meet the needs of its members. She serves as a direct liaison to the APTA Board of Directors and Executive Committee. With more than 25 years of professional experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors, Hill has also served as a professional staffer for several United States Senators and national political committees.
In addition to her Capitol Hill experience, Hill has held senior positions working with Fortune 500 companies and a private family grantmaking foundation.
Hill holds a bachelor’s degree in communications/political science and is a master’s degree candidate both from Boston University.
Assistant Vice President – Technical Services and Innovation
Jeff Hiott is the Assistant Vice President – Technical Services and Innovation for the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).
Hiott is responsible for APTA’s multimodal and engineering-related activities.
He was most recently APTA Director – Operations and Standards. Prior to joining APTA, Jeff spent several years working at an engineering firm and the Georgia DOT.
Hiott holds a BS in Civil Engineering with a transportation focus from Georgia Tech.
Shelley Taggart Kee
Senior Director – Human Resources and Administration
Shelley Taggart Kee is Senior Director – Human Resources and Administration for the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).
She brings more than 20 years of experience in human resources and association management. She leads strategic initiatives for human resources where she is responsible for overseeing recruitment, retention, workforce planning, benefits and compensation, managing employee relations, staff development, and ensuring overall compliance with local, state and federal employment laws. She is also responsible for providing oversight of APTA’s office administration and conferencing facilities. Prior to joining APTA, she was Director of Human Resources at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where she responsible for an organization of more than 200+ employees, interns and expert affiliates. She has held similar positions with the Aspen Institute, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB), and USA TODAY.
She is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management where she earned her SHRM-CP credential, and is a member of the District of Columbia SHRM Chapter. She also earned a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) credential from the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI).
Kee has a bachelor’s degree from Howard University and a master’s degree in human resource management from the University of Maryland University College.
Ward W. McCarragher
Vice President – Government Affairs
McCarragher manages APTA’s lobbying efforts on federal legislative issues that affect the public transit industry on Capitol Hill. In that capacity, he oversees industry efforts on the federal budget, the annual appropriations process, multi-year surface transportation authorization bills, and security, tax, energy and environmental legislation and measures that affect public transit, commuter and intercity passenger rail service, including high-speed passenger rail. He also serves as a staff advisor to APTA’s Legislative Committee.
Before joining APTA in 2018, McCarragher served as Majority/Minority Chief Counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure for 20 years. Prior to that, he served as Majority/Minority Counsel for the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and the Subcommittee on Economic Development and Public Buildings. In these roles, he has been directly involved in negotiating, drafting and supporting each of the public transit titles of the surface transportation legislation, starting with the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA 21) and up to and including the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act).
He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin Law School and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Vice President-Strategic & International Programs
Petra Mollet is Vice President-Strategic & International Programs for the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). Her responsibilities include APTA’s governance, strategic planning and annual business planning.
Before she joined APTA in February 2008, Mollet was director of corporate development in the corporate office of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), based in Brussels, Belgium. She led UITP’s worldwide expansion and its external relations, as well as supporting the launch of UITP’s Sustainable Development Program in 2001.
Mollet earlier was executive director of POLIS, an association of European local and regional transportation authorities. She began her professional career as a writer, researcher and editorial assistant for the Association of European Automobile Manufacturers.
She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and holds a master’s degree in natural resources from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Vice President – Communications & Marketing
Rosemary Sheridan is Vice President-Communications & Marketing for the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).
Sheridan, who joined APTA in March 1998, has 25 years of experience in communications and marketing and public transportation. She oversees the development of APTA’s messaging and communicates key public transit industry information to its members, the media and the public.
The Communications & Marketing Department is responsible for implementing the Research, Communication and Advocacy program in conjunction with the Government Affairs and Policy departments. It also undertakes media relations efforts in support of APTA positions and activities and writes and develops print and electronic communications vehicles, including Passenger Transport and PT Express, to tell the industry’s story and promote the benefits of public transportation.
Prior to joining APTA, Sheridan was assistant executive director of marketing and communications for New Jersey Transit Corporation, overseeing all communications, media relations, marketing, community relations, customer service and sales for the statewide system. She previously worked as a newspaper reporter and editor.
Sheridan holds a bachelor’s degree from Montclair State University and a master’s degree from American University.