John Andoh, CCTM

transit director
Yuma County Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority
Yuma, AZ

John Andoh has managed small and rural transit systems in California, Nevada, and Arizona. Highlights of his work include the consolidation of transit services in the South Lake Tahoe, CA and Yuma County, AZ areas where he now serves as director and initiating discussions to create a joint powers authority for Vallejo and Benicia, CA.  He serves as transit and airport coordinator for the City of Rio Vista and transit coordinator for the City of Escalon.  He enjoys swimming, bicycling, motocross racing, hiking, and playing soccer, hockey, baseball, and tennis. He serves an historical museum as a trolley operator, operating historic streetcars on the museum grounds.  He attended the University of the Pacific and the Transportation Management Program, San Jose State University Mineta Transportation Institute.

David J. Armijo

general manager
AC Transit (Alameda Contra-Costa Transit District)
Oakland, CA

David Armijo has over 30 years of experience in government and transportation, having working in aviation, toll roads, and public transit.  He  served as chief executive for transit agencies in California, New Mexico, Texas, and Florida. Early in David’s career, he served as Director of Transit and Aviation managing the start-up of operations for the “Santa Fe Trails” bus system, the first transit operation in the U.S. to operate solely on compressed natural gas (CNG). In 2009, Armijo served as team leader for the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP’s) International Transit Studies Program 2009 mission to South America and was involved in publishing the report for the transit industry.

With AC Transit, Armijo leads the third largest transit system in California, operating over 600 buses with and 1900 employees to serve over 200,000 riders a day within an annual operating budget of $326 million. Previously, Armijo had served as CEO of Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority as HART received the 2009 Florida Public Transportation Association Outstanding Transit System Award and APTA’s 2010 Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award.

Armijo has a master’s degree in public administration from California State University, Long Beach, where he serves as an adjunct professor. He teaches graduate courses on leadership, human resource management, contract negotiation, and executive management. He has served on the boards of the San Fernando Valley Girls Scouts, Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Santa Anna Empowerment Zone.  He serves on APTA’s Executive Committee and is active in APTA’s Legislative and Work Force Development Committees.  He co-chairs the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials Succession Planning Committee.

Julie M. Austin

executive director
Antelope Valley Transit Authority
Lancaster, CA

Julie Austin has been involved in transit operations, policy, legislative activities, financial management, performance measurement, and capital projects for over 25 years. She provides vision and leadership to 39 in-house staff and 150 contract personnel, implementing policy directives of AVTA’s board of directors. Governed through a Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement, AVTA offers local, commuter and paratransit service to 3.5 million customers annually throughout its 1,200 square-mile service area. AVTA owns 73 local and commuter buses, which are maintained and operated by Veolia Transportation and 14 paratransit vehicles are provided through a contract with American Logistics Company.

AVTA was recently awarded a Transit Excellence Award by the California Transit Association’s small operators for operational and organizational improvements implemented over the past two years. Safe, efficient, reliable operations combined with outstanding customer service are the primary goals of AVTA. Austin credits the recent successes of her agency to AVTA’s dedicated and professional staff and effective Board leadership.

Before her appointment at AVTA, Austin held executive positions at North County Transit, TransTrack Systems, Inc., and her firm, J. Austin Consulting. She had served as executive director for Foothill Transit in West Covina, CA and had been involved in its start-up as project manager of the Foothill Transit “Zone” with Los Angeles Metro. She had previously worked for the Southern California Association of Governments.

Doran J. Barnes

executive director
Foothill Transit
West Covina, CA

As vice president of transit management for Veolia Transportation, Doran Barnes serves as executive director of Foothill Transit. He oversees Foothill Transit’s 35-route system, manages the private contractors who operate and maintain the agency’s 300 buses, and leads the delivery of service to 15 million customers annually. Doran also serves as the chair of the Board of Directors of Access Services, the regional paratransit operator for all of Los Angeles County. With over 25 years of transit experience, Doran became Foothill Transit’s executive director in August 2003. Previously, he served two years as chief executive officer and general manager of Tulsa Transit in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Doran is no stranger to Foothill Transit, having spent four years as the agency’s deputy executive director from 1997 to 2001. Prior to that, Doran worked as the planning manager at Monterey-Salinas Transit and as a private transportation consultant at Ernst & Young. Doran began his transit career as a coach operator at Unitrans, the transit system at the University of California-Davis, where he worked his way up to assistant general manager.

Doran earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of California-Davis. Doran is very active in the community serving as the chair of the Board of Directors of the East Valley Community Health Clinic, member of the Tennant Foundation Board of Directors, and as a member and Past President of the West Covina Rotary. In the transit community, Doran serves as a member and past chair of the California Transit Association and has serves as the Secretary-Treasurer for the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). Further, he chaired APTA’s Blue Ribbon Taskforce on Workforce Development and he is an active member of the Leadership APTA Committee and APTA Human Resources Committee. He has been a member of several Transit Cooperative Research Program oversight panels and served as member of the University of California, Davis Institute of Transportation Studies Advisory Board.

Jeffrey F. Boothe

Holland & Knight LLP
Washington, DC

An equity partner with Holland & Knight, Jeff Boothe and is the transportation team leader for the firm. He is the vice chair of Reconnecting America and the Center for Transit Oriented Development.  He chairs the New Starts Working Group, a coalition of transit properties, cities, and private sector companies that seek to affect Federal policy in support of federal funding for the construction of mass transit rail projects.  He serves as executive director of the Community Streetcar Coalition of cities, transit authorities, and architectural and engineering firms established to affect federal legislative and regulatory policy and advance streetcar projects nationwide.  He serves on the APTA’s Board of Directors and is a member of APTA’s Business Member Board of Governors.  Boothe serves on the National Steering Committee for Rail-Volution, an annual conference that focuses on building livable communities through investments in transit. He assists project sponsors seeking to develop and implement strategies to advance projects through the federal New Starts/Small Start program, including educating elected officials and board members regarding the New Starts project approval process, integrating the project into the broader context of corridor/station development, identifying project funding opportunities and interacting with the Federal Transit Administration to resolve project specific issues that arise during project advancement.

Michael Cahill

president, Rail Systems Division
Siemens Industry, Inc.
Sacramento, CA

Michael Cahill leads the Rail Systems Division of Siemens Industry, Inc. for North America, Canada, and Mexico. The division designs, manufactures, delivers, and services all types of rail vehicles including streetcars, light rail vehicles, subways, passenger coaches, and locomotives.  Since graduating in 1989 from University College in Dublin, Ireland with a degree in Electronic Engineering, he has worked for Siemens in various engineering and management positions in Italy, South Korea, Australia, and the United States. He transferred to Siemens Rails Systems in Sacramento in 1999 where he has managed various groups including the Field Services, Project Management, and Customer Service organizations. He was promoted to Division president in 2011.

Joseph A. Calabrese

chief executive officer & general manager/secretary-treasurer
Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority
Cleveland, OH

Joe Calabrese was appointed to his position in 2000, having previously held the position of president of the Central New York Regional Transportation Authority.  He led the Greater Cleveland RTA on an aggressive infrastructure upgrade program, while placing an increased emphasis on image, financial management, and customer service.  The results have been impressive:  RTA won the first Federal Transit Administration Ridership Initiative Award; received the Smart Business/Lexus “World Class Customer Service Award”; was named “The Best (Large) Public Transit System in North America” by APTA; and won the “Gold” system safety award for three consecutive years.  Calabrese was named as one of the most innovative and creative general managers in the nation by the Center for Urban Transportation Research. In 2008, he was named the “Best Public Transit Manager in North America” by APTA; in 2009 he received the John Hill Award from the Public Relations Society of America; and in 2012, was the recipient of the Senator George Voinovich Award recognizing the Public Works Employee of the Year. Past president of the NY State Public Transit Association and the Ohio Public Transit Association, he serves on the Board of APTA Board of Directors and, at the request of U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, represents the public transit industry on the USDOT ITS Advisory Committee.  Calabrese received his undergraduate degree in Economics from Syracuse University, his MBA from the University of Buffalo, and completed post-graduate fellowships at Northeastern, the University of Chicago and the Wharton School.

Joseph M. Casey, CPA

general manager
Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority

With 30 years at SEPTA, Joseph Casey, is its ninth general manager. The agency is a $3 billion asset and the sixth largest transit operation in the U.S. with a 2,200 square-mile network serving five counties, and about 334 million passenger trips annually.  His previous positions included chief financial officer and treasurer where he established balanced operating budgets each year, streamlined expenses, reduced costs, and contained the overall growth of the annual budget to three percent.  He is committed to focusing the organization on customer service, courtesy, cleanliness, communications, and convenience.  Through a comprehensive program of route enhancements, new vehicles, new facilities, and initiatives focusing on environmental responsibility, SEPTA is delivering quality service to its customers and the region. Casey had been at Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail) in the Internal Audit Department.  A Certified Public Accountant, Casey completed postgraduate MBA courses at Widener University.

Flora M. Castillo, CHIE

chair, APTA
board member, New Jersey Transit Corporation
Newark, NJ

Flora Castillo was appointed to the NJ Transit Board of Directors in 1999 by Governor Whitman.  Castillo was the first Latina and the youngest member to serve on the board. She chairs the board’s Customer Service and Administration committees, overseeing an annual budget of nearly $3 billion and 10,500 employees.  During her tenure, Ms. Castillo has worked diligently to ensure quality service for NJ Transit customers, including increased seating capacity, cleaner trains and buses, and new equipment, and she played a key role in enhancing customer amenities for new multilevel (double decker) rail cars. She approved advancement of the Mass Transit Tunnel, championed smaller-sized buses on some routes acting on customer and community requests, helped inaugurate key transportation projects, such as the River Line, and supported construction of the Pennsauken Transit Center to offer convenience and new travel options to rail customers by linking the River and Atlantic City Rail Lines. She launched first Transit Academy Workforce Awareness and Readiness Program for high school students and young adults; more than 400 high school students have participated in the program.

APTA’s board chair – the first Latina to chair – serves on the boards of the American Public Transportation Foundation, the NJ Chapter of Conference of Minority Transportation Officials, AtlantiCare Health Services, Latinas United for Political Empowerment, and The Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center Advisory Board at Rutgers University.

Castillo is vice president of corporate marketing at AmeriHealth Mercy, the largest family of Medicaid Health Plans in the United States headquartered in Philadelphia. She serves on the American Health Insurance Health Plan’s Executive Leadership Program and Minority Management Program taskforces and The Medicaid Health Plans of America’s Marketing Committee.  She emigrated from El Salvador to Long Island, NY in 1981.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Long Island University.  She is a graduate of the Christine Todd Whitman Excellence in Public Services Series and The Leadership, Inc. Program of Philadelphia.  She was awarded the Certified Health Insurance Executive (CHIE) designation from the America’s Health Insurance Plans Foundation’s Executive Leadership Fellowship Program making her one of only 400 national fellows to earn such designation.

Richard Clarke

assistant general manager, capital programs
Regional Transportation District
Denver, CO

Richard Clarke is responsible for RTD’s capital program including the FasTracks expansion program.  FasTracks is a 122-mile fixed guideway expansion program with approximately $4.5 billion completed or underway. He previously served as RTD’s project director for the Transportation Expansion (T-REX) project. T-REX was a $1.7 billion, multi-modal (highway/light rail) project with 19 miles of new rail service and 13 stations that was completed ahead of schedule and under budget.  Clarke’s previous transit project experience was in Dallas, New York, Boston, Cleveland, and Philadelphia.  He has Bachelors and Masters Degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.

Grace Crunican

general manager
San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit
Oakland, CA

Appointed general manager of the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit by the BART Board of Directors in 2011, Grace Crunican oversees a staff of 3,000 employees and a $15 billion transportation infrastructure. She has 32 years of experience in the public transportation industry with proven leadership abilities, a reputation for transparency and accountability, and a focus on providing safe and reliable transportation services for all bay area communities.

She previously served as director of the Seattle Department of Transportation, director of the Oregon Department of Transportation, deputy director with the Federal Transit Administration, and deputy of the City of Portland, Oregon Department of Transportation. She holds an MBA from Willamette University.

Selene Faer Dalton-Kumins

director, Office of Oversight & Program Guidance
Federal Transit Administration
Washington, DC

Since January, 2012, Salene Faer Dalton-Kumins has led FTA programs such as the Triennial Review, State Management Review, Financial Management Oversight Review, and Procurement System Review.  She  joined FTA in March, 2011 as the deputy director of civil rights.  Earlier, she had been director of the Office of MetroAccess Service at Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority where she oversaw and managed the agency’s largest contract and the sixth-largest ADA paratransit operation in the U.S., providing more than 2.4 million passenger trips yearly to eight jurisdictions in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC.

Greg Dash

John A. Dash & Associates
Havertown, PA

Greg Dash has participated in a substantial majority of the interest arbitrations that have occurred in the industry since 1968, assisting managements in hundreds of labor contract negotiations.  For over 45 years, John A. Dash & Associates has assisted managements of transit systems with labor relations issues, primarily in labor contract negotiations and interest arbitration. The firm maintains extensive files of data available to management on collective bargaining in the transit industry.

Joni Earl

chief executive officer
Sound Transit
Seattle, WA

Joni Earl is the Chief Executive Officer of Sound Transit, the agency responsible for building and operating the Puget Sound region’s mass transit system.

Under Joni’s leadership, the agency has built new transit centers, park-and-ride lots and HOV access lanes throughout Central Puget Sound. The agency runs ST Express buses, Sounder commuter trains, Tacoma Link light rail, and Central Link light rail trains from downtown Seattle to Sea-Tac Airport.

Joni is a graduate of Harvard University’s State and Local Government Executive Program. She holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Puget Sound, and a bachelor’s degree from Washington State University.

In 2005, Joni was named one of Seattle Magazine’s 25 most influential people of the Puget Sound region and one of Puget Sound Business Journal’s 20 Women of Influence.

Marcelle Epley

chief administrative officer & senior vice president
Long Beach Transit
Long Beach, CA

Marcelle Epley, a California native, grew up riding the trains in Paris.  She has served in the public transit industry since 2006 and the media/public relations and marketing arena since 2000. She was the manager of marketing and customer service at Long Beach Transit, an organization that serves 28.1 million annual passengers, operates 228 buses and shuttles, and employs 800 people. Currently, Epley oversees all administrative functions of the organization, which include a $97.3 million capital and operating budget, information systems, customer service, marketing, government relations, human resources, risk management, and training. At Long Beach Transit, she led efforts that resulted in increased awareness of public transportation in the community, doubled water taxi ridership, a redesigned bus fleet and corporate brand, a revamped customer service operation, a 900 percent student ridership increase due to a U-Pass program with CSU Long Beach, over $20 million in discretionary grants, and all-time high customer ratings two years in a row.

She earned her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Business Administration from California State University, Long Beach. Special certifications and training include courses in leadership, negotiation skills, labor relations, communication and management. She is a 2005 graduate of Leadership Long Beach, serves on the California Transit Association Finance & Management committee, and is a board member of the Long Beach Rotary and Long Beach City College Foundation.

Carolyn A. Flowers

chief executive officer/director of public transportation
Charlotte Area Transit System
Charlotte, NC

Carolyn leads the bus and rail services in Charlotte/Mecklenburg County.
She had been chief operations officer for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, overseeing Metro bus operations, Freeway Service Patrol, and SAFE call box programs.  She had served MTA as the executive officer of operations administration with responsibility for administrative and budget oversight for all transit operations, executive officer of administration, and deputy executive officer for finance.

Earlier, Flowers held financial positions as budget director for the City of Beverly Hills, financial manager at Wang Laboratories, and financial analyst and budget officer at Rockwell International Automotive Operations.

She is co-chair of APTA’s Authorization Task Force, participates on the Leadership APTA Committee, and a member of the Passenger Transport’s advisory committee as well as other committees. She is a member of the Institute for Transportation Research and Education. Flowers was a member of the Leadership APTA class of 2003.

She was a member of the City of Los Angeles Quality and Productivity Commission and the City of Los Angeles Proposition Q (Public Safety facility construction) Citizen’s Oversight Committee.  She served as a director on union health and welfare funds and was a member of the MTA’s Pension Investment Board.  She has been a member of the National Forum of Black Public Employees, American Society of Public Administrators, Women Transportation Seminar, and Women’s Transportation Coalition.

In 2007, she was named the Tom Bradley Alumnus of the Year by the UCLA Black Alumni Association (named after the first African-American Mayor of L.A. who championed an expanded transportation vision for Los Angeles County.)  In 2008, she was named Woman of the Year by the Los Angeles Chapter of WTS.  She received the Ambassador Award for volunteer work with the American Stroke Association and was recognized by the Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce.

She participated in an international study project for the National Association of Sciences sponsored by the Eno Foundation for Transportation Studies and in the Executive Development Program of the Eno Center for Transit Leadership.  She earned her MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Robyn Gordon-Peterson

chief operating officer and senior vice president
Long Beach Transit
Long Beach, CA

With over 30 years of transportation experience, Robyn Gordon-Peterson manages the operating division of 625 employees in the operations, maintenance and facilities, planning and service development departments, and oversees contracted waterborne and paratransit services at Long Beach Transit.  She’s been with Long Beach Transit since 1988 and has served as payroll supervisor, human resources administrator, human resources manager, and director of operations.  Her diverse background in the company and collaborative management style lends support to many departments in the organization.

She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the oldest African-American sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha. Peterson received an undergraduate degree in Human Resource Management from Webster University and a Master’s degree in Behavioral Science from California State University, Dominguez Hills. She encourages confidence and leadership in youth and adults as an advocate for former foster children and through her involvement in the Long Beach chapter of Camp Fire USA, an organization that gives every child the opportunity to excel.

Arthur L. Guzzetti

vice president – policy

A 33-year veteran of public transportation at the local, state, and national levels, Art Guzzetti is responsible for APTA’s extensive policy research agenda, policy analysis and development, transportation information and statistics.  Guzzetti and the APTA team work with 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 will propel public transportation forward.  Prior to coming to APTA in June 1997, he had 16 years in management New Jersey Transit and Port Authority of Allegheny County, plus two years at the New Jersey Department of Transportation. His duties involved transportation policy; government affairs; capital programming; grants development and management; and advocacy.  His career focus has been on generating support for public transportation and the benefits it provides to communities and regions.  Guzzetti has a Political Science degree from Edinboro State University and a Master of Public Administration Degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

Jeff Hamm

executive director/CEO
Vancouver, WA

Jeff Hamm’s public transportation career spans 30 years. In addition to his leadership in Vancouver, he was a general manager/executive director in Port Townsend, Washington and Salem, Oregon. Early in his career, he taught school in Colombia, South America where he had charge of the school’s fleet of nine school buses; he continued in transportation throughout his professional life. He earned his Master’s Degree in Urban Planning at the University of Washington.

He is a founding member of the Northern Nevada Transportation Collaborative, a coalition of business and government leaders, academic researchers, transportation professionals, and citizens dedicated to promoting transportation as key tool for economic revitalization, quality of life, and sustainability. In 2012, Gibson will be chair the Nevada Executive Committee for Transportation Safety, working with state and local agencies to champion safety policies for all modes of transportation. He is a member of the Transportation Research Board Planning Applications Committee and the APTA Planning and Policy Committee. He holds a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New Orleans.

Rob Healy

vice president-government affairs

As APTA’s vice president-government affairs, Rob Healy manages the association’s lobbying efforts on federal legislative issues that affect the transit industry on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. He oversees industry efforts on the federal budget, annual appropriations process, multi-year authorization bills, transit security, tax, energy and environmental legislation, and measures that affect 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 the APTA staff, Healy worked at the Democratic Study Group (DSG) in the U.S. House of Representatives for 13 years. He had been research director for the presidential campaign of Michael Dukakis.

Thomas P. Hock

vice president of labor relations
Veolia Transportation Services, Inc.
Cincinnati, OH

An attorney specializing in transit labor relations for 40 years, Tom Hock leads Veolia’s labor services activities for 100+ public transportation agency clients. He has negotiated over 350 agreements in 38 states on behalf of transit systems and worked with 13 international unions.

Since 1974, Tom has supported transit managers in developing and maintaining effective labor strategies. His work includes labor contract proposals, negotiations, impasse resolution – binding interest arbitration, non-binding fact-finding, and strike – grievance arbitration, and 13(c) agreements. With regard to labor policy and legislation, he has served on APTA’s 13(c) and Legal Affairs Committees. He authors the annual Management Report on Transit Labor Issues – data and trend information for CEOs and other transit professionals.

Greg Hull

director, operations, safety & security

Greg Hull has been with APTA since 1999 and is responsible for the management of APTA’s programs for operations support, security, and emergency management. He has facilitated over 150 peer reviews for APTA members on a broad range of public transportation issues. Prior to joining APTA, Greg held various senior management positions with Calgary Transit from1979 to 1999. Hull serves as secretary to the U.S. Mass Transit Sector Security Coordinating Council and chairs the European Commission’s “SECUR-ED Project” Advisory Board. Greg has also served on numerous operations, safety, and security research panels of the Transportation Research Board. A dual citizen of both the United States and Canada, he is a graduate of the University of Manitoba, the University of Calgary, and the Banff School of Advanced Management. Among his accreditations, Hull is certified in system safety, system security, systems auditing, and is a certified safety professional.

Darrell Johnson

deputy chief executive officer
Orange County Transportation Authority
Orange, CA

Darrell Johnson has serving as deputy CEO since 2010.  The OCTA is responsible for planning, financing, and coordinating Orange County’s freeway, street, and rail development as well as managing bus, commuter rail, and paratransit services. OCTA has 1,500 employees, a $1.1 billion annual budget, and is governed by a 17-voting member board of directors.  Johnson has been with at OCTA since 2003 in positions that included the executive director of rail programs.

In collaboration with OCTA’s Board of Directors and the CEO, Johnson is responsible for providing overall leadership of the agency by formulating and achieving public transportation objectives.  He assists the CEO in developing and implementing short-range and long-range goals and business plans to support the successful implementation of the agency’s strategic vision.  He is responsible for coordinating all business, operations, and management activities among the functional divisions, which include Capital Programs, External Affairs, Finance, Government Relations, Human Resources, Internal Audit, and Transit Operations.  Johnson represents OCTA on local, state, and national issues related to transportation programs and policies.  An APTA board member, he recently was selected to participate in the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Prior to joining OCTA, Johnson worked at Amtrak for 12 years, where he held positions in operations, planning, and finance and contributed to the development of passenger rail corridors in California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia.

Anthony M. Kouneski

KL Executive Search, LLC
Kensington, MD

Tony Kouneski is a co-founder and principal of KL Executive Search, LLC an executive recruiting consulting firm with public and private sector public transportation clients. The five-year old firm has offices in Maryland and Massachusetts. Earlier, Kouneski had served as APTA’s vice president – member services and as vice president and general manager of bus operations for New Jersey Transit Corporation, where he directed the operations of the system’s 2,000 buses and historic subway system. He had served for seven years as the general manager of the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority in Austin, Texas. Capital Metro had 500 buses and more than 1,000 employees. Kouneski was senior vice president of ATE Management and Service Company (now First Transit) and, with ATE, had been general manager of Cincinnati’s Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority; general manager of the Sun-Tran transit system in Tucson, Arizona; assistant general manager of the Metropolitan Transit Commission in Minneapolis/St. Paul; and director of marketing for the Mass Transit Administration in Baltimore. He had served two terms on APTA’s Executive Committee and was president of the Ohio Public Transit Association and the Texas Transit Association. Before entering the transit industry in 1973, Kouneski had 10 years of association management experience in Baltimore, Maryland. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing from the University of Baltimore.

Jeanne Krieg

chief executive officer
Eastern Contra Costa Transit Authority
Antioch, CA

Jeanne Krieg has been the CEO of Eastern Contra Costa Transit Authority (Tri Delta Transit) in Antioch, California since 1995 and has been with the system since 1991. She had previously held positions in sales, marketing, and management in the public utility and publishing industries.

A graduate of the inaugural class of Leadership APTA in 1998, Krieg is a member of APTA’s Board of Directors and many APTA committees. She chairs the Small Operations Steering Committee
and has served on APTA’s Executive Committee. She has a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration from California State University, Sacramento.

Brian J. Lamb

general manager
Metro Transit
Minneapolis, MN

Brian Lamb has served as general manager of Metro Transit since 2004. Earlier, Brian served Metro Transit for nearly 20 years, leaving in 1999 after seven years as Metro Transit’s director of service development. From 1999 through 2002 he was director of driver and vehicle services in the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. In 2003, he was selected by Governor Tim Pawlenty as the state’s commissioner of administration, a cabinet post, where he served until he rejoined Metro Transit. Today, Lamb oversees a bus and rail system with nearly 2,700 employees who operate two rail lines and nearly 900 buses on 125 routes. Customers boarded Metro Transit buses and trains more than 81 million times in 2012 – the second time in the past 30 years that annual ridership has exceeded that mark. Metro Transit, a division of the Metropolitan Council, has a $310 million operating budget. In 2009, Northstar – Minnesota’s first commuter rail line – was launched under Lamb’s guidance. He has been instrumental in the success of the Hiawatha light rail line, which opened in 2004. Metro Transit is constructing the Central Corridor METRO Green Line to connect the downtowns of Minneapolis and St. Paul via the University of Minnesota in 2014. Lamb has been a driver behind implementing more energy-efficient bus operations, expanding the region’s Park and Ride express bus service, and setting the groundwork for a developing a Bus Rapid Transit network.

James LaRusch

chief counsel & vice president – corporate affairs

James LaRusch joined the APTA staff in 2005, was promoted to chief counsel in February 2007, and named vice president – corporate affairs in December 2007.  He previously served as an attorney/advisor in the Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration where he was responsible for third party contracting matters and received the Secretary’s Award.  LaRusch is a retired Army officer.  As a member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, he served as a staff judge advocate, deputy staff judge advocate, branch chief, combat developments officer, and trial defense counsel.  His decorations include the Legion of Merit and five awards of the Meritorious Service Medal.  He is a summa cum laude graduate of Buffalo State College and a magna cum laude graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center.  He holds a Master of Laws degree from the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s School, where he was appointed class leader and a member of the Commandant’s List.

Arthur T. Leahy

chief executive officer
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro)
Los Angeles, CCA

Art Leahy is one of the nation’s leading transportation executives who start-ed out as a bus driver ? in Los Angeles 40 years ago. Since 2009, he has served as CEO of Metro, the lead transportation planning and programming agency for the county. Metro funds the construction of street, highway, and transit projects from bike and pedestrian improvements, to new busways and rail lines, to freeway carpool lanes and sound walls.  Metro is the third largest public transportation agency in the United States with a $3.9 billion annual budget and more than 9,000 employees. It operates approxi¬mately 200 bus routes serving a 1,433 square mile service area plus five subway and light rail lines that crisscross Los Angeles County. Metro’s total annual bus and rail ridership exceeds 400 million boardings.  He has served as CEO since 2009.

Earlier, Leahy headed the Orange County Transportation Authority from 2001 to 2009, where he oversaw the planning, financing, and coordination for Orange County’s freeway, street, and transit development as well as managed the 12th busiest bus system in the country along with commuter rail and paratransit.  He spearheaded such major highway projects as the $550 million widening of the Garden Grove Freeway (SR-22) and the current construction of the Santa Ana Freeway (I-5) in Buena Park. He directed OCTA’s purchase and operation of the 91 Express Lanes toll road and aggressive work to widen the Riverside Freeway (SR-91), Southern California’s most-congested highway. OCTA bus ridership reached record levels during Leahy’s tenure, and he success¬fully led voter renewal of Orange County’s Measure M, a $12 billion transportation sales tax measure that will fund a variety of local highway and transit projects.

Prior to OCTA, Leahy served as general manager of the transit agency in Minneapo¬lis-St. Paul between 1997 and 2001. Under his leadership, he and the agency garnered top national transit industry honors.

In 1971, he began driving a bus for the Southern California Rap¬id Transit District, a predecessor of Metro, while attending college.  He worked his way up to overseeing bus operations and activating Metro’s Blue and Red/Purple Lines before taking the Minneapolis chief executive position.
Leahy’s parents, wife, and brother worked for Los Angeles transit agencies.

He earned a BA degree in Political Science from California State Uni¬versity-Los Angeles and a master’s degree in Public Administration from University of Southern California (USC.)

John M. Lewis, Jr.

chief executive officer
LYNX – Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority
Orlando, FL

ohn M. Lewis oversees the LYNX regional transportation system serving more than 2500 square miles in Orange, Osceola, and Seminole Counties. At LYNX, he is leading two design/build projects for the expansion of Orlando’s LYMMO Bus Rapid Transit Line and managing three Alternatives Analysis Studies for the192 Corridor in Osceola County, Route 50 Corridor in Orange County, and the final segment of the LYMMO study (North/South alignment). LYNX is working to provide feeder service to the region’s first commuter rail line, SunRail.  Lewis is the former CEO of the Greater Richmond Transit Company in Richmond, VA when GRTC was named APTA’s Outstanding Public Transportation System in its size category. He served the Maryland Transit Administration as director of rail operations, director of bus operations, and in other positions, implementing safety operational initiatives that are still used at MTA. He chairs the American Public Transportation Associations Leadership APTA Committee and serves as a board member for the National Transit Institute and Conference of Minority Transportation Officials. Lewis has served on the Virginia Governor’s Energy Policy Advisory Council; the Governor’s Transportation Equity and Efficiency Commission; and was president of the Maryland Chapter, National Forum of Black Public Administrators.  He
graduated from Allegheny College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.

Scott “Q” Marcus

Eureka, CA

Scott “Q” Marcus is the CRP (Chief Recovering Perfectionist) of and helps individuals and organizations get past what holds them to back to lower procrastination, accomplish more, and improve their bottom line. He has been a professional trainer, speaker, and consultant since the early nineties when he left a successful career as a radio talk show host and producer. Specializing in topics that improve communication, reduce conflict, and enhance attitude; he is a sought-after sales and marketing trainer for the Northern California Small Business Development Center; and a diamond ambassador for an international weight loss organization.  He has spoken to corporations, government agencies, and non-profits across the country and on several cruises. He is the author of seven books, a syndicated columnist, and the past-president of the Northern California chapter of the National Speakers Association. Although he began his career as a speaker after losing a great deal of weight, he promises he will not watch what you eat – if you do not watch what he eats.

Paul Matsuoka

executive director
Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (“Wheels”)
Livermore, CA

Paul Matsuoka was appointed to his position in 2008 to oversee the delivery of fixed-route and paratransit services to the Tri-Valley community in the eastern portion of the San Francisco Bay Area.  He had served for 16 years as deputy executive director and chief policy and planning officer at Sound Transit in Seattle. Earlier, he was executive director for the Seattle City Council and worked for the Council for 11 years.  He has also held positions with a private engineering/planning consulting firm and in the non-profit health services field.

Matsuoka is active in several transit associations. He is a member of APTA’s Small Operations Committee, an elected representative of small operators serving on the California Transit Association’s Executive Committee, vice chair of the Legislative Committee for the California Association for Coordinated Transportation, and board member and chair of the Member Services Committee of the California Transit Indemnity Pool.  He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles where he earned his Bachelors in Political Science and Masters in Urban Planning.

Michael P. Melaniphy

president & CEO
American Public Transportation Association
Washington, DC

A nationally recognized leader, Michael Melaniphy’s entire career has been in public transportation, with more than 24 years of public and private sector experience. He was appointed APTA’s president & CEO in 2011. Previously, Melaniphy served as vice president public sector for the bus manufacturer, Motor Coach Industries, Inc., where he was responsible for a $250 million division with facilities in the United States and Canada.  Earlier, he led public transit systems for 11 years in Charlotte, NC; Wichita, KS; Hamilton, OH; and Laredo, TX.

Melaniphy’s transportation career began while a student at Indiana University as a bus driver for the university’s basketball team coached by Bobby Knight. He graduated with a BA in business administration-transportation management, having studied under the legendary transportation professor George Smerk. He holds an MBA and a postgraduate MBA Plus in transportation management from Wichita State University in Wichita, KS.

Jim Moorhead

The Moorhead Group, LLC
Chevy Chase, MD

An experienced crisis advisor, Jim Moorhead is a partner in a major Washington, D.C. law firm, where he co-chairs the firm’s crisis management practice. Over the last thirty years, he has addressed crises as a political consultant advising national candidates, an investment banker helping Fortune 500 companies defend against hostile takeovers, and as national legal counsel to major companies and their executives facing regulatory, congressional and criminal investigations, civil litigation, and media scrutiny.  For the last 20 years, he has been a frequent commentator on business and legal issues and major trials on CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, Fox Business News and Court TV.

Hugh A. Mose

general manager
Centre Area Transportation Authority
State College, PA

Since 1995, Hugh Mose he has served as general manager of the Centre Area Transportation Authority, the public transportation provider for the State College area and Pennsylvania State University.

He is a member of APTA’s Board of Directors and has served on its Executive Committee. In 2010, he was named APTA’s Outstanding Public Transportation Manager.

Hugh has worked in public transportation for 35 years. He was general manager for Intercity Transit in Washington’s capital city, Olympia, for eight years; transit manager for the City of Iowa City, IA for five years; and was, for four years, assistant transit director for the City of Fresno, CA.

A graduate in Civil Engineering from Bucknell University, Mose holds an M.S. degree in Transportation and Urban Systems from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD.

Hugh is active in his community, participating in organizations such as the Centre County United Way, the State College Downtown Rotary Club, Leadership Centre County, and the Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County. He is a longtime member of the SPE Federal Credit Union Board of Directors.

Gregg Moser

Krauthamer & Associates
Chevy Chase, MD

Gregg Moser is a Principal at Krauthamer & Associates, a retained executive search firm. In addition to Gregg being the firm’s transportation practice leader where he serves clients in public transit, freight and passenger railroads, airports, ports, highways, and other multi-modal systems, Gregg provides executive search services to clients in financial services, technology, manufacturing, utilities, education, government, real estate, non-profit, and aerospace/defense.  Gregg clients include Fortune 100 companies, private equity firms, early stage venture companies and privately held organizations.

Gregg has extensive experience working with public and private Boards of Directors, elected officials, community leaders, general managers, CEO’s, deputy CEO’s and other senior level executives for public transportation agencies both domestically and internationally.  Over the past years, Gregg has assisted a range of public transportation clients helping them to recruit executive talent across all verticals of their organizations and across all levels of senior management including CEO’s, deputy CEO’s, general managers, directors, chief financial officers, inspector generals, and heads of rail and bus operations, finance, internal audit, planning, safety, engineering, maintenance, technology, human resources, administration and capital development to name a few.  Gregg also assists his clients with succession planning strategies and how to identify, recruit, retain and promote the next generation of leaders in the industry

Prior to joining Krauthamer & Associates, Gregg was an attorney where he advised his clients on personal and corporate tax and estate planning matters and general business planning. Gregg enjoys spending time with his wife Michelle and their daughter Lilly and son Sam. Their favorite activities include running, travel and spending time with the kids at the parks and playgrounds.

E. Susan Meyer

chief executive officer
Spokane Transit Authority
Spokane, Washington

E. Susan Meyer has been the CEO at Spokane Transit Authority since 2005.  Susan is the President of the Washington State Transit Association and serves on the Transit Development Corporation Board which also serves as the TCRP Oversight & Project Selection Committee (TOPS). Her earlier experience includes working for a university, an economic development organization, a pipeline company, and a global telecommunications manufacturer.  Her local civic work includes serving on the following: Mayor’s Economic Roundtable, Downtown Spokane Partnership Board, Spokane Regional Transportation Council Board, Dean’s Advisory Board at the Eastern Washington University College of Business & Public Administration, and Honorary Commanders’ Program at Fairchild Air Force Base.  Meyer earned an undergraduate degree in psychology and a master’s degree in business (MBA) from Eastern Washington University.

John M. Nations

president & chief executive officer
Bi-State Development Agency
St. Louis, MO

John M. Nations oversees the Bi-State Development Agency’s business operations, including Metro Transit, the operation of the Gateway Arch Trams and retail operations, Gateway Arch Riverboats and other riverfront attractions, and the St. Louis Downtown Airport in Illinois.  Nations had served three terms as Mayor of Chesterfield, Missouri. During his tenure, the city expanded its parks system, achieved a AAA bond rating, built an extensive budget surplus while significantly lowering its property tax rate, and was recognized as one of the best cities in the country to live.  When confronting drastic cutbacks to public transit service to Chesterfield, he successfully preserved service and later led a successful campaign to fund transit.  Nations is active in civic endeavors that include support of the arts, economic development, public transportation, and regional planning.  He received a degree in Public Administration from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and a Law Degree from Saint Louis University.  He was engaged in the practice of law from 1988 to 2010.

C. Mikel Oglesby

general manager
SunLine Transit Agency
Thousand Palms, CA

C. Mikel Oglesby began his career in transit at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, where he worked for over a decade. He has served as Sunline Transit Agency’s GM nearly nine years, helping to providing public transportation using the latest in technology, including seven generations of hydrogen fueled vehicles. The agency recently introduced into service in the Coachella Valley with a Buy America compliant, 40-foot American Fuel Cell bus. The FTA has since announced the award of funding to SunLine for two additional American Fuel Cell buses that will go into service by early 2014.  As the agency gained knowledge and experience with alternative fueled vehicles, Oglesby recognized the importance of sharing the knowledge and has renovated the SunLine Learning Center which now provides a history of SunLine’s accomplishments as leader in alternative fuel technology.   Oglesby restructured the Agency, stabilizing its annual budget through difficult economic times, implementing the recommendations of its Comprehensive Operational Analysis, including route improvements and additional transit amenities.   Through his leadership and vision, SunLine fulfills the agency’s goal to provide safe and environmentally conscious public transportation services and alternative fuel solutions to meet the mobility needs of the Coachella Valley.

Stephanie Pinson

Gilbert Tweed Associates
New York, NY

Stephanie Pinson has been with Gilbert Tweed Associates since 1981 and is a member of its Board of Directors. Her work is global in nature, and she directs GTA’s offices in New Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai, India.  As director of Government Services, Transportation and Infrastructure practices, she has consulted with large and small agencies in mass transit, aviation, ports, and commuter railroads, and the U.S. Departments of the Interior and Transportation. She creates successful solutions to complex senior staffing problems in all functional areas.

Pinson has served on APTA’s Executive Committee and is past chair of its Business Member Board of Governors.  She was named APTA’s “Outstanding Business Member” and continues her activities in a variety of board and committee assignments.  She is vice chair of the Board of Directors of the Mineta Transportation Institute and serves on the Advisory Committee of the Eno Transit Leadership Program. Pinson has served on the Transit Cooperative Research Program’s Oversight & Project Selection Committee (TOPS).  She is a graduate of Douglass College and taught English Literature for several years at Rutgers University.

Elizabeth Presutti, AICP

general manager
Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART)

Elizabeth Presutti has over 12 years of transit industry experience, with work in both the public and private sectors.  She has served since July, 2011 as the general manager for DART and has overseen the region’s largest transformation of public transit in decades, including the construction and opening of DART Central Station and major redesign of the network of bus routes. She had served as DART’s chief development officer for three years, where she was responsible for the marketing, public relations, customer service, planning and special projects and rideshare programs.

Earlier, Prisutti was the service planning manager and bus operations project manager for the Charlotte Area Transit System, in Charlotte, North Carolina, and was a senior associate with Transportation Management & Design, Inc.  She has worked with community leadership on the development of transit plans, the implementation of various modes and types of transit services, the deployment of technology projects, and the design and construction of transit facilities, and has managed operations and capital budgets.  She is a certified planning professional with the American Institute of Certified Planners; has a Master’s Degree in Geography from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Geography from the State University of New York College- Cortland.

Victor Ramirez

deputy executive officer, procurement
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Commission
Los Angeles, CA

Victor has 30 years of procurement experience in public transit and aerospace defense contracting, including the last 19 years directly procuring and managing Los Angeles Metro contracts for bus and rail operations. Ramirez’ responsibilities include leading Metro’s Construction Contract Management team which is working on three large rail transit projects with an estimated value of $7.4 billion. In addition to Metro’s recent P3010 rail car procurement, he completed public/private partnerships for the largest solar energy project in the City of Los Angeles and fueling facilities to support Metro’s 100 percent CNG bus fleet. Victor has bachelor degrees in economics and international relations from Willamette University, Salem, OR.

Edward D. Reiskin

director of transportation
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
San Francisco, CA

As SFMTA’s director of transportation, Edward D. Reiskin
oversees the Municipal Railway (Muni), parking, traffic engineering, pedestrian planning, bicycle implementation, accessibility, and taxi regulation. With its world famous cable cars and historic streetcars, modern light rail vehicles, diesel buses, alternative fuel vehicles, and electric trolley coaches, Muni carries over 700,000 riders daily ? 200 million riders per year.  Reiskin rides Muni every day, bringing the customer’s perspective to his role as leader of the agency, which he has held since 2011. SFMTA has over 5,000 employees, a $780 million operating budget, and a $4.8 billion capital budget.  The agency is advancing its Central Subway Project ? a 1.7 mile light rail extension in the high-density Financial District and Chinatown; its Transit Effectiveness Project, a comprehensive review of the Muni system to improve performance; the integration of the Bay Area’s all-in-one Clipper Card into the Muni system; and SFpark ? technologies and policies to improve parking, reduce congestion, and make the streets safer.

Reiskin was director of the Department of Public Works (DPW) for the City and County of San Francisco, leading over 1,100 employees in engineering, construction management, and project delivery, plus graffiti removal, street cleaning, and public engagement programs.  Under his watch, DPW opened several LEED-certified landmark structures, such as Laguna Honda Hospital plus several libraries and recreation centers; resurfaced streets; and improved public spaces for pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit riders. Reiskin oversaw the predevelopment work that led to the voter approval of two general obligation bonds: $887 million to build a new San Francisco General Hospital and $412 million to upgrade fire stations and the high pressure firefighting water system, and build new police headquarters. Reiskin served as the first director of the new 311 Customer Service Center. He had served as the interim city administrator and as deputy mayor for the District of Columbia and was assistant to the city manager in Oakland, CA.  Earlier, he did environmental work for a research and consulting organization, conducted academic research on sustainable development at a business school, and worked as an engineer and manager in the private sector.

Reiskin holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, a Master of Business Administration degree from New York University’s Stern School of Business, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Carl G. Sedoryk

general manager/chief executive officer
Monterey-Salinas Transit District
Monterey, CA

Carl Sedoryk has worked in the public transit industry since 1988.  He started with Monterey-Salinas Transit in 2000 as assistant general manager and was promoted to CEO in 2005.

Under the guidance of the board of directors, Carl is responsible for planning and developing agency policies and objectives; directs the organization towards current and long range goals; and assures compliance with federal, state, and municipal laws. He represents the agency at national, state, and local meetings/conferences to advance agency objectives.  He consults with government agencies, businesses, and the community to resolve problems and develop strategies

Sedoryk co-chairs APTA’s Authorization Task Force.  He actively participates in the California Transit Association and APTA to ensure that the interests of the Monterey Bay are represented in state and federal initiatives.  He holds an MBA in Finance from California State University–Long Beach.

Paul Soubry Jr.

president and CEO
New Flyer
Winnipeg, MB

Paul Soubry joined New Flyer as president and CEO in 2009. He had worked for 24 years at StandardAero, a global aerospace service company; he started as a marketing assistant working his way up to president and CEO. Paul holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Manitoba and attended the Executive Development Program at Harvard Business School. He completed the Canadian Securities Course and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors. He graduated from Director’s Education Program at the Rotman School of Business – University of Toronto in 2010. Paul serves on the Board of Directors of Economic Development Winnipeg, The Winnipeg Airports Authority, the Associates of the I.H. Asper School of Business, and the Manitoba Innovation Council. He is a former board member of the Mondetta Clothing Company, St. Paul’s High School, and the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada .

David M. Springstead

senior director of engineering & development
Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority
Atlanta, GA

Now in his 16th year with MARTA, Dave Springstead is responsible for the delivery of the Capital Improvement Program including engineering, architecture, project management, construction, general engineering consultant services, and specialized A/E consultant firms. Multi-million dollar projects underway include upgrades and replacement of the following systems: Train Control & SCADA System, Fire Protection, Audio Visual Information System, Radio, CCTV, Elevators & Escalators, Enterprise Asset Management, and Project Delivery and Controls. Springstead serves as the chair of APTA’s Systems Engineering Subcommittee, co-chair of APTA‘s Transit Asset Management Standards Committee, and a member of the APTA Rail Conference Planning Subcommittee. He is a leading member of FTA’s State of Good Repair Workgroup and is supporting such major initiatives as FTA’s Transit Economics Requirements Model assessment, Transit Asset Management Guideline, and MAP-21 performance measures development. He serves on several advisory committees for the Transportation Research Board. He is also a member of the International Council on Systems Engineering, Institute of Asset Management, Association of Facility Engineers, National Fire Protection Association, National Safety Council, American Railway Engineer/MOW Association, Institute of Electrical/Electronics Engineers, and the ENO Center for Transit Leadership. With over 25 years of experience in maintenance, operations, program management, engineering and design, Springstead previously worked at Raytheon Engineers and Constructors.

W. Curtis Stitt

president and chief executive officer
Central Ohio Transit Authority
Columbus, Ohio

W. Curtis Stitt was appointed in February, 2012 to his present position by COTA’s Board of Trustees. He leads the overall functions of COTA’s transit operations and oversees the plans to achieve quality mass transit services in Columbus and central Ohio.  Prior to his CEO appointment, Stitt served as COTA’s senior vice president and chief operating officer and had served 12 years as legal counsel for COTA – the last six as general counsel and vice president of legal and government affairs.  As general counsel, Stitt led the legal department, served as government and legislative affairs counsel, and was COTA’s ethics officer.  He was responsible for assuring compliance and coordinating legal services provided by in-house attorneys and several outside law firms.

Before joining COTA, Stitt held several legal and administrative leadership positions responsible for the regulation of financial institutions in the state of Ohio including Superintendent of Ohio’s Division of Financial Institutions which was responsible for regulating 550 Ohio-chartered commercial banks, thrifts and credit unions, and more than 5,000 consumer finance licensees.

For his “other full time job” over the past 34 years, Stitt has organized, administered,and coached youth track and field programs and provided legal representation for athletes.  Stitt has coached nationally ranked track and field athletes and provided legal representation for a world-class athlete, securing her eligibility in time to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Team for the Barcelona Olympic Games where she won a silver medal.

Stitt earned a Juris Doctor Degree from Northern Kentucky University, Chase College of Law where he was a member of the Moot Court Board. He is licensed to practice law in state of Ohio, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, and the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.  He is a member of the Ohio and Columbus Bar Associations. Stitt also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Kent State University.

Gary C. Thomas

president/executive director
Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Dallas, TX

Named by DART’s Board of Directors as president/executive director in 2001, Gary Thomas is responsible for this multi-modal agency serving 13 cities in a 700-square mile area. He directs the agency’s top managers and 3,400 employees, emphasizing a strong customer focus to ensure that transit riders and taxpayers receive the best public transportation service available. He works closely with city governments and the public in developing short- and long-term transportation and mobility goals.

He is the immediate past chair of APTA’s board. Thomas also serves on the boards of Rail-Volution, McKinney Avenue Transit Authority, North Texas Commission, TxDOT 2030 Committee, Dallas Regional Mobility Commission, Collin County Regional Airport Strategic Planning Board, and Regional Rail Right-of-Way Company. He serves on the Transit Cooperative Research Program’s Oversight and Project Selection (TOPS) Committee.

He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a registered Professional Engineer. His B.S. in Civil Engineering and Bachelor of Architecture were earned at Texas Tech University.

Peter Varga

chief executive officer
Interurban Transit Partnership (The Rapid)
Grand Rapids, MI

APTA’s vice chair, Peter Varga, has been the CEO of The Rapid since 1997, overseeing its FY 2013 operating budget of $40 million and an annual capital program of $30 million. He chaired the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, is past president of the Michigan Public Transit Association (having served as president five times), and is a member of the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids Corporate Board.  His early transportation experience was as a New York City cab driver while attending New York University. He has worked in public transportation since 1980 in Santa Cruz, California and Muskegon, Michigan.  He has a BA in History and Anthropology and an MA in Political Science from NYU.  He completed Masters’ level post graduate studies in Public Administration at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA).  He was born in Ethiopia and moved to New York City when he was 13 years old.

Linda Jacobs Washington

president and CEO
Washington Consulting Team
Washington, DC

Linda J. Washington’s firm provides services in organizational assessment, culture change, leadership and management training, customized training programs, and executive coaching. The former assistant secretary for administration at the U.S. Department of Transportation served as principal advisor to the secretary of transportation regarding the organization and management of the DOT. She provided leadership in the delivery of centralized services ? human resources, security, transportation services, printing and graphics, mail, facilities, occupational health and safety, environment and energy, and procurement and grants ?  to the DOT’s 10 operating administrations through a $148M working capital fund. She was the chief human capital officer for a large cabinet level agency. Washington also led contracting and grant policy which resulted in $5B in contract awards and $105B in grants administered. She was a senior member of the DOT’s Investment Review Board which reviews and approves all major IT projects. She oversaw a $400M Federal Transit Benefit Program which supported 110 agencies and 270,000 employees. She managed 400 staff and contractors, and led the relocation of the DOT to its new 1.3M sq. ft. headquarters building, the first constructed with post 9-11 security requirements and energy saving design elements.

Washington is past chair of the Local Federal Coordinating Committee for the Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area, the workplace charitable giving drive for federal employees and the largest workplace giving initiative in the world. Under her leadership, the  organization broke fundraising records in 2009 and 2010, despite challenging economic times, with federal employees pledging $67 million to support 4,000 charities within a  low overhead rate of 7 percent. The effort was recognized by the Office of Personnel Management with the Innovator Award for eight consecutive years.

At the Library of Congress as chief of the photoduplication service, she guided a fee for service program from operating “in the red” to a fiscally sound organization in just one year. She became director of integrated support services to renew the library’s focus on business results, customer satisfaction, and employee development.  She formed the Training and Development Advisory Board to assess training needs, began a culture change initiative, standardized a collaborative approach called Facilitative Leadership, and trained all 6,000 employees to better use problem solving and decision making tools.

In 2007, Washington was selected by the President of the United States to receive the prestigious Presidential Rank Award for her leadership, professionalism, and commitment to excellence in public service. In 2008, she was honored with the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

Earlier in her career, she had held sales and marketing positions at Xerox Corporation for 12 years, meeting business, customer service, and employee satisfaction goals, and earning both the President’s Club Award and the Par Club Award in recognition of her overall performance. The team she led won one of the highest Xerox awards, Team Excellence.

Enrique Washington

partner and CEO
Generator Group, LLC
Beaverton, OR

Enrique Washington has more than 20 years of experience in human resources and talent acquisition. He oversees the Generator Group’s consulting and executive search within the public transportation industry and led a study to understand trends and best practices that will result in developing a guide for recruiting minority chief executive officers at public transportation agencies.  He has helped educate more than 1,000 hiring managers on effective employee recruitment and selection.  As an adjunct professor at Portland State University, he taught Staff and Employee Selection. Enrique hosts a podcast show informing listeners about best practices for talent acquisition and is a contributing writer to Diversity Executive and Talent Management magazine.   In 2006, he received the “40 under 40” award from the Portland Business Journal.  He’s been featured or quoted in Fortune Magazine, HR Magazine, Diversity/Careers in Engineering and Information Technology Magazine, Diversity Executives and the Portland Business Journal.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and a Master of Science degree in Corporate and Public Communication from Seton Hall University. Mr. Washington also holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Kansas State University.  He was on the 1995 Olympic Festival Track and Field Team.

Phillip A. Washington

general manager
Regional Transportation District
Denver, CO

A member of APTA’s Executive Committee, Phillip A. Washington was unanimously selected as general manager in 2009 by RTD’s Board of Directors. Washington is leading one of the most dynamic transit agencies in North America, which is implementing the FasTracks program, one of the largest transit expansion programs in the country. He is responsible for a 2013 total agency budget appropriation in the amount of $2.7 billion and is currently managing active transit expansion projects in the amount of $4.2 billion.

Prior to Phil’s transportation industry experience, he had a storied 24-year military career, retiring as a decorated active-duty U.S. Army soldier, having attained the rank of command sergeant major (E-9). This position is not only the highest non-commissioned officer rank an enlisted person can achieve, but also requires uncompromising integrity and leadership skills. He is the recipient of numerous military honors and citations for outstanding performance of duty and leadership.

He is originally from the south side of Chicago and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Columbia College and a Master of Arts degree in Management from Webster University. He commutes to work by bus and light rail each day from his home in Aurora, Colorado.

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