Brian Alberts

Brian Alberts is the Senior Director of Safety and Advisory Services at APTA where he leads all safety policy and standards work for the association. He is the staff advisor for the Rail Safety, Bus Safety, and Safety Coordinating Committees as well as the Commuter Rail Safety and Security Subcommittee. He also provides industry leadership and expertise on panels and working groups, including the FTA’s Transit Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS), where he was appointed to a 2-year term by US DOT Secretary Buttigieg. Further, Brian plans and executes all APTA committee meetings, conference panels, and working groups that deal with safety.

Brian is the manager of APTA’s Safety Management Audit and Peer Review Programs and organizes and executes numerous yearly safety audits and peer reviews at properties throughout the United States, Canada and internationally. The safety audit program is based on a continuous improvement model and works to improve the safety culture at all size transit agencies. Brian organizes the audit and peer review panels, schedules audits and peer reviews, and works with the team to report out to senior management. Brian has led several safety audits and peer reviews, including at MTR Hong Kong, Transport for London, TTC, WMATA, CTA, SEPTA, Houston Metro, TriMet, Miami-Dade Transit, and numerous other transit properties throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia.

Prior to APTA, Brian was a Senior Program Analyst and Policy Lead in the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Office of System Safety. During his tenure, Brian authored the SSO Program Final Rule and the Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. Brian also served as program manager of the Safety Management Systems Pilot program and received numerous awards for his efforts in safety by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. In addition, at the FTA, Brian worked in the FTA’s Office of Budget and Policy for over three years on MAP-21 implementation and legislative analysis.

Prior to joining FTA, Brian worked as a program manager and policy analyst at AASHTO and for various members of the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill. Brian has over 18 years of experience in the transportation, safety, and environmental policy fields and received his Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree from the George Washington University and Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Communications from Boston University. Brian is a graduate of the 2018 Leadership APTA Class and the 2020 Eno Transit Senior Executive Program.

Philippe Ayrault, PhD

With more than 25 years’ experience, I’m a specialist in Mass Transportation Supervision and Signalization. I am an expert in Systems Reliability, Availability, Maintainability, and Safety (RAMS) and an Independent Safety Assessor. I previously served at Thales as RAMS department lead for the France region and as internal Safety auditor. In addition, I have significant expertise in the areas of CBTC, Data Management, ETCS L1/L2 (i.e. European PTC system), PTC, IXL, OCC, and PCC. In terms of System Safety, I am a specialist in Systems/Software, Cenelec, and CEI61508 Standards.

As for System Security, I am highly skilled in Common Criteria, Evaluation, and Formal Methods. I employ various tools including Fault Tree, Atelier B, Coq, and SAT solvers. I am also well versed in the following Methods and Norms: EN-5012x, DO178, DO333, CEI 61508.

Marissa Baker

Dr. Marissa Baker is an Assistant Professor in the University of Washington Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (UW DEOHS) in the UW School of Public Health. She also serves as Deputy Director of the Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety, housed at DEOHS. She is also an affiliate faculty in the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies at UW.

Dr. Baker’s research centers on occupational experiences of vulnerable or underrepresented groups. Dr. Baker collaborates with worker organizations, government partners, industry partners, and unions to characterize physical and mental health outcomes experienced by workers, characterize their risk perceptions and needs, and propose and evaluate interventions for safe work. Dr. Baker has led research studies working with construction workers, welders, app-based drivers, scrap metal recyclers, loggers, maritime workers, public transportation operators, and others. Dr. Baker also studies the experiences of women in the workplace, and the unique gendered exposures they face.

Trained as an industrial hygienist, Dr. Baker has expertise in workplace exposure assessment, using techniques such as air sampling, biomonitoring and exposure modeling. Recently, her interests and expertise have expanded to characterize stress and mental health in worker populations, using both survey and qualitative methods. Based on her occupational studies of manganese exposures and health effects in welders, she was invited to serve as a committee member for the International Agency for Research on Cancer in reviewing welding fume as a carcinogen. In 2021, Baker was appointed by the administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency to the Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals. In 2023 she accepted a position on the OSHA Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH). She also serves as a member of the World Health Organization Technical Advisory Group on Occupational Burden of Disease Estimation.

Dr. Baker received her BA in Biology from Northwestern University and her MS and PhD from University of Washington in Exposure Sciences, and Environmental and Occupational Health, respectively.

Scott Belcher

Scott Belcher is a Co-Founder of Cybrbase, LLC; the Chief Executive of SFB Consulting, LLC, and the Executive Director of the ACES Mobility Coalition. In this capacity he works at the intersection of transportation, technology, and communications and advises public and private entities on transformative transportation technology issues such as cybersecurity, sustainability, artificial intelligence, Mobility as a Service, and connected and autonomous vehicles. Scott serves on multiple private advisory boards and is active in several industry associations.

Scott served as the Principal Investigator for the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) on several critical studies on the transportation and cybersecurity, including MTI’s most recent cybersecurity study, Ensuring that the Transit Industry and Their Vendors Are Aligned to Face the Increasing Cybersecurity Challenges: Recommendations for Quickly Identifying and Addressing Challenges. He is currently leading research on the state of cybersecurity insurance for transit as well as benching transit agency investment in cybersecurity.
Before founding CYBRBASE and SFB Consulting, Scott was the CEO of the Telecommunications Industry Association and of ITS America. Scott has also held executive leadership positions at several other prominent trade associations, practiced environmental law with Beveridge & Diamond, PC, served as professional staff for the U.S. House of Representative Appropriations Committee, and served in several positions at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Scott received is law degree at the University of Virginia, his MPP at Georgetown, and his BA at the University of Redlands.

Chetan (Che) Bhatia

Chetan Bhatia is a Managing Director of Cyber Resilience and Engagement Management within Aon Cyber Solutions Global practice (formerly Stroz Friedberg). In this role he is responsible for helping clients all over the world proactively manage cyber and enterprise risk and leads digital forensics, cybercrime, data breach, financial crime, compliance, electronic discovery and business intelligence and investigations matters.

Prior to joining Aon in 2017 Chetan served as the Chief Technology Officer at Data Partner, Inc. In this role, he was responsible for the technical vision, strategy, and roadmap for the organization. He was also a Cyber-Security Consultant for Advance Resources and Consultants, a firm made up of former senior-level government and military officers, where he conducted cyber security risk assessments for organizations awarded federal government contracts. He also worked for Nexum, where he served in a variety of roles such as Business Development Director and Practice Manager and was responsible for the project management and network/security engineering teams. Before joining Nexum, he worked at Hewitt Associates and Aon, where he deployed and administered security controls and was part of a team that maintained the network security infrastructure protecting the PII of over 75% of the Fortune 500 organizations.

Chetan serves as a Professor at Washington University in St. Louis where he also a Member-at-Large on the Cybersecurity Education Advisory Board for Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Chetan also serves as faculty at Marquette University in Milwaukee and Loyola University in Chicago where he served as one of the founders of the Cybersecurity Technology Management Certificate. He has successfully mentored students to complete in the National Cyber League and the National Collegiate Cyber Defense competitions. Chetan is often invited by the FBI and US Secret Service to provide executive debriefings on cyber and other investigative matters.

Chetan earned a Master’s in Business Administration and Master’s in Project Management degree from Keller Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor’s in Network and Communications degree from DeVry University. Chetan also earned a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Executive Certificate from Carnegie Mellon Heinz College and CERT Division of Software Engineering Institute and is a graduate of the Asian Executive Leadership Program at McKinsey Executive Leadership.

Kathy Brittin

Kathy Brittin is the Director of Risk Management for Bi-State Development in St. Louis, MO, for over 9 years. She is responsible for the Agency’s insurance programs, self-insured property, casualty and workers’ compensation claims.

Kathy has over 30 years in Risk Management, primarily in the transportation industry. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Iowa Wesleyan College and her Associate in Risk Management (ARM) designation from Insurance Institute of America.

Currently she is the Vice Chair for the APTA Risk Management Committee; Treasurer for the Missouri Self-Insurance Association (MSIA) and is also a member of the Missouri Public Risk Management Association (PRIMA). She served over fifteen years in various positions on the Board of Directors for the St. Louis Chapter of Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS).

Kathy enjoys spending time with her daughter, friends and family.

Judge Andy Brown

Andy serves as the Travis County Judge. The County Judge presides over the Travis County Commissioners Court which oversees the county’s $1.4 billion annual budget, acts as the County’s chief administrator, and is the Director of Emergency Management for the County.

Since taking office, Judge Brown has significantly increased resources to historically underserved communities, including starting a mass COVID-19 vaccination effort prioritizing communities of color. During winter storm Uri, Judge Brown directed additional food, water, and utility support to the hardest hit areas in Travis County. Judge Brown focuses on investing in mental and behavioral health to help people receive care outside of the jail system, improving access to affordable housing, and increasing transparency and community participation in County business. Under Judge Brown’s leadership, the Commissioners Court voted to fund $110 million for housing for people experiencing homelessness which is anticipated to create as many as 3,000 additional housing units in Austin and Travis County through models like the Community First Village.

Before taking office, Judge Brown helped create the Sobering Center-Austin to serve as an alternative to jail for intoxicated people, started a successful law firm, and served on local boards and commissions. He grew up in Austin and graduated from The University of Texas School of Law. Andy served as a legislative aide to former Texas Speaker of the House Pete Laney, a campaign manager for Congressman Lloyd Doggett, a law clerk for the US District Court in McAllen, finance director and senior advisor to Beto O’Rourke, and Travis County Democratic Party Chair.

Judge Brown lives in Austin with his wife, two kids, one dog, two cats, and three chickens.

Michael Carman

Mike has been in the rail industry for over 28 years working various positions in Class 1 freight and commuter rail. In his current role as Director of Operations for the Central Florida Rail Corridor, he oversees all Operations, Mechanical, Engineering and Administrative activities for the Florida Department of Transportation. He works closely with the Florida Department of Transportation and other state agencies on projects around Florida.

David Carol

Dave Carol serves as Chief Operating Officer for the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). He is responsible for managing the modal and subject-matter experts and expertise within the association, conducting peer reviews for member agencies on a wide variety of transit issues, and leading various ad-hoc task forces on such issues as transit’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and addressing the challenges of bus and rail equipment manufacturers as they emerge from the pandemic. He serves as staff advisor to the APTA business members and for the Public Transportation CEOs Coordinating Council.

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 Areas Transit System (CATS), leading commuter rail, streetcar and multimodal station programs.

Carol spent 19 years with Amtrak, where he served as Assistant General Counsel, Senior Director of Congressional & State Affairs, and Vice President High Speed Rail. Carol served on Amtrak’s Management Committee and led the planning and construction of the Northeast corridor Acela High-Speed Rail program, including electrification and acquisition of the Acela high-speed trains.

Carol received his bachelor’s degree from Amherst College, and master’s and law degrees from the University of Virginia.

The Honorable Thomas B. Chapman

​​Thomas B. Chapman took the oath of office as the 46th Member of the National Transportation Safety Board on January 6, 2020. Member Chapman has spoken extensively on the Safe System Approach to highway traffic safety, alcohol and drug impairment, and rail worker and highway-rail grade crossing safety.

Prior to joining the Board, Member Chapman served six years as minority counsel to the Senate Subcommittee on Aviation & Space. He engaged in a broad range of issues, including the bipartisan effort to pass comprehensive legislation reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration, the Transportation Security Administration, and the NTSB. In total, Member Chapman has four decades of experience in government, legislative, and regulatory affairs in the transportation industry.

Chapman previously served as US Airways’ vice president for government affairs, responsible for outreach on all federal policy initiatives. Prior to joining US Airways, he was legislative counsel for Southwest Airlines. His work in the airline industry spanned approximately 16 years.

Earlier in his career, Member Chapman was senior vice president for government and technical affairs for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. His time in that role capped a 17-year tenure at the Association, beginning in 1981. While at AOPA, he held a variety of policy and safety related positions. He also earned his private pilot certificate and regularly enjoyed the opportunity to improve his skills, flying out of AOPA’s home base airport in Frederick, Maryland.

Because of Member Chapman’s practical experience in the aviation industry, an awareness and sensitivity to a pervasive culture of safety is imbedded in his approach. He brings that perspective to key challenges facing the NTSB, including advances in automation and the development of autonomous vehicles, meeting the expectations stemming from NTSB’s reputation as the world’s premier transportation safety organization, and the importance of recruiting and retaining the skilled team members on which the work of the agency is highly dependent.

Chapman considers public service to be a responsibility for those who have benefitted from professional life in the private sector. Appointment to the NTSB is a rewarding opportunity for Member Chapman to apply his experience and skills in a role allowing him to continue giving back through public service.

Member Chapman is a graduate of the American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in music from C.W. Post College in Greenvale, N.Y.

Brian Clem

Brian has over 15 years of experience in large bus public transportation and over 21+ years in safety. Brian earned his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) and (TSSP),(PTSCTP) accreditations.

Brian manages IndyGo’s insurance portfolio – broker services, procurement of coverage, evaluation of insurance needs, and management of the self-insurance program. Brian is also responsible for the duties of the Chief Safety Officer, all claim investigations, subrogation, and TPA administration for IndyGo’s AL/BI/PD claims. Brian is the Designated Employee Responsible (DER) for the management of their drug and alcohol program, IndyGo’s Emergency Response Team Chair, and a charter member of the Safety and Security Committee.

Brian calls home Greenwood, Indiana with his wife Sarah and their two twins Isaac and Lainie. Enjoys fishing, gardening, and serving his church as a trustee.

Mike Davidson

Mike began his insurance career in 2007 specializing in OCIP administration for public works and Tribal Nations projects. From 2008 – 2010, Mike served as the on-site OCIP Administrator for the Sacramento International Airport Big Build OCIP, working directly with the Owner, Contractor, and Project Management teams. During this time, he spent countless hours both in the project management office and in the field, learning the ins and outs of the trades and the connections between the overall construction project and the OCIP program.

Over the span of his career, Mike has worked on a number of high profile projects that individually range between $1-$2 Billion in construction value. He has placed OCIPs for large, complex capital improvement programs, including for insureds with multi-phased construction periods that span over a decade. His range of coverage specialization for project specific placements includes primary and excess OCIP coverage, builders risk, contractor’s pollution liability, and owner’s protective professional indemnity.

Mike received his Bachelor of Arts and Science in English from the University of Redlands and has his Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist (CLCS) designation. In his free time, Mike enjoys snowboarding, fishing, going to concerts, and volunteering with Special Olympics.

Joseph P. DeLorenzo

Joseph “Joe” DeLorenzo is FTA’s Associate Administrator for Transit Safety and Oversight and Chief Safety Officer. The FTA Office of Transit Safety and Oversight administers a national transit safety program and monitors program compliance to ensure safe, reliable, and equitable transit service in accordance with FTA policy and regulatory requirements. The office implements and oversees safety standards for all modes of public transit in the United States.

Immediately prior to joining the FTA, Mr. DeLorenzo served as the Acting Associate Administrator for Enforcement for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Agency’s Director of the Office of Enforcement and Compliance where he was responsible for policy and program development for the Agency’s enforcement and compliance program.

Mr. DeLorenzo comes to the FTA with more than 30 years of experience in the transportation industry. Mr. DeLorenzo’s career includes over 15 years in field experience and, also extends to managing training and education related to Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety and Security as Director of FMCSA’s National Training Center. In that role he was responsible for a wide range of Commercial Vehicle Safety training for Federal, State and local law enforcement agencies in the areas of Commercial Motor Vehicle and Hazardous Materials Safety and Security, Criminal Interdiction and professional development.

He holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice and Sociology, and a Master’s in Public Policy and Management.

Alice “Ziwen” Fang

Alice Fang is a project consultant for Hatch, a multidisciplinary management, engineering and development consultancy in transportation, infrastructure, and energy sectors. She is specialized in system assurance for transit systems. Prior to system assurance, Alice held various positions in research, engineering design and system engineering.

Robert Fath

Robert has more than 12 years’ experience in the transit industry and is currently a program manager/mechanical engineer with Hatch. Since joining the firm back in 2015, Robert has served as a project manager on two major vehicle procurements – R179 with NYCT and CQ400 with MARTA.

Robert graduated from Case Western Reserve University in 2009 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He started his career with Kawasaki Rail Car and served as the lead QA engineer on two vehicle contracts with NYCT (R188 and R160). Robert then served in similar positions with HART in Honolulu, Hawaii and WMATA in Washington, DC prior to joining Hatch (previously LTK).

Rebecca Frankhouser

Rebecca Frankhouser is the Chief Safety Officer at King County Metro Transit in Seattle, overseeing operations safety, industrial safety, wellness, physical security, emergency management, and quality assurance programs. She is actively involved in national committees such as the US DOT’s Transit Advisory Committee for Safety, founded the Transit Safety & Security Academy, and teaches at the Transportation Safety Institute. Rebecca holds a degree in public administration and a Master’s in Transportation Management with a specialization in security and emergency management.

Brent Fransen

Brent Fransen is a Technical Sales Manager with Miller Ingenuity finding innovative solutions with a boots on the shop floor approach. Brent has been working as a supplier to the freight rail and transit industries for over 10 years with most of his experience in manufacturing.

Kevin Garben

Kevin has over 15 years of rail and transit technology experience; ranging from signaling, safety, security, and track inspection technologies.  Kevin represents RailWorks Technology Services in North America and works with customers to implement technology solutions that increase safety, productivity, and quality.

Jared Garcia

Jared currently serves as Manager of Safety for the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System. He has worked in the transportation industry for 25 years in both operations and safety. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from San Diego State University and the Transportation Safety and Security Program certificate from the Transportation Safety Institute.

Dave Genova

Dave Genova is currently the Director of Transit Advisory Services for Hatch. Prior to Hatch, Dave served as the CEO and General Manager of the Denver Regional Transportation District where he worked for 26 years. Prior to his CEO role he served as assistant General Manager and Chief Safety and Security Officer. He has participated in 13 APTA peer reviews. He is currently Chair of the Commuter Rail Safety and Security Subcommittee.

Chris Geraci

Chris Geraci is a safety, security and emergency management professional with more than fifteen years of experience in the transportation, healthcare, and oil & gas industries.

Currently serving as Assistant Vice President and Chief Safety & Security Officer, Chris has been with the Jacksonville Transportation Authority for six years. In this role, Chris is responsible for strategic leadership and oversight of the JTA’s safety, security, emergency preparedness, risk management, drug and alcohol, and quality assurance programs. Before joining the JTA, Geraci served as a Safety Director for Hyperbaric Medicine at Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville, and held previous positions as a Regional Safety & Training Director, 911 Paramedic, EHS Representative/Remote Duty Paramedic and Commercial Diver in the Gulf of Mexico oil & gas industry.

Geraci is a veteran of the United States Army, where he served as a Combat Infantry NCO and heavy dive team member. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Safety from Waldorf University, where he graduated summa cum laude; and has completed programs in emergency management and homeland security, critical infrastructure protection, and transit safety & security. His certifications include Certified Protection Professional, Certified Safety & Security Director, TSSP Bus & Rail, Florida Paramedic, Florida CPTED Practitioner, Certified Environmental Specialist, Certified Healthcare Safety Professional, and Hazardous Waste Management & Transportation.

Jodi Godfrey

Jodi Godfrey is a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida (USF), where she works on the Transit Safety and Workforce Development Program. Ms. Godfrey received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from USF. Ms. Godfrey is the current co-chair of the International Women in ITE Committee, the secretary of the Transportation Research Board’s (TRB) Standing Committee on Transit Safety and Security (AP080), the vice chair of the TRB Committee of Light Rail Transit Systems (AP075), and the vice chair of the APTA Bus Safety Committee. Ms. Godfrey has published work related to fighting to end human trafficking, employee safety reporting, crashworthiness and crash energy management of transit buses, onboard technologies to reduce accidents and incidents, National Household Travel Survey trend data analysis, the role of public transit in natural disaster response, attracting and retaining women in the transportation industry, training initiatives to reduce accidents and incidents, and human trafficking awareness and response more.

Polly Hanson

To strengthen and improve public transportation, Ms. Hanson coordinates with APTA stakeholders to develop transit security, risk and emergency management standards and policies. Hanson performs peer reviews and assists with safety audits and serves as an advocate for transportation security as well as a source matter expert on transit security, risk and emergency management issues and concerns. Ms. Hanson serves as the Vice-chair of the TSA Surface Transportation Security Advisory Committee and represents passenger rail and mass transit on the DHS cross-sector coordinating council.

Previously Ms. Hanson was the Chief of Police for AMTRAK where she led a national police department responsible for protecting over 30 million passengers and 20,000 employees.

Polly began her career at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) where she progressed through the ranks of the Metro Transit Police Department. As the Chief of the Metro Transit Police, Polly led a tristate police department and directed the response to the terrorist attacks in Madrid and London.

Polly received her Masters degree in Applied Behavioral Science from Johns Hopkins and her Bachelors degree in Communications from Temple University. Polly has her FTA TSSP and PTSCTP certifications.

Polly is the recipient of WMATA’s Carmen E. Turner Award, was a COMTO Women Who Move the Nation. Ms. Hanson is a member of the Operation Lifesaver, Inc Board of Directors.

Betty Hasserjian

Betty is the Chief Safety Officer for the Toronto Transit Commission. She leads a team responsible for strategic policy development, and implementation and oversight of safety and environmental programs to ensure the safety of employees, customers and the public. Betty led the health and safety response to the COVID-19 pandemic by providing direction and guidance on effective preventive measures to reduce risk of transmission. Most recently, in partnership with the City of Toronto, she’s overseeing the TTC’s multi-disciplinary approach to addressing community safety, security and well-being issues on the transit system.

Betty has over 20 years of experience in the health, safety and environment field and has held various positions within the Safety and Environment Department. Prior to joining TTC in 2002, she began her career as an Industrial Hygienist at Ontario Power Generation.

Betty holds an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Physiology and a Master of Health Science Degree in Occupational and Environmental Health, both from the University of Toronto. She is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and a member of both the Occupational Hygiene Association of Ontario and the American Industrial Hygiene Association.

Walter Heinrich

Walter Heinrich is a Sr. Safety Consultant at K&J Safety and Security Consulting. He works with multiple agencies performing safety certification on revenue vehicles, infrastructure, and analyses on operations. He works with SSOs performing on-site inspections, document reviews, and audits. Mr. Heinrich began his transit career at PATCO as a Rail Dispatcher and worked at Houston METRO in both Operations and Safety. He is currently the Vice-Chair of APTA’s Commuter Rail Safety sub-committee and teaches TSI Rail Incident and Rail Safety classes both in-person and virtually.

Darryl Jamail

Darryl Jamail is the Senior Director of Public Safety and Emergency Management for CapMetro. He has served in that position since 2017.

He led the implementation of the agency’s new approach to Public Safety that is made up of three programs: Public Safety Ambassadors, Community Intervention Specialists, and a Police Department.

From 1994 – 2017 Mr. Jamail served with the Austin Police Department, retiring as Police Commander.

Mr. Jamail graduated from Texas A&M University in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and managed retail grocery operations in Dallas and Houston for eight years before pursuing a career in law enforcement.

Jayme Johnson

Jayme Johnson is Senior Vice President and Assistant Chief Safety Officer at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. He has been at the DC Metro since 2017. Since starting with Metro in 2017, he has held roles of Vice President of Safety Oversight, Director of Strategic Initiatives, and Director of Change Management in the Rail Operations Control Center. Before transit, Jayme was a police officer in London’s Metropolitan Police Service, where he was an Inspector specializing in community policing, criminal investigation, public order and national resource coordination. He settled in the United States after he met his now-wife during a Fulbright Scholarship in Washington, DC. He has a BA in History from University of Oxford, an MS in Management from Warwick Business School, and a MPA form Harvard Kennedy School.

Kevin Jones

Kevin Jones has over 20 years in the transit safety & security industry, including time at an agency along with current consulting experience.

Currently, Kevin is a Principal – Eastern Region with ADS System Safety Consulting, LLC, a dss+ company. At ADS, Kevin helps to lead a team that is responsible for assuring compliance with the federally mandated Safety and Security requirements for transit agencies, including SMS and Safety Certification during design and build of applicable transit systems.

Kevin is a Senior Associate Staff Instructor for TSI and has been actively teaching for 17 years. He is also actively involved in APTA where he currently is the Chair of the Rail Safety Committee and Chair for the APTA Recommended Practice on Safety & Security Certification.

Kevin holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Safety and Environmental Management from Slippery Rock University and has earned the TSSP designation through TSI and the PTSCTP Certification (Bus and Rail) from FTA. Kevin also has earned the designation of Certified Safety & Security Director and Certified Safety Executive from the World Safety Organization.

Joanne Kerrigan

Joanne Kerrigan has been with WSTIP for 16 years in the member services department. In her role as manager she oversees loss prevention projects, best practices, risk services, technical assistance, loss control programs, awards, and training. WSTIP is an organization dedicated to reducing member’s cost of risk. Joanne has taken an active role in becoming a subject matter expert on collision avoidance technology as well as keeping her finger on the pulse of the autonomous vehicles community. Joanne has a bachelors in International Relations from the University of San Diego.

Miriam Kloeppel

Miriam Kloeppel began her Federal service in 1995 at the National Transportation Safety Board, where much of her focus was on accidents at highway/rail grade crossings. She joined the FRA as an Operations Research Analyst in 2003, serving as a SME on the Train Horn Rule. In 2009 she became the Staff Director, Risk Reduction Program Division, where she led the effort to draft regulations pursuant to RSIA 2008 and develop their compliance oversight programs, oversaw data analyses in support of the Agency mission, and participated in development of the Audit Management Program. As Staff Director of the Audit Management Division, she has led the Agency’s efforts to develop standards and processes for formal audits, and oversees the compliance efforts associated with a number of regulations.

Patricia A. Liguori

Patricia A. Liguori is a Principal Applied Cybersecurity Engineer at The MITRE Corporation with an emphasis in cybersecurity, systems engineering and engineering management. She has been working at MITRE for over twenty years in customer-facing, leadership, and technical roles. She is researching complex problems and identifying solutions to address challenges in the transportation domain including cybersecurity, future enterprise architectures, future mission critical systems, and application of artificial intelligence to safety-critical systems.

Michael Long

Mike Long is the FRA Director of Outreach Programs and Engagement. As such, he is responsible for safe rail operations, as well as outreach to the rail industry, associations, and labor. He has responsibility for all highway-rail grade crossing and trespasser incidents in the United States. Mike began his railroad career in 1995 with the Santa Fe Railroad. Since 2003, Mike has served FRA in a variety of positions, working his way up from operating practices inspector to his current senior leadership role. He is a former U.S. Marine infantry and reconnaissance officer, serving in numerous locations throughout the world.

Jerome M. Lutin

Jerome M. Lutin, PhD, LLC is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) certified by the State of New Jersey Treasury Department, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ), and the US Small Business Administration, (SBA) engaged in transportation engineering, planning, and research.

Dr. Jerome M. Lutin currently serves as a consultant to Robotic Research LLC on application of autonomous driving and advanced driver assistance systems to transit. He served as Principal Investigator for the FTA/Pierce Transit Automated Collision Avoidance and Mitigation Safety Research and Demonstration Project and as Chair of the Transportation Research Board’s Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) panel on Effects of Automation on the Transit Workforce. Jerry’s career includes 50+ years of professional experience in transportation planning and engineering. He retired from positions as Distinguished Research Professor at New Jersey Institute of Technology and as Senior Director of Statewide and Regional Planning at New Jersey Transit, where he planned new light rail lines and the Newark International Airport rail station. Jerry earned master’s and PhD degrees in Architecture and Urban Planning from Princeton University where he was appointed Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering and Lecturer in Architecture and Urban Planning. A Fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, Jerry is a licensed professional engineer, a certified planner, and a US Air Force veteran.

Rachel Maleh

Rachel Maleh is Executive Director of Operation Lifesaver, Inc., the national, nonprofit rail safety education organization based in Washington, D.C. Maleh has over 25 years’ experience in nonprofit management, communications, marketing, fundraising, organizational development, and leadership transition planning.

Prior to joining Operation Lifesaver, Inc., Maleh ran a communications consulting firm offering comprehensive nonprofit management services. Previously, she was Deputy Executive Director of the Greater Washington Region of the American Heart Association. Her experience also includes serving as Senior Advisor/Chief of Staff with the National Community Reinvestment Coalition in Washington, D.C.

Maleh has advanced degrees both in International Relations and International Communications from Boston University as well as a Master of Science in Marketing from Johns Hopkins University. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and French from Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Michael Marks

Michael Marks has spent his career in the pursuit of maintenance excellence and positive safety culture. He finds fulfillment in his current role managing King County Metro Transit’s Vehicle Maintenance operations section, where he directs and oversees the operation and programs of seven (7) bus bases and over 500 employees. He gives back to the industry through peer reviews, speaking engagements, and consulting, and by teaching Safety Management Systems and Bus System Safety across the country at peer agencies.

Dan McClain

Dan is the Chief Safety Officer for the Regional Transportation District in Denver. He has over 30 years’ experience in Safety, Health and Environmental in leadership roles across various industries across North America and Internationally.

Dan is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and has completed the Public Transportation Safety Certification Training Program (PTSCTP) for Rail.

He was recognized as a Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) for ASSE Region II for 2004-2005, as well as the recipient of the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association, James R. Christie, Health and Safety Professional of the Year during and the ASSE Colorado Chapter SPY for 2004.

Brandon Negri

Brandon Negri has been with Protran Technology for 7 years and is the Product Manager for the Safety Solutions Division. Brandon has a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical engineering and recently received his MBA and Master’s in Business Analytics from Indiana University. Brandon’s Focus at Protran Technology is RWP and Collision Avoidance Technologies, focusing on brining new technologies (Like Machine Learning and AI) into these applications.

Michele Palmieri

Michele began her insurance career with a railroad insurance managing general agent, Canton Agency, in 1992. There she served as an underwriting assistant for the placement of insurance programs for shortline railroads. In 1997, prior to joining Aon in 2002, Michele worked for a small local agency handling middle market clients with a wide spectrum of property and casualty coverage types. In her 19-year tenure with Aon she has been a consistent member of the Aon Rail Practice in the management of their rail client book of business.

Michele serves as a Broker within the Aon Global Rail & Transit Practice. In this role, her primary responsibilities include broking excess casualty insurance for freight and transit rail systems. In additional, she places casualty coverage for rail related construction projects as well as rail related industry clients. Working directly with clients, she plays a primary role in the development of submissions for presentation to underwriters, for domestic and international insurance markets. She is well known and respected amongst underwriters for her ability to present a client’s risk through underwriting submissions. These documents as well as her long professional relationships in the rail insurance marketplace, help to leverage Aon’s position to achieve the most beneficial coverage and costs outcomes for clients.

Kenneth F. Reed

Ken has worked in or with public transit since 1998 and has been with OTRP since 2003 where he is responsible for the oversight of all loss control, training, and risk auditing activities. Prior to his employment with OTRP, he served as General Manager at Butler County Regional Transit Authority in Hamilton, Ohio. Ken spent twelve years (1994 – 2005) as an elected member of Trenton City Council, a community of 11,000, situated in SW Ohio. From 2011 until 2018, he served on the Board of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) which provides public transit service to the Greater Cincinnati Area. Since 1994, he has served on the Board of the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments, which coordinates regional transportation planning in the Greater Cincinnati region. Ken holds a BSBA from The Ohio State University in Marketing/Transportation Logistics and has post-graduate designations of Associate in Claims and an Associate in Risk Management for Public Entities from the Insurance Institute of America (IIA/CPCU).

Barbara J. Rhoades

Health Transit Pool of Ohio
Ohio Transit Risk Pool
Transit Reinsurance LTDBarbara is the Chief Executive for several diverse Public Transit Insurance organizations including two Public Entity Risk Pools and two Reinsurance Captives. She has worked in the insurance industry including primary and reinsurance for over 30 years and has work in Ohio (Ohio Transit Risk Pool, The Ohio Plan), Michigan (MMRMA), New York City (St. Paul RE) and Hartford CT (The Hartford). Barbara also acts as fiscal agent for NEORide an Ohio Counsel of Governments whose purpose is to perform cooperative transit projects among its members. She holds a degree in paralegal studies from University of Hartford (Hartford College for Women) and has earned multiple professional designations and awards. Barbara has served on the Board of the Ohio Public Transit Association and is currently serving on the Association of Governmental Risk Pools (AGRiP) Board of Directors as President since 2016 and is the current President. She has served on the review committees for NCHRP projects and the American Society of Actuaries. She spoken extensively on Risk Pooling, Captives and Public Transit for various groups and events in the United States.

Lisa Rivers

Lisa is the Administrator for the Office of Transit and Ridesharing at the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT). Her office provides funding, guidance and oversight of the state-owned CTtransit bus system, the CTfastrak bus rapid transit, as well 14 transit districts, two Connecticut River ferries and the regulation of taxi and livery companies.

CTDOT completed an award-winning Customer Experience Action Plan in 2023. This assessment has led to a $9M expansion in bus service expansion across the state, a $20M turnkey program for bus stop improvements across the state, and the award of microtransit proposals in 9 municipalities.

Thomas Sirico

Tom Sirico is a U.S. Army veteran and began his career in the telecommunications industry. After several years in telecommunications Tom accepted a position with CSX Transportation as a Network Operations Center Communications Technician. When the opportunity arose, Tom took a position in the field and worked on several large projects for CSX including the CFRC and SFRTA operations handovers. Tom helped to lead the design and implementation of CSX’s “Advanced Railyard Concept” and began working on wayside PTC during the initial stages of deployment. Tom became the CFRC Communications Manager for Bombardier in 2017 and then moved to his current role as the CFRC Manager of PTC with Herzog Technology where he manages the CFRC PTC system and the dispatch system for CFRC and their tenants.

P.J. Skarlanic

P.J. has been a property and casualty insurance broker since 2002, joining the Alliant Insurance Services team in 2005. Since joining Alliant, P.J’s focus has been on public entity clients, providing brokerage services for all lines of coverage. Within the public sector, transit is a particular area of expertise for P.J., serving as the broker for several transit districts across the country with all major modes of transit. Along with Dennis Mulqueeney, P.J. co-leads the Public Transit Practice at Alliant.

P.J. holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from San Diego State University. He has also earned the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Associate in Risk Management (ARM). P.J. is a licensed Property & Casualty retail broker in all 50 states. He is active in several professional organizations, including American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and Public Risk Management Association (PRIMA).

Mike Smith

Mike is a veteran transit industry leader with more than 20 years of experience in diverse safety, security, and operations roles, presently serving as Chief of Safety, Security, and Emergency Management for the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority. In this capacity, he is responsible for implementing the agency’s Safety Management System, directing the day-to-day system safety, security, and emergency management functions throughout RTA’s four operating modes, and overseeing RTA’s transit police contract with the New Orleans Police Department.

Prior to joining RTA in 2020, Mike held increasingly responsible roles at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and several small/mid-size bus transit systems, and supported FTA’s Transit Safety and Oversight programs as a federal contractor. From 2010-2015, he also served on APTA’s staff in Washington D.C. where he was responsible for managing its safety and security programs and developing technical assistance resources for the transit industry.

Mike earned Transit Safety and Security Program (TSSP) certificates from the U.S. Department of Transportation in bus and rail and is PTSCTP-certified in rail. He also achieved the World Safety Organization’s Certified Safety and Security Director (WSO-CSSD) certification. He holds degrees in urban planning and project management. In his spare time, he remains engaged in transportation safety groups, both locally and nationally, including APTA’s safety committees and standards development working groups, several Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) project panels, Louisiana Operation Lifesaver, and the New Orleans Regional Traffic Safety Coalition.

Lisa Staes

Ms. Lisa Staes is the Associate Director of the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR). She was recently appointed by USDOT Secretary, Pete Buttigieg to the Transit Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS) and serves as its co-chair, is the chair of TRB’s Standing Committee on Transit Safety and Security (AP080), Advisory Board Member of Elsevier’s Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives Journal, and former chair of APTA’s Bus Safety Committee. She is the CUTR project manager for FTA’s Transit Worker and Rider Safety project and a project under the Mineta Transportation Institute examining the prevalence of mental health and behavioral distress in transit assaults, with the goal of presenting targeted response and mitigation methods to reduce victimization trends. In addition, she has performed several research projects under the Transportation Research Board, Transit Cooperative Research Program, through FTA’s research office, and the Florida DOT, as examples on topics ranging from transit assaults, to collisions/crash energy management, rail trespassing and suicides, fitness for duty and fatigue risk management, as well as other topics.

Gardner Tabon

Executive Vice President, Systemwide Accessibility & Chief Safety Officer – Gardner Tabon has served the industry he has come to love, globally, for over 34 years. Gardner has been in his current role since July 2018, and is responsible for the research, development, implementation, and management of all corporate, commuter rail, bus, demand response and construction safety, emergency management and public safety-related programs and initiatives.

As a part of an industry-wide leadership role and demonstration of his overall commitment to safety and security excellence, he serves as the American Public Transportation Association’s Commuter Rail Safety and Security Subcommittee chair.

He is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, National Fire Protection Association and World Safety Organization. He is certified by the World Safety Organization as a certified safety executive and holds a USDOT-required Transit Safety and Security Program or TSSP certification.

Otis Tolbert, Jr.

Current Responsibilities
Otis has been with Aon since 1998 and has served Aon clients as a strategic advisor on complex risks.As global practice leader, Otis has responsibility for thought leadership, product innovation, strategic direction, and financial performance of one of Aon’s oldest industry segment practice groups.Experience
Otis has over thirty-five years of experience in the risk and insurance industry. He has risk management, underwriting, and broking experience. His responsibilities have included P&L management, personnel, and client engagement. His work experience includes:

  • June 2010 to January 2016: Resident Managing Director, Aon Capital Region
  • Chief Executive Officer for Capital Region operations. Responsible for all aspects of property and casualty and health and benefits service delivery within the region. Oversaw revenue, expense management, recruiting, personnel management, strategic partnerships and alliances, and all mission critical activities related to operations.
  • October 2007 to June 2010: Chief Operating Officer, Aon Capital Region
  • Responsibilities included leadership of client service model, implementation and management of financial performance metrics, and management of service team platform.
  • Member of various industry groups and board member of several charitable organizations. Otis has also coached youth AAU, club, travel, and house sports.

Otis’ specific areas of expertise include complex risk analysis, due diligence, alternative risk finance, and complex client management

Dottie Watkins

President & CEO – Dottie first began her transit career in 1994 – driving buses part-time while she attended the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to her current role she was the agency’s Deputy CEO, and before that Chief Customer Officer/Chief Operating Officer, and before that, CapMetro’s Vice President – Bus Operations and Maintenance. She has been responsible for all aspects of the agency’s contracted bus operations through active monitoring of service quality and contract compliance.

Dottie holds a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Texas and a Master of Business Administration from St. Edward’s University. A native Austinite, Dottie regularly enjoys trips to the pool with her daughter and plays French Horn in a local community band.

Andrew P. Wilson

Andrew Wilson is the Chief Safety Officer and the Executive Director for the Safety, Security, Emergency Management and Enviromental Services division at TriMet.

Prior to becoming an executive at TriMet, Andrew served as Interim Director of Safety and Environmental Services. He was the leader of the Virus Leadership Team during COVID and Incident Commander during the 2020 wildfire/hazardous air quality events that threatened the Pacific Northwest.
Andrew began his TriMet career in 2016 as Director of Risk Management, quickly becoming the agency’s go-to source for insurance questions, risk analysis and expert assessment during construction planning processes. He created TriMet’s first Enterprise Risk Register, a comprehensive online portal cataloguing hundreds of high-impact risks and their associated mitigation strategies. Andrew also led the completion of TriMet’s first Carbon Audit, guiding its environmental plan and climate actions.

After his promotion to TriMet’s Chief Safety Officer and Executive Director of Safety, Security, Emergency Management, and Environmental Services, in January of 2022, Andrew has overseen a time of expansion and innovation within the Safety and Security division. In June of 2023, under Andrew’s leadership, TriMet’s Safety and Security division was awarded gold awards for both Safety and Security improvements.

Andrew has a Transit Safety and Security Professional designation (TSSP) for both bus and rail, holds a PTSCTP certification, and has been qualified as a Certified Safety Executive by the World Safety Organization (WSO).

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