WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 6, 2022) – The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) 2022 Nominating Committee has selected Dorval R. Carter, Jr., president, Chicago Transit Authority, as the next vice chair for APTA. Kevin J. Holzendorf, immediate past chair, Jacksonville Transportation Authority Board of Directors, FL, will assume the position of chair of APTA for 2022-2023. Jeffrey A. Nelson, CEO/managing director, Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District (Metrolink), Moline, IL, will serve as immediate past chair. Jeffrey Wharton, director, contracts and technical services, Systra Engineering, is secretary-treasurer for 2022-2025. APTA members will vote on the 2022-2023 slate of nominees October 7 during APTA’s 2022 TRANSform Conference in Seattle, WA.

The 2022 Nominating Committee nominated members-at-large for both the APTA Executive Committee and the APTA Board of Directors at a meeting in Chicago on September 1. Nominated to three-year terms as members-at-large of the 25-member APTA Executive Committee are:

  • Francis “Buddy” Coleman, chief customer officer, Clever Devices Ltd., business member-at-large
  • Denise Figueroa, board member, CDTA, Albany, NY, transit board member-at-large
  • Adelee Le Grand, CEO, HART, Tampa, FL, executive committee member-at-large

The committee also approved the following individuals to fill portfolio seats on the Executive Committee:

  • Doug Tisdale, CEO, Tisdale & Associates LLC; district H director and past board chair, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
  • Bill Carpenter, CEO, Regional Transit Service, Rochester, NY
  • Jannet Walker-Ford, senior vice president & national transit & rail business line leader, WSP
  • Carolyn Gonot, CEO and general manager, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, San Jose, CA

Nominations for three-year terms on the APTA Board of Directors are:

Transit system directors:

  • Carrie Butler, executive director, Transit Authority of River City, Louisville, KY
  • Samuel Desue, general manager, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon, Portland, OR
  • Bacarra Mauldin, chief of staff, Memphis Area Transit Authority, TN
  • Lauren Skiver, CEO/general manager, SunLine Transit Agency, Thousand Palms, CA
  • Troi Taylor, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (Houston Metro), TX
  • Caitlin Vargas, president, board of directors, Lane Transit District, Springfield, OR

Business member directors:

  • Krish Inbarajan, CEO, Preteckt, Inc.
  • Christopher Boylan, director, governmental & strategic partnerships, General Contractors Association of NY, Inc.


The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public- and private-sector organizations which represent a $80 billion industry that directly employs 448,000 people and supports millions of private sector jobs. APTA members are engaged in the areas of bus, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, subways, waterborne services, and intercity and high-speed passenger rail. This includes: transit systems; planning, design, construction, and finance firms; product and service providers; academic institutions; transit associations and state departments of transportation. APTA is the only association in North America that represents all modes of public transportation. APTA members serve the public interest by providing safe, efficient and economical transit services and products.                      

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