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March 1, 2010

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People on the Move

Stephen E. Schlickman
CHICAGO, IL—Stephen E. Schlickman, executive director of the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), has announced that he will step down from the post after his five-year anniversary in October.

Following his departure, Schlickman plans to resume the transportation policy and finance consulting practice he operated before coming to the RTA.

Aaron Reardon, Claudia Thomas, Fred Butler
SEATTLE, WA--The Sound Transit Board of Directors elected Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon as its chair for a two-year term beginning in 2010. He succeeds Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels.

Reardon began his second four-year term as Snohomish County executive in January 2008. Prior to his taking office in 2004, he served five years in the Washington State Legislature, most recently in the Senate and prior to that in the House of Representatives, representing the 38th Legislative District.

The board also elected Lakewood City Council Member Claudia Thomas and Issaquah City Council Deputy President Fred Butler as vice chairs.

Michael W. Tyler, JoAnn Godfrey McClinton, Juanita Jones Abernathy, Barbara Babbit Kaufman
ATLANTA, GA—Michael W. Tyler, an attorney with Kilpatrick Stockton, has been elected chair of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority Board of Directors for 2010. He represents Fulton County.

The new vice chair is JoAnn Godfrey McClinton of DeKalb County, a retired state legislator; secretary, Juanita Jones Abernathy of Atlanta, a former educator and retired sales director; and treasurer, Barbara Babbit Kaufman of Fulton County, entrepreneur.

Gary Gillespie, Ed Necker
EUGENE, OR—Gary Gillespie has joined the Lane Transit District (LTD) Board of Directors, appointed by Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski.

Gillespie is a library assistant for the city of Eugene and president of Council 75, American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees.

Ed Necker was appointed to the LTD board for a second term.

Michael Johnson, Shana Ellis, Ron Aames, Lyn Truitt
PHOENIX, AZ—Phoenix Councilmember Michael Johnson has been elected to a one-year term as chair of the 2010 Valley Metro Board of Directors.

Tempe Vice Mayor Shana Ellis is vice chair; Peoria Vice Mayor Ron Aames, treasurer; and Surprise Mayor Lyn Truitt, secretary.

Howard Silver, Kathleen Ashland
BAKERSFIELD, CA—Howard Silver, APTA chair from 2005 to 2007, has been elected to his third term as chair of the Golden Empire Transit District Board of Directors. Silver has served on the board since 1984, when he was appointed by the Bakersfield City Council.

Kathleen Ashland, a 23-year board member, was named to her third term as board vice chair.

Michael J. Sweeney
KANSAS CITY, MO—Michael J. Sweeney, P.E., has joined the New York City office of TranSystems as national transit market sector leader/vice president in support of the firm’s passenger rail and transit group.

Sweeney is a longtime employee of AECOM, serving most recently as vice president for all transit activity in the eastern U.S. and Canada. His major projects include managing the infrastructure rehabilitation of Grand Central Terminal for MTA Metro-North Railroad and the restoration of MTA New York City Transit’s Times Square Station for the New York City Transit and serving as chief engineer for MTA Capital Construction’s new terminal station as part of the East Side Access project.

Arnfred Kulenkampff
ELYRIA, OH—Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC announced the appointment of Arnfred Kulenkampff as its chief financial officer and vice president of finance and information technology.

Kulenkampff joins Bendix after serving as vice president of finance at Alcoa Electrical and Electronic Solutions in Farmington Hills, MI, and president of Reum Corporation in Waukegan, IL.

Ken McDonald
ATLANTA, GA—Ken McDonald has been named senior engineering manager at Parsons Brinckerhoff, based in the Atlanta office. He will oversee major transit projects throughout the U.S.

McDonald has more than 25 years of experience in the transit industry, serving most recently as chief operating officer of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. Previously, he spent 20 years with the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority in senior management positions including director of capital programs (rolling stock) and senior director of operations maintenance, culminating with assistant general manager of operations.

Louwana Oliva

STATE COLLEGE, PA—Louwana Oliva has joined the Centre Area Transportation Authority (CATA) as its new assistant general manager. She comes to State College from Akron, OH, where she was director of communications and then assistant executive director for the METRO Regional Transit Authority for more than 15 years.

Oliva is a graduate of the 2008-2009 class of Leadership APTA and serves APTA as a member of the Human Resources Committee, Leadership APTA Committee, and Workforce Development Subcommittee.

Apolonio (Polo) Del Toro, Mannie Thomas
THOUSAND PALMS, CA—SunLine Transit Agency announced the appointments of Apolonio (Polo) Del Toro as director of operations and Mannie Thomas as operations manager.

Del Toro began his SunLine career as a bus mechanic in 1992. He worked his way up to alternative fuels manager and played a key role in the creation of SunFuels, the agency-owned fueling station that provides alternative fuel for the system’s fleet, as well as residents and businesses.

Thomas worked at the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) in Orange, CA, for 25 years, beginning as a coach operator and working his way up to section manager in the Operations Department. Following his retirement from OCTA, he spent five years as an operations manager with the city of Montebello, CA.

Kini Knudson
PHOENIX, AZ—The City of Phoenix Public Transit Department has hired Kini Knudson as deputy director for facilities. His more than 13 years of public-sector experience includes six years as an engineer/project manager in Phoenix Public Transit’s Facilities Division.

He returns to the public transportation department from the Phoenix Engineering and Architectural Services Department, where as an engineering supervisor he oversaw procurement of contracts for capital projects citywide.

Shlomo Shyovitz
AMHERST, NY—Architect Shlomo Shyovitz has joined the Wendel Companies as director of design. Wendel is a nationally recognized design firm composed of three companies: Wendel Duchscherer Architects and Engineers, PC; Wendel Energy Services, LLC; and Wendel Construction Inc.

Shyovitz is a former senior architect with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, where he supervised transit station and facility design and collaborated with state and local jurisdictions to develop urban design studies and long-range planning for system expansion. More recently he was director of planning and design for Marriott International and vice president at the Friedmutter Group, a Las Vegas-based architecture and design firm specializing in hotels and casinos.

Deborah DeVoe
CINCINNATI, OH—First Transit and First Services announced the hiring of Deborah DeVoe as senior vice president of sales.

DeVoe has 27 years of work experience, serving most recently as vice president of sales for ARAMARK, one of the nation’s top professional services and facilities management companies.

Harry Brown
PHILADELPHIA, PA—Harry Brown, PMP, LEED® AP, has joined Urban Engineers Inc. as manager-federal services. He is a Project Management Professional with nearly 25 years of experience in construction and engineering.

Most recently, Brown worked as a project manager for KBR/BE&K, Inc. He earlier worked for VT Griffin and JA Jones Management Services and served in the Public Works Department for the U.S. Navy.

Eugene Skoropowski
KANSAS CITY, MO—HNTB Corporation has named Eugene Skoropowski as passenger rail services director for the South East Division, based in the firm’s Lake Mary, FL, office.

Most recently, Skoropowski served as managing director of the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority in Oakland, CA, retiring in September. He has more than 40 years of experience, including 10 years as director of rail projects for Fluor Corporation and tenures with public transit agencies in Philadelphia and Boston.

He is a longtime member of the APTA Commuter Rail Committee and High-Speed and Intercity Rail Committee.

James M. Dougherty
ITASCA, IL—The National Safety Council awarded its 2009 Distinguished Service to Safety Award to James M. Dougherty, chief safety officer and director of safety, security, and enforcement with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA).

Dougherty has more than 25 years of experience in transportation safety, occupational safety and health, industrial hygiene, and environmental protection. He oversees all functions of the Safety, Security and Enforcement Division for SFMTA and helps develop safety training and education programs.

Robert H. Glines
CANANDAIGUA, NY—Robert H. Glines has joined Eta Phi Systems Inc. as director, business development, in the company’s Canandaigua office.

Glines has 31 years in the high-tech transit industry, serving companies including General Railway Signaling, ALSTOM Signaling, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Gannett Fleming, and Rail Transit Systems Inc.

He is a member of the APTA Power, Signals, and Communications Technical Forum and formerly served as a member of the APTA Board of Directors and Business Member Board of Governors.

Guy Chertock, William S. Rhea Jr.
AMBLER, PA—LTK Engineering Services announced the appointments of Guy Chertock as a project consultant in the company’s Vehicle Engineering Practice and William S. Rhea Jr. as a senior vehicle consultant based in Pittsburgh.

Chertock has worked on complex communications engineering assignments for MTA New York City Transit and Amtrak. He also is an eight-year veteran of the Israeli Defense Forces, where he had served as a signal and communications officer.

Rhea joins LTK after 16 years with Union Switch & Signal/Ansaldo STS, where he was a senior consulting engineer. His background is in car-borne system design and analysis, including automatic train control, positive train control, communications-based train control, and their associated cab signal interfaces.

Jannet Walker-Thoms
ATLANTA, GA—First Data announced that Jannet Walker-Thoms has joined the company as vice president and transportation practice lead for the company’s government services line of business.

Walker-Thoms previously was a principal with Booz Allen Hamilton. Her career spans more than 20 years, including service to the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority as deputy general manager/executive vice president, chief information officer, and assistant general manager of technology.

Ted Hikel, Jon Nehring, Dianne White, Tom Hamilton, Chris Raezer
SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WA—Ted Hikel, a member of the Community Transit Board of Directors from 2006 to 2008 and more recently a board alternate, has been reappointed to the board. He is a city councilmember in Lynnwood, WA.

New members of the board are Marysville City Councilmember Jon Nehring and Stanwood Mayor Dianne White.

Two new board alternates also were selected: Snohomish City Councilmember Tom Hamilton and Arlington City Councilmember Chris Raezer.

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