August 16, 2010
A chief executive officer post is among the job opportunities available in this week's classifieds!
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Colonus (Lonnie) Mitchell, Martha Welborne
LOS ANGELES, CA—Los Angeles Metro announced the appointment of Colonus (Lonnie) Mitchell to chief operations officer, a position he had held on an interim basis since December 2009, and the hiring of Martha Welborne as executive director of countywide planning.
Mitchell joined the agency as procurement chief in June 2000 after completing a 30-year career in the U.S. Navy Supply Corps. In 2005, he became chief administrative services officer.
Welborne is an architect and urban planner whose work has ranged from individual building design to such large-scale planning projects as Los Angeles’ surface transit project, an effort that led to the creation of the county’s Metro Rapid bus system.
Gustavo (Gus) Pego
POMPANO BEACH, FL—Gustavo (Gus) Pego, P.E., has joined the Governing Board of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, appointed by Florida Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Kopelousos.
Pego is a 31-year employee of Florida DOT who was appointed District VI secretary in May 2008.
Ray Abraham, Jay Harper, Suresh Shrimavle
PHOENIX, AZ—Valley Metro Rail, operator of METRO light rail, has named Ray Abraham as chief operations officer; Jay Harper as chief of safety and security; and Suresh Shrimavle, P.E., as chief maintenance engineer.
Abraham has worked in public transit for 30 years, serving in cities including Pittsburgh and Minneapolis before joining METRO five years ago as manager of rail activation during the 20-mile system’s startup.
Harper has transitioned to supporting METRO’s safety and security program after more than 20 years in transit operations. He joined METRO seven years ago after starting his transit career in Utah.
Shrimvale comes to Phoenix from Los Angeles Metro. He will be responsible for technical engineering support for vehicle, system, and facilities maintenance, as well as contract administration.
Jesse Bernstein, Sue McCormick, Anya Dale, Roger Kerson
ANN ARBOR, MI—The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (AATA) Board of Directors elected Jesse Bernstein as its chair and Sue McCormick its treasurer. Each will serve a one-year term.
In addition, Anya Dale and Roger Kerson have joined the AATA board, both appointed by Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje.
Dale has a background in encouraging sustainable land use and transportation. She is a project manager with the Washtenaw County Department of Economic Development and Energy. Kerson is a media consultant at RK Communications. His current projects include media relations and advertising for “Save Our Ride,” a labor-community coalition advocating enhanced support of public transit agencies across the nation.
PITTSBURGH, PA—Kathryn Spear has joined Ansaldo STS USA as vice president, strategic marketing. She previously served the company as director, strategic marketing.
Spear has 20 years of experience in product line management, strategic planning, market communications and new market development.
ST. LOUIS, MO—Tracy Beidleman, director of program development and grants for St. Louis Metro, has received the first-ever Award of Excellence for Outstanding Customer Service and Financial Oversight of FTA Projects in St. Louis, presented by Region VII of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). She is an 11-year employee of the system.
William Kalt, team leader for operations and program management with FTA Region VII in Kansas City, said the high recognition for Beidleman was special, perhaps even just a one-time award. FTA presented it to honor her performance in complicated and demanding collaboration between Metro, as a recipient of federal grants, and FTA as the agency that administers the grants.
KANSAS CITY, MO—TranSystems announced the hiring of Frank Miller as a vice president of the Passenger Rail & Transit sector, located in the Philadelphia office.
Miller has 26 years experience in planning, design, construction, inspection, project management, and track and facility engineering for major railway transportation and public transit systems. His previous experience includes projects with New Jersey Transit Corporation; MTA Long Island Rail Road; HNTB; Parsons Brinckerhoff; Philadelphia’s Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority; and MTA New York City Transit.
WALNUT CREEK, CA—John Haussmann, P.E., has joined HDR as a vice president and principal project manager based in the company’s Walnut Creek office.
Haussmann has more than 30 years of experience delivering a wide range of multimodal surface transportation projects. Prior to joining HDR, he was the regional transit manager for PBS&J’s west and central regions. From 1997 to 2008 he served first as chief operating officer and then chief executive officer/president of T.Y. Lin International.
SURREY, BC—Coast Mountain Bus Company announced the retirement of Angus McIntyre after more than 40 years as a transit operator for the company. He joined the bus company in the fall of 1969 and retired May 30.
McIntyre is one of the few remaining operators to have driven all three generations of trolleybuses used in Vancouver.
YORK, PA—Scott Colburn is the new operations manager of rabbittransit, in charge of fixed route service, specialized transit, scheduling, safety operations, and maintenance operations.
Colburn has 18 years of transportation experience. As an employee of ATC/Vancom, he served as general manager of transit properties in Chico, CA, and Holland, MI. He worked for First Transit from 2002 until the present as general manager in properties in New York, North Carolina, and Massachusetts.
PORTLAND, OR—The Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) announced the promotion of Shelly Lomax to executive director of operations. Lomax served as TriMet’s interim executive director following the retirement of Fred Hansen.
Lomax joined TriMet as a bus operator in 1987 and later held such positions as director of safety and security and, most recently, director of operations support.