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Kilcoyne Retiring from Lane Transit District

EUGENE, OR--Ron Kilcoyne, general manager of the Lane Transit District (LTD) since 2011, has announced his plans to retire later this year. During his 35-year public transit career, he was general manager of the Greater Bridgeport (CT) Transit Authority and Santa Clarita (CA) Transit and planning manager at AC Transit, Oakland, CA.

For APTA, Kilcoyne chairs the Small Operations Committee and serves on the Board of Directors, as well as numerous other committees. LTD received APTA's Outstanding Public Transportation System Award in 2014.

Rina Cutler

PHILADELPHIA--Rina Cutler, Philadelphia's deputy mayor for transportation and utilities, is joining Amtrak as senior director for major station planning and development. Cutler worked for Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter since 2008 and earlier was PennDOT deputy secretary for administration and transportation commissioner in Boston.

Richard Fischer, Josef Villa, Scott Sibert, Christopher Bente, Jason Tell
NEW YORK CITY--Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB) has announced the following appointments.

Richard Fischer, a 18-year employee of PB, has been named New York City area manager. He is also a senior vice president and earlier served as the firm's Princeton area manager.

Also in the New York City office, PB has named Josef Villa a senior supervising engineer. He previously was a senior project engineer/assistant project manager in the structural department of another international engineering firm.

Scot Sibert
has been named a senior principal technical specialist in the firm's Charlotte office. He joins PB after working as a planning manager with an international engineering firm and a transportation planner in Gaston, NC, and Harrisburg, PA.

Christopher Bente
has been named a supervising GIS planner in the Sacramento office. He comes to the company after working as GIS manager in the Sacramento office of an international engineering organization.

Jason Tell has been named area manager for the firm's Portland, OR, office. He has more than 20 years of experience, joining PB in 2014 as a senior planning manager after 20 years with Oregon DOT.











Craig Freedman
CHICAGO--Craig Freedman, president of Freedman Seating Company, has been named by Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker to serve on the secretary's Manufacturing Council. This organization, comprising 30 private sector leaders selected for their expertise and industry perspectives, advises the commerce secretary on policies to strengthen the manufacturing economy and create jobs.

David Haubert, Jerry Pentin, Steven Spedowfski, Fred Thompson, Roxana Martinez
LIVERMORE, CA--The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority welcomed four new members to its board of directors: Dublin Mayor David Haubert, Pleasanton City Councilmember Jerry Pentin, Livermore City Councilmember Steven Spedowfski and Palmdale City Councilmember Fred Thompson. They succeed Tim Sbranti, Jerry Thorne, Bob Woerner and newly elected State Assemblyman Tom Lackey respectively.

Palmdale Councilmember Roxana Martinez takes over the alternate director position previously held by Thompson.

Daniel J. Heilig, Joseph A. Naughton, Thomas Hofbauer, Luis Logo Jr., Megan Syrnick
MARLTON, NJ--Hill International announced the following promotions and hirings.

Daniel J. Heilig, based in Denver, and Joseph A. Naughton of Boston have been promoted to senior vice presidents within the company's Project Management Group. Heilig has more than 40 years of experience in transportation, power, petroleum, petrochemical, mining and aerospace. Naughton, also the firm's New England regional manager, has more than 25 years of experience in architecture and construction.

Thomas Hofbauer of Hill's Munich, Germany, office, and Luis Logo Jr. of New York City were promoted to senior vice presidents in the Construction Claims Group. Hofbauer has nearly 20 years of experience in rail, tunneling and road infrastructure projects. Lugo's more than 30 years of military and private-sector experience includes public transit and airport projects.

Also, Megan Syrnick, project manager in Hill's Philadelphia office, has been elected to a two-year term as president of the Philadelphia Chapter of WTS International. She has more than 12 years of project management experience and received the chapter's Member of the Year honor in 2009.

Veronica Lowe
GRAND RAPIDS, MI--Veronica Lowe has joined The Rapid as its new transportation manager. Her 24 years of experience included serving as chief of paratransit and taxi operations in Prince George's County, MD, director of transportation for Frederick County (MD) Public Schools, manager of paratransit service in Flint, MI, and transportation supervisor and coordinator of community education transportation for Grand Rapids Public Schools.

Andrew Long

BALTIMORE--Andrew Long has joined CH2M HILL as a senior mechanical rail vehicle engineer. He has more than 22 years of experience in the rail vehicle industry with both car builders and sub-suppliers.

Mark Walbrun

ISELIN, NJ--Mark Walbrun has joined Hatch Mott MacDonald as its East Unit practice leader for rail and transit, based in the Chicago office. Since 1975, Walbrun has led major North American railroad and public transit planning, design and construction projects since 1975, including more than two decades with Amtrak.

Gerry Gustin, Gene A. Rhodes

DAYTON, OH--The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority announced the promotions of Gerry Gustin to manager of security and Gene A. Rhodes to chief performance officer.

Gustin spent 30 years in law enforcement, retiring in 2013 as a lieutenant with the Huber Heights Police Department. Rhodes has more than 40 years of work experience and joined the agency in 2011; he heads the newly formed Department of Performance Management.

Dave Cortese, Libby Schaaf, Jason Baker, Julie Pierce

OAKLAND, CA--Dave Cortese, president, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, has been elected to a two-year term as chair of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC). He joined the board in 2007, representing the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), and later transitioned to Santa Clara County's seat on the commission.

MTC also announced three new members of the commission: newly elected Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf; Campbell City Councilmember Jason Baker, representing the cities of Santa Clara County; and Clayton City Councilmember Julie Pierce, representing ABAG.

Brendan W. Cotter

ALLENTOWN, PA--The Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority announced the appointment of Brendan W. Cotter as director of planning and development. He joins the agency after working as a management analyst with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority in Philadelphia. Cotter also has held planning positions with the Delaware County (PA) Planning Department and Transportation Management Association of Chester County, PA.

Ron Hartman

LONDON, U.K.--Network Rail Consulting, a wholly owned subsidiary of Network Rail, the owner and operator of Britain's railway infrastructure, has appointed Ron Hartman its vice president of North America. Hartman formerly was chief executive officer of Transdev North America's Rail Division since 2008.

He began his public transit career working for APTA, was general manager of the Maryland Transit Administration for more than a decade, was vice president for planning and development with Amtrak and executive vice president-Mid-Atlantic and senior vice president with Veolia Transportation, now Transdev.

Wade Cooper, Beverly Silas, Ann Stafford, Delia Garza
AUSTIN, TX--The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors has named Wade Cooper its chair, succeeding Mike Martinez. Cooper joined the board in 2014. Beverly Silas was elected vice chair and Ann Stafford continues her tenure as secretary.

Also, Austin City Councilmember Delia Garza joined the board as the elected official appointee of the council. She succeeds Chris Riley, who had served on the board since 2007.
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