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ARLINGTON, VA—Diana Mendes has joined HNTB Corporation as senior vice president and national transit/rail practice leader, based in the firm’s Arlington office.

Mendes has 30 years of transportation and public transit experience, coming to HNTB after working as Americas transit/rail director for another engineering firm. For more than a decade she has been a lead instructor for transit professional development courses sponsored by FTA and the National Transit Institute.

For APTA, she is vice chair of the Legislative Committee and a member of numerous other committees and the Board of Directors.

WEST PALM BEACH, FL—Volton (Michael) Williams has joined Palm Tran as Fiscal Manager II in the Administrative Services Division. He most recently was chief administrative officer for the SunLine Transit Agency in Thousand Palms, CA, and worked 13 years in several posts with the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority in Pompano Beach.

PHILADELPHIA—Martin Paone, a 40-year veteran in railway signals design, has joined Burns Engineering as a project manager in the Railroad and Transit Signals & Communications Group, working with clients including the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Amtrak and the Delaware River Port Authority.

NEW YORK CITY—­John McConkey will lead electrical design teams for tunnel and transit projects as a senior engineering manager with WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB), based in the firm’s New York office.

McConkey served the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for 30 years, as its chief electrical engineer since 2007.

Also, WSP | PB has opened a new office in San Jose, CA. Mike Zeuger, senior associate with the firm’s buildings practice, has relocated from San Francisco to manage the group’s new practice.

NEW YORK CITY—The Fund for the City of New York recently presented the Sloan Public Service Award to George Menduiña, MTA Bus Company vice president and chief facilities officer for MTA New York City Transit’s Department of Buses.

Menduiña started his career at NYC Transit in 1977 as a maintainer, rose through the ranks to lead the stationary engineering division in the Department of Subways, then moved to the Department of Buses to become the assistant chief facilities officer, managing facility operations and construction throughout the city. He has served in his current positions for the past three years.

The honor is given annually to six extraordinary New York City employees whose performance and commitment to the public transcend their job descriptions and demonstrate their ability and dedication to going above and beyond their call of duty.

TYSONS CORNER, VA—VHB announced the addition of five employees to its National Capital Region office: Eric Tang, Mid-Atlantic safety team; Craig ­Schneider, Janie Nham and Javier Revilla, transportation team; and Jen McGovern, Mid-Atlantic regional marketing manager for the firm’s six offices in North Carolina, Maryland and Virginia.

Tang is a senior highway safety engineer with 12 years of expertise in transportation policy, planning, safety and engineering. Schneider is a transportation analyst joining the transportation engineering team. Nham, a transportation planner, is responsible for multimodal transportation planning, research and policy projects. Revilla is a recent graduate of George Mason University with experience in campus transportation planning, transportation infrastructure design, and bicycle and pedestrian campus integration. McGovern has 11 years of marketing, writing and editing experience.

CINCINNATI—Transdev North America announced the promotion of Dick Alexander to executive vice president of business development and the hiring of Rob Mowat for Alexander’s previous position, senior vice president of business development.

Alexander is also a member of the Transdev North America Executive Committee, responsible for developing corporate strategy and policies, and was part of the recent effort to create Intelliride, the company’s brokered on-demand business providing non-emergency medical and paratransit services to persons with disabilities.

Mowat joins Transdev with more than 25 years of expertise, most recently seven years in a succession of jobs at Nova Bus. He is a member of the Leadership APTA Class of 2003 and serves on the APTA Board of Directors.

CINCINNATI—Ken Reed, vice chair of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority board, recently received the Public Service Recognition Award from the Cincinnati Chapter of the American Society of Public Administration.

Reed joined the board in 2011 and was re-elected vice chair earlier this year. He is manager of loss control services for the Ohio Transit Risk Pool, responsible for the oversight of all loss control, training and risk auditing activities.

PASADENA, CA—Parsons announced the appointments of William (Bill) Crosbie as senior vice president and business development director for its Transit Division and Ettore Morelli as vice president and global business development manager responsible for major pursuits.

Crosbie has more than 30 years of experience, including seven years as chief operating officer of Amtrak and previous service as Parsons’ railroad program vice president.

Morelli has more than 17 years of experience and returns to the firm after a four-year hiatus.

ROCHESTER, NY—The Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority (RGRTA) has named Geoffrey Astles of Ontario County chair of its board of commissioners. He succeeds James Redmond, who stepped down from the board after serving 12 years, six of them as its chairman.

Other officers named were Paul J. Battaglia, Genesee County, vice chairperson; Edward W. White, Seneca County, secretary; and Michael P. Jankowski, Wayne County, treasurer.

Four new members also joined the board: William Faber, Don Jeffries and Kelli O’Connor, all representing Monroe County, and Rich Kosmerl, Wyoming County.

LOS ANGELES—BYD America has announced the following hirings and promotions:

Macy Neshati has been promoted to senior vice president of BYD’s new B2B Division, which focuses on providing battery-electric vehicle technologies to business customers. He previously led the company’s coach and bus unit.

Vice President Micheal Austin has been named to lead the company’s energy storage business; Brendan Riley has been appointed vice president of BYD’s newly created materials handling division; Andy Swanton will lead the company’s newly created fleet division, which will include electric-powered trucks; and Zach Kahn, formerly an employee in the coach and bus division, has been promoted to the newly created position of government affairs director.

GOLDEN, CO—Steve Mentzer has joined Lytx as an enterprise sales director, government fleets. He spent the past 16 years training professional bus operators through the use of simulator-based training activities. Mentzer is a member of the APTA Bus Safety Committee.

LOS ANGELES—Ian Choudri has joined HNTB Corporation in the new position of national rail and transit business development director and senior vice president. He previously served another consulting firm as vice president and global business development director.

PHOENIX—The two boards that oversee Valley Metro in Phoenix have elected new officers for Fiscal Year 2016-2017.

Phoenix Councilmember Thelda ­Williams is the new chair of the Valley Metro Regional ­Public Transportation Authority Board of Directors, which has responsibility for the region’s bus service and alternative transportation for commuters, older riders and persons with disabilities. Scottsdale Councilmember Suzanne Klapp is vice chair and Glendale Councilmember Lauren Tolmachoff is treasurer.

Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell was elected chair of the Valley Metro Rail board, which provides policy direction for light rail. Vice chair is Mesa Vice Mayor Dennis Kavanaugh.
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