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Who's Doing What in the Industry

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ITHACA, NY—Frank P. Proto succeeded David Howe as chairman of the Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT) Board of Directors. Proto has served on TCAT and its predecessor operating committee starting in the 1990s and has served several previous terms as its chairman.

Denise Thompson, Cornell University’s manager of off-campus living, succeeded Howe, assistant dean of finance and administration at Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine, who stepped down from the board after more than five years.

Bridgette Brady, director of Cornell’s Department of Transportation and Mail Services, is the board’s secretary-treasurer.


NEW YORK CITY—HNTB Corporation has promoted Michael Sweeney to executive vice president, based in New York City, and appointed Kimberly Slaughter transit/rail market sector leader, based in Chicago, and Kammy Horne group director and vice president, based in Austin, TX.

Sweeney has held several leadership positions since joining HNTB in 2012 and continues to serve as Eastern U.S. Region president. He has 31 years of industry experience. For APTA, he is a member of the High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail and Planning, Policy and Program Development committees.

Slaughter has 30 years of experience, most recently as central region transit market sector director with another consulting firm and earlier with Houston’s Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County. She is a graduate of the Leadership APTA Class of 2007, a member of the APTA Board of Directors, chair of the Planning, Policy and Program Development Committee and a member of numerous other committees.

Horne has 25 years of transportation planning and development experience, most recently as a transportation regional business manager for another consulting firm. She is a graduate of the Leadership APTA Class of 2012, co-chair of the APTA Environmental Subcommittee and a member of numerous other committees.

With Slaughter’s arrival, Diana Mendes will continue to serve as president of HNTB’s Mid Atlantic Division.


CINCINNATI—First Transit announces the promotion of John Mathews to senior vice president of the central region and national call center operations. Mathews joined First Transit in 1989 and most recently served as regional vice president for the central region.


DENVER—The Regional Transportation District has named Michael Ford chief operating officer, a new position created to oversee all of the agency’s bus and rail operations while meeting the needs of the growing metro region.

In a career of more than 30 years, Ford has been chief executive officer of the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan, Detroit, and the Ann Arbor Area (MI) Transportation Authority. He is a graduate of the Leadership APTA Class of 1999.


CINCINNATI—John Edmondson has joined Cincinnati Metro as director of procurement. He previously served as a management analyst for Ohio DOT and eight years as section chief for compliance at Illinois DOT.


ANCHORAGE, AK—The Alaska Railroad has promoted Director of Project Management Brian Lindamood to vice president, engineering. He succeeds Clark Hopp, who was promoted to chief operating officer. Lindamood joined the railroad in 2006 and served in his previous post since 2012.


NEW YORK CITY—WSP USA announced the promotions of Agnes Otto to area manager responsible for transportation and infrastructure operations in several midwestern states, based in Lenexa, KS, and Claudia Bilotto to transportation and infrastructure area manager for the firm’s Atlanta office.

Otto joined WSP in 2014 as director of integrated solutions. Earlier she had a 15-year career with a large U.S. infrastructure firm, ultimately serving as vice president for strategy management and strategic planning officer.

Bilotto has 18 years of transportation experience. Before joining WSP in 2014 as an assistant vice president and planning/environment manager, she was an associate vice president for a national engineering firm.


SEATTLE—Russell L. Arnold has joined Sound Transit in the new position of chief customer experience officer. Arnold most recently worked for the San Mateo County Transit District, San Carlos, CA.
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