Suzanne Alewine, M.P.A., is a Co-Founder and Principal Partner of Community Asset Builders, LLC, in addition to serving as Executive Director of the Missouri Rural Health Association. Community Asset Builders is a health improvement-focused firm providing a variety of services to a diverse array of nonprofit clients that includes federally qualified health centers, hospitals, local public health agencies and statewide associations. Team members provide technical assistance to identify tools and resources to design and sustain community and organizational processes and interventions, develop effective communication strategies, evaluate programs and services, and utilize technology for effective change and cost efficiency. The Missouri Rural Health Association is the administrator of HealthTran, a pilot program linking health care coordination and transportation mobility management services to create a simple, effective approach to improving access to care. HealthTran is currently funded by the Missouri Foundation for Health and the Missouri Department of Transportation through Federal Transit Authority Section 5310 funding.
Ms. Alewine holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Missouri. She is a founding member of the Association for Community Health Improvement, is a past co-chair of the national Healthy Communities Network, and a graduate of the Health Forum’s Creating Healthier Communities Fellowship.
Sarah Anderson, Senior Associate at Cambridge Systematics, currently serves as the Business Development Manager for the Software Business line
where she oversees strategic planning, and development of client and partner relationships. Ms. Anderson is an advocate for expanded use of open data and open-source technologies in the public transportation industry and is passionate about technology’s role in driving better results for transportation providers and consumers. For the past several years, Ms. Anderson has helped Cambridge grow its presence in the field of mobility management. In particular, finding grant funding and teaming partners for the development and implementation of 1-Click, an open-source, multimodal trip planning and trip booking software.
Xavier Arinez, M.S., graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kansas and a Master of Science from the University of Illinois. His professional experience started as a Project Engineer at General Motors in Detroit, Michigan. After 2 years in the automotive industry, Mr. Arinez took three major assignments in South America for American companies expanding into the countries in Bolivia, Colombia, and Brazil, assuming senior engineering and administrative responsibilities for manufacturing plants at the start-up level geared to rapid-growth business models. After 20 years in these roles, his assignments led to the logistics of health care industry where, for the past 6 years, he has acquired a broad experience in practice management and operations in large federally qualified health centers (120,000 visits per year), with emphasis in providing comprehensive health care to underserved populations.
Anneta Arno, Ph.D., M.P.H., is an experienced public health professional with a track record in the field of health equity. This includes national recognition for work promoting community collaboration to transform views and perspectives related to root causes of health disparities, the integration of health equity concepts into health care delivery systems, and racial equity through a public health lens. Prior to joining the team at the District of Columbia Department of Health (DOH), Dr. Arno served as the Division Manager for Communicable Disease Prevention & Public Health Preparedness in the Kansas City, Missouri, Department of Health. She has also served as the Director for the Center for Health Equity in the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness and as Adjunct Faculty in the University of Louisville, School of Public Health and Information Sciences. Dr. Arno holds a Ph.D. in Urban Planning and an M.P.H. in Health Care Management.
Dr. Arno’s diverse career experiences in public health, philanthropy, urban planning, and academia as well as her spirit of collaboration, make her the ideal candidate to lead the newly minted DOH Office of Health Equity and serve as a critical ambassador for a “health in all policies” approach to improving population health.
Barry Barker, M.P.A., was the 2012 recipient of the prestigious Sharon D. Banks Award for Humanitarian Leadership in Transportation from the Transportation Research Board. He has been honored by Paralyzed Veterans of America, Easterseals, and the NAACP for work advancing workplace diversity and accessible transportation and by the American Public Transportation Association as a top transportation manager. Long active in national, state, and local public service organizations, Mr. Barker is a former Executive Committee member of the American Public Transit Association (APTA) and currently chairs APTA’s Legislative Committee. Under his leadership, TARC recognitions include awards for Labor Management, Education-Friendly Employer of the Year, and Psychologically Healthy Workplace. Mr. Barker holds a B.S. in Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and an M.P.A. from Cleveland State University.
Christopher Barnett, M.A., co-directs the Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems (CARES) at the University of Missouri. Mr. Barnett has been with CARES since 1992, and has worked extensively with geographic information technologies (GITs). His early work combining GIT and Internet technologies contributed to the development of the CARES Map Room and a variety of Web-based information and assessment tools, including the Missouri Clipper, an agricultural management data resource, and the Missouri Comprehensive Community Needs Assessment website. His current interests focus on the practical application of data and tools in an Internet environment.
Mr. Barnett, a native of Missouri, received his B.A. in Geography in 1990 and an M.A. in Geography in 1992, both at the University of Missouri. He is also a member of the Missouri Board on Geographic Names.
Clyde J. Behney, M.B.A., is the Executive Director of the Health and Medicine Division (HMD) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Previously he concurrently served as the Interim Leonard D. Schaeffer Executive Officer of the National Academy of Medicine. From 1998 until 2013 he was the Deputy Executive Officer of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), overseeing IOM’s peer-review process, communications activities, and other activities related to the quality of IOM reports.
Prior to joining the National Academies, he was Assistant Director of the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) and Director of the OTA division responsible for health, life sciences, the environment, and education and human resources (1993–1996). From 1981 until 1993, he was the director of OTA’s Health Program. Mr. Behney was the co-founder and, from 1981 until its end in 1985, executive director of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice Network and editor of its newsletter. He has served as a peer reviewer for Health Affairs, the Milbank Quarterly, Medical Care, Health
Services Research, and the American Journal of Public Health. He received his B.S. from Lehigh University and his M.B.A. from the University of Maryland. He completed all requirements short of the dissertation for his Doctorate in Health Policy at George Washington University. He will never write that dissertation.
Julie Bershadsky, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Specialist at the Human Services Research Institute (HSRI). She is the Director of the National Core Indicators-Aging and Disabilities (NCI-AD) project for HSRI. She is also the primary methodologist, data analyst, and researcher for the National Core Indicators (NCI) (an effort to develop indicators and benchmarks of performance across 45 states’ developmental disabilities service systems) and related projects. She works extensively with the NCI data, manages the multi-state dataset, and advises on all methodological issues related to data collection and analysis. Dr. Bershadsky has also provided analytic and methodological guidance and expertise to numerous resource allocation projects that state intellectual and developmental disabilities systems in the United States have undertaken in the recent decade. Dr. Bershadsky’s training and experience is as a health services researcher, statistician, and data analyst and is coupled with extensive knowledge of the field of developmental disabilities and aging. She received her Doctorate in Health Services Research and Policy and her B.A. in Statistics from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
Mary Tonore Blumberg, M.S., is the Program Manager for Strategic Planning and Development at the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), Aging and Health Resources Division. ARC serves as the planning, development and intergovernmental coordination agency for the 10-county Atlanta region. ARC’s purpose is to serve the citizens, local governments, and the broader regional community by providing services, support, and leadership on issues that require comprehensive regional solutions. ARC is designated as both the Atlanta region’s Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and Area Agency on Aging (AAA). Ms. Blumberg is responsible for overseeing activities within ARC’s Lifelong Community Initiative, which promotes diverse housing and transportation options, opportunities for healthy living, and convenient access to basic services. In addition, she oversees strategic planning for the division, which includes the Area Plan on Aging. She oversees a diversity of transportation programs for older adults, persons with disabilities, and low-income people including Federal Transit Administration 5310, DeKalb County Coordinated Transportation System, and Title III Older American Act transportation services. She previously worked at the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Elderly Affairs serving as the Direc-
tor of Home- and Community-Based Services. She has a B.S. and an M.S. from Louisiana State University in Nutrition and is a Registered Dietitian.
Charles Carr, M.S., is the Director of the Office of Intermodal Planning, which encompasses the Mississippi Department of Transportation’s (MDOT’s) Freight Waterways, Aeronautics, and Transit divisions. Mr. Carr has more than 35 years of experience in the public sector, including health planning, housing, disaster recovery assistance, and community development. He has more than 25 years of experience in the transportation field, including executive management, policy development, planning, project development, performance evaluation, compliance reviews, and technical assistance. Most recently as the director of the Public Transit Division, he was responsible for policy development, contract management and grants administration for all the public transit programs administered through MDOT. He earned a bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science and a master’s degree in Sociology/Community Program Development from Jackson State University.
Flora M. Castillo is a Vice President of Community and Strategic Engagement at UnitedHealthcare Community & State. She has more than 20 years of health care and managed care experience, specializing in marketing, public relations, communications, advocacy, and business development. Ms. Castillo previously served as Vice President of Marketing and Business Growth at PerformCare, a member of the AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies, which is a national full-service managed behavioral health care organization that supports members and providers through specialized behavioral health and human services programs in both the public and private sectors. Ms. Castillo has been a Director of the New Jersey Transit Corporation since 1999 and currently chairs its Customer Service committee. She is also a past Chairwoman of the American Public Transportation Association. A passionate transportation advocate, Ms. Castillo is also a member of the board of the Women’s Transportation Seminar based in Washington, DC, the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center Advisory Board at Rutgers University, and the Transportation Diversity Council (TDC).
Raka Choudhury, M.C.R.P., is currently Citywide Transportation Planner with the Progressive Transportation Service Administration (PTSA) at the District (of Columbia) Department of Transportation (DDOT). In this position, in addition to managing the TransportDC program, she works with coordinating station area plans, Metrobus studies, and other planning studies with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority. Ms.
Choudhury is also DDOT’s representative on the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board’s Access for All Advisory Committee. Ms. Choudhury came to DDOT in 2015 with almost 15 years’ experience in urban planning and transportation in both the public and private sectors. While the majority of her work has been in the Washington, DC, area, she has also worked in land use and transportation coordination, infrastructure development, and urban policy in South and South East Asia. While she was working in India in 2011–2012, Ms. Choudhury was also an op-ed contributor to The Wall Street Journal, writing about planning and transportation issues. Ms. Choudhury has a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi, India, and a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University. She has been a certified planner with the American Planning Association since 2007.
Ed Christopher, M.S., has been involved in urban transportation planning since 1979. He has a master’s degree in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a transportation specialization. Mr. Christopher began his career at the Chicago Area Transportation Study (CATS) in 1979 as the Director of Information Systems. There he was responsible for the collection, acquisition, maintenance, and analysis of the data to support the many activities of CATS, the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Chicago region. In 1998, Mr. Christopher went to work for the federal government, first at the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). Between 2001 and December 2015, he was the Metropolitan Planning Specialist for the Federal Highway Administration’s Resource Center. In December 2015, Mr. Christopher retired from federal service and has been doing transportation consulting ever since. Mr. Christopher’s active work in the field of transportation planning includes working on several transportation and health-related projects, chairing a Transportation Research Board (TRB) Task Force on Arterial Health, co-chairing a TRB sub-committee on health and transportation, and speaking as a national expert at various conferences and workshops on the relationship of health and transportation. Mr. Christopher is also an active member on the TRB National Data Committee as well as the founding chair of a TRB Sub Committee on Census Data for Transportation Planning. He serves as a member at large to the TRB Data Section and is an emeritus member of the urban data committee. Mr. Christopher has a long list of accomplishments and is well known among the transportation planning and data community especially for his work with large datasets, travel behavior research, urban and statewide planning and programming, travel demand forecasting, traffic operations, and
travel demand management, as well as developing long-range transportation plans, communicating technical concepts to the public, developing large-scale research projects, and policy analysis and planning.
Amy Conrick, M.Phil., has 16 years’ experience in the transportation field, with 16 years as a writer and 10 years as presenter, trainer, facilitator, and program manager in the mobility management and employment transportation fields. Ms. Conrick has provided technical assistance in developing transportation services and related solutions to several communities. She has also facilitated five communities in developing innovative transportation solutions to health care and jobs using a human-centered design approach, and applies portions of this approach to all of her work.
Ms. Conrick has brought her wide-ranging transportation knowledge into the development and delivery of in-person and online trainings. She has planned and facilitated many mobility management, transportation coordination, and team meetings, and has presented on these topics in workshops and conferences as well as on webinars. She has also written and edited educational materials on employment-related and other transportation issues, provided direct technical support to communities and individuals, and developed community and agency self-assessment tools that lead to increased collaboration between the transit community and human service and workforce development agencies.
Ms. Conrick holds an M.Phil. degree in English and Irish Literature from the University College, Dublin, Ireland, and an honors B.A. degree in English Literature from Georgetown University.
Joe Cronin, Ph.D., has held The John R. Kerr Eminent Scholar Chair in Marketing and Service Innovation at Florida State University (FSU) since 2008. Prior to that, he held the Carl DeSantis Professorship in Marketing (2002–2008). He received his Ph.D. in Marketing and Logistics from The Ohio State University. Dr. Cronin is recognized worldwide as a leading service marketing scholar, particularly in the conceptualization and measurement of service quality, service value, and customer satisfaction. The citations of his articles currently exceed 25,600. His co-authored 1992 Journal of Marketing article related to the measurement of service quality has been noted as the second most cited of all articles published in the Journal of Marketing over the past 25 years. Two other Journal of Marketing articles (1994 and 2001) are also highly cited, and a fourth was recently accepted (2016). A 2000 article he co-authored that contrast the effects of service quality, service value, and customer satisfaction is currently listed as the fifth most frequently downloaded Journal of Retailing article. A 2005 Journal of Retailing article that extends this research is also among the journals most frequently downloaded papers. A 2009 co-authored Journal
of Service Research article was runner-up for the journal’s annual Best Article Award.
Dr. Cronin’s research has also been published the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, the Journal of Services Research, the Strategic Management Journal, the European Journal of Marketing, the Journal of Advertising, the International Journal of Operations & Production Management, and other marketing journals. He currently serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Services Marketing and the Journal of Business Research. Dr. Cronin currently serves, or has served, on the editorial review boards of the Journal of Marketing, the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, the Journal of Retailing, the Journal of Services Research, the Journal of Service Management, the Journal of Business Research, Managing Service Quality, Health Marketing Quarterly, and the Journal of Management Research. Dr. Cronin has chaired 17 dissertations at FSU placing his graduates at such schools as Cornell, Michigan State, Boston College, Auburn, and Texas Tech. Dr. Cronin has also been the recipient of an FSU University Undergraduate Teaching Award.
Marcie Cynamon is Director of the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), a large general purpose health survey of the civilian, non-institutionalized U.S. population. The NHIS is a primary source of data on health care coverage, health status, health behaviors, and access to health care conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics. Her expertise is in health survey methods research and launching new surveys.
Moumita Dasgupta, Ph.D., is the Director of Smart Transit for Healthcare and holds a teaching position at Amherst College. She completed her Ph.D. in Experimental Physics from Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts, in 2015. Her endeavor, Smart Transit for Healthcare, developed a software interface prototype that facilitates scheduling of a patient’s appointment at a hospital by taking care of his or her transportation needs, especially for patients from low-income brackets. Smart Transit collaborates with Cambridge Systematics for development and refinement of the software solution to better align with One Click platform, the open-source multimodal trip planner. Right now Smart Transit is collaborating with Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Florida, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, and Pioneer Valley Transit Authority, Massachusetts, to share their learnings and different relevant aspects of their software solution to tailor these agencies to lead to a solution that meets the needs of patients in their area based on the same model.
Virginia L. Dize, M.S., is Co-Director of the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC)/Program Manager, National Association
of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a). Ms. Dize has more than 30 years’ experience in aging programs and joined the staff of n4a in 2008. She managed several rounds of demonstration grants under the National Center on Senior Transportation (NCST), which she co-directed from 2008 through 2015, and has done work on older driver safety, pedestrian safety, volunteer driver programs, transportation for elders living on Native American reservations, and diversity. In addition, she oversees n4a’s efforts to support transportation within the aging network and related transportation projects. She developed the Inclusive Coordinated Transportation Partnership project’s grant program, funded by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), as well as guidance on call center operations under the Federal Transit Administration’s Veterans Transportation Community Living Initiative. She has a Master of Science degree in Gerontology from Virginia Commonwealth University (1982) and is the author of publications on senior transportation, consumer direction, long-term care, and elder rights.
David N. Faldmo, M.P.A.S., PA-C, is the Medical Director of Siouxland Community Health Center (SCHC). Mr. Faldmo, who has been at SCHC since 1993, received his medical training at the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa.
Mr. Faldmo completed a Community Health Center Executive Fellowship through University of Kansas Medical Center.
Carolyn Flowers, M.B.A., is currently the Acting Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). She joined FTA as Senior Advisor in January 2015 and was appointed FTA Deputy Administrator on April 18, 2016. In this role, Ms. Flowers will be carrying out the functions and duties of the position of Administrator. Ms. Flowers leads a staff of more than 500 in the Washington, DC, headquarters office and 10 regional offices throughout the United States, and implements an annual budget of more than $10 billion. Ms. Flowers’ decades-long career serving in public transit provides FTA invaluable insight and guidance for delivering its programs, policies, and initiatives. Prior to joining FTA, Ms. Flowers served as Chief Executive Officer/Director of Public Transit for the Charlotte Area Transit System, where she was responsible for countywide bus and rail transit planning and management. She began her career in public transportation with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) in 1993 and for 19 years served in many capacities in budget, administration, and operations at LACMTA. Her last position at LACMTA was as the Chief Operations Officer with responsibility for managing bus operations and Freeway Service Patrol. Ms. Flowers earned a bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), School of
Management. She has served on a number of professional boards, including co-chairing the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA’s) Reauthorization Task Force, and has received a number of awards for her commitment to advancing public transportation nationwide. She participated in a 2005 international study project for the National Association of Sciences, sponsored by the Eno Foundation for Transportation Studies, as well as the executive development program sponsored by the Eno Center for Transit Leadership.
Richard Garrity is a Senior Associate with RLS & Associates, Inc., and is based in the Wilmington, North Carolina, area. He brings more than 31 years of progressive experience in transit and paratransit planning, operations and management evaluation, policy development, and state department of transportation (DOT) program management of Federal Transit Administration (FTA) programs. Mr. Garrity specializes in federal regulatory issues, including charter, interstate transportation, and ADA/paratransit operations issues, and is a highly regarded trainer for community transportation programs. Mr. Garrity’s combination of state DOT experience combined with his many years of consulting work with the federal government as well as state and local governments and all sizes of transit systems make him uniquely qualified on a number of subjects, but in particular financial management and oversight and regulatory compliance.
Oscar C. Gomez is the Chief Executive Officer of Health Outreach Partners (HOP). Originally from south Los Angeles, Mr. Gomez was born to Mexican immigrants and is bilingual in English and Spanish. Mr. Gomez holds a B.A. in International Studies from Pepperdine University and has more than 23 years of experience in the field of community health. He joined HOP (then East Coast Migrant Health Project) in 1992 as an Administrative Assistant and dedicated himself to HOP’s work, eventually being named CEO in July 2000. As HOP’s CEO, he has led HOP through two company redesigns including a scope expansion from a regional service area to a national scope and focus on safety net organizations that serve low-income, marginalized, and vulnerable communities. He also served as a member of the National Seasonal & Migrant Head Start Advisory Council and as Board Treasurer for the California Institute on Rural Studies. In 2008 he received a certificate from the University of California, Los Angeles, Anderson School of Management for completion of their Health Care Executive Program and is a former LeaderSpring Executive Fellow, focusing on equity, social justice, and social change. Mr. Gomez has served on numerous community and national board of directors addressing issues related to community health, migrant health,
education, and public health research. In addition to professional experience and educational opportunities, Mr. Gomez strongly believes that his interpersonal skills and intercultural perspective are rooted in his extensive personal travel throughout the globe, including Cuba, the Middle East, New Zealand, and rural America.
Roy Grant, M.A., is a public health research consultant based in New York City. Following 3 years on the editorial board of American Journal of Public Health (AJPH), he is now a Department Editor for AJPH. Previously, Mr. Grant was Research Director at the Children’s Health Fund for 15 years and directed community pediatric programs for Mount Sinai Medical Center for 10 years. Mr. Grant has published more than four dozen book chapters and papers in peer-reviewed journals, including New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA Pediatrics, Pediatrics, AJPH, Maternal & Child Health Journal, and many others. In addition to his area of clinical specialty, early childhood mental health and development, Mr. Grant has published on diverse topics including transportation and health care access, service needs of vulnerable populations, cost savings of clinical best practices, integrated primary and behavioral health care, and the interface between public health research and public policy.
Yahaira Graxirena, M.A., is a Principal Transportation Planner for the Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission, an entity that supports the Central Mass MPO 40-member communities and acts as the planning arm of the Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA). Mrs. Graxirena worked on the Automatic Data Collection System implementation for the WRTA, assisted in the calibration/validation of the APC data and its subsequent certification process. Her roles included route planning, and development of performance metrics and support systems to operational decisions as a way to increase accessibility to basic needs and services within the WRTA service area. As the agency’s Title VI/Environmental Justice (EJ) liaison, she had collaborated with numerous local organizations within the Central Mass region, most recently through the Mobility2040, the region’s long-range transportation plan. Currently, Mrs. Graxirena is part of the Federal Highway Administration’s core group for the EJ Tools Peer Network. She has worked closely with the Worcester Division of Public Health in the development of the Greater Worcester Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) and recently was appointed to serve in the local Community Health Network Area (CHNA) Steering Committee, charged with implementing the CHIP. At the state level, she was appointed in 2014 to be part of the Massachusetts Healthy Transportation Compact Advisory Council as the state’s strategy to achieve positive health outcomes through the coordination of transportation, land use, and public health policy. Also,
she was part of the Worcester’s Food and Active Living Policy Council Steering Committee from 2012 to 2015. Last year, she became the team leader on the development of the Healthcare Access Mobility Design challenge grant, a Ladders of Opportunity initiative from the National Center for Mobility Management and the Community Transportation Association of America to explore solutions to improve access to the Family Health Center in Worcester using a design-thinking approach. Currently her tasks include the development of performance measures and multimodal analyses related to the Vision Zero goal as an effort to reduce fatalities and serious injuries in the region’s roadway system, and to expand the Central Massachusetts Metropolitan Planning Organization data integration program.
Mrs. Graxirena, born and raised in Puerto Rico, holds a B.A. in Environmental Design from the School of Architecture and an M.A. in Planning, both from the University of Puerto Rico. She is a member of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials, Boston Chapter.
Heidi Guenin, Ph.D., is a Senior Associate with GridWorks in Portland, Oregon. Prior to joining GridWorks, she worked with Upstream Public Health as the Transportation and Land Use Policy Manager. She has more than 10 years of experience working with community members, government staff, and elected decision makers, and researching, developing, and advocating for transportation and land use policies to reduce health disparities. Dr. Guenin completed her bachelor of arts in Economics and English Language and Literature at the University of Virginia, a master of public health at Oregon Health & Science University, and a master of urban and regional planning at Portland State University.
Art Guzzetti, M.P.A., a 33-year veteran of public transportation at the local, state, and national levels, serves as Vice President-Policy for the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the trade group representing the public transportation industry in the United States. Among other things, Mr. Guzzetti is responsible for APTA’s extensive policy research agenda, policy analysis and development, and transportation information and statistics. Mr. Guzzetti and the APTA team work with legislative and executive branches of all levels of government, and with other national associations, think tanks, and interest groups to cultivate the ideas, relationships, and advocacy initiatives that will propel public transportation forward.
Prior to coming to APTA in June 1997, Mr. Guzzetti had 16 years in management at two of the nation’s leading public transportation systems: New Jersey Transit, and Port Authority of Allegheny County, plus 2 years at the New Jersey Department of Transportation. His duties focused on transportation policy, government affairs, capital programming, grants
development, and grants management and advocacy. In short, his career focus has been on generating support for public transportation and the benefits it provides to communities and regions.
Mr. Guzzetti has a Political Science degree from Edinboro State University, and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
Paul Hughes-Cromwick, M.A., is a Senior Health Economist at Altarum Institute, where he has worked since 2002. He has been involved in health care economic and policy analyses since receiving his master’s degree in 1981. He leads outreach activities for the Center for Sustainable Health Spending, which was launched by Altarum as a critical systems issue in May 2011.
Before working at Altarum, Mr. Hughes-Cromwick worked for the University of Michigan School of Nursing; the Henry Ford Health System; the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health; the State of Connecticut, where he was Research Director for the Connecticut Partnership for Long-Term Care Insurance; and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. He was chairman of the board at Care Choices HMO in Farmington Hills, Michigan, until its sale, and is currently on the board of trustees of Health Alliance Plan in Detroit, Michigan. He is a member of the American Economic Association; AcademyHealth; the American Public Health Association; and the National Association for Business Economics, where he serves as chairman of the Health Economics Roundtable. Mr. Hughes-Cromwick has a B.S. in Mathematics and Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame and an M.A. in Applied Economics from Clark University, where he completed all nondissertation requirements toward a Ph.D. His areas of expertise include health economics, health policy analysis and forecasting, and health sector economic indicators.
Dennis Johnson, M.P.M., is Executive Vice President for Policy, Advocacy, and Government Affairs at the Children’s Health Fund, a nonprofit organization that initiates and supports innovative pediatric programs designed to meet the complex health care needs of medically underserved, homeless, and economically disadvantaged children. Mr. Johnson is also the Policy Director, National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, where he acts as a liaison between the center and policymakers and elected officials at the state and federal levels.
Mr. Johnson directs the Fund’s public policy, government affairs, and advocacy agendas and coordinates the Fund’s relationship with a broad spectrum of public officials, public- and private-sector entities, advocacy groups, and health provider organizations.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Johnson was Vice President of External Affairs and Senior Director, Policy and Planning. Before that, he served as the Interim Director of the Fund’s national network of mobile-based pediatric programs.
Prior to his tenure at the Children’s Health Fund, Mr. Johnson was a Senior Program Officer at the Fund for New York City Public Education and a Research Analyst at the Public Policy Institute of the Business Council of New York State.
Mr. Johnson received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his master’s degree in Political Management from the Graduate School of Political Management at Baruch College.
Judy Kell has been Hub Manager of Pathways to Better Health of the Lakeshore, part of Muskegon Community Health Project, since 2012. Her role includes managing a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services innovation project to deploy community health workers to assist individuals with two or more chronic diseases who have or are eligible for Medicaid and Medicare to address social determinants of care. Ms. Kell was previously Chief Operating Officer of West Michigan Therapy after 4 years of serving as Grant Coordinator for the County of Muskegon. Ms. Kell has more than two decades of experience in strategic planning, grant writing, and program evaluation services to hospitals, coordinating agencies for substance abuse services, Michigan Department of Corrections, nursing homes, and governmental and nonprofit agencies.
Katherine Kortum, Ph.D., is a Senior Program Officer at the Transportation Research Board where she creates and guides committees analyzing transportation policy topics, such as regulation of new mobility options (including Uber and Lyft), transit asset management, development of federal research plans, and intercity passenger travel. In 2015–2016, she was also a Robert Bosch Fellow, working with the Innovationszentrum für Mobilität und gesellschaftlichen Wandel GmbH (InnoZ) in Berlin, on shared and integrated mobility research projects. She was elected chair of Young Professionals in Transportation by the international membership 3 years in a row and managed the nonprofit professional organization. Dr. Kortum was also appointed chair of the Institute of Transportation Engineer’s Younger Member Committee in 2013. In addition, she has spoken in a number of settings on the development of the next generation of the transportation workforce and on innovations facing the industry. Dr. Kortum holds an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a Professional Engineer in Washington, DC.
Catherine Lawson, Ph.D., is Geography and Planning Associate Professor at the State University of New York at Albany, where she examines Urban transportation data and information systems, hazardous materials transport, transportation and land use connection, and microsimulation and GIS applications. She is currently leading a team of researchers and students in the AVAIL (Albany Visualization And Informatics Lab) project, which seeks to empower a new generation of graduates to assimilate computer science knowledge and subject-matter expertise in the mining and dissemination of “big data,” as they create groundbreaking Web-based solutions for government and business. The AVAIL team is tackling a range of open-source and open-data projects. Working with New Jersey Transit, AVAIL is incorporating U.S. Census household data into microsimulations of bus transit ridership to provide travelers with ultra-efficient open-source trip-planning. Dr. Lawson’s team is also developing a Cloud-based decision support system for New York’s Mesonet, a statewide network of automated weather stations. Through an AVAIL-produced interactive Web-based map, Mesonet stakeholders will select evidence-based sites that best serve New York. Overseas, AVAIL is transforming an academic study on community gardens by University of Glasgow colleagues into an interactive map to increase community participation in agriculture network expansion.
Valerie Lefler, M.P.A., is President and CEO of Liberty Mobility Now, Inc. Ms. Lefler has a degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska–Omaha. Ms. Lefler spent almost 12 years in managing university transportation research and then transitioned to specializing in rural public transportation regulation and public outreach. Based on that experience, Ms. Lefler started her own business and submitted a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) project to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration to use advanced technology to design customer-focused mobility options—called Liberty. The project has now evolved into a formal company dedicated to providing responsive customer-centered care across the United States.
Ysela Llort is the past Director of Miami-Dade Transit (MDT). She was appointed to this position by Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez in February 2012. From August 2011 to February 2012, she served as MDT’s Interim Director. Prior to being at the helm of MDT, Ms. Llort served as an Assistant County Manager, responsible for the county’s major transportation departments, which included MDT, Public Works, Miami-Dade Aviation, and Seaport (Port of Miami), as well as the County’s Consumer Services Department. Ms. Llort also was responsible for overseeing the Citizens’ Independent Transportation Trust and the Metropolitan Planning Organization.
Before working for Miami-Dade County, Ms. Llort was the Florida Department of Transportation’s Assistant Secretary for Intermodal Systems Development; she was responsible for the executive management and operation of the department’s planning, environmental management and public transportation programs. Ms. Llort directed the long range and strategic planning and formulation of policy for developing capital improvement and investment plans for the state’s intermodal transportation facilities
Ann Lundy, M.B.A., B.S.N., is the Vice President, Medical Management at Health Care Service Corporation. She is a dynamic health care professional with more than 25 years of experience in leading, designing, managing, structuring, and implementing operational policies and procedures that support business for Medicaid and Dual Medicare managed care programs. She has identified strategies in developing programs, across multiple business lines, to achieve mission, goals, and objectives. Ms. Lundy, nationally led the development, implementation and outcome measurement of the clinical Utilization Management, Case Management, Population Health, Disease Management programs for Medicaid including all populations of Aged, Blind, and Disabled (ABD), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS), Intellectual Disabilities/Development Disabilities (ID/DD), and Complex Care, Long-Term Care Medicaid and Dual Special Needs populations in multiple states. Ms. Lundy is a registered nurse with a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and has a Master’s of Business Administration from Rockhurst University. She has served on multiple boards and volunteers on a regular basis at several homeless shelters.
Jana Lynott manages AARP’s transportation research agenda and is responsible for the development of policy related to transportation and other livable communities issues adopted by the AARP Policy Council and Board of Directors and presented in the AARP Policy Book. Her research focuses on human services transportation coordination, accessible street design, the travel patterns of older adults, transit service needs, and older driver safety.
Ms. Lynott was responsible for the development of AARP’s Livability Index, which was released in April 2015. This first-of-its-kind online tool blends mapping technology, preference survey results, quantitative measures, and public policies to measure how well a location—down to the neighborhood level—is meeting residents’ current and future needs. It uses a scoring system of 60 indicators spread across seven categories of livability: housing, neighborhood, transportation, environment, health, engagement, and opportunity.
Before her employment with AARP, Ms. Lynott was Director of Transportation Planning for the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, where she designed and managed a groundbreaking study on the link
between land use and the mobility of older adults. She also initiated and managed a travel instruction program to teach seniors how to use transit services. As a land use and transportation planner, Ms. Lynott brings practical expertise to the research field.
Heather MacLeod is an Assistant Director at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). She has extensive experience in the design and execution of research and analysis resulting in studies presented to the U.S. Congress. Ms. MacLeod has led numerous teams and studies related to surface transportation, aviation, and other issues. Ms. MacLeod is based in GAO’s Seattle Field Office and assigned to GAO’s Physical Infrastructure team.
Peter McNichol is Medicaid NEMT Quality Control Chief at the Department of Vermont Health Access. Mr. McNichol has been working with the Vermont Medicaid program for 15 years, and has been working specifically with Vermont’s nonemergency medical transportation (NEMT) program since 2006. As Quality Control Chief for the Department of Vermont Health Access, his department oversees Vermont’s contracted system of public transportation brokers. This oversight includes, but is not limited to, program audits, member eligibility, compliance, and program quality control.
Mr. McNichol is currently serving as a panel member with the Transit Cooperative Research Program’s research project TCRP B-44, Impact of the Trend Toward Separate Statewide Medicaid Transportation Brokerages on Human Services Transportation Coordination.
Perry Meadows, M.D., is Medical Director, Government Programs, for Geisinger Health Plan. He is the medical lead for government programs, which includes Medicare and Medicaid. His responsibilities include health care services and the development of medical necessity guidelines for Geisinger Health Plan. He is also the medical director lead for Geisinger Health Plan Fraud, Waste, and Abuse.
Dr. Meadows has been with Geisinger Health Plan since August 2014. Prior to joining Geisinger Health Plan, he was in Louisville, Kentucky, for several years.
Dr. Meadows graduated from Marshall University with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, a Master of Science in Biological Sciences, and a Doctorate of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency at Marshall University School of Medicine in Family Practice. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice and is board certified in Family Practice. He also received his Juris Doctor from Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University, and his M.B.A. from Regis University.
Alex Page, M.C.R.P., is the lead Service Planner for Ride Connection in Portland, Oregon. His projects focus on last-mile connections to regional transit, community connector shuttles for areas with limited transit services, and demand-response transportation programs targeted for seniors and people with disabilities. He specializes in implementing flexible transit services that blend demand-response and fixed-route models. He holds a Master of Community and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon. Mr. Page is an active transit, bicycle, and pedestrian advocate to promote public health and increase quality of life in our communities.
Neil Pedersen is Executive Director of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Mr. Pedersen joined the National Academies in 2012 as the Deputy Director of the second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) after more than 36 years of experience in the transportation profession. For 29 years Mr. Pedersen served in management and leadership positions at the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA), including as Chief Executive Officer for more than 8 years.
A native of Massachusetts, Mr. Pedersen earned bachelor’s degrees in Civil Engineering and Urban Studies from Bucknell University and a master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Northwestern University. He began his career as a consultant in transportation planning, working first for R.H. Pratt Associates and then for JHK and Associates. He managed projects ranging from travel demand forecasting to transit alternatives analyses and toll road feasibility studies.
In December 1982 he joined SHA as Deputy Director of the Office of Planning and Preliminary Engineering; in 1984 he became Director of that office. Mr. Pedersen served in that post until July 2000, when he was appointed Deputy Administrator for Planning and Engineering, with responsibility for SHA’s planning, environmental, engineering, and real estate activities. In January 2003 Mr. Pedersen was named Administrator of SHA. In this role he served as principal adviser to the Governor and the Secretary of Transportation on highway-related matters and provided strategic leadership to an agency of 3,200 employees who plan, design, construct, maintain, and operate Maryland’s 5,200-mile state highway network and 2,500 bridges. Mr. Pedersen also had oversight responsibility for Maryland’s highway safety and motor carrier programs, and he led delivery of the state’s two megaprojects—the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and the Intercounty Connector. Throughout his tenure, Mr. Pedersen remained technically engaged in the science and art of planning and engineering while providing highly effective management and leadership, often in a politically charged context.
For the American Association of State Highway and Transportation
Officials (AASHTO), Mr. Pedersen served as Chair of the Task Force on Context-Sensitive Solutions, Vice Chair of the Standing Committee on Highways, and Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Asset Management. He also was a member of AASHTO’s Standing Committee on Research, and Standing Committee on Planning.
Before joining the TRB staff, Mr. Pedersen was an active volunteer at TRB for more than 30 years, serving on numerous committees and panels. He is a past chair of the TRB Executive Committee, the Technical Activities Council, and the SHRP 2 Technical Coordinating Committee for Capacity Research. He also served as a member of the Executive Committee’s Subcommittee on Planning and Policy Review and the National Cooperative Highway Research Program Project Panel on Research for the AASHTO Standing Committee on Highways. In addition, he is an Emeritus Member of the TRB Committee on Statewide Multimodal Transportation Planning.
Among his honors, Mr. Pedersen has received the George S. Bartlett Award (2006), the Road Gang’s Lester P. Lamm Award (2005), the Planner of the Year Award from the Maryland Chapter of the American Planning Association (1997), AASHTO’s Intermodal Award (1994), and the Community Service Award of the Institute of Transportation Engineers’ Baltimore–Washington Chapter (1992).
Robin Phillips joined National Rural Transit Assistance Program (RTAP) in December 2014 with almost 18 years of experience working with Federal Transit Administration programs. Ms. Phillips went to law school after getting a B.A. in history from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and practiced law for 5 years. She decided that municipal bonds and energy litigation were not connected enough to community development issues to be truly satisfying, so she went on to work for Oregon Department of Transportation, where she was hired to write and implement a multimodal intercity policy. The Oregon Intercity Network was the result. This collaboration between the 5311 program and the rail program shifted the paradigm from community projects to regional connectivity and access to transportation networks.
Parallel to service development was the realization that information about services was as important as the services themselves. In 2005, as Administrator of Coordinated Transportation at Washington State Department of Transportation, Ms. Phillips hired staff to create the simplest data schema possible to run the Google transit trip planner. She then worked on finding ways to help rural providers input their data, to increase awareness and access to services.
Finding the right balance of public and private investment has been integral to Ms. Phillips’s career. In Oregon there was little money, and private transportation services needed to stay in business in order to meet
access and connectivity goals. The integration of public and private operators into the Oregon and Washington state networks was key to their success. In 2007 Ms. Phillips was hired as Senior Policy Director at the American Bus Association, where she facilitated private operators trying to work with the state and federal programs, and vice versa. Working at National RTAP is a natural culmination of Ms. Phillips’s experience and her dedication to improving transportation options in rural communities.
Michelle Proser, M.P.P., is the Director of Research at the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), where she conducts research and writing related to health centers, access to care issues, health disparities, quality improvement and care integration, and other issues related to medically underserved populations. She is responsible for analyzing data from all federally qualified health centers, as well as other data sources. She has authored and co-authored numerous reports, articles, and other publications on community health centers and primary care. Ms. Proser also coordinates activities that promote community-based participatory research as a tool for improving community health. She received her Master’s in Public Policy from George Washington University and is currently working on her Doctorate in Public Policy at the same institution.
Marsha Regenstein, Ph.D., is a Professor of Health Policy and Management at George Washington University. She also directs the Milken Institute School of Public Health’s Doctor of Public Health Program. Dr. Regenstein is the Director of Research and Evaluation for the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership and is principal investigator for a Health Research and Services Administration-funded evaluation of the Teaching Health Center program created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Along with dozens of other projects, Dr. Regenstein has served in leadership roles in four multi-site quality-improvement initiatives designed to improve the quality and accessibility of health care for low-income and underserved individuals. Previously, she was Vice President of Research for the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems and Vice President of the Economic and Social Research Institute.
Julia Resnick, M.P.H., is a Senior Program Manager with Association for Community Health Improvement (ACHI) and the Health Research & Educational Trust. Ms. Resnick is responsible for day-to-day operations of ACHI as well as developing the educational curriculum, analyzing survey data, and planning the ACHI National Conference. In addition to her ACHI responsibilities, she works on a variety of population health-related projects through the American Hospital Association’s Health Research &
Educational Trust, including leading the Population Health Task Force and writing guides for Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence. She is passionate about fostering a health care system that aims to keep people healthy. Prior to joining ACHI, Ms. Resnick worked as a Research Coordinator on National Institutes of Health–funded grants at NorthShore University HealthSystem. As a volunteer fellow in Israel, she worked in a community clinic and coordinated perinatal care for pregnant African refugee women. Ms. Resnick received her Master of Public Health at Hebrew University’s Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Bates College.
David Riley, M.S.W., is the Director of the Veterans Transportation Program (VTP) in the Veterans Health Administration. VTP consists of Beneficiary Travel (BT), the Highly Rural Transportation Grants Program (HRTGP), and Veterans Transportation Service (VTS).
VTS is a sub-initiative of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) initiative, Enhancing Veteran Experience and Access to Healthcare. The program is at more than 100 Veterans Health Administration (VHA) sites and focuses on providing transportation solutions for veterans that increase access to care and overcome barriers that discourage veterans from accessing VHA services. BT is a complex program that provides access to care through travel reimbursement to veterans and payment for some transportation services. BT had national expenditures of more than $850 million in FY15. HRTGP provides grants for Veteran Service Organizations and State Veteran Agencies to improve transportation options for veterans in counties averaging less than seven persons per square mile.
Mr. Riley has been in his current position for 6 years and has 19 years as a VA employee, beginning as a clinical social worker in the Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. He was the Chief of Social Work Service at the Battle Creek VAMC prior to assuming his current position. He has an M.S.W. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a B.A. in Communication from the University of Wisconsin.
Bruce Robinson, M.A., is the Acting Associate Administrator for Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Office of Program Management. He has served as the Deputy Associate Administrator for that office since 2012. Along with the Associate Administrator, he oversees the Office of Transit Programs, the Office of Capital Project Management, and the Office of Grants Management and Guidance. Collectively, these offices administer a national program of capital and operating assistance by directing program implementation through FTA regional offices. The office provides procedures and program guidance to assist the field staff and grant recipients in grant program administration and grant management requirements and
manages FTA’s major project capital oversight programs. Previously he served as the Deputy Associate Administrator for the Office of Research, Demonstration and Innovation. Mr. Robinson joined the Department of Transportation in 1997 within the Office of Acquisition Management of the Federal Highway Administration. He holds a Master of Arts from Yale University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Judy Shanley, Ph.D., is the Vice President of Education and Youth Transition at Easterseals, Inc., Chicago, Illinois. She manages projects, provides technical assistance, conducts research, and develops materials regarding accessible transportation, mobility management, and coordinated transportation, and also oversees Easterseals national youth transition programs. Dr. Shanley serves as a project director to several large national centers, funded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and the Administration for Community Living, including the National Center for Mobility Management. She supports FTA in its implementation of national and local Rides to Wellness initiatives. Prior to Easterseals, Dr. Shanley worked at the Department of Education, where she served as a Technical Assistance Chair for United We Ride and has more than 30 years of experience in supporting individuals with disabilities. She earned her Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Florida and an M.B.A. and a Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling, both from Syracuse University.
Anson Stewart is a Ph.D. candidate in the Interdepartmental Doctoral Program in Transportation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His research, affiliated with the MIT Transit Research Group, the Mobility Futures Collaborative, and the Bus Rapid Transit Center of Excellence, revolves around urban design, open data, accessibility indicators, and civic engagement. His dissertation centers on the value of interactive connectivity mapping tools for communicating with stakeholders about public transit projects.
A native of Southern California, Mr. Stewart is a graduate of Swarthmore College. He has worked with transit agencies, including Los Angeles Metro (Los Angeles, California) and Transantiago (Santiago de Chile), as well as community-based organizations such as Alternatives for Community and Environment (Roxbury, Massachusetts) and municipal governments (Irvine, California). He has participated in transportation planning and design workshops in Chile, China, Colombia, and the United States. As a 2010–2011 Thomas J. Watson Fellow, Mr. Stewart spent 1 year in Latin America and Africa researching emerging bus rapid transit systems and their impacts on incumbent operators and the environment.
Marianne Stock, M.B.A., is currently Division Chief of Rural and Targeted Programs for the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). She is responsible for the administration of FTA formula and discretionary grant programs for rural areas, tribes, and the enhanced mobility of seniors and individuals with disabilities. This includes the management of three technical assistance centers and overseeing FTA’s leadership of the Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility.
Ms. Stock came to FTA in 2015 after 32 years with New Jersey Transit, most recently as Program Director, Community Mobility. In that role, Ms. Stock oversaw administration of New Jersey Transit’s pass-through grant program for subrecipients, including providing grant support, technical assistance, and compliance oversight to county, municipal, and private nonprofit transit services funded through a variety of state and federal grant programs. Ms. Stock also oversaw planning functions related to data collection and analysis, including travel demand modeling and market research, and developed Title VI equity analysis procedures for New Jersey Transit. She previously directed New Jersey Transit’s strategic planning and policy development efforts. Ms. Stock has a B.A. from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business Administration.
Steven Strauss, M.B.A., is a Deputy Associate Director of the Progressive Transportation Service Administration (PTSA) at the District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DDOT) in Washington, DC. In this position he manages the District’s annual capital and operating contributions to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority, is responsible for the District’s School Transit subsidy program, and serves as the District’s Alternate Representative on the Northeast Corridor Commission. Mr. Strauss came to DDOT from New York City (NYC) in June 2008 to join then DDOT Director Emeka Moneme as his Special Assistant. Mr. Strauss began his public sector career at the NYC Office of Management and Budget in 1980, where he was involved with budget oversight of the NYC Department of Transportation. He moved to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in 1982, where he spent 10 years in a variety of increasingly more responsible positions in the budget and planning departments. He was the Special Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer of the MTA, Mortimer Downey, for approximately 3 years. In 1993 Mr. Strauss became an Assistant Director of Government and Community Relations at New York City Transit, an operating subsidiary of the MTA. He managed nearly all of the outreach activities to community groups, neighborhood associations, BIDs, and elected officials for the agency in the borough of Manhattan for 9 years.
Mr. Strauss was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, and began his lifelong interest in transportation and infrastructure opposing the construction of an urban interstate highway during the Earth Day movement of the early 1970s. He attended Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, and received a master’s degree in Business Administration from Columbia University in New York City.
Vincent Valdes was named Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Associate Administrator for Research, Demonstration, and Innovation on April 13, 2016. As Associate Administrator for the Office of Research, Innovation, and Demonstration, Mr. Valdes will be managing an office of 40 program managers, transportation specialists, and engineers who work on FTA’s critical transit research program. The program provides research leadership to the transit industry and facilitates the development of transit technologies and techniques that support national transportation goals. Over the past 2 years Mr. Valdes was Director of FTA’s Office of Oversight and Program Guidance. Under his leadership, the Oversight office has been extensively revamped in order to streamline and improve productivity, performance, and efficiency. As a result of these efforts, the oversight program has achieved a 20 percent increase in oversight reviews and an ability to anticipate problems among grantees before they become major issues. In his 25 years as a senior manager in the public and private sectors—the last 6 with FTA—Mr. Valdes has demonstrated a clear ability to lead change and innovation in transportation research, urban and regional planning, engineering research, neighborhood economic development, environmental protection, and international development. Moreover, Mr. Valdes has adopted a results-oriented approach to managing people and projects in diverse settings within the District of Columbia, Venezuela, and elsewhere. As the Chief Ward 1 Planner for the D.C. Office of Planning, he was instrumental in devising and disseminating the city’s transit-oriented development guidelines, and successfully led a staff of urban planners, architects, and real estate development specialists to achieve neighborhood revitalization goals. During his tenure at the World Bank, Mr. Valdes managed a team of engineers, scientists, and technicians involved in devising, evaluating, and implementing technology transfer strategies to signatory counties of the Montreal Protocol. And while serving as a foundation representative with the Inter-American Foundation, Mr. Valdes pioneered a new approach to conducting international development in Latin America that involved forging ties with private-sector corporations as well as non-governmental organizations.
Kelsey Walter is Director of National Core Indicators-Aging and Disabilities (NCI-AD), of the National Association of States United for Aging and
Disabilities (NASUAD). Ms. Walter has worked as a Policy Associate at NASUAD since November 2012, and has been closely involved in the work to expand the NCI-AD since the beginning stages. In her new capacity, Ms. Walter will assist the NCI-AD Steering Committee as they finalize the adult consumer survey and support Georgia, Minnesota, and Ohio as they begin to pilot the new tool.
Karen White, Ph.D., directs the Office of Statistical and Economic Analysis at Bureau of Transportation Statistics at the Department of Transportation. She has more than 26 years of experience as a Transportation Economist. Dr. White leads research measuring the role of transportation in the economy, transportation and economic cycles, performance management data, benefit–cost analysis, and the value of transportation to the economy.
Dr. White holds undergraduate degrees in Finance and Economics from The University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Houston.
Nigel Wilson, Ph.D. came to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1965 as a graduate student in transportation after completing his undergraduate degree at Imperial College in London. He studied with Professor Dan Roos and earned a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering with a transportation systems focus. He joined the faculty in 1970, the same year he graduated. He has since done research on urban transport systems for major cities around the world, including Boston, Chicago, San Juan, and now London, which was the second major city in the world (after Singapore) to successfully introduce congestion pricing. For most of the past 20 years, he has also run the interdepartmental M.S.T. program.
Steve Yaffe is the Transit Services Manager overseeing Arlington Transit (ART fixed route bus) and Specialized Transit for Arlington Residents (STAR) demand-responsive transit service. He is a former co-chair of the Mobility and Transportation Committee of the Fairfax Area Long-Term Care Coordinating Council & Disability Services Board. He also has served on the board of the ENDendence Center of Northern Virginia, a center for independent living. Prior to joining Arlington Transit, Mr. Yaffe was the planning manager for 16 years with FASTRAN, a human service transportation provider in Fairfax County, Virginia. He also has held transit and paratransit planning and oversight positions in Dayton, Ohio; Houston, Texas; and Sacramento, California. Mr. Yaffe is a former research coordinator and member of the Transportation Research Board’s Paratransit Committee.
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