RNL announces that Ken Anderson, AIA, LEED AP, has been promoted to associate principal. Anderson is the studio lead for RNL's Washington, D.C., office. With more than 15 years of experience as an architect and project manager in the design industry, Anderson leads RNL's transportation work for the East Coast and Southwest regions. His experience involves a diverse number of project types, including mixed-use commercial, urban design, civic and religious architecture. Trent Cito, RLA, and Ryan Dawson, AIA, LEED AP, have been promoted to senior associate. Nathan Gulash, AIA, LEED AP, Paula McAtee, NCIDQ, LEED AP, Will Todd, Associate AIA, LEED GA, Dominic Weilminster, Associate AIA, LEED AP BD+C, and Lisa Glass, LEED AP, were named associates. Cito has more than 15 years of experience in the AEC industry. He brings extensive knowledge of the latest CAD modeling and visualization software to his position as 3D/visualization manager at RNL. Dawson is a designer known for his ability to combine a full spectrum of computer design, illustration and presentation skills with creativity and attention to detail. In 2011, Dawson was awarded three AIA design awards in the un-built category for the RTD Commuter Rail Maintenance Facility (CRMF) — the first project for which he served as lead designer. RNL is also pleased to announce the addition of Fred Gilliam, a 48-year transportation-industry veteran, to its transportation market group. Gilliam retired as president/CEO of Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority in Austin, Texas, in 2009. Prior to his position with Capital Metro, Gilliam was the executive vice president for Chance Coach, a bus and trolley manufacturer in Wichita, Kansas, and served as executive vice president/COO for Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) in Houston, Texas.
John J. Lech and John F. Samean have been named senior associates at Gannett Fleming. Both are employees of Gannett Fleming Transit & Rail Systems, a division of Gannett Fleming specializing in transit and railroad track, signal, communication and electric traction design. Lech serves as a manager of intercity and commuter railroad signal design. Based in the Philadelphia, Pa., office, he is responsible for railroad and transit signal design for interlockings, track circuits with cab signaling, highway grade crossings, train simulation packages and testing application logic programs. In this role, he constructs, estimates and installs complex signal systems. Based in the Valley Forge office, Samean works as a manager of signal design. In this role, he manages the signal design and rail operations planning sections. He is responsible for project management, technical reviews, quality assurance and quality control reviews, studies, detail design, cost estimates, and specifications. Barry W. Lemke has joined Gannett Fleming Transit & Rail Systems (GFT&RS) as a senior signal designer. Based in the firm's San Francisco, Calif., office, Lemke is responsible for performing and leading train control and highway at rail-grade-crossing design and coordination throughout the western United States. With 31 years of experience, Lemke has significant experience with providing detailed designs and quality reviews of train control plans, specifications, and modifications to grade crossing systems, construction management services for cutover and re-signaling, and design for transit systems.
Dick Ruddell, president and executive director of The T (the Fort Worth Transportation Authority), was elected president of the South West Transit Association (SWTA) during its annual meeting in Denver in February. SWTA is the largest regional transit association in America, representing transit agencies, state transit associations, and transit businesses in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. Ruddell is also on the board of the American Public Transportation Association and serves as vice president for Metro agencies on the Texas Transit Association board.
Barbara W. Reese, former Deputy Secretary of Transportation for Virginia and CFO of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), has been named a principal consultant in the strategic consulting group of Parsons Brinckerhoff. In her new position, Reese will advise clients on project development, financial planning and the execution of complex transactions, including public-private partnerships. She will guide public agency clients in obtaining transportation-related funding and assist agencies with complex financial organizational, process, and procurement issues. She will be based in Parsons Brinckerhoff's Richmond, Va., office. Reese's career, which spans more than 25 years, includes her most recent role as director of Finance for the city of Richmond, Va.
Omnitrans is pleased to welcome Ray Lopez, a professional with more than 21 years of transit experience, to its director of Safety and Regulatory Compliance position. Lopez will oversee the security, safety and loss prevention operations of the agency. Prior to joining Omnitrans, Lopez served as Safety Manager for VIA Transit in San Antonio, Texas. He started his career there as a coach operator and focused his education and training towards the emergency management and safety arena.
Mark F. Robbins, P.E., has been promoted to vice president at STV. He will continue in his role as the manager of the construction services group for the Southeast region of STV's Transportation & Infrastructure Division. Robbins has more than 20 years of experience providing and managing bridge and roadway design throughout the Southeast, with particular expertise in design-build projects for a number of highway assignments. He joined Ralph Whitehead Associates in 1998 and STV acquired Ralph Whitehead Associates in 2006. Robbins earned his Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from North Carolina State University.