Sipriana Farrell was named coach operator of the year by the Orange County Transportation Farrell has worked at OCTA for 23 years and currently works in the Santa Ana, Calif., bus operations. Albert Vailea was named maintenance employee of the year. He has worked at OCTA for 21 years and currently works in the Garden Grove, Calif., maintenance department. Jennifer O’Connor was named administrative employee of the year. She has worked at OCTA for 10 years and currently works in the external affairs division.
Peter Denitz is rejoining Parsons Brinckerhoff and has been named manager-special projects in the firm’s transit and rail technical excellence center in Philadelphia. James Shedaker has been named a principal technical specialist in the Lawrenceville, N.J., office of Parsons Brinckerhoff. David Alvarez has been named a principal consultant in the strategic consulting for the company. Brett Wallace has been named a senior supervising planner in the Charlotte office. Lane Fernandes has been named a senior principal technical specialist in the San Diego office.
Parsons announced that Jared B. Scarbrough, a senior engineer, has been recognized by Engineering News-Record (ENR) as one of the Mountain States’ Top 20 Under 40. Scarbrough joined Parsons in September 2009, and he has served as deputy design project manager, systems manager, and utility manager for light rail transit and roadway projects throughout the U.S.
Teddy Bolden II and Cliff Simental have been named as principals at Psomas. Bolden is vice president in the Psomas Santa Clarita, Calif., office, has 35 years of experience covering site development, forward planning, and business development for public and private projects and the energy market in Los Angeles, Ventura, and Kern Counties. Cliff Simental, PLS, serves as vice president and survey team leader in Psomas’ Inland Empire office. He is a registered professional land surveyor with 38 years of surveying experience throughout California.
Susann Poggioli has been appointed of as sales executive to serve the eastern U.S. transit market for Enghouse Transportation. Prior to joining Enghouse Transportation, Poggioli was a sales executive with Clever Devices and Trapeze Software.
The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) announced the appointment of Sarah Pang as its newest board member, representing the city of Chicago. Pang replaces Carole Brown who resigned from the RTA Board last month. The board term expires in July, 2017.
WTS International announced that it has chosen U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood as its first-ever recipient of the Navigator Award. The Navigator Award was created by WTS International to recognize the achievements of an individual or organization for extraordinary efforts to attract, retain, and advance women in the transportation industry. This is the first time that WTS, the association for the advancement of women in transportation, is presenting the award.
The Jacksonville Transportation Authority hired Alice Tolbert Cannon as vice president of external affairs. Cannon has spent the past seven years as senior manager of Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Atlanta office. Henry Li has been hired as JTA’s vice president of finance and administration/CFO. Li, was chief financial and administrative officer at Hampton Roads Transit in Hampton, Va. Michael J. Sloan has been named vice president of compliance and risk management.
Kai Fishman, RA, CLARB, LEED AP, has joined Maintenance Design Group, LLC as senior facility designer. Fishman has more than a decade of experience in transportation architecture and planning projects.
Capital Area Transit (CAT) has named Robert J. Philbin marketing and communications officer for the authority. Philbin is responsible for CAT’s strategic marketing, public relations and internal communications.
Global Display Solutions announced that Robert Heise has joined the company as executive vice president and general manager of its America's operations. He will be tasked with expanding the sales of GDS’ display products and services in the DOOH, transportation, industrial and medical markets.
John Ponzio has been promoted to vice president in STV's Transportation and Infrastructure Division, Ponzio joined STV in 1999, has more than 15 years of experience as a project manager and systems engineer. Clark D. Caughey, CPA, has been promoted to vice president of STV Group, Inc. Caughey joined STV's accounting department in 1996 as an accounting manager and was appointed controller in 2009. Richard M. Amodei has been named the head of the firm's transportation and infrastructure division's Northeast region, which includes offices in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Canada.