April/May People

Mike Pancoast was named safety, security and training manager for the South Bend Public Transportation Corp. (Transpo). He will be responsible for safety education, accident prevention, loss control and security along with environmental and regulatory compliance.


Daniel Hollenbach joined Voith Turbo Inc. as regional manager for the Commercial Vehicle group. He will be responsible for managing sales and service for the Midwest and Western regions. Prior to joining Voith Hollenbach was with Navistar’s Engine and Parts group.


Foothill Transit hired Michelle Lopes Caldwell as its director of Finance. She was most recently chief administrative officer at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.


The Centre Area Transportation Authority named Ryan Harshbarger director of transportation. He joined CATA in 2008 as the authority’s transportation analyst and since that time has advanced to increasingly responsible positions.


Transit Safety & Security Solutions Inc. announced Alex Z. Wiggins as the company’s chief security officer. He will be responsible for overseeing TSSS’ Security Services division, as well as assisting with system safety and security management on Denver’s Eagle P3 project.


Richard J. Palmieri joined Veolia Transportation as vice president of business development for rail. He previously worked with Siemens Infrastructure & Cities.


Cincinnati Metro named Mike Restle chief financial officer. He will be responsible for Metro’s $92.9 million annual operating budget, capital program, grants administration, financial reporting and treasury management activities, and investments.


Capital Metro in Austin, Texas, announced Leslie Browder joined the agency as its new executive vice president and chief financial officer. She will report directly to President/CEO Linda S. Watson.


Marco Fumagalli assumed the role of president and CEO of Ansaldo STS USA. He will also retain his previous role as global senior vice president of strategy, quality and improvement. Roberto Passalacqua was appointed as the vice president of railways & mass transit business unit in North America. He graduated with a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Genoa and a master’s degree from the University of Birmingham. Jason White will take the role of vice president of the freight business unit. He maintains his current commercial activities as well as assuming responsibility for the delivery of projects within the freight business unit.


Michael J. Weidger joined Veolia Transportation as general manager of “TheBus” fixed-route transit system of Prince George’s County, Md. He will be the GM for Veolia’s contract with the Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation.


Omnitrans named Diane Caldera director of operations after serving eight months as interim director. She joined Omnitrans in 2005 as a coach operator and within six months she took a position in human resources then later returned to operations to work as a field supervisor.


CH2M Hill appointed Thomas Donahue as the Americas Transit and Rail director. Donahue joined CH2M Hill in July 2011 as part of the Booz Allen Hamilton State & Local Transportation acquisition.


Trey Hertel joined Prevost as the regional sales manager for the South Central U.S. He has 19 years of sales experience in the manufacturing industry and a background in corporate financial planning. Eloy Torres will assume responsibility as pre-owned coach regional sales manager for the Central U.S. He has been with the company since 2000 and brings more than 20 years of bus industry experience and 27 years of transportation industry experience to his new position.


Matt Newsome has been promoted to senior vice president and general manager of Cubic Transportation Systems North and South America. He will be responsible for overall performance of all programs in North and South America and execution of the Next City vision and strategic plan in these regions.


Rita Hardiman was named director of equal employment opportunity, diversity, and disadvantaged business enterprise programs for Keolis Commuter Services’ Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority commuter rail contract that begins July 1. Hardiman will be responsible for overall workforce diversity with both Keolis employees and subcontractors.


RNL Transportation Market announced Ken J. Anderson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, associate principal, to Eastern Region transit director and Associate Principal Merlin Maley, AIA, LEED AP BD+C to Western Region transit director. Andreson has more than 17 years experience and leads RNL’s Washington, D.C., office. Maley has 16 years experience and has focused predominantly on the transportation industry for the past seven years.


Don Flood, PE joined Hatch Mott MacDonald as its new group marketing manager. He comes to the company after having served as director of marketing and proposals at an international engineering firm that concentrates in the infrastructure sector.


Alex Briseño was selected as chair the Via Metropolitan Transit Board of Trustees. He’s formerly the San Antonio city manager where he handled the day-to-day activities of the city’s departments for almost 11 years. Doug Poneck was named vice chair. Businessman Lou Miller appointed to the secretary position. Both are appointees of the city of San Antonio


Sameer Singla was appointed senior director of Sabic’s Innovative Plastics Polymershapes distribution unit.


REO-USA Inc. hired Alex Ward as a technical sales engineer. Most recently he served as a senior field service engineer where he provided field support and trained operators and equipment owners on drive equipment.


San Joaquin Regional Transit District Coach Operator Christy Benson received the Central California Safety Council’s Bus Driver Safety Award. She has worked as a coach operator for RTD since 1983 and has driven more than 1 million miles. She has driven the last 13 years without a preventable accident and has received numerous commendations from her passengers over the years.


Maria Augimeri was appointed as chair of the Toronto Transit Commission. She’s currently a city councillor for the city of Toronto. Maureen Adamson remains as vice-chair.


Andrew Frey was appointed to the governing board of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority. He currently serves as a board member of the American Planning Association Gold Coast Section. Custom Protection Officers James Errante and Lester Anderson were awarded Distinguished Service Awards by the SFRTA.Errante was shot twice Feb. 6 at the Golden Glades Station while trying to apprehend a suspicious man with a possible weapon. Conductor Thomas Baker was recognized because he revived a 65-year-old woman who collapsed at the Metrorail Transfer Station on Feb. 15.


Jeffrey Schechtman has been named deputy regional business manager for the Southeast region of Parsons Brinckerhoff. He will work with managers in that region to enhance relationships with key clients, expand business development opportunities, and invigorate marketing and pursuit efforts. Senior Vice President Paula Hammond has been named to the board of directors of WTS International. She serves as the firm’s national transportation market leader. Angel Velazquez has been named a principal technical Specialist in the Newark, N.J., office. He’s responsible for the design and review of plans for railroad and transit signal projects. Rock Antonios was named a senior project engineer in the New York City office and will be lead mechanical-electrical-plumbing engineer for the Fulton Center.