People on the Move: Citilink; Keolis Commuter Services; CTE; TYLin

May 2, 2023
Personnel updates from around the transit industry.

Fort Wayne Citilink named three new members of its leadership team, including Elizabeth Hoffman, LaTasha Thompson and Casey Claypool.

Elizabeth Hoffman was named human resources director, effective May 1, 2023. Hoffman grew up in Fort Wayne, Ind., and is a certified human resources professional with 12 years of experience.

In January, Citilink hired new Chief Financial Officer/Controller LaTasha Thompson. She joins the agency from Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority, bringing almost 10 years of public sector financial management to the team.

Casey Claypool was promoted in January to marketing and development manager. She brings more than seven years of community partnership and development experience.

The Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) added former Rep. Peter DeFazio to the CTE Policy Board, which is focused on strengthening CTE’s advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C. and Sacramento, Calif.

As a member of the Policy Board, DeFazio will support the implementation of CTE’s legislative agenda.

“I am very excited to take on this new role. I can think of no better use of my time and experience than to help CTE achieve its vision of a carbon-free transportation system in the U.S. Of all the non-profit organizations that have mobilized to help support policies to fight climate change, I am particularly impressed by CTE. CTE is the national leader in helping fleets transition to zero-emission transportation technologies and has been doing the hard work in the field for 30 years,” DeFazio said.

Keolis Commuter Services, which operates commuter rail for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, named Manuel (Mandy) Liongson as chief financial officer and vice president of finance, planning and performance. Liongson comes to Keolis Commuter Services after nine years at Philips North America, serving most recently as the finance director for North America, sales and services.

“Commuter rail provides an essential service for our region’s economy and plays an integral role in its growth as a world class metropolitan area,” Liongson said. “I am proud to put my skills and experience to use supporting that work, and I’m committed to driving a strong financial operation that seeks to continuously improve.”

Joseph Giulietti, who recently completed four years as commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Transportation, was appointed vice president and director of rail transit services at TYLin. He will serve as a senior advisor to provide innovative and cost-effective solutions to transportation clients and will help lead the firm’s business development and growth strategy in the rail and transit sector.

Widely recognized for his exceptional leadership and ability to cultivate connections with key stakeholders, Giulietti is active in the transportation industry at both the national and state levels. Through his work with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), he has interacted with transportation commissioners and secretaries around the country. The American Public Transportation Association and the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials have honored Giulietti for his vision, leadership and commitment to public transportation.

“With more than 40 years of experience dedicated to the transportation sector, Joe has established relationships with the leadership of the U.S. Department of Transportation, at agencies in the New York City area and with transit professionals across the country,” noted TYLin Chief Executive Officer Matthew Cummings, P.E. “His expertise and extensive network will be invaluable as we work to help our industry partners achieve their goals in rail and transit. We are excited to welcome Joe to our team and look forward to his leadership in providing exceptional transportation services to our clients.”

About the Author

Mischa Wanek-Libman | Group Editorial Director

Mischa Wanek-Libman serves as editor in chief of Mass Transit magazine and group editorial director of the Infrastructure and Aviation Group at Endeavor Business Media. She is responsible for developing and maintaining the editorial direction of the group and is based in the western suburbs of Chicago.

Wanek-Libman has spent more than 20 years covering transportation issues including construction projects and engineering challenges for various commuter railroads and transit agencies. She has been recognized for editorial excellence through her individual work, as well as for collaborative content. 

She is an active member of the American Public Transportation Association's Marketing and Communications Committee and serves as a Board Observer on the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) Board of Directors.  

She is a graduate of Drake University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with a major in magazine journalism and a minor in business management.