Rays the Mark Foundation opens nominations for 2024 honoree

March 6, 2024
The foundation is dedicated to supporting a public transit professional who is facing a set of challenges that require community support.

Rays the Mark Foundation has opened its nomination process for a 2024 honoree. The foundation was created by Raymond Melleady, executive vice president USSC Group and March Aesch, founder and CEO of Transpro Consulting, to collectively support transit professionals who have worked and improved the industry but are facing challenges of their own.

The foundation has raised more than $150,000 to distribute to its honorees. Past honorees include Sonny Gordon, a former college and professional football player and sales executive at USSC Group, who lost his battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in 2023, and Lauren Cochran Scoville, a transit industry advocate for zero-emission buses, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2022.

“If you know of someone who has truly ‘raised the mark’ of our industry and made your organization and our industry better for it, please submit an application for consideration,” the foundation wrote in an announcement for the 2024 honoree nomination.

Potential honorees can be submitted by visiting raysthemarkfoundation.com and clicking on Suggest An Honoree.  Applications will be open until April 1, 2024, with an honoree selected that same month. The foundation will hold its annual fundraising golf outing on Sept. 28 in Anaheim, Calif.

“Thank you for your support of the Rays the Mark Foundation, we welcome your submissions for our Raise the Mark 2024 Honoree and continue to be appreciative of your generous consideration in sponsoring our 2024 event,” the foundation said.

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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.