BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Board Of Excellence
A proven leader and a true public servant, Freddie Fuller has spent his entire professional career in the public transportation industry. For more than 24 years Freddie has utilized his education, expertise and relationships to engage and connect organizations and individuals within the transit industry.
Tanya Adams has 31 years of experience with diversity initiatives and recruitment/outreach in the transportation industry. As Vice President, Community Relations and Diversity Manager and Co-Chair of the Diversity Council for WSP USA, she advocates for minority business involvement in both the engineering and business communities, and also on WSP USA’s contracts.
Sharmyn Elliott is Vice President of Somat Engineering Inc. (Somat), a full-service infrastructure solution provider. Bringing more than 40+ years experience to the industry, Mr. Elliott’s current responsibilities include operations manager for the firm’s geotechnical and construction engineering practice disciplines, client relations, and developing and implementing strategic operations planning.
Warren Montague currently serves as the Manager of Mobility Services for MV Transportation in Detroit, MI. In this role, he is the liaison for the Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) Compliance & Standards department which oversees the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program, Title VI, Paratransit Services, Specialized Services and the Drug and Alcohol Program.
Loretta Kirk was formerly the Deputy General Manager – Finance and Administration for the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA). As Chief Financial Officer of the GCRTA, her primary role was to manage the financial resources of the organization.
Mark Gale assumed the position of CEO/Director of Aviation for the Broward County Aviation Department in March 2016. He is responsible for the executive management and operation of Broward County’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International (FLL) and North Perry (HWO) Airports, including strategic vision development and implementation of capital programs, financial performance, new goals and objectives.
García relaunched her business, ABRAC, LLC (A Business Relations Advisory Company) in December 2020 originally established in 1995. The mission of ABRAC is the advocate for minority businesses in building their capacity in the transportation industry. ABRAC brings over 20 years of experience in diversity & inclusion, public and community relations and governmental affairs.
GwenDolen Gray is the Project Controls Director and Vice President at HNTB. She focuses on project controls for the firm’s current and future complex infrastructure work, as well as community relations and engagement in the firm’s West Division.
Adelee LeGrand, AICP, recently started an exciting new chapter in her career joining Transdev North America as Vice President of Transit Planning and Chief Strategy Officer to enhance service design and long term transit planning initiatives.
Carla M. Williams is the Manager of Community Relations for the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) in Tampa, Florida. She has coordinated community relations, marketing and business outreach programs to promote HART’s services to the Hillsborough County community for over 19 years.
Ruben Landa is an experienced and accomplished leader in the architecture, engineering and construction industry. He has more than 19 years of experience in planning, public involvement, public affairs, communications and diversity program management. He leads the communications, public involvement and diversity for the Texas/Mountain Region for WSP USA, Inc. His career includes stints with STV Incorporated, HDR Inc., the Texas State Senate, and K Strategies Group.
Beverly Greene is the Executive Director of External Affairs, Marketing & Communications at the Alameda – Contra Costa Transit District or AC Transit responsible for Legislative Affairs, Community Relations, Marketing, Communications, and Customer Service.
“Helping others is the rent we pay for the space we occupy.”
This motto is the premise by which Michelle D. Hiett lives. With the goal of understanding the “Big Picture” towards adding immediate value personally and professionally, it is also the basis by which she orchestrates completion of each assignment.
Christian T. Kent, Principal of Christian T. Kent, Transit Management Consulting, has over 30 years of experience in the public transit industry, and his consultancy serves both public and private-sector clients, primarily in paratransit operations, maintenance and technology; system evaluations in the style of a peer review or business analysis as required; contract management issues from both public and private-sector perspectives; leadership development, to include hands-on training of project managers, directors, and junior executives; strategic planning and execution, to include stakeholder vetting, particularly with the disability community; and innovative service models and alternatives with cost reduction strategies that, most importantly, do not detract from quality service for the customer.
India L. Birdsong serves as Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA). She joined GCRTA in September 2019 and brings nearly 15 years’ experience working in positions of increasing responsibility in the public transit industry. Birdsong began her career in 2006 when she joined the Central Region for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), where she served planning, operations, and finally as Senior Manager of Bus Supervision and Instruction. In 2016, she was appointed Chief Operating Officer of WeGo Public Transit in Nashville, where she served until coming to Cleveland.
At GCRTA, Birdsong oversees more than 2,300 employees at one of the largest transit system in Ohio, which provides more than 35 million annual rides to customers using the bus, rail, paratransit, trolley and bus rapid transit system across the county’s 457 square miles. Responsible for managing the Authority’s $292 million operating budget, Birdsong is committed to transparent leadership, management accountability and sound financial oversight.