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People On The Move
ARLINGTON, VA-Diana Mendes,
AICP, has been
named HNTB's corporate president of infrastructure and mobility
equity, a new position
responsible for shaping transportation
and mobility equity
policy through collaboration with federal, state and local
agency leaders. Mendes has more than
35 years in the industry, including five
years with HNTB. She most recently
served as the firm's Mid-Atlantic Division president. Prior to that, she was
HNTB's transit and rail market sector
leader. For several years, Mendes has
been an adjunct professor at Rutgers
University, teaching the National Transit Institute's Advanced Environmental
Justice seminar. Her notable career
achievements include serving as chair
of APTA's Legislative Committee to
develop Surface Transportation Authorization Recommendations (she now
serves as a member of the committee);
receiving the American Road & Transportation Builders Association's Ethel S.
Birchland Lifetime Achievement Award;
and being recognized as COMTO's
Executive of the Year. Also, for APTA,
Mendes is a member of the Authorization Task Force, Diversity and Inclusion
Council, and High-Speed & Intercity
Passenger Rail and Sustainability committees, among others.

NEW YORK, NY-Bytemark is
expanding its leadership team with a
new hire focused on
the Canadian market. John Pagliaro
has been named
executive director
for Canada. With a
career spanning more
than 30 years in the payments industry,
Pagliaro previously served in leadership
roles at Moneris, American Express
Canada and Royal Bank of Canada.
During almost 20 years at Moneris
Canada, Pagliaro's clients included
Metrolinx and other major Canadian
public transit agencies.

DALLAS, TX-WSP USA has welcomed Thomas
LeBeau and D
- arwin
Desen to its national
transit and rail team.
LeBeau will serve
as the transit and
rail market lead, and
Desen will serve as
senior managing
director for transit and rail. LeBeau
has held executive-level positions in
all areas of the industry, developing
relationships with agencies such as
Houston METRO, Texas DOT, Dallas
Area Rapid Transit, Denton County
Transportation Authority, Trinity Metro,
Austin Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Virginia Railway Express,
Los Angeles Metro, South Florida

Regional Transportation Authority, Bay
Area Rapid Transit, CalTrain and New
York City Metropolitan Transportation
Authority. For APTA, he is a member of
the High-Speed & Intercity Passenger
Rail Committee.
Desen has more
than 30 years of experience in all phases
of design, including
working with FTA,
FRA, the Federal
Highway AdministraDesen
tion and the Surface
Transportation Board, related to the
planning and design of rail infrastructure

HOUSTON, TX-AECOM has promoted Lori Labrum,
PE, to the position
of senior transit/rail
division manager and
Steve Lowry, PE,
to senior program
delivery director,
transportation in its
Houston office. Each have more than
30 years' experience. Labrum provides
engineering and planning experience
for public transit agencies, and Lowry
provides strategic leadership and management experience for much of the
mobility infrastructure environment.
Labrum's work at
AECOM includes project management and
BRT design, including
Utah Transit Authority's 10.5-mile BRT
project through Provo
and Orem. Since
joining AECOM in
March 2020, Lowry has managed major
infrastructure programs such as bridge
and highway systems, BRT, high-speed
transit and commuter rail, tunnels and
subway systems.

COLUMBUS, OH-Monica Jones,
former associate dean
of students and chief
diversity officer for
Marietta College, has
been named as the
Central Ohio Transit
Authority's (COTA) first
chief equity officer.
Jones will oversee the
conception, design, implementation,
growth and evaluation of the agency's
strategy surrounding equity, diversity
and inclusion. She also will partner with
leaders to develop and implement strategies, programs, policies and metrics
that attract, retain and advance diversity
within and outside COTA.

OMAHA, NE-HDR has named Tom
McLaughlin, PE, as president of its
global transportation program. He
was previously the organization's U.S.
northeast regional director of operations. Before joining HDR 18 years ago,
McLaughlin worked as a consultant
and for New York State DOT. He played

a key role in many projects during his
tenure, including the
Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance
Program in New York
and New Jersey,
Hampton Roads
Bridge-Tunnel Expansion in Virginia, MTA
Open Road Tolling
Program and NY MTA Central Business
District Tolling Program.
HDR also has named Theresa
McClure as strategic communications
director for the firm's
transportation practice. In this role, she
will help lead communication efforts with
the national cross
sector, which includes
130 practitioners in 24 areas. With
nearly 20 years of industry experience,
McClure is well versed in delivering
communication efforts that include
underrepresented and hard-to-reach
populations, with her expertise applied
to all transportation market sectors and
across major geographies in the U.S.
and Canada.

NEW YORK, NY-The Metropolitan Transportation
Authority (MTA) has
appointed Q
- uemuel
Arroyo as its first
all-agency chief
accessibility officer. In
addition to fashioning
accessibility policy
and initiatives, he will
serve as a key point of contact for the
region's diverse community of disability rights advocates. Arroyo previously

served in a similar capacity at the New
York City DOT and most recently was
interim president and global head of
community for GetCharged Inc.

DALLAS, TX-Johannes " John "
Merkler, AIA, NCARB, has joined
Huitt-Zollars as director of transit in the
firm's Los Angeles
office. Merkler brings
more than 30 years of
experience in senior
leadership roles for
several global engiMerkler
neering firms, where
he has managed design and construction of transportation, institutional, retail
and office facilities projects, including
the $14M Redondo Beach Transit
Center, CA; the Porter Square Subway
Station-Red Line Extension, Boston;
and the Government Center Station for
Miami-Dade Transit, FL.

SEATTLE, WA-Sound Transit
has named Jonté
-Robinson as chief
diversity, equity and
inclusion officer.
-Robinson has been
with Sound Transit
since 2015, most
recently serving as
acting chief diversity,
equity and inclusion officer. Prior to
that, she helped establish the agency's
equal employment opportunity program,
lead the Title VI program and served
as deputy director of civil rights. Prior
to joining Sound Transit, Robinson was
the Title VI coordinator and a human
resource consultant with Washington
State DOT. She is a U.S. Army veteran.

Kitsap Transit Acquires
M/V Solano Fast Ferry
has added an additional high-speed
passenger-only ferry to its fleet, with the
purchase of the M/V Solano from the
San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority. The
125-foot-long power catamaran can
travel at 32.5 knots with a full load.
" This is a great opportunity for us to
expand the fleet but also to provide a
greater level of reliability to our com-

munity, in the form of a first-class spare
vessel, " said John Clauson, Kitsap
Transit executive director.
The agency is to explore the feasibility of modifying the vessel to
load passengers from the bow. As
a bow-loading vessel, Solano could
potentially serve as a spare on Kitsap
Transit's planned Southworth/Seattle
route, which is anticipated to launch
this year.
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