Driving Excellence in Public Transportation

Board of Directors

Directors:

Todd Allen, RouteMatch Software

Bio

Mr. Allen serves as the Director of Government Affairs & Community Relations for RouteMatch Software where his main responsibility includes building relationships with federal, state, and provincial governmental agencies.

Mr. Allen has been actively involved in the public and human service transportation industry for over 26 years, including various industry positions such as university transit director, state transportation consultant, assistant and general manager, senior transit planner, and Acting Transit Director for the City of Raleigh, NC.  Mr. Allen also previously worked for the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) administering the rural transit and coordination planning program.  Mr. Allen has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Northern Illinois University.

Mr. Allen is a former appointed Board Member of the Raleigh Transit Authority from 2005-2007, awarded President’s Awards from the North Carolina Public Transportation Association (NCPTA) and the Georgia Transit Association (GTA).  Mr. Allen is a former NCPTA Vice President, Secretary, and Board Member; and a past Board Member of the GTA.  Mr. Allen currently serves as NCPTA Legislative Committee Co-Chairperson and List Serv Co-Administrator; and is a current member of American Public Transportation Association committees, ITS America’s Passenger Transportation Systems and Services (PTSS) Committee; and the Canadian Urban Transit Association’s Technical Services Committee.

Reginald Arrington, Charlotte Area Transit System

Bio

Reginald E. Arrington is the Director of Maintenance for the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS). He has 33 years of maintenance experience in transit and in the military. Mr. Arrington’s knowledge of overall maintenance helps CATS to provide safe and reliable vehicles to the Charlotte region and its public. He also is involved with Central Piedmont Community College, serving on the advisory board in their Heavy Diesel program. He also is involved with the Mayor’s Youth Program, which is certified by the State Labor Board, to employ high school students as apprentices in maintenance for eight weeks in the summer. Mr. Arrington has been a member of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) for the past 10 years. He also served 23 years active duty military and in the Army National Guard. He also serves as a member of the APTA Roadeo Committee.

Mr. Arrington has a Bachelor of Arts in business management and an Associate Degree in general studies from Montreat College. He received the Army Commendation Medal for Outstanding Service and Dedication in Iraq while serving as Maintenance Motor Sergeant for the 113th Field Artillery Battalion and the 1st Infantry Division.

Bob Davis,  Transportation Administration of Cleveland County

Bio

Bob Davis is the Executive Director of Transportation Administration of Cleveland County (TACC). He has 26 years of experience working in Mental Health and Adult Services.  He has been the Executive Director of three non-profit agencies and served in leadership roles as a board member and as board chairs.  He served on three Transportation Advisory Boards prior to beginning work with TACC in July of 2010.  He was founder of the Youth Assistance Program of Cleveland County which is a mentor program for troubled youth.  He has directed several camps for youth with disabilities and has coached basketball at several levels for over 28 years.  He was a member of two high school state champion basketball teams and has coached several other championship teams.

Bob has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work from Limestone College.  Bob is married to Wendi, has 2 sons, Hobie 17 & Cutter 15 and a daughter Whitney that died of SIDS in 1997.  Bob enjoys sailing, camping and time with his family.

Neal Davis,  Community and Senior Services of Johnston County, Inc.

Bio

Neal Davis is the Executive Director of Community and Senior Services of Johnston County, Inc. (CSS) since 2010. CSS operates the Johnston County Area Transit System (JCATS). He has over 40 years of radio and television business development experience, including station ownership and systems engineering.

Mr. Davis is an Army veteran and holds an Associate Degree from Pitt Community College. He has served as Executive in Residence in NC State University’s Technology Education Commercialization Program. He is a graduate of NCDOT’s Transportation Leadership Development Program. JCATS is a recipient of the NCPTA Safety Award in 2016 and an NCDOT Performance Award in 2017.

He is married and has three adult children. He is an active Rotarian and a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International. Lifelong hobbies include genealogy, aviation, and street rods.

Kristal Ford, Lincoln County Transit

Bio

Kristal Ford has been the Transportation Manager for Lincoln County since 2013. Prior to this, she had experience in many facets relevant to the transportation industry.  She has worked for non-profits, healthcare companies and wholesale distributors. She has done everything from grant writing to logistics and fleet management, and has managed a staff of more than 90 employees.

Kristal has a Bachelor of Science degree from the Pennsylvania State University. She also graduated from the Transportation Leadership Development Program and is NIMS certified.

Adam Fox, CTS Software

Bio

Adam Fox is the Vice President of CTS Software Inc. a North Carolina based Corporation formed in 1993. He has worked with CTS to provide quality transportation software and consultation services to customers across North America since 2002 and currently to over 25 Counties here in North Carolina. Mr. Fox has experience in both Public and Private, Rural and Urban, and Fixed and Demand services.

Mr. Fox has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from The University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a double major in Management and Marketing. Adam was born and raised in Winston-Salem, NC and has lived in Wilmington, NC since 1998. Adam is an active member of NCPTA, APTA, CTAA, and many other state transportation associations.

Kerry Giles, Rutherford County

Bio

Kerry Giles is the Transit and EMS Director for Rutherford County.  She has been involved with public transportation for the past seven years and has implemented numerous efficiency changes within her organizations.  Ms. Giles also has twenty years experience in the field of marketing and also spent ten years in the area of economic and community development.

Ms. Giles holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in both Business Administration and Communications.  She was awarded the NCDOT Western Division Director’s award in 2013 for her contributions to public transportation.  In 2015, she was a NACO Excellence in Innovation award winner for the implementation of a transportation shuttle system to local food pantries to create access to food. She serves as a board member and officer of the RHI Legacy Foundation which distributes one million dollars in grants annually for the health and wellness of citizens in Rutherford County.  She is also a 2008 graduate of Leadership North Carolina.

Rodney Harrison, Salisbury Transit

Bio

Rodney has been employed with the City of Salisbury for over 20 years, and in the business of providing public transportation for 12 years.  He earned a B. S. degree in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina and a Master degree in Public administration from Troy State University.

Rodney is currently serving as Transit Director.  He began his career in Parks and Recreation before moving to the Transit Department as a Manager and now as Director.  Each of these job changes was a move to a higher, more challenging position.  Rodney has many strong leadership qualities.  He leads by example with his hard work and willingness to be a great team player.  He is committed to his profession, the City, and team members.  He is honest and always has a very positive attitude. Rodney is always looking to improve others around him and has a tremendous work ethic.  His ability to lead and motivate resulted in his Team winning the 2015 North Carolina Department of Transportation Public Transportation Division Performance Excellence Award, First Place.

He has attended several programs that promote leadership and expand his knowledge of municipal government.  He has attended the Transportation Leadership Development Program at North Carolina State University, Building Relationships with Public Officials at All Levels at North Carolina State University, Leading, Educating, and Developing (LEAD) Program at University of Virginia, Municipal and Administrative Course at University of North Carolina, and the City’s own leadership course, the City Manager’s Leadership Academy.

Richard Jones, Davidson County Transportation System

Bio

Richard M. Jones, Jr. is the Transportation Director for the Davidson County Transportation System.  Mr. Jones joined the Transportation department in July 2016 becoming Transportation Manager in late 2017.  Mr. Jones was appointed the newly created Transportation Director in January 2019.   Prior to joining Davidson County, Mr. Jones worked 30 years in the Hospitality Industry.  Mr. Jones and his wife owned and operated their own restaurant prior to joining Davidson County.

Mr. Jones has a Bachelor of Business Administration from James Madison University.  Mr. Jones serves as Stated Clerk of Session for his church.

Kyle Laird, Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART)

Bio

Kyle Laird is the Mobility & Systems Planner at the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART).  He joined PART after completing an internship with the Economic Evaluation Unit of the European Railway Agency in Valenciennes, France, and has worked at PART for nine years.  At PART, Kyle analyzes transit service data and Piedmont Triad development trends in order to better plan and provide regional transit for the area’s residents.  As well as being a board member, Kyle currently serves NCPTA as the Co-chair of the Strategic Planning Committee.  He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.  Over the years, Kyle has earned degrees in Photojournalism, Economics and Geography

Megan Matheny, Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority

Bio

Megan Matheny has been with the Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority since June of 2010 and has served as the Deputy Director since March 2018.  Megan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.  Megan was enlisted by the Authority to establish and manage a nonprofit corporation called the Making Waves Foundation and has served in both an operational and planning capacity during her tenure with the Authority.  Megan has a passion for philanthropy and public service and is an active volunteer in the local community.

Tyffany Neal, Fayetteville Area System of Transit (FAST)

Bio

Tyffany Neal is the Assistant Transit Director for the City of Fayetteville’s Transit Department (Fayetteville Area System of Transit (FAST)).  She joined FAST in 2017 after leaving the transit industry’s private sector.  She has over thirteen (13) years of transit experience in the areas of operations, safety & training and compliance.  Ms. Neal has worked at multiple transit systems within the Carolinas and has also worked in the DMV area.  Prior to joining the transit industry, Ms. Neal worked in the speech pathology and audiology field for a number of years.

Ms. Neal currently holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from South Carolina State University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Strayer University.  She is a graduate of APTA’s Early Career Program and NCDOT’s Transportation Leadership Development Program.  She is also involved with a number of civic and professional organizations to include being an active member of NCPTA, CTAA, WTS and COMTO.

Ms. Neal is married and has one daughter.

Kurt Neufang, AECOM

Bio

Kurt Neufang is a Senior Transportation Planner with AECOM Technical Services of North Carolina, a transportation engineering, planning and consulting firm in NC. He has 32 years of experience in the public transportation industry. Prior to joining AECOM, Kurt worked for URS Corporation, the North Carolina Department of Transportation – Public Transportation Division, the City of Greensboro and the MPO in Atlanta. Kurt was a transit manager for systems in Chapel Hill, NC, Georgia Tech and the University of North Texas.

Kurt holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education from the University of Alabama. Kurt served as President of the Southeast Chapter of the Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT). He is currently on the Advisory Board for the State Employees Credit Union and is active both in his community and in his church.

Marie Parker, GoRaleigh

Bio

Marie Parker is the General Manager for GoRaleigh (formerly Capital Area Transit). She has over sixteen years of comprehensive hands on experience in public transportation ranging from Finance to Operations. She is responsible for planning, directing, managing, and overseeing Operations, Maintenance, and Finance Departments. She has been heavily involved in technology implementation and innovation, capital improvements, internal training initiatives, and facilitating new community service projects.

Ms. Parker has her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with a Finance concentration from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.

Nick Pittman, Chapel Hill Transit

Bio

Nick Pittman is the Transit Planning Manager for Chapel Hill Transit.  As a 2005 Graduate of East Carolina University, he got his start as a transit operator while completing his degree in Information and Computer Technology.  During his 13 years at Chapel Hill Transit, he has held many positions including Safety and Training Coordinator and Operations Manager of Fixed Route and now focusing on Planning, Safety, Training and Development.  He has also been an active member of the NCPTA Roadeo committee for over 12 years including many as Roadeo Chairman.

Nick is a member of two local soccer organizations, serving as President in one and a Board of Director in the other.  In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Ashley and 2 very active boys, Ryan and Caleb.

Anthony Prinz, City of  Jacksonville

Bio

Anthony Prinz currently holds the position of Transportation Services Director for the City of Jacksonville, North Carolina. In that capacity, Anthony is responsible for managing operations of the Jacksonville Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), Jacksonville Transit and the City’s regional computerized traffic signal management system. Anthony earned a Bachelor’s Degree with Suma Cum Laude honors and a dual major in Geography and Community and Regional Planning from Appalachian State University, in Boone, North Carolina. Anthony also earned a Masters of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Anthony has been actively involved in local government planning and management in North Carolina for 15 years. He previously held positions in Henderson County, North Carolina and the City of Wilmington, North Carolina. Anthony currently serves as an Adjunct Instructor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington in the Master of Public Administration program.

Anthony is married to his wife Joanna of 16 years. They have a five-year-old son, Walter, and two-year-old daughter, Emily.

Anthony’s hobbies include restoring classic European cars and home improvement.

Tawanna Williams, Moore County Transportation Services

Bio

Tawanna Williams is the Transportation Director for the Regional Coordinated Area Transportation Services (RCATS) serving both Montgomery and Randolph County.  She has been in public transportation for over 14 years working as Transportation Manager for Moore County Transportation for 7 years and prior to fulfilling her current role served as Transportation Coordinator for RCATS Transportation for 7 years. She has been responsible for the planning and development of effective and efficient community transportation.

She currently serves on the NC Public Transportation Association Board and loves to be of assistance whenever the opportunity is presented. She is also very active in her church and reaching out to the community.

Tawanna is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania so she is very familiar with urban transit (SEPTA) as well.  She has a Master’s Degree in Theology and Biblical Studies from NC College of Theology.  She loves people and enjoys being a part of helping individuals maintain their health and independence.

Irma Zimmerman, Guilford County Transportation and Mobility Service

Bio

Irma has been working in public transportation for over 24 years. She began her career in 1995 with the Greensboro Transit Authority as a Paratransit Operator transporting passengers with special needs, older adults and the general public focusing on safety and timeliness. She quickly developed a passion for helping others and wanted to learn more about other transit agency functions.

She received training in trip reservations, trip scheduling and dispatching. Later Irma was promoted to supervisor where she excelled at helping other operators be safe and timely while transporting passengers.

In 2001 Irma moved from paratransit to community transportation and started working at Guilford County Transportation and Mobility Services. During her 18 years with Guilford County she has performed every job and task imaginable in the world of community transportation. Over the years she has been active in the planning committee for the NCPTA Annual Conference, PTCOG Commission on Aging, City of Greensboro TAC Committee, and Cone Health Foundation GCCN.