Driving Excellence in Public Transportation

Executive Leadership

NCPTA is governed by a dynamic and diverse 23-member Board of Directors that is elected by the membership.  The Board of Directors traditionally meets four times a year.

The President, Vice-President Rural, Vice-President Urban, Secretary, and Treasurer are the Officers of the Association and form the Executive Committee, which is responsible for the Association’s administrative and financial affairs. These and other matters are also attended to by the Executive Director.

Executive Leadership Team:

Executive Director:  David W. Rhew
P.O. Box 369, Olivia, NC 28368


President, Tawanna Williams

RCATS Transportation

rcatsdirector@senior adults.org

Tawanna Williams Bio

Vice-President - Urban: L.J. Weslowski, Transit Manager
Concord Kannapolis Area Transit (Rider)


L.J. Weslowski is the Transit Manager for Concord Kannapolis Area Transit (Rider). He has over 21 years’ experience in public transportation, working up through the ranks as a bus operator, dispatcher, supervisor, van operator, CDL trainer, and motor coach operator before transitioning into operations and planning and now system management, working to improve safety and service delivery at each step along the way. Mr. Weslowski has an extensive background in small to mid-size public transit operations, with specific focus in the critical areas of safety, security, and customer service delivery. Having worked on both the private sector and public sector sides of public transportation, he also brings extensive experience with funding, procurement, technology implementation, labor negotiations, regulatory compliance, planning, grant writing & management, and financial and asset resource management.

Mr. Weslowski holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources Studies from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a Master’s Degree in Sport Studies from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst Isenberg School of Management. Selected in 2010 as one of Mass Transit’s Top 40 Under 40, he is also a past bus roadeo champion and an award winning photographer. He is an active member of several Cabarrus Health Alliance committees, including the 2016 Healthy Cabarrus Community Planning Council.

Vice-President- Rural-Irma Zimmerman, Transit Agency Director

Guilford County Transportation and Mobility Services 


Treasurer: Kelly Blazey, Transit Director
Town of Cary (GoCary)


Kelly Blazey has been in the public transportation industry for 15 years, currently serving as the Transit Director with the Town of Cary (GoCary).  Prior to that, she served as the Assistant Transit Director for the City of Fayetteville (FAST).  Kelly’s experience initially centered on financial analysis, budget development, grant management, policy & procedure oversight and special projects.  However, during her years with FAST, Kelly added Operations and Maintenance functions to her portfolio as well.

Kelly holds an MBA from Georgia Southern University, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism and Marketing from Syracuse University.  She is an ASQ certified Six Sigma Green Belt, a Forty Under 40 award recipient, a graduate of the Institute for Community Leadership, and a graduate of the LEAD Program at the University of Virginia’s Senior Executive Institute.  Kelly has also served as co-chair for the Annual NCPTA Conference, Expo, Roadeo & Golf Tournament.

Secretary: Don Willis, Executive Director
Goldsboro-Wayne Transportation Authority


Don Willis is the Executive Director for the Goldsboro-Wayne Transportation Authority (GWTA). Prior to joining GWTA Don has served for two years at Chapel Hill Transit and for sixteen years as the Transportation Manager at Wake County Human Services.  He began his career with the North Carolina Department of Transportation as a Transportation Program Consultant. Don has also served as a past Board Member and Secretary to the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Public Transportation Association. In 2013, he was awarded the North Carolina Public Transportation Association’s Secretary Award. And in 2012, he was awarded the North Carolina Public Transportation Division Director’s award.

Don has a Bachelor of Science in Urban & Regional Planning from East Carolina University and a Master of Public Administration from North Carolina State University.

Don is a North Carolina native, growing up in the small coastal community of Harkers Island, and currently resides in Clayton with his wife, Leah.