Mass Transit Announces its Top 40 Under 40 List

Mass Transit, the only magazine exclusively dedicated to public transportation, announces the ninth annual Mass Transit Top 40 Under 40 list, honoring those professionals who have made significant contributions to the public transit industry.

Top 40 Under 40: Steve Orzech, Jr. Business Development Manager, Rail

Fort Atkinson, WI (September 14, 2018) – Mass Transit, the only magazine exclusively dedicated to public transportation, announces the 10th annual Mass Transit Top 40 Under 40 list, honoring those professionals who have made significant contributions to the public transit industry. Honorees were nominated by their peers and judged on criteria that included job commitment, industry involvement and contribution, achievement in his or her position and innovation in his or her field.

“Millions of people utilize public transportation every year, relying on it to transport them to work, school, medical appointments, and social and sporting activities,” said Mass Transit Publisher Emily Guill. “The individuals chosen for this year’s list have an eye for innovation and show a strong passion and commitment that exemplifies the best of the best.”

“Out of more than 150 nominations, these chosen professionals have proven records of accomplishments, making a difference at their companies or transit agencies, in their communities and in the industry,” added Executive Editor Leah Harnack. “It was challenging to narrow it down, but we are confident that this list of professionals will continue to play a significant role in public transportation for decades to come.”

Winners will be showcased in the September/October cover feature of Mass Transit magazine and online at

Mass Transit magazine serves more than 21,000 readers associated with the public transportation industry including transit managers, industry suppliers and industry associations. It is the only publication that focuses on the people who manage the business and their successful management practices. The publication’s editorial content provides subscribers with management, marketing, operational and product information they need to better manage transit systems and overcome the changes in today’s environment.

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Mass Transit 40 Under 40 List 2018

Steve Orzech Jr., Business Development Manager, Rail, Freedman Seating Co.

Onyinye Akujuo, Director of Federal and State Grant Programs, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority

Omar Antonio Alvarado, Director of Planning & Scheduling, Transdev

Daniel Andrlik, Vice President of Product, Ecolane

Holly Arnold, Director of Planning and Programming, Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Maryland Transit Administration (MTA)

Kristen P. Bergassi, ENV SP, NCICS, Senior Environmental Planner, VHB

Nicholas Biggar, District Director, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority

CJ Bright, Senior Operations Planner, Keolis Transit America

Claudia Burgos, Director of Legislative Affairs and Community Relations, Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit)

Paul Cantin, C.E.T., Project Leader, New Product Development, New Flyer of America Inc.

Regina Clewlow, Ph.D., CEO and Co-founder, Populus

O’Dell Draper III, Director of Operations and Safety, Knoxville Area Transit (KAT)

Erin Dunn, CPA, Controller, San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS)

Sean C. Egan, Director, Financial Reporting, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

Mona Elabbady, Principal, SRF Consulting Group Inc.

Bonnie Epstein, Senior Planner, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA)

Naeem Farooqi BBA, MSc Pl, Principal Consultant, WSP Canada Inc.

Laura Fini, Managing Director, Transportation, Accenture

Lindsay Ford Ellis, Claims Counsel, Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA)

Richard Fuentes , Principal, Government and Community Relations Representative, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART)

Richelle Gosman, Community Planner, Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Region 4

Joe Harrington, Senior Manager of Public Relations, Public Information Officer and Equal Employment Opportunity Officer, Palm Tran

Joan Hollick, PMP, Deputy Project Director – Southwest LRT, Metro Transit – Transit Systems Development

Sam Kaur, Department Manager, Revenue and Grants Administration, Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA)

Christian G. Londono, Manager of Performance Management (Interim), Palm Tran

Jordan Medlin, Senior Project Manager, INIT Innovations in Transportation Inc.

Austin Miller, Chief Technology Officer, Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Maryland Transit Administration (MTA)

Joseph F. Mirabile ESQ, MBA, LL.M, President and CEO, USSC Group

Brydon Owen, B.Sc. (EE), MASc (EE), P.Eng., Chief Engineer of Electrical Architecture, New Flyer of America Inc.

Lauren B. Parker, MBA, Manager of Marketing and Outreach, TriMet

Sasha Pejcic, PMP, Managing Senior Associate, Transportation (GTA) & Transit Advisory Lead, Stantec Consulting

Angel Peña, Managing Director, Office of Quality Assurance, Internal Compliance & Oversight (QICO), Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro)

Amirpasha Peyvandi, Ph,D, P.E., Senior Bridge Engineer, Jacobs

Branden Porter, MS, PSP, WSO-CSSD, System Security Manager, Sound Transit

Ernest Romero Jr., Senior Design Engineer, Tolar Manufacturing Company Inc.

Daniel Turner, AICP, Lead Planner, WSP USA

Justin Umagat LEED AP BD+C, DBIA Associate, Project Manager – Design Review Lead and Capital Project Management, Sound Transit

Natasha Velickovic, P.E., Principal, VHB

Amanda Wall Vandegrift, Senior Consultant, InfraStrategies LLC

Marla D. Westervelt, Senior Manager of Urban Partnership Solutions, Bird

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