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Board of Directors

Peter Appel , Director at AlixPartners

Board Member

Peter Appel has more than 30 years of leadership and consulting experience in transportation across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors .  He served as the Administrator of the US Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration, where he led major safety management initiatives along with research and development on technologies to advance transportation safety, sustainability, and efficiency.

Dr. Colleen Casey, Senior Manager, Social Innovation Mobility, Toyota

Board Member

Colleen leads the social innovation mobility team, which is responsible for strategic partnerships and investments that improve the quality of life in underserved communities. Her team has implemented innovation transportation programs across North Texas and the nation to improve access to jobs, basic needs, and education. She also serves on the Collin County Leadership Council for Texas Health Resources.

Flora Castillo, President, Pivot Strategies, LLC

Board Member, Past President

Flora has over 25 years of Medicaid Managed Care, mobility, transportation and healthcare executive experience with a proven track record of strategic planning and detailed execution of marketing, health promotions and public affairs strategies to support membership health plan growth and organizational business goals. Ms. Castillo served as the Vice President of Transportation for UnitedHealth Group. She currently is a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Philadelphia Health Action, Inc., Cambridge Systematics, Inc, the National Urban Fellows, and the Routing Company.

Crissy Ditmore, Director of Public Policy, Optibus

Board Corporate Secretary

Crissy is the Head of Public Policy and Strategy with Optibus and is a member of APTA’s Board of Directors. As a 15-year transportation industry veteran, she builds coalitions to ensure that the public good is preserved through policies that improve equity. She also currently serves on APTA’s Technology Standards Policy and Planning committee.

Charnelle Hicks-Gungor, President at CHPlanning, Ltd.

Board Vice President & Treasurer

Charnelle owns and leads a multidisciplinary urban planning firm addressing complex planning and infrastructure challenges for clients nation-wide. She has worked with CHPlanning since 1998 after working for 15 years in municipal planning, infrastructure, and management consulting.

Kere Greene, Consultant

Board Member

Former Chief Operating Officer for BlueMax Solutions, Kere served as Vice President of Human Resources for BlueMax Ventures responsible for day-to-day call center operations and management of all Human Resource functions. Kere has 18 years experience in call center operations and several years supporting Human Resource management functions.

Valerie Lefler, Executive Director & CEO

Board Member - Feonix Founder

Valerie is an international expert in rural transportation, accessibility, and mobility as a service. Lefler was featured by Smithsonian Magazine as one of the “Top 9 Innovators to Watch”; and has also been highlighted in outlets such as the New York Times, NPR, and the Christian Science Monitor. Valerie graduated with distinction from the University of Nebraska—Lincoln with a degree in Business Administration after studying International Economics abroad at the University of Oxford. She also received her master’s degree with honors in Public Administration with an emphasis in Public Management from the University of Nebraska—Omaha.

John R. Peracchio, Managing Member at Peracchio & Company, LLC

Board President

John is a strategy consultant in the intelligent transportation sector. Mr. Peracchio also serves as a senior advisor to the Michigan Council on Future Mobility and Electrification and leads the council’s workgroup on electrification. Mr. Peracchio is an active member of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America and serves on its Standing Advisory Committees on Smart Infrastructure and Sustainability and Resiliency. He is also active with the International Bridge, Tunnel & Turnpike Association serving on its Emerging Technologies Committee and chairing the electric vehicles and associated infrastructure subcommittee.

Dr. Ipek Nese Sener, Research Scientist at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute

Board Member

Dr. Sener’s research focus examines the intersection of social and behavioral sciences and brings together the elements of mobility, safety, equity, health, and technology. She has led various interdisciplinary and data-driven studies examining individuals’ decisions and activity-travel patterns, the changing nature of transportation choices, and the related impact on and/or connection to wellbeing, as well as sustainable and equitable mobility. Ipek serves in the graduate committee faculty of Texas A&M University and is a faculty affiliate at the Texas A&M Center for Population Health and Aging. Dr. Sener is also on the board of directors of the International Professional Association for Transport and Health. She is deeply involved with TRB, serves as a handling editor for the Transportation Research Record journal, and is an active member of several TRB committees.