PART Staff Keeps on Rolling
Office of Executive director
Scott Rhine is a transportation professional with direct management of fixed route, human service operations and transportation planning. A graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in communications Scott most recently served as a senior transportation planner for the NCDOT Public Transportation Division primarily dealing with state and federal funding programs in rural and urban areas of the state. He has proven experience in transportation planning, construction, project management and environmental requirements and regulations associated with the various transit operations and Metropolitan Planning Organizations of the Piedmont Triad Region. With over 26 years of experience in the transportation industry Scott coordinates activities of the PART professional staff, member agencies, state and federal partners and carries out the programs and policy directives of the PART organization formulated by the PART Board of Trustees.
Finance & Administration Department
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION
Connie Conklin is our new Director of Finance and Administration and will be replacing the position held by Pat Webster, who is retiring later this year. Connie comes to us with over 26 years’ experience in finance and accounting.
Pat Webster received her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Bluffton University in Ohio. She has over twenty years experience in private industry in all areas of financial management including an extensive term with the government division of AT&T. Pat has seven years experience as Finance Director/CFO at two RTAs in South Carolina. She is excited about participating with the PART finance team in implementing a new system to provide move extensive financial controls and reporting.
MANAGER OF MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS
Brooke Kochanski received her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from University of North Carolina at Greensboro. With over 10 years’ experience in marketing she specializes in planning, developing, and evaluating marketing campaigns to effectively reinforce and build brand image. Brooke is primarily responsible for promoting the many programs and services provided by PART concentrating on the continued growth of regional cooperation and improved transportation services.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH SPECIALIST
Sarah McGuire holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Policy from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Master of Public Affairs degree from UNC-Greensboro. Her research and professional experiences have focused on the intersection of regionalism and inclusive economic/community development practices in an effort to create more equitable and sustainable communities. At PART, Sarah works with both the Marketing and TDM Departments to promote PART’s services and expand the organization’s reach into the Piedmont Triad.
REGULATORY AFFAIRS SPECIALIST
Supriya Raghav is a management graduate from University of North Carolina at Greensboro and has completed her Master’s degree in Business Administration in May 2013. She has more than 6 years of experience in various fields of management. Supriya joined PART through NCDOT’s Apprenticeship Program and is currently working in the Finance Department. Her work is primarily directed towards human resources, compliance and contracting.
Henry has a BS Accounting degree from UNCG. He has 30 years of experience in accounting systems, cash management, financial accounting and reporting and internal controls. His responsibilities include administrator of the Smart Fusion Fund Accounting System, applying accounting principles and procedures to record and/or analyze financial information, prepare accurate and timely financial reports and ensure appropriate accounting control procedures.
Dianna Thomason has worked in accounting for over 15 years in the areas of financial statement preparation, account analysis, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and payroll. She has worked for CPA firms, corporations, and a non-for-profit organization. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Catawba College and an Associate’s degree in Accounting from Davidson County Community College.
Tyree Pittman is a graduate from NC A&T State University where he received a B.S. in Accounting and developed an interest in business. He hopes to return to the classroom in the future and pursue both an MBA degree and CPA licensure As a member of the PART Finance Department, Tyree is responsible for accounts payable and payroll. Tyree believes public transportation is important for our communities to stay connected, and enjoys using his accounting skills to support the work that PART does within the Piedmont Triad.
& CLERK OF THE BOARD
Terry Anderson joined PART with over 20 years of customer service and administrative experience. She has worked in entry level Logistics /Sales as well as management positions. Terry attended Guilford Technical Community College and served as a delivery coordinator prior to coming to PART. With her extensive background in office related activities, she is primarily responsible for administrative duties and support for the PART staff and management. Terry enjoys oil painting and gardening.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
David Morris has an extensive background in public transportation in the State of North Carolina. This includes management of the Greenville Area Transit System, Ridesharing Services & Vanpooling of the Piedmont and Assistant General Manager of the Winston-Salem Transit Authority. David is also the recipient of the Governor’s Public Transportation Award for outstanding service to public transportation in North Carolina
Jon (J.D.) Stewart joined PART from the City of Greensboro Department of Transportation where he worked on transportation related mapping and asset management. J.D.’s responsibilities for PART will include GIS mapping, as well as, enhancing the Regional Travel Demand Model. He attended Guilford College and holds degrees in Political Science and Environmental Studies.
FIELD OPERATIONS SPECIALIST
Mike Miller is a graduate of Guilford Technical Community College with a degree in Supply Chain Management and Global Logistics. Mike is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps where he served as a KC-130 aircraft electrical technician. He joins PART with 14 years of experience in the transportation field with background as a truck driver, bus driver, dispatcher, and supervisor.
DIRECTOR OF PLANNING
MARK E. KIRSTNER, AICP
Mark E. Kirstner, AICP has 28 years of experience in land use and transportation planning, community and economic development. Mark holds a Master’s degree in Geography from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. During his 19 years with Guilford County, NC he worked in planning, economic development, environmental protection, strategic planning, systems analysis, and managed the county’s transit system. Currently as Director of Planning with PART, he is responsible for creating mobility choices through the coordination of land use and transportation issues, developing regional systems and planning models, and walkable, bikeable, transit friendly communities and assists with PART management and operational functions. Also he is also Project Manager for Piedmont Together, winner of the 2014 NCAPA Marvin Collins Outstanding Planning Special Theme Award for Equitable Development.
MOBILITY & SYSTEMS PLANNER
KYLE LAIRD, AICP
Kyle Laird received an Associate’s degree in Photojournalism from Randolph Community College, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Hampden-Sydney College and Master of Arts degree in Geography and Planning at Appalachian State University. He joined PART after completing an internship with the Economic Evaluation Unit of the European Railway Agency in Valenciennes, France. At PART, Kyle researches transit infrastructure and policy issues, gathers and analyzes Piedmont Triad data sets and synthesizes Triad specific scenarios working toward the continuing growth and development of PART’s transportation plans for the Triad.
REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION MODELER
JOONHYO (JOHN) KIM, PHD
Joonhyo (John) Kim joins PART with a Masters of Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University, PhD from Penn State University and 9 years of professional experience in transportation engineering and planning. John is primarily responsible for travel demand modeling through regional cooperation.
Commuter Resources Department
DIRECTOR OF COMMUTER RESOURCES
Sabrina Glenn has worked in the field of Transportation Demand Management for over 16 years. Her experience includes working with local, regional, and private sector organizations to address mobility issues in Minnesota, Atlanta, and Florida. She has served in a variety of capacities that support the development, implementation, marketing, and promotion of programs and services that support the use of alternatives to driving alone. Her responsibilities at PART include the oversight of the Commuter Resources department including the Call Center, Vanpool Program, and Business Development and Outreach Efforts.
Commuter Resources Business Analyst
Alexa Powell is a graduate of University of North Carolina – Greensboro earning a Bachelor’s degree in Geography with core concentrations in GIS, Urban Planning and Environmental Studies. She joins PART with extensive marketing and community relations experience. As an avid transit rider, Alexa understands first-hand the importance of mobility options for residents of the Piedmont Triad region.
vanpool resources COORDINATOR
Ruby Randall is a specialist with carpool matching and vanpool leasing throughout the Piedmont Triad. Ruby is a former fire-fighter for the City of Winston-Salem and transit operator for the Winston-Salem Transit Authority with over 16 years of experience in public transportation. She is responsible for the coordination of over 60 vanpools commuting in the Piedmont Triad.
Piedmont Transit Resources Call Center Department
Teresa Pennix is a graduate of Rutledge College with over 25 years of customer service experience at companies such as Guilford County and AT&T. Teresa enjoys working with the community and looks forward to helping the Piedmont Triad with transportation needs.
Alice Long joins PART with 22 years of experience in the customer service field working at various companies including American Express, Airborne Express, and Chick Fila. Currently Alice is enrolled at GTCC finishing her Applied Science Degree in Culinary Arts. Alice has been a long time resident of Greensboro and looks forward to helping you plan your transit trip in the Triad.
Drenna Carr joins PART with over 10 years of experience in customer service. She is currently enrolled at GTCC working toward a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Drenna has received multiple recognitions for outstanding customer service and loss prevention.
Mack Young is a graduate of the Forsyth Tech Career Center with certificates in Digital Media, Adobe Office and Microsoft Office. He also participated in SkillsUSA for filmmaking and placed 5th and 2nd place. Also while studying at Forsyth Tech had courses in Customer Service and Call Center Etiquette. Mack’s background includes working at Quality Oil where he worked as an Junior Assistant Manager.
Shalonda Poole is a specialist in customer service with 8 years of experience, 5 of which were in a call center environment. Shalonda is currently in school to obtain her Bachelors of Business Administration from Strayer University with hopes of graduating in 2017. She graduated from Leon’s Beauty School in 2008.