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FACT Board Members

They are a group of community activists with a common desire to make a change to the transportation system in San Diego county.

Board Members
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Bob Campbell Board Chair

Bob Campbell served on the City Council for the City of Vista from 2002-2010. Bob served as the Economic Development Director at the City of Vista for over 9 years. He has served on various regional boards, including NCTD and SANDAG. Bob co-founded and was CEO of the North County Economic Development Council (NCEDC) and presided over the North County Collaborative. Bob studied economics and industrial engineering at Stanford; holding a degree in Advanced Management from the University of Washington and served 8 years in the Coast Guard Active & Reserve. Bob has been a member of the FACT Board since 2006 and was the 2013 Board Chair; He was elected Vice Chair of the Board effective January 2014. He was elected Board Chair in 2017.

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LaVonna Connelly Board Vice Chair

LaVonna Connelly is a large-system Social Worker who works with communities to address local issues including transportation. She serves as Chair of the Ramona Transportation Action Committee, the Palomar Health Community Action Council-Ramona/Julian/Warner Springs, and the Ramona Re-Vitalization Health and Human Services Sub-Committee. LaVonna has a Masters in Social Work with an emphasis in Administration and Consensus-Building. She has been recognized by the California Insurance Commissioner for her work with wildfire disaster survivors in navigating the insurance claims process. She and her husband manage Connelly Gardens, a specialty vegetable farm in Ramona.  She is also the founder of a small consulting business, Consulting for CommunityExcellence, that equips residents to address the issues they face in their neighborhoods and communities. In 2013 LaVonna received the Citizen of the Year Award by from County of San Diego HHSA for her work in promoting healthy eating as part of the County’s LiveWell initiative.  LaVonna joined the FACT Board in 2009 and was elected Board Secretary as of January 1, 2013. In 2017 she was elected Vice Chair.

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Susan Hafner Board Treasurer

Susan Hafner served as Vice President of Bus Operations for the American Public Transit Association (APTA) and a Board Member for the California Transit Association (CTA) and APTA. Susan worked as a Director for MTS and a General Manager for Riverside Transit Agency. She is the founder of Multimodal Solutions, a consulting firm based in La Jolla. Susan joined the FACT Board of Directors in 2007 and has served as Treasurer of the Board since 2008.

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George Gastil Secretary

George Gastil served on the City Council in Lemon Grove and also served as his city’s representative to the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) Board of Directors. Gastil served on the Lemon Grove School Board for ten years before being elected to the City Council in 2008. Gastil teaches history for Grossmont College, Miramar College, Palomar College and San Diego State University. He lives in Lemon Grove with his wife Janet and two of his three adult sons. George joined the FACT Board in 2014. Gastil was elected Board Secretary effective January 1, 2017.

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Hon. John Aguilera

John Aguilera serves on the City Council for the City of Vista. John was appointed Mayor Pro Tem in 2010. John owns a financial services business in North County and is a member of the Society of Financial Awareness. John holds a BA in Quantitative Economics and Decision Science from UCSD. He has been a member of the FACT Board since 2011.

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Dave Roberts

Dave Roberts served on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors representing District 3. He served on the City Council for the City of Solana Beach and was Deputy Mayor. Dave serves as Vice President for Government Relations for the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). Dave was recently appointed to a 2-year term on the Federal National Advisory Panel on Medicare Education for the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Dave holds an MPA from the Department of Defense Graduate Level Financial Management Program and a BA in political science/economics from the American University (AU). Dave has served on the FACT Board of Directors since 2006 and was the 2013 Vice Chair and Chair from 2014 to 2016. He represents SANDAG’s Transportation Committee on the FACT Board.

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Phil Monroe

Phil Monroe served on the City Council for the City of Coronado from 2000-2008; he represented Coronado on several Boards, including SANDAG and MTS. Phil served thirty years as an Officer in the U.S. Navy where he held positions in engineering, logistics, and direct fleet support areas.  Phil was Commanding Officer at the Naval Air Rework Facility, North Island. His highest military award is the Legion of Merit. Phil holds an BA  in Mathematics from Cornell University and an Engineering degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Naval Postgraduate School. Phil has served on the FACT Board of Directors since 2006 and was Chair of the Board during 2009, 2010, and 2011.

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Hon. Lorie Zapf

San Diego City Councilwoman Lorie Zapf is serving her second term, currently representing the Beach & Bay Communities of District 2. She has served as Chair of the City’s Smart Growth and Land Use Committee for the past four years where one of her top priorities is to make housing more affordable for working families.  She is currently a member of the City’s Audit and Infrastructure Committees, in addition to serving on the Boards of SANDAG and MTS. Councilwoman Zapf brings years of business experience to City Hall as the former owner of a successful natural food company that she and her husband grew from an idea to a nationally distributed product. Lorie uses her experience as a small business owner to help bring about common sense reforms and initiatives at City Hall that reduce the burdens of costly government regulations and fees. An avid outdoor enthusiast,  Lorie frequently partners with The San Diego River Park Foundation and I Love a Clean Diego in river, canyon, and beach clean-up efforts. Lorie’s experience as a foster child instilled in her a passion to help disadvantaged children.  She has been an active volunteer for non-profit organizations that help abused, neglected and foster youth. During her career Lorie has worked in radio and television broadcasting as a news reporter, a video producer, public relations manager, and executive director of a non-profit fighting frivolous lawsuits.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism from Cal State Northridge and a Master’s Degree in Marketing Communication from the University of Denver. Lorie lives in the BayHo area of Clairemont with her husband and two musically talented teenage daughters.

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Arun Prem Executive Director

Arun joined FACT in 2010. He began his transportation career 22 years ago with New York City DOT where he managed the franchised bus performance contracts, civil rights, and alternate fuel programs. He developed the ADA compliance program for NYCDOT. Before joining FACT, Arun worked with Access Services, Los Angeles County’s CTSA and ADA Paratransit service provider for 13 years, where he served as Director of Strategic Planning.  He serves on the Board of Directors of CalACT and APTA. He is Vice Chair of APTA’s Mobility Management Resource Committee. Arun has an MBA in Management Information Systems from CUNY.

Email: aprem@factsd.org

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Budd Anderson Grants Management Analyst

Budd joined FACT in January 2012. His duties at FACT include qualifying grant opportunities that advance FACT’s mission, developing grant applications, managing grant agreements and compliance, developing and updating FACT’s  Title VI Plan and annual Business Plan, CAM Liaison, and Human Resource Management. He was formerly with the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation. Budd has earned the degree of Bachelor of Science Business Administration with an emphasis in Management from California State University San Marcos (CSUSM). He has taken various transit and paratransit courses and is currently studying Human Resource Management at the University of California, San Diego.

Email: banderson@factsd.org

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Meagan Schmidt Operations Manager

Meagan joined FACT in March 2011. Her duties include developing service plans, managing the Software & Service Development Committee and oversight and implementation of RideFACT services. Meagan has taken various transit and paratransit courses and has attended CalACT and APTA conferences. She previously worked for the San Diego Superior Court – Traffic Division and a National Semiconductor Corporation. Meagan has a BA in Communication from California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) and has a Transit Paratransit Management Certification from The University of the Pacific.

Email: mschmidt@factsd.org

Brooke Connell Office Manager

Brooke Connell joined FACT in 2016. Her duties include office administration, website and social media management, database management, purchasing and inventory, Board Meeting minutes, vendor coordination and contract management, and event/meeting coordination.  She has a BA in Business Administration from Portland State University with an emphasis in Marketing and Advertising Management.  She has over ten years’ office experience primarily in the training industry.

Email: bconnell@factsd.org

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Leticia Corona Invoice Analyst/Mobility Coordinator

Leticia joined FACT in October 2012. Her duties include telephone referrals, trip planning, and transportation dispatching. She has extensive experience working for non-profit organizations that provide information and referrals for seniors and persons with disabilities.

Email: lcorona@factsd.org

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Jonathan Albarran Mobility Coordinator

Jonathan joined FACT in March 2014. His duties include telephone referrals, trip planning, and transportation dispatching. He has extensive experience in customer service.

Email: jalbarran@factsd.org

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Christian Hernandez Mobility Coordinator

Christian joined FACT in May 2015. His duties include telephone referrals, trip planning, and transportation dispatching, He has several years of transportation experience including dispatching, routing, and customer service.

Email: chernandez@factsd.org

Kalin Alston Mobility Coordinator

Kalin joined FACT in February 2017.  His duties include telephone referrals, trip planning, and transportation dispatching.

Email: kalston@factsd.org

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Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)

TAC is an advisory committee to the FACT Board of Directors.

 

Members include:

 

Janelle Carey – Metropolitan Transit System (MTS)

Lois Knowlton – Friends of Adult Day Health Care Centers

Danielle Kochman – San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG)

North County Transit District (NCTD)

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Council on Access & Mobility (CAM)

CAM is comprised of approximately 28 providers and transportation interest groups. CAM is an advisory committee to the FACT Board of Directors. CAM’s Mission is to “Promote coordination of transportation resources and services in San Diego County”.

 

Members include:

 

Jewish Family Service (JFS) – Meredith Morgenroth, CAM Chair

City of Oceanside – Janet Grate, CAM Vice Chair

AAA Transport – Bruce McGrath

Access to Independence – Vivian Radam

California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) – Anicia Gottwig

Care4UMobility – Willie Wahba

City Link Foundation – Jesse Givens

City of Coronado Seniors Out and About Program – Adonia Torres

City of La Mesa – Natalie Ford

City of San Marcos Senior Activity Center – Karen Heywood/Catherine Manis

City of Vista  Out & About Program – Veronica Giancola

Consultant/Aging Expert/Author – Judi Bonilla

County of San Diego Office of Emergency Services (OES) – Julie Jeakle

Coordinated Fleet Services – Ben Macias

ElderHelp of San Diego – Nansi Kiwanuka

Friends of Adult Day Health Care Center – Lois Knowlton

ITN Greater San Diego – Rebecca Taylor

Interfaith Community Services – Charlene Marson

Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) – Jay Washburn

Renewing Life – Tony San Nicolas

San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) – Danielle Kochman

Sharp Hospital – Debbie Mejia

Sol Transportation – Arturo Ayala

St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center – Laura Purdom

Tri-City Medical Center – Stephen Chavez-Matzel

Valley Center Recreation Center – Tom Bumgardner

Yellow Cab – Dan Brand

2-1-1 San Diego – Bill York