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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 issues including transportation. She has a Masters in Social Work with an emphasis in Administration and Consensus-Building. LaVonna currently serves as Co-Chair of the Ramona Re-Vitalization Health and Human Services Sub-Committee and is the District 2 representative for the County of San Diego Health Services Advisory Board. She works for The Salvation Army offering health education and key resource linkages that help seniors of limited means to thrive while aging in place in Silvercrest Senior Residences. In 2013 LaVonna received the Citizen of the Year Award from County of San Diego HHSA for her work in promoting healthy eating as part of the County’s LiveWell initiative. She was also recognized for excellence by the California Insurance Commissioner for her work with wildfire disaster survivors after the Cedar Fire in 2003. After the Cedar Fire, LaVonna was part of a team that successfully introduced and lobbied SB477 that allows small communities to call on the Office of Emergency Services to coordinate disaster response when the community lacks the capacity to do so on their own. LaVonna and her husband own a small vegetable farm in Ramona. She loves nature and hiking with her dogs. 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 Lemon Grove City Council from 2008-2016 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. Gastil teaches history for Grossmont 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. He 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. He was appointed Mayor Pro Tem in 2010, 2011, and 2014. John is Vice Chair for NCTD and on the Board of Transportation Committee for SANDAG. John owns a financial services business in North County and 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 serves as CEO of J2 Enterprises, LLC.  Previously, he served on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors representing the Third District from 2013 – 2017. Prior to being the first newly elected San Diego County Supervisor in over two decades, he served for two 4-year terms as an elected councilmember, Deputy Mayor and Mayor on the City Council for the City of Solana Beach. Dave has also served as Vice President for Government Relations for the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). In addition, based on both his public and private sector experience Dave was appointed to serve in the administrations of Presidents George W. Bush and Barack H. Obama to 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 elected as Vice Chair in 2013 and was elected as Chair from 2014 to 2016.  Dave and his spouse are the parents of six adopted foster children.

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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, Fleet Management, 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) and a Transit and Paratransit Management Certificate from the University Of The Pacific. Budd 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 2011.  She manages FACT’s call center team of Mobility Coordinators, brokerage contractors, as well as the RideFACT and contracted services programs.  Meagan oversees all aspects of FACT’s transportation brokerage and leads FACT’s Service Development Committee.

She holds a BA in Communication and obtained a Transit Paratransit Management Certification from The University of the Pacific.   Meagan is a member of San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG’s) Social Services Transportation Advisory Council (SSTAC), APTA’s Mobility Management Committee and CalACT’s Conference Committee.

Email: mschmidt@factsd.org

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Brooke Connell Office Manager

Brooke Connell joined FACT in December 2016. Her duties include office administration, website and social media management, database management, purchasing and inventory, Board Meeting minutes, vendor coordination and contract management, IT, and event/meeting coordination.  She has a BA in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and Advertising Management.  Brooke is finishing her master’s degree in Human Resource Management with a specialization in Business Intelligence. She has over 12 years’ experience as a sales and marketing professional including 5 years assisting with government contracts, solicitations, and RFP’s.

Email: bconnell@factsd.org

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Julius Burgos Accountant

Julius joined FACT in September 2016. His duties at FACT include all grant billing, accounts receivables, payables, payroll, bank reconciliations, monthly financial reporting to the Board, annual TDA & Internal auditing, and financial control. He is currently registered with the Internal Revenue Service and CTEC as a tax preparer and highly experienced with non-profit organizations. Julius is a veteran with the United States Marine Corps, has over 25 years of experience in accounting, and studied at Kapiolani Community College (KCC) and Honolulu Community College (HCC).

Email: jburgos@factsd.org

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Leticia Corona Invoice Analyst/Mobility Coordinator

Leticia joined FACT in October 2012. Her duties include invoice and report analysis. She also provides telephone referrals, trip planning, transportation dispatching, and outreach to community organizations. 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 Lead Mobility Coordinator

Jonathan joined FACT in March 2014. His duties include telephone referrals, trip planning, transportation dispatching, and extensive customer service. He is certified by the Department of Transportation on Fundamentals of Bus Collision Investigation and is part of San Diego transit agency’s ADA review committees.  Jonathan manages RideFACT’s Safety Program and has completed Reasonable Suspicion Training.

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. He assists with RideFACT’s Safety Management Program, attended CalACT Maintenance Conference, and completed Reasonable Suspicion Training.

Email: chernandez@factsd.org

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Kalin Alston Mobility Coordinator

Kalin joined FACT in February 2017.  His duties include telephone referrals, trip planning, and transportation dispatching. He has a Bachelor’s degree in visual communication from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle Washington. Kalin has experience assisting seniors in both assisted living and memory care communities as a volunteer. He has previously worked with Silverado Senior Living, Brookdale Senior Living Solutions and Fairwinds Ivey Ranch.

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

Jack Christensen – 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 29 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 Batchelor, CAM Vice Chair

AAA Transport – Greg Rush

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 – Brian Smith

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

Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) – Jay Washburn

North County Transit District (NCTD) – 

Renewing Life – Tony San Nicolas

San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) –  Jack Christensen / Brian Lane

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