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Tony Boren Executive Director

Email: | Voice Mail: 204

Administration & management of agency budget and staff. Includes program & policy development, intergovernmental relations, supervision/control of all work activities, etc. Measure C implementation, California Transportation Commission. May be contacted on any and all COG assignments

Melissa Garza Deputy Director

Email: | Voice Mail: 210

Supervision of agency Planning, Administrative and Rideshare staff. Administration and management of planning activities, policy, advocacy, legislative affairs, and oversight of programming functions. Liaison to California Federal Programming Group, Self-Help Counties Coalition, California Transportation Commission and California RTPA group.

Kristine Cai Principal Regional Planner

Email: | Voice Mail: 215

Administration & management of Modeling and Forecasting staff planning functions. Transportation, Land Use and Air Quality Modeling, SB 375 implementation, GIS, Measure C TOD program, Congestion Management Program, Transportation Needs Assessment, Transportation Performance Management, and SB 743 

Brenda Veenendaal Senior Regional Planner, Public Information Officer

Email: | Voice Mail: 219

Public Information/outreach, Fresno COG website, media relations, computer graphics design support and printing. Measure C Rideshare and Taxi Scrip Program implementation support.  Bikeway Map and Transportation Guide development. Staffs the Measure C Citizen Oversight Committee and the Environmental Justice Subcommittee.  One Voice and Valley Voice advocacy lobbying efforts.  Airport Land Use Commission (ALUC) Staff.

Lauren Dawson Senior Regional Planner

Email: | Voice Mail: 217

Criteria Air Pollutants (State and Federal Standards) related to compliance, Liaison to state, federal and local air quality agencies, PM 2.5 Hot-spot assessments/analyses(Project level conformity), CMAQ Program administration, Buy America compliance,  Transportation Conformity compliance administration, Regional Transportation Plan support (Conformity, EIR), Alternative Fuels, Clean Cities Coalition, Statewide Transportation Conformity Working Group, San Joaquin Valley Interagency Consultation Group, Association for the Beautification of Highway 99 staff support, SJV Plug-In Electric Vehicle Coordinating Council, Keep Fresno County Beautiful, Downtown to Tower Multi-modal Study, .and partnership with SJVAPCD in “Valley Takes Charge” PEV development.

Kai Han Senior Regional Planner

Email: | Voice Mail: 206

Traffic Modeling, Conformity Modeling, GIS, SB 375, Traffic counts and monitoring report. Computer hardware and software support, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)

Peggy Arnest Senior Regional Planner

Email: | Voice Mail: 241

Intelligent Transportation Systems, Golden State Corridor Economic Development Infrastructure Improvement, Regional Active Transportation Plan Project Manager, Measure C New Technology Reserve Subprogram, Environmental Justice, JARC/New Freedom and 5310 grant programs, Class IV Bikeways Feasibility Study, and Regional Transportation Mitigation Fee (RTMF) Program.

Suzanne Martinez Associate Regional Planner

Email: | Voice Mail: 240

Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP) and Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) maintenance and programming, FresnoTrak administration and technical support to member agencies, Regional Surface Transportation Program Coordinator, Freeway Service Patrol, Abandoned Vehicle Abatement Program (AVA).

Muyi Zhou Associate Regional Planner

Email: | Voice Mail: 214

Traffic modeling, traffic impact study, air quality and health modeling, Fresno County regional traffic monitoring program, Regional Active Transportation Plan support.  

Lang Yu Associate Regional Planner

Email: | Voice Mail: 202

Congestion Management Program, Fresno Regional Data Center and U.S. Census Bureau Affiliate Office, Caltrans Planning Grant, GIS Mapping, Transportation and Land Use Modeling, Traffic Impact Study, Transportation Performance Management.

Trai Her-Cole Associate Regional Planner

Email: | Voice Mail: 205

Annual “One Voice” support staff, COG Quarterly Progress Report, Regional Directory, Policy and Procedures Manual, Project Manager for the Greenprint Project and Zero Net Energy Project.  Regional Transportation Plan and Overall Work Program support.

Meg Prince Assistant Regional Planner

Email: | Voice Mail: 203

Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) support staff, Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) and Multi-Jurisdictional Housing Element Process, Environmental Analysis, Public Outreach, San Joaquin Valley Blueprint, Sustainable Communities (Proposition 84 and Cap and Trade Funding), Circuit Planning/Engineering support, and Airport Land Use Commission (ALUC) support.

Seth Scott GIS Specialist

Email: | Voice Mail: 243

GIS/Mapping, Data Support, Database Administration, Demographics, land use modeling, ITHIM, Transportation Performance Management, and General Support (Sustainable Communities Strategy, Environmental Justice, Regional Traffic Mitigation Fee (RTMF) Program, Vanpool Program, etc.)

Donna Blocker Measure C Administrative Marketing Assistant

Email: | Voice Mail: 207

Measure C Carpool Incentive Program implementation.  Public Outreach for the Measure C Rideshare and Taxi Scrip Programs and website and application coordination. Project manager for the Annual Measure C Carpool giveaway as well as monthly and additional incentive awards. 

Esperanza Velazco Measure C Rideshare Technician

Email: | Voice Mail: 216

Fresno COG's Valleyrides Program implementation, Program manager for the Measure C Taxi Scrip Program and Commuter Vanpool and Agricultural Worker Subsidy Programs. Measure C Carpool/Vanpool Incentive Program, Measure C Citizen Oversight Committee, the San Joaquin Valley Rural Transit Alternatives Project and the Regional Traffic Mitigation Fee (RTMF) Program support.

Les Beshears Finance Director

Email: | Voice Mail: 209

Administration, budget, accounting, finance, management of accounting staff, Freeway Service Patrol.

Toni Graham Accounting Manager

Email: | Phone: 201

Billing, assist Finance Director, TDA accounting, personnel records, Regional Traffic Mitigation Fee (RTMF) Program, and Abandoned Vehicle Abatement (AVA) accounting.

Lisa Xiong Assistant Accounting Manager

Email: | Voice Mail: 208

Regional Traffic Mitigation Fee (RTMF) Program, assist Accounting Manager, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable. 

Jeaneen Cervantes Office Administrator

Email: | Voice Mail: 222

Assist management/agency staff with special projects and manage all office duties. Serve as secretary to TTC, PAC and COG Policy Board and FCRTA Board.  Create and distribute all agendas, meeting minutes and packets.  Regional Transportation Plan and Overall Work Program support.

Stephanie Maxwell Receptionist

Email: | Voice Mail: 200

Receptionist, support to staff, minutes for various meetings, Regional Clearinghouse, office supplies and materials inventory, filing, copying, phones, mail & other general office duties. Maintains master mailing lists and data base.

Jeff Long Senior Regional Planner, Fresno Area Express (FAX)

Email: | Phone: 559-621-1436

Regional public transportation planning and coordination, National Transit Database Reporting, Transit Productivity Report, Short Range Transit Plan, Title VI Reporting, Staff SSTAC and Conduct Unmet Transit Needs Process, JARC/New Freedom implementation, and public outreach.

Moses Stites General Manager, Fresno County Rural Transit Agency (FCRTA)

Email: | Phone: 559-233-6789

Administration, budgeting, management and policy development to member agencies and Board of Directors for FCRTA programs, responsible for rural transit planning and implementation, FTA Section 5311, member of the Social Service Transportation Advisory Council (SSTAC), member of Transportation Technical Committee (TTC), Rural Unmet Transit Needs Study, co-designated with Fresno County Economic Opportunities Commission (FCEOC) as rural consolidated transportation service agency (CTSA) for social service transit

Gilbert Garza Associate Transit Planner, Fresno County Rural Transit Agency (FCRTA)

Email: | Phone: 559-263-8019

Transit Planner for FCRTA.  Assists the General Manager with the analysis and reporting of the FCRTA’s twenty subsystems; Coordinates FCRTA bus schedules and transit operations services; Provides analysis  and reports for Service and Maintenance Contracts; Prepares and assists in administration of Local, State, and Federal Grant Programs; Prepares Short, Medium, and Long Range Transit Planning Programs.   

Sandra Mesa Accounting Manager, Fresno County Rural Transit Agency (FCRTA)

Email: | Phone: 559-233-6789 ext. 221

Assists the FCRTA General Manager with administrative and fiscal accounting of the FCRTA and its twenty subsystems, respond to public inquiries for transit service information, monthly pass program.

Maria Garcia Administrative Assistant, Fresno County Rural Transit Agency (FCRTA)

Email: | Voice Mail: 220

Assists the FCRTA General Manager with the day-to-day management of the FCRTA’s twenty subsystems; Coordinates dispatcher, driver, and passenger services; Manages Service and Maintenance Contractors; Back-Up Support to Local, State, and Federal Grant Programs; Assist with Short, Medium, and Long Range Transit Planning Programs.   



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