People
Lisa Winston Hicks

Lisa Winston Hicks

Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board, Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Since 2012, Lisa has provided MV and its board with legal, compliance, and strategic guidance, and continues to improve the company’s overall legal risk profile.

Alex Lodde

Alex Lodde

Board of Directors
Founder/Owner, Board Member
Alex Lodde is a co-founder of MV Transportation, Inc. and remains an owner of the company, as well as a board member. Alex previously served as CEO, from the company’s founding in 1975 through 2000, and again from 2008 until 2010.

Feysan Lodde

Feysan Lodde

Board of Directors
Founder/Owner, Board Member
Feysan Lodde is the visionary who transformed transportation contracting with the founding of MV Transportation. She remains an owner of the company, a member of MV’s Board of Directors, and a fierce defender of disability rights.

John Rogers

John Rogers

Board of Directors

John has more than 30 years of experience in politics, public policy, business, and government affairs. John has served on the MV Transportation Board of Directors since 2015. He is also CEO and Founder of Capstone National Partners and RL Leaders. 

Kevin Kilka

Kevin Klika

Senior Leadership Team
President and Chief Operating Officer
Responsible for the overall management and growth of MV’s services, Kevin currently oversees MV’s 200+ plus contracts, which operate from approximately 150 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. 

Teryl Woods

Teryl Woods

Senior Leadership Team
Senior Vice President—Safety
Teryl’s responsibilities include the oversight, planning, and development of MV safety programs, processes, and strategies. Along with a team of highly qualified safety professionals, his focus is on creating a safety culture that promotes employee engagement and reduces the risks of vehicle collisions, passenger incidents, and employee injuries. 

Gary Coles

Gary Coles

Senior Leadership Team
Chief Sales Officer
Gary’s key responsibilities include paratransit, fixed route, and multimodal services. He knows the bus transportation market and is committed to driving forward strategic business priorities designed to better serve MV customers, clients, and riders alike.

Benjamin Birnbaum

Benjamin Birnbaum

Senior Leadership Team
Vice President of Growth Strategy & Corporate Development
Ben Birnbaum joined MV in May 2016 and is responsible for partnerships, strategic planning, and corporate development activities.  As MV continuously optimizes its services, Ben and his team help the organization to focus on and plan for evolving industry opportunities. Much of that work involves proactive engagement with possible partners to plan for collaboration.  

Jarrett Andrews

Jarrett Andrews

Senior Leadership Team
Chief Human Resources Officer
He leads all human resources functions, including succession planning, talent development, performance management, benefits, salary administration, labor relations, employee engagement, and sourcing.

John Calame

John Calame

Operations
Senior Vice President of Fleet and Facilities
As Senior Vice President of fleet and facilities for MV Transportation’s U.S. and Canada operations, John is a transit maintenance industry veteran who has managed MV’s fleet, facilities, and equipment for more than a decade. Under his guidance, MV’s asset management initiatives have improved the overall health and safety of MV’s operating fleet.

Fadi Chakbazof

Fadi Chakbazof

Operations
Senior Vice President
Fadi is MV’s Senior Vice President for the Southwest Region.  Bringing 14 years of transportation experience to his role, he is MV’s executive-level representative for operations in this region.  

Mark Elias

Mark Elias

Operations
Senior Vice President
Mark is MV’s Senior Vice President overseeing the Northwest region. Promoted to this role in 2015, Mark will serve as MV’s executive level representative for this operation, and will oversees MV’s compliance with the terms and conditions of its contract.

Douglas J. Gies

Douglas J. Gies

Operations
Senior Vice President
Doug is MV’s direct liaison to its clients, working closely with local governmental and jurisdictional transit professionals in all contractual matters relating to MV’s operations.  He enforces MV policy and procedures, making sure that the company lives up to the promises it makes to its employees, passengers, and customers.

Don Johnson

Don Johnson

Operations
Area Vice President
Mr. Don Johnson brings more than 32 years of transportation experience, with a focus on paratransit, transportation brokerage, and coordinated transportation systems.  Don currently serves as the area vice president for MVT Canadian Bus, Inc.’s operations in British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest region.

Leland Petersen

Leland Petersen

Operations
Senior Vice President
Leland is MV’s Senior Vice President of Operations for the Northeast region, and brings 20 years of transportation management experience to his clients.

John Siragusa

John Siragusa

Operations
Chief of Staff
As MV’s chief of staff to the COO, John holds executive- level authority for all of MV’s operations and serves as a direct liaison to MV’s executive team.  He works closely with MV’s clients to ensure that MV is living up to the expectations of its clients, passengers, and employees.

Russell Tieskoetter

Operations
Senior Vice President
Russ is MV’s Senior Vice President for the Southeast Region. He provides direction and assistance to area vice presidents, regional directors of safety and maintenance, and local managers, and assists in contract compliance, service performance, and labor relations

Joe Escobedo

Joe Escobedo

Business Development
Senior Vice President of Business Development
Joe is a 20-year veteran of transportation management.  He joined MV in 2008 and has served as Director, Vice President ,and Senior Vice President of MV’s business development function in the western U.S.—securing some of the company’s largest paratransit, fixed route, and shuttle contracts.

Robert Hatchett

Robert Hatchett

Business Development
Senior Vice President of Business Development
Robert is Senior Vice President of Business Development for MV Transportation. He has more than 28 years of management experience in transportation, logistics, customer service, sales, marketing, communications, and labor relations. In his current role, he oversees the business development and sales efforts across North America for multiple business lines including Shuttle and School Bus.

Matthew F. Veach

Matthew F. Veach

Business Development
Senior Vice President of Business Development
Matt has over 25 years of transportation sales and management experience, half of which has been dedicated exclusively to passenger transportation.  Matt began his role with MV Transportation in 2010 as Vice President of Business Development in the East, and has served as Senior Vice President of Business Development since 2015.

Amy Barry

Amy Barry

Client Proposals
Senior Vice President of Client Proposals
A longtime employee of MV, Amy joined in 2002.  She has served exclusively as a member of MV’s business development team, leading the team responsible for technical writing, research, data management, and presentation development.  She provides guidance on strategic direction for business opportunities.  Amy’s work has contributed directly to the company’s’ revenue growth from $150M to $1.2B.

Debra Wilson

Debra Wilson

Finance
Chief Procurement Officer
Debra joined MV in November 2015 and is responsible for leading the sourcing and procurement of all purchased goods and services.  Debra’s team is responsible for developing and executing sourcing strategies to drive cost reduction, process efficiencies and improve supplier performance.

Frank Jefferson

Frank Jefferson

Finance
Vice President of Pricing
Frank has been with MV since May of 2015.  He leads the corporate Pricing team and directs MV’s pricing strategies and initiatives.  Frank’s team provides pricing and analysis for over 150 proposals each year.  The Pricing team is accountable for helping MV meet its financial goals, while remaining price competitive across multiple transportation verticals.  

Erin K. Niewinski

Erin K. Niewinski

Finance
VP, Corporate Controller
Erin joined MV in October 2015, and has accountability for timely and accurate financials. To that end, she oversees all aspects of accounting and financial reporting. This includes the monthly close process and related analytical reviews, as well as financial statement preparation and interfacing with external auditors. 

Erica Noble, CPA

Finance
Vice President of Tax
Erica Noble is responsible for the company’s global tax compliance with federal, state, local, and foreign tax regulations. She oversees MV’s team of tax accountant, handles all corporate tax filings and corporate tax planning, and ensures proper accounting for income taxes.

Gary L. Richardson

Gary L. Richardson

Finance
Vice President of Finance
Gary and his team of Finance Directors are responsible for partnering with the operations team to monitor and improve financial results.  The finance team provides financial modeling and decision support.  The team is responsible for all financial activities in the field.  

Alving Garcia

Alvin Garcia

Human Resources
Director of Learning & Development
Alvin joined MV in April, 2016 and is responsible for MV’s learning and development strategy. He has direct oversight of all learning programs and processes—including needs assessment, leadership development, high potential academy, and competency-based skills development.

Lisa King

Lisa King

Human Resources
Director of Talent Acquisition
Since joining MV in 2009, Lisa has led the company’s recruiting efforts through its tremendous growth.  Her work has remained critical to MV’s ability to provide superior service to a wide array of customers across multiple disciplines.  

Mark Morris

Mark Morris

Human Resources
VP of Talent, Learning, and Development
Mark and his teams have enterprise responsibility for recruiting, talent and performance management, employee engagement, OD, HR analytics, employee training, and leadership development. He previously led similar teams in the Talent and Organizational Capability function at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics and at JC Penney, where he also completed a generalist rotation with full HR responsibility for a $4 billion business.

Cliff Reynolds

Cliff Reynolds

Human Resources
Director of Labor Relations
Cliff joined MV in 2008 and is responsible for directing all labor relations activities throughout the Western United States.  He has been the lead negotiator in over 30 collective bargaining agreements and is adept at crafting advantageous economic and non-economic contract language provisions.  Cliff has substantial knowledge of private and public sector law, and provides guidance, instruction, and training to General Managers and Regional Vice Presidents on all aspects of labor relations. 

Brian Yanus

Brian Yanus

Human Resources
Director of Organizational Performance
Brian joined MV in December 2015 as the Director of Organizational Performance. He leads MV’s employee programs (e.g. succession planning, performance, engagement) that maximize their performance and potential.  His passion for developing and executing talent management solutions has significantly helped build a stronger employee focused culture at MV. 

Ted Navitskas

Ted Navitskas

Legal
Vice President & Associate General Counsel
Ted joined MV Transportation in 2015 as Vice President and Associate General Counsel, responsible for corporate law and contracts.  Prior to MV Transportation, he was General Counsel and Secretary of Ennis-Flint, the world’s largest manufacturer of road and highway markings.

Megan Smale

Megan Smale

Legal
Vice President & Associate General Counsel
Megan joined MV in 2015 as Vice President, Associate General Counsel.  She oversees all labor and employment matters, wage and hour compliance, driver qualifications, and manages all Company litigation and disputes.  

Kerterlier A. Collins-Machen

Kerterlier A. Collins-Machen

Safety
Director of Safety for the Southeast Region
Kerterlier brings 15 years of safety management experience to her role as director of safety. She enforces compliance with regulatory and company safety policies, tracks operational performance, and is responsible for the implementation and monitoring of safety programs throughout her region.

Eric Kahn

Eric Kahn

Safety
Director of Safety for MidAtlantic Region
Eric brings more than two decades of safety management and workplace safety experience to his position at MV. He is the former Senior Director of Corporate Environmental, Health and Safety program for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s operation of the Long Island Bus, and has had oversight of workforces in excess of 1,000 people. 

Chris C. Leighty

Chris C. Leighty

Safety
Director of Safety for the Central Region
Chris Joined MV in 2017 as our Director of Safety – Central Region. He is primarily responsible for ensuring all operators are current with training requirements of company and contract.

Rupert Hepworth

Rupert Hepworth

Technology
VP of Product Development, Information Technology
Rupert has been on the MV team since 2015 and is responsible for all aspects of MV’s software engineering product development activities. His focus is on the structuring and operation of the product development engineering function as a cohesive unit; the conceptualizing and day-to-day management of simultaneous projects; delivering functional designs to agreed specifications within time and budget constraints, and the fostering of innovative solutions of customer needs.

Shane Shelton

Shane Shelton

Technology
Vice President, Infrastructure
Shane joined MV in May 2016 and is responsible for all of MV’s underlying IT Infrastructure.  This includes all back office systems, network, telecom, databases, and service desk and data center operations both on premise and in the cloud.  His teams support both internal and external customers worldwide.