RTAP Advisory Committee

The RTAP Advisory Committee provides guidance and input for the Greater Minnesota transit assistance needs for training and knowledge transfer. The Minnesota RTAP advisory committee meets periodically throughout the year for guidance for the program and upcoming events. The active members vote on important training decisions being made by RTAP.

Members

The Minnesota Rural Transit Assistance Program Advisory Committee includes the following members: 

LuAnn Bleiler: Operations Manager/Safety Coordinator, Paul Bunyan Transit. Represents the Minnesota Public Transit Association (MPTA) as a board member of MPTA. 

Ryan I. Daniel: Chief Executive Officer, St. Cloud Metro Bus. Represents the Minnesota Public Transit Association (MPTA) as a the president of the MPTA board. FTA section 5307, small, urban public transit provider. 

Margaret Donahoe: Executive Director, Minnesota Public Transit Association (MPTA).

Melinda Estey: Rural Transit Coordinator, MnDOT Office of Transit and Active Transportation (OTAT).

Alan Herrman: SmartLink Transit Manager, SmartLink Scott County, Minnesota. Represents FTA section 5310, public transit provider. 

Pat LaCourse: Transit Manager, Brown County Heartland Express. Represents FTA section 5311, rural public transit provider. 

Jeremy Monahan: Transit Director, Faribault-Martin County, Prairie Lakes Transit. Represents FTA section 5311, rural public transit provider.

Mark Nelson: Planning and Program Manager, MnDOT Office of Transit and Active Transportation (OTAT).

Ted Nelson: Transportation (RIDES) Program Director, Prairie Five Community Action. Represents FTA section 5311, rural public transit provider.

Tori Nill: Office Director, MnDOT Office of Transit and Active Transportation (OTAT).

Jennie Rowland: Transportation Manager, Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, Bois Forte Reservation – Big Woods Transit. Represents Tribal Transit. 

Alissa Smith: Special Projects Coordinator, West Central Minnesota Communities Action. Represents FTA section 5310. 

Scott Stark: Training & Safety Manager, St. Cloud Metro Bus. FTA section 5307, small, urban public transit provider. 

We are looking for 1 additional representative from FTA section 5310 to be a part of the advisory committee.  If you are interested, please contact us at support@mnrtap.net.

The advisory committee is supported by DRB Consulting.

Advisory committee members Harinee Iyengar, Patrick LaCourse, LuAnn Bleiler, Margaret Donahoe, Scott Stark, and Mariah Helgeson
Advisory committee members Harinee Iyengar, Patrick LaCourse, LuAnn Bleiler, Margaret Donahoe, Scott Stark, and Mariah Helgeson (Representing DRB Consulting)