Board of Directors & Leadership
The Board of Directors is responsible for managing, controlling, and conducting the business, activities, and affairs of TARC. The TARC Board is responsible for over-all planning of mass transit in its transit area.
Statutory Authority – KRS 96A.010 – .230 The eight (8) member Board is appointed by The Louisville Metro Mayor with approval of Metro Council.
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Board of Directors
Dave W. Christopher Sr.
Steve Miller is the President of Saber-21, a firm focusing on strategic communications, crisis management, and public interest campaigns. He also practices law in his own firm. Throughout his career, Steve has held essential roles in public policy, politics, and non-profit organizations at the national, state, and local levels.
For 17 years, he was President and CEO of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity,
a national, non-profit association, and its predecessor organizations located in Washington, DC. ACCCE’s mission was to promote the use of coal to provide affordable, reliable electricity and advocate for investments in advanced clean coal technologies, as well as siting new power plants. During his tenure, Steve built ACCCE from an organization focused on government relations in fewer than ten states to a greatly expanded scope in more than 30 states, federal government relations, and a national communications campaign. Under his leadership, the annual budget
grew from $3m to $52m. In 2009, the American Association of Political Consultants recognized ACCCE as “Public Issue Grand Marketer of the Year” for its integrated communications campaign, incorporating paid media, social media, earned media, and a grassroots citizen army.
Steve has also embraced leadership roles in electoral politics. He was a prominent staff member
in Brereton Jones’ winning campaigns for Kentucky Lt. Governor (1987) and Governor (1991).
He was the 1992 Organizational Chairman of the Clinton for President Campaign in Kentucky and worked for the Clinton campaign’s media consultants to develop state paid media strategies across the nation in the primary and general elections. That year, Steve was also a media consultant to West Virginia Governor Gaston Caperton in his successful reelection campaign and a consultant
to the Democratic National Committee. In 2019, he was the volunteer State Chair of the Edelen
for Governor campaign in Kentucky. Also, he was the Chair of Forward Together, an independent expenditure supporting Craig Greenberg’s 2022 winning campaign for Louisville Mayor.
Steve is an active member of St. Matthews Baptist Church, where he was the Interim Church Administrator for the year 2020. He is committed to building a better community, having served on the Teach Kentucky board and the YES4JCPS citizen board supporting a tax levy for public schools. He is also a tutor for fifth-grade students at St. Matthews Elementary School.
Steve is a University of Kentucky and UK School of Law graduate where he was initiated into Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honorary organization. He has the rare distinction of playing two years on scholarship for the University of Louisville baseball team and holding two degrees from the University of Kentucky. Steve was elected Kentucky Junior Chamber of Commerce President and U.S. Jaycees National Vice-President in the 1980s. He was also inducted into the Owen County High School Athletic Hall of Fame and selected for the charter group of the Owen County, Kentucky Wall of Fame.
So far, Steve has visited more than 25 other countries, the 50 states, and each of Kentucky’s 120 counties. He is an avid sports fan, inspired by writing to Alabama football coach Bear Bryant for the first time when he was nine years old. Steve is a lifelong learner, currently focusing on behavioral economics. In 2021, he completed Harvard University’s “Mediating Disputes” and “Justice” courses, as well as The University of Pennsylvania’s “Barriers to Change” course.
He lives in Louisville with his wife, Pat. They have two sons, Blake (27) and Clarke (23).
Michael Schnuerle was Louisville’s first Chief Data Officer in the Office of Civic Innovation and Technology, and worked to use data to improve government performance and transparency, with responsibility for open data, citywide data strategy, and fostering employee data-driven decision-making.
He has spent 14 years in civic tech, and 24 years working on internet projects for Fortune 500 companies and startups. His first product as an entrepreneur was an online crime map built using open records requests and Google Maps in 2005. This grew into open data advocacy and building civic services around real-time transportation, public safety, geocoding, data standards, and APIs, and led to co-founding Louisville’s first Code for America brigade.
A recent focus was collaboratively building open source tools with other governments and partners through the Open Government Coalition, and now works for the Open Mobility Foundation as Director of Open Source Operations.
Carrie Butler is the Executive Director for TARC, the Transit Authority of River City, in Louisville, Kentucky. Her role includes overseeing the agency’s $80 million operating budget and over 600 employees providing nearly 14,000 trips per day over 20 routes throughout the KIPDA region. Since 2014, Ms. Butler served as General Manager of Lextran in Lexington, Kentucky. She is President of the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition, and has previously served on the Planning Commission and Lexington’s Senior Services Commission.
She has a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Bellarmine University. She developed her passion for public transportation during her Fellowship from the Florida Department of Transportation where she worked for Miami-Dade Transit and Star Metro in Tallahassee. Previously at TARC in 2010, she managed the Department of Planning and Scheduling. While at TranSystems, her project focus was on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) planning along with a range of transit and urban design plans for transit agencies, local, state and federal projects.
She is a highly motivated, energetic transit executive with 20 years’ experience in the field of transportation and urban planning. Her broad base in the industry ranges from executive leadership and management, service and long-term regional planning, and a current focus on sustainable business practices and high return on investment innovations.
Rob W. Stephens
A West Texas native, Rob attended Angelo State University earning an undergraduate in business administration and later a master’s degree in public administration. Rob later joined the university’s faculty as an adjunct and part-time lecturer in the political science department.
Rob began his transit career in a regional planning commission as a community planner, and program manager supporting city, county, and special district members. He was responsible for agency and district management, grant administration, and technical assistance to local governments developing strategies and programs that addressed statewide and local needs on a regional scale.
He has over 30 years of private and public sector transit experience providing operations, and management, planning, and capital improvement support leading systems as general manager in Texas, and Florida. Rob also provided operational support to new starts and provided technical assistance to transit systems in South Carolina, Maryland, and Tennessee.
Rob was selected by the governor’s office to serve on the Texas Department of Transportation Commission’s public transportation advisory committee and later appointed as chair by the Lieutenant Governor of Texas. From this body of work Rob was able to facilitate increases in state funding to rural and urban transit districts that created efficiencies in service delivery across all modes in urban and rural transit districts across the state.
Rob has served on numerous state association committees, and local boards as a contributing member providing technical assistance, and thought leadership to address local and state transit needs.
Tonya is a Louisville, KY native, who joined the TARC team in 2002. She is a graduate of the University of Louisville with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.
As Chief Financial Officer she is responsible for the overall financial management of the Transit Authority, which includes accounting, budgeting, payroll, grants, administration and coordination of auditing by independent contractors.
Carter has more than twenty-five years of combined education and experience performing progressively challenging responsibilities in finance, budgeting and accounting in various industries. She currently serves on the Metro Investment Council.
Senior Leadership Team
Melissa joined the TARC team over 20 years ago. She started her career at TARC as Senior Accounting Clerk. From there Melissa joined the HR team, where she has excelled and demonstrated impeccable skills, knowledge, and dedication.
Her knack for establishing and strengthening HR and HR related services within the transit industry makes her a natural choice for this position. Melissa has demonstrated proven leadership abilities over the years and she previously served as the Assistant Director of Human Resources and since October 2022 as the interim Director.
Dwight Maddox Jr.
Maria joined the TARC team in 2020. She is a graduate of California State University East Bay with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems.
As Director of Purchasing she is responsible for overseeing all phases of the procurement of supplies, equipment, rolling stock, materials, services, professional services, construction, other public works projects and asset disposition. She is responsible for implementing all aspects of the Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE) program and the direction of contracts management for TARC. Maria is the Agency’s DBE Liaison Officer.
Harris brings global expertise in procurement, supply management and distribution to her role at TARC, having served as Director of Procurement and Supply Management in the private sector. She is a certified lean Six Sigma Black Belt.
Alex has a bachelor’s in journalism from Webster University and a master’s in public administration from Tulane University. Alex has worked as a transportation planner, a transit and community advocate, a communications director, a campaign manager, and a journalist.
Alex is very passionate about helping transit riders better use the system and attracting new riders to TARC services. His best problem to solve is making communications more clear and understandable. Alex believes transit is the great equalizer in transportation and a core part of a thriving city. He is excited to do his part to make TARC the logical choice for more and more residents.
Keith previously held the position of Training Manager for TARC, where he gained a deep understanding of how our agency operates. He has spent 46 years in the transportation field, including seven years as a Safety and Training Manager for TARC3—where he was known in the community as Captain Focus. He’s looking forward to utilizing his years of experience toward making TARC a safe place to work.
Outside of TARC, Keith enjoys spending time with his three grandchildren, and umpiring college baseball.
Nathan’s extensive education background includes has a B.A in Psychology, A.S. in Business Administration, Human Resources Management Post Bacc. from IUS,, Nathan comes to TARC with years of training experience. He worked his way up from Machine Operator to Technical Training Supervisor at Samtec.
Nathan describes himself as open, easy to talk to, and is the best at making difficult situations less difficult. He enjoys spending time with his wife and four dogs. Excited about the new challenges ahead, Nathan is passionate about being able to come in and make a difference within TARC.