Board of Directors & Leadership
The Board of Directors are responsible for managing, controlling and conducting the business, activities and affairs of the Transit Authority. 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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TARC Accessibility Advisory Council (TAAC)
Board of Directors
Chair John Launius
Executive Director of Development – Ivy Tech Foundation
As Executive Director of Development, John works to secure and invest funds to ensure continued student success and regional impact at Ivy Tech Community College (ITCC). John joined ITCC in early 2021 after 4 years at Greater Louisville Inc. (GLI) as Director of Regional Economic Development where he worked directly with local economic development officials in our 15-county bi-state market to attract private investment through via the Greater Louisville Regional Economic Development Partnership. Prior to GLI, John spent 8 years at Volunteers of America Mid-States, a multi-state behavioral health agency. John served as the Director of Program Development where he maintained and expanded public funding relationships and led the agencies local, state and federal government relations.
John has been named Business First’s 20 People to Know in Economic Development and is a Leadership Louisville Center 2015 and 2018 Bingham Fellow. He has previously served on the boards of the Fuller Center for Housing and Mama to Mama. John is co-founder of the Veterans Community Alliance of Louisville, Sherby – Derby Eve Neighborhood Festival, and Kentucky’s Largest Disco Ball. John and his wife, Carly, live in the Clifton Neighborhood along with their two children, Lucy and Gray. John attended Southeast Missouri State University for undergraduate studies and graduate school at the University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business.
Vice Chair Carla Dearing
Carla is a partner at Velo Group, which provides consulting services on strategy, growth and capital raising. Carla started her career at Morgan Stanley & Co. and went on to become a three-time founder. Most recently, she was founding CEO of Sum180, a financial lifestyle app, which was acquired in April, 2019 by FlexWage Solutions, where Carla serves as Head of Product. Carla graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Michigan and she holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago – Booth School of Business.
Dave W. Christopher Sr.
Carrie Butler is the new 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.
Randy is a Louisville, KY native and a graduate of Northwood University. After a nationwide search, he was selected to be TARC’s new Assistant Executive Director and joined the team in July of 2019.
As Assistant Executive Director he serves as second in command to the Executive Director. He assists in the planning, organizing, and administration of all TARC activities and functions. He provides support and builds relationships with stakeholders and the public, oversees operations, assists with the development of both short and long-range plans, and assists in the development and enforcement of rules, regulations, and policies.
Frantz attended the Leadership Development Course, GE Global Learning, and is a graduate of the Leadership Louisville class of 2019. He is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Family Scholar House.
Senior Leadership Team
Dr. Tim Findley
Tim joined the TARC team in 2020. He is a graduate of the University of Louisville with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management, Webster University with a master’s in business administration (MBA), and Spalding University with doctorate in leadership education.
As Director of Diversity and Inclusion he is TARC’s Compliance Officer, responsible for Civil Rights Program Management, the Development of training in Cultural Diversity, Inclusion Behavior, Biases and Intercultural Communication, Inclusion and Equity Strategies and Organizational Development.
Tim has served on the boards of Boys and Girls Haven, Louisville Central Community Center, Americana Community Center, Volunteers of America, the Lincoln Foundation, and Kentucky Industries for the Blind. Tim has been an adjunct instructor at Cornell University, Webster University, Spalding University, Sullivan University, the University of Phoenix, and Jefferson Community College.
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.