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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TARC Accessibility Advisory Council (TAAC)

Board of Directors

Ted Smith

Ted Smith was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Transit Authority of River City (TARC) in April 2019. Ted is an associate professor of pharmacology and toxicology and deputy director of the Environment Institute at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. His research program is focused on the personal, social and natural environmental factors that may modify cardio-metabolic disease risk. A second area of focus is the development of new models and frameworks for translating scientific knowledge to the lay public, healthcare industry, and policy makers. Previously Ted served as CEO of Revon Systems which developed digital therapeutics for autonomous triage of pulmonary exacerbations. Ted also served as Chief Innovation Officer for the City of Louisville Kentucky where he created the largest real time asthma surveillance research program AIRLouisville.

Ted received his B.S. in Biology and Psychology from Allegheny College, his M.S. and PhD in Experimental Psychology from Miami University and completed his post-doctoral studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Man Vehicle Laboratory. Ted was co-investigator on Neurolab space shuttle mission.

Jan Day

Jan has worked in the non-profit sector her entire professional career. Until May 2020 she served as the Executive Director/CEO of the Center for Accessible Living, with over 30 years of service.  The Center for Accessible Living (CAL) is a federally funded center for independent living funded by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. At the time of her retirement in 2020 the CAL budget had grown substantially to $5 million dollars and added satellite offices in Murray, and Bowling Green. The programs were carried out with a staff of over 40 individuals and served programs throughout the entire Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Prior to joining the Center for Accessible Living, she served as the Director of the Kosciusko County Big Brother/Big Sister Program—she was the first director of the program and was responsible for all aspects of matching the children and the volunteers, public relations, and fund raising. She has held Executive Director Positions, at the Jasper County Council on Aging in Rennesselaer Indiana, and Executive Director of Evergreen Elderly Services in Columbus, Indiana.

Jan served on a number of board of directors during her career. Nationally she was the Sec., and board member of the National Council on Independent Living. She was chosen as one of the first 100 individuals from across the country to receive training on the regulations and legislation of the Americans with Disabilities Act by the U.S. Department of Justice and EEOC.  She also served as a member of the Harrison County Indiana Foundation which selected and established the funds generated from the Casino that the county would receive—these funds made it possible that any child in Harrison County, Indiana who wanted to attend post-secondary education would receive seed money to attend.

Jan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Purdue University in Psychology. Jan has a strong background in fund raising and fund development and enjoys working with the community in public relations, public speaking, and helping to “think outside the box”. In all of her positions she was able to build and grow a diverse staff of strong leaders.

Steve Miller

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).

Tawanda Owsley

Tawanda Owsley is a non-profit fundraising executive with more than 20 years of experience and proven results. She currently serves as the Senior Vice President/Chief Development Officer for Hosparus Health, which is the second largest non-profit in Louisville, Kentucky. Under her leadership, the organization’s $24 million People of Compassion comprehensive campaign is scheduled to reach its fundraising goal nearly a year ahead of schedule.

Prior to joining Hosparus Health, Tawanda served as the Executive Director at the American Red Cross Bluegrass Chapter in Lexington, KY, Market Director of Philanthropy at KentuckyOne Health, and Director of Major Gifts at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. These positions, combined with her experiences at the University of Kentucky, Norton Healthcare/Kosair Children’s Hospital, and Metro United Way, provide Tawanda with a wide range of nonprofit leadership and philanthropic expertise.

Tawanda earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Louisville and a Master’s in Business Communication from Spalding University. In addition to fundraising, Tawanda excels at strategic planning, public speaking, leadership development, board development and problem solving. Past Board Involvement includes Transit Authority of River City (TARC), Greater Louisville Inc, Leadership Louisville Center, Louisville Urban League, Lexington Children’s Theatre, Commerce Lexington, Lexington Transit Authority. Tawanda was also recognized as a Distinguished Leader in Leadership Lexington and was recognized as a Top 40 under 40 by Business First of Louisville.

These skills earned Tawanda a place in the Leadership Louisville Bingham Fellows Class of 2021.

Bonita Black

Bonita K. Black is a partner with K&L Gates, an AmLaww100 law firm, where she is a member of the Mergers and Acquisitions practice group. Her practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions law and corporate, structured, and public finance law. She has also served as outside corporate counsel to several nonprofit and for-profit organizations.

Prior to joining the firm, Bonita was former bond counsel to New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, New York State Housing Finance Agency, State of New York Mortgage Agency, Kentucky Housing Corporation, Brooklyn Union Gas, and Consolidated Edison Company in New York. She was in-house as senior corporate attorney at LG&E Energy Corp., now LG&E and KU Energy (a PPL company), and worked on the acquisitions of Kentucky Utilities Company, Western Kentucky Energy Company, Powergen, E.ON US, PPL, and the Big Rivers bankruptcy. While in house at LG&E, she also supported the company’s wind farms in California, Spain, and Texas. In addition to those roles, Bonita did bond counsel work for Duke Energy and was bond counsel for Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District and Louisville Water Company, including the proposed merger of Louisville Water Company and Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District. She served as the inaugural managing partner of a regional firm’s Louisville office. Bonita served as telecommunications regulatory counsel to some public utilities and has served as Special HUD counsel on single and multi-family housing transactions.

Black holds a bachelor’s degree with highest honors from the University of Kentucky and is a Harvard Law School graduate. She appears on the list of 2022 Best Lawyers in America.

Michael Schnuerle

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.

Abbie Gilbert

TARC Management

Executive Team

Ozzy Gibson
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.

Pat Mulvihill

Pat is a life-long resident of Louisville, Kentucky. Pat has a B.S. in accounting from the University of Kentucky and a Juris Doctor from the University of Louisville. He became part of the TARC team on September 15, 2020. He joins TARC following in the footsteps of his late mother, Mary Margaret Mulvihill, who was instrumental in helping to create TARC and proudly served as a Board Member for several years.

As General Counsel, Pat’s role is to assist, work on and seek to resolve legal matters that pertain to TARC. He also serves as the Open Records Request Custodian and Coordinator on behalf of the agency.

Pat currently serves as Louisville Metro Councilman for District 10 and in conjunction with that office serves on the Louisville Zoo Foundation Board and Louisville Police Retirement Fund Board.

Tonya Carter

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

Jennifer Miles

Jennifer joined the TARC team in 2004. She is a graduate of Spalding University with a bachelor’s in Psychology. She has previously worked as a CSR, Lead CSR, Call Center Supervisor, and Assistant Director of Paratransit and Customer Service; she has over 15 years of experience working with contracts in the paratransit industry.

As Director of Mobility Services she is responsible for guaranteeing the Paratransit Program remains in compliance with FTA and ADA recommendations and guidance, and ensuring contractors are delivering paratransit service to the community.

Melissa Fuqua

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.

William Harris

William Harris joined the TARC team in 2006. He has a degree from Great Plains Vocational School in Automotive and Diesel Technology.

As Director of Maintenance he is responsible for managing the maintenance of all the buses, buildings, and support equipment.

Harris has served on a joint committee with the Department of Labor, American Public Transportation Association and The Learning Center. William also serves on The American Public Transportation Association Bus Roadeo Committee.

Aida Copic

Aida joined the TARC team in 2010. She is a graduate from the University of Sarajevo with a degree in Civil Engineering.

As Director of Planning she manages TARC’s current and long-range planning efforts, oversees service planning and scheduling, and on-street infrastructure improvements.

Copic is a member of several professional organizations, AICP, APTA, APA and APA KY Chapter, ULI and TCRP. She is involved in a number of community-wide regional and local transportation projects and development initiatives and has experience in Transportation and Land Use Planning, Project Management, Strategic Planning, Civil Engineering, Funding and Grants applications, Pedestrian Planning, and Urban Design.

Maria Ramos-Harris

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.

John Lockhart
Alex Posorske

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.

Anna Cooper
Keith Shartzer

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 Love

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.

Jim Burns
Chris Ward

Christopher joined the TARC team over 20 years ago. He started his career at TARC as a buyer in the Purchasing Department. Eventually, he was promoted to various positions in the Maintenance and Grants department. Prior to TARC, he worked at two regional transit agencies in Virginia. He also obtained his Bachelor of Administration in Government from the University of Virginia. Later, he received an MPA from the University of Louisville.