Board of Directors

The publicly-elected governing body of RTD

RTD Board Office

RTD is governed by a 15-member, publicly elected Board of Directors. Directors are elected to a four-year term and represent a specific district. Elections are staggered so that eight seats are open in one general election, seven in the next.

You can use the addresses and telephone numbers listed below to contact your Director. You can also call the Board Office at 303‑299‑2303 for information. However, you will note some Directors have their own private e-mail addresses.

If you're unsure which Director represents you, the Board of Directors District Map offers a guide, or you may use the Director Lookup.

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District A

Kate Williams

Contact Director Williams:

Kate Williams was elected on November 8, 2016, to the RTD Board of Directors and represents District A, which includes most of downtown Denver, Cherry Creek, and Glendale. Director Williams works in the non-profit arena and is in contact every day with those who so very badly need transportation services. She is an elder advocate and volunteers on RTD’s ADA advisory committee. Director Williams has a long background in both non-profits and in transit, having previously served as the Executive Director of the largest non-profit provider of transit services in Douglas County. As a longtime supporter of the elderly and the disabled, and as someone who is cognizant of the oncoming “silver tsunami”, Director Williams’ focus is to address the needs of those for whom public transit is their primary means of getting around.

Prior to relocating to Denver along with many members of her extended family, Director Williams was active in several Greater Miami non-profits; she ran a sports center for the disabled, a women’s foundation, and a shelter for victims of domestic violence. She has served on the national faculty of US Sailing and US Powerboating, taught CPR and First Aid to medical staff and area schools through both the Red Cross and the American Heart Association, worked as a United Way Project Leader, and sang with a well-known vocal group.

As a self-avowed transit junkie, Director Williams quickly became involved in transit issues once she relocated to the Denver area. She is a member of three of the area’s Local Coordinating Councils for Human Service Transportation, works on the Driver Recruitment Task Force, is a Data Captain at Walk Denver and the Community Active Living Coalition. Her time as a member of the Mile High Connects Advisory Board and the Denver Regional Mobility Access Council has kept her abreast of the gentrification issues in the Denver area, and her participation in the Transit Alliance Citizen’s Academy introduced her to a wealth of people who are invested in Denver’s future.

Director Williams sings with DU’s The Spirituals Project. In addition to her role on the RTD Board of Directors, she also has interests in CDOT’s I-70 projects as well as the reinvestments in the Winter Park local transit system and the Ski Train.

District B

Barbara Deadwyler

Contact Director Deadwyler:

Committees

  • Executive Committee (Second Vice Chair)
  • Civil Rights Committee (Chair)

Barbara Deadwyler was elected to the RTD Board of Directors in November 2010 to take office in January, 2011 representing the northeastern portion of RTD, comprised of Aurora within Adams County, City & County of Denver, and unincorporated Adams County lying south of Denver.

Barbara retired from Kaiser Permanente where she served in the capacity of Senior Project Consultant, Labor Management Partnership Consultant and Master Trainer.

Barbara is active in the community and currently serves as secretary of the A. Phillip Randolph Institute and oversees the organizations community outreach programs. Barbara has a long history in the labor movement.

Barbara is excited to be on the RTD Board representing the interest of all communities in District B. Her focus is on customer service and ensuring public transportation is accessible, convenient, safe and inclusive.

Barbara has three adult children and nine grandchildren.

District C

Bonnie "Ernest" Archuleta

Contact Director Archuleta:

Committees

  • GM Oversight & Performance Management Committee
  • Regional Transportation Committee (alt)

Director Bonnie Ernest Archuleta was elected to the RTD Board of Directors on November 4, 2014 and was installed on January 6, 2015 for a 4-year term to District C representing primarily North and West Denver.

Director Archuleta has proven experience in the Public Relations industry, working in such areas as media relations, marketing and promotions. His experience includes writing PR materials, press releases, coordinating guests for live radio broadcasts, planning special events or promotion, and interacting with outside design vendors and members of the media.

Director Archuleta specializes in building and managing musical instrument dealer trade. He provides top quality instruments to collectors, professional musicians, music educators, and students of all ages.

Director Archuleta looks forward to the challenges of becoming an RTD Board member. He is dedicated to creating viable transportation options that are comprehensive across socioeconomic levels.

Director Archuleta is a proud United States Army Veteran and appreciates the contributions made by all veterans to this United States of America.

District D

Jeff Walker

Contact Director Walker

Committees

  • Executive Committee (Secretary)
  • Operations and Customer Service Committee (Vice Chair)
  • GM Oversight & Performance Management Committee
  • Regional Transportation Committee
  • CDOT Liaison

Director Jeff Walker was sworn in as Director for RTD District D on September 20, 2011. He was selected by Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and confirmed by the Denver City Council to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Director Barbara Brohl. South-centrally located, District D represents all of Bow Mar, Englewood, and Sheridan, portions of south Denver, southeast Lakewood, and Littleton, and portions of unincorporated Arapahoe and Jefferson Counties.

Director Walker has been employed by Xcel Energy since 2006. He was the Community Development Director for Norton, Ohio in the mid-1990s where he re-wrote several portions of the city's zoning and subdivision codes. He also worked as a transportation planner for OKI Regional Council of Governments in Cincinnati, Ohio and later for the Colorado Department of Transportation in Denver.

His civic activities in Denver include: West University Community Association Board of Directors from 2002 - 2004; Denver Planning Board from 2004 - 2010; American Planning Association Colorado Chapter Executive Committee from 2009 to present; Denver Architectural Foundation Board of Directors from August 2011 to present.

A native of Akron, Ohio, Director Walker received a bachelor's degree in Mass Communications from Miami University (Ohio) in 1987 and received a master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Akron in 1993. He attended the University of Denver College of Law in 1999.

District E

Claudia Folska

Contact Director Folska:

Committees

  • Government Relations Committee (Chair)
  • Regional Transportation Committee
  • CDOT Liaison (alt)

Dr. Claudia Folska was elected to the RTD Board in November 2012 and was installed in January, 2013 as the RTD Board of Director representing District E, centrally located and representing portions of western Aurora, north-central Centennial, southern Denver, and Greenwood Village east of I-25 and portions of unincorporated Arapahoe County.

Claudia Folska began to go blind at the age of five but she refused to accept her visual impairment as an impasse. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Psychology and received her MBA at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business. After beginning a dual doctorate in Architecture and Design at the University of Colorado, Denver in 2004 and cognitive science at University of Colorado, Boulder, she completed her dual Ph.D. in 2012.

Claudia and her now teenaged daughter relies primarily on public transportation. Claudia is passionate about public transit and is committed to improving the transit system so that it is more accessible to everyone.

Claudia is the author of a book “Making ¢ of Pedestrian Oriented Developments-Feet on the Street”in which she examines and rethinks current auto-centered design paradigms for pedestrian-oriented developments. Claudia believes that if she can affect designs that are more accessible for the visually impaired, then she has indeed made it more accessible for all.

District F

Bob Broom

Contact Director Broom:

Robert E. (Bob) Broom was elected Director for RTD District F on November 8, 2016. This district includes the largest portion of Aurora and portions of unincorporated areas of Arapahoe County on the eastern side of RTD.

Bob was elected to Aurora City Council in 2003 and served three terms through 2015.  He has a strong background in municipal governance, having worked in city governments in three states.  After serving as City Manager of Aurora, Bob pursued a career in investment banking.  His expertise in municipal financial matters was an asset in his position on City Council and will be helpful also on the RTD Board.  He was a licensed Stock and Bond Broker and held a Securities Principal license.  Bob has a B.S. in Business Administration from Millikin University and an MBA from the University of Denver.

Clean air and water are a top priority, and Bob worked for them while serving on the Board of the Denver Regional Council of Governments for eight years. In 2014, he was appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper to the Denver Metropolitan Area Regional Clean Air Council. Bob also served as Chairman of the Denver Metropolitan Wastewater Reclamations District Board, on the Board of the Cherry Creek Basin Authority, and on the Colorado Department of Transportation Regional Transportation Commission.

Bob is married to Ruthie, and they have two grown daughters and a grandson.

District G

Ken Mihalik

Contact Director Mihalik:

Director Ken Mihalik was elected to the RTD Board in November 2016 and took office in January 2017, representing District G.  The most southeastern portion of RTD, District G includes all of Lone Tree and Foxfield, portions of Aurora, Centennial, Parker and areas of unincorporated Arapahoe and Douglas Counties. 

Director Mihalik received his BBA from Texas A&M University, College Station and his MBA from Texas Christian University, Fort Worth. Since relocating to Colorado in 2007, he has worked at two south metro aerospace firms.  He also has experience in both the automotive and chemical industries.

An avid gardener and beekeeper, Director Mihalik enjoys spending time outdoors and traveling the world with his wife Kelly.  As a public servant, he is an advocate for his southeast metro constituents striving for fiscal responsibility and transparency.

District H

Doug Tisdale

Contact Director Tisdale:

Doug Tisdale was elected to represent District H (Cherry Hills Village, Greenwood Village, Centennial, Littleton, Columbine Valley and Highlands Ranch) in November 2016, receiving almost 77,000 votes. Committed to collaborative business development on a regional, national and international level, Doug currently serves as the Executive Vice President of the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce. He focuses on creating an environment of economic development and prosperity throughout the region.

As a globally-recognized attorney, facilitator, problem-solver and champion of causes, he has been a successful leader in civic, charitable, cultural, educational, governmental, healthcare and corporate environments. His leadership has benefited individuals, companies and governments in Africa, Asia, Australia, China, Europe and throughout North America.

Doug recently served as Mayor of Cherry Hills Village and was an officer of the Denver Regional Council of Governments (where he worked on transportation issues for almost 12 years), the Denver Metro Mayors Caucus, the Colorado Municipal League and the National League of Cities. In addition to being the Chairman of the Colorado State Board of Registered Psychotherapists at the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, he is also a member of the Board of Trustees at the Denver Zoo and at the Lone Tree Cultural Arts Foundation. Being the developer of the #21 Best Hotel in the World (Travel+Leisure), located in Beaver Creek, is also on Doug’s list of accomplishments.

A University of Michigan Law School graduate, Doug is President of Tisdale & Associates LLC and was formerly a partner in the global law firms of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck as well as Popham Haik and Baker & Hostetler. He was Chairman of the Board of the Colorado Neurological Institute and of the Eagle Health Care Center and was Treasurer of the Vail Valley Medical Center. Doug, an accomplished actor and singer, has enjoyed appearing in numerous productions around the country for over half a century. He is frequently sought out by nonprofits in Colorado and California to serve as an energetic, passionate emcee and live auctioneer.

Riding buses to school in Los Angeles and Detroit was a part of Doug’s childhood. He continued his public transportation experience by riding the bus to work in Denver. He is a self-proclaimed “rail junkie.” Dedicated to a safe, secure, reliable and economical transportation experience, Doug is sensitive to the needs of passengers. His appreciation of the needs of operators and maintainers comes naturally to him, being an honorably withdrawn member of the Teamsters Union.

Doug was married for 31 years to the late Patricia C. Tisdale, Esq., with whom he had four children (Doug TheDoug, Lakewood; Dr. Sara, Colorado Springs; Maggie(!), Denver; and Vicki, San Francisco). He also has three young grandsons.

District I

Judy Lubow

Contact Director Lubow:

Committees

  • Finance Administration and Audit Committee (Vice Chair)
  • RTD Salaried Employees Pension Trustees

Director Judy Lubow was elected to the Board of Directors of the Regional Transportation District in November of 2012 and sworn in on January 8, 2013. She is the Director for RTD District I, located in the northern RTD area and represents all of Lafayette, all of the portions of Broomfield and Erie in that are within the District, portions of Longmont (except part west of North 95th St. and south of Mountain View Ave.), Thornton north of 136th west of Holly St., and portions of unincorporated Adams County and Boulder County generally east of North 95th St.

Judy is a retired attorney with over thirty years of public service experience. She recently retired from the US Environmental Protection, where she was a Clean Air Act enforcement attorney handling pollution cases from the transportation sector. In addition, she took part in writing federal regulations controlling transportation sector air pollution. Judy previously worked as a Legal Aid attorney in Sullivan County in Upstate New York and as a consumer advocate at the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs.

Judy 's volunteer activities include tenure on the boards of two local animal welfare organizations, as well as the board of Colorado Common Cause. Active involvement with local and national political campaigns - both candidate and issue-focused - has been another long term interest. In addition, she has volunteered for many years with radio station KGNU, the local Boulder-Denver community radio station, both as an on-air news announcer and, formerly, as the producer of an independent environmental radio series.

Judy has abiding interests in protecting the earth, the species on the earth, and the integrity of our democracy. Concern and advocacy for effective mass transit is a natural outgrowth of these interests.

District J

Larry Hoy

Contact Director Hoy:

Committees

  • Executive Committee (Chair)
  • Planning, Capital Programs & FasTracks Committee (Chair)
  • Adams County Economic Development (ACED)

Director Larry Hoy was elected on November 2, 2010 and took office in January of 2011. He represents District J which is located in the northern RTD area and includes all of Federal Heights and Northglenn, nearly all of Westminster, portions of western Thornton, and portions of unincorporated Adams and Jefferson Counties.

Director Hoy received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of California. Upon graduation he worked in the transportation industry working in multiple states until his relocation to Colorado in 1980 where he served his company as President of its Colorado subsidiary. In the mid 1980’s he started his own company which he later sold to an international transportation company. Director Hoy is presently a Colorado Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser, a career which he began in the early nineties. He owns Paragon Appraisal Service located in Westminster, Colorado.

Upon moving to Colorado Director Hoy became very active in his community. He has been a member of the Adams County Economic Development Council, served on the Board of Directors of Metro North Chamber of Commerce, Bellco Credit Union, Frontier Airlines Credit Union, and the Westminster Rotary Club. He also served on the Westminster Planning Commission. Director Hoy is a graduate of Leadership Metro North, and 50 for Colorado. He has served on the Environmental Committee for the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, and chaired the Adams County Political Action Committee. A supporter of the Boy Scouts of America, Director Hoy participated in fundraising projects for the Scouts.

Larry and his wife Kathy of 39 years have two adult children and three grandchildren.

District K

Paul Daniel Solano

Contact Director Solano:

Committees

  • E-470 Public Highway Authority Board (alt)
  • Adams County Economic Development (ACED)

Director Paul Solano was elected to the RTD Board in November 2012 and took office in January 2013. Director Solano represents District K, which is located in the most northeastern portion of the RTD area and represents all of Commerce City, all of the portions of Brighton and Lochbuie that are within the District, portions of Thornton, and portions of unincorporated Adams County.

Director Solano grew up in Commerce City Colorado in an ethnically mixed blue-collar environment. He developed sensitivity for the working poor and transit dependent. At an early age, he learned the importance of hard work, commitment, education and perseverance to overcome adversity and poverty. He and his five brothers were over-achievers and excelled in their respected careers. Director Solano has a very diverse career background including working as a halfway house counselor, paralegal, telecommunications, and data technician. He is a member of the Communications Workers of America where he proudly supports his union affiliation. Director Solano received a Certificate of Appreciation from the White House Communications Agency for providing the President of the United States, Secret Service and the White House Staff with critical communications during two visits to Denver.

Director Solano received his B.S. in Criminal Justice from Metropolitan State University of Denver and his Master Studies in Public Administration at the University of Colorado at Denver. He attended the University of Denver Law School. He also earned a certificate from the University of Phoenix in telephony, telecommunications and networking with analog and complex digital circuits.

Director Solano is actively involved in local politics. He completed the Colorado Latino Leadership Advocacy and Research Organization conference and training. He is an advocate for public policy, equality and fairness for all communities. Director Solano brings to the RTD Board a passionate desire for social and economic justice. He believes in access to public transportation as an avenue to establish a path for economic growth, civil rights, and good for the greatest amount of people.

Director Solano comes from a strong family heritage in music. He has composed and performed professionally since a young age. He is a member of the American Society of Composers and Publishers.

District L

Lorraine Anderson

Contact Director Anderson:

Committees

  • Operations & Customer Services Committee (Chair)
  • GM Oversight & Performance Management Committee
  • Jefferson County Parkway Public Highway Authority Board (JPPHA)
  • Metro Mayors Caucus (alt)
  • Jefferson County Transportation Advisory Group (JEFFTAAG) (alt)

Director Lorraine Anderson was elected to the RTD Board of Directors in November 2010 to take office in January, 2011. She is the Director of District L, located in the northwestern RTD area and represents all of Arvada, small portions of Westminster and Superior, and portions of unincorporated Adams and Jefferson Counties.

Director Anderson is retired from Anderson Tire Service Inc, a tire dealership that she co-founded specializing in commercial sales and services. She actively worked in the business which served the transportation and construction industries.

Director Anderson is very active in the community in both civic and political activities. She is a member of the Arvada Jefferson Kiwanis group. She also volunteers her time with Ginny Kid’s International which is an organization that receives recommendations from hospitals and other organization for families experiencing emotional stress of a debilitating illness. Selected families and children are sent to Disneyland for a lasting memory. Ginny Kid’s International has helped over 300 families since its inception.

Additionally, Director Anderson is well known in the political arena having served 24 years on the Arvada City Council including serving six years as Mayor Pro Tem. She was Board Chairman of the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) in 2004 and served on the DRCOG Board of Directors for over 17 years and represented DRCOG on the State Transportation Advisory Committee where she was elected co-chair. She is Past President of the Colorado Municipal League and served on the Executive Board for 13 years. She has served as member and Chair of numerous other committees including National League of Cities of Board of Directors, founding member of Rocky Flats Coalition of Local Governments, and Chair of Energy Communities Alliance. She served on the Environmental Management Advisory Board for the Department of Energy.

Director Anderson hobbies are golfing, hiking, fishing and travel. She has been married to Homer for 57 years and they are the proud parents of four adult children.

District M

Natalie Menten

Contact Director Menten:

Committees

  • Executive Committee (Treasurer)
  • Financial Administration & Audit Committee (Chair)
  • GM Oversight & Performance Management Committee
  • Jefferson County Transportation Advisory Group (JEFFTAAG)

Natalie Menten grew up in Denver and moved to Lakewood in 1988. She was elected to the Board of Directors for the Regional Transportation District in November of 2012 and was sworn into office on January 8, 2013. She represents District M, located in the western RTD area and represents all of Golden, Lakeside, and Mountain View, the majority of Lakewood and Wheat Ridge, and portions of unincorporated Jefferson County.

Director Menten is self-employed. She co-owned and actively worked at an automotive repair facility since 1990. She is now working in the urban agricultural field. Her volunteer work over the years has been representing citizens at a grassroots level in legislative matters and was honored with the Vern Bickel award for grassroots leadership for her work in promoting legislation requiring greater spending transparency by state government and school districts.

Director Menten's hobbies include gardening, raising livestock, home canning, studying repurposing of materials for residential projects, studying college legal courses and actively participating at the state capitol during the legislative session.

District N

Tina Francone

Contact Director Francone:

Committees

  • Executive Committee (First Vice Chair)
  • Government Relations Committee (Vice Chair)
  • GM Oversight & Performance Management Committee (Chair)
  • Regional Transportation Committee
  • Jefferson County Parkway Public Highway Authority Board (JPHHA) (alt)
  • C-470 Corridor Coalition (alt)

Director Tina Francone was elected to the RTD Board of Directors in November, 2014 and installed on January 6, 2015 to represent District N serving the SW metro area of Evergreen and Jefferson County.

Director Francone is a small business owner and operator of two Littleton-based companies – RML Technologies, Inc. and Straightforward Shooting, LLC. As the Marketing and Logistics manager for RML, she oversees financing, policy planning, budgeting, marketing and human resources. She is involved in all aspect of this software design and development company. As Senior Firearms Instructor for Straightforward Shooting, she is primarily responsible for curriculum, content and training on a student and instructor level. Tina also is the main marketing executive and event planner for related shooting sports events in the Denver Metropolitan area. She is also an active merit badge counselor in Rifle and Shotgun for the Denver Area Council of Boy Scouts.

Previously, Director Francone worked for Visa, USA, supervising the call center. As a supervisor/lead Customer Service Representative, her responsibility was to manage, recruit, train and develop a team of customer service representatives with an emphasis on fraud prevention and to ensure team productivity and quality.

Prior to that, Director Francone worked in the legal profession as a paralegal and as a Senior Hearing Representative for various national law firms. She enjoyed litigating suspected fraudulent workers’ compensation claims before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board, which included the investigation and interview of witnesses, preparation for and taking depositions, subpoenaing and review of medical records, settlement, trial and appeals.

Director Francone is active in her community as the past president and newsletter editor for the Columbine Hills Civic Association. She has also been active in Jefferson County politics, as campaign manager for various candidates and as a volunteer and official of the Jefferson County Republican Central Committee.

Director Francone and her husband Frank are longtime residents of Littleton and their son attends Columbine High School. They enjoy camping, skiing, bicycling, Boy Scouts, concerts, and travelling.

Director Francone is a student of public transit and looks forward to utilizing her financial knowledge to managing her fiduciary responsibilities.

District O

Charles L. Sisk

Contact Director Sisk:

Committees

  • Metro Mayors Caucus

Chuck L. Sisk was appointed by the Boulder County Commissioners to the RTD Board of Directors for District O, located in the most northwestern portion of the RTD area and represents all of the City of Boulder, Jamestown, Louisville, Lyons, Nederland, and Ward, the portion of Longmont west of North 95th St. and south of Mountain View Ave., all of Superior within Boulder County, and the majority of unincorporated Boulder County, generally lying west of North 95th St.

Director Sisk has an extensive background as a public official including serving as former mayor for the city of Louisville from 2003-2011. Director Sisk has served on a regional coalition of mayors and county commissioners promoting multi-modal transportation improvements for the U.S. 36 corridor and was the Chair of the Metro Mayors Caucus in 2007. He is currently a member of the 36 Commuting Solutions, a private and public advocacy group for multi-modal transportation solutions and is a partner in the law firm of Hurth, Sisk & Blakemore LLP in Boulder.

Director Sisk strengths in this role include consensus builder, business and community collaboration, and a regional focus that embraces the goal of RTD for a full buildout of FasTracks. Director Sisk is also focused on fiscal sustainability and operational efficiencies. He plans to serve in this role with a keen eye, a good listener and as a facilitator in bringing together solutions that advances the importance of public transit and meets the needs of this regional community.

Director Sisk is a Colorado native, married to his lovely wife Terre and the proud parent of three children and grandparent of two.

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