Deputy General Manger/COO
Mark Lonergan is the Deputy General Manager/Chief Operating Officer for the Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT). In his position, he is responsible for day-to-day operations, as well as business with SacRT's Board of Directors, partner communities, external stakeholders, transit partners, and other external groups. Mr. Lonergan ensures that SacRT's Strategic Vision initiatives and essential operations projects are achieved on time and within budget.
Mr. Lonergan has been with SacRT for over 38 years and has worked in the planning, transportation and facilities departments. He previously served as Deputy Chief Operating Officer for eight years. As the former Director of Light Rail, he was instrumental in the start-up of the South Line, as well as the Sunrise and Folsom light rail extensions.
Mr. Lonergan holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of California, Davis and a Master of Public Administration from California State University, Sacramento.
VP of Finance/CFO
Brent Bernegger is the Vice President of Finance/Chief Financial Officer for the Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT). In his role, Mr. Bernegger provides executive direction and management over SacRT's finance department. He provides leadership and strategic direction in policy development and directs cross functional planning and major strategic level projects.
Mr. Bernegger joined SacRT in November of 2004. Prior to working for SacRT, he was revenue manager for a software company, and a senior auditor at an accounting firm.
Deputy Chief Operating Officer
Ms. Alva Carrasco is the Deputy Chief Operating Officer for Sacramento Regional Transit District (RT) where she is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of bus transportation, bus maintenance, and scheduling. She also plays a key role in District-wide strategic initiatives.
Alva has more than 20 years of experience in the public transit sector. Prior to working at RT, she was the Vice President of Transportation at VIA Metropolitan Transit, in San Antonio, TX. where she was responsible for over 1,200 employees and overseeing VIA's fixed route and paratransit operations, accessible eligibility, ADA compliance, and transit administration.
Alva received a Master's Degree in Transportation Management at San Jose State University (SJSU). She was awarded the SJSU, Mineta Transportation Institute, 2017 Alumna of the Year Award. She is an American Public Transit Association (APTA) Leadership alumna and American Public Transportation Foundation scholarship recipient. She currently serves on various APTA committees, as Vice President of the Board of Directors of Latinos In Transit (LIT) non-profit organization, as a Transit Cooperative Research Program Ambassador, and as an APTA Emerging Leaders National Mentor.
Alva is a big supporter of student intern programs, scholarship fund raisers, mentoring students and young professionals, and workforce development. Her first job was as a student worker with Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus at the age of 14.
VP of Administration
Suzanne Chan is the Vice President of Administration for the Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT). Suzanne joined SacRT in February 2017 and provides executive direction and management over the areas of Information Technology, Labor Relations, and Procurement.
Suzanne has more than 27 years of combined public leadership, management, and supervisory experience in information technology, labor relations, human resources, training and recruitment, contracts and procurement, policy and research, budgets, state and federal compliance, and project management. Suzanne recognizes, values, and appreciates the hard work and dedication of SacRT's employees and is committed to achieving the highest levels of organizational excellence and support needed to assist SacRT employees with their success.
Prior to joining SacRT, Suzanne worked for the State of California starting as a Research Analyst on several U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics' programs and then promoting to supervisor, management, senior management, and Governor Brown appointee. Over her public career, Suzanne has worked closely with state and federal officials on performance accountability, compliance reviews, and audits; facilitated complex, highly sensitive initiatives, and continuous improvement projects; helped oversee a $12.0 billion State budget; and administered a multi-million dollar statewide, nationwide, and overseas advertising and marketing campaign.
Before public service, Suzanne worked in the community-based and corporate sectors. Suzanne has a Bachelor of Arts degree from UC Davis; a Masters degree from the University of San Francisco; and an instructor credential with the California Community Colleges.
VP of Planning & Accountability
Laura currently holds the lead role in managing multiple strategic initiatives at SacRT, including a route optimization study that will provide a comprehensive, objective examination of SacR's routes, schedules, and reliability. In her position, she administers strategic and service planning, accessible services, equal employment opportunity, internal audits, and functions supporting the general managerâ€™s office and the board of directors.
Laura has been with RT for over 18 years and previously served as the director of accessible services and customer advocacy. Her background in service to persons with disabilities and seniors, compliance with the public transportation provisions of the ADA, and customer advocacy, have fostered a deep commitment to total transit service quality and customer service excellence for the organization.
Some examples of Lauraâ€™s leadership and commitment to organizational excellence include:
- The development of RT's Customer Advocacy Unit, which transformed RT'â€™s response to clients by providing timely feedback, creating long term bonds, and motivating staff to think about customers first.
- Her support of the organizations' movement towards greater fiscal sustainability as the project manager for more than 50 revenue growth and cost cutting measures, working across RT departments and with the Board of Directors.
- Her execution of a multi-faceted system wide improvement initiative and resulting process improvements, linking crucial internal and external resources, and readying the agency for service to the new Golden 1 Center.
- Her engagement of valued partners through work with the RT Board System Improvement Ad-hoc Committee, Business Advisory Panel and Working Groups, the RT Mobility Advisory Council, the City of Sacramento, the Sacramento Area Council of Governments, and other key partners.
Laura graduated from Sac State with a BA degree in English, and a minor in Liberal Arts and Social Science. She has long-standing roots in the Sacramento community and lives with her husband and two children in Carmichael.
Chief of Police Operations
Lieutenant (Lt.) Lisa Hinz directs all of SacRT's Police Services including Contracted Police, Fare Inspection by SacRT inspection staff and the Security Operations Center (video surveillance). She also oversees SacRT's Safety department. Lt. Hinz and her team work to find solutions to issues that affect SacRT riders, staff and the community.
Lt. Hinz is a twenty-six year veteran of The Sacramento Police Department. She joined SacRT's Police Services in November 2016. In June 2017, she took over as the Chief of SacRT's Police Services. Prior to joining SacRT, Lt. Hinz worked in and supervised many units within the Sacramento Police Department. This provided her with an extensive amount of exposure and experience in many areas of law enforcement. She has served as a Patrol Supervisor, Patrol Watch Commander and Detective Sergeant of the Robbery and Burglary Investigative Team.
Lt. Hinz also led the launch of Sacramento Police Department's Youth Services Division. She was able to utilize her 15 years of experience as a Kops N Kids Board Member to make the program a success. Lt. Hinz and her team successfully brought back the Cadet program along with developing and growing this newly formed unit.
Lt. Hinz was raised in Sacramento. She attended American River College and Sacramento State University earning degrees at both colleges. Lt. Hinz recently graduated from the Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Command College in the Spring of 2017.
VP of Engineering & Facility
Neil Nance is the Vice President of Strategic Planning and System Development for the Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT). Neil oversees Systems Design, Construction and Facilities Management, Project Management and Transit Oriented Development, and Long Range Planning.
Mr. Nance joined SacRT in August 2016. Previously, he was the Assistant Vice President, Engineering and Capital Programs for the Jacksonville Transportation Authority in Jacksonville Florida. He is a professional engineer with licenses in Florida and Georgia. Nance has developed broad progressive experience in the areas of planning, engineering and program management while employed in both private and public organizations throughout his professional career. Nance has a proven track record in delivering facilities, roadway and transit projects on time and within budget. He brings team building, mentoring and coaching expertise to SacRT.
Neil is originally from South Carolina. Nance is an alumnus of The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.
In Neil's free time, you can usually find him engaging with the community's youth by coaching, advising and mentoring.
VP of Communications & Partnerships
Devra Selenis is the Vice President of Communications and Partnerships for the Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT). In her role, she oversees, media relations; government affairs; marketing and communications; community relations; customer service; and customer advocacy.
Ms. Selenis has been with SacRT for 15 years serving in various marketing, public information and communication roles through the years. In her current position, she is responsible for the development, integration and implementation of communication, marketing and customer service activities that support SacRT's Strategic Vision and Initiatives, and foster strong regional partnerships.
Ms. Selenis holds a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and Advertising from the University of Miami, Florida. She currently serves on the Power Inn Alliance Board and the Sacramento Transportation Management Association Board.