Mervin Acebo

img-staff-MervinAceboMervin Acebo began his career with AMMA in 2000 and has assisted the company intermittently since that time. Since 2001, he has worked at several public agencies including Omnitrans, the Riverside Transit Agency, and the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). When employed at SCAG, his experience in public transportation allowed him to assist transit operators in Southern California. He was responsible for ensuring that SCAG was compliant with the federal rules and regulations as it pertains to regional planning and programming. He was also responsible for assisting transit agencies in receiving federal funds from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

More recent assignment at SCAG included the allocating formula funds in multi-county urbanized areas. He developed a process for ensuring that federal funds would not lapse. In addition to his regulatory experience, Mr. Acebo was instrumental in the planning, design, and construction of several transit centers in the San Bernardino Valley and responsible for submitting federal, state, and local grant applications for the Riverside Transit Agency.

Ray Araujo

img-staff-RayAraujoRay Araujo, the newest member of the AMMA Transit Planning team is our Veterans Transportation Specialist. Mr. Araujo’s background in the corporate arena, his analytical skill set and his dynamic personality make him a valuable part of our firm. Fluent in Spanish, Ray assists the AMMA team with fieldwork in intercept surveying and community outreach to Limited English proficient populations, as well as data analysis. His background in Computer Science makes him effective in all phases of data gathering, including the design of data entry forms, collection of data and its validation, loading of data, display of its content and finding and writing the narrative the data tells.

Mr. Araujo is a Marine Corps Veteran and served four years with 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, in Camp Pendleton, as well as deploying overseas with the 11th and 15th MEU’s. Ray’s military veteran background has been instrumental in providing guidance and assistance, with veteran projects and outreach, on such projects like the Veterans Transportation Initiative One-Click/One-Call, in San Bernardino and Riverside, and the Veterans and Community Living Initiative Project for Los Angeles METRO.

His supervisory experience ranges from filling the role of regional manager, in the financial sector, with support staff and over a dozen brokers under him, to small team environments where he exhibited leadership, tact and decisiveness. Mr. Araujo’s experience in intercultural communications, coupled with his Spanish fluency, allows him to engage and communicate effectively not just on veteran’s projects but with project’s involving many different cultures.

In addition to his work with AMMA, Ray is currently pursuing a Computer Science degree from San Jacinto Community College.

Roy Glauthier

In addition to his Senior Associate position with AMMA Transit Planning, Roy Glauthier is principal of Transportation Planning and Policy. Since October 1996, Transportation Planning and Policy has provided transit and paratransit technical assistance to cities, counties and public agencies nationwide on policy, organization and operating issues, with special emphasis on ADA compliance, performance assessment and contract procurement. Direct operating experience in local fixed-route, paratransit and special services for seniors and individuals with disabilities and broad consulting experience inform his analysis of specific issues and the provision of practical alternatives and recommendations.  Long involvement with contracted services and their intended and unintended consequences allows him to assist client agencies to carry out successful procurements while his hands-on knowledge of paratransit operations, including the nuances of computerized systems, results in effective, implementable recommendations.

Prior to August 1996, Mr. Glauthier has a Principal Partner in the national transit management firm, DAVE Transportation Services, Inc. With the DAVE organization, Mr. Glauthier managed and directly participated in well over 350 consulting engagements to agencies as diverse as the Chicago Transit Authority, the Via Metro Transit in San Antonio Texas, the City of Colorado Springs, Colorado, the Honolulu Public Transit Authority and cities throughout the Western U.S. Additionally, he served as Regional Manager with responsibility for all DAVE management contracts in Northern California, Oregon, Washington and Utah, a total of eighteen locations operating 26 public transit and paratransit contracts.

Mr. Glauthier’s recent work with AMMA includes the competitive procurement of transit management and operations services for the City of Blythe/ Palo Verde Valley Transportation Authority [CA], Call Center Planning Assistance for the Western Placer Consolidated Transportation Services Agency [Auburn CA], and Federal Grant assistance planning for the San Bernardino Association of Governments.

Mr. Glauthier has a Master Degree in Business Administration from University of California, Irvine and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA.

Valerie Mackintosh

img-staff-ValerieSedigMs. Mackintosh is a writer and public outreach facilitator with experience in qualitative thinking and community involvement from a range of technical and service backgrounds. She brings cultural competency and sensitivity to AMMA’s public participation work with diverse and vulnerable populations. Her strong analytic skills and attention to the value of procedures serve her well in developing Title VI programs for smaller transit program across the state, assisting transit providers and human services agencies with FTA grant Processes and developing policy and procedure manuals. Additional responsibilities of Ms. Mackintosh include assisting in the preparation, writing and production of specialized transportation reports; facilitating and presenting at senior travel training workshops; public outreach efforts, including stakeholder interviews and consumer surveys; management and analysis of data; planning and coordinating meetings; assisting in production of proposals; and administrative support for clients such as San Bernardino Associated Governments and Riverside County Transportation Commission.

For the past year, Ms. Mackintosh has been responsible for providing Title VI technical assistance and support to transit providers and human service agencies throughout the state as part of Caltrans’ Rural Transit Assistance Program. This included developing templates and “how-to” guides, participating in multiple state-wide webinars and workshops, and developing the program model for small agencies. With the AMMA team, Ms. Mackintosh has developed compliant Title VI Programs for six transit providers in California and assisted on programs for multiple human service and non profit agencies.

Ms. Mackintosh graduated in 2008 from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a Bachelor of Arts in World Literature and Cultural Studies. She was awarded Phi Beta Kappa, college honors, and honors in the major. Her undergraduate studies included studying at PUC in Rio de Janerio, Brazil. In 2011, Ms. Mackintosh received a Certificate in Public Involvement in Transportation Decisionmaking from the National Transit Institute. She received her MFA in Writing at the University of San Francisco in December 2014.

Dennis Brooks

Dennis Brooks brings to AMMA his strengths of qualitative analysis and strategic thinking and planning. His deliberative focus lends to much of AMMA’s project development and financial planning. Mr. Brooks’ organizational capabilities involve understanding and translating conceptual ideas into approachable visuals. He also provides considerable insight and experience to AMMA’s work with transit operations such as scheduling, dispatching and vehicle deployment developed through four years working for a magazine wholesaler. Managing a regional distribution network, Mr. Brooks’ responsibilities included the supervision of daily routing, delivery and sales functions, across the four-county Los Angeles basin.

AMMA staff since 2007, Mr. Brooks provides critical support and management for various projects and clients related to coordinated and specialized transportation. His responsibilities include compilation and statistical analysis of financial and operational data; needs assessments; creation of demand estimates; construction, maintenance, and analysis of extensive databases; and assisting in preparation and production of transportation related documents such as bid proposals, inventory surveys, and final transit reports. Some AMMA projects and clients include San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG), Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC), Greensboro Transit Authority (GTA), Loc Angeles County Area Agency on Aging (AAA), Los Angeles Metro, Access Services Inc. (ASI), Placer County Transportation Planning Agency (PCTPA), San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG).

Mr. Brooks’ professional accomplishments include: growing Aubry Magazine’s account base in Orange County by 25% in one year, including establishing 70 new accounts within nine months; acquiring Life Insurance and structural pest control licenses from the State of California; and awarded Top Retail Manager nationwide while District Retail Manager for Distribution Services, Inc.

Mr. Brooks has completed the Transit Management Certificate Program through University of the Pacific and several National Transit Institute training courses, including cost allocation workshops. Further studies include computer aided business administration and general education coursework.

Heather Menninger

With more than twenty years of experience, Heather Menninger is familiar with all aspects of implementing transit service improvements with particular emphasis on community-level transit programs for small urban and rural settings. She has published various papers, including two in the Transportation Research Record regarding paratransit demand estimation, and on innovation in rural and small urban settings with the Transit Cooperative Research Program.

As a sole proprietor, Ms. Menninger brings professional evaluation, problem-solving skills and expertise to analysis and evaluation of public transit programs, both large and small, having led numerous countywide planning initiatives. Ms. Menninger has served as a project manager for: comprehensive operations analyses for rural and small urban transit; transit development plans; strategic, long-range and countywide transit planning; performance assessment of transit programs; coordinated transportation planning; senior transportation and non-emergency medical transportation planning studies; human service transportation evaluation studies; Americans with Disabilities Act trip modeling, planning and service design; staffing of mandated advisory groups; transit performance measurement, monitoring and reporting; telecommute needs assessments; and contracted staff assistance to regional transportation planning agencies.

Ms. Menninger holds three degrees, a Bachelors of Arts in American Studies from Hampshire College, a Master in Management of Human Services from Brandeis University, as well as a Master in Urban and Regional Planning from California State Polytechnic University at Pomona.

Ms. Menninger’s resume is available here.