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 County Transportation Authority and the Riverside County Transportation Commission.

Since 2012 Ms. Mackintosh has provided 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, providing technical assistance and developing compliant Title VI Programs for multiple transit providers in California.

Ms. Mackintosh graduated in 2008 from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a Bachelor of Arts in World Literature and Cultural Studies. In 2011, she received a Certificate in Public Involvement in Transportation Decisionmaking from the National Transit Institute. Ms. Mackintosh received her MFA in Writing at the University of San Francisco in December 2014.

Dennis Brooks

Dennis Brooks has been with AMMA Transit Planning since 2006, using his financial and mathematical abilities to provide strong analytic products to support AMMA’s project efforts. His ability to evaluate and validate the financial and operating performance of transportation programs strengthens planning activities that sustain and improve the most efficient and effective operations.

Mr. Brooks has assisted on a wide range of planning projects and initiatives for public transit properties, regional planning agencies and human services transportation programs. His analytical thinking and attention to detail has provided strong support to funding agencies and successful grantees of several FTA discretionary grant offerings in several Southern California Counties over the past 15 years. Mr. Brooks regularly assesses the financial standing of transportation providers and has developed multi-year financial forecasts for multiple transit agencies through the conduct of comprehensive analyses and development of short-range transit plans. Additionally, Mr. Brooks has had responsibility for the collection and analysis of census data demographics and assessment of available transportation services for more than two dozen coordinated transportation plans.

Mr. Brooks has also recently participated in the conduct of Transportation Development Act (TDA) audits of public operators; lead responsibility for the assessment of a regional paratransit call center brokerage; an evaluation of California’s new Innovative Clean Transportation (ICT) initiative’s zero emission bus requirements for small operators; and developed intercity bus plans to support intercity rail development through California’s State Rail Plan initiative.

Mr. Brooks is currently enrolled in a degree program in Business Management at Riverside City College and has completed the Pepperdine Transit Management certificate program and several National Transit Institute courses.

Dennis is a resident of Riverside, CA. He is a devoted father and enjoys boating and tropical aquarium fishkeeping in his spare time.

Heather Menninger

With almost three decades of experience with public transportation service planning, Heather Menninger has designed, evaluated or implemented transit service improvements in a breadth of environments, with particular emphasis on community-level transit programs for small urban and rural settings. She has published in the Transportation Research Record (TRR), including two papers regarding paratransit demand estimation, and has contributed to Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) publications, on innovation in transit (TCRP Report 70) and on veterans transportation (TCRP Report 164).

As a sole proprietor, Ms. Menninger brings professional evaluation, problem-solving skills and critical thinking to analysis and evaluation of public transit programs. At the individual, operator level and for multi-modal environments, she has led county-wide and regional planning initiatives. Ms. Menninger has served as a project manager for project that include: comprehensive operations analyses for rural and small urban transit; transit development plans; strategic, long-range and countywide transit planning; performance assessment of transit programs, including Americans with Disabilities Act complementary paratransit compliance and evaluation; micro-transit service evaluation; coordinated transportation planning; senior transportation and non-emergency medical transportation planning studies; human service transportation evaluation studies; staffing of mandated advisory groups; transit performance measurement, monitoring and reporting; commute needs assessments and more.

Ms. Menninger has provided long-term, contracted staff assistance to several regional transportation planning agencies for much of her career, stepping into issues that encompass regulatory compliance, grant writing that includes program design and contract administration, reporting and tracking of public transportation trends and staffing of advisory councils and commissions.

Ms. Menninger holds three degrees, a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Hampshire College (1977), a Master’s in Management of Human Services from Brandeis University (1981), and a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from California State Polytechnic University at Pomona (2002).

She lives in Pacific Grove, CA with her husband Kirk Visscher and two cats, Jonni Dep and Spotters. When she is not working, she enjoys reading, studying Tai Chi and knitting or, with her husband, camping and kayaking on the Elkhorn Slough.