Bios for the ERA board of directors follow below. All are running for reelection to the 2022 board, and all are incumbents. Please cast your ballot online; there will be no mail-in ballots. The final day for voting is December 31.Vote
A member of the ERA since 1970, Bob is a graduate of MIT and has worked in the transit and transportation planning profession for 40 years. He retired from MTA NYC Transit in 2019 after 26 years in the Office of Management and Budget, Operations Planning and Strategic Initiatives. Bob has served as ERA’s president since 2012, and five years previously as third vice president and recording secretary. Bob has successfully managed ERA’s annual conventions in Los Angeles (2009), Chicago (2011), Boston (2012), Denver/Salt Lake City (2013), Minneapolis/St. Paul (2014), Houston/Dallas-Fort Worth (2015) Washington-Baltimore (2016), Atlanta and New Orleans (2017) and Tucson/El Paso (2019). Bob’s goals include membership expansion and retention, participation in the Association’s missions, launching and management of presentations in Zoom during the Covid-19 pandemic, and continuation of ERA’s high-quality offerings of publications, monthly programs, and local, national and international trips. Bob is the incumbent in this position.
Sandy has been an ERA member since the early 1980s. He was first elected to the board of directors in 2005 and served as membership secretary through 2019. Also, in the 25 years since becoming editor in 1996, Sandy has designed and produced 29 issues of Headlights including John Pappas’s 2018 “El Paso Streetcar” issue, plus the two Elevated Railways books by Eric Oszustowicz. Sandy developed and maintains the ERA website and has been co-administrator of the ERA Facebook page since it was started by Philip Hom in 2011. A graduate of Parsons School of Design, he currently heads a graphic design consulting practice. Sandy is the incumbent in this position.
Ron is a co-editor of the “Commuter and Transit News” column for The Bulletin. A railfan since his father introduced him to trains with a Lionel O-Gauge train set for the Christmas holidays at the young age of almost three, he went on to earn a chemistry degree at Brooklyn Technical High School and at Queens College and a master’s degree in transportation planning and engineering from the Polytechnic University of New York in Brooklyn. After a two-year stint at a NYC transportation engineering consulting firm, he took a management position with Metro-North Commuter Railroad in 1983 and worked his way up from supervisor of passenger checkers, to operations planning, manager of the crew dispatching center and finally on-board services officer before retiring in 2013. While at Metro-North, he helped plan and operate the five excursion trains the railroad operated in 2004–2006 including the farewell to the ACMU and FL-9 trips. Ron is the incumbent in this position.
Robert joined the ERA in 2013, but was a railfan well before that. He’s served as third vice president and recording secretary since 2014 and has managed all local trips for the ERA during that period. He implemented new e-mail techniques for The Bulletin, increasing the reliability of mailings and improving engagement with members while simultaneously reducing operating costs for the club. Robert currently serves as project and analysis manager at New York‘s Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Robert is the incumbent in this position.
Sasha joined the ERA early in 2014 and has since been involved with the organization in numerous roles, including co-editing The Bulletin with Ron Yee since 2014 and serving as the ERA office manager. Sasha is also administrator of the ERA Twitter page, which he created. A graduate of the State University of New York at Potsdam, Sasha is currently working for First Transit in the Southern Tier of New York and formerly worked with the City of New York Human Resources Administration (NYC HRA). Sasha is the incumbent in this position.
A member of ERA since 1963, Michael previously held office as director of ERA. He has served as a member of the New York Division board for many years and national treasurer since 1990. He is a retired transportation industry professional with over 50 years of experience as a transportation planner, light rail operations planner and transit scheduler. Mike is the incumbent.
Jeff has been a member of the ERA for 51 years, having joined in September of 1970. He has always been active, initially by helping to stuff envelopes for mailings at the ERA’s old offices at 145 Greenwich Street and 4 West 40th Street. Jeff, along with member James Mattina, created the initial database of members when the ERA received its very first personal computer back in the 1980s. During those years, Jeff served as membership secretary and also helped to arrange several memorable excursions on the LIRR. For several years he was the recording secretary of the New York Division and an occasional contributing editor of The Bulletin. When the New York Division was merged into the National, he became a director on the new board and once again has been able to help out on the National level. In 2018 Jeff took over as editor-in-chief of The Bulletin. Jeff is the incumbent in this position.