Board of Directors
Robert Newhouser (ERA #4099)
A member of the ERA since 1970, Bob is a graduate of MIT and has worked in the transit and transportation planning profession for over 35 years. He has worked at MTA NYC Transit since 1993, currently working as a deputy director in the Office of 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) and this year’s convention based in Atlanta and New Orleans. Bob’s goals include membership expansion and retention, participation in the Association’s missions and continuation of ERA’s high-quality offerings of publications, monthly programs, and local, national and international trips.
John Pappas (ERA #6777)
First Vice President
John has been a member since 2000 and is actively involved with the production of Headlights. He is also a member of the Market Street Railway Association, Orange Empire Railway Museum, Western Railway Museum, Motor Bus Society and Light Rail Transit Association. He has been a professional within the transit industry for 48 years including, most recently, the senior director of schedules at NYC Transit. He currently heads a transit operations consulting practice. John has previously served as director on the ERA board of directors.
Ronald Yee (ERA #5196)
Second Vice President and Corresponding Secretary
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.
Robert Colorafi (ERA #7111)
Third Vice President and Recording Secretary
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 a senior strategic analyst working at MTA Bridges and Tunnels. He has previously worked in other areas of the MTA including including the Signals Department of NYC Transit, Sustainability Office in Department of Buses and in Information Services at Long Island Rail Road.
Sandy Campbell (ERA #5228)
Sandy has been a railfan most of his life and an ERA member since the early 1980s. He was first elected to the board of directors in 2005 and has served as membership secretary since then. Also, in the 21 years since becoming editor in 1996, Sandy has produced 27 issues of Headlights including last year’s “Tale of Three Cities” issue, plus the “Elevated Railways of Manhattan” book. 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.
Michael Glikin (ERA #3028)
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 nearly 50 years of experience as a transportation planner, light rail operations planner and transit scheduler.
Jeff Erlitz (ERA #3997)
Jeff has been a member of the ERA for 47 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 is 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.