WSTC Board

WSTC Officers for June 2014 to June 2015:

  • Chair: Joe Szilagyi
  • Co-Chair: Amanda Kay Helmick
  • Secretary: Martin Westerman
  • Co-Secretary: Vicki Nelson
  • Treasurer: Alon Bassok
  • Co-Treasure: Tod Rodman

Current WSTC Board Members:

 

Position 1: Joe Szilagyi

joeszilagyi-wstcJoe moved to Arbor Heights in West Seattle with his family in 2012, after living in Magnolia by the Ballard Locks for seven years. Originally from Connecticut, he was brought to his forever home by his Seattle native wife in 2005. He is a nearly two-decade veteran of various corners of the IT industry, from telecom to data centers to tech support to engineering across several areas.

He is one of the founders and elected Secretary of the Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council in the southwest corner of our area, and is one of the founders and an interim board member of the West Seattle Transportation Coalition, serving as the Chair of it’s Communications Committee. He manages the web sites for both groups, and is one of the people who maintains the social media presence for both groups. In his dreams West Seattle would have grade separated Light Rail to every neighborhood somehow and a zip line commuting option down from Hamilton Viewpoint to the Seattle waterfront. He enjoys his free time on a bunch of nerdy pursuits, spending time with his wife and son, and cursing the rain when he can’t barbecue.

  • Board Service: October 2013 to present
  • Current Term: May 2014 to May 2015

Position 2: Amanda Kay Helmick

amandakayhelmickI have been a resident of West Seattle for 7 years, and of Seattle at large for almost 14. I am a native Chicagoan and still have lots of family in that area (Go Cubs!). I’ve always been a champion of causes, but having a child has led me to be even more proactive in my Community.  After joining the Steering Committee for the Roxhill Park Playground build in October 2013, I really felt that Community activism was my calling. Becoming Chair of the Westwood/Roxhill/Arbor Heights Community Council has taught me that there are many people in this Community who care just as much as I do, and together, we can do great things.  In being a founding member of the West Seattle Transportation Coalition, I’ve found that by working with other Neighborhood groups we have a stronger voice, and we can make a real difference.  I would like to continue the work that has been started here, by joining the permanent board.

  • Board Service: October 2013 to present
  • Current Term: May 2014 to May 2016

Position 3: Michael Taylor-Judd

michaeltaylorjudd-wstcMichael Taylor-Judd, Transportation Chair of the North Delridge Neighborhood Council, and active member of the 34th District Democrats, has been a local political activist since he moved to Seattle to canvass door-to-door in West Seattle for statewide healthcare reform 15 years ago. Since arriving from Southern California, he has been active in marriage equality and transportation issues and grassroots organizing the Democratic Party. He’s helped to bring a bus-service funding problem to the attention of King County Metro, in which Seattle was slated to receive only 20 percent of Metro’s monies, even though it accounts for 75 percent of bus service, fought for improvements to local bus routes, and helped North Delridge get a new traffic signal at the top of Genessee and the 26th Ave Greenway.

  • Board Service: October 2013 to present
  • Current Term: May 2014 to May 2015

Position 4: Deb Barker

debbarker-wstcA West Seattleite since 1985, I’m an enthusiastic supporter of my adopted home.  I retired after 21 years as a land use planner for a large suburban city, and I’ve had a great time volunteering on behalf of my community. Currently I’m president of the Morgan Community Association, and a member of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board. I’m a past member of the SW Design Review Board and the SW Seattle Historical Society. I joined the SWTC as an interim board member because I believe in being proactive about our transportation future. I appreciate the peninsula-wide focus of the WSTC, and I’d like to continue to help guide this important organization as an elected board member.

  • Board Service: October 2013 to present
  • Current Term: May 2014 to May 2016

Position 5: Vicki Nelson

victorianelson-wstcVictoria is a third generation West Seattleite; having grown up just a mile from where she now lives with her husband and two dogs. A passionate environmentalist, she spends much of her volunteer time working on projects that will help keep neighborhoods and beaches healthy. Along with her husband, Victoria worked with other residents to bring a farmers market to West Seattle.

Having retired from the insurance industry in 2012, she is expanding her volunteer work to include a broader range of issues by working with the City Neighborhood Council – Neighborhood Planning Committee, and the West Seattle Transportation Coalition. It is her hope that when a community takes a holistic approach to high density development along with the corresponding traffic issues, a good balance can be achieved so that one does not outweigh the other. Currently, West Seattle has three major challenges to address. First, over one million vehicles move through our neighborhoods. Second, we live in a peninsula that can easily become an island due to weather and traffic incidents. Finally, West Seattle does not have its own hospital which means we must leave our peninsula to get treatment for serious health issues. Her hope is that by working together with the city, the WSTC can help provide solutions to these challenges.

  • Board Service: May 2014 to present
  • Current Term: May 2014 to May 2015

Position 6: Alon Bassok

alonbassok-wstcI have been a North Delridge resident since 2006 when my family was attracted to Longfellow Creek and the easy access to downtown. My interests around West Seattle transportation issues focus on convenient ways to get around in the peninsula, as well as safe and efficient access and egress to and from the peninsula. Within West Seattle, we are constrained by distance and hills. Leaving our community can be taxing; bicycling can be frightening, taking the bus can be slow, and driving can be frustrating. We have many challenges to work on.

I currently teach courses on land use and transportation through the Master of Sustainable Transportation program at the University of Washington. I am interested in a number of diverse transportation topics and helped organize the Bicycle Urbanism Symposium (2013) and Innovation in Urban Freight Workshop (2012) held here in Seattle. I also spent several years on the city’s Freight Advisory Board. Prior to returning to teach at the University of Washington, I worked as a transportation planner at the Puget Sound Regional Council.

When away from transportation discussions, I spend most of my time chauffeuring my daughters around West Seattle between their activities, or sneaking down to Lakewood Park for a round of disc golf. Occasionally I may be found playing bass with the Pretty Good Jazz Trio.

  • Board Service: May 2014 to present
  • Current Term: May 2014 to May 2015

Position 7: Tod Rodman

todrodman-wstcTod Rodman, BA, MBA has lived in West Seattle since 2000. Prior to that he lived for a year in Kirkland, having moved out West from Charlottesville, Virginia in 1999. Tod was born in New York City and until leaving to attend the University of Virginia lived in the Northeast. Upon receiving his BA degree from UVa, Tod lived in London and New York. Tod received his Masters Degree from the UVA, spent a year in Memphis, and returned to live in Charlottesville where he raised his two children. His children and three grandchildren live in West Seattle.

Tod studied Urban Planning and Architecture, ultimately receiving his Masters in Finance and Operations, interning at UPS in their Advance Logistical Solutions Group . His early work was as an Ordinary Seaman, a Taxi Driver, a Broker in Maritime Vessel Sales and Chartering, and as Firefighter. His has spent over 30 years in the Information Technology industry performing Systems Analysis and Program Management.

Tod’s passion for improving the Seattle Transportation system, and especially the West Seattle Transportation system has brought him into a working relationship with many dedicated volunteer and professional folks who have a broad range of interests and expertise in transportation issues. Tod would very much like to continue to serve the West Seattle Community, especially in working toward implementing a balanced and top quality transportation system for West Seattle that provides the best transportation for all of the people who live and work in West Seattle.

  1. West Seattle Transportation Coalition Interim Board Member
  2. Morgan Community Association
  3. Southwest District Council – Delegate Alternate to the City Neighborhood Council
  4. City Neighborhood Council – Transportation Committee Co-Chair
  5. City Department of Neighborhoods – Peoples Academy for Community Engagement (PACE)
  6. West Seattle Green Space Coalition – Co-Chair
  • Board Service: October 2013 to present
  • Current Term: May 2014 to May 2015

Position 8: Marci Carpenter

marcicarpenter-wstcMy name is Marci Carpenter. I am a native Washingtonian, and have lived in West Seattle for 10 years. I am a regular bus rider but am interested in promoting all modes of transportation. During the 1980’s and 1990’s I lived in Boulder, Colorado, where I served on three transportation boards and committees. The first one was a 7-member committee appointed by City Council. Over the course of 18 months we met weekly with city staff and consultants and conducted an extensive public process; all of which led to the development of a Transportation Master Plan for the Boulder Valley. In the next committee, which I chaired for several years, we implemented that multimodal plan. My work included negotiating with the transit agency and local businesses on an employer-based bus pass (which existed in few places at the time), and also negotiating with the University of Colorado for a student bus pass program. The third board was a more traditional City Transportation Board where I conducted public meetings and worked a lot on implementing a citywide sidewalk program which filled in missing sidewalk links.

  • Board Service: May 2014 to present
  • Current Term: May 2014 to May 2015

Position 9: Ray Krueger

raykrueger-wstcRetired Information Technology Systems Engineer, Project Manager, and Community Mobility Advocate. Evangelist for community mobility in Seattle and formerly in Colorado Springs, a transit wasteland. Since 2009 I have represented transit underserved community members for the sustainable funding levels by public comments and voluntary membership in many boards and committees:

Member, PPRTA Citizens’ Advisory Commttee representing the CTAB Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority. Volunteer Member, City of Colorado Springs Citizens’ Transportation Advisory Board. President, Board of Trustees Disability Services, Inc./Amblicab. Volunteer Concerned Citizen, El Paso County Region Stormwater Task Force Engineering Subcommittee. Member, Transit and Rail Advisory Committee work group, Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). Member, Board of Trustees Pikes Peak Partnership. Steering Committee Member and Facilitator, Transportation Working Group, Pikes Peak Green Cities Coalition. Volunteer Leader, Transportation Task Group, Pikes Peak Regional Sustainability project. Volunteer Vice Chairman, Future of Regional Transit Study steering committee for Mountain Metro Transit. Member, Transportation to Employment for Disabled (TED), The Independence Center. Vice President, Quality Systems: Public Personal Rapid Transit Consortium (PPRTC).

  • Board Service: May 2014 to present
  • Current Term: May 2014 to May 2015

Position 10: Martin Westerman

martywesterman-wstcMartin Westerman has served as an interim WSTC board member since the organization was formed in 2013. He serves on the board of the Fauntleroy Community Association, and volunteers with the West Seattle Green Space Coalition.

He is a life-long bicyclist, and an author, editor, lecturer and consultant on sustainable business, and business communications.  He lives with his wife and sons near The Original Bakery.

  • Board Service: October 2013 to present
  • Current Term: May 2014 to May 2015

Position 11: open

At this time, Position 11 is open, and the Board will review that in June 2014. The deadline to declare was in our March 2014 meeting.

Previous WSTC Board members

September 2013 – May 2014, inaugural interim board:

  • Deb Barker, co-founder
  • Kevin Broveleit, co-founder
  • Amanda Kay Helmick, co-founder
  • Mat McBride, co-founder
  • Tod Rodman, co-founder
  • Joe Szilagyi, co-founder
  • Michael Taylor-Judd, co-founder
  • Martin Westerman, co-founder

Other WSTC board members:

  • Cindi Barker, co-founder
  • Kevin Broveleit, co-founder
  • Barbara Dobkin, co-founder
  • Carolyn Stauffer, co-founder
  • Diane Rose Vincent, co-founder
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