Current members

The following people are members of the Citizen Oversight Panel and provide oversight on behalf of the citizens of the Sound Transit district.

Fred G. Auch, Chair Mr. Auch is the recently retired Regional Vice President of PCL Construction Services where he worked on many complex transportation and commercial construction projects as a project manager, district manager, and senior executive for over 30 years. He has expertise in managing the budgetary, schedule, personnel, and regulatory challenges of large capital projects. Mr. Auch is also skilled in design-build, GC/CM and other contracting approaches. As a resident of Bellevue and an active member of the Bellevue Rotary Club, Mr. Auch has a strong connection to many Eastside constituencies.

Annette P. Bailes Ms. Bailes retired from the Washington Insurance Examining Bureau and Washington Surveying & Rating Bureau in Seattle. With over 30 years’ experience as an office and facilities manager, her areas of expertise include project, budget, and accounts management and she is a Certified Facility Manager. Among many other roles, she served as her company’s commute trip reduction specialist. Ms. Bailes is active in a number of charitable organizations in her community, is a board member and officer of the Rainier Chorale, and sings in her church chancel choir.

Ron Davis Mr. Davis has a longstanding interest in transit. As a startup entrepreneur, he brings strengths in business management and policy development. He is an honors graduate of Harvard Law School and is knowledgeable in public policy development and review. Mr. Davis was selected by the Seattle Chamber to participate in the Young American Leadership Program at Harvard Business School.

Chris Karnes Mr. Karnes is a Data Engineer with over 10 years of experience using data analysis and collaboration to optimize public policy. He currently services as the Chair of the Pierce Transit Community Transportation Advisory Group and has been a member since 2013. He has also served on Pierce Transit’s Pacific Avenue HCT Study Technical Advisory Commission; the City of Tacoma’s Sustainable Tacoma Commission; Pierce Transit’s System Redesign Advisory Group; and the City of Tacoma’s New Tacoma Neighborhood Council.

Philip B. Lovell, P.E. Mr. Lovell retired in 2004 as Vice President and Operations Manager of Turner Construction’s northwest region following a 37 year career with the company. His career in the industry involved a wide variety of projects and all phases of the design and building process. Mr. Lovell has been a manager and leader in all aspects of construction management and has been active with the Association of General Contractors and the UW Construction Industry Advisory Council. He has also been a member since its inception of the Project Review Committee under the Washington State Capital Projects Advisory Review Board (CPARB) and is an expert in the GC/CM delivery process. He is also a Registered Professional Engineer and member of ASCE. As a resident of Edmonds, he chaired the city’s Planning Board and remains an active member.

Don Monroe Mr. Monroe served as CEO of Pierce Transit from 1981 to 2006 and previously served as General Manager for the Broward County Mass Transit Division and ICG Railroad Commuter Rail Division. He would bring experience in all the areas sought by the Citizen Oversight Pane, including Business and Financial Management, Engineering, Public Facilities & Services, Large Projects Construction Management, Government Processes and Public Policy Development or Review. Mr. Monroe is currently retired and resides in University Place, Washington.

Mildred W. Ollée Dr. Ollée is a resident of Federal Way who served as President of Seattle Central Community College and Executive Dean/CEO of Cascade Campus in the Portland Community College District. She earned her doctorate in educational leadership from Seattle University and a master’s degree in education from Walla Walla College. Her background includes experience in business and financial management, government processes and public policy review.

James Peyton Dr. Peyton is a resident of Kent and an Economics and Statistics faculty member at Highline College. He has worked with the Soundside Alliance sub-regional economic development group. Dr. Peyton has participated in the stakeholders’ group for the Kent/Des Moines/Highline College station area. He has experience with budget and project management in the public sector and familiarity with issues around public services and government processes.

Faaluaina S. Pritchard Ms. Pritchard has worked 25 years as a community leader for Asia Pacific communities in Washington State. She is currently the Executive Director of Asia Pacific Cultural Center in Tacoma, Washington. She has managed large construction projects including a $150 million community development project which will be located in downtown Tacoma. Her community and professional affiliations include: Chair, Asian Pacific Islander Coalition of Pierce County; Board Trustee, Clover Park Technical College; Boardmember, State Refugee Advisory Council; Boardmember, Tacoma Urban League; Boardmember, Steering Committee for Church Development Committee Samoa Congregational Christian Church of Fort Lewis; Boardmember, National Committee of Finance for Samoa Congregational Churches; Advisory Boardmember, Goodwill Women2Work Project; and Advisory Boardmember, Pierce County Youth Homeless for Housing.

William (Bill) Roach Mr. Roach has practical experience in innovative transportation services and incentives through his management career at King County Metro. Mr. Roach began King County’s ridesharing program in 1974 and developed the first public vanpool program in 1979. In addition, Bill served 19 years on the Washington State Commute Trip Reduction Board and helped develop the Commute Trip Reduction Law.

Paul Thompson Mr. Thompson is an internationally recognized expert in management systems and engineering economics, specializing in transportation asset management (TAM). He has co-authored many of the fundamental manuals and guides used in TAM. Mr. Thompson has been the lead researcher on multi-year research projects and programs to develop engineering economic tools and risk management processes. He has served as a consultant to transportation agencies worldwide since 1980.

Harold R. Wirch Mr. Wirch, a resident of Brier, recently retired from 32 years at Snohomish County Public Works where he held a variety of engineering roles including traffic signal operations engineer, design engineer, and project engineer. During his 38-year career he also worked in Springfield, Oregon, and Pullman, Washington. The focus of his work was signal design, intersection design, and pedestrian facilities at roadway intersections. He has been involved with project identification, design, and review of access improvements to transit centers and park and ride lots. Mr. Wirch earned a BS in civil engineering from Washington State University.

Former Panel Members

Bruce Agnew, Edmonds, served 1997 – 1999
Anoop Batra, Federal Way, served 1997
Josh Benaloh, Redmond, served 2008 – 2016, served as chair 2014 – 2015
David Berger, Federal Way, served 2013 – 2017
Patsy Tsui Bonincontri, Bellevue, served 2004 – 2008
Diane Carlson, Tacoma, served 1997 – 1999
Arlington W. (Art) Carter Jr, Seattle, served 1997 – 2004, served as chair 2001 – 2003
Richard U. Chapin, Bellevue, served 2003 – 2011, served as chair 2007 – 2009
Darrell Chapman, Snohomish County, served 2002 – 2003
Marcus Courtney, Seattle, served 2003 – 2004
Allan B. Darr, Everett, served 1997 – 2001
Aubrey Davis, Mercer Island/Seattle, served 2004 – 2012
Bertha Eades, Redmond, served 1998 – 2007
Claudia B. Ellsworth, Tacoma, served 1999 – 2001
Chris Elwell, Burien, served 2007 – 2011
Michael Garrity, Tacoma, served 2013
Robin Gold, Seattle, served 2015 – 2017
Steven M. Goldblatt, Seattle, served 1997 – 2003, served as chair 1997 – 1999
Robert Miguel Goldstein, Seattle, served 2007 – 2015
Ramon J. Gould, Edmonds, served 2000 – 2004
Donald L. Green, Lakewood, served 2005 – 2008
Kevin J. Grossman, Shoreline, served 2004
Virginia Gunby, Seattle, served 1997 – 2004
Lynn A. Guttmann, Seattle, served 2006
Rea Hagan, Tacoma, served 2001 – 2005
John Harrison, Seattle, served 2015 – 2016
Frederick M. Hart, Seattle, served 1997 – 2003
Miriam Helgeland, Federal Way, served 2003 – 2011
Robert B. Hitchcock, Tacoma, served 2006 – 2009
Michael A. (Tony) Hudson, Tacoma, served 1998 – 2000
Mathew Jarvis, Federal Way, served 2013 – 2014
Bill LaBorde, Tacoma, served 2003 – 2008
Terry Lukens, Bellevue, served 1997 – 1999
Thomas M. Luthy, Bellevue, served 1997 – 2003
Kristi A. Mandt, Seattle, served 1997 – 2001
Paul W. Masten, Lynnwood, served 2004 – 2008
Karen J. Mask, Bellevue, served 2011 – 2012
Mary McCumber, Seattle, served 2004 – 2005
Karen Miller, Mountlake Terrace, served 2003 – 2011, served as chair 2005 – 2007
Michael W. Murphy, Seattle, served, 2008 – 2011
John Murtha, Seattle, served 2005
David Osaki, Federal Way, served 1997 – 2003
C.T. Purdom, Federal Way, served 2006
Andrew Reay-Ellers, Lake Forest Park, served 2007 – 2008
Katherine Rose, Tacoma, served 1997 – 1998
David A. Russell, Ph.D., Kirkland, served 2007 – 2015 (continued until 2016)
Donald L. Russell, Seattle, served 2003
Thomas R. Ryan, Puyallup, served 2005 – 2007
Stuart L. Scheuerman, Sumner, served 2008 - 2016, served as chair 2012 - 2013 (continued through 2017)
Bruce W. Seiber, University Place, served 2008 – 2015
Jessyn Schor, Seattle, served 2004 – 2005
Larry E. Shannon, Bellevue, served 1999 – 2007, served as chair 2003 – 2005
Reid Shockey, Everett, served 1997 – 2003, served as chair 1999 – 2001
Virendra (Vic) K. Sood, Mountlake Terrace, served 2012 – 2016
Al Stipe, Federal Way, served 1997 – 2005
Stephen C. Wamback, Tacoma, served 2001 – 2005
Stephanie Weber, Kirkland, served 1997 – 1998
JD Wessling, Seattle, served 2007 – 2013
Paul J. Wiesner, Seattle, served 2005 – 2013, served as chair 2009 – 2011
Michael Williams, Seattle, served 2015 – 2016
Phillip TK Yin, Seattle, served 2001 – 2003