Board of Directors
General members who are qualified may also opt to run for election to the positions of Officers or Directors of the Association. Officer and Director positions are elected by the Council of Representatives at the annual spring meeting, per the by-laws. The Board normally meets in-person during the Spring and Fall meetings and via electronic methods/teleconference once during other months. The in-person meetings are open to the general members. As the teleconferences have a strictly limited time period, non-Board members are allowed to participate only if invited. The Board may have up to 15 elected positions, of which seven are the Officers: the Chair, four Vice Chairs, Secretary, and Treasurer; and eight are Directors. The Immediate Past Chair and Treasuer serve as ex-officio, non-voting, members of the Board for the two years following their active, elected, service.
A directory of Board & Council Representatives with contact information is available to Rail Passenger Association members (login required).
The minutes from Board of Directors meetings are also available to Rail Passengers Association members (login required).
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Members of Rail Passengers Association's Board of Directors
(Page Revised on 4/6/22)
Meredith Richards (VA), Chair - Term To Spring 2024
Bruce Ashton (TX), Vice Chair - Term To Spring 2024
Harvey Bowen (WA), Vice Chair - Term To Spring 2024 - Bylaws Committee Chair
Thomas Girsch (MA), Vice Chair - Term To Spring 2024
Ken Joseph (PA), Vice Chair - Term To Spring 2024
William C. Dunn (VA), Secretary - Term To Spring 2024
Kenneth T. Clifford (OH), Treasurer - Term To Spring 2024
Lynn Aldrich (NM), Director - Term to Spring 2023
Dan Bilka (CO), Director - Term To Spring 2024
Richard Bruss (PA), Director - Term To Spring 2025 - Mid-Atlantic Division Liaison
Michael Christensen (UT), Director - Term To Spring 2025 - Mountains & Plains; Northwest & Southwest Division Liaison; Membership Subcommittee Co-Chair
Andrew Lodriguss (LA), Director - Term To Spring 2024 - Grassroots Involvement Liaison
Philip Streby (IN), Director - Term To Spring 2023 - State & Regional Advocacy Association Outreach
Kim Williams (DC), Director - Term To Spring 2024
ONE VACANT DIRECTOR SEAT
Ken Briers (DC) - Immediate Past Chair
"I wish to extend my appreciation to members of the Rail Passengers Association for their steadfast advocacy to protect not only the Southwest Chief, but all rail transportation which plays such an important role in our economy and local communities. I look forward to continuing this close partnership, both with America’s rail passengers and our bipartisan group of senators, to ensure a bright future for the Southwest Chief route."
Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS)
April 2, 2019, on receiving the Association's Golden Spike Award for his work to protect the Southwest Chief