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.
Become a Board Member
This year, there will be an election for Board of Directors with ten total positions available:
- Chair of the Board
- Four (4) Vice-Chair positions
- Three (3) Director positions
You can get more information on these positions and self-nominate by clicking here.
Members of Rail Passengers Association's Board of Directors
(Revised to 06/29/20)
Peter J. LeCody (TX), Chairman - Term To Spring 2022
Ken Briers (DC), Vice Chair - Term To Spring 2022 - Southern & Southeast Division Board Liaison - Fundraising Liaison
George Chilson (CA), Vice Chair - Term To Spring 2022 - Stragegic Planning Collaborator
Thomas Girsch (MA), Vice Chair - Term To Spring 2022 - Special Projects Committee Chair, IT
David Randall (IL), Vice Chair - Term To Spring 2022 - Midwest - Grerat Lakes East & South Central Division Liaison - Council Committee Liaison
William C. Dunn (VA), Secretary - Term To Spring 2022
Kenneth T. Clifford (OH), Treasurer - Term To Spring 2022
Lynn Aldrich (NM), Director - Term to Spring 2023
Richard Bruss (PA), Director - Term To Spring 2022 - Mid-Atlantic Division Liaison
Michael Christensen (UT), Director - Term To Spring 2022 - Mountains & Plains; Northwest & Southwest Division Liaison
Andrew Lodriguss (LA) - Director - Term To Spring 2021 - Grassroots Involvement Liaison
Matthew Melzer (MN) - Director - Term To Spring 2021 - Midwest - Great Lakes West Division Leader & Board Liaison
Meredith Richards (VA) - Director - Term To Spring 2023
Philip Streby (IN) - Director - Term To Spring 2023 - State & Regional Advocacy Association Outreach
Richard Vavra-Musser - Director - Term To Spring 2021
Robert E. Stewart (TN) - Immediate Past Chair - Director's Circle Liaison
"The National Association of Railroad Passengers has done yeoman work over the years and in fact if it weren’t for NARP, I'd be surprised if Amtrak were still in possession of as a large a network as they have. So they've done good work, they're very good on the factual case."
Robert Gallamore, Director of Transportation Center at Northwestern University and former Federal Railroad Administration official, Director of Transportation Center at Northwestern University
November 17, 2005, on The Leonard Lopate Show (with guest host Chris Bannon), WNYC New York.