New Omnitrans Board Chair Ron Dailey.
(San Bernardino, CA) Loma Linda Council Member Ron Dailey takes the helm of the Omnitrans Board of Directors on July 1, 2017. Redlands Council Member Pat Gilbreath was elected Vice Chair at the June 7 Board meeting. Both will serve a two-year term.
Dailey succeeds outgoing Board Chair Sam Spagnolo, Mayor Pro Tem of Council Member of Rancho Cucamonga. The 20-member Omnitrans Board consists of the five County Board of Supervisors and elected officials representing each of the 15 cities Omnitrans serves.
“Omnitrans plays an influential role in our community” said Dailey, “Everyday, we safely transport thousands of people to work, school, shopping, medical appointments, recreation and back home again. By adding express service and improving regional connections, we are working to make public transit a more attractive transportation option for all.”
Dailey joined the Omnitrans Board in 2010, and served on the Board’s Administrative & Finance Committee in 2010 and 2011 and the Plans & Programs Committee from 2011 to present. He was first elected to the Loma Linda City Council in 2010. Dailey is Dean of the School of Dentistry at Loma Linda University, where he has worked since 1975.
Gilbreath was on the Board from 2000 to 2007 and again from 2014 to present, and served as Board Chair from 2005 to 2007. Gilbreath also has a seat on the Board’s Administrative & Finance Committee. She was first elected to the Redlands City Council in 1993 and is a businesswoman with over 30-years as a certified public accountant.
Board Chair Alan Wapner
Ontario Councilmember Alan Wapner takes the helm of the Omnitrans Board of Directors effective July 1, 2013. Rancho Cucamonga Mayor Pro Tem Sam Spagnolo was elected to Vice Chair at the June 5 Board meeting. Both will serve a two-year term.
Wapner succeeds Board Chair Dick Riddell, a Yucaipa Councilmember. The 20-member Omnitrans Board consists of the County Board of Supervisors and elected officials representing the 15 cities Omnitrans serves.
Wapner has served as an Omnitrans Board Member or Alternate since May 2000. He was appointed Chair of the Administrative and Finance Committee in July 2010. Wapner has been on the Ontario City Council for over 18 years. He is known in the region as an expert on transportation planning and has served on the League of California Cities and the National League of Cities, San Bernardino Associated Governments and numerous other regional boards. He is currently Ontario International Airport Authority President.
Vice Chair Sam Spagnolo
Spagnolo was appointed to Board of Directors in February 2011 and served on the Plans & Programs Committee. First elected to the Rancho Cucamonga City Council in 2004, he also serves on the League of California Cities Employee Relations Policy Committee, as Chair of the Inland Empire Task Force, and Vice-Chair of the Foothill Freeway Corridor Design Authority.
“I look forward to guiding the Board as we strive to ensure that Omnitrans continues to operate effectively and efficiently within a financially constrained environment.” said Wapner. “The people of the San Bernardino Valley desire and deserve a quality public transportation network, including new service like the sbX line, to improve regional mobility.”
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