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Avila to Lead Omnitrans Board, Dutrey New Vice Chair

Omnitrans Board of Directors Chair Rudy Avila

Yucaipa Mayor Pro Tem David Avila (left) will become new chair of the Omnitrans Board of Directors in July 2019.  Montclair Mayor Javier “John” Dutrey was elected to fill the Vice Chair position. Both will serve a two-year term.

Avila succeeds outgoing Board Chair Ron Dailey, a Loma Linda Council Member. The 19-member Omnitrans Board consists of elected officials representing each of the 15 cities Omnitrans serves and four San Bernardino County Supervisors.

“Omnitrans plays vital role in our community, transporting thousands of people to work, school, shopping, medical appointments, recreation and safely back home again,” said Avila. “As Board chair, I want to ensure that we continue to meet customer needs while also being fiscally responsible.”

Avila joined the Omnitrans Board in January 2017 and has served on the Board’s Administrative & Finance and Executive Committees.  He also represents Yucaipa on the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) Board of Directors.

A 30-year resident of Yucaipa, Avila has served on the City Council since 2014. He had a 32-year career with Cal Fire (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection) before retiring as a battalion chief.  He received his Associate of Science degree from Crafton Hills College and his BA from California State University, Fullerton.

Omnitrans Board of Directors Vice Chair Javier “John” Dutrey

Dutrey (left) was appointed to the Omnitrans Board in 2017 after serving as an Alternate since 2003.  He joined the Montclair City Council in 1996 was and elected Mayor in 2018.

“I look forward to helping set the course for Omnitrans to adapt to our evolving multi-modal transportation landscape,” said Dutrey.  “An effective, integrated transportation network is critical for our growing region.”

Dutrey also represents Montclair on the SBCTA Board and serves on the Tri-City Gold Line Joint Powers Authority Committee.  He holds a BA in Political Science and a Master’s in public administration, both from California State University, San Bernardino. He is employed with the City of Rialto, serving as a Project Manager in the Development Services Department.

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Employee of the Quarter Jannet Villaseñor

The daughter of a mechanic, naturally Parts Clerk Jannet Villaseñor grew up in the shop with all things automotive inculcated in her mind since she was 10 years old. So, when Jannet arrived at the Omnitrans West Valley facility parts warehouse only eight months ago, she was ready to take on the challenge of tidying up a place in dire need of reorganization.

“I revised and updated all these catalogs,” Jannet says, proudly pointing at the shelves displaying neatly stacked, color-coded binders with inventory of the agency’s mechanical parts. “If I am not organized, I am not able to work to my fullest potential. I had to make things better for us, to better help everyone in the mechanic shop.”

Jannet performed a thorough deep clean of the tool room, going well above and beyond her job duties to scrub and mop the floors herself. She spearheaded a team effort, employing the knowledge and experience of other clerks, to label, categorize, and rearrange the warehouse to positively impact the efficacy of the parts department.

“We had a gallon-sized bag of O-rings of all types, which is essentially four drawers’ worth of O-rings,” Jannet explains as she displays four methodically organized drawers filled with the gaskets (pictured above). She has taken brown paper bags, cut the top halves off, and placed them in the compartments of each drawer. Each compartment is well-stocked with O-rings sorted by size for quick identification.

“I found these paper bags in a cupboard, so I was able to put them to good use,” she shares. It’s this resourcefulness and willingness to take initiative that has garnered Jannet the Employee of the Quarter award, presented to her at the Omnitrans Board of Directors meeting this month.

Additionally, Jannet has separated and categorized extra parts from rebuild kits so that they could be repurposed and used in other repairs, helping to reduce the cost of buying parts that may already be in our arsenal of tools.

“Before, we had to dig through bags to find a part. If you couldn’t find it in the pile, you had to order it, which created an issue because then we were down buses needed to transport our passengers,” Jannet says of the trickle-down effects of a disorganized warehouse. “Now, things are easier to locate and keep inventory of.”

Board of Directors Chairman Ron Dailey, Materials Manager Rick Barone, Parts Clerk Jannet Villaseñor, her father and Equipment Mechanic Sergio Villaseñor, and CEO/General Manager Scott Graham at the May 1, 2019 Board meeting where Jannet was recognized as Employee of the Quarter for January-March 2019.

“Because of Jannet’s ingenuity, the efficiency of the Procurement-Parts Department has increased, allowing our mechanics to return buses to service quickly and avoiding dropped service. Jannet’s actions are an excellent example of outstanding customer service, communication, and leadership skills,” says Materials Manager Rick Barone.

Jannet has been building those skills since she was 18, when she began her career working for AutoZone. After five years, she became an assistant manager at O’Reilly Auto Parts. Her retail experience has helped shape her as a leader and given her invaluable customer service skills, which she utilizes daily as a parts clerk.

“This morning, a mechanic walked to the counter asking for a part that he needed, and I automatically replied ‘Sure, what type of car are you working on?’ she laughs. “It’s hard to shake off the retail voice sometimes.”

“I would like to thank my peers, Victor, Ray, and Alan, for being open to my suggestions, everyone at the East Valley facility for training me, and my dad for shaping my automotive mind,” says Jannet. “It’s a nice feeling to be able to contribute to the efficiency of our department, but it has not been without the help of a team.”

Dailey New Chair of Omnitrans Board, Gilbreath Vice Chair

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.

New Omnitrans Board Chair and Vice Chair

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.”

– Wendy Williams, Omnitrans Director of Marketing
   wendy.williams@omnitrans.org

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