At Metrolink we are committed to our goal of helping Southern California relieve congestion on overly crowded freeways, and helping residents throughout our six-county region find an easier way to commute. Take a moment to meet our distinguished Board of Directors who proudly serve to keep Metrolink operating at peak performance.
For questions or information regarding the Board of Directors or Board/Committee meetings, please contact the Board Secretary.
SCRRA Board of Directors
P.O. Box 531776
Los Angeles, CA 90053-1776
Ph. (213) 452-0255
Fax (213) 452-0422
Patrick Morris (Chair)
Mayor Patrick J. Morris is a graduate of the University of Redlands, cum laude, and Stanford University School of Law. After nearly 40 years as a practicing lawyer and judge, Judge Morris retired as a judge and ran for Mayor in the City of San Bernardino to bring strong, ethical, and visionary leadership to his hometown. Mayor Morris was first elected into office in November 2005 and was re-elected in November 2009.
Since taking office, Mayor Morris has fought tirelessly to improve the lives of the residents of the City of San Bernardino. He has worked with the county, schools, state, and private sector to create Operation Phoenix, one of the most comprehensive anti-crime collaborations in existence. He was recently invited to the White House to discuss Operation Phoenix as a model for the rest of the country to follow.
His leadership also extends into the world of transportation. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Omnitrans, SANBAG, Metrolink and the San Bernardino International Airport Authority. Under his leadership, the City of San Bernardino is preparing for the construction of the first Bus Rapid Transit Project east of Los Angeles, known as sbX. He has also been instrumental in the development of a light rail system connecting multiple cities in the Eastern Valley of San Bernardino County and the development of a multi modal transit center in downtown San Bernardino with connections to light rail, commuter rail, bus rapid transit and local bus service.
Mayor Morris has been married to his wife Sally for 50 years, and their two children and four grandchildren all live, work, and attend school in the City of San Bernardino.
Michael Hennessey (Vice-Chair)
Michael Hennessey serves as a public member on the Orange County Transportation Authority Board of Directors. He was appointed to the Board in 2011. Michael began his service on the Metrolink Board of Directors as an alternate in January 2012. Currently, Michael serves as a member of the Metrolink Board of Directors.
Michael has more than 20 years of experience in the Southern California real estate industry, working in housing and development for redevelopment agencies as well as commercial and residential development companies. He is currently the principal of Hennessey Group, a real estate development and consulting firm. His extensive real estate experience includes the areas of development, real property acquisition, eminent domain, relocation, community outreach, and an intimate understanding of redevelopment law and process.
Michael holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He has taught real estate and real estate appraisal at Rancho Santiago College and Fullerton College.
Daryl Busch (2nd Vice-Chair)
Daryl Busch, Mayor City of Perris, California
Re-Elected: November 2008, Term Expires: November 2012
(Previously appointed as Mayor November 1999-November 2008)
Council Committee Appointments:
• March Joint Powers Authority
• Riverside County Transportation Commission
• TUMF Zone Committee
• Rotary Club
MTA Chairman and Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich represents Los Angeles County on the SCRRA Board of Directors. Antonovich also serves on the SCRRA Operational Oversight committee.
Elected to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in 1980, Supervisor Antonovich has served on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors, including a prior term as chairman from December 1994 to July 1995. Antonovich also is a current board member for the South Coast Air Quality Management District. A former member of the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission, he also served on the County Supervisors Association of California and was appointed to the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations International Conference.
A former educator and retired South Pasadena Police Department Reserve officer, Supervisor Antonovich is a Los Angeles County native and resides in Glendale with his wife Christine and his children Michael Jr. and Mary Christine.
One of two representatives of the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG), Mayor Paul Eaton also serves Southern California Regional Rail Authority’s Safety and Operations Committee.
A member of the Board of Directors for Omnitrans, Eaton is the Vice Chairman of SANBAG’s Commuter Rail Committee and is an Ex-Officio Member representing SANBAG on the Alameda Corridor—East Construction Authority.
Actively involved in Montclair City Government since 1970, Mayor Eaton was appointed in 1974 to the Planning Commission and remained a member for 14 consecutive years. He was elected to the City Council in 1988 and has served as Mayor since 1995. He has been an SCRRA board member since 2001.
The Mayor retired professionally in November 1997 and has lived with his wife, Ginger in Montclair since 1965. They have four children, nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Richard Katz is the owner of a successful public policy and government relations firm based in Los Angeles, Richard Katz Consulting (RKC),Inc. RKC offers a wide variety of services, including strategic advice, message development, negotiations/mediation and government relations strategies. RKC brings a vast knowledge of all levels of government and can guide clients through the maze of both bureaucratic and regulatory concerns. In addition, they can develop, direct and implement a communications strategy to specific stakeholders. Targeting interest groups and helping clients gain entry into organizations, stakeholders and corporations through their vast contacts and decades of relationships is their specialty.
Richard Katz was California’s lead negotiator for the landmark Colorado River Agreement between the State of California, the Federal Government, four California Water Agencies, and the six Colorado River Basin States, furthering his expertise as a negotiator on issues of statewide significance. Katz had already played a pivotal role in renegotiating $30 Billion worth of California’s Energy contracts and developing California’s Transportation Blueprint for the 21st Century, which the voters approved as Proposition 111 in 1990.
Shortly after his election in June of 2005, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa appointed Katz to serve with him on the Governing Board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. After the Metrolink accident in 2008, the Mayor appointed Katz to the Metrolink Board, where he now serves as Chair
In Jan. of 2003, Governor Davis appointed Katz his Senior Advisor on Energy and Water issues. In 2001 Katz was appointed to the State Water Resources Control Board, confirmed by the Senate and served for six years, occupying the water quality seat.
Katz was first elected to the California State Assembly in 1980 and served continuously for 16 years. As Democratic Leader in 1995, Katz led the Party back to majority status by winning 43 seats in the 1996 elections. California’s term limits law prohibited Katz from seeking re-election.
For 10 years, Katz served as Chair of the powerful Assembly Transportation Committee. Katz authored Proposition 111, a 10 year Transportation Blueprint passed by the voters. He created the Congestion Management Plan, requiring cities and counties to measure and mitigate impacts of land use decisions on their streets, highways and transit systems. Katz also spearheaded numerous investigations of governmental waste.
In addition to serving as Chair of the Transportation Committee, Katz worked in policy areas including education, environment, criminal justice and consumer issues. Some of his accomplishments include laws he wrote dealing with prison reform, groundwater protection, computer education, a $100 million school bus replacement program, Mono Lake restoration and landmark water market legislation.
Katz was Chair of Angelenos for Better Classrooms, which led the successful 1997 campaign to pass a $2.4 billion L.A. school bond. Katz currently serves on the Management Committee and Board of the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley and the Boards of: Heal the Bay, Valley Presbyterian Hospital, The Children’s Community School, Project Grad and the West Coast Sports Medicine Foundation.
A native of Los Angeles, Katz lives in Sherman Oaks with Wendy Mitchell, their 4 year old son Mitchell Robert and their two dogs.
Don Knabe, member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors since 1996, serves on the SCRRA’s Board of Directors since March of 2001.
Supervisor Knabe is a leader in regional transportation currently serving as a Director and immediate past Chairman on the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). Supervisor Knabe is a member of the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink), where he serves on the Legislative & Communications Committee as well as the Safety & Operations Committee. He is also a member of the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority (ACTA).
Knabe served two terms as Mayor of Cerritos and was instrumental in the development and implementation of the city’s General Plan during a time of economic expansion.
Keith Millhouse is the former Chairman of the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink) Board of Directors, operator of Southern California’s regional commuter rail service. Mr. Millhouse is a councilmember for the city of Moorpark, where he was first elected in 2000. Mr. Millhouse is also the past-Chair of the Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) and is a member of the Southern California Association of Governments’ (SCAG) Transportation Committee, in addition to other public posts. A graduate of Pepperdine University and Pepperdine School of Law, he practices law in Westlake Village specializing in environmental litigation.
Supervisor Shawn Nelson was first elected to the Board of Supervisors in a special election to fill a vacancy on June 8, 2010. Finishing first in a field of six candidates, he took office on June 22, 2010. Before that term ended on January 3, 2011, he won re-election during the November 2 general election to a full four-year term, receiving 63% of the vote. His current term expires on January 5, 2015.
Prior to serving on the Board, Supervisor Shawn Nelson was elected to the Fullerton City Council in November 2002 to fill the remaining two years of an unexpired term, and was re-elected to full four-year terms in November 2004 and 2008. He served as Mayor in 2004-05 and 2006-07 and as Mayor Pro Tem in 2003-04. A native Californian, Supervisor Nelson was born in Lynwood and raised in Fullerton. The Sunny Hills High School graduate holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from USC, and a Juris Doctorate from Western State University College of Law. He has also studied economics at Harvard University.
An attorney by profession, Supervisor Nelson was the managing partner in the Santa Ana law firm of Rizio and Nelson. Shawn is a civil litigator and represents small business owners and individuals in a variety of legal matters. He also sits as an arbitrator for the Orange County Bar Association. Supervisor Nelson served six years as the City’s representative to the Board of Directors of the Orange County Water District. Supervisor Nelson has served on the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) Board since June 2010 and currently serves as Vice-Chair. Supervisor Nelson is also a member of the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA) Board of Directors.
Active in the community, Supervisor Nelson is a member of the Fullerton Elks Lodge, and the Orange County Bar Association. He is actively involved as a member of Zion Lutheran Church, is a sponsor and "Soccer Dad" for the Fullerton Rangers youth soccer club, head coach and a parent sponsor for Fullerton Pop Warner Football's Junior Midget Level Team, and head basketball coach for Fullerton NJB Division 1 boys. Supervisor Nelson was named the "Local Elected Official for 2009" by the Orange County Republican Party. Supervisor Nelson and his wife, Sharon, have three children: Kathryn, 15, Shane, 14, and Amanda, 11.
Karen Spiegel was elected to her first term on the Corona City Council in 2002 and reelected in 2006 and 2010. She served as Mayor in 2006 and again in 2010 and was elected as Mayor Pro Tem on December 4, 2012. Prior to her election to the City Council, she served as elected City Treasurer from 1996-2002. Mrs. Spiegel currently serves on the Public Services Committee and is also the founder of the Women’s Leadership Program, a partnership with the City of Corona and the Greater Corona Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Mrs. Spiegel represents Corona on the Regional level in many organizations including: Chair of Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC); Chair of the High Speed Rail & Transit Committee of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG); Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink) Board Member; SR-91 Advisory Committee; WTS Advancing Women in Transportation; American Public Transportation Association; the Riverside Orange County Authority (ROCA); Vice Chair of the Four Corners Transportation Coalition; Vice Chair of the Riverside Division of the League of California Cities and the Administrative Committee of the California League of Cities. She also served ten years on the Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) including two years as Chair; Transportation NOW Committee; and the Western Riverside County of Governments (WRCOG). She currently serves as Supervisor Tavaglione’s alternate to the Western Riverside County Regional Conservation Authority.
A Corona resident for over twenty-seven years, Mrs. Spiegel is an active member of the community and the owner of a local e-commerce/publishing company. Her “roll-up your sleeves” attitude has lead her to immerse herself in many civic, business and community activities, including the Greater Corona Valley Chamber of Commerce, Soroptimist International, PTA, Alternatives to Domestic Violence (ADV), Trauma Intervention Program (TIP), UNITY Board, Corona Fire Safety Foundation Board, SACK Foundation, Congregation Beth Shalom, and the Woman's Improvement Club.
Mrs. Spiegel has been honored for her community service with numerous awards and recognitions over the years including: California Jaycees Senator Award (2012); the Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen of the Year (2011); CBS Legacy Award (2011); TIP-15 Years of Caring (2011); NAWBO Community Bridge Builder (2010); Woman of the Year 2009 by Senator John Benoit; JDRF Living & Giving Award (2009); WIC Jenny Award (2009); YMCA Distinguished Service Award (2008); YWCA Women of Achievement (2007); CNIA Community Volunteer of the Year (2006); LDS Family Values Award (2005); ADV Founder’s Award (2005); GlobalNet Leadership Award (1999); Corona Citizen of the Year (1995); and Soroptimist Woman of Distinction Award (1994).
Mrs. Spiegel, and her husband Bobby, have five children and one grandchild. She graduated from the California State University in Long Beach and did her graduate studies at Pepperdine University, receiving a Masters Degree and was a Marriage Family Counselor (MFC) for over twenty-five years.
Since he was overwhelmingly elected in November 2008 to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Mark Ridley-Thomas has distinguished himself as an aggressive advocate for the Second District’s nearly 2 million residents.
He has promoted the district’s interest on a variety of fronts, including transportation, job creation and retention and local hiring. In the area of health policy, Supervisor Ridley-Thomas has worked to jump start the opening of the new Martin Luther King, Jr. hospital; he has facilitated the use of technology and encouraged an integrated approach to wellness that includes mental health care and a prominent role for school-based clinics. His advocacy has helped secure an equitable share of funding for public-private partnership health clinics in underserved areas.
Prior to his election to the Board, Supervisor Ridley-Thomas served the 26th District in the California State Senate where he chaired the Senate’s Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development. He served as Chair of the California Legislative Black Caucus in 2008 and led the Caucus in unprecedented levels of cooperation and collaboration with counterparts in the Latino, and Asian-Pacific Islander Legislative Caucuses.
Mark Ridley-Thomas was first elected to public office in 1991 and served with distinction on the Los Angeles City Council for nearly a dozen years and departed as Council President pro Tempore. He later served two terms in the California State Assembly, where he chaired the Assembly Democratic Caucus. His legislative work addressed a broad range of issues with implications for economic and workforce development, health care, public safety, education, budget accountability, consumer protection and civic participation.
He is widely regarded as the foremost advocate of neighborhood participation in government decision-making. By virtue of his founding of the Empowerment Congress, arguably the region’s most successful twenty year experiment in neighborhood-based civic engagement, he is considered the founder of the Neighborhood Council movement.
Ridley-Thomas’ political career was preceded by a decade of service as executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Los Angeles, which followed a brief but successful five-year stint as a high school teacher.
The Supervisor is a graduate of Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles and earned a baccalaureate degree in Social Relations (minor in Government) and a master’s degree in Religious Studies (concentration in Christian ethics) from Immaculate Heart College. Mr. Ridley-Thomas went on to receive his Ph.D. in Social Ethics from the University of Southern California focusing on Social Criticism and Social Change.
He is married to Avis Ridley-Thomas, Co-Founder and Director of the Center for Non-Violence in Los Angeles. They are the proud parents of Morehouse College graduates Sebastian and Sinclair.