Board of Directors

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.

Mailing Address:
SCRRA Board of Directors
P.O. Box 531776
Los Angeles, CA 90053-1776

Board Secretary:
Ph. (213) 452-0255
Fax (213) 452-0422
Email: holmank@scrra.net

 

SCRRA Board Roster
SCRRA Bylaws

 

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Shawn Nelson — Chair

Shawn Nelson, who currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors in Orange County, was first elected to the position in a special election on June 8, 2010. Finishing first in a field of six candidates, he took office on June 22, 2010. He won re-election during the November 2, 2010 general election to a full four-year term, receiving 63 % of the vote. He was re-elected to a second four-year term on June 3, 2014 with over 83% of votes cast.

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, 17, Shane, 15, and Amanda, 12.

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Daryl Busch — Vice-Chair

Daryl Busch, Mayor City of Perris, California
Re-Elected: November 2008, Term Expires: November 2016
(Previously appointed as Mayor November 1999-November 2008)

Council Committee Appointments:

 

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Keith Millhouse — 2nd Vice-Chair

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.

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Michael Antonovich

Los Angeles County Mayor Michael D. Antonovich represents Los Angeles County on the Metrolink Board of Directors. Antonovich has been a member of the Board of Supervisors since 1980 representing the Fifth District — over two thousand square miles in area, includes all or part of the San Gabriel, Pomona, San Fernando, Santa Clarita and Antelope Valleys. Including a prior term as chairman from December 1994 to July 1995, the Supervisor is the immediate past chairman of the Board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and a member of the board of the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

In 1969, he was elected to the Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees and was elected to serve in the California State Assembly in 1972.

Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush appointed Supervisor Antonovich to numerous presidential committees and commissions, including the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, the U.S.-Japan Advisory Committee, the Commission on Privatization, and the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations International Conference on Indo-Chinese Refugees.

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.

 

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Paul Eaton

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 eight great grandchildren.

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Don Knabe

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.

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 for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). Supervisor Knabe is a member of the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink), where he serves on the Executive Management and Audit Committee. He is also a member of the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority (ACTA).

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Paul Krekorian

Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, Paul Krekorian has spent more than a decade in public service. Since 2010, he has served on the Los Angeles City Council where his leadership as chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee helped guide the city through the Great Recession and toward greater economic promise. He also leads the San Fernando Valley Council of Governments, a coalition of leaders advocating for the Valley’s two million residents, and serves as a board member for the LA County Metropolitan Transit Authority.

Paul graduated from Reseda’s Cleveland High School before earning his B.A. in political science from the University of Southern California and a law degree from UC Berkeley. Upon graduating, he spent two decades practicing business, entertainment, and property litigation, while also devoting his time to reducing domestic and gang violence.

In 2006, after three years on the Burbank Board of Education, Paul won election to the California State Assembly, representing the 43rd District. In Sacramento, Paul worked to increase government accountability and transparency as co-chair of the Legislative Ethics Committee. He also worked on landmark legislation to improve the environment, and authored the state’s first successful film and television production tax incentive, which stemmed the tide of runaway production and secured thousands of California jobs.

Paul lives in the San Fernando Valley with his wife and three children.

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Larry McCallon

Larry McCallon was elected to the Highland City Council in November 2002 and served as Mayor from 2011 to 2013. He is a Past President of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) and represents the City of Highland and the City San Bernardino on its Regional Council. He is a City Member on San Bernardino County’s Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO). He is also Past President of the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG). He is Past Chair of the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink) Board where he represents SANBAG. He also represents SANBAG, as the Vice Chair, on the Mobile Source Reduction Review Committee at the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

He is a past President of the League of California Cities Inland Empire Division and has received its James Thalman Memorial Public Service Award. He is also Past President of the League’s Mayor and Council Members Department, serves on the League’s Admin Services Policy Committee, and is a graduate of the League’s Mayors and Council Members Leadership in Action Program. He has been awarded a Leadership Fellow Certificate of Achievement in the National League of Cities (NLC) Leadership program and is a graduate of the SCAG Regional Leadership Academy at USC. He received a Good Government Award from the Building Industry Association (BIA) of Southern California for his leadership, while SCAG President, in the noteworthy development of a Southern California Economic Recovery & Job Creation Strategy.

In 2005, the County Board of Supervisors appointed him to the San Bernardino County Indian Gaming Community Benefit Committee where he currently serves as the Chair. Prior to his position on the Council, McCallon was a City of Highland Planning Commissioner, a member of the City’s Community Trails Committee, and served two terms as President of the Highland Area Chamber of Commerce.

McCallon served in the United States Air Force for 21 years and was awarded the Bronze Star medal during the Vietnam War. McCallon is a retired local businessman with 18 years experience as President and CEO of McFAM Corporation dba McCLEANERS. Prior to retirement, he also directed multi-million dollar aerospace development and production programs at the Northrop Grumman Corporation. He received the Highland Area Chamber of Commerce’s Presidents Award in 1998, Business of the Year Award in 1999, and Member of the Year Award in 2000. He also received the 1999 Small Business Recognition Award from the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

In addition to his civic duties, McCallon is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Highland and a member of Immanuel Baptist Church’s Global Outreach activities both locally and around the world. From 2000 to 2006, he was on the Board of Directors of the Arrowhead United Way, and he served on their Planning and Allocation Committee.

McCallon received two Bachelor of Science degrees from The University of Michigan and a Master of Science degree from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He is a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, Michigan Gamma Chapter. He is married and has four children and eight grandchildren.

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Ara Najarian

Occupation
Attorney, private practice, Glendale 1988 to present

Councilman, City of Glendale
Terms of Office
2005-2009
2009-2013
2013-2017

City Agencies Headed
Past Mayor 2007-2008, 2010-2011
Past Chair, Glendale Housing Authority
Past Chair, Glendale Redevelopment Agency
Past Chair, Glendale Transportation and Parking Commission

Regional Board Positions
Past Chair San Fernando Valley Council of Governments 2011-2013
Member, Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors 2006- present
Past Chair, Metropolitan Transportation Authority 2009-2010
Member, Southern California Regional Rail Authority Board of Directors 2007 - 2012 / Reappointed 2013

Other Elected Positions
Member, Glendale Community College, Board of Trustees (2003-2005)

Contact
anajarian@glendaleca.gov

Education
Occidental College - Bachelor's Degree in Economics (1982)
University of Southern California, J.D. (1985)

Family
Two children/married

Community Activities
Member, Glendale Bar Association
Armenian Bar Association

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Karen Spiegel

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, and the Healthy Corona program.

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); District 63 Representative to SCAG; Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink) Board Member; an alternate to LOSSAN (Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo Rail Corridor); 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 led 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 master’s degree and was a Marriage Family Counselor (MFC) for over twenty-five years.

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