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.
SCRRA Board of Directors
P.O. Box 531776
Los Angeles, CA 90053-1776
Andrew Kotyuk — Chair
A three term City Councilman and prior Mayor for the City of San Jacinto, Andrew is a U.S. Navy Veteran honorably discharged with a Captain’s Excellence Award. As an elected official, his focus is on positive community leadership that influences regional and national issues. Andrew’s positions of leadership promote highway and rail transportation, environmental preservation, water, agriculture, arts and culture, and Native American and Veteran Affairs.
Passionate about the importance of Southern California’s multi-modal transportation he has found ways to influence, and support efforts to improve and expand this vital infrastructure. This includes advocating for commuter rail and transportation in Riverside County. Kotyuk has served as a Director on Riverside County Transportation Commission, and Riverside Transit Agency.
Andrew is a partner and Chief Executive Officer of Alpha Wealth Management and So Cal Propane LLC. He holds a CIMA Designation through Wharton and a Bachelors in Finance through Cal State University San Bernardino. Kotyuk’s pride is his wife, Amanda, two daughters and son.
Brian Humphrey — Vice-Chair
A lifelong California resident, Brian Humphrey is proudly entering his third decade of service on the Metrolink Board of Directors.
A public appointee and former Chairman of the Ventura County Transportation Commission, he is familiar to many Southern Californian's through his full-time work as a Command Staff Firefighter and spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Active in civic affairs, Brian served on the Simi Valley Neighborhood Council, where his passion for multi-modal transportation safety earned him appointment to concurrently represent the cities of Camarillo, Fillmore, Moorpark, Ojai, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Santa Paula, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and Ventura as the citizen member of the Ventura County Transportation Commission; as well as the County of Ventura's Local Transportation Authority, Airport Land Use Commission, Service Authority for Freeway Emergencies, Consolidated Transportation Service Agency, and Congestion Management Agency.
Brian remains active in a broad variety of government, educational and diplomatic affairs, including service as an LAFD Terrorism Liaison Officer and public safety ambassador for visiting dignitaries. Traveling extensively across North America, he remains a widely regarded subject matter expert on emerging technologies for public safety and homeland security.
In any given month, Brian can be found offering formal testimony and training to state and federal officials, executive panels and commissions regarding crisis management and high risk communication - all as he says... "to help people lead safer, healthier and more productive lives".
Ara Najarian — 2nd Vice-Chair
Attorney, private practice, Glendale 1988 to present
Councilman, City of Glendale
Terms of Office
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)
Occidental College - Bachelor's Degree in Economics (1982)
University of Southern California, J.D. (1985)
Member, Glendale Bar Association
Armenian Bar Association
Supervisor Kathryn Barger was elected to represent the more than 2 million people of Los Angeles County’s Fifth District and currently sits on the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Board of Directors. She was appointed to the Southern California Regional Rail Authority’s Board of Directors in 2016 by the Chair of the Metro Board.
Kathryn is a lifelong resident of the Fifth District who began her career in public service as a student intern in the office of Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich while earning her BA in Communications from Ohio Wesleyan University. She rose to become his Chief Deputy Supervisor in 2001, where she served until her election to the Board.
During the course of her county career as chief policy advisor on Health, Mental Health, Social Service and Children’s issues, Kathryn provided leadership to deliver efficient and effective services and programs that have significantly improved the quality of life for foster children, seniors, veterans, the disabled and the mentally ill.
Committed to keeping our neighborhoods and communities safe, she has worked with state and federal leaders along with our County District Attorney’s office, Sheriff, and other law enforcement agencies to implement tough laws and vital public safety initiatives.
One of two representatives of the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA), 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 SBCTA's Commuter Rail Committee and is an Ex-Officio Member representing SBCTA 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.
Deborah "Debbie" Franklin
Banning resident 30 years; born and raised in San Bernardino, CA
Married to Roy Franklin, Retired Fire Captain, Banning Fire Dept
Two daughters:Dorothy, USAF Academy grad, Math BS, MBAMary, Grambling grad, BS and MS in Accounting
Education:BA University of Redlands
Senior Claim Law Associate Certification
Work Experience:Allstate Insurance Claims mgmt — retired after 28 years
Specialized in property and casualty claims management
Executive Director — Banning Partners for a Revitalized Community
Community Service:Banning Mayor 2013-2015
Banning City Council Mayor Pro Tem 2007,08,12Banning Police Activities League board member (BPAL)*Kiwanis member and Key Club advisor for Banning High School*San Gorgonio Childcare Center past board chairperson and memberUnited Way Board Member, Campaign, and Review TeamBanning Chamber of Commerce associate*Community Action Partnership of Riverside County Commissioner 16 yearsSunday School teacher and Children’s Church director*Volunteer Notary Public at Banning Senior Center*Pass Area Supporting Soldiers Board chairperson*Carol’s Kitchen – past board member & volunteer – 5 yearsPast member of Parks & Recreation Committee – 2 yearsPast Chair of Planning Commission – 2 yearsBoard member of WRCOG, SCAG committee as Council representativeBanning City Council member since 2006Chairperson of the San Gorgonio Pass Regional Water Alliance*Riverside County Transportation CommissionerSouthern California Regional Rail Authority Alternate Commissioner
Recent Achievements:Committee member of Banning’s Disaster Survival
Expos - 9 years*Coordinator Banning’s Holiday Wish Program – 12 years*Co-hosted Banning Homebuyer Fairs - 2 yearsParticipated in Banning’s General Plan Committee 2005 & 2006Riverside County Commission on Women 5th District Woman of the year for 2007Appointed by Supervisor Ashley to Riverside’s Children and Families Advisory Committee 2009 to present*Black Voice Community Builder 2010Champion for Justice Awardee 2014NAACP Friend of Labor Coalition Award 2014* Current Position
Goals:To give back to the community in a meaningful and effective mannerTo help Banning become a thriving city with a healthy family atmosphere
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.
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 County Transportation Authority (SBCTA). He is Past Chair of the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink) Board where he represents SBCTA. He also represents SBCTA, 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.
Shawn Nelson was first elected to the Board of Supervisors 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 2nd 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 of Supervisors, Supervisor Shawn Nelson was elected to the Fullerton City Council in November 2002, and was re-elected 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. He was a civil litigator and represented 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 eight years as the City’s representative to the Board of Directors of the Orange County Water District.
Supervisor Nelson was honored to serve as Chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors in 2013 and 2014 as well as Chairman of the Orange County Transportation Authority in 2014. In addition to continuing to serve on the Board of Supervisors and OCTA, in 2015-16 Supervisor Nelson was the Chairman of the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink) and is currently a member of the Orange County Housing Authority Board of Commissioners, South Coast Air Quality Management District and Southern California Association of Governments.
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 and has spent many years involved in youth sports in Fullerton. 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, Shane, and Amanda.
Board of Supervisors Appointments 2017
Each January, the Orange County Board of Supervisors appoints its members and staff to various local and regional agencies for the remainder of the year, in addition to their regular duties at the County of Orange. These agencies oversee concerns such as transportation, housing and parks, among others.
- Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink)
- Orange County Housing Authority Board of Commissioners
- Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA)
- South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD)
- Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG)
- Transportation Corridor Agency – Foothill/Eastern
In addition, Supervisor Nelson serves as an alternate for the:
- California State Association of Counties
- OC Operational Area Executive Board
- Urban County Caucus
Supervisor Hilda L. Solis was sworn in as Los Angeles County Supervisor for the First District of Los Angeles County on December 1, 2014.
Prior to becoming Supervisor she served as Secretary of Labor. Supervisor Solis was confirmed on February 24, 2009, becoming the first Latina to serve in the United States Cabinet. Before that, Supervisor Solis represented the 32nd Congressional District in California, a position she held from 2001 to 2009.
In the Congress, Supervisor Solis’ priorities included expanding access to affordable health care, protecting the environment, and improving the lives of working families. A recognized leader on clean energy jobs, she authored the Green Jobs Act which provided funding for “green” collar job training for veterans, displaced workers, at risk youth, and individuals in families under 200 percent of the federal poverty line.
In 2007, Supervisor Solis was appointed to the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (the Helsinki Commission), as well as the Mexico — United States Interparliamentary Group. In June 2007, Solis was elected Vice Chair of the Helsinki Commission’s General Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions. She was the only U.S. elected official to serve on this Committee.
A nationally recognized leader on the environment, Supervisor Solis became the first woman to receive the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award in 2000 for her pioneering work on environmental justice issues. Her California environmental justice legislation, enacted in 1999, was the first of its kind in the nation to become law.
Supervisor Solis graduated from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and earned a Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California. A former federal employee, she worked in the Carter White House Office of Hispanic Affairs and was later appointed as a management analyst with the Office of Management and Budget in the Civil Rights Division.
Gregory T. Winterbottom
Director Gregory T. Winterbottom has served as a Public Member on the Orange County Transportation Authority Board of Directors since 1993. Director Winterbottom brings to the OCTA Board a career of more than 37 years of involvement in transportation issues.
As a member of the OCTA Board of Directors, Winterbottom served as Chairman in 2004 and again in 2013. Winterbottom currently serves on the OCTA's Transit Committee, Legislative and Communications Committee and the Security Working Group.
He represents the OCTA on the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA), a joint powers authority that comprises five county agencies tasked with reducing highway congestion and improving mobility throughout Southern California, and the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC), a multi-county agency that reviews proposals for and funds projects that reduce air pollution from motor vehicles within the South Coast Air District.
Director Winterbottom previously served as the executive director to the Orange County Consolidated Transportation Services Agency (CTSA), an agency that provided paratransit service to persons with disabilities and one of the agencies consolidated into OCTA in 1991.
He now works as an independent consultant on accessibility issues for persons with disabilities. As a wheelchair user, Winterbottom brings a unique and important viewpoint regarding transportation to the OCTA Board. His sensitivity to issues regarding persons with disabilities along with his extensive experience in the worlds of transportation and government have benefited OCTA policy making since he joined the Board.
- Selective Service Board #160 (1991-Current)
- Adult Day Health Care/Long Term Health Care Planning Council (1988-2001)
- Dayle McIntosh Center for the Disabled (Founding Chairman of the Board)
- Consolidated Transportation Services Agency Board of Directors (1985-1988)
- Consolidated Transportation Services Agency (Executive Director 1988-1992)
- Senior Consultant, Senate Select Committee on Southern California Transportation Problems