Triangle Transit improves our region’s quality of life by connecting people and places with reliable, safe, and easy-to-use travel choices that reduce congestion and energy use, save money, and promote sustainability, healthier lifestyles, and a more environmentally responsible community.
Laurie Barrett is Director of Bus Operations. She is one of the original employees hired by the Triangle J Council of Governments’ Vanpool Program, prior to the establishment of Triangle Transit. In her role, she oversees bus operations, paratransit, maintenance, and the vanpool program. She has over 20 years of transportation experience, beginning with the Delaware Department of Transportation. She’s also been a vanpool coordinator, a transportation coordinating service manager for Wake County and formerly Triangle Transit Operations Manager. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration and Management from Averett University and is a graduate of the NC Transportation Leadership Development Program.
Saundra Freeman is Chief Financial Officer. She is responsible for the management of finances and investments for the agency as well as human resources, contracts, procurements, grants and information technology. Prior to joining Triangle Transit in 2002, Saundra worked for Nortel, Datapoint and Paradyne in finance and operational roles. She received her B.S. degree in Mathematics from Washington University and holds an M.B.A. from the University of Colorado. She is a member of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), the National Black MBA Association, is Treasurer and board member of the NC Center for Women in Public Service, Durham’s Carolina Theatre and is also a board member of the Lucy Daniels Center. Saundra was recently named 2010 Outstanding Chief Financial Officer in Government by the Triangle Business Journal.
Sylvester Goodwin is the Director of Equal Employment Opportunity and Manager of the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program. As EEO director, Goodwin ensures compliance with all federal, state and local laws related to non-discrimination and affirmative action in employment. As DBE manager, Sylvester works to provide a “level playing field” removing barriers and providing access to contracting opportunities so DBEs can fairly compete for federal contracts. Goodwin joined Triangle Transit in 2004, having formerly served as Assistant Director of EEO for the N.C. Department of Correction and key positions with CECO Building Systems. He is a member of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) and holds a B.A. degree in Business Administration from NC Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount.
Damien Graham is Triangle Transit’s Director of Communications and Public Affairs. In his role, Damien is responsible for the agency’s communications, marketing and messaging as well as key liaison for the agency with local, regional, state, and federal officials. Graham joined Triangle Transit in 2006 from the office of 13th District Congressman Brad Miller, serving in his district office in Greensboro. Prior to his work as a congressional aide, he served on the campaign staffs of Fourth District Congressman David Price and former Congressman Robin Britt. A graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication, Damien managed the athlete’s transportation system during the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. He is a member of Raleigh’s Edenton Street Methodist Church and the North Carolina Professional Lobbyists Association.
Wib Gulley is General Counsel for Triangle Transit, joining the agency in 2004. Prior to his selection by the Board of Trustees, Gulley served 12 years in the N.C. Senate and four years as Mayor of Durham. In his role as chief counsel, Gulley provides legal support to the Board of Trustees and staff of Triangle Transit, ensuring agency compliance with the law, overseeing and managing contracts, property and other legal matters. He is a board member of the Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau, board member of the Triangle Services center and board member of Democracy North Carolina. With over 30 years of legal experience, Gulley holds a B.A. degree from Duke University and a J.D. degree from Northeastern University’s School of Law.
David King was named CEO and General Manager of Triangle Transit in 2006. He helps direct the activities of 175 employees which provide regional bus, vanpool and paratransit service to Durham, Orange, Wake and surrounding counties. Before joining the agency, King worked for 33 years at the N.C. Department of Transportation, most recently as its Deputy Secretary, responsible for the department’s five multimodal divisions, including the Public Transportation Division and the Rail Division. He is Board Chair of Reconnecting America, an organization working to redefine national policies on intercity travel for a convenient, secure, financially viable and sustainable network. He also serves as a board member of the N.C. State Employees Credit Union. King holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Davidson College and an M.B.A. degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Greg Northcutt is Triangle Transit’s Director of Capital Development. Before joining Triangle Transit in 2003, Greg was Project Director for Spokane’s light rail project in Washington state. Prior to his duties in Spokane, Greg was Deputy Executive Director for Engineering and Construction for the St. Louis area light rail system. Greg is a former U.S. Air Force officer with experience in the design, procurement, and operation of aviatlon systems. He received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri at Columbia and an M.B.A. in Management from Phillips University.
Brad Schulz joined Triangle Transit in 2003. As Communications and Public Affairs Officer, he advises the agency on communications and media issues. Earlier, Brad served as a Community Relations Specialist for the Charlotte Area Transit System helping CATS with its public outreach on an expanded bus and light rail system. Prior to joining CATS, Brad worked as a Managing Editor and Anchor for WBT NewsTalk Radio in Charlotte and was twice named North Carolina Radio Journalist of the Year. Schulz holds a B.S. Degree in Communications/Broadcast News and Public Affairs from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He is a graduate of Leadership Charlotte, member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), NC PRSA and North Carolina Association of Government Information Officers. He also serves on an American Public Transportation Association working group on social media.
John Tallmadge directs Triangle Transit’s Regional Services Development Department. In his role, John helps his team plan Triangle Transit’s regional bus service, local DATA bus services, operate the GoTriangle Regional Transit Information Center and implement sustainable travel programs for the GoTriangle, Triangle Transit, and DATA brands. He also plays a leading role in the development of fare and service policies and coordinating the agency’s efforts with other institutions and area transit systems. John joined Triangle Transit in 1997 and has a Masters of City and Regional Planning from UNC-Chapel Hill and a B.A. in Political Science, French and International Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a member of the Transportation Research Board’s Transit Marketing and Fare Policy Committee. He is married to Michelle Nowlin and they have three daughters.