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MPTA Announces Leadership Transition

[East Lansing – July 18, 2024] – The Michigan Public Transit Association (MPTA) today announces a leadership transition with the upcoming retirement of Executive Director Clark Harder and the appointment of John Dulmes as his successor.

 

“Clark Harder has been a champion for public transit in Michigan for over a quarter-century,” said Heidi Wenzel, Director of Transportation, City of Ionia and Chair of the MPTA Board of Directors. “Under his leadership, MPTA has grown significantly, becoming a stronger voice for our members and a key advocate for public transit investment throughout the state. We are incredibly grateful for his dedication and service.”

 

“I have enjoyed working for, and with, the public transportation agencies that serve the entire state of Michigan. We’ve achieved a lot in my 25+ years, but there is still much to accomplish. I have no doubt that John Dulmes is the right choice to continue the growth and success of the MPTA,” Harder said.  

 

Harder will continue to serve as Administrator of the Michigan Transportation Connection, Inc., a statewide non-emergency medical provider system, and expects to continue in consulting work on transportation issues.

 

As incoming MPTA Executive Director, John Dulmes brings a wealth of experience, with over 15 years of success in association leadership, public policy, and communications. He most recently served as principal consultant for Mitten Strategies and as Executive Director of the Michigan Chemistry Council, and recently achieved the prestigious Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation.

 

“I am honored to be appointed as the next Executive Director of MPTA to build upon the success that Clark Harder has achieved,” said John Dulmes. “Public transit is a cornerstone of a thriving economy and strong communities, and I am passionate about the important role MPTA plays in advocating for its members. Together, we will continue to champion public transit and ensure it remains a vital part of Michigan’s future.”

 

2024 Annual Meeting Registration

If you still wish to make reservations to attend the 2024 Michigan Public Transit Annual Conference at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville, MI, please contact Pink at MPTA directly for information:  Pink@mptaonline.org .  Online registration and Crystal Mountain Resort lodging is not currently available on the website. You must contact Pink Cianciolo at MPTA for details and to make reservations.

2024 Annual Meeting Registration

If you still wish to make reservations to attend the 2024 Michigan Public Transit Annual Conference at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville, MI, please contact Pink at MPTA directly for information:  Pink@mptaonline.org .  Online registration and Crystal Mountain Resort lodging is not currently available on the website. You must contact Pink Cianciolo at MPTA for details and to make reservations.

CTAA Names Battle Creek Transit Employee a Rising Star

At the recent Community Transportation Association of America conference held in Florida, Kristy Grestini, Mobility Manager at Battle Creek Transit in Michigan won the Rising Star Award for being an emerging leader in community transportation whose record reflects ongoing and exceptional growth.  This award shines a spotlight on a rising star who's been making waves with their top-notch skills, leadership, and impact.  In addition to the award, Kristy received a spot in the 2025 CTAA Leadership Academy - Cohort 7, a weeklong intensive for rising leaders in community transportation taking place in Washington D.C. in March 2025.  Congratulations Kristy!

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