LaMarca succeeds Furneaux at the head of the PTSI
The Pupil Transportation Safety Institute (PTSI) has announced that industry veteran Joe LaMarca has taken over the reins of the organization from Kathleen Furneaux, who has retired as executive director.
The PTSI board of directors said Monday that LaMarca, who for more than 30 years served as transportation director for school districts near Rochester, New York, assumed the newly created role of chief executive on January 18.
Furneaux continues with PTSI in a part-time consulting role as she transitions into full retirement. She is also a member of the National Council of Advisors for the TSD conference presented by School Transportation News.
“You are not replacing a general manager like Kathy Furneaux, you are simply trying to continue her genuine and caring service to our industry while learning as much as possible from her legacy,” LaMarca said. School Transport News, adding that he is humble on occasion. “I look forward to developing and growing with PTSI as we help the transportation industry over the next decade.”
LaMarca started in the industry in 1985 as a bus driver and dispatcher for the now defunct Golden Arrow Bus Service in Rochester and eventually served as a road supervisor, assistant manager and branch manager for the company. He joined Brockport Central School District in December 1991 as Safety and Discipline Coordinator and became Acting Director of Transportation a year later before being appointed to the permanent position. LaMarca left Brockport in December 2013 to join Greece’s Central School District, and in July 2014 moved to nearby Hilton Central School District, where he remained director of transportation until December.
Nikki Hughes, chair of PTSI’s board of directors, said in a statement that LaMarca’s role as CEO will manage internal and external operations, including customer service and oversight of day-to-day operations with a focus on fiscal responsibility.
“Joe is a hands-on person who will move the organization in the right direction at the right time,” commented Jaime Gallego, Treasurer of PTSI.
Another board member, Kanoe Cockett, who is also secretary of PTSI, agreed. “Joe will be a perfect fit for the company,” said Cockett, who was appointed School Transport News transportation director of the year 2008.
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