DRMAC Board of Directors

People Making Things Happen

Hank Braaksma

Hank Braaksma is the Director of Transportation Services (urban) for the Seniors’ Resource Center Inc. (SRC). Hank is the Colorado State Delegate for CTAA. He was on the 30-member Rose Foundation task force; this “Getting There Collaborative” focused on tools for coordination of transportation for seniors and persons with disabilities within the Denver metro area. Results created the Denver Regional Mobility and Access Council (DRMAC). After being Board Chair for the Colorado State Association of Transportation Agencies (CASTA) he was re-elected to the Board and now serves as Vice Chair. Hank also is the Chair on the Friends of the Colorado Talking Book Library, which gathers and disperses donations allowing the library to sustain needed services.

Lisa Curtis

Lisa is the Community Engagement and Business Development Officer for Via Mobility Services. At Via, a community-based transit agency, she is helping the organization achieve its ambitious environmental and financial sustainability goals by incorporating new technologies into its operations and services. This work involves collaborations between nonprofits, local governments, research labs, and private sector companies. Lisa has a JD from Tulane University Law School and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa.

Erica Hamilton

Erica has two decades of experience working for local governments and non-profits. She is an experienced human services provider including extensive work with all populations. Her experience includes coordination projects, service gap analysis, needs assessments, and project management. Erica lives in Arvada.

Heather Kamper

Heather is our Ex-Officio and as such has no term. She is a Licensed Social Worker within the Area Agency on Aging at DRCOG and manages the Veteran Directed Care and Transitions program. She lives in Wheat Ridge.

Anahit LaBarre

Anahit LaBarre is originally from Armenia, moved to Colorado in 2001 to attend the Independent Training Program at the Colorado Center for the Blind. And that is currently where she works with senior citizens, who are loosing or have lost their vision. Individual training for Braille, technology and cane travel, as well as support groups are all a part of the program at CCB. Anahit is very involved in transportation aspect of independence training. It is essential to have access to different modes of transportation, and at the same time to have input into the policies and procedures related to transportation, for blind consumers. She is looking forward to being on the board of an organization that cares deeply about supporting and maintaining independence for our seniors.

Troy Larson

Troy is a Program Specialist with the Colorado State Unit on Aging (SUA).  His work includes; budgets and reimbursements for the Area Agencies on Aging (AAA’s), the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) and the Older Americans Act senior transportation program. He currently serves as the CO-Chair for the Colorado Coalition for Elder Rights and Abuse Prevention (CCERAP) committee.  Troy has over 15 years’ experience working with the senior population in a variety of programs in two different states.

Moira Moon

Moira is the Lead Grant Coordinator within the Division of Transit and Rail at CDOT; previously the manager of a Travel Training and Mobility program for Hopelink in WA State. Moira is the CDOT ex-officio and as such has no term. She lives in Denver.

Suzanne O’Neill

Suzanne O’Neill has forty years experience in transit and has worked as a manager, a planner, and as a consultant. Her work has a strong operational perspective and solid financial basis. Her transit interests include service planning, system management, coordination, and information technology.

Mike Pletsch

Mike is the Executive Director for Denver Bike Sharing, the nonprofit owner and operator of Denver B-cycle. He has over 6 years of experience in mobility specifically within the sharing economy and currently serves on the Board of Directors for eGo Carshare as well. Mike’s focus is on how the sharing economy can serve communities to meet congestion goals of single-occupant-vehicle reductions and environmental goals of emissions reductions.

Nasser Samman

Nasser Samman, of Metro Transportation Planning and Solution Group, is the Chief Operating Officer.

For the past 2 years, Nasser has directed the operation of all functions of the Transportation and Maintenance Division for the 450 car fleet. In addition to managing and directing the Sales and Marketing, Nasser initiates and continues to build relationships with high profile clients.

Jake Swanton

Swanton leads government relations for Lyft in the Mountain West, spearheading all policy and partnerships for the company in a six state region. He previously worked for the ridesharing company at the federal level, focusing on Lyft’s innovative mobility partnerships in the healthcare, aging, military, and government sectors. Combined, Jake has nearly 15 years of experience working in policy, politics, and campaigns both in Washington, D.C. and here in Colorado; serving in senior roles for both former Senator Mark Udall and former President Barack Obama’s campaign here in the state.

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Bill Van Meter

Bill is the Assistant General Manager, Planning for the Regional Transportation District (RTD). He has been employed with RTD since 1991 and has been in his current position since 2010. Bill has over 31 years of experience in the transportation planning field, with experience in public transit and roadway planning, managing multi-modal transportation studies, Federal Transit Administration New Starts and Small Starts grant funding programs. Bill currently represents RTD as a Commissioner on Colorado’s Southwest Chief and Front Range Passenger Rail Commission and as a non-voting Board member of the Denver Regional Council of Governments.