Lea+Elliott

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    Management Team

  • Jack Norton is responsible for the direction and operation of the firm. He has over 30 years of experience in the transit industry. He is a member of several industry professional organizations and served as the chairman of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Automated People Mover Committee. Jack received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from South Dakota State University and an M.B.A. from Grand Valley State University.

  • Diane Woodend Jones is Lea+Elliott's Chairman of the Board and a principal in the Dallas/Fort Worth office. She assists in the management of operations in the Central Region and has over 30 years of professional experience in architecture, airport planning, transportation system planning and project development, transportation system and facilities interfaces, system procurement and contract compliance, and program management. Diane received a B.S. in architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington and an M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University. 

  • A registered engineer and an attorney (admitted to the Florida Bar), Sanjeev Shah provides strategic advice and leadership assisting clients navigate the technical, legal and financial tensions that are inherent to all infrastructure development programs.  His extensive experience in all aspects of program/project development, structuring and delivery ranging from traditional to design-build-finance-operate-maintain/public-private partnership strategies coupled with his legal background gives him a unique perspective to help our clients implement their vision in a focused manner consistent with their values and financial constraints.

  • David Casselman is an executive vice president and principal in our Dallas/Fort Worth office. A registered Architect by profession, David has practiced Airport and Transportation Planning and Design throughout his career of over 35 years.  He is widely recognized as one of the transportation industry's most experienced professionals, having personally provided planning, design and program management services for automated transit system projects at over 40 airports and urban areas worldwide. He developed the original concept for the DFW Airport Skylink APM system, the world's largest airport APM system. David received a Bachelor of Architecture from Kansas State University.

  • Steve Perliss is a principal in our San Francisco office. He also directs overall business development activities for the firm. Steve has over 20 years of broad-based experience in planning, procurement, engineering and program management gained on a wide range of automated transit, rail transit and advanced technology bus projects. He received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

  • David Little is a principal in our Washington, D.C. office. With over 30 years of professional experience in the transportation consulting and construction industries, 20+ of which have been with Lea+Elliott, David has extensive experience in the development, planning and evaluation of APM, bus, freight railroad, high-speed and conventional rail transit, as well as emerging technologies. He received a B.A. in economics from the University of New Hampshire and an M.S. in transportation engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.

  • Philip Castellana is a principal and serves as principal-in-charge as part of the program management team for the 23-mile long Washington Dulles Metrorail extension. He has over 30 years of experience in the transit industry, all of which have been dedicated to the design and implementation of rail, bus and fixed guideway transit systems. Philip received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University.

  • Russell Green is an associate principal and a deputy regional director in our Washington, D.C. office. He has nearly 20 years of experience in transportation systems design, procurement, construction and program management. Russell is currently the Project Manager for Lea+Elliott as part of the program management team for the Washington Dulles APM system and Principal-in-Charge for APM projects in Newark and Atlanta. His background includes a unique combination of civil engineering education and mechanical engineering practice. He received a B.S. in civil engineering from Clemson University.

  • Huy Huynh is a principal with over 20 years of experience in the transportation industry. His experience spans across different modes of transportation technologies and a wide range of assignments, including planning, design, procurement, construction and commissioning. He is currently the project manager for Lea+Elliott’s work on the Honolulu Rail Transit Project—one of the largest transit projects in the US. He has led many of the firm's complex transportation projects from initial planning and design through construction and commissioning. Huy manages our Los Angeles area office.  He graduated with a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington.

  • Daniel McFadden is a principal and a deputy director in our Miami office. He has nearly 30 years of experience in the design, manufacture, test and commissioning of transit systems, including the first installation of communications-based train control on the Canarsie Line of the New York City Transit System. He has in-depth expertise on automatic train control, power distribution and SCADA subsystems. He received a B.S. in electrical engineering from the New York Institute of Technology. 

  • John Kennedy is a principal located in our San Francisco office. For 35 years he has served as design engineer, task leader and project manager for transportation system engineering projects, including rail transit, railroad  and automated guideway transit. John received a B.S. in computer engineering from Nova University and is a journeyman electrician and a certified HVAC mechanic.

  • Ron Sheahan is a principal and has over 15 years of experience in planning, programming, design, implementation, testing, and demonstration of people mover systems. He served as the APM System Project Manager for the new DFW airport Skylink system, the world's largest airport APM. Ron received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Colorado State University and an M.S. in civil engineering from the University of Colorado at Denver.

  • Rod Falvey is a principal and has over 28 years of experience in system design and interface support services for APM and rail transit projects around the world. He is one of Lea+Elliott's top Operating System specialists. Rod has played key roles on numerous complex transportation construction projects during the planning, procurement, design, and implementation stages. He received a B.S. in mechanical engineering and electrical engineering from Drexel University.  He is currently a member of the ANSI/ASCE/T&DI Automated People Mover Standards Committee and active on the NFPA 130 Fixed Guideway Transit and Passenger Rail Systems Committee.