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GASF Staff

As a part of the organizations move to Las Vegas New Mexico, the Foundation closed its offices in Washington, DC and said thanks and farewell to Sheila Avery and Bernice Lowe, who had staffed the DC office. The new offices opened in November 1999. We put together a diverse and talented team of employees to support the activities of the Great American Station Foundation. The following individuals help make our vision reality:

Hank Dittmar
President & CEO
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Hank assumed the top staff position of the Station Foundation after the retirement of Mark Warren in November 1999. Just prior to joining the staff he was Campaign Director for the Surface Transportation Policy Project, from satellite offices in New Mexico. From 1993 to 1998, Dittmar was the Executive Director of the Surface Transportation Policy Project where he managed the coalition's successful campaign for the passage of TEA-21, the landmark transportation bill. He has also been an executive at a metropolitan planning organization, managed an urban airport, been a transit planner and an outreach worker with inner city youth.
Hank was appointed by President Clinton to the White House Advisory Committee on Transportation and Greenhouse Gas Emissions and the President's Council on Sustainable Development's Metropolitan Working Group, which he served as Chair.
He is Chairman of the Board of the Institute for Location Efficiency and a member of various public interest boards, including the Congress for the New Urbanism, the Center for Neighborhood Technology and the Surface Transportation Policy Project. Hank holds a Masters in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University. He resides in Mora, New Mexico with his wife and twin son and daughter.

Erich Strebe
Director of Planning and Economic Development

Erich joined the staff in March 2000, He is responsible for administering our grant and most endangered stations program, providing technical assistance to members, grantees and endangered stations, and developing new initiatives in station oriented community development.
Erich has spent over twenty years in organizational management and development. About half of that time he has managed or worked for business development organizations, including a statewide technology assistance program, a New York-based organization that provides managerial assistance to cooperatives, and a manufacturing assistance program. The other half of that time was spent as owner and manager of several small firms, ranging from a high-tech oilfield automation business to a low-tech hay brokerage. He serves on the Board of the New Mexico Industrial Development Executives Association. Mr. Strebe holds an MBA from the University of New Mexico, and before joining the Great American Station Foundation was economic development director for the City of Tucumcari, New Mexico. He lives in Los Vigiles, New Mexico.

Janice Varela
Director of Administration

Janice joined the Foundation staff in November 1999. She manages the financial and day to day operations of the Foundation, assists members and coordinates the Foundation's Smart Growth activities. Prior to this assignment, she was a consultant for the Rio Gallinas Acequia Association, where she advocated for the water rights of land based people in Northern New Mexico, and assisted with adjudication proceedings. She has been active in acequia and environmental justice issues in New Mexico for many years, and was a key figure in efforts to clean up the Terrero mine in her hometown of Pecos, New Mexico. She is an Americorps veteran and this year was named as an inaugural fellow in the Environmental Leadership Project.
Janice serves on the board of a number of public interest organizations, including Community and Indian Legal Services of northern New Mexico. She holds a Bacherlor of Arts from New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, New Mexico and resides in Pecos with her son and daughter.

Yvette Zárate
Web Manager and Administrative Assistant

Yvette is responsible for design and maintenance of this website and performs other administrative duties for the Station Foundation. She has been a National Hispanic Scholarship recipient for several years now and was awarded an internship with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Washington, DC. Yvette is President of the Student Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and is a member of the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE).
She will graduate from New Mexico Highlands University in December 2000, with a B.S. in Mathematics and a minor in Computer Science.

Brad Jackson
Program Evaluator

Brad is responsible for investigating past station renovation projects that the Foundation has awarded grants to, and for documenting how that renovation has proceeded. After assembling this information into a database, it will be posted on the web to provide valuable assistance to other potential station renovation projects in the future. He was hired as an intern to work on this project for a 6-month term, after which he planed to move to Portland, Oregon, but has since decided to go to Australia.
Brad is a recent graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and a minor in Anthropology. He was a life long resident of Austin, Texas, but left upon graduation to work, travel, and find the career path that lies ahead for him.

In addition to the core staff, the Foundation is assisted in Washington, DC by the firm of TransManagement, Inc. TransManagement staff Sarah Campbell and Dennis Leach represent the Foundation before various national associations and coalitions, including the National Enhancements Coalition, the Smart Growth Coalition, and committees of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and the American Public Transit Association.

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