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Board of Directors

Clayton Fong - ITNAmerica Co-Chair
Clayton Fong

Clayton Fong has been active in the Asian Pacific American community throughout the nation for the past 15 years, and was formerly the President/Chief Executive Officer of the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging, a non-profit organization that advocates on behalf of elder Asian American and Pacific Islanders at the national and local levels.

Previously he served in numerous senior management positions at the White House and with the Governor of California, including White House Presidential Personnel, and Deputy Assistant to the President for Public Liaison, where he managed staff responsible for outreach to women, ethnic groups and numerous business and professional groups. Clayton also served as Deputy Director of the U.S. Office of Consumer Affairs, as well as the Governor of California's liaison to the Asian Pacific American communities.

He has significant experience in the area of health policy as a fellow with the Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California San Francisco, and the Children's Research Institute of California. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Health, Arts and Sciences from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a former member of the President's Commission on White House Fellows, Chairman of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies, Alzheimer's Association of Western Washington, and the Advisory Board for the University of Washington School of Nursing.

Lori Parham - ITNAmerica Co-Chair
Lori Parham

Lori K. Parham, Ph.D., is AARP Maine’s State Director, based in Portland, Maine. Prior to joining AARP Maine she worked as senior advisor to AARP's Executive Vice President for the State and National Group in Washington, DC, overseeing the reorganization of the Association's Government Affairs unit and the creation of a new Office of Volunteerism & Service. She began her career at AARP in Florida. Before becoming State Director in early 2007, she served as Advocacy Manager for State Affairs and was responsible for policy and legislative advocacy on topics including health and long-term care, transportation, and utilities. Her service includes terms on the boards of the Florida Patient Safety Corporation, the Florida Council on Aging and the American Hiking Society. 

Before joining AARP, Parham served as a legislative analyst for the Florida Senate, providing technical expertise to the Committee on Health, Aging and Long-Term Care. Her duties included oversight of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and the Florida Medicaid program. She also served as staff for the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), focusing on long-term care issues in the Medicaid Research Bureau. Prior to her work at AHCA, Parham worked at the Florida State University Claude Pepper Institute on Aging, where she was involved in multiple research projects on long-term care quality, work and the lifecourse, and inequality. She has a B.A. in Sociology from Belmont Abbey College, as well as a M.S. and Ph.D. with a specialization in Political Economy and Aging from the Florida State University. She is currently a member of the National Academy for Social Insurance, the Gerontological Society of America, and the Maine Gerontological Society.

Katherine Freund - Founder and President
Katherine Freund
Founder and President

Founder of the Independent Transportation Network®, and President and Executive Director of ITNAmerica. Katherine has a Master of Arts degree in Public Policy from the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

She served on the Advisory Committee for the 2005 White House Conference on Aging, as a National Transit Institute Fellow and for nine years on the Transportation Research Board's Committee on the Safe Mobility of Seniors. Currently, she chairs TRB's Joint Subcommittee on Transportation Options for Seniors.

In 2009, Katherine was named an AARP Inspire Award Honoree, and in February 2008, she was featured in the Wall Street Journal as one of "12 People Who Are Changing Your Retirement." Katherine received the 2006 Maxwell Pollack Award from the Gerontological Society of America, a 2006 award for Leadership in Innovative Enterprise Ideas from the Social Enterprise Alliance, the 2004 Archstone Award for Excellence in Program Innovation from the American Public Health Association, and the Giraffe Award for sticking her neck out for the common good.

Jack Miles
Jack Miles
Board Member

Jack Miles is a business strategy and operations C-Suite leader with over 30 years experience successfully transforming corporate services, administration and sourcing organizations in leading North American firms and Government.

Florida Governor Rick Scott appointed Jack as the Secretary of the Department of Management Services (DMS) and he served in that role until April of 2012. DMS is a large and diverse state agency with an annual direct operating budget of $2.5 billion and a functional budget of over $9.5 billion, about 14% of the States $70.0 billion annual budget.  

Functions within DMS include Real Estate, Facilities, Procurement and My Florida Marketplace, Human Resource Policy and HR Technology, Employee Benefits, Telecommunications including Voice, Data, Emergency 911, Mobile, Law Enforcement Interoperability and Broadband, Retirement Services, Fleet and Vehicle Services, Private Prison Monitoring and Surplus Equipment. DMS also facilitates State Term Contracts; aggregating statewide public sector spend which towns, counties, municipalities and other eligible users across Florida are able to utilize.

Prior to his appointment Jack held C-Suite shared services and Chief Procurement Officer roles at leading North American firms including CIGNA, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC), American International Group (AIG), Computer Associates (CA), Travelers, Ames Department Stores and Prentice-Hall.

He serves on the Executive Advisory Board of Coupa Software Inc., DocuSign Inc., PeopleTicker Inc., Incapsulate, SQYGL, and Stamp-Vault/Blue Apricot. He is a Mentor at Startup Quest Orlando and Starter Studio a technology accelerator in Orlando FL. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Florida TaxWatch and is a member of the TaxWatch Center for Government Efficiency.  In 2015 Jack was appointed to the State of Florida, legislatively mandated Government Efficiency Task Force where he serves on several committees. Jack also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Casa Feliz Historic Home and Museum.

David F. Melton, CRSP, CDS, CCSP
David F. Melton, CRSP, CDS, CCSP

Dave has retired from Liberty International a business unit of Liberty Mutual Insurance, where he served as Managing Director - Global Road Safety, Liberty International in Hopkinton, MA. He continues to be an advocate for road safety as a volunteer supporting senior mobility, a consultant on motor vehicle safety, and a contributor to articles on transportation safety.

Dave was responsible for the development and advocacy of a roadway & occupational safety strategy for Liberty International Region operations in Asia, Europe and Latin America. He also participated in transportation related research projects at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety, was a frequent speaker at national and international conferences.

He is Past-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) and is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Professional Truck Driver Institute.

He is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) and also holds two certifications by the North American Transportation Management Institute (NATMI): Certified Director of Safety (CDS) and Certified Cargo Security Professional (CCSP).

Dave is a retired member of the Permanent Committee on Truck and Bus Safety (ANB70) of the Transportation Research Board, National Academy of Sciences, and is now a Friend of the Committee. He is a past member of the Advisory Council for the Center for Transportation Safety, Texas Transportation Institute, Texas A&M University.

Dave represented Liberty Mutual on the ANSI Z-15.1 Accredited Standards Committee on Safety Requirements for Motor Vehicle Fleet Operations, and was a voting member of the ISO 39001 Road Traffic Safety Management Systems committee. He was also the technical consultant and spokesperson to the Liberty Mutual Insurance Teen and Senior Driving initiatives.

Bill Turenne - ITNAmerica Board Member
Bill Turenne
Board Member

In 2005, President Bush appointed Bill to serve on the Advisory Committee for the 2005 White House Conference on Aging. Throughout his career Bill has served on many non-profit boards, including The Public Affairs Council, The Multiple Sclerosis Association, and the Tomas Rivera Center, an institute of policy studies affecting Hispanic Americans.

Bill retired from Eli Lilly and Company in 1995 after 31 years with the company. He then formed a public affairs and business consulting firm that specializes in organizational development, particularly in the integration of strategic business planning with public affairs programs for healthcare client organizations, and state and federal government. Since 2001, he has served as a consultant to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.

A native of Danvers, Massachusetts, Bill received a BS degree from the University of Connecticut in 1962, and attended Boston College Graduate School of Management (1967 - 1970).

Eli Peli, MSc, OD, FAAO
Eli Peli
Board Member

Eli Peli, MSc, OD, FAAO is the Moakley Scholar in Aging Eye Research at Schepens Eye Research Institute, Massachusetts Eye and Ear, and Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School. He also serves as Adjunct Professor of Ophthalmology at Tufts University School of Medicine and adjunct professor of Optometry at NECO.  He is the director of the Vision Rehabilitation Service at Tufts-Medical Center Hospital.  Dr. Peli is a Fellow of the AAO, a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, a Fellow of the Society for Information Display, and a Fellow of the International Society of Optical Engineering.

Dr. Peli's principal research interests are image processing in relation to visual function and clinical psychophysics in low vision rehabilitation, image understanding and evaluation of display-vision interaction. He also maintains an interest in oculomotor control and binocular vision. Dr. Peli is a consultant to many companies in the ophthalmic instrumentation area and to manufacturers of head mounted displays (HMD). He served as a consultant on many national committees, including the National Institutes of Health, NASA AOS, Aviation Operations Systems advisory committee, US Air Force, Department of Veterans Affairs, US Navy Postdoctoral Fellowships Program, US Army Research Labs, and US Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Dr. Peli has published more than 200 peer reviewed scientific papers and has been awarded 9 US Patents. He edited a book entitled Visual Models for Target Detection with special emphasis on military applications and co-authored a book entitled Driving with Confidence: A Practical Guide to Driving with Low Vision.

Richard F. Pain - Board Member
Richard F. Pain
Board Member

Richard Pain is the retired Transportation Safety Coordinator for the Transportation Research Board, a division of The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine.  In this role he was staff to 19 standing committees and a similar number of active subcommittees focusing on all aspects of highway and other mode safety, human performance, and cycles and pedestrians. He also was staff to committees on visualization, developing countries, statistics, and emergency evacuation.    Working through these committees he helped develop the program for the TRB Annual Meeting (11,000 attend), develop specialty workshops, e.g. Roundabouts, Alcohol and Other Drugs in Transportation, Teamwork in Railroad Operations, Visualization, Older Drivers,  Commercial Driver Health and Wellness, and identify short and long range research needs.   He is part of the Research Correlation Service program, visiting several state DOTs each year.   He moderated the Transportation Safety Planning Working Group.  He serves as liaison to relevant NCHRP, NTCRP,  SHRP2 Safety, Synthesis and IDEA program projects.  Before coming to TRB in 1988 he spent 20 years conducting contract safety and human performance research with several consulting firms.   He holds a Ph.D. in Applied Experimental Psychology (human factors) from Michigan State University.    He currently performs consulting work for TRB in transit and infrastructure valuation and for the National Committee on Statistics for the National Academies on truck driver fatigue and safety data bases.

Susan Herbel, PH.D. - Board Member
Susan Herbel, PH.D.
Board Member

Susan Herbel, PH.D. served as the Principal Investigator on a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Safety Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract from 2005 to 2015.  Dr. Herbel has led many complex, multidisciplinary transportation projects involving research and systems analysis, performance management,  and program and project development, implementation, and evaluation. She has been involved in numerous program and product development and  training projects, provided technical assistance, and conducted research to move the state of practice forward.

Carl R. Augusto - Board Member
Carl R. Augusto
Board Member

Carl R. Augusto recently retired as President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) where he served since May 1991. Mr. Augusto is a preeminent leader in the field of blindness and visual impairment, having served in a variety of professional and volunteer capacities since 1971. During his tenure at AFB, he guided the organization toward a greater focus in addressing critical issues facing the field of blindness.  Under his leadership, AFB forged numerous strategic partnerships and alliances with organizations inside and outside of the field that  resulted in programmatic and financial synergies and innovative service delivery models.  From 1985 until his appointment as AFB's President, he served as Executive Director of the Cincinnati Association for the Blind (CAB), a multi-service private agency.  His accomplishments included expanding service programs to encompass assistive technology training and early childhood intervention. From 1975 to 1985, Mr. Augusto held several staff and management positions with the National Accreditation Council for Agencies Serving the Blind and Visually Handicapped (NAC) in New York City.  Mr.  Augusto holds a master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from New York University, a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Connecticut, and was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Saint Peter's College in New Jersey.

Donald Deibert
Chair of the Affiliate Community Advisory Board

ITNSuncoast Treasurer Don Deibert moved to Lakewood Ranch in December 2015. He lived in North Carolina for the previous 28 years. After his parents passed away, Don moved to Florida to be near his brother and family.

Don has served on many Boards of Directors and has served as Treasurer. He currently manages a small family private foundation. He also coordinates the Road to Recovery Program in Buncombe County N.C., which transports cancer patients to their treatment appointments. He was Treasurer for a county-wide book reading organization in Buncombe County. He has been involved in many volunteer opportunities in North Carolina and now in Florida.

Don started out and continues as a volunteer driver for ITNSunCoast. He offered to be on the Board of Directors and now serves as Treasurer. He is committed to his community and wants to give back. He feels that ITN is a wonderful opportunity for seniors who can no longer drive. He lives full time in Florida.

Michelle Turenne
Board Member

Chief, Corporate Alliances and Business Development, American Thoracic Society

After 17 years in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries in both field sales and brand and portfolio marketing, Michelle joined the ATS Staff in 2007, serving as a liaison between the Society and its industry partners. Her experience launching multi-million dollar products through a comprehensive corporate association strategy, and working with start-up companies where $500 is a big decision allows her to have conversations with customers at all stages of the product life cycle. Among her many responsibilities, she leads a team of people who manage all interactions with the Society’s industry partners including the ATS Corporate Member program. The team she has built has been recognized three times with Commendations from the ATS President.

Michelle also serves as staff to the ATS Committee on Drug Device Discovery and Development, which provides a forum within the Society where members discuss the basic, translational and clinical science surrounding the discovery and development of new drugs and devices, regardless of genesis or financial support with a goal of enhancing collaboration among all scientists.

She is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and the Healthcare Convention Exhibitors Association (HCEA). She was elected to four terms on the HCEA Board of Directors, and served for four years as co-chair of the Education Committee (chair of the Association Educational Track) and has been a regular speaker at the HCEA Annual Meeting.

Michelle received a business degree from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA, where she was an active member of the marching band and several other ensembles. She is a life member of Kappa Kappa Psi and in her spare time, she flies stunt kites, volunteers serving marching band programs, and the National Association of Music Parents.