Board of Directors
Representing two counties.

The governing body of the Coast Regional Transportation Authority is its Board of Directors. Members of the Board of Directors are appointed by the member counties, municipalities or the Governor as recommended by the Legislative Delegation. All meetings will be held on the LAST Wednesday at 9:30 am, unless otherwise noted, in the J.R. Taylor Memorial Board Room, 1418 3rd Avenue, Conway, SC 29526. Meetings are open to the public and the media.

Click here for Board of Directors Meetings & Video Archive. 

Click here for the BY-LAWS of Coast RTA. 

Click here for the FY 2018 Board of Directors Committees.

Click here for the Coast RTA Financials.

 

Currently Serving on the Coast RTA Board of Directors: 

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Dr. Robert Sheehan -  Board Chair 

Dr. Robert Sheehan is a Professor at Coastal Carolina University specializing in assessment, statistics, research methodology, and policy-oriented research in Psychology, Education and related fields. He has over 40 years of experience with conducting research projects, teaching and/or administering in higher education and state government.

Dr. Sheehan recently retired from administration having served as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Coastal Carolina University, as well as Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at The University of Toledo (UT). While at UT, Dr. Sheehan led the effort to develop a close working relationship between the university and theToledo Public School District, a metropolitan school district, of more than 30,000 students. Prior to joining Coastal Carolina University, Dr. Sheehan also served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Performance Reporting & Analysis for the Ohio Board of Regents.  His post doctoral study was at UCLA from 1980-1982.  He received his doctorate from Georgia State University in 1977 and his bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts in Child Development and Early Childhood Education in 1974.  He is the author of 3 textbooks, more than 60 refereed journal articles and numerous grants and contracts from federal, state, and local funding agencies.

Sheehan and his wife, Heather, are parents of 8 children, three of whom are honors college students studying at Coastal Carolina University, College of Charleston, and the University of Massachusetts in Amherst Massachusetts. His wife, Heather, works for the Horry County School District and is responsible for district-wide testing for all students as well as research projects in the district and supervision of charter schools throughout the district.

 

Joseph T. Lazzara - City of Georgetown - Immediate Past Chair

Mr. Lazzara, a native of Chicago, IL, brings over 40 years of transit experience to his Board of Directors seat. He earned an AAS Degree in Accounting at Wright Junior College and a BA Degree in Management & Developing Organizations at DePaul University, both in Chicago.

For 33 years he served the Chicago Transit Authority in a variety of positions, including operations management, auditing, accounting, program implementation and project management. As a Senior Project Controller he was responsible for development and management of all projects related to buses, rail cars, construction, contracting, procurement contracting and environmental assessment.

He continued his transit career as an independent contractor for ATE Transit Management and Services Co. of Cincinnati, OH and his membership in the Project Management Institute, where he served as the Financial Officer from 1992-1994. He has also served as the Transportation Coordinator for Proviso Council on Aging in Bellwood, IL managing a transit operation for elderly and handicapped, including training of employees and construction projects oversight. Most recently Mr. Lazzara was the accountant and office manager for the Castle Credit Corporation.

In February of 1999 Mr. Lazzara and his wife, Marlene, relocated to Pawleys Island, SC. They are the proud parents of four children and five grandchildren and on June 7, 2008 celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary.

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Bernard Silverman - Horry County Legislative Delegation

Mr. Silverman has been a Coast RTA rider since the Waccamaw Regional Transportation Authority inception over 25 years ago. He joined the Coast RTA  Board of Directors in January of 2008 with the goal of bringing riders concerns to the table.

Mr. Silverman has expressed a sincere desire to work with the Board of Directors, Management and Staff to continue developing Coast RTA into an integral part of the community. He believes an efficient transit network in Horry and Georgetown Counties is necessary to meet the employment, educational, heath care and quality of life needs of the citizens, including the disabled, in the agency's service area.

Mr. Silverman has been a resident in South Carolina for 32 years, including Myrtle Beach Columbia and 30 years in Conway. He is married with two children. Prior to retirement Mr. Silverman operated a plant nursery in the Conway area for 20 years.

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 Ivory Wilson - City of Conway

A native of Little River, SC, Ivory Wilson is married to the former Vivian Smith of Conway, SC. They enjoy their three children: Colonel Iva Wilson, a U.S. Army Major, Ivory J. Wilson, U.S. Army and Sonja Wilson. Mr. Wilson holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and attended Coastal Carolina University majoring in Business Management.

Mr. Wilson retired from the U.S. Army with the rank of Chief Warrant Officer after 26-years of service. Following retirement from the South Carolina education system, Mr. Wilson now tends to his business interests and enjoys traveling. A former Council member for the City of Conway, Wilson now serves on the advisory board of Wachovia Bank and Chairperson of the Waccamaw Regional Transportation Authority dba/The Coast RTA Board of Directors.

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 Katharine D'Angelo - City of North Myrtle Beach

Ms. D'Angelo graduated from Burlington City, New Jersey High School, attended Rider University studying Business Administration and went to work for the State Treasurer of NJ. After marriage and a short stay at home raising two children, she renewed her career at the College of New Jersey as Assistant to the Director of Security, while taking classes in management. To further career goals, she transferred to The Department of Transportation where she dealt with State and Federal contracts.

While at NJDOT, Ms. D'Angelo attended classes at Mercer County College to gain certification in accounting techniques. She was asked to go on loan to the Governor's Office, where a new department was being established to make State Government more efficient. Her office was charged with pairing the private sector with State offices to make them more efficient and establishing an OMB for the State of NJ. Her new department had the opportunity to work with the Xerox Corporation in setting up a State of the Art computerized office center.

The Governor was running for re-election and Ms. D'Angelo was asked to set up an office which dealt with Education. She ran a speaker's bureau to focus on educating children, which was Governor's Kean's platform.

In 1986 she retired from State Government and with her husband, Louis, moved to North Myrtle Beach, where she studied art techniques and her husband continued his musical career. Ms. D'Angelo remains active in civic and community affairs.

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 Lillie Jean Johnson  - Georgetown County

Lillie Jean Johnson is a native of Georgetown, the daughter of the late Ida Izad Johnson. One of 6 children, a single mother of a teenage son, and a  member of the Arnett A.M.E. Church.

Education:

Graduate of Howard High School in Georgetown, SC                                               Allen University in Columbia, SC
University of South Carolina in Orangeburg, SC
Savannah State College in Savannah, GA
Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, AL
One -Year grant from Ford Foundation to study community development and reading programs

Affiliations:

Community: Lifetime member of NAACP and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Board member of Georgetown Branch of YMCA and Committee for African American History Observances (CAAHO)
Former board member of Habitat and Prince George Preschool
Profession: Member of local, state and national education associations; presently serve as Vice President of the Georgetown County Education Association-Retired

Politics:

Has held offices and positions in the local Democratic Party and presently serve as Assistant

Executive Committeeman for Precinct #3
Elected delegate to State Convention several times
Elected Georgetown County Council member in 1992, 1996 and 2008

Retirement:

Retired from the Georgetown County School District in 1994 after having taught high school English for 31 years - 27 in Georgetown and 4 in Aiken, SC

 

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 Sidney L. Blackwelder - Chief Information Officer, HTC Inc.

Mr. Blackwelder has served as HTC's Chief Information Officer for 24 years. He has 30 years of executive management experience in the Telecommunications Industry and 37 years of Information Technology experience. Prior to jumping into the Communications industry, Mr. Blackwelder worked in banking and retail.

Mr. Blackwelder has demonstrated success in planning, developing and implementing profitable IT solutions. He has tactical expertise in business development, strategic planning, capacity planning, budgeting, sales, profit and loss management, contract negotiation, process improvement, productivity enhancement, team leadership and collaboration.

Mr. Blackwelder's operational expertise includes customer support, crisis management, troubleshooting, problem solving, vendor relationship management, change management, quality assurance, enterprise resource planning, information and network security, disaster recovery and project and resource management.

Mr. Blackwelder is originally from Rock Hill, South Carolina. He is a 1975 graduate of Rock Hill High School. He graduated from Winthrop University in 1979 with a degree in Computer Science and earned his MBA from Winthrop in 1986.

Mr. Blackwelder  has been married to his wife, Susan, for 35 years. They reside in Conway, South Carolina. They have two children and two grandchildren.

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Mickey James - City of Myrtle Beach

Reverend Wilbert "Mickey" James is a native of Myrtle Beach, SC. He is the son of the late Mary Frances James and Milton Eaddy. Reverend James is an ordained minister and founder "A Touch of Faith Ministries" in Myrtle Beach, SC since September 2011.

Graduate of Class 1983 at Myrtle Beach High School and attended Horry Georgetown Technical College in Conway, South Carolina. He has a diploma in Funeral Services from Stratford Career Institute. He is currently enrolled and striving for a second degree in Creative Writing from Stratford Career Institute. Rev. James is the President of the Myrtle Beach Branch NAACP. He is also a Deputy Coroner in Horry County. Rev. James is very active in the community and enjoys helping people to reach new heights. Rev. James is a retired firefighter from the City of Myrtle Beach.

Reverend James has three brothers, and he is married to the former Sherry Lynn Buie of Marion, SC. They have two children.

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Dr. Marvin Keene

Dr. Keene is currently a professor of finance and the chair of the Department of
Finance and Economics at Coastal Carolina University. He was born and raised in
Brooklyn, NY. After graduating high school he attended Florida State University (FSU), where he completed an undergraduate degree in Applied Economics and his doctorate degree in Finance. In 2004, he joined the faculty of Coastal Carolina University. In 2010, he earned his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. Dr. Keene and his wife Kay have three children. 

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Debbie Gasque

Debbie Gasque is orginally from Salt Lake City, Utah, and has been and active resident of Horry County for the past 20 years. She served as a board member of the Myrtle Beach Woman's Club (2002-2005) and is currently a member-at-large. She also served as PTO President of Carolina Forest Middle School (2003-2005). Debbie enjoyed close to 11 years with First Presbyterian Church of Myrtle Beach as their Communications Director. She retired from that position in 2012 to pursue her career in journalism.

Debbie attended Coastal Carolina University when it was a satellite campus of the University of South Carolina (1988-1990) and majored in English. She also served as the Editor-in-Chief of The Chanticleer (CCU's on-campus newspaper) during her time there. Debbie used Coast RTA transportation to get back and forth from campus to her job at the beach while she attended CCU. She is thrilled about the transformation Coast RTA has been since then, and is extremely grateful that our South Carolina Legislators appointed her to be a team member of the Coast RTA Board of Directors to assist in the further enhancement of our public transportation system.

Following a brief move back to Salt Lake City to pursue further education, Debbie came back to Horry County, South Carolina in 1996 to make this her permanent home. She raised her now 24-year old daughter, Anna, here (University of South Carolina graduate), and is married to Bill Gasque.

Debbie currently resides in rural Horry County near Conway and works as a journalist writing for national and international publications. She has maintained a very active presence in Horry County and cares very much for her community.

 

Darrell Eickhoff - Horry County Legislative Delegation - Board Vice Chair

Education
1969 B.S. Business Administration/ Marketing
University ofEvansville, Evansville, IN
197 7 M.S. Health care AdministratiOn
University of Colorado, Denver, CO

Employment History
1969-1997 U. S. Air Force, Medical Service Corps Officer
Served in multiple positions as Administrator/COO, CFO, and
Commander/CEO in hospitals and staff agencies including Air Staff (Pentagon level) and U.S. Transportation Command. Assignments included Germany (five years), Philippines (two years), and Washington D.C. (eleven years).

1997-2008 Private Sector
Medlink International, Mowasat Hospital, Kuwait, CFO
Saint Louis University Family Practice Residency, Administrator
Touchette Regional Hospital, Centreville, IL, COO
Community Service and Volunteerism
Boy Scouts of America, VP for Operations, Lewis and Clark Council, Belleville, IL
AARP Legislative Advocate, Conway/Myrtle Beach Chapter Board Member and
Chair,

Community Service Projects
CoastRTA, Citizens Advisory Committee and Transportation Task Force
Neighbor to Neighbor Program, Myrtle Beach, volunteer driver

 

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Coast RTA

Board of Directors
Representing two counties.

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