DRMAC Board of Directors

People Making Things Happen

Lisa Bitzer

Lisa Bitzer is the Director of Operations at Via Mobility Services. Via, is a private non- profit, 501-C3 community-based transit agency, serving the Denver metro and surrounding areas. She has been involved in the transportation field for almost 2 decades, serving in a variety of different roles.

Lisa Bitzer

Merv Martin

Merv has 30+ years of transportation and logistics leadership experience, and has been able to develop knowledge working in many areas of transit including parcel, currency, international air transport, food distribution, waste management and most recently elderly participant transport. As the former Director of Transportation and Logistics for Innovage, he also received and facilitated Passenger Assistance, Safety, and Sensitivity(PASS) training , a certification developed by (CTAA) Community Transportation Association of America, the standard for most ADA supported public transit and wheelchair transport agencies. Received his official PMP certification from CSU Fort Collins, various transportation and logistics methodologies including (Lean, PMP, dispatch operation systems, fleet management and DOT). He currently serves on the Ada Paratransit Advisory Council for RTD.

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.

Dr. Barbara Ann Pierce

Barbara Ann retired from the public sector June 2019. She is a fulltime caregiver for her special needs brother. She teaches in higher education, and in the private sector. Her experience encompass 20+ years in the human services field advocating for the underserved populations, and 12 years in clinical mental health.

Barbara Ann Pierce

Mike Pletsch

Mike is the Chief Development Officer for Mobility Development.  His responsibilities include guiding Mobility Development’s expansion into new and existing markets, dissemination of our unique approach to the sector, and development of internal project management structures around both the launch and maintenance of programs as we continue to grow.

Locally Mike has 8+ years of shared mobility management and consulting experience including executive leadership.  During that time, he has served on several transit oriented nonprofit boards including the Transit Alliance and Colorado Carshare.  Mike has proudly served on the DRMAC board since August 2019.

Ernie Quemuel

Ernie Quemuel is a broker associate with Equity Colorado with over 19 years of experience in the metro Denver real estate market. During that time, he has seen firsthand the important role transportation plays in real estate and housing decisions. Born in the Philippines, Ernie emigrated to the United States with his family at age 8. Growing up in the NOVA area, his family regularly rode transit. In 1998 he headed west to the University of Northern Colorado, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and business.

Roberto Rey

Roberto Rey is the Associate State Director for Multicultural Outreach at the AARP Colorado State office. He is the staff lead for the AARP Colorado State Office Livable Communities outreach. Prior to joining AARP in 1997, Roberto worked 12 years as a community organizer in Chicago with community, disability rights, and leadership development groups—focusing primarily on Direct Action Organizing, grant writing and organizational development.

Jacob Riger

Jacob Riger is the long range transportation planning manager for the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG). Jacob develops and maintains DRCOG’s Metro Vision Regional Transportation Plan, which identifies the major multimodal transportation projects, programs, and services to be provided over the next 20+ years for the Denver region. Jacob’s team is also responsible for DRCOG’s transit, freight, safety, bicycle/pedestrian, and transportation performance management planning activities. Jacob is also a Commissioner and past vice chair of Colorado’s Southwest Chief and Front Range Passenger Rail Commission. He has 25 years of public agency and private sector transportation planning expertise across the country. Jacob is the DRCOG ex officio member of the DRMAC Board.

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.

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