NMTA Director

Mary Collins, City of Clovis - Clovis Area Transit System

Representing:  Director At Large
Term Expiration Date:  April 2019

Contact Information:

Address:  401 E. 7th Street                    

                  Clovis, NM  88101
Office:  (575) 769-7910              

Email:  mcollins@cityofclovis.org                             

My name is Mary Collins and I am seeking a board position with the NM Transit Association.  I currently hold the position of Operations Manager for the Clovis Area Transit System.  I’ve worked for the City of Clovis for 27 years.  During my tenure here I have held the following positions:  transit operator, dispatcher/scheduler, administrative assistant and now operations manager.  As many of you know who work in a small transit department, I wear many hats and perform a wide variety of tasks, but my duties include hiring, supervision and training of all drivers; tracking and scheduling of all fleet maintenance; driver work schedules; and overall operations.

I enjoy my job tremendously, take pride in being a behind the scenes worker and giving 110 percent to the success of the system.  This has garnered my selection as the City’s Employee of the Quarter.  As a driver I won the Bus Division of our State Roadeo in 1995, which was the first year they incorporated the cut-aways and I’ve only missed attendance at two State Roadeos since inception.  I completed CTAA’s course on Certified Community Transit Supervisor, and have completed numerous hours of training in this field. 

I am very devoted to the success of the CATS program and the success of NMTA.  I know that the service we provide is a lifeline to the citizens of this state and what we do matters in their daily lives.  It is our responsibility as Transit Supervisors to instill this view to our staff and to spread this message across the state to leaders in our communities. I have attended several board meetings in the past with the Director of our program and find the work being done by NMTA invaluable.  I’ve always been eager to assist in any way I can with the State Conference and Roadeo and will continue to do so.  I ask for your consideration of my request to assist the board.

NMTA Secretary

Michael Bartholomew, City of Las Cruces - RoadRunner Transit

Representing: Urban Transit Systems (5307 Programs) 
Term Expiration Date:  April 2020

Contact Information:
Address:  P.O. Box  20000                   

                  Las Cruces, NM  88004
Office:  (575) 541-2500                                
Email:  mbartholomew@las-cruces.org

I have served as the Transit Administrator for the City of Las Cruces’ RoadRUNNER Transit since January 2002.  I have been in the public transportation    business since 1984 in a variety of roles including driver (both fixed route and paratransit), trainer, lead driver, operations supervisor and, now, transit administrator.  I believe in the value of developing strong public transportation programs in New Mexico– not only for people with no other transportation options but also as a viable option for those who have transportation choices.  I am currently serving on the NMTA board as secretary.

Prior to my transportation career, I was an archeologist.  I received a BA in Anthropology from the University of Arizona and an MA in Anthropology from Washington State University.  I have been married for 33 years and have two children, both who are married -- a daughter who lives in Albuquerque and a son who lives in Las Cruces. 

NMTA Director

David Falance, Presbyterian Medical Services (P.M.S.)

Representing:  Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities (5310 Programs)

Term Expiration Date:  April 2019

Contact Information:
Address:  1422 Paseo De Peralta      

                  Santa Fe, NM  87501

Office Phone:  Office:  (505) 820-3471
Email:  david.falance@pmsnm.org 

I am 54 years old this year, married for 22 years, and the father of 5 children. I enjoy working on and building hot rods from the sixties.

I am currently the General Service Manager for Presbyterian Medical Services. My department manages the maintenance, renovation, and new construction of PMS facilities. There are currently 116 locations.   We are also responsible for the management of sixty cars and approximately forty other transportation vehicles. Our department handles the maintenance, administration of insurance coverage and claims, central reporting of mileage and condition, and replacement planning and purchases.

From 1982 to 2008 I worked for the New Mexico Corrections Department, starting as a Correctional Office and retiring as the Safety Programs Director. While working at the Penitentiary I was the fleet manager on several occasions, managing over 100 cars, trucks, and pieces of construction equipment among other building and construction related duties. As a Program Director I administrated the risk management plan for the department. 

Between retirement and PMS I administrated and maintained properties and equipment for Garrett Thornburg, the owner of Thornburg Investment Management in Santa Fe.

NMTA Director

Gary Guinn, Creative Bus Sales

Representing:  Director at Large
Term Expiration Date:  April 2020

Contact Information:

Address:  5760 Pino Avenue NE               

                  Albuquerque, NM  87109

Office Phone:  (505) 382-8510
Email: GaryG@creativebussales.com

About Me

  • Born and raised in Central New Mexico
  •  Hometown of Bosque Farms
  • Graduate of Los Lunas High School
  •  Dirt Track Racecar Driver
  • Husband and Father of one

 Military Service

  • Served in the United States Marines as a 3521 Motor Transport Diesel Mechanic
  • Obtained a Secondary Military Occupational Skill as a 3522 Rebuild Technician
  • Engine and Transmission Dyno Certified
  • There is not a part of a Humvee or LVS that I cannot rebuild or repai
  • Left the Marine Corps as a Corporal E-4 and Acting SNCOIC (Shop Manager)

Wagner Equipment Company

  • Worked for Wagner Equipment Company “Caterpillar” as a Diesel Engine Rebuild Technician
  • At Wagner became youngest Shop Foreman in Company at 22
  • Assisted in creation, implementation, and training of New Company wide Safety protocols and Standards. 


  • At ARCA operated a 108 vehicle fleet
  • Promoted to become Vehicle and Safety Coordinator adding 80+ locations that I was responsible for Safety  Inspections of these vehicles, homes, apartment complexes  and business locations
  • Trainer for Defensive Driving and new employee Safety
  • Operated within 5310 and 5316 Grants 

North Central Regional Transit District, “NCRTD”

  • Fleet and Facilities Maintenance Manger for North Central Regional Transit District
  • Facilitated  in planning and operation of Transit system
  • 10,000 square mile operation area encompassing 4 counties
  • Operating  and Servicing 60+ Transit vehicles
  • 24 fixed Routes and 4 Demand Routes
  • Operating within 5309, 5310, and 5311 Grants.
  • Maintaining Hundreds of Bus Stops across the service area including evaluation and installation of new stops. 

Creative Bus Sales

  • New Mexico Transit Bus Salesman
  • Work with all government agencies and non-profits receiving  grant money on both 5310 and 5311 Grants
  • With my Mechanical, Fleet Maintenance, and Grant Background I can help you to choose the correct vehicle for your application and budget 

NMTA Director

Representing:  Director at Large
Term Expiration Date:  April 2018 (Seat is currently vacant - will be filled during 2018 elections)

NMTA Treasurer

Philo Shelton, Los Alamos County - Atomic City Transit

Representing:  Rural Transit Systems (5311 Programs)
Term Expiration Date:  April 2019

Contact Information:
Address:  1000 Central Avenue

                  Suite 160
                   Los Alamos, NM  87544
Office Phone:  (505) 662-8106
Email:  philo.shelton@lacnm.us

Philo is a registered Professional Engineer in the Civil Engineering discipline. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute and received his Masters of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is also a Certified Public Manager. Philo joined Los Alamos County in June 2012. Prior to joining the County, Philo had been a Public Works Director since 2001 serving in the communities of Steamboat Springs and Black Hawk, Colorado. 

NMTA President

Anthony Mortillaro, North Central Regional Transit District

Representing:  Regional Transit Districts

Term Expiration Date:  April 2020

Contact Information:

Address:  1327 Riverside Drive

                  Española, NM  87532

Office Phone:  (505) 629-4713

Email:  anthonym@ncrtd.org

Anthony Mortillaro holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and has over 30 years of local government experience.  As the Executive Director of the North Central Regional Transit District he is responsible for overseeing and directing all activities related to the provision of transit services within the District’s four county, 10,000 square mile area with an approximate population of 235,000. The Regional Transit District has an 11 member Board of Elected Officials that are appointed to represent the Cities of Española and  Santa Fe, the Counties of Santa Fe, Española, Taos and Los Alamos and the Pueblos of Tesuque, Pojoaque, San Ildefonso, Ohkay Owingeh, and  Santa Clara.

Prior to joining the RTD, Anthony held the various positions of County Administrator and City and Town Manager in cities in the states of Colorado, Washington, Arizona and New Mexico.  Anthony served on the Board of the North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) for 6.5 years and Chaired the Finance and Personnel Committee for the NCRTD.

In addition he has served on the Board of the former Los Alamos Bus and was a team member in the Los Alamos County acquisition and development of Atomic City Transit.

In Washington State, Anthony was involved in the annexation of the City of Blaine into the service area for Whatcom County Transit and served as a member of the transit advisory committee.

Currently, Anthony is a member of the NPTA Board of Director’s representing the RTD’s and also serves as the President.  

NMTA Board of Directors

NMTA Director

Stan Cooper, AARP of New Mexico

Representing:  Director at Large
Term Expiration Date:  April 2018

Contact Information:
Address:  535 Cerillos Rd.

                  Suite A

                  Santa Fe, NM  87501

Office Phone:  (505) 670-7988   

Email:  stanleymcooper@gmail.com

For the past three years I have been fortunate to serve on the board of directors of the New Mexico Transit Association, and I would like to continue serving.  My background includes many years of working for AARP.   Until I retired in 2012, I was the State Director for AARP New Mexico from 1999 to 2012.   Prior to then, I worked in the areas of communications and legislative advocacy for AARP.

While with AARP New Mexico, I was involved in educating seniors throughout New Mexico about their options to stay connected to their communities by having access to transportation.

The population of New Mexico is aging.  Currently about 13.2 percent of the state’s population is 65 and older.  By 2030 that will jump to 26.4 percent.

It is important that public transportation in New Mexico get more public policy attention—not only to help seniors, but also to help many others who don’t own a car or who are disabled.  New Mexico is one of only a handful of states that does not provide any state funding for public transportation.

As a member of the NMTA Board of Directors I have actively worked to increase the association’s visibility by helping our president find opportunities to address key standing and interim legislative committees of the New Mexico Legislature to let them know about NMTA.  I also have written articles on public transportation for NMTA’s online newsletter.

In 2014, working with colleagues on an advocacy subcommittee I helped develop  a request for proposal to hire a lobbyist to help push legislation during the 2015 legislative session. That effort resulted in the hiring of JD Bullington who subsequently convinced a key member of the House of Representatives to sponsor legislation that would give public transportation a small percentage of   capital outlay funds to help local and regional governments that provide transportation. I also helped lobby for that bill in Legislature.

I would like to continue to use my knowledge of communications and advocacy to move NMTA forward so it becomes a better known and respected advocate for public transportation.

NMTA Director

Fred Ullom, All Aboard America!

Representing: Business Director
Term Expiration Date:  April 2018

Contact Information:

Address: 3789 Academy Rd.                

                 Santa Fe, NM  87507

Office Phone:  (505) 424-1110                      

Email:  fred@allaboardamerica.com

Fred was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan and attended Michigan State University, College of Engineering.

Fred has 30+ years in the    Transportation Industry. He has been with All Aboard America, Santa Fe Division in the capacity of General Manager for over 5 years.  As General Manager/Program Manager he is responsible to directly oversee and manage the facilities in the State of New Mexico.

He is the Program Manager for the State of New Mexico Park and Ride program, the Program Manager for the Rio Metro Sandoval County Easy Express, in which he answers directly to the State of New Mexico and MRCOG.

He is the Drug and Alcohol Program Manager and the designated Employee Representative for the Federal Transportation Administration Drug and Alcohol program.

Fred is currently on the NMTA board, as a Business Director.

Fred is married to his beautiful wife Carla for 30 years and have two daughters and 7 grandchildren. 

NMTA Vice - President

Joseph Hardin, Zia Therapy Center/Z-Trans

Representing:  At Large Director
Term Expiration Date:  April 2018

Contact Information:
Address:  900 1st Street
                   Alamogordo, NM  88310
Office Phone:  (575) 439-4900 ext. 152
Email:  ztrans@ziatherapy.org

  • Became a board member in 2005
  • Treasurer for 2 years
  • Vice President for the last four years
  • Filling an at-large position
  • Former NRTAP Review Board Member
  • APTA BMTS (Bus Maintenance Training Standards) Committee member
  • Chair of the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce Transportation Committee 

I am Transportation Director for Ztrans in Alamogordo. I have been employed at Zia Therapy Center Inc.  since 2002. I have been Transportation Director since March 2004.

We operate a fleet of 20 vehicles for 5311, 5316, and 5310 programs. Since I have been Director, we have landed numerous private contracts and have seen our public ridership rise from 1100 riders per month to over 10,000 riders per month. We serve Alamogordo, La Luz, Tularosa, Holloman AFB, Mescalero Apache Reservation, and Las Cruces with our public transit.

I am also a previous member of the board for the South Central Regional Transit District, representing our city and county.