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Board of Directors

Patricia Halko
President

Trish Halko is a consultant focusing primarily on software development, technical writing and training. She is a committed volunteer who has had the opportunity to serve in leadership positions with a variety of non-profit boards and organizations. Inspired by personal experiences with a family member, Trish has been involved with the effort to establish an ITN affiliate in the Twin Cities from its earliest beginnings as a transportation options work group.

Joelyn Malone
Vice President

Joelyn Malone has over 30 years' experience in working with health care and social service programs for older people and people with disabilities of all ages, and has been an independent consultant since 1999. She has worked primarily to develop new ways of providing and financing health care and social service programs, assisting state and local governments as well as providers of health care, housing and social services. She holds a Master's Degree in Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota. Her contributions to ITNTwinCities include developing and conducting focus groups and key informant interviews for the project's needs assessment, researching reports by other agencies on transportation issues and findings of surveys of older adults' needs for transportation, and grant writing.

Arlene Forrest
Secretary

Arlene Forrest is an attorney, city planning commissioner and community volunteer who has served on a number of local and regional nonprofit boards. She previously worked as corporate counsel for software companies, specializing in technology licensing and intellectual property matters. Arlene received her nursing and law degrees from the University of Minnesota.

Debra Abarr
Treasurer

Debra Abarr has over 30 years of financial and accounting management experience. After graduating with a B.B.A. from the University of Iowa, Debra began her career in the manufacturing industry. After moving to the Twin Cities in 1987, Deb decided to focus her talents in the nonprofit arena. She retired from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society after 23 years as Vice President of Finance & Operations.

Mark Hoisser

Mark Hoisser is the retired CEO of DARTS. He retired after a 35 year career with the organization in which he held numerous financial, technical and leadership positions in the agency. Mark was responsible for the growth in DARTS' primary service, transportation for older adults and adults with disabilities and the creation of the award winning social enterprise venture, DARTS Vehicle Maintenance Services. Mark has served on numerous committees and boards supporting older adult and transit services including stints as chair of the Minnesota Public Transit Association and the Minnesota Leadership Council on Aging. He founded the Minnesota Partnership for Safe Mobility, a statewide public/private collaborative undertaking initiatives to support the safety of older drivers and communities in seeking alternatives for older adults needing transit resources. He also served on the University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies Executive Committee and the CTS ITS Institute Board of Directors. In 2011 he received the MPTA Distinguished Career award. Currently Mark has been primarily assisting with ITNTwinCities operational startup issues and connecting the organization with other providers and nonprofits in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.