The Board of Commissioners of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) welcomed two new commissioners at the March 24, 2021 board meeting. The newly appointed commissioners, Reginald Townsend and Janee Hanzlick attended their first board meeting since being appointed.
Governor Mike Parson appointed Reginald Townsend to the KCATA Board of Commissioners in February. Townsend is the current Mayor Pro-Tem for the Raymore, Mo. City Council. He’s been a member of the Raymore City Council since 2017.
Townsend serves as a Financial Management Analyst for the Programs and Resources Department with the United States Marine Corps. He also currently serves as Cass County Liaison Committee Member for the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC). Previously, he was an Information Systems Specialist for the Farm Production and Conservation Business Center with the United States Department of Agriculture. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Baker University in Overland Park, Kansas.
Janee Hanzlick currently serves on the Johnson County Board of Commissioners. She is the former CEO of the Safehome domestic violence agency. Hanzlick’s passion for transit comes from her background in social work. She says public transportation is vital to help victims of domestic violence start a new life without their abuser.
Hanzlick is a member of the Overland Park Rotary Club. She was in the Leadership Overland Park, Class of 2007 and Past-President of the Johnson County Community Violence Action Council. She earned a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC and has been a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) in Kansas for the past 28 years.
KCATA is governed by a 10-member Board of Commissioners, five from Missouri and five from Kansas. Commissioners are limited to two consecutive four-year terms. Responsibility for the management, control and operation of the Authority and its properties is vested in the Board. The Board exercises its responsibility by adopting all general policies of the Authority, including the adoption of annual capital and operating budgets, the establishment of the goals of the Authority, and the selection of a CEO. The Board may delegate certain duties and responsibilities to the CEO for the management and operation of the Authority.