As CEO/Executive Director of Metra, Mr. Derwinski provides overall leadership and direction to all areas of Metra operations and administration to ensure that Metra achieves its vision, mission, goals and objectives. Financial responsibility includes oversight of Metra’s budget, which totals more than $1 billion for operations and capital.
Mr. Milano was appointed the agency’s Deputy Executive Director for Administration in February 2015. In this role, he is responsible for planning, developing, organizing and directing Metra’s administrative activities.
Janice R. Thomas was named Chief of Staff on December 1, 2019.
The Chief of Staff will serve as a highly effective communicator, key strategic advisor and planner to the CEO who will take responsibility for special projects and lead key initiatives by resolving complex issues that require executive leadership and direction. Also in this role, she is responsible for directing and managing the government affairs, marketing and community relations teams.
Ms. Rosen was named as Metra’s General Counsel by the Board of Directors in February 2014. In this role, she leads Metra’s Law Department which provides legal guidance and support to the Metra Board, executive team and staff.
Mr. Benz was named Chief Audit Officer (CAO) in October 2017 after serving a year in that position in an acting capacity. He previously served as Metra’s Ethics Officer and Associate General Counsel. In the role of CAO, Mr. Benz is responsible for developing and implementing an annual risk assessment to identify and audit risks Metra faces. He also assists the executive director’s office and Metra departments in using best practices of the rail transit industry. The CAO has a dual-reporting line to the Board of Directors and Executive Director/CEO, and provides quarterly reports and updates to the Board and senior management.
Ms. Ciavarella was named Metra’s Senior Division Director, Strategic Capital Planning in June 2011. In that role she directs an 18-member team that oversees the development and administration of the agency’s long-range plans, capital program and performance statistics.
Mr. Farmer has been Metra’s CFO since November 2011. He oversees Metra’s accounting, finance, budget, grant management, contract management and information systems teams. In this role, Mr. Farmer is responsible for creating and managing a set of financial systems which is fully integrated and responsive to the needs of internal and external customers.
Ms. Kizer was named Metra’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) in June 2014. Ms. Kizer has more than 25 years of experience in information technology. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from Northwestern University and earned her MBA from Oakland University in Rochester, Mich.
Mr. Konczal was named Chief Safety and Environmental Officer in November 2015. In this role, he is responsible for the administrative oversight and management of Metra’s safety programs and initiatives, environmental compliance and industrial hygiene activities.
Krakar was named Chief Engineering Officer in January 2019. In his current role, he directs the planning, development, and organization of all Engineering Department activities. The Engineering Department is responsible for the design and maintenance of Metra's infrastructure, including track, signals, telecommunications, bridges and buildings.
Mr. McCann was named the Chief Mechanical Officer in January 2018. In that role, Mr. McCann oversees all activities of Metra's Mechanical Department including field operations, shop operations, engineering and planning, asset management, reliability centered maintenance, and state of good repair. He ensures that inspections, maintenance, repairs, and overhaul of Metra’s rollingstock is completed in a safe, efficient manner and in accordance with Federal regulations, APTA guidelines and industry standards.
Chief Perez, a decorated 28-year veteran of the Illinois State Police Department with a diverse service record, was hired in May 2014 to serve as chief of the Metra Police Department and lead its transformation into a modern, efficient and effective force.
Mr. Ryan was appointed Chief Transportation Officer in September 2014. In this capacity, he is responsible for commuter operations on Metra owned and operated lines as well as those operated under purchase of service agreements with the BNSF and Union Pacific railroads.