Charla Sloan Named First Woman President of SWTA

​Austin, Texas (March 1, 2010) – At the 30th Annual Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Charla Sloan was voted as the new President of the South West Transit Association (SWTA).

“This is particularly exciting because Charla is the first female to be name President in the 30 year history of SWTA,” says SWTA Executive Director, Kristen Joyner.

Mrs. Sloan has served on the South West Transit Association board since 2004 when she first represented the Oklahoma Transit Association as President. In 2007, Charla was voted Vice President of the SWTA Board and on February 17, 2010, became President of the organization.

“We are thrilled to have Charla serve as President of SWTA,” remarked Rick Cain, Administrator, Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and President of the Oklahoma Transit Association. “Charla’s background in working with Federal, State and local agencies to provide great rural transportation will serve the SWTA organization and its members well.”

Charla began in transit in 1988 as a part-time clerk at KI BOIS Community Action Foundation, Inc. By 1996, Charla had earned the position of Transit Director. Since then she has been instrumental in increasing public transportation services to needy residents in eastern Oklahoma. KI BOIS has been able to expand service from a four county to an eleven county area and has directed the statewide “Road to Work, Oklahoma” program. Mrs. Sloan recently worked with former Congressman Brad Carson’s office and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to obtain funding and build a brand new maintenance facility and offices in Stigler, Oklahoma, for the thriving and growing non-profit agency.

Mrs. Sloan serves as the Oklahoma delegate for the Community Transportation Association of America’s (CTAA), United We Ride program and still serves on the Oklahoma Transit Association Board.

KI BOIS provides demand response public transportation services, contract transit services for the Department of Human Services (DHS) TANF program as well as transportation for Medicaid’s Sooner Ride program.

The South West Transit Association (SWTA) is a regional transit association representing: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. SWTA was formed in 1979 to represent transit agencies and others interested in public transit issues. SWTA’s mission is to assist members in maintaining and improving their ability to provide quality public transportation services by providing a community of education, communication and advocacy.

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