Dr. Barbara Gannon is a leadership consultant and clinical psychologist with practical experience across the transportation sector. As principal of GannonConsult, she and the GannonConsult team help executives calibrate their strengths with the rigorous demands of the work.
Dr. Gannon is respected for her expertise in workforce strategy and in the design and delivery of professional development programs. Throughout her career she has trained and mentored over 2,000 transportation professionals, many of whom now serve as general managers and executive team managers in agencies and organizations across the country. Dr. Gannon was an instructor for Northeastern University’s National Transit Management Seminars and developed the Eno Center for Transportation Leadership, where she served as Executive Vice President until 2012. Today, she directs the executive seminar for the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association and designs senior and mid-level training courses throughout the transportation industry.
A former transit operations and general manager coupled with her training as a clinical psychologist gives Dr. Gannon the ability to quickly establish trust, listen carefully to the issues, and to strengthen teams as they recalibrate, focus and adopt new directions. Her consulting experiences include facilitating of forums and retreats, ensuring successful partnering on transportation construction projects, designing workforce development plans, and guiding the strategic planning process.
Barbara Gannon is an active member of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials, and is a 2014 honoree at the organization's award ceremony, Celebrating Women Who Move the Nation. She serves on the board of the American Public Transportation Foundation, is the Chair of the Workforce Development Subcommittee of the APTA Human Resource Committee and serves on the National Park Scholars Foundation Advisory Board. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas and was granted a degree in Clinical Psychology from the William James College in 1998. In January 2014, Dr. Gannon was elected to the William James College Board of Trustees.
Barbara Gannon lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts with her husband, Robert Sullivan.
As consultant, Lindsey is an instructor and group facilitator on GannonConsult training programs and contributes to needs assessments and research. Prior to joining GannonConsult, Ms. Robertson served as Director of the Eno Center for Transportation Leadership (CTL). In that role she directed and executed CTL courses for professionals across the career span from emerging professional through transit board member.
She also coordinated Eno’s policy forum discussions, supported Eno’s Board of Directors, and built and maintained relationships with constituents and program alumni.
Ms. Robertson is currently Senior Program Manager, Workforce Development at the American Public Transportation Association. She holds a master's degree in Organizational Development and Knowledge Management at George Mason University’s School of Public Policy and earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Marymount University. She is a member of Young Professionals in Transportation, the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials and the Women in Transportation Seminar. She lives in Arlington, Virginia.
Robert Prince lends his time and expertise to the GannonConsult projects that allow him to continue to give back to the industry. He is well known for his quiet manner of teaching – the telling of stories that illustrate the questions and lessons learned. He listens carefully to what is said/and not said, and offers advice when asked. Bob has been a thoughtful advisor and mentor throughout his career.
Robert Prince is President of Foot Prince, LLC, where he provides consultation services that span the industry, including transit operations, state of good repair, human resources and labor relations.
Robert Prince was Vice President at AECOM, serving as Transit Business Development Director. He was involved with national transit issues and focused on state of good repair/capital needs assessments, security analyses, BRT development, and new-system operations start-up. Previous to AECOM, he served as the General Manager at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority in Boston, culminating a 25-year career that began as a bus operator and progressed through over 20 jobs in the authority. As General Manager, Prince oversaw the management of over 6,500 employees, and transported over a million commuters each day. His book, Everyman: Foot Prince in the Snow tells the lessons of leading in the transit sector.
Until 2015, he served as Chairman of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), where he directed many successful programs and initatives during his 17+ years with the organization. Prince has received many awards among them "The Governor’s Pride and Performance Award,” "The Greater Boston Black Achievers Award,” "The Consumer Affairs Annual Bell Ringer Awards for Excellence for Public Information through the Snow Guide,” the "Heroes Among Us Award presented by the Boston Celtics,” and WTS’s Rosa Parks award for diversity.
He is married to Dr. Judith Prince and they have two children and two grandchildren. They reside in Jacksonville, Florida.
Kate Young is a facilitator and instructor for GannonConsult. Kate's role as a facilitator enables her to join quiet conversations and listen for connections to be made between your story and the course work. Ever encouraging, Kate brings a passion for community building through connection and meaning to every project. As an instructor, you will enjoy her down to earth and personal touch.
Kate has a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts and is currently pursuing a course of study at the Kansas Leadership Center.
She and her husband are active in many charitable and civic groups, including in their rural community. Her work on establishing the Sedgwick Meeting House, a community coffee shop in Sedgwick, Kansas, is the response to a need for a gathering place for the multiple generations in this rural town. Kate believes that building communities begins at home where she and her husband, Damon, thoughtfully raise their five children. Kate can’t wait to hear your story.
Alyce French-Johnson has worked with the GannonConsult team since 2011 as facilitator for group workshops and an instructor on professional development courses. With her deep knowledge of the transit industry and experience working on both sides of the labor-negotiation table, Alyce also offers great perspective as a consultant for transit managers and executives as she understands the business of transit and knows what leadership needs from an executive team. Through her work with GannonConsult, Ms. Johnson has counseled and coached mid-level managers as they moved into senior level positions by helping them to determine the key priorities to support the mission of the agency.
Since 2003 Alyce French-Johnson has served as Assistant Executive Director of the Transit Authority of River City (TARC) where she has helped to direct the agency’s over 600 employees as they deliver more than 47,000 daily trips to customers throughout Louisville and the surrounding five counties in Kentucky and southern Indiana. Prior to her current position as Assistant Executive Director, she served as Director of Transportation for over two years. Ms. French-Johnson began her career at TARC in 1977 as a customer service representative before taking a position as a coach operator; a position she held for 18 years.
In 1979 the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1447 appointed Ms. French-Johnson to the role of union steward. Over the next several years she served as multiple roles in the union including: steward, executive board member, recording secretary, vice-president, president, and president / business.
Ms. French-Johnson currently serves on the advisory boards of YMCA Safe Place and the Lincoln Foundation and is a member of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials. She is also an Associate Minister at the Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. Ms. French-Johnson earned her master’s degree in management from Webster University and holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from Spalding University. Alyce is a member of the 2001 class of Leadership Louisville and is a 2003 Bingham Fellow. She is married to Joseph Johnson Jr. and they have one son and two grandchildren.
Melissa provides creative guidance to the GannonConsult team, steering the marketing and customer engagement plans. She works with the team to communicate the GannonConsult brand and messaging to the industry through the website, marketing designs and social media outreach.
Prior to her current position she worked as an Account Manager at Eben Design in Seattle, WA. Ms. Paradis began her career in transportation as the Program Coordinator for the Eno Center for Transportation Leadership where she supported Eno’s professional development programs.
Melissa is a member of the American Marketing Association and she received a Nonprofit Marketing Research Scholarship from the American Marketing Association Foundation. Ms. Paradis graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in business and marketing.