Mar 23, 2021
CLEVELAND, OH – The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) Board of Trustees today elected Rev. Charles P. Lucas to serve as Board President and Attorney Karen Gabriel Moss to serve as Vice President at the Board’s annual meeting. Each will serve for one-year.
An appointee of the City of Cleveland, Rev. Lucas replaces former board president Dennis M. Clough, Mayor of Westlake, who announced last October that he would not seek re-election once his term expired on March 3, 2021.
Rev. Lucas joined the RTA board in 2016 and was first elected vice president in 2018, and re-elected in 2019 and 2020. He is Pastor Emeritus of St. James AME Church on Cedar Avenue. He also serves as co-chairman of the City’s Community Relations Board, as well as past-chairman of the Council of Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland. He is past president of the Cleveland Chapter of the NAACP.
Attorney Moss, an appointee of Cuyahoga County, joined the RTA Board in March, 2011. Moss is a practicing partner at Nicola, Gudbranson & Cooper, LLC, where she advocates for immigration and naturalization rights for individuals. Since 2009, she has been recognized as one of The Best Lawyers of America, specializing in immigration law. In 2016, Moss was honored as Lawyer of the Year.
In addition, the three-year term for board member Justin M. Bibb, who was not in attendance at today’s meeting, has expired. Bibb joined the board in October, 2018, and expressed his appreciation for his time of service via a pre-recorded video presented during the meeting.
Cuyahoga County names a total of three appointees to the RTA board. In addition to Moss and Bibb, RTA trustee Terence P. Joyce, business manager of Building Laborers’ Local 310 and president of the Cleveland Building Trades Council, also is a County appointee.
The City of Cleveland appoints a total of four members and the Mayors and City Managers appoint three to round out the 10-member RTA Board.
The three other City of Cleveland appointees are Valarie J. McCall, Chief of Communications, Government & International Affairs for the City of Cleveland; Leo Serrano, Executive Director, Office of Institutional Advancement, Cleveland Metropolitan School District; and Luz Pellot, Business Systems Analyst with Xerox Corporation.
The Mayors and City Managers’ three appointees are Shaker Heights Mayor David Weiss, Parma Heights Mayor Michael Byrne and Bay Village Mayor Paul Koomar.