Executive Management Team

Brent Bernegger

VP of Finance/CFO
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Brent Bernegger is the Vice President of Finance/Chief Financial Officer for the Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT). In his role, Mr. Bernegger provides executive direction and management over SacRT's finance department. He provides leadership and strategic direction in policy development and directs cross functional planning and major strategic level projects.

Mr. Bernegger joined SacRT in November of 2004. Prior to working for SacRT, he was revenue manager for a software company, and a senior auditor at an accounting firm.

Alva Carrasco

VP of Maintenance
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Ms. Alva Carrasco is the Vice President of Maintenance for Sacramento Regional Transit District (RT) where she is responsible for overseeing bus and light rail maintenance, wayside and materials management. She also plays a key role in District-wide strategic initiatives and capital projects. Prior to becoming the Vice President of Maintenance, she served as the Deputy Chief Operating Officer at RT for two years.

Alva has more than 25 years of experience in the public transit sector. Prior to working at RT, she was the Vice President of Transportation at VIA Metropolitan Transit, in San Antonio, TX. where she was responsible for over 1,200 employees and overseeing VIA's fixed route and paratransit operations, accessible eligibility, ADA compliance, and transit administration. She also worked for Los Angeles Metro as a Transportation Manager and as the Assistant Transportation Director at Montebello Bus Lines.

Alva received a Master's Degree in Transportation Management at San Jose State University (SJSU. She was awarded the SJSU, Mineta Transportation Institute, 2017 Alumna of the Year Award. She is an American Public Transit Association (APTA) Leadership alumna and American Public Transportation Foundation scholarship recipient. She currently serves on various committees, as well as serving as the Vice President of the Board of Directors of Latinos In Transit (LIT) non-profit organization, as a Transit Cooperative Research Program TOPS Committee Member, and as an APTA Emerging Leaders National Mentor.

Alva is a big supporter of student intern programs, scholarship fund raisers, mentoring students and young professionals, and workforce development. Her first job was as a student worker with Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus at the age of 14.

Doug Cook

VP of Operations
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Doug Cook is the Vice President of Operations for the Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT) where he is responsible for day-to-day operations of Light Rail, Bus, Community Bus Service (CBS), Folsom service, Training, and Scheduling departments. He also plays a key role in the District-wide strategic initiatives.

Doug has been with SacRT for 24 years serving in both Light Rail and Bus divisions. Previously Doug served as the Director of Bus and CBS operations. During his time at Light Rail he worked on
the extensions to Mather Field/Mills, Folsom, and the South Line Phase 1.

Laura Ham

VP of Planning & Accountability
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Laura currently holds the lead role in managing multiple strategic initiatives at SacRT, including a route optimization study that will provide a comprehensive, objective examination of SacRT's routes, schedules, and reliability. In her position, she administers strategic and service planning, accessible services, equal employment opportunity, internal audits, and functions supporting the general manager's office and the board of directors.

Laura has been with RT for over 18 years and previously served as the director of accessible services and customer advocacy. Her background in service to persons with disabilities and seniors, compliance with the public transportation provisions of the ADA, and customer advocacy, have fostered a deep commitment to total transit service quality and customer service excellence for the organization.

Some examples of Laura's leadership and commitment to organizational excellence include:

  • The development of RT's Customer Advocacy Unit, which transformed RT's response to clients by providing timely feedback, creating long term bonds, and motivating staff to think about customers first.
  • Her support of the organizations' movement towards greater fiscal sustainability as the project manager for more than 50 revenue growth and cost cutting measures, working across RT departments and with the Board of Directors.
  • Her execution of a multi-faceted system wide improvement initiative and resulting process improvements, linking crucial internal and external resources, and readying the agency for service to the new Golden 1 Center.
  • Her engagement of valued partners through work with the RT Board System Improvement Ad-hoc Committee, Business Advisory Panel and Working Groups, the RT Mobility Advisory Council, the City of Sacramento, the Sacramento Area Council of Governments, and other key partners.

Laura graduated from Sac State with a BA degree in English, and a minor in Liberal Arts and Social Science. She has long-standing roots in the Sacramento community and lives with her husband and two children in Carmichael.

Lieutenant Justin Risley

Chief of Police Services and Security Operations
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Justin Risley leads all of SacRT's contracted police officers, which include law enforcement professionals from the Sacramento Police Department, Sacramento Sheriff's Department, Rancho Cordova Police Department, and the Folsom Police Department. He also leads the Security Operations Center, where SacRT personnel respond to customer needs, dispatch field personnel, and oversees the vast network of cameras located throughout the system.

Additionally, Justin has oversight for the transit agents who provide customer service on the trains and who ensure that riders have paid their fares. He also hires private security guards to provide support in higher crime stations and at night when the system is down. Justin's team takes pride in finding solutions to issues that affect SacRT riders, staff, and the community.  Justin is a twenty-four year veteran of the Sacramento Police Department with extensive leadership throughout the organization.

  • Just prior to joining SacRT, he served as Executive Lieutenant for the downtown command, managing resources and tactfully handling protests.
  • Led department-wide specialty teams, including SWAT, K-9, Air Operations, Crisis Negotiations, and traffic teams. In this division, Justin also managed contract services for schools, hospitals, and Regional Transit.
  • Led a team to implement body-worn cameras throughout the organization.
  • Managed patrol operations as a Watch Commander.
  • Served as the department's spokesperson as Public Information Officer.
  • Instrumental in launching several community-based programs such as Cops and Clergy and Summer Night Lights.

Justin is committed to lifelong learning in order to enhance his skills, stay abreast of trends in law enforcement, and broaden his perspectives. He has a law degree (JD), a bachelor's degree in business administration, and is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police. Justin is currently attending the Peace Officers Standards and Training Command College, a capstone program from which he expects to graduate in early 2019; his topic of research is facial recognition technology and its impact on law enforcement.

Justin loves the Sacramento community and lives in Midtown, where he is actively engaged in making our community better.

Neil Nance

VP of Engineering & Facility
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Neil Nance is the Vice President of Strategic Planning and System Development for the Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT). Neil oversees Systems Design, Construction and Facilities Management, Project Management and Transit Oriented Development, and Long Range Planning.

Mr. Nance joined SacRT in August 2016. Previously, he was the Assistant Vice President, Engineering and Capital Programs for the Jacksonville Transportation Authority in Jacksonville Florida. He is a professional engineer with licenses in Florida and Georgia. Nance has developed broad progressive experience in the areas of planning, engineering and program management while employed in both private and public organizations throughout his professional career. Nance has a proven track record in delivering facilities, roadway and transit projects on time and within budget. He brings team building, mentoring and coaching expertise to SacRT.

Neil is originally from South Carolina. Nance is an alumnus of The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.

In Neil's free time, you can usually find him engaging with the community's youth by coaching, advising and mentoring.

Devra Selenis

VP of Communications & Partnerships
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Devra Selenis serves as the Vice President of Communications and Partnerships for the Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT), overseeing media relations; government affairs; marketing and communications; customer service; customer advocacy and DBE for the largest transit provider in the Sacramento region.

Ms. Selenis has been with SacRT for 17 years serving in various marketing, public information and communication roles through the years. In her current role, she is responsible for the development, integration and implementation of communication, marketing and customer service activities that support SacRT's Strategic Vision and Innovative Initiatives, and foster strong regional partnerships.

Ms. Selenis holds a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and Advertising from the University of Miami, Florida. She currently serves on the Power Inn Alliance, R Street Partnership, and the Sacramento Transportation Management Association boards.