GoTriangle improves our region’s quality of life by connecting people and places with reliable, safe, and easy-to-use travel choices that reduce congestion and energy use, save money, and promote sustainability, healthier lifestyles, and a more environmentally responsible community.
Laurie Barrett, is Director of Transit Partnerships. She was one of the first employees hired by the Triangle J Council of Governments’ Vanpool Program, prior to the establishment of GoTriangle. She served as Bus Operations Director from 2002 to 2013 and has over 20 years of transportation experience, beginning with the Delaware Department of Transportation.
She’s also been a vanpool coordinator, a transportation coordinating service manager for Wake County and formerly GoTriangle Operations Manager. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration and Management from Averett University and is a graduate of the NC Transportation Leadership Development Program.
Shelley Blake joined GoTriangle as General Counsel in May 2016. Before joining GoTriangle, she served as a former Deputy Secretary and General Counsel at the NC Department of Transportation, overseeing the NCDOT’s legal efforts.
She holds a J.D. degree from the NC Central University School of Law, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She has also served in private practice in Raleigh, Cary and Durham and been an Adjunct Professor in legal writing and analysis at NC Central University’s School of Law.
Mike Charbonneau is Director of Marketing and Communications for GoTriangle. Charbonneau previously served as Deputy Secretary of Communications for the NC Department of Transportation, overseeing communications, marketing, media relations and public education program.
Before joining the NCDOT, Charbonneau served as Director of Public Relations for the Wake County School System and a journalist for WRAL TV in Raleigh and WNCT TV in Greenville. During his journalism career, he earned two regional Emmy awards, a national Emmy award nomination and an award from the Associated Press.
He has a Bachelor’s degree from N.C. State University in Mass Communication and a Master’s of Science from N.C. State in Communication, with a focus in Public Relations.
Saundra Freeman, is Chief Financial Officer. She is responsible for the management of finances and investments for the agency as well as human resources, contracts, procurements, grants and information technology. Prior to joining GoTriangle in 2002, Saundra worked for Nortel, Datapoint and Paradyne in finance and operational roles.
She received her B.S. degree in Mathematics from Washington University and holds an M.B.A. from the University of Colorado. She is a member of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), the National Black MBA Association, is Treasurer and board member of the NC Center for Women in Public Service. Saundra was named 2010 Outstanding Chief Financial Officer in Government by the Triangle Business Journal.
Sylvester Goodwin, is the Director of Equal Employment Opportunity and Manager of the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program. As EEO director, Goodwin ensures compliance with all federal, state and local laws related to non-discrimination and affirmative action in employment.
As DBE manager, Sylvester works to provide a “level playing field” removing barriers and providing access to contracting opportunities so DBEs can fairly compete for federal contracts. Goodwin joined GoTriangle in 2004, having formerly served as Assistant Director of EEO for the N.C. Department of Correction and key positions with CECO Building Systems.
He is a member of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) and holds a B.A. degree in Business Administration from NC Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount.
Jeff Mann is General Manager. He joined GoTriangle from the NC Department of Transportation in July 2015. As a Deputy Secretary at the NCDOT, he oversaw non-highway transportation modes, which included Aviation, Bicycle & Pedestrian, Ferry, Public Transportation and Rail. As GoTriangle’s General Manager, he helps direct over 200 dedicated employees providing service with 70 buses, 83 vanpools and 12 paratransit vehicles in Wake, Durham, Orange, Johnston and Alamance counties.
With almost 20 years of transportation planning and program management experience at NCDOT, Amtrak, Parsons Brinckerhoff, and the N. C. Railroad Company, he’ll also help direct planning for the proposed 17-mile, 17-station Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project between UNC Hospitals, Duke University, the Duke and VA Medical Centers, downtown Durham, and East Durham. He is also leading the agency’s supporting efforts on the completion of Wake County’s Transit Plan. Mann holds an MBA from Wake Forest University and an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He and his family live in Raleigh.
Brad Schulz, joined GoTriangle in 2003. As Communications and Public Affairs Officer, he advises the agency on communications and media related issues. Earlier, Brad served as a Community Relations Specialist for the Charlotte Area Transit System helping CATS with its public outreach on its expanded bus and LYNX light rail system. Prior to joining CATS, Brad worked as a Managing Editor for WBT News/Talk Radio in Charlotte and was twice named North Carolina Radio Journalist of the Year.
Schulz holds a Degree in Communications/Broadcast News and Public Affairs from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He is a graduate of Leadership Charlotte, member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), NC PRSA, the American Marketing Association and North Carolina Association of Government Information Officers.
John Tallmadge, directs GoTriangle's Regional Services Development Department. In his role, John helps his team plan GoTriangle’s regional bus service, local DATA bus services, operate the GoTriangle Regional Call Center and implement sustainable travel programs for the GoTriangle, GoSmart, and DATA brands.
He also plays a leading role in the development of fare and service policies and coordinating the agency’s efforts with other institutions and area transit systems.
John joined GoTriangle in 1997 and has a Masters of City and Regional Planning from UNC-Chapel Hill and a B.A. in Political Science, French and International Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a member of the Transportation Research Board’s Transit Marketing and Fare Policy Committee. He is married to Michelle Nowlin and they have three daughters.