GoTriangle improves our region’s quality of life by connecting people and places with safe, reliable and easy-to-use travel choices.

Shelley Blake Curran

Shelley Blake Curran became GoTriangle’s interim chief executive officer and president on Aug. 1, 2019, after serving more than three years as the agency’s general counsel. Before joining GoTriangle, she served three years as a deputy secretary and general counsel at the North Carolina Department of Transportation, overseeing the legal efforts of one of the state's largest agencies.

Shelley built her career in private practice with several law firms based in the Triangle region and was an adjunct professor in legal writing and analysis at NC Central University's School of Law. She is currently the Triangle alumni chapter president for UNC-Wilmington, a graduate of Leadership North Carolina XXVI and also the LNC alumni chair.

Shelley earned a bachelor of arts from UNC-Wilmington and a JD from the NC Central University School of Law, having graduated magna cum laude.

Laurie Barrett

Laurie Barrett is Director of Transit Partnerships. She was one of the first employees hired by GoTriangle and served as Bus Operations director from 2002 to 2013. She has more than 28 years of transportation experience, beginning with the Delaware Department of Transportation.

Laurie has also been a vanpool coordinator, the manager for Wake Coordinated Transportation and formerly GoTriangle operations manager. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management from Averett University and is a graduate of the NC Transportation Leadership Development Program.

Mike Charbonneau

Mike Charbonneau is chief communications officer for GoTriangle, overseeing marketing, communications, community engagement and sustainable travel services. He previously served as deputy secretary of communications for the North Carolina Department of Transportation and as director of public relations for the Wake County Public School System.

Mike started his career as a journalist and worked for WRAL News in Raleigh and WNCT in Greenville, North Carolina. During his career, he earned two regional Emmy awards, a national Emmy award nomination and an award from the Associated Press.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communication and a Master of Science in communication from North Carolina State University. Mike also teaches public relations writing as an adjunct professor at N.C. State. He is a regular transit commuter, most often using GoTriangle’s NRX and 100 routes as well as GoRaleigh’s Route 8.

Katharine Eggleston, PE, LEED AP

In her role as GoTriangle’s chief development officer, Katharine Eggleston oversees long-range planning and project delivery for the agency’s regional transit capital program. Her team includes staff specializing in planning, design, construction and management of capital infrastructure investments, including bus stops, transit centers, park-and-ride lots, maintenance facilities and future fixed-guideway transit systems.

Before joining GoTriangle in 2014, Katharine spent six years working as a transportation consultant to local and state governments and private clients. She holds a Bachelor of Science in engineering degree from Duke University and a master’s of civil engineering from North Carolina State University and is a licensed professional engineer. Katharine has been a frequent transit rider for nearly two decades and commutes regularly on GoTriangle Routes 700 and DRX.

Saundra Freeman

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. Before joining GoTriangle in 2002, Saundra worked for Nortel, Datapoint and Paradyne in finance and operational roles.

She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Washington University and holds an MBA from the University of Colorado. She is a member of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), the National Black MBA Association and is treasurer and board member of the NC Center for Women in Public Service. The Triangle Business Journal named Saundra 2010 Outstanding Chief Financial Officer in Government.

Sylvester Goodwin

As director of Equal Employment Opportunity and manager of the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program at GoTriangle, Sylvester Goodwin ensures compliance with EEO and affirmative action policies, investigates complaints and makes recommendations. He counsels employees on policy issues and develop strategies to increase DBE participation on contracts, goods and services.

He previously served as assistant director of EEO for the N.C. Department of Correction, where his duties included investigating workplace harassment allegations and preparing investigative reports.

Sylvester earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from North Carolina Wesleyan College. He serves as a member of the State Employees’ Credit Union Advisory Board.

Carolyn Lyons

As chief talent officer, Carolyn Lyons partners with GoTriangle’s leadership team to identify, prioritize and strengthen organizational health and talent capabilities to advance the agency’s mission. She is responsible for leading and overseeing essential HR functions that include talent acquisition/recruitment; benefits and compensation; leadership development and employee training; performance management; and regulatory compliance and culture. 

Carolyn brings decades of experience implementing human resource strategies, programs and change management initiatives. Before joining GoTriangle, she served for 10 years in the banking and credit union space, helping to achieve “Best Place to Work” and “Healthiest Place to Work” accolades for consecutive years.  

Carolyn is a certified human resource professional with a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and an MBA from Elon University.

Richard Major

As the Director of the Capital Development department, Richard supports his team members as they manage planning, design and construction of capital projects for GoTriangle and GoDurham. Their projects portfolio includes bus stops, park-and-ride lots, bus transit centers, building construction, renovations and other transit facility improvements.

Richard joined GoTriangle in 2004 after working for over 18 years at the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority in Washington D.C.  His experience there included inspections, project management and safety oversight during construction of subway system stations, heavy-rail trackway line sections and transit facilities.

Richard received a Bachelor of Science degree in Technology Management from the University of Maryland University College; an Associate of Applied Science in Construction Management from Montgomery College, Rockville, Md.; and a master’s degree in Project Management from Western Carolina University.  His certifications include Project Management Professional (PMP); Transit Safety and Security Program (TSSP); and Building Inspector, through the International Code Council. Richard, his wife Cynthia and their son Richard reside in Garner.

Patrick Stephens

Patrick Stephens became the Director of Transit Operations for GoTriangle in January 2018. Since 2015, Stephens had been the director of Augusta Public Transit in Georgia. Before going to Georgia, Patrick served as vice president for operations for Central Ohio Transit Authority in Columbus from April 2008 to September 2013.

He told the Augusta Chronicle in confirming his departure: “No matter how you look at it, transit is an important part of your community infrastructure and a great economic generator. I hope that folks would agree I’ve left transit in a better place than I began.”