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.

Eric Bergstraesser

Eric Bergstraesser is the Chief Operating Officer, providing leadership and direction for GoTriangle’s internal operations to optimize organizational effectiveness.  He provides oversight and direction for GoTriangle’s transit operations and services, including bus service, ADA paratransit, specialized operations, maintenance contracts and planning functions.  Eric and his team identify and implement new approaches and technologies to continuously improve customer service, performance, safety and teamwork in a cost-effective manner. 

Before joining GoTriangle, Eric worked for over 20 years in the public transit industry with HARTransit, a regional authority in western Connecticut.  He served two years as the Chief Financial Officer before being promoted to the role of Chief Executive Officer of the company. Eric has served on many local and statewide boards and committees, and he believes that is an important part of the community enrichment process.

Eric started his career as an Assistant Controller and Financial Analyst at a real estate investment firm in New York City and then became Vice President of Finance and Administration of a publishing company in the greater NYC area. Ericholds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Binghamton University.

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.

Thomas Henry

Tom Henry joined GoTriangle in 2016 and is currently serving as interim general counsel. In this role, Tom oversees legal affairs for the agency. He advises GoTriangle’s Board of Trustees and staff on legal matters and works to promote effective coordination between GoTriangle and its external stakeholders.

Tom began practicing law in North Carolina in 2005 and has represented a variety of nonprofits and public agencies. As a member of the North Carolina attorney general’s staff, he served six years as environmental counsel for the North Carolina Department of Transportation. Tom holds a law degree from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College.

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.