Doug Kupel, President – Doug is a historian who has been active in several other history-related nonprofits, including FAZA, the Friends of the Arizona Archives, which successfully lobbied for, and achieved, a new facility for the archives of the state of Arizona. Doug also has a wealth of experience in working with the public sector, and has been an employee at the State Historic Preservation Office, the city of Phoenix, and the city of Glendale. This experience provides him with the kind of insight PTM needs to navigate the political issues that need to be addressed between PTM and the city.
Michael Swaine, Vice-President – Mike is a Graphic Designer, with talents in design, marketing and web development. He is a past President of the Phoenix Art Directors Club and helped form Phx-AIGA when the two groups merged. Over his career as a designer he has helped well over a hundred non-profit groups with various projects, including a $20M campaign to form Young Life’s Lost Canyon Camp in Williams AZ. He is a former Board Member of the Rosson House Foundation and is still involved as a tour guide. He is also is the Communications Chair for the Central District of Boy Scouts in Arizona.
Terry Levitan, Treasurer – Terry is a CPA who has been practicing public accounting in the Phoenix-metro area for more than 30 years. He is the principal shareholder in Levitan Tax Consulting PC, an Arizona professional corporation organized in 2003 to provide tax preparation and tax planning services to its clients. His expertise includes accounting and tax preparation services for medium and small businesses, individual taxpayers (domestic and foreign), estates and trusts, retirement plans, non-profit organizations (public charities and private foundations). He has served a wide variety of business classes and numerous professionals.
Jesus Aguilera, Board Member – Jesus is a paralegal. Since 2015, he has worked for Maricopa County, in the Office of the Legal Defender, Severance and Dependency Unit. He typically manages over 200 cases, along with 2 attorneys. Prior to joining the County, Jesus worked for several large law firms in the Phoenix area, including Lerner & Rowe, Snell & Wilmer, and David Wrobleski & Associates. A native of Texas, he has an interest in air-cooled transportation.
Gail Fleming, Board Member – Gail is an elementary school educator and administrator, ASU and NAU adjunct faculty member, native Phoenician, passionate pet owner, world traveler, and wife of PTM founder, Lawrence J. Fleming. She is an advocate for the legacy he left his community which is the Trolley Museum and his book on all things Trolley, Ride a Mile and Smile the While: A History of the Phoenix Street Railway, 1887-1948.
Bill Gilmore, Board Member – Bill is third generation collector, who specialized in locating rare vehicles & railcars worldwide starting in the 1980s. He opened Automotive Research Services to authenticate, document & appraise vehicles. He has served as a consultant for several top-tier US and European auto manufacturers. In addition, he conducted vehicle research was an expert witness for major law firms. He is a journalist and member of the Phoenix Automotive Press Assoc., Society of Automotive Historians, and National Association of Automobile Museums. He helped organize Scottsdale International Auto Museum.
Will Keller, Board Member – Will is a retired Naval Architect who worked in shipyards in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan. He was an active member of the Railways to Yesterday Museum at Rockhill Furnace, PA from 1970-1979, where he assisted in the acquisition and initial restoration of former York (PA) Railways car #163. Will is a past President of the PTM.
Lanny Trapnell, Board Member – Lanny is a retired software developer, computer systems analyst, and technical writer. He has a lifelong interest in passenger transportation past, present, and future. This includes buses, trains, planes, and more. Although his “day jobs” were not in transportation, they provided lots of opportunities for transit research near and far.