The Directors and Fellows of VRPI include both active and retired rail professionals, nationally-recognized experts across a variety of transportation-related fields, and individuals who have forged transportation public policy at both the state and regional levels of government.
Meredith Richards, President
Mark Perreault, Vice-President
John J. Beall, Jr., Secretary/General Counsel
Daniel Plaugher, Treasurer
Richard L. Beadles, At Large
Kenneth Briers, At Large
Trip Pollard, At Large
Board of Directors
Richard L. "Dick" Beadles
Former President, RF&P Railroad; Founder, VRPI & Virginians for High Speed Rail
John J. Beall, Jr.
Former Senior Assistant Attorney General (Chief) of Virginia, Transportation Section
Kenneth A. "Ken" Briers
Board of Directors, National Association of Railroad Passengers; Former Railroad Operations Analyst, Parsons Transportation Group; Former locomotive engineer in the Northeast Corridor
Former Executive Director, Hampton Roads Planning District Commission & Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization
Executive Director, RAIL Solution; Former Executive, Norfolk Southern Corporation; Former Officer and Director, Salem Historical Society; Helped establish the O. Winston Link Museum in Roanoke
Alfred "Al" Harf
Former Executive Director, Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission; Former positions with NJ Transit, NJDOT and Federal Transit Administration
Hon. Wiley F. Mitchell, Jr.
Attorney with Wilcox & Savage; Former Senior General Counsel for Norfolk Southern Corporation; Former Member of Virginia Senate
Former Attorney, Norfolk Southern Corporation; U.S. Navy (Ret.)
Executive Director, Virginians for High Speed Rail; Named one of Richmond’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2011 and received one of VCU Alumni's 10 Under 10 awards in 2016 for his professional success, contributions to the community and loyalty to the school. Represents Henrico on GRTC's Transit System Advisory Group.
Senior Attorney and Director of Land and Community Program, Southern Environmental Law Center; Author on topics of Transportation and Land Use
Hon. Meredith Richards, Ph.D.
Founder and Chair, CvilleRail and The Piedmont Rail Coalition; Former Charlottesville Vice-Mayor
John B. Thompson
Director of ThompsonMcMullan Law Firm specializing in commercial transactions and litigation; Former General Counsel of VRPI
Walter R. T. Witschey, Ph.D.
Research Professor of Anthropology and Geography, Longwood University; Former Director, Science Museum of Virginia
Robbyn Gayer, Ex-Officio
President, Virginians for High Speed Rail; Chair,Transportation & Infrastructure Committee for the Future of Hampton Roads, Inc.
Michael L. Testerman, Executive Director
Founder and President, Virginia Association of Railway Patrons; Vice-Chair, RAIL Solution; Treasurer, Virginians for High Speed Rail; Council of Representatives (Virginia), National Association of Railroad Passengers
Former Principal Planner in the Department of Economic and Community Development for the City of Richmond; former Principal Engineer with the Virginia Department of Transportation. She was the lead project manager for the renovation of Richmond's Main Street Station.
Robert E. Bryant
Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Buckingham Branch Railroad
Hon. Whittington "Whitt" Clement
Partner, Hunton & Williams; Former Virginia Secretary of Transportation and Member, Virginia House of Delegates
Hon. Thelma Drake
Former Director, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation; Former member, US House of Representatives and Virginia House of Delegates
William Clifford "Cliff" Dunn
Council of Representatives (Virginia), National Association of Railroad Passengers; CEO, Modern Machine and Tool
John G. Hekman
Rear Admiral, USN (Ret.); Executive Director, Virginia War Memorial Educational Foundation
George E. Hoffer, Ph.D.
Economist and Professor Emeritus in the School of Business, Virginia Commonwealth University; Nationally recognized as a foremost transportation economist.
Frances R. "Fran" Hooper
Former Director of Member Services, American Public Transportation Association; Consultant in bus and rail transit operations, public procurement, governmental relations and association management.
John L. Knapp, Ph.D.
Economist and Professor Emeritus at the University of Virginia's Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service; Former Editor, The Virginia Newsletter
James "Jim" McClellan
Former Senior Vice-President for Planning, Norfolk Southern Corporation; Among core group creating Amtrak, Conrail, and Norfolk Southern; Managed split of Conrail between CSX and Norfolk Southern
Former Director, Transportation Policy Group, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute; Former Virginia Transportation Commissioner; Founding Director, Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC)
William "Bill" Schafer, III
Former Director of Strategic Planning, Norfolk Southern Corporation; Director of Development for Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum; Founder, Southern Railway Historical Association