About the Board
The Regional Transportation Commission is a cooperative regional board comprised of five representatives appointed from three government jurisdictions:
- Two Reno City Council Members
- One Sparks City Council Member
- Two Washoe County Commissioners
This Regional Transportation Commission establishes administrative and operational policy for the agency. RTC policies are carried out by a professional/technical staff; supervised by an executive director.
Neoma Jardon is a Reno City Councilwoman who has served on the RTC board since 2013. She has served as RTC Chairwoman from 2015-17 and again from 2021 – present.
A lifelong Nevadan, Neoma has over twenty years of small business management experience, has an Associates Degree from TMCC and a Human Resource Management Certification from UNR. She serves on numerous regional boards, is an advocate for small businesses and she is passionate about issues surrounding our most vulnerable populations.
Chairwoman Jardon is the mother of two and lives in Somersett with her husband Brad.
Ed Lawson was elected to the Sparks City Council in November, 2010, reelected in 2014 and 2018, and was sworn in as the Mayor of Sparks on September 14, 2020. He is active in the Sparks Rotary Club, volunteers time to the community and was recognized as the Public Official of the Year by the Builders Association of Northern Nevada in 2014.
A champion of economic development, Mayor Lawson also plays a significant leadership role with the annual Kid’s Free Fishing Day, which attracts more than 3,000 kids to the Sparks Marina.
Bob Lucey was elected to the Washoe County Commission in 2014. He attended the University of Nevada, Reno, and is a fifth-generation Nevadan and a long-time resident of Washoe County. Bob is known in the community for his professional real estate and investment businesses, as well as the owner of Advanced Pet Care animal hospital. Commissioner Lucey continues to be passionate about economic development, the protection of lands, and maintaining the rights of all citizens of our region.
Commissioner Lucey was originally appointed to the RTC Board of Commissioners in January 2015 and is focused on transportation, tourism and recreation issues, and currently serves on numerous boards. He continually strives toward propelling Washoe County as a regional leader in the growth of our community.
A native Nevadan, Oscar was first elected in 2012 and was re-elected for a second term in 2016. Oscar brings his broad base of work experience and education. His knowledge within the construction industry, understanding of economic and community development and practice within the social service and community outreach sectors contribute to the overall effectiveness of the RTC.
When Oscar isn’t working hard for Reno, he enjoys cooking with his wife, Sarita, playing with his twins, Samiya and Dario, spending time with family and friends, volunteering for a nonprofit, and exploring the beautiful landscapes of Northern Nevada.
Vaughn Hartung has represented Washoe County Commission District 4 since 2012, which includes Sparks, Spanish Springs and Wadsworth. He has been married to his wife Sandra for over 30 years and has lived in Washoe County for nearly 37 years. Commissioner Hartung has been a small-business owner and was a partner in a successful photography studio for 25 of those years.
Commissioner Hartung’s focus is on enhancing community safety through the investment of critical infrastructure for current and future needs of Washoe County residents. He is an innovator who brings a fresh perspective to the issues faced by the Regional Transportation Commission and is committed to a shared regional vision of growth and development for Sparks, Reno, Washoe County and neighboring communities.
Kristina Swallow has nearly 25 years of experience working in the civil engineering industry and government to address challenges faced by clients and agencies and advancing their priorities. She is the past president of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Most recently, Kristina worked for the City of Las Vegas as a program manager in the Department of Public Works, City Engineer Division. As a practicing civil engineer, Kristina has worked in a number of technical areas including flood control, traffic impact analysis and mitigation, land development, public works and transportation policy. Her roles have included being a small business owner, working as a consultant, serving as a program manager in city government, working as a lobbyist in the Nevada State Legislature, and working as a legislative aide in the U.S. Senate where she was able to negotiate language in the final passage of MAP-21 (PL 112-141). Kristina has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Arizona, a Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and has completed additional studies within the UNLV College of Urban Affairs.