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.
RTC Chair Ron Smith was appointed to the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County in January 2009 representing the City of Sparks. Councilman Ron Smith was elected to the City Council in November 2006 and re-elected in 2008 to a four year term, after running unopposed. After 42 years in the grocery business, Ron is now working for High Sierra Industries, an organization supporting people with disabilities. He has served on the Vistas Home Owners Association and the D’Andrea Home Owners Association.
Councilman Smith recently served as Chair of the Sparks Redevelopment Agency and currently serves as Mayor Pro Tempore. He is a strong advocate for transportation and infrastructure needs in the City, and is the 2012 recipient of the Public Official of the Year Award by the Builders Association of Northern Nevada.
Councilman Smith and his wife Karen have been married for 35 years, and have four children and eight grandchildren.
RTC Vice Chair Bob Lucey is the Washoe County Commissioner of District 2. Commissioner Lucey is known for his professional real estate and investments business. He is also the owner of an animal hospital and in the process of building another. He attended the University of Nevada, Reno and is a fifth generation Nevadan and a longtime resident of Washoe County.
Along with his wife and son, Commissioner Lucey loves skiing, camping, hunting, hiking and basically anything that involves the outdoors. When he isn’t working, his favorite place to enjoy some rest and relaxation is Lake Tahoe.
Elected in 2014, Paul McKenzie has been an advocate for working people at the legislature, county commission, and city council for more than a decade. He served on the Ward 4 Neighborhood Advisory Board, the Governor’s Workforce Investment Board, Advisory Board for the Division of Industrial Relations, and has been an active volunteer with his church.
Paul is a veteran, serving our country from 1977 to 1995. He lives with Rhonda, his wife of 27 years and has two daughters and four grandchildren who all live in the Reno area.
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.
Neoma Jardon was elected to the Reno City Council in 2012. She represents an area of Northwest Reno that includes the Old Northwest, University of Nevada, Somersett and Verdi neighborhoods as well as parts of Downtown Reno. Neoma is the Director of Business Development for FNCB, Inc., a collections and receivables firm that began as a small family run business over 23 years ago and grew to a national firm. FNCB is headquartered Northern Nevada and employs almost 200 people. Neoma also worked for more than 20 years as the Administrator and Director of Human Resources for the statewide law firm of McDonald Carano Wilson.
Neoma serves on the Board of Directors for Fun Camp, Inc. A local non-profit founded by Bob McDonald in 1990 that sends underprivileged Washoe County children to summer camp each year. Since 1990, Fun Camp has sent over 700 children to camp.
When Neoma is not working, she spends her time with her husband and two children.