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 Chairman 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.
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.
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.
Ron Smith was appointed to the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County in January 2009, representing the City of Sparks. He was first elected to the Sparks City Council in November 2006 and after serving 12 years as a councilman, was elected as the Mayor of Sparks in 2018.
Mayor Smith has served as Chair of the Sparks Redevelopment Agency, the Truckee Meadows Flood Management Authority and the Sparks Tourism and Marketing Committee, and is a strong advocate for transportation and infrastructure needs in both the City and our region. He was also the 2012 recipient of the Public Official of the Year Award, presented annually by the Builders Association of Northern Nevada.
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.