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Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) has appointed Cheryl Orr vice president of human capital, the agency announced late last week.Her duties at DART will include developing, directing and overseeing programs and activities in employee recruitment and retention, organizational development, human resource information services, employee benefits, compensation and wellness, agency officials said in a press release.Orr has more than 30 years of experience in human resources management, training and development, program and performance management, strategic planning and facilitation, DART officials said.She's held various positions with the city of Dallas; Arlington and Fairfax counties in Virginia; the cities of Norfolk, Va., and Alexandria, Va.; and Norfolk State University. Orr recently held the title of ethics and diversity officer for Dallas, where she is credited with developing a citywide diversity roundtable, establishing an ethics education program and having oversight of employee advisory councils.Meanwhile, the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (JPB) welcomed new members Raul Peralez and Joel Ramos, and elected its officers for 2016 at the rail agency's January meeting. Peralez joins the board as the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority's (VTA) representative for San Jose, Calif., while Ramos will serve as a representative for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.Along with the swearing in of Peralez and Ramos, the JPB elected Perry Woodward chair and Jose Cisnero vice-chair.The nine-member board is the governing body of Caltrain, which is managed by the San Mateo County Transit District, the Santa Clara VTA and the city and county of San Francisco. The board is composed of three members from each of the three partner agencies.
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