CRT Leadership


Doug Funke, President

Doug is a long-time transit advocate and user. He is currently President of Citizens for Regional Transit (CRT). Doug has supported a wide range of transit promotional and educational efforts including briefings to government legislative bodies and agencies. Before becoming a CRT Board Member Doug worked for over 30 years as a transportation research engineer at Calspan, Veridian, and General Dynamics. Want to arrange a speaking engagement with Doug? Just contact CRT and we will arrange a presentation to your group.

Seth Triggs, Vice President

Seth has lived in the city of Buffalo all of his life. A transit user, Seth advocates for the expansion of Metro Rail and Bus to provide more equitable access throughout Western New York. Currently, Seth is a downtown resident.

Lynn Magdol, Secretary

Lynn Magdol is a transit rider and advocate. As a member of the CRT Executive Board, she serves as Secretary and is most involved in legislative issues, especially local transit funding. She also walks and rides a bicycle for transportation and is active in bicycle-pedestrian advocacy.

Bunny Malone, Treasurer

Bunny is a life-long WNY resident and clearly remembers the trolley system that carried us all around the City of Buffalo. Currently she is a volunteer Ambassador at the BNIA and looks forward to being able to tell visitors where to catch the train into downtown, as many people do ask. Social justice and environmental issues are of great importance to her; thus, serving as treasurer for CRT gives dual satisfaction. She believes that transit is equitable for all and that rail travel is environmentally smart.

Executive Board

Gladys Gifford

Gladys Gifford became interested in environmental concerns through her local Presbyterian church and served as coordinator of environmental concerns for the denomination in Western New York, 1996-2010.
Her interest in environmental concerns led Ms. Gifford to become active in transit advocacy in the early 1990’s, through the Citizens Regional Transit Corporation (CRTC), now known as Citizens for Regional Transit (CRT). Ms. Gifford served as president of CRT, 2003- 2013 and remains on the Board as legislative director.
Ms. Gifford is an active member of the League of Women Voters since 1990, both at the local and state levels. She serves the New York State League of Women Voters as their transportation specialist.

Elizabeth Giles

Having lived car-free in Eastern Europe and several U.S. cities, Elizabeth returned to her native Buffalo determined to join America's growing number of green choice transit riders and facilitate that option for others. As a CRT Executive Board Member she serves on the NFTA's Citizens Advisory Committee. She is active in regional planning issues, preservation, social equity, environmental concerns, and the resurgence of urban living, making the case for the role of alternative modes of transportation in all of the above.

Derek King

Derek is relatively new to transit advocacy, having grown up in rural New Hampshire where the nearest bus route was 40 minutes away. Before becoming a CRT Board Member, Derek served on the planning board for Citizens for a 21st Century Park on the Outer Harbor, and is still heavily involved with Buffalo's Young Preservationists. He is currently one of the Partners at Preservation Studios, a historic preservation consulting firm that handles National Register nominations and historic tax credit applications throughout Western and Upstate NY. He currently lives in Hamlin Park with his three cats, Flannery, Kurt, and PJ.

Jason Kulaszewski

As an advocate for sustainability and smart growth Jason has been working to address issues in our community such as access to higher educational opportunities, job and career pathways, as well as the ability to address substandard housing in our neighborhoods. Because public transportation plays a major role in how people have access to our University and employment centers, there is a need to advocate for expanded transportation options, namely public transit. By expanding public transit in Western New York, we can provide a sustainable and reliable way for people to connect to higher education and employment opportunities, and that is why Jason has committed to advocating for expanded transit across Western New York with CRT.

Carl Skompinski

Carl Skompinski is an advocate for fulfilling Metro Rail's initial development plan with focus on the Airport corridor as the next phase. Carl is also a Board Member of Fillmore Forward, an organization to revitalize the Broadway-Fillmore and MLK Commercial Business Districts. He also serves as a Board member of Buffalo's Central Terminal Redevelopment Corporation. He advocates for expanded public transit serving the East Side as a tool to help revitalization of the community.