Thought Leaders

Dominick Brook

Dominick Brook is a Senior Manager and leads Ernst & Young LLP’s Global Sustainability Tax Practice in the US. He focuses on analyzing and improving the Return on Investment (ROI) for sustainability strategies, including vehicle emission reductions, renewable energy investments, energy efficiency improvements, recycling initiatives, advanced manufacturing and LEED certified buildings. Prior to joining the firm, Dominick led the expansion of economic development services at Ohio University’s Voinovich School for Leadership and Public Affairs. He also served as an Adjunct Instructor of economics during his time at Ohio University.

Josh Cunningham

Josh Cunningham is a senior education policy specialist for the National Conference of State Legislatures. He oversees NCSL's work on school choice and charter school policy. Josh previously worked as a legislative aide for Colorado State Rep. Jack Pommer providing assistance on the annual long budget bill and school finance act. He was also the President and co-founder of Colorado Taxpayers for Effective Fiscal Policy, a Colorado-based issue committee dedicated to strengthening the role of the state legislature in setting state fiscal policy. Josh holds a B.S. in Marketing from Metropolitan State University of Denver and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Colorado Denver.


Karen Main is a speaker, teacher and consultant specializing in leadership principles, teambuilding, Adaptive Leadership, generational differences and customer service. Her workshops get people out of their comfort zones so they can think a little differently. She keeps her pulse on research in the field of leadership development as adjunct faculty at the University of Denver’s University College and is an advisory board member for its leadership program.


Raymond Melleady has more than 30 years of experience in public transportation, ranging from front line operations to executive management. In his current role as Executive VP of an international transportation product supplier, he focuses on
customer service and corporate development initiatives in the North American transit sector. Ray is well versed in the fiscal and operational challenges facing transportation professionals. Despite these challenges, Ray has a strong vision for future of public transportation.


Lori Miller is owner and president of Developing Professionals, a company that provides training, consulting, and coaching services to organizations in Leadership and Professional Development. She has conducted hundreds of seminars and workshops both locally and nationally for corporations, nonprofit groups and professional associations.

Lori’s background includes 25 years of management experience in Human Resources and Communications working in Fortune 500 companies, media, and higher education.

Sam Spofforth

Sam Spofforth has served as Executive Director of Columbus-based Clean Fuels Ohio since the organization’s founding in 2002. Under Spofforth’s leadership, Clean Fuels Ohio has become Ohio’s go-to resource for cleaner fuels, vehicles, and energy-saving transportation technologies, as well as a national leader and model among the 87 U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities coalitions based on its capacity, strength and innovative approaches to petroleum reduction and transportation sustainability.

Spofforth was named the U.S. Department of Energy’s national Clean Cities Coordinator of the Year in 2007 and Midwest Clean Cities Coordinator of the Year in 2004. He was an original inductee to the Clean Cities Hall of Fame in 2011. Spofforth serves as President of Transportation Energy Partners, a national non-profit that serves as an umbrella organization for many of the nation’s non-profit based Clean Cities coalitions and presents the annual Energy Independence Days in Washington, DC. Spofforth earned a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.


Terry Sullivan is the founder of BuzzPro, a nationally recognized Integrated Marketing and Social Media training company. Widely considered to be a Guru of LinkedIn, Terry has trained more than 6,200 business leaders, owners and individuals across the nation on how to create a unique online brand that gets results. Terry will share strategies, tips and secrets you need to create well-branded, professional social media profiles that get results.

Daniel Thatcher

Dan Thatcher previously covered education finance at the National Conference of State Legislatures from 2006 to 2010. Beginning September 2011, he returned to cover education finance and Common Core State Standards (CCSS). With funding from the Gates and Hewlett Foundations, he currently tracks statewide education finance developments and CCSS implementation and legislation. Dan has worked with state legislators in a variety of capacities for over twelve years, including service as a Hinckley Intern in the Utah State Legislature in 2004. Dan received his BS in political science from the University of Utah and his law degree from the Sturm College of Law, University of Denver.

Take a look at the just-released Full Program Schedule for more details.

The annual NAPT Conference & Trade Show is consistently recognized as the premier school transportation conference in the nation. This year's enhanced program design will inspire student transportation professionals at all levels to think differently and tackle common challenges in thoughtful, innovative ways