Executive Leadership Team

VPRA has a focused and experienced leadership team that oversees its mission to deliver generational infrastructure improvements that will expand high-quality modern passenger rail service across the commonwealth —making it more frequent, more reliable, and more convenient.

DJ STADTLER

Executive Director

DJ Stadtler was appointed the Executive Director of the Virginia Passenger Rail Authority in April 2021 and is accountable . . .

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MICHAEL MCLAUGHLIN

Chief Operating Officer

Michael McLaughlin joined the Virginia Passenger Rail Authority as its Chief Operating Officer in April of 2021 . . .

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WILLIAM PITTARD

Chief Financial Officer

William “Steve” Pittard has oversight of the Authority’s activities and initiatives involving financial planning, audit . . .

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JOAN VERBONITZ PANIK

Chief Administrative Officer

Joan Verbonitz Panik joined Virginia Passenger Rail Authority as the Chief Administrative Officer in October 2021 . . .

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MICHAEL WESTERMANN

General Counsel

Michael Westermann joined Virginia Passenger Rail Authority in November 2021 as General Counsel . . .

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