Board of Directors

The League of Railway Women (LRW) is pleased to have a diverse board of directors with women leaders from a variety of companies and job positions throughout the rail industry. Their leadership, experience, and resources provide a well rounded governing body that continues to move LRW and women in our industry forward. If you are interested in joining our leadership team, you can learn more about our board elections here.

2019-2021 Board of Directors

Executive Officers

  • President: Amanda Trainor Patrick, VP Trade Shows & Board Relations, Railway Supply Institute [biography]
  • Vice President: Sarah Grimmer Yurasko, Senior Vice President Law and General Counsel, American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association
  • Immediate Past President: Tanis Peterson, General Manager WLRS & KLTR at Genesee & Wyoming [biography]
  • Secretary: Erica Sander, Vice President, Consulting, Aristotle

Administrative Directors

  • Treasurer: Urszula Soucie, President, REMSA [biography]
  • Parliamentarian: Janet Hoang, CMA , CPA, Sustainability Specialist, Canadian Pacific Railway [biography]

Committee Chairs

  • Awards Chair: Lisa Tackach, Business Development, Railroad Construction Company Inc. [biography]
  • Education Chair: Kari Gonzales, President, Transportation Technology Center [biography]
    • Deputy Chair: Vacant
  • Events Chair: Katie Kachel, Principal, Blank Rome Government Relations LLC [biography]
    • Deputy Chair: Vacant
  • Membership Chair: Annie Whaley, J.D., Director of Contracts and Compliance at Holland, L.P.
    • Deputy Chair: Shundrekia Stewart, Director, Customer Delivery Operations, Trinity Industries
  • Public Relations & Outreach Chair: Emilia Marceta, Project Manager, Signals & Communications, Network Infrastructure, Metrolinx [biography]
    • Deputy Chair: Mallory Moran, Marketing Communications Manager, The Greenbrier Companies [biography]
  • Scholarship Chair: Crystal Gitchell, Assistant Vice President, Legislative and Regulatory Policy, American Shortline and Regional Railroad Association


  • Michele Malski, Founder, SPRING LLC
  • Erika Bruhnke, Vice President Training, RailPros [biography]