GoTriangle improves our region’s quality of life by connecting people and places with safe, reliable and easy-to-use travel choices.

Charles Lattuca

Charles E. Lattuca | GoTriangle, President and Chief Executive Officer

Charles Lattuca is an accomplished transportation executive with more than 25 years’ experience in transportation management, project development and delivery, public policy and strategic planning.

Charles assumed the position of President and CEO at GoTriangle in April 2020. GoTriangle operates regional bus, paratransit services and vanpools in the Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill areas of North Carolina, one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the nation. GoTriangle is also responsible for regional transit planning and development initiatives.

Prior to joining GoTriangle, Charles worked for the Maryland Transit Administration and was responsible for managing the $5.6 billion Purple Line project; a new 16.2-mile Light Rail Transit System under construction in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area.

Charles has also held executive positions at Baltimore City DOT, Montgomery County DOT and the New York State Thruway Authority.

Charles served as Assistant Director of State Operations in the New York State Governor’s Office, where he oversaw policy, programs and budgets for multiple state agencies and offices, including the NYS Department of Transportation.

Charles is a U.S. Navy veteran and a graduate of the State University of New York at Oswego.

Thomas Henry

As Interim General Counsel, Tom Henry oversees the legal functions of GoTriangle. A resident of the Triangle since 2004, Tom has broad experience in the public sector handling a wide range of litigation, governance, compliance and transactional matters. GoTriangle’s legal department is responsible for supporting the Board of Trustees, the board’s committees and peer departments throughout the agency. Tom holds a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College and law degree from Georgetown University.

 

 

Saundra Freeman

Saundra Freeman is Chief Financial Officer. She is responsible for the management of finances and investments for the agency as well as contracts, procurements and grants. Before joining GoTriangle in 2002, Saundra worked for Nortel, Datapoint and Paradyne in finance and operational roles.

She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Washington University and holds an MBA from the University of Colorado. She is a member of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), the National Black MBA Association and is treasurer and board member of the NC Center for Women in Public Service. The Triangle Business Journal named Saundra 2010 Outstanding Chief Financial Officer in Government.

Patrick Stephens

Patrick Stephens is the Chief of Operations for GoTriangle. Through extensive operations and mass transit management experience and civic activities, he has demonstrated innovative leadership skills and a commitment to public service. Patrick is responsible for providing leadership and oversight for the Transit Operations and Regional Partnership departments including bus operations, vehicle maintenance, safety and security, and quality assurance.

Patrick’s career in the public transportation industry began in 1992 as a bus operator at the Central Ohio Transit Authority in Columbus, Ohio. He successfully served in various management positions at COTA including the position of Vice President of Operations. Prior to joining GoTriangle, Patrick served as the Transit Director for Augusta/Richmond County in Augusta, Georgia. He also proudly served 15 years with the United States Army in various capacities including Operations, Training, and Transportation management positions.

Patrick completed his studies in Business Administration at Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, Ohio.

 

Katharine Eggleston, PE

In her role as GoTriangle’s chief development officer, Katharine Eggleston oversees planning and project delivery for the agency’s regional transit capital program. Her team includes staff specializing in short- and long-range planning for local and regional transit service, as well as design, construction, and management of capital infrastructure investments such as bus stops, transit centers, park-and-ride lots, maintenance facilities and future fixed-guideway transit systems.

Before joining GoTriangle in 2014, Katharine spent six years working as a transportation consultant to local and state governments and private clients. She holds a Bachelor of Science in engineering degree from Duke University and a master’s of civil engineering from North Carolina State University and is a licensed professional engineer. Katharine has been a frequent transit rider for nearly two decades and commutes regularly on GoTriangle Routes 700 and DRX.

Sylvester Goodwin

As director of Equal Employment Opportunity and manager of the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program at GoTriangle, Sylvester Goodwin ensures compliance with EEO and affirmative action policies, investigates complaints and makes recommendations. He counsels employees on policy issues and develop strategies to increase DBE participation on contracts, goods and services.

He previously served as assistant director of EEO for the N.C. Department of Correction, where his duties included investigating workplace harassment allegations and preparing investigative reports.

Sylvester earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from North Carolina Wesleyan College. He serves as a member of the State Employees’ Credit Union Advisory Board.

Carolyn Lyons

As chief talent officer, Carolyn Lyons partners with GoTriangle’s leadership team to identify, prioritize and strengthen organizational health and talent capabilities to advance the agency’s mission. She is responsible for leading and overseeing essential HR functions that include talent acquisition/recruitment; benefits and compensation; leadership development and employee training; performance management; and regulatory compliance and culture. 

Carolyn brings decades of experience implementing human resource strategies, programs and change management initiatives. Before joining GoTriangle, she served for 10 years in the banking and credit union space, helping to achieve “Best Place to Work” and “Healthiest Place to Work” accolades for consecutive years.  

Carolyn is a certified human resource professional with a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and an MBA from Elon University.

Sharon Chavis

Sharon Chavis is the Chief of Staff to the President and Chief Executive Officer. Sharon joined GoTriangle in 2019 as the Wake Transit Program Coordinator, bringing more than 25 years of experience in project management and leadership. In her current role, Sharon works closely with the leadership team to ensure the agency’s initiatives move forward to improve access, mobility and equity in our transit system. Before joining GoTriangle, she was the Chief of Staff and Vice President for Administration at Saint Augustine’s University, leading Human Resources, Information Technology and Public Safety and Police. In addition, she served in leadership roles at the North Carolina Department of Transportation including as Chief External Civil Rights Manager and Enhancement Program Director. She was recognized by her peers and presented the Leadership and Management Development Association Manager of the Year Award. Sharon also was acknowledged for her ethical leadership, integrity and contributions in civil rights and affirmative action and presented the Manager of the Year Award by the Southern Civil Rights Executive Council.

Sharon earned her Master of Public Administration from North Carolina Central University, graduating summa cum laude, and holds a Bachelor of Science in business with a concentration in accounting from Shaw University.

Scott Thomas

Scott Thomas is the Chief Communications Officer, providing strategic leadership and direction for GoTriangle’s communications, marketing, public involvement, community relations and Employer Services efforts. He oversees the Communications and Public Affairs team, serving as the chief media spokesperson and public information officer for the agency as he cultivates relationships with media contacts. He also oversees customer information efforts and agency publications; directs agency programs with employers, schools, community, and business partners; and advises the agency’s senior management team and board members.

Before joining GoTriangle, Scott worked more than 11 years with the independent and nonprofit Granville Health System. In his last role as Chief Innovation Officer, he led efforts to drive the vision and innovation of programs related to communications, employee engagement and business development for the health system and GHS Foundation. In addition to CIO responsibilities, he continued to serve and build strong relationships with state and local government leaders as GHS’ Government Affairs and Public Information Officer. Prior to GHS, Scott worked for the State Health Plan, University Conference Services and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Scott holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from California State University.