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FLORA CASTILLO REAPPOINTED TO NJ TRANSIT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

January 5, 2006
NJT-06-002
Contact: Dan Stessel 973 491-7078

NEWARK, NJ – NJ TRANSIT’s Board of Directors welcomed the return of Flora M. Castillo, who was nominated for reappointment by Acting Governor Richard J. Codey on December 8.

Ms. Castillo was first appointed to the NJ TRANSIT Board in 1999 by then-Governor Christine Todd Whitman—making her the first Latina and the youngest member to serve on the Board. She currently chairs the Board’s Customer Service and Administration committees, overseeing an annual budget of more than $2 billion and 10,500 employees.

On December 15, the New Jersey Senate confirmed Ms. Castillo for a second four-year term on the Board.

"I am honored to continue to serve as a member of the NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors, and want to publicly thank all of my supporters," said Ms. Castillo. "It is truly a privilege to contribute to NJ TRANSIT in the name of our customers and our employees."

During her tenure, Ms. Castillo has worked diligently to ensure quality service for NJ TRANSIT customers, including increased seating capacity, cleaner trains and buses, and new equipment, and she played a key role in enhancing customer amenities for new bi-level rail cars NJ TRANSIT recently purchased. She has overseen the startup of a number of key transportation projects, including the opening of the River LINE, and has approved the advancement of THE Tunnel project. Ms. Castillo’s accomplishments also include initiating the Transit Academy Workforce Awareness and Readiness Program, which aims to mentor and expose New Jersey high school students and young adults to professions in the transportation industry, and reactivating the New Jersey chapter of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO). A champion for minority and women employees, Ms. Castillo helped develop programs honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Women’s History Month.

Aside from her responsibilities at NJ TRANSIT, Ms. Castillo serves as Associate Vice President of Public Affairs and Marketing for Keystone Mercy Health Plan, Pennsylvania's largest Medical Assistance (Medicaid) managed care health plan serving more than 300,000 Medical Assistance recipients in Southeastern Pennsylvania including Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. In this position, she designs, executes and oversees marketing and outreach programs to increase membership and market share and promote the company, while fostering ties with local communities, healthcare providers and its members.

Born and raised in El Salvador, Ms. Castillo immigrated to Long Island, NY in 1981. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Long Island University. She is a graduate of the Christine Todd Whitman Excellence in Public Services Series and The Leadership, Inc. Program of Philadelphia. In 2005, Ms. Castillo graduated from the American Health Insurance Plans’ Executive Leadership Fellowship Program and earned the distinction of Certified Healthcare Insurance Executive.

Ms. Castillo is the recipient of numerous community service awards including Atlantic County’s Top 40 under 40 Award (2004), WTS Woman of the Year (2003), COMTO’s Emerging Leader of the Year Award (2003), El Diario La Prensa Latinas Destacada Award (2003), and the NJ Department of State, Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission Triumph Award (2001).

About NJ TRANSIT

NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 800,000 daily trips on 240 bus routes, three light rail lines and 11 commuter rail lines. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 162 rail stations, 53 light rail stations and more than 17,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.