Interim Chief Executive Officer
Ruthie Reyes Burckard,
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Administrative Officer and Interim Chief of Staff
INTERIM CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Jeff Seward joined HART in November 2011, and is responsible for the following departments: Accounting & Financial Reporting, Budget, Cash Management, Internal Audit, Procurement, Contracts Administration, Grants & Planning, Project Management Office, Performance Management, Sustainability and Environmental ISO compliance. These departments execute the long-term financial strategy of HART, manage major capital projects, secure grants to enhance our current infrastructure, and ensure HART’s impact to the environment is minimal and sustainable.
Mr. Seward has more than 30 years of local government, private-sector and military experience, providing leadership for various areas, including, strategic planning, economic development, Six Sigma process improvement and auditing. He received his Bachelor's degree in history/government from Columbia College, and his Master's degree in public administration from California Lutheran University. He is past president of the Southwest Florida Government Finance Officers Association and was the 2014 Tampa Bay Business Journal CFO of the Year for Governmental entities.
In December 2017, Mr. Seward was appointed Interim Chief Executive Officer.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER/INTERIM CHIEF OF STAFF
Kenyatta Lee is recognized among her peers and colleagues as a results-driven leader in the areas of human resources, labor relations, technology, communications, risk management, and finance.
Throughout a public sector career that spans more than 20 years, Lee has been successful at strengthening organizations through process improvement and implementing innovative methods to achieve organizational strategic goals and objectives.
Lee currently serves as Chief Administrative Officer and Interim Chief of Staff for Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) in Tampa, FL. She leads a team of more than 50 employees whose principal functions are to provide human resources, technology and innovation, risk management, communications, marketing, legal services, and organizational development and safety measures for the Authority.
Before joining HART, Lee was the Senior Manager for Technology and Innovation at the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) in Jacksonville, FL. While in that role, she launched many cutting-edge tools that made the JTA an award-winning organization such as an Oracle-based enterprise resource planning system, real-time passenger information from NextBus, and mobile ticketing.
Lee has also served as Senior Director of Administration for the Jacksonville Port Authority, and Senior Director of Finance and Administration for the Port of Palm Beach.
Lee is a 2015 graduate of Leadership APTA, a competitive professional development program for transportation leaders sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). She is also a Certified Labor Relations Professional.
A trendsetter in leading-edge business solutions, Lee has received numerous awards such as 2014 BizTech Award IT Dream Team for the Oracle ERP implementation, and a 2015 BizTech Award for Best Collaboration for launching the real-time passenger information initiative. She was also recognized in 2015 by American Management Consultant Firms for the Oracle initiative.
Lee has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Bethune-Cookman University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management, Conference of Minority Transportation Officials, American Public Transportation Association and Women in Transportation Seminar.
RUTHIE REYES BURCKARD
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Before being appointed to the Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Burckard was previously the Director of Van Operations, which includes services such HARTPlus, HARTFlex and Travel Training. She oversaw HART Dispatch and Customer Service Departments. Prior to joining HART, Mrs. Reyes Burckard worked at New York City Transit Authority as the Paratransit Staff Analyst managing the supplemental service provider and taxi reimbursement contracts for the paratransit division.
Mrs. Reyes Burckard came to HART in 2002 as the Paratransit Certification Assistant. From 2004 to 2006, she was appointed to HART Internship Program, which required rotation through the Marketing, Community Relations, Planning and Safety, Security and Training departments. Prior to her appointment as Director of Van Operations in July 2013, she served as the Paratransit and Customer Service Manager, managing the Paratransit Eligibility and Customer Service departments while ensuring that HART delivers the highest level of customer service. During her tenure at HART, Mrs. Reyes Burckard was instrumental with the implementation of live booking for paratransit trips gaining overall efficiencies in the productivity of trip scheduling.
Ms. Reyes Burckard has a bachelor's degree in Education from the State University of New York, College at Old Westbury. She is a member of the Hillsborough County and City of Tampa Alliances for Citizens with Disabilities, Hillsborough County Transportations Disadvantaged Coordinating Board and HART ADA Accessibility Committee.