TAPS Public Transit (Texoma Area Paratransit System) announced a first round of promotions and new hires as the agency prepares for its expansion into Collin County. The announcement was made by TAPS Chief Operating Officer Tim Patton.

Molina Cheek has been hired as Director of Finance. Cheek fills a newly created position reporting directly to the Chief Financial Officer. Cheek, has worked in finance for more than 20 years. She holds a BA in Accounting from Southeastern Oklahoma University.

Josh Walker has been promoted to Director of Safety and Security. Walker graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma University with a BA in Criminal Justice and spent ten years in law enforcement before coming to TAPS. He is a certified Master Peace Officer and a graduate of the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Criminal Investigator Program.

Barbara Reeves has been promoted to Manager of Community Relations in addition to her current duties as a Transportation Solutions Coordinator. She has been a Mobility Manager and acting as the agency’s Manager of Media Relations since joining TAPS a year ago. In her new position, Reeves will work with individual clients and develop the agency’s outreach program.

Tammy Johnson has been promoted to Manager of Training and Development. Johnson began her involvement with TAPS Public Transit as a consultant working on the Texas-Oklahoma Red River Project since 2011. She is a graduate of Southeastern Oklahoma University with a degree in Business and Marketing. Johnson is a certified trainer and human resources professional.

Michele Daniel has been hired as a Transportation Solutions Coordinator. Daniel most recently was Vice-President of Operations and Events at Texoma Health Foundation in Denison. For the past seven years she coordinated all of the foundation’s fundraising events including the annual Reba McEntire concerts that helped fund Reba’s Ranch House, a residential respite for those with family members undergoing care at area hospitals.

According to Chief Operating Officer Tim Patton, each promotion and new hire is a strategic move to expand and strengthen TAPS Public Transit’s management core. “Each of these people is a key employee with a lot to offer our agency as we move into new areas of providing public transportation,” said Patton. “Their skill sets and past business experience make each of them an integral part of the team we are building for the future of TAPS.”

TAPS Public Transit is a community-led, multi-modal, customer-centric transportation agency serving a seven county area that includes Collin, Fannin, Grayson, Cooke, Wise, Clay and Montague counties in the North Texas region. The system currently covers over 10,000 square miles and operates in excess of 140 vehicles with 145 employees, and operates with a budget of $11.8 million.

Because TAPS is partially subsidized by federal and state transportation funds, rates are below market value and extremely affordable. A roundtrip ride on a TAPS bus within the rider’s county of residence can cost as little as $3.

For more information about TAPS Public Transit visit the website at TAPSbus.com or call 1-800-256-0911 and speak with a Rider Service Representative, Monday through Friday, 4:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., and on Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.