Stagecoach Names Interim Leader



Randolph — Stagecoach Transportation Services, which recently experienced a leadership change, hosted a barbecue last month at Gifford Medical Center.

The barbecue, part of the hospital’s free Tuesday concert series, was a way to thank local donors for helping Stagecoach meet its financial goals for fiscal year 2014, including raising sufficient local match funds to draw down all available grants from the Vermont Agency of Transportation.

It was also a chance for Stagecoach representatives to address questions about the transition and provide information about the company’s bus routes, Laura Perez, Stagecoach’s community relations manager, said in a telephone interview.

Individuals, businesses and foundations in Stagecoach’s 29-town service area contributed $40,000 toward its Local Match Campaign.

Both the former and current directors and nine of Stagecoach’s ten board members helped at the barbecue, which more than 200 people attended.

In January, Jim Moulton, of Middlebury, Vt., was named interim executive director of Stagecoach, a position he will hold for at least the next three years, Perez said.

He succeeds longtime executive director David Palmer, who stepped down in November following disputes with the Stagecoach board of directors and its finance committee about how to solve the nonprofit’s fiscal problems, and the timing of his retirement.

Moulton has worked with nonprofits since 1988, and has been executive director of Addison County Transit Resources since 2002. During his tenure, ridership on the ACTR bus system has grown by more than 430 percent, and the budget has more than tripled, Stagecoach said in a recent news release.

Moulton has been board chairman of the Vermont Public Transportation Association since 2003, working to promote the use of and investment in public transportation statewide. He is Vermont’s representative on the Advisory Board of Community Transportation Association of America, the national trade association for rural transit operators and has also served on several local nonprofit advisory boards.

From July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014, Stagecoach provided more than 60,000 passenger rides.

The rides “assure that our neighbors have access to health care, commercial and community centers,” Stagecoach said in a separate release. “They also enhance transportation choices that promote economic development, energy conservation, mobility independence and quality of life.”

— Aimee Caruso