Members

The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD) is governed by a Board of Trustees made up of seven members selected by the Champaign County Board from submitted applications. To find out more about when & where Board of Trustees meetings are held, or how to reach the Trustees by mail, visit our Board page.

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Bradley Diel

Chair

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Brad Diel joined MTD's Board of Trustees in 2011 and has served as Board Chairman since 2017, after a tenure as Vice-Chair in 2015 & 2016. A Lieutenant with the Champaign Fire Department (CFD), Brad's worked as a firefighter at CFD since 1997. He is the AFL-CIO Labor Liaison at the United Way of Champaign County, a community service role he cherishes and has held since 2013. Brad's interest in public transit stems from his knowledge that it, "improves the quality of life not only for our customers, but for the entire C-U community." He resides in Champaign with his wife, Debra.

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Margaret Chaplan

Vice-Chair

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Margaret Chaplan has served on the MTD Board of Trustees since 2012. She was raised in Elmhurst, IL, and received her M.A. in Library Science from the University of Chicago, later working there in the Industrial Relations Center library. In November 1971, Margaret moved to Champaign to accept the position of head of the Labor and Industrial Relations Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois). She remained in that position until her retirement from Illinois in September 2004. Margaret didn't own a car until 1984 ("I relied on MTD, cabs, and my own two feet until then.") and she met one of her oldest friends at a bus stop.

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Linda Bauer

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Linda Bauer joined the MTD Board of Trustees in 2011 and served as Board Chair for a two year term ending in 2016. She has lived in Champaign-Urbana for nearly 40 years with a career that spanned marketing and technology. Linda applied to serve on the MTD Board of Trustees because, as a regular MTD passenger, she learned firsthand what a tremendous asset MTD is to the community.

Matthew Cho

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Matt Cho has served on the MTD Board of Trustees since 2015. He is a small business entrepreneur specializing in adaptive mixed-use development in downtown Urbana, IL. Matt owns and operates the [co][lab] coworking space, Cafeteria & Company coffee shop, SIPYARD beer garden, and Broadway Food Hall. Previously, Matt was an Associate with Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington D.C. and has earned Master degrees in Architecture, Urban Planning, and Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois and a Master of Information Systems and Bachelor of Bioengineering from the Johns Hopkins University.

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James Faron

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Dr. James Faron is currently serving his first term on the MTD Board of Trustees, having joined in 2017. He practiced for 33 years as a Doctor of Optometry in the Carle Clinic Eye Department in Urbana, IL, before retiring in 2012. Jim's interest in transit took root when he served as a Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Bus Operator for five summers in the 1970's.

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Bruce Hannon

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Dr. Bruce Hannon has served on the MTD Board of Trustees since 2016. An engineer who is a Jubilee Professor in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois). While now retired, Bruce continues to teach biological modeling and remains involved in biological research such as finding the optimal sizes for animals and stem cell growth. As the leader of Illinois' Energy Research Group, where he and his colleagues performed groundbreaking research into the flow of energy through an economy, Bruce was awarded the Club of Rome's First Prize for an essay on this work in 1975.

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Dick Barnes

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Dick Barnes joined the MTD Board of Trustees in 2018 and has resided within the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District nearly all of his adult life. An Ohio native, he began his studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois) in the fall of 1971 and graduated with a degree in Radio-Television Communications. After working at several area radio stations early in his career, Dick served in media relations for the Parkland College and Illinois athletic departments for 27 years prior to his retirement in 2010. He is active in his church, and in addition to serving on MTD's Board, Dick serves on the Advisory Board for the local Salvation Army. He and his wife of 44-years, Lynn, reside in Champaign.