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Board of Directors

Clayton Fong - ITNAmerica Chair
Clayton Fong

Clayton Fong has been active in the Asian Pacific American community throughout the nation for the past 15 years, and was formerly the President/Chief Executive Officer of the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging, a non-profit organization that advocates on behalf of elder Asian American and Pacific Islanders at the national and local levels.

Previously he served in numerous senior management positions at the White House and with the Governor of California, including White House Presidential Personnel, and Deputy Assistant to the President for Public Liaison, where he managed staff responsible for outreach to women, ethnic groups and numerous business and professional groups. Clayton also served as Deputy Director of the U.S. Office of Consumer Affairs, as well as the Governor of California's liaison to the Asian Pacific American communities.

He has significant experience in the area of health policy as a fellow with the Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California San Francisco, and the Children's Research Institute of California. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Health, Arts and Sciences from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a former member of the President's Commission on White House Fellows, Chairman of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies, Alzheimer's Association of Western Washington, and the Advisory Board for the University of Washington School of Nursing.

Katherine Freund - Founder and President
Katherine Freund
Founder and President

Founder of the Independent Transportation Network®, and President and Executive Director of ITNAmerica. Katherine has a Master of Arts degree in Public Policy from the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

She served on the Advisory Committee for the 2005 White House Conference on Aging, as a National Transit Institute Fellow and for nine years on the Transportation Research Board's Committee on the Safe Mobility of Seniors. Currently, she chairs TRB's Joint Subcommittee on Transportation Options for Seniors.

In 2009, Katherine was named an AARP Inspire Award Honoree, and in February 2008, she was featured in the Wall Street Journal as one of "12 People Who Are Changing Your Retirement." Katherine received the 2006 Maxwell Pollack Award from the Gerontological Society of America, a 2006 award for Leadership in Innovative Enterprise Ideas from the Social Enterprise Alliance, the 2004 Archstone Award for Excellence in Program Innovation from the American Public Health Association, and the Giraffe Award for sticking her neck out for the common good.

Mark Filler - ITNAmerica Treasurer
Mark Filler

Mark Filler, CPA/ABV, CBA, CVA, leads the litigation and claims support practice at Filler & Associates in Portland, Maine. He has been in public accounting since 1968, helping small business entrepreneurs solve their tax and business problems.

From 1986 to 1994, Mark taught the Dale Carnegie Management Seminar to over 250 local business owners and managers. This experience gave him a deeper awareness of how small businesses function and the "people problems" they face. The AICPA has awarded him two certificates in educational achievement, one in Tax Planning and Advising, and the other in Business Valuation.

David F. Melton, CRSP, CDS, CCSP
David F. Melton, CRSP, CDS, CCSP

Dave has retired from Liberty International a business unit of Liberty Mutual Insurance, where he served as Managing Director - Global Road Safety, Liberty International in Hopkinton, MA. He continues to be an advocate for road safety as a volunteer supporting senior mobility, a consultant on motor vehicle safety, and a contributor to articles on transportation safety.

Dave was responsible for the development and advocacy of a roadway & occupational safety strategy for Liberty International Region operations in Asia, Europe and Latin America. He also participated in transportation related research projects at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety, was a frequent speaker at national and international conferences.

He is Past-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) and is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Professional Truck Driver Institute.

He is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) and also holds two certifications by the North American Transportation Management Institute (NATMI): Certified Director of Safety (CDS) and Certified Cargo Security Professional (CCSP).

Dave is a retired member of the Permanent Committee on Truck and Bus Safety (ANB70) of the Transportation Research Board, National Academy of Sciences, and is now a Friend of the Committee. He is a past member of the Advisory Council for the Center for Transportation Safety, Texas Transportation Institute, Texas A&M University.

Dave represented Liberty Mutual on the ANSI Z-15.1 Accredited Standards Committee on Safety Requirements for Motor Vehicle Fleet Operations, and was a voting member of the ISO 39001 Road Traffic Safety Management Systems committee. He was also the technical consultant and spokesperson to the Liberty Mutual Insurance Teen and Senior Driving initiatives.

Bill Turenne - ITNAmerica Board Member
Bill Turenne
Board Member

In 2005, President Bush appointed Bill to serve on the Advisory Committee for the 2005 White House Conference on Aging. Throughout his career Bill has served on many non-profit boards, including The Public Affairs Council, The Multiple Sclerosis Association, and the Tomas Rivera Center, an institute of policy studies affecting Hispanic Americans.

Bill retired from Eli Lilly and Company in 1995 after 31 years with the company. He then formed a public affairs and business consulting firm that specializes in organizational development, particularly in the integration of strategic business planning with public affairs programs for healthcare client organizations, and state and federal government. Since 2001, he has served as a consultant to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.

A native of Danvers, Massachusetts, Bill received a BS degree from the University of Connecticut in 1962, and attended Boston College Graduate School of Management (1967 - 1970).

Lori Parham - ITNAmerica Board Member
Lori Parham
Board Member

Lori K. Parham, Ph.D., is AARP Maine’s State Director, based in Portland, Maine. Prior to joining AARP Maine she worked as senior advisor to AARP's Executive Vice President for the State and National Group in Washington, DC, overseeing the reorganization of the Association's Government Affairs unit and the creation of a new Office of Volunteerism & Service. She began her career at AARP in Florida. Before becoming State Director in early 2007, she served as Advocacy Manager for State Affairs and was responsible for policy and legislative advocacy on topics including health and long-term care, transportation, and utilities. Her service includes terms on the boards of the Florida Patient Safety Corporation, the Florida Council on Aging and the American Hiking Society. 

Before joining AARP, Parham served as a legislative analyst for the Florida Senate, providing technical expertise to the Committee on Health, Aging and Long-Term Care. Her duties included oversight of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and the Florida Medicaid program. She also served as staff for the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), focusing on long-term care issues in the Medicaid Research Bureau. Prior to her work at AHCA, Parham worked at the Florida State University Claude Pepper Institute on Aging, where she was involved in multiple research projects on long-term care quality, work and the lifecourse, and inequality. She has a B.A. in Sociology from Belmont Abbey College, as well as a M.S. and Ph.D. with a specialization in Political Economy and Aging from the Florida State University. She is currently a member of the National Academy for Social Insurance, the Gerontological Society of America, and the Maine Gerontological Society.

Gale Reece Founding Director ITN Bluegrass - Senior Transportation
Gale Reece
Board Member

Gale Reece has a proven track record of business success having started Kentucky Underground Storage, Inc. over 20 years ago in the same facility that houses Highbridge Spring Water (her family's company). Located in a cave in Jessamine County, KUSI is a commercial records center offering storage for all types of information – hard copy, microforms, computer media, etc. During her tenure as president and chief operating officer, the company grew from one employee to more than 20 and the storage to over half a million cartons of documents and pieces of computer media.

After Gale retired from KUSI in 2005, she knew she wanted to work on aging issues and was thinking about housing until a Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government employee convinced her that transportation was the pressing issue, and elders couldn't stay in their homes anyway without it! This fact, combined with her drive and can-do attitude led Gale to ITNAmerica, and ultimately, to the process of establishing a local affiliate.

Working in a non-profit environment is new to Gale, but her past experience with forming companies, negotiating and revising contracts, making decisions, giving presentations and maintaining high levels of customer service has been critical in the startup of ITNBluegrass.

Though a Kentucky native, Gale graduated from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, and for about ten years after that lived in Raleigh, N.C., and Atlanta.