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Morgan Lyons
Mark Ball

October 15, 2009

Velasco elected DART Board Chair

William (Bill) Velasco image
William (Bill) Velasco

John Danish image
John Danish

Scott Carlson image
Scott Carlson

Loretta Ellerbe image
Loretta Ellerbe
Dallas businessman William (Bill) Velasco is the new chairman of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Board of Directors. Velasco has served on the board since 2001.

He is the owner of Velasco Tax and Insurance of Dallas and most recently served the board as vice chair of the Administration, Audit, and Revenue committees and many others. Active in the community, he is past president of La Calle Diez Community Corp., a founding member of the Winnetka Heights Historical District and the Oak Cliff Development Corp. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of Dallas CAN! Academy and is currently on the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He is a graduate of Texas A & M University in College Station.

Board members also elected Irving member John Danish vice chair, Dallas member Scott Carlson secretary and Plano member Loretta Ellerbe assistant secretary. Officers serve one-year terms.

Danish was appointed to the DART Board in 2005. An attorney in private practice, Danish is a former Irving City Councilman, deputy mayor pro tem, and former chairman of the Irving Planning and Zoning Commission. He holds an undergraduate degree from Wheaton College in Illinois and a law degree from Southern Methodist University.

Carlson was appointed to the board in 2003. He is an attorney in private practice and currently serves as chair of the Operations committee of the board. He has served as chair of a number of other committees during his DART tenure. He holds a B.S. in civil engineering from Texas Tech University and a law degree from Southern Methodist University.

Ellerbe was appointed in 2008 by the Plano City Council. A former member of the Plano City Council, she is a member of the Administrative, Ethics, Operations and Revenue committees.

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