As CEO/Executive Director of Metra, Mr. Derwinski provides overall leadership and direction to all areas of Metra operations and administration to ensure that Metra achieves its vision, mission, goals and objectives.
Mr. McCann became Metra’s Chief Operating Officer in July 2021. As COO, he leads all aspects of commuter railroad operations: Transportation, Mechanical, Engineering, Positive Train Control, Safety, Rules, Regulatory Compliance, Environmental Compliance, Operations Training, T&E Training and Certification.
Mr. Milano was appointed the agency’s Deputy Executive Director, Administration in February 2015. In this role, he is responsible for planning, developing, organizing and directing Metra’s administrative activities.
Ms. Thomas was named Deputy Executive Director, External Affairs in March 2022. Among her responsibilities is serving as an effective communicator, strategic advisor and planner to the CEO. She oversees capital project delivery, special projects and key initiatives, solving complex issues demanding executive leadership.
Ms. Rosen was named as Metra’s General Counsel by the Board of Directors in February 2014. In this role, she leads Metra’s Law Department which provides legal guidance and support to the Metra Board, executive team and staff.
Mr. Benz was named Chief Audit Officer (CAO) in October 2017 after serving a year in that position in an acting capacity. He has also served as Metra’s Ethics Officer since 2013 and previously served as an Associate General Counsel.
Mr. Buren was named Chief Human Resources Officer in October 2020. He oversees all human resources functions, including succession planning, talent development, performance management, beneﬁts, compensation, employee engagement, talent acquisition and EEO.
Ms. Ciavarella was named Metra’s Senior Division Director, Strategic Capital Planning in June 2011. In that role she directs an 18-member team that oversees the development and administration of the agency’s long-range plans, capital program and performance statistics.
Mr. Flores was appointed Chief Transportation Officer in June 2020. In this capacity, he is responsible for commuter operations on Metra owned and operated lines as well as those operated under purchase of service agreements with the BNSF and Union Pacific Railroads.
Mr. Konczal was named Chief Safety and Environmental Officer in November 2015. In this role, he is responsible for the administrative oversight and management of Metra’s safety programs and initiatives, environmental compliance and industrial hygiene activities.
Mr. Krakar was named Chief Engineering Officer in January 2019. In his current role, he directs the planning, development, and organization of all Engineering Department activities. The Engineering Department is responsible for the design and maintenance of Metra's infrastructure, including track, signals, telecommunications, bridges and buildings.
Chief Perez, a decorated 28-year veteran of the Illinois State Police Department with a diverse service record, was hired in May 2014 to serve as chief of the Metra Police Department and lead its transformation into a modern, efficient and effective force.
Mr. Radecki was named Chief Information Officer in May 2020. Prior to this role, Mr. Radecki was responsible for leading Metra through the business process, technology, and organizational transformation necessary to move Metra’s financial and payroll functions to Microsoft Dynamics’s AX Enterprise Resource Planning software (ERP).