SONDRA CLARK, Regional Transit Administrator
Sondra is the Regional Transit Administrator responsible for overseeing the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5307 Urban Funding Program. Nearly $1 million is allocated to the Manhattan Urbanized Area (UZA) each year to be used for supporting urban transit services within and to/from the Manhattan UZA.
Prior to joining the FHRTA, Sondra was the Program Manager for the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) Bureau of Local Projects. She was responsible for planning, organizing, and directing the activities of multiple federal aid and state funded programs. She also served as a liaison between the Bureau and local public entities and managed the program and contract sections of the Bureau.
Sondra holds a Master of Science in Management from Baker University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Washburn University.
GARY STITH, FHRTA Secretary
Gary Stith has over 38 years in public and private planning practice. He led the successful redevelopment of downtown Manhattan, KS and Silver Spring, MD. His private sector experience included the design and construction of retail projects for a home improvement retail company and the development of several retail centers including the design, construction, and leasing of these centers.
Stith has a Masters of Regional and Community Planning and a Master of Arts in Public Administration from The Ohio State University. He is an Assistant Professor (part-time) in the Department of Landscape Architecture/Regional and Community Planning at Kansas State University. He teaches urban design and land planning and development.
UNIQUE HIRAM, Administrative /HR Manager
Unique Hiram has been serving as the Administrative/HR Manager for the Flint Hills Regional Council since February 2011. She has been instrumental in the creation and management of the council's office operating procedures that include accounting, budgeting, grant administration, human resources, and purchasing. She is responsible for managing the $380,000 FHRC annual budget (federal and nonfederal funds), while supporting the growth of the organization through a variety of roles.
Additionally, she is instrumental in the accounting, bookkeeping, and reconciliation process for the FHMPO, FHRTA, EDA and other contracts where the FHRC has been identified as the fiscal agent for these entities managing federal and state funding totaling over $1.9 million.
Unique is a 21-year retired Navy veteran and earned a Master of Science in Human Resource Management. She currently serves as a District Director for the Kansas Society of Human Resource Management (KSSHRM) State Council. Previously, she served two years as the Chapter President for Human Resource Management Network (HRMN) of Manhattan.