Born in Wigan, England, Barry Barker has been the Executive Director of the Transit Authority of River City (TARC) since 1994. His core belief that “the quality of life in our communities is only as good as it is for the least advantaged members of our communities” directs his customer-focused approach to service & team-based approach to management that has resulted in increased ridership & service innovations that have received national recognition. Under Barry, TARC was designated in 2006 as the nation’s Urban System of the Year by the Community Transportation Association of America. The next year, Barry was recognized as the Outstanding Public Transportation Manager of the Year by the American Public Transportation Assoc. In 2012, the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies honored Barry with the Sharon D. Banks Award for Humanitarian Leadership in Transportation.
Locally, Barry has served on more than a dozen non-profit agency boards including in leadership positions, and in 2010, he headed Metro United Way’s annual fundraising campaign. TARC provides 12 million passenger trips a year, with 63% of riders traveling to and from work, and another 20 % on school trips.
“TARC moves the workforce of today & tomorrow, & we’re critical for people to access opportunity & all life has to offer,” Barry said. “I have always been motivated by the belief that the quality of life in our communities is only as good as it is for the least advantaged members of our communities. Access to life’s opportunities is a must if communities & individuals are to thrive. I’ve been fortunate to champion these beliefs at TARC & in the community.”
Trisha Hernandez Gallagher was born in Lakenheath, England on a Royal Air Force Base. She came to the US at 2½ & grew up all over the USA. During her younger years, Dr. Gallagher considered New Jersey home, as she spent summers and her high school career in the Garden State. Now, after 16 years in Louisville, she considers it home. Dr. Gallagher is the proud mother of two sons, Cole, 19, & Liam, 17. She follows in her son’s footsteps, with Cole being one of the youngest guests ever on MoxieTalk, our 213th guest! Liam, her youngest, dreams of being a future MoxieTalk guest. Dr. Gallagher earned her B.S. in Psychology from Penn State, M.Ed. in Special Education from West Chester University., & Ed.D. in Educational Leadership & Organizational Development from the University of Louisville. Dr. Gallagher works as an Administrative Specialist for the Exceptional Child Education (ECE) Department in Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS). Currently, she focuses on students with special needs & compliance with local, state, and federal regulations and legislation. She works with the JCPS Family & Community Engagement (FACE) Team, as well as the Parent Advisory Council (PAC). Prior to 2018, she worked with students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families for 21 years. Her dissertation focused on the social networks of parents of students with autism as a proxy measure of social capital. Previously, Dr. Gallagher supervised programming for children with autism & trained school/district/state/national groups of professionals on Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs). As a member of the state autism team, Dr. Gallagher, assisted in the development of the Kentucky Family Guide for Autism, coordinated the 1st model classrooms for Kentucky’s partnership with the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders (NPDC), and contributed to the development of the KY Department of Education’s Guidance Document for Autism. Last year, Dr. Gallagher reviewed the latest set of EBPs for the NDPC
Ferdinand Risco is a native of Philadelphia earning a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and an MBA from the University of New Haven, in Connecticut. Ferdinand was also a Distinguished Military Graduate commissioned as a Regular Army Infantry Officer & spent 10 years in the U.S. Army. Today, Ferdinand serves as the Executive Director for (TARC), the largest public transit agency in the Commonwealth of Kentucky carrying 15 million annual passengers and is responsible for the leadership and direction for all operations in the system. Ferdinand’s experience includes freight transport, manufacturing, warehousing & transportation. He has also worked in operations, maintenance, employee and labor relations, human resources, diversity & inclusion. As a former Army officer, Ferdinand has helped government agencies and later fortune 500 companies earn awards & distinctions for their best in class results. As a transit executive and former college professor, Ferdinand is highly sought after as a lecturer on many topics including diversity, inclusion, & equal employment practices, supplier diversity, disadvantaged business enterprise certification, leadership & workforce development. Ferdinand’s community involvement even led to a 2009 appointment. by New Haven, Connecticut Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. to their Board of Education, and then a 2011 appointment to the Connecticut State Board of Education by Governor Dannel P. Malloy and service on the Board of Directors of the National Association of State Boards of Education. Ferdinand is a graduate of Leadership-APTA and was Chairman of the association’s Workforce Development Committee. Ferdinand is also an ENO Center for Transportation’s Transit Executive Seminar graduate. Now in Louisville, Ferdinand continues his service to the community, serving on the Boards of The National Safe Place Network, The Healing Place and as Secretary for The Louisville Urban League, as well as Greater Louisville Inc. – Louisville’s Metro Chamber of Commerce, Kentuckians for Better Public Transportation & The Louisville Tourism Committee. Ferdinand is married to his beautiful wife Stacy & they have 4 children.
Dr. Wayne Tuckson is a native of Washington, D.C. & a graduate of both Howard University and the Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C. He completed an internship in Obstetrics & Gynecology at the St. Louis University Hospital in St Louis, Missouri, and a residency in General Surgery at Howard University Hospital. He then completed both research and clinical fellowship in colon & rectal surgery in the Department of Colon & Rectal Surgery at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. After a year as a Clinical Associate at The Clinic, he returned to Howard as an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery and as chief of the Division of Colon & Rectal Surgery. In 1994 he left Howard and joined the faculty at the University of Louisville, College of Medicine in the Department of Surgery as an associate professor. He remained at the University for 7 years until July of 2001 when he left and started a private practice. KentuckyOne has employed him as a colon and rectal surgeon since 2008. His clinical interests are in the treatment of fecal incontinence, the prevention & treatment of cancer of the rectum, the management of anal diseases, & the management of postoperative anal pain. To address the apparent disparity in health status in the minority & disadvantaged Kentucky populations, IN 1995, Dr. Tuckson organized The African-American Health Initiative, Inc, (TAAHI). The goal of TAAHI was to improve the “health IQ” or “health literacy” and encourage and foster more responsible participation, by patients, in their own healthcare. TAAHI sponsored conferences on topics such as cancer and healthy eating. To reach a broader audience TAAHI developed the TV show, Kentucky Health (nee Louisville Health). Today, Kentucky Health still airs on the KET network & is hosted & produced by Dr. Tuckson. He has been involved in many community activities including the Air Pollution Control board., Park Duvall Family Health Center board, & the board of the Louisville Metro Department of Health & Wellness. He has given many community presentations to churches, community groups, & local radio & TV news shows. He has received 2 Mayor’s Citations for community service in Louisville & The Thomas S Wallace Jr. Award for “Leadership Role in the Promotion of Health Awareness and the Well-Being of all Citizens of Jefferson County.” Recent recognition includes the “Lyman T. Johnson Distinguished Leadership Award in 2015” from the Louisville Central Community Centers, Inc & a “Real Black Men” certificate of recognition from the Louisville Defender newspaper. He is currently the president of the Greater Louisville Medical Society. Dr. Tuckson is married to the lovely Brenda B. Tuckson and has two sons named Wayne L. Tuckson and James H. Clay.
A current project of Dr. Tuckson’s is the documentation of the role of the Louisville Red Cross Hospital & African-American healthcare during the Jim Crow era in KY.