Interim Chief Executive Officer
Ruthie Reyes Burckard,
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Administrative Officer and Interim Chief of Staff
INTERIM CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Jeff Seward joined HART in November 2011, and is responsible for the following departments: Accounting & Financial Reporting, Budget, Cash Management, Internal Audit, Procurement, Contracts Administration, Grants & Planning, Project Management Office, Performance Management, Sustainability and Environmental ISO compliance. These departments execute the long-term financial strategy of HART, manage major capital projects, secure grants to enhance our current infrastructure, and ensure HART’s impact to the environment is minimal and sustainable.
Mr. Seward has more than 30 years of local government, private-sector and military experience, providing leadership for various areas, including, strategic planning, economic development, Six Sigma process improvement and auditing. He received his Bachelor's degree in history/government from Columbia College, and his Master's degree in public administration from California Lutheran University. He is past president of the Southwest Florida Government Finance Officers Association and was the 2014 Tampa Bay Business Journal CFO of the Year for Governmental entities.
In December 2017, Mr. Seward was appointed Interim Chief Executive Officer.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER/INTERIM CHIEF OF STAFF
Kenyatta Lee is the organization's Chief Administration Officer (CAO) and Interim Chief of Staff. Ms. Lee has over 20 years of public sector work experience. As CAO, Ms. Lee leads a team of more than 30 employees who have key functions within the agency including risk and safety, human resources, and information technology.
Prior to joining HART, Kenyatta worked at the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) as the Senior Manager, Technology and Innovation, she served as Senior Director, Administration for the Jacksonville Port Authority and Senior Director, Finance and Administration for the Port of Palm Beach.
In her role as Senior Manager at the JTA, she was responsible for implementing the latest transit industry innovations such as an enterprise resources planning system, real time passenger information and mobile ticketing. Throughout her professional career, Kenyatta has provided leadership and management for information technology, internal audit and compliance, risk management, human resources and finance. She has been successful in establishing and strengthening overall administration functions including policy and procedure development and using innovative technology solutions to achieve organizational goals and objectives.
Ms. Lee has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the Bethune-Cookman University and a master’s degree of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She is a graduate of the 2015 Leadership APTA program.
RUTHIE REYES BURCKARD
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Before being appointed to the Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Burckard was previously the Director of Van Operations, which includes services such HARTPlus, HARTFlex and Travel Training. She oversaw HART Dispatch and Customer Service Departments. Prior to joining HART, Mrs. Reyes Burckard worked at New York City Transit Authority as the Paratransit Staff Analyst managing the supplemental service provider and taxi reimbursement contracts for the paratransit division.
Mrs. Reyes Burckard came to HART in 2002 as the Paratransit Certification Assistant. From 2004 to 2006, she was appointed to HART Internship Program, which required rotation through the Marketing, Community Relations, Planning and Safety, Security and Training departments. Prior to her appointment as Director of Van Operations in July 2013, she served as the Paratransit and Customer Service Manager, managing the Paratransit Eligibility and Customer Service departments while ensuring that HART delivers the highest level of customer service. During her tenure at HART, Mrs. Reyes Burckard was instrumental with the implementation of live booking for paratransit trips gaining overall efficiencies in the productivity of trip scheduling.
Ms. Reyes Burckard has a bachelor's degree in Education from the State University of New York, College at Old Westbury. She is a member of the Hillsborough County and City of Tampa Alliances for Citizens with Disabilities, Hillsborough County Transportations Disadvantaged Coordinating Board and HART ADA Accessibility Committee.