Lissette Hernandez, CAPP – President
|Lissette Hernandez, CAPP, is currently the Director of Parking and Transportation at Florida International University. Lissette started at FIU in 1995 as a fiscal assistant, moved into the role of Coordinator of budget and fiscal operations and promoted in 2007 to the Assistant Director of Administration responsible for fiscal and administrative operations. She currently manages Parking and Transportation functions to include enforcement, maintenance as well assisting the Executive Director in the day to day operation of the department. She received her CAPP certification in 2009 and has been a member of IPI and FPA for over ten years, and served on the FPA Conference Planning committee for the 2012 conference.|
Mark Santos P.E. – President Elect
Mark N. Santos, P.E. Mark serves as Parking Practice Builder for Kimley-Horn, a full-service multidisciplinary consulting firm, focusing on project management and business development. Mark is based in Fort Lauderdale and provides support to Kimley-Horn’s fifteen offices in the state of Florida. His parking specific expertise for over 17 years includes complex and mixed-use projects in the entertainment, government, transit, retail, healthcare and private sectors. His skillset includes parking supply/demand studies, feasibility studies, planning and functional design for parking facilities, and rehabilitation of parking facilities. Mark earned his Bachelors of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University. In addition, Mark serves as the co-chair of the IPI Planning, Design, and Construction Committee (formerly Consultants Committee) since 2013, and will continue into the 2017-2019 term.
Chester Escobar – Immediate Past President
Chester Escobar is currently the Regional Manager for SP Plus for South Florida and Puerto Rico. He oversees all operations and market development efforts in these regions. His career in the parking industry spans over 23 years in both the municipal and private sectors. In the municipal sector he’s held the positions of Chief Operations Officer and Assistant Parking Director for two of the largest cities in South Florida. His experience in operating large municipal and private operations provides him a unique vantage point to successfully integrate business efficiencies in any parking and transportation environment. Chester recently served on the Florida Parking Association Board from 2008 to 2012 with two of those years on the executive board as Treasurer and has been active in all aspects of the Board. Chester has a BA in Business Administration from Florida International University.
Tracie Saunders – Secretary
Tracie Saunders is the Manager of Parking and Transportation Services at the University of Central Florida. Tracie started her parking career in 2007 as a fiscal assistant and moved up to office Manager in 2008. She manages the main operations department which includes daily administrative procedures, permit issuance, citation payments and overall general education of the parking regulations at UCF. She received her BS in Health Service Administration and her MA in Career and Technical Education from University of Central Florida. She is currently working on her CAPP certification. She has been a member of Florida Parking and Transportation Association since 2009 and has sat on various committees within the Association.
Alejandra Argudin, CAPP – Treasurer
Alejandra Argudin is the Chief Operations Officer for the Miami Parking Authority (MPA), the largest parking agency in the State of Florida. She has worked at MPA for 10 years, of which her first four were overseeing the Planning and Development Department. She is currently responsible for the day-to-day operation of a parking system which manages over 36,000 spaces, with 130+ employees and an operating budget of over $28 million. In 2015, through her leadership, the MPA was one of only five organizations that obtained the Accredited Parking Organization (APO) designation from the International Parking Institute (IPI) and in 2016, they were one of only two organizations to receive the APO with Distinction.
Alejandra is a graduate of Florida International University with a B.A. in Business Administration and a Master’s in Business Administration. In keeping with her desire to always be a vanguard within her industry, she earned the Certified Administrator of Public Parking (CAPP) designation through IPI as well as acquired her LEED AP designation from the Green Building Council. She currently serves on the Florida Parking Association Board as the Treasurer as well as on IPI’s APO Board of Directors.
Pam Corbin, CAPP – Director
Pam is the Parking Administration Manager for the City of Orlando Parking Division responsible for the budget development process, garage access card management, accounting operations, financial reporting and analysis for a parking system with 8 garages, 6 surface lots and over 1000-metered spaces. She has twenty years of combined experience in finance, budgeting, and management analysis. She has been a member of FPA and IPI since 2000, and previously served on the FPA membership committee.
She has been a member of FPA and IPI since 2000. Prior to being elected to the Board, she served on the FPA membership committee.
Chip Chism – Director
Chip Chism became the Director of Parking and Transportation in December of 2004 and he hasn’t had a good night’s sleep since. Prior to that he was an urban planner at a regional planning council. His hobbies include martial arts and reading. In his spare time he helps host a ‘creature feature’ type public access TV show and in March of 2017 he was inducted into the Horror Host Hall of Fame.
Salena Tepas – Director
Salena Tepas is currently the Assistant Director of Parking and Transportation at University of North Florida. Salena started at UNF in 2007 in Financial Aid helping students plan for study abroad and Global MBA programs. She was then promoted to Financial Aid Accountant where she managed and reconciled federal, state, and institutional programs. In 2011, she moved to Parking Services to the role of Accountant, followed by Budget Coordinator, and eventually became the Assistant Director in 2016. In this role, she currently manages the financial, customer service, and enforcement operations for Parking Services. She is a member of IPI and FPA.
Tom Hartley – Director
Tom Hartley is the Assistant Vice President of Parking, Sustainability & Transportation at Florida International University. Tom’s responsible for developing new strategic business practices, and providing operational expansion, revenue creation, as well as stewardship of resources. Tom also ensures we maintain alignment with Florida International University’s strategies. Tom oversees our financial reports for the Office of Business and Finance as well as Board meetings and other Executive forums and meetings.
After his twenty-two year tenure with Walt Disney World, Tom transitioned into the parking industry as Director of Parking & Transportation Services at Mohegan. Prior to joining the FIU team, Tom was the Executive Director of Bethlehem Parking Authority in PA. and is a member of NPA. Tom holds a Master of Hospitality Administration, a Master of Business Administration-Finance, and is currently pursuing his doctorate in Education.
Marilyn K. Etheridge – Manager
Marilyn is President of MKE Consultants, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in management and business development. She has been in the parking industry for the last 15 years, traveling throughout the southeast working with universities, municipalities, hospitals, governmental agencies, private sector and developers in their quest for parking solutions.
Marilyn has served on the Florida Parking Association Board in the capacity of Secretary and committee member; she also serves on the IPI Professional Recognition Committee. Marilyn is an active member of FPA, IPI, FL Education Facilities Planners, FL Healthcare Engineers, Society of College University Planners, Commercial Real Estate Women, Society of Professional Marketing Services where she was named a Fellow by her peers, and various civic/community associations.
Marilyn has been an active member of FPA and IPI since 1999.