Short Line Safety Institute Fills Two New Senior Staff Positions

New hires will enable rapid implementation of Institute’s Plan of Work

Washington, DC – March 24, 2016 – The Short Line Safety Institute today announced the on-boarding of two key staff members, Mike Long, Senior Safety and Operations Manager, and Michele Malski, Safety Programs Manager. These two new positions will be instrumental in driving the Institute’s key initiatives forward.

“I am very pleased to have Mike Long join us as our Senior Safety resource. Mike will lead our Assessor Team, among other responsibilities,” said Ron Hynes, Executive Director, Short Line Safety Institute. “Mike’s extensive and specific experience in driving safety culture and managing key evaluations in his roles at Genesee and Wyoming, and as a Regional Administrator for the Federal Railroad Administration will enable him to add value immediately.”

Long most recently served as Senior Vice President of Compliance at Genesee & Wyoming Railroad (G & W), responsible for compliance on 108 small railroads. Prior to G & W, Mike spent twelve years in various positions at the Federal Railroad Administration. His responsibilities there included all aspects of rail safety in FRA Region 4, where he led a staff of 61 administrative and rail safety experts in five states. Mike began his railroading career in 1995 with BNSF Railroad following eight years of active-duty service in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Michele L. Malski has also joined the Safety Institute staff as Safety Programs Manager. In that role, Malski will be responsible for outreach to short line and regional railroads regarding the benefits of the Safety Institute, and the management of safety and educational projects and initiatives.

Malski brings the perspective of a variety of rail organizations to the Safety Institute. Throughout Malski’s operational and field experience, she has focused on operations, safety, and customer service at Amtrak, BNSF, Canadian Pacific (former D & H territory), Norfolk Southern and Bombardier Transportation (MARC commuter rail).

“Michele’s enthusiasm for the railroad industry and particularly the area of safety culture made her a great choice for the Institute,” said Hynes. “We look forward to having her customer service orientation assist us in reaching and educating short lines and regionals about the important work of the Safety Institute.”