115 days 16 hours
Until Pasadena to Azusa is Complete


As a sole purpose entity, the Construction Authority is a lean agency with approximately one dozen permanent staff members. To augment the permanent staff for planning and program management activities, the agency contracts with a program management consultant. In 2009, Hill International won a multi-year program management contract with the Construction Authority. Today, as the Construction Authority progresses on planning and construction for all the segments from Pasadena to Ontario Airport, additional capabilities are heavily in use. For a list of staff job classifications and compensation click here.

Below is a current list of staff at the Construction Authority (including permanent and contract employees), and their contact information:

from left to right: Chris Burner, John Skoury, Crandal Jue, Mitchell S. Purcell, Habib F. Balian.

Executive Team

Habib F. Balian
Chief Executive Officer
(626) 305-7001

Chris Burner
Chief Project Officer
(626) 305-7022

Crandal Jue
Chief Financial Officer
(626) 305-7010

Mitchell S. Purcell, Esq.
Chief Contracting Officer & In-House Counsel
(626) 305-7035

John Skoury
Hill International Program Manager
(626) 305-7023


Engineering and Systems

Denis Cournoyer
Director of Engineering
(626) 305-7007

Phil Dinets
Director of Systems
(626) 305-7016

Tanya Patsaouras
Station Coordinator
(626) 305-7039

Connie Levinson
Civil Engineer
(626) 305-7018



Construction and Project Management

Gary Baker
Director of Construction
(626) 305-7015

Reky Hiramoto
Director of Project Control & Administration
(626) 305-7006

Dan Goods
Contract Manager
(626) 305-7033

Richard Espinosa
Project Controls Manager
(626) 305-7008

Natasha Craig
Project Coordinator
(626) 305-7030

Margaux Vogel
Submittals Coordinator
(626) 305-7027

Lesley Elwood
Art Manager
(626) 305-7118

Laura Langford
Document Control
(626) 305-7028

Public Affairs Department

Lisa Levy Buch
Director, Public Affairs
(626) 305-7004

Sylvia Beltran
Community Relations
(626) 305-7012

Albert Ho
Media Relations
(626) 305-7038

Linda Manning
Administrative Assistant
(626) 305-7026


Chris Lowe
Clerk of the Board & Personnel Manager
(626) 305-7002

Jerry Sims
Administrative Manager
(626) 305-7003

Marissa Esguerra
(626) 305-7005

Judi Rudd
(626) 305-7000