Management Team

Len Simich
Chief Executive Officer

Len Simich has served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Southwest Transit Commission since1997. Len has received numerous awards for his personal and academic achievements including being selected as the Minnesota Transit Professional of the year, and one of the top 40 business leaders in the Twin Cities by the Minneapolis – St. Paul Magazine.  Len is an accredited Planner certified by the American Planning Association, and holds a certificate in Real Estate Development form the Urban Land Institute.  He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Minnesota - Duluth, and a Masters of Business Administration Degree from Metropolitan State University.  Len and his wife Kathy have 3 children; Mike (wife Lydia), Kory and Jake.  Len is an avid golfer, skier, and a loyal UMD Bulldog and Minnesota Wild’s hockey fan! 

Dave Jacobson
Chief Operating Officer

Dave began working for SouthWest Transit in August 2007.  Prior to working at SWT he was the general manager for the Metropolitan Council’s Metro Mobility program for ten years and prior to that held several managerial and planning positions in the transit industry.  Dave and his wife Stacy live in Mendota Heights and have two children Katherine (24) and William (22).  Dave enjoys hanging at his lake place, traveling with his wife and playing golf.

Gary Groen
Director of Finance

Gary has been employed with SouthWest Transit since 2013 and serves as the Finance Director.  Gary's extensive and impressive financial background serves him well in this role!  Gary brings over 35+ years in the governmental accounting area serving cities, school districts and nonprofit organizations. Gary started his career with the Office of State Auditor, and has served as a governmental services partner for a local CPA firm. Gary has also worked as a sole practitioner for ten years and, prior to SWT, seven years as the full-time finance director for a growing suburban community.  

Matt Fyten
Manager of Planning

Matt began his career with SouthWest Transit as an Intern in March of 2010.  Prior to working at SWT, Matt was a Research Assistant while attending the U of M’s Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs where he received a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning.  Matt is very knowledgeable of the SWT service area having grown up in Eden Prairie and served on the Eden Prairie Planning Commission and Eden Prairie Heritage Preservation Commission.  Matt and his wife Mollie reside in Shakopee with their daughter Addison (1).  Matt’s interests include music, sports, politics, history, and going to the cabin.

Souriyong Souriya
Accountant

Souriyong began her career at Southwest Transit in November 2000 as an Accounting Clerk. Prior to joining the SWT team, Souriyong was an administrative assistant of the MN Gastroenology PA in St. Paul, while finishing school for her accounting degree.   Souriyong was born in Laos.  In 1986 she and her family (parents and 3 siblings) came to the United State as refugee immigrants.  Her family settled in Minnesota and now 30 years later, they are all still here and could not imagine calling any place else home.  Souriyong, along with her 2 children, live in Brooklyn Park and enjoy volunteering at Feed My Starving Children, food shelters and the Laos community.  Souriyong loves to read, but is also a self -proclaimed “reality show junky”!  Her favorite quote is “think positive and be positive”. 

Mel Rozeboom
Human Resources

Mel has been employed with SouthWest Transit since 2004.  Prior to coming on board, he held the position of Ticket sales and Treasurer for Hennepin County Fair.     Mel is on the Board of Directors for the Hennepin County Fair and lives in Eden Prairie.  Mel is the a proud father of one son (and wife) that live in NC. 

Lori Anderson
Marketing and Business Development Manager

Lori began her career with SouthWest Transit in March of 2016.  Prior to joining the team, Lori was the President of the SouthWest Metro Chamber of Commerce since 2013.  Lori’s role of Business Development and Marketing Manager is a natural fit, as she has been actively involved in the SouthWest Transit service area of Chaska, Chanhassen, Carver and Eden Prairie.   Lori and her husband Pete reside in Prior Lake and have 3 children – Ben (23) Sydney (20) and Maddie (17).  Lori’s personal business philosophy:  Your smile is your logo, your personality is your business card, and how you leave others feel is your trademark. 

Mike Dartt
Facilities Manager

Mike began his career at SouthWest Transit in 1994 as a driver for National Bus. In March 2003 he became a full time employee of SWT in the Facility Department as a maintenance worker and moved up to Facility Manager in 2013.  Prior to SouthWest Transit, Mike was employed by the City of Eden Prairie in maintenance for both the Street Department and Community Center. Mike and his wife Leslie live in Carver and have one son Logan (3).  In his spare time, Mike enjoys hunting and fishing, but having a busy 3 year old….there is not a lot of “spare time”!

Justin Weiner
Vehicle Maintenance Manager

Justin began his career at Southwest Transit in November of 2005 as a diesel technician.  Justin previously worked as a diesel technician for a local truck leasing company and spent 3 years in the US navy as an electronics technician which provided him with a solid background in electrical/electronic troubleshooting.  Justin and his wife Amy live in Burnsville with their two children – Liz (11) and Ollie (5).  Justin is currently taking 2 classes each semester working toward completing his BS in Management from Metropolitan State University.  Between work, family and school what free time Justin has he enjoys spending it with family and friends. 

Jason Kirsch
Technology Specialist

Jason has been employed at SouthWest Transit a total of 9 years. He first came on board in 1994 then left for a 12 year stint at the City of Chaska, and has been back with SWT for the past 3 years and counting… Jason’s technology skills, coupled with his patient personality have made him the IT guru! Jason is currently a Captain with the Chaska Fire Department where he has been employed the past 14 years. Jason also volunteers his time by operating Street Cars at the Minnesota Street Car Museum in Excelsior. Jason and his wife Kisten, reside in Chaska with their 2 adorable daughters, Olivia and Tatum. Jason’s favorite quote is: “Doesn’t expecting the unexpected make it expected?” which is quite fitting for an IT guy!

Dave Simoneau
First Transit Director of Driver Services
& Emergency Mangement

I have been with the contractor providing driver services for SW Transit since 1994, and it is my second career focusing on Quality product delivery and customer service in organizations that value the customer experience. I am responsible for the on road operations for our customers and the security of our system for all. I am married for 40 years to my wife Denise and have two daughters who are my pride & joy, Jeanette & Nicole, both living in the Twin Cities area. We transplanted from Connecticut to Minnesota in 1972, originally settling in Chaska, but now living in Young America. My joy in life is to provide people the best possible experience no matter what I am doing and that makes a good fit for SW Transit’s “expect the Best” Credo!

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