Christopher Parker was facinated by trains as a child. Befreinded by local train crews at 11, he learned everything he could about the industry and hired on with the Cape Cod & Hyannis Railroad as a Trainman and later became a Conductor and marketing manager for the Cape Cod Central Railroad. He has also written for several publications about the industry, including Trains Magazine and Atlantic Northeast Rail & Ports. He's especially interested in service design - the interplay between operations and marketing. In his twenties, he went to seminary and worked for Quaker non-profit organizations (as a youth worker, fundraiser and Executive Director/founder), then became an interium minister in Vermont before becoming Vermont Rail Action Network Executive Director at the beginning of 2008. He also teaches, does some transportation market-research consulting and a bit of web design work (you can hire him).