Meet the Short Line Safety Institute Team

Mike Long, Senior Safety and Operations Manager
Mike is no stranger to keeping railroad people safe in a complex and demanding environment. He brings over 20 years of rail safety, operations, and regulatory experience to the Safety Institute. Mike is a veteran of Desert Shield / Desert Storm, he deployed numerous times around the globe while serving in the U.S. Marines. Upon leaving the Marine Corps, he joined BNSF as a transportation manager, working in several terminals, culminating as the Asst. Superintendent in Chicago. From 2003-2014, Mike served the FRA in a variety of positions, culminating with Regional Administrator, where he oversaw five states in the Midwest, and included long distance passenger and commuter operations, every Class I, and many Class II and III railroads. Mike was most recently Sr. VP-Compliance with G&W Railroad Services, Inc. and gained further insight and understanding of the safety environment of short lines and regional railroads. Mike’s hobbies include scuba diving, triathlons, and health & fitness.

Michele Malski, Safety Program Manager

Michele is a second generation railroader, growing up with respect for the traditions, heritage, and importance the short line railroad industry brings to the economy. Michele earned her bachelor’s degree at Cornell University where she studied Industrial Labor Relations and Law and Society. While in school, she interned with Norfolk Southern, Bombardier and Amtrak. Michele brings a broad range of railroad experience to the Short Line Safety Institute, having held positions as Trainmaster at BNSF, handling safety initiatives, territory trackage rights, interchange agreements, and customer relations at CP, and Trainmaster of Passenger Operations at Bombardier Transportation (MARC commuter trains).
Michele is a true railroader at heart with a passion for progressing the standard and culture of safety within the rail industry. Michele is excited to foster and develop the Short Line Safety Institute, and cultivate and enhance the safety culture of the short line rail industry today for a better and safer tomorrow. Michele’s hobbies include painting, skiing, kayaking, traveling to Montana, and running with her four-legged fur babies Charlemagne and Marcella. She is a Chicago Blackhawk’s hockey fan, although now will have to consider the Washington DC Capitals.


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