Making the Difference!

These award winners continually demonstrate support, commitment, advocacy & creativity in promoting & using commute alternatives. Read their stories below!

2021 Commute Smart Champions

1st Quarter

Champion Business Leader

Joe Duricic

Joe is the Water and Fuel System Maintenance Shop Foreman for Fairchild AFB.  Joe has been an active CTR supporter since 2002.  Click to read more!

   

Champion ETC

Jocelyn Urban

Jocelyn has been the ETC for Altek, Inc. in Liberty Lake since October of 2018.  She markets her CTR program to 157 employees and walks her talk by carpooling to work each day.  Click to read more!

   

Champion Commuter

Andrew Duffey

Andrew is an Accountant for the City of Spokane, City Hall.  He began riding the bus soon after he began working for the City in July of 2016.  Click to read more!

   

Champion Commuter

Darroll Woelk

Darroll works in 1st Class Vehicle Maintenance for Spokane Transit.  He has been riding his bike to work, nearly every day, for the last 15 years.  Click to read more!

   

Champion Commuter

Ivanna Lomas

Ivanna is the Park & Rec. Coordinator for City of Medical Lake.  She’s been using commute options for the last 3 ½ years.  She rides her bike, carpools and occasionally teleworks. Click to read more!

2020 Commute Smart Champions

4th Quarter

Champion Business Leader

Loren Searl - City of Spokane Water Department

Loren believes promoting CTR at the worksite benefits both the employee and the employer. Employees save money by using commute options and since most employees work a compressed work schedule, that allows them a greater work/life balance. Click to read more!

   

Champion ETC

Jody Long - Spokane Transit Paratransit

Jody is the Paratransit Clerk for STA Paratransit and has been the ETC for nearly the last 4 years. Jody markets her program to 84 employees. Click to read more!

   

Champion Commuter

Jim Moneymaker - Eastern Washington University

Jim is the Business Manager for Facilities & Planning at EWU. Jim has been riding the bus to EWU every day, for the last 18 years. A couple months after Jim began working at EWU, he noticed the bus pulling up, right outside his building. Click to read more!

   

Champion Commuter

Shayne Schoonover - City of Spokane Public Safety

Shayne is a Court Clerk 1 for the City of Spokane, Public Safety. She’s been riding the bus since she began working for the City 12 years ago. With an 18-mile round trip commute, Shayne has reduced over 35,000 miles and saved over $10,000! Click to read more!

   

Champion Commuter

John Rockwell - Spokane Transit

John is the Senior Information Systems Manager for Spokane Transit. He met his wife at STA about 6 years ago and they soon began carpooling together. They enjoy the money they save by sharing their 44-mile round trip commute.Click to read more!

3rd Quarter

Champion Business Leader

Connie Lambert-Eckel - Lakeland Village

Connie is the Superintendent at Lakeland Village, which employs over 750 staff members and is located 20 miles from downtown Spokane, in a rural community, outside of Medical Lake, WA. Click here to learn more!

   

Champion ETC

Karrie Diana - City of Spokane, Water Department

Karrie is a Clerk II for the City of Spokane, Water Dept. She’s also been the ETC for the last 5 years. Karrie markets her program to approximately 150 employees. The City offers fully subsidized bus passes, preferred parking for carpoolers, bike racks, lockers, compressed work schedules and teleworking. Click here to learn more!

   

Champion Commuter

Mark Zielfelder - City of Spokane, Water Department

Mark is a Laborer II in the Hydrant Division for the City of Spokane, Water Dept. Mark works a compressed work schedule and is also an avid carpooler. He began carpooling in February of this year after learning that several of his co-workers live in close proximity. With a 10-mile one-way commute, Mark likes the money he is saving and the positive impact he has on the environment by carpooling. Click to learn more!

   

Champion Commuter

Missy Eaker - City of Medical Lake

Missy is the Accounts Payable Clerk Cashier for the City of Medical Lake. She has been walking or bicycling to work every day since she began working at the City in January 2017. Living within a mile of her worksite, she says it makes no sense to drive into work. Click to learn more!

   

Champion Commuter

Grace Callahan - Eastern Washington University

Grace works with EWU’s student government—the ASEWU—as their program support supervisor. She began carpooling over 24 years ago. Grace was co-workers with the ETC for EWU at the time. Since they were neighbors, Nadine strongly encouraged Grace to begin carpooling together. Click here to learn more!

2nd Quarter

Champion Business Leader

Tim Hansen - Spokane County

Tim is the HR Director for Spokane County, which employs nearly 2000 employees, both on the County campus and throughout all of Spokane County. Tim personally walks his talk by carpooling with the HR Manager, as often as he can. Click here to learn more!

   

Champion ETC

Julie Korssjoen - Spokane County

Julie has been the Parking Coordinator and ETC for Spokane County since March 2019. She markets her program to nearly 2000 County employees. Spokane County offers nearly every CTR Program element; Nearly fully subsidized bus passes. Employees pay only $5 a month for a monthly STA pass. Click here to learn more!

   

Champion Commuter

Greg Garrett - STA Vanpool and Paratransit

Greg is currently the Vanpool Manager for Spokane Transit. He began working at STA in 2009 as the Vanpool Coordinator, working at the Plaza downtown. He took advantage of the free monthly bus pass that STA provides a and began riding the bus daily. Click to learn more!

   

Champion Commuter

Lisa Keon - Alorica

Lisa is a Customer Care Agent for Alorica in Spokane Valley and is no stranger to using commute options! Since moving to Spokane in 1998 she’s been a walker, bus rider, carpooler and now a Work a Home Agent. Click to learn more!

   

Champion Commuter

Nigel Davies - Eastern Washington University

Nigel is a Scientific Instructional Technician at EWU. He also teaches Intro to Geology. He began working at EWU in the fall of 2011. He soon learned about the Fish Lake Trail that could get him from Spokane to Cheney. Click here to learn more!

1st Quarter
 

Champion Business Leader

Janet Stowe - Spokane Transit Paratransit

Janet Stowe is the Senior Manager for Paratransit & Vanpool for Spokane Transit. Her site is located just north of the bus barn, and has employs 102 employees. STA offers fully subsidized bus passes, preferred parking for carpoolers and vanpoolers, bike lockers, showers, a workout room and compressed work schedules. Click here to learn more!

 
 

Champion ETC

Shellee Ives - City of Spokane City Hall

Shellee Ives is a Clerk II for the City of Spokane, City Hall. She has been the ETC for nearly a year. She markets her program to approximately 480 employees. The City offers fully subsidized bus passes, compressed work schedules, guaranteed ride home, showers and lockers. Click here to learn more!

 
 

Champion Commuter

Maureen Replogle - alorica

Maureen has been utilizing the bus system since she moved to Spokane in 1986. She began riding the bus for errands, but in 2008 Maureen gave up her car completely, deciding that owning a car didn’t make financial sense for her. Click here to learn more!

 
 

Champion Commuter

Carrie Brunsvold - Washington Trust Bank

Carrie is a Wire Agent at Washington Trust Bank in downtown Spokane. Her husband encouraged Carrie to begin riding her bike to work in 2005. Click here to learn more!

 
 

Champion Commuter

Cara Sasser - City of Spokane Water Department

Cara is the Office Manager for the City of Spokane, Water Department. She began carpooling with her husband 14 years ago. She also works a 9/80 compressed work schedule and loves having a 3-day weekend twice a month. Click here to learn more!

2019 Commute Smart Champions

4th Quarter
 

All Star Leader

Mark Wheeler – Department of Ecology
 
Mark is the Regional Business Manager for WA State Dept. of Ecology, Spokane, which has 130 employees. As someone that desires to lessen his carbon footprint, Mark chooses to ride the bus or carpool most days. Click here to learn more!

   
 

All Star Coach

All Star Coach –  WA State Dept. of Transportation – Eastern Region

Jerry Compton is not just the ETC for WA State DOT, Eastern Region, but he’s also the ATC - Active Transportation Coordinator for Bike/Pedestrian/ADA outreach to the community for the Children of the Sun Trail. Click here to learn more!

   
 

Most Valuable Commuter

Nate Jackson –  Alorica

Nate Jackson is a Subject Matter Expert at Alorica. He’s been walking to work for about 4 ½ years. When he first started walking to work, his commute was about 4 miles. Since he has moved, it’s now 1 mile and takes him about 15 minutes to get to work. Click here to learn more!

   
 

Most Valuable Commuter

 

Melissa Miller –  Spokane County

Melissa is an Office Assistant and the Front Desk Clerk in HR.  She has been riding the bus for about 13 years while living in New York, Pennsylvania and Seattle. Not only does she save money and time, she feels that it’s a good break between work and home. Click here to learn more!

   

Most Valuable Commuter

Kelly Lucey – STA

Kelly is a Technical Projects Specialist in Spokane Transit’s Maintenance Department.  Kelly bikes to work every day except in the snow and ice, and then she’ll walk or ride the bus. Her commute is 3 miles, which takes about 15 minutes. Click here to learn more!

3rd Quarter
 

All Star Leader

Staci Franz - INHS

Staci is the HR Director for Inland Northwest Health Services, INHS.  INHS encompasses both St. Luke’s Hospital and INHS in the downtown Wells Fargo building. Between the 2 sites, INHS employs over 600 employees. Click here to read more!

   
 

All Star Coach

Dixie Smith – Dept. of Ecology

Dixie Smith, has been the ETC for WA State Dept. of Ecology for the last 4 years.  She carpools with her husband when their schedules allow.  Dixie markets her program to 134 employees. Click here to learn more!

   
 

Most Valuable Commuter

Alyvia Huntley – CHAS (Maple Office)

Alyvia works in the front office at CHAS – Maple Street.  Alyvia began riding the bus 2 years ago, after her car broke down.  She decided she would make the bus work for her, rather than spend the money on getting her car fixed. Click here to learn more!

   
 

Most Valuable Commuter

Mike Lunnenborg – EWU

Mike is the Fire Protection Engineer for EWU.  After Mike began working at EWU, he started riding the bus to Cheney to save the 60 roundtrip miles on his car each day. Click here to learn more!

   
 

Most Valuable Commuter

Kyle Taylor – Engie Insight

Kyle is a Supervisor at Engie-Insight.  Kyle began riding his bike to work in 2012.  His dad became sick, and Kyle decided he wanted to be healthier. Click here to learn more!

2nd Quarter

All Star Leader

Tyson Rule - Clearwater Paper

Tyson Rule is the Director of HR & Organizational Effectiveness for Clearwater Paper Corp. in downtown Spokane, which employs 120 employees. Tyson relocated to Spokane from Southern Idaho last November. Chelsea Anderson, who was also new to Spokane, became the ETC in October. Click here to read more!

   

All Star Coach

Angie Napolitano - City of Spokane, Public Safety

Angie works for the City of Spokane in the Public Safety Building and is the assistant to the Chief of Police. She took over the program in October 2017, with no formal training from the previous ETC… just acquired the infamous “box of CTR stuff”. Click here to read more!

   

Most Valuble Commuter

Robert Krause - Spokane Falls Community College

Robert is a Program Specialist in the Financial Aid office at SFCC. Robert has been using commute alternatives on and off for the last 20 years! With a nearly an 80-mile roundtrip commute from Rathdrum, ID, saving money is what initially got him started using commute alternatives. Click here to read more!

   

Most Valuble Commuter

Tyler Blackburn - Alorica

Tyler is a Subject Matter Expert for Alorica in Spokane Valley and has been riding the bus since middle school!

Tyler doesn’t have a drivers’ license and has never owned a car! He feels using the bus is way more cost effective then owning a car. Click here to read more!
   

Most Valuble Commuter

Randy Parker - Fairchild Air Force Base

Randy Parker is the Alert Facility Programs Manager at Fairchild Air Force Base. Randy has been vanpooling to the base for nearly 5 years. With a 42 mile round-trip commute from the Indian Trail area, Randy was tired of spending his hard earned money on gas. Click here to read more!

1st Quarter

All Star Leader

Tomson Spink – Gonzaga

Tomson is the Campus Maintenance, Grounds and Fleet Manager for Gonzaga University. Tomson works closely with Jim Simon, the ETC for Gonzaga University and the CTR Program Manager in a variety of capacities. Click here to read more!

   

All Star Coach

Mary McDaniel – SFCC

Mary is the Testing Center Coordinator at SFCC and has been the ETC since September 2017. She markets her program to a campus of over 250 staff and faculty members. Click here to read more!

   

Most Valuble Commuter

Erik Ellis – EWU

Erik Ellis is a Program Support Supervisor 2 for EWU. Erik has been riding the bus to work nearly every day for the last 31 years! He initially participated because it reduced the number of oil changes, gas tank refills and tire replacements on his vehicle. Click here to read more!

   

Most Valuable Commuter

Caleigh Puckett - Alorica

Caleigh is an On-Boarding Coordinator/Recruiting Assistant for Alorica. Caleigh started carpooling about a year and a half ago. Living next door to a fellow employee from Alorica, that didn’t drive, and had the ability to match her schedule with Caleigh’s. Click here to read more!

   

Most Valuable Commuter

David Goodwin – Avista

David Goodwin is a Design Drafter for Avista. He’s been riding his bike to work for the last 12 years. He rides nearly every day and throughout the entire year. David began riding his bike when his Bronco broke down.Click here to read more!

   

2018 Way to Go Winners

4th Quarter Way to Go Winners!
   

 

 All Star Leader

Sharri Norman, Guardian

Shari supports the CTR program by encouraging employees to compress their work schedules or telework whenever possible. Sharri herself teleworks on a regular basis. The increase in teleworkers has had many positive impacts for Guardian. Click here to read more!

   
All Star Coach

Catherine Cooper, Avista Corporation

Catherine is a Tax Analyst 2 and has been the ETC for Avista since September 2009. Catherine markets her program to over 1,200 employees, and she walks her talk! Click here to read more!

   
Most Valuable Commuter

Hector Garza, Avista Corporation

He’d always enjoyed riding his bike and, in the spring of 2012 decided to start biking to work. With a 6 mile commute it was the perfect way to combine exercise with his commute. Click here to read more!

   
Most Valuable Commuter

Janet Saxton, Fairchild Air Force Base

Janet is an Education and Training Technician for FAFB. Soon after being hired in 2004, she began vanpooling. She was tired of a 34-mile round-trip commute in the stressful, winter weather conditions. Click here to read more!

   
Most Valuable Commuter

Gary Palmer, Alorica - Holley Mason

Gary's been using commute alternatives for over 16 years. When he started working for Alorica in 2001, it was at their valley office. He lived so close to their site, that he only had a 15 minute walk to get to work. Click here to read more!

   
3rd Quarter Way to Go Winners!
   
All Star Leader

Kristin Nester, Fairchild Air Force Base

Kristin is the Installation Management Flight Chief for FAFB. She has been involved in the CTR program for many years. She was the designated ETC from 1998 – 2004, and continues to be a key component to the CTR program. Click here to read more!

   
 All Star Coach

Bob Kaatz, City of Spokane - Nelson Service Center

Bob is the Refuse District Supervisor for the City of Nelson Service Center. He’s been the ETC since 2015. He actively promotes his program to 150 employees on site. Click here to read more!

   
 Most Valuable Commuter

Ty Smith, Fairchild Air Force Base

Ty began working at FAFB in March of 2018. With a 45 mile ONE way commute from Rathdrum it was important for Ty to find a commute alternative to use to save the miles, wear and tear and the fuel costs of his truck. Click here to read more!

   
Most Valuable Commuter

Jennifer Hawkins, Inland Northwest Blood Center

Jennifer is Senior Director of Donor Recruitment for INBC. She’s been carpooling with her husband since 2012. Her husband works in downtown Spokane. With a 17 mile one way commute from the outer valley, it was simply smarter to carpool.  Click here to read more!

   
Most Valuable Commuter

Brett Johnson, WSDOT - Eastern Region

Brett is the Transportation Engineer for WSDOT. He is an avid bike rider and has been riding his bike to work nearly every day for the last 14 years. Click here to read more!

   
2nd Quarter Way to Go Winners!
   
All Star Leader

Kelli Groves, Davenport Hotels

Kelli is the Corporate Director of HR for Davenport Hotels which employs over 1,000 employees, in downtown Spokane, on 4 different properties. Kelli has been a long-time supporter of the commute program at the Hotels. Click here to read more!

   
All Star Coach

Ann McElyea, Guardian Life Insurance

Ann is the Executive Assistant to the Vice President, the Site Admin, and has been the ETC for Guardian Life Insurance for the last 3 years. She actively promotes her CTR program to over 330 employees on-site. Click here to read more!

   
Most Valuable Commuter

Summer Enser, Inland Northwest Blood Center

Summer Enser is the Quality Manager for INBC. She moved here 8 years ago from Las Vegas. Her husband began riding his bike to work while they were living in Las Vegas and would share with her his experiences of commuting by bike. Click here to read more!

   
Most Valuable Commuter

Shawn Woodard, Fairchild Air Force Base

Shawn is the Natural/Cultural Resources Program Manager for FAFB. He’s been a dedicated vanpooler for the last 4 years. Shawn began vanpooling when he worked for the USDA in Colfax in 2014. Click here to read more!

   
Most Valuable Commuter

Dan Herbers, City of Spokane - Nelson Service Center

Dan is a solid waste collector and has worked for the City of Spokane for the last 32 years! Dan has been multi-modal for nearly all of those 32 years! Click here to read more!

   
1st Quarter Way to Go Winners!
   
All Star Leader

Fred Krassowski, Engie Insight

Fred Krassowski is the Senior Director of Business HR/Business Partnering for Engie Insight. For the last 7 years, when not traveling, he walks 5.3 miles to work every day, March thru October. Click here to read more!

   
All Star Coach

Maureen McElroy, Alorica - Holley Mason

Maureen McElroy is a workforce associate with Alorica at the Holley Mason Building Downtown. She promotes her CTR program to 420 employees and is anticipating it to grow to 500 by the end of 2018. Click here to read more!

   
Most Valuable Commuter

Michael Busby, Avista Corporation

Michael Busby is an IT Operations Manager at Avista Corporation. He has been vanpooling since 2007, saving himself 70 miles roundtrip each day as he commutes to and from CDA. Click here to read more!

   
Most Valuable Commuter

Eric Watt, Alorica - Holley Mason

Eric Watt is an Operations Trainer for Alorica at the Holley Mason Building downtown. He started riding the bus to work 5 years ago when he lived in Redmond, WA and worked in Seattle. Click here to read more!

   
Most Valuable Commuter

Mark Olson, MD, Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists

Dr. Olson is an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in trauma and he began practicing at Northwest Orthopeadic Specialists in 2001. Dr. Olson owns 3 bikes and he rides his beat up bike for commuting so no one will steal it. Click here to read more!