Making the Difference!

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

2019 Commute Smart Champions

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!