Commute Options Team
Meet our Staff
Jeff is a leader in promoting healthy, active transportation. As the former Pedestrian/Bicycle Program Coordinator for the Orlando Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, Jeff managed infrastructure in that growing city. As Executive Director, Jeff manages multiple contracts from municipalities and private foundations. Jeff is active with the Oregon Transportation Options state wide committee and the Oregon Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee. Jeff is an adventure travel organizer, leading groups to New Zealand, Peru, Norway, Mexico, and Guatemala. His daughter Piper was born in 1998 and participates with her dad in all the central Oregon outdoor adventures.
Community Outreach Director
In 2001, when Commute Options became its own non-profit, Kim served as a founding board member. Now she promotes choices other than driving alone in a 14-county area of rural and frontier Oregon. Kim started Commute Options Partner (COP) recruitment in 2003, encouraging business owners to offer benefits to employees who bike, walk, carpool, bus, vanpool or telework to their worksites. Kim began to help grow public transportation by serving on the the State Of Oregon Public Transportation Advisory Committee (PTAC). Kim comes from a media background. For 15 years, she was a host and producer of radio talk-shows.. She is still heard on the airwaves in Central Oregon, now touting the benefits of Commute Options programs for all community members.
Active Transportation Manager
Brian has lived in Central Oregon since the year 2000 and loves to ride bicycles and work with community. Working for Commute Options since 2008, Brian has learned many techniques for outreaching and engaging community in Central Oregon. Brian works with Oregon Safe Routes to School, ODOT, City of Bend, City of Redmond. He is passionate about creative change and promoting community health, active transportation and a vibrant local economy.
Hello! I’m Kate and I am the Education Coordinator. I visit different schools throughout Central Oregon teaching students how to walk and bike safely. When I am not in the schools, you can often find me at a local coffee shop developing graphics and outreach materials. In my spare time I enjoy paddling, mountain biking, painting and barbecues.
Walking School Bus Coordinator
Kersey Marion is our Walking School Bus Coordinator. She is working with schools in Deschutes, Jefferson, Crook and North Klamath counties in order to engage students in active transportation by walking to school with the help of community members. After receiving a degree in Environmental Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University, Kersey moved out west to pursue a career in non-profit work. When she’s not playing in her garden, she enjoys volunteering, practicing yoga and exploring national parks throughout the west!
Kathy King has worked with Commute Options for nine years, managing the Drive Less Connect network, grant writing and reporting, working with Commute Options Partners, and most important making sure people participating in the rewards program receive their gift cards.
Kathy retired after 32 years with the State of Oregon, 25 of which were with the Oregon Department of Energy where she managed the Transportation Conservation Program and the Business Energy Tax Credit for transportation projects. She also worked for the Department of Human Resources, Governor, Legislature, and Department of Transportation.
Kathy is semi-retired. She and husband Al live in Sisters and, like most Central Oregonians, love the outdoors. When she not working with Commute Options, they hike, flyfish, run rivers, downhill ski, bicycle, or adventure out in their motor home, Idgie.
Meet the Board
Kevin Wooster earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Washington State University, and a Masters in Business Administration from California State University. He was an executive for 15 years at Chevron in various technical, operational and management positions. Kevin moved to Bend in 2002 as Vice President of Marketing and Sales for H2 Oil Recovery Equipment and has held similar positions for various other companies in Central Oregon. Currently, Kevin does consulting work.
“I have lived in Bend for 17 years and have seen explosive population growth leading to increased traffic growth. I want to be a part of the solution to fix the congestion, not part of the problem. I have lived in most of the major metropolitan areas on the west coast—Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles—and have found and participated in alternative commute options in every city.”
Marshall Greene is best known around Central Oregon as the 7x winner of the Pole, Pedal, Paddle multi-sport race, but he’ll be the first to tell you that has nothing to do with why he joined the Board of Commute Options. Having spent many years as part of the lycra-wearing crowd, first as a cross-country ski racer and then as a bike enthusiast, Marshall spent two years in Madison, WI getting his Masters Degree in Population Health. While there, he learned about how a city’s built environment—in particular, it’s streets—can shape the health of a community by improving its fitness, reducing local pollution, and building social capital. While in Madison, Marshall also learned to love the bike paths of Madison by becoming an avid bike commuter. To all the naysayers who think it is too cold in the winter for active transportation in Central Oregon, Marshall recommends a visit to Madison in January to see the lines of people riding in the cold Wisconsin wind and snow.
“I want the streets to be safe for my kids to ride their bikes and and to advocate for vulnerable users of the road. As a healthcare data analyst at a community health center (Mosaic Medical), I also see that many of Central Oregon’s most at-risk populations—people experiencing homelessness, who are out-of-work, or physically disabled—are not able to drive and instead rely upon public transportation and biking to get around. By advocating for safer streets with Commute Options, I hope” to help reduce at least one stress for these Central Oregon residents.”
Central Oregon business leaders head up the Commute Options Working Group
- Casey Bergh, OSU Cascades
- David Amiton, ODOT
- Drew Holmes, Agency Revolution
- Eric Power, Bend Velo
- Jovi Anderson, Bend MPO
- Julianne Repman, Bend La Pine Schools
- Les Mace, Focus Investment Banking
- Michelle Rhoads, Cascades East Transit
- Nancy Kraemer, Commute Options Board Member
- Robin Lewis, City of Bend
- Theresa Conley, ODOT
- Tim Page, The Environmental Center
- Tyler Deke, Bend MPO
James Cook came to web development and illustration the long way around; via a degree in Architecture, a detour as a professional hot-air balloon pilot and a stint as the author of a weekly newspaper column. Highlights of his career include award-winning infographics for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, a children’s book, the annual “St. Lou is… 4 Kids!” activity and coloring book, and an amazing variety of projects for over one hundred other clients. For over two decades, Jim has specialized in producing websites graphics, logos and illustrations optimized for online readability and performance in addition to print work. After a lifetime in the Midwest, he came to Central Oregon in 2010 to be near grandchildren and now considers the High Desert his home.
“In addition to serving on the Commute Options Board of Directors, I give back to the community by serving as the Chair of the Redmond Planning Commissioner and on a variety of city committees. I am currently running for the Deschutes County Board of Commissioners.”
I’ve been outdoors all my life with a passion for activity and staying healthy. As a native of Portland, there have been many opportunities for participating in a healthy lifestyle. Horses, bicycles, soccer, running, snow skiing, hiking, golf and gardening have kept me outside for years.
I’m a graduate of Beaverton High School and University of Oregon, majoring in Community Service and Public Affairs. My varied work background includes work in Property Management and in Accounts Payable at Oregon Health Science University (OHSU).
My more recent commitments to community service include involvement as a volunteer with biking activities such as Cycle Oregon Weekend, and over fifteen years with The Street Trust, (formerly the Bicycle Transportation Alliance) as a Safe Routes to School volunteer working with elementary-age kids.
I passionately believe in promoting healthy lifestyles and community through biking and transportation alternatives. Creative use of our minds and bodies can create a people-centered atmosphere instead of vehicle-centered. Getting people out of their cars and into the community is good for everyone. I am enthusiastic about helping to develop creative transportation systems in Central Oregon.
Local freelance writer and editor Gregg Morris has been proud to call Central Oregon home for 16 years. Professionally, Gregg has been putting pen to paper—so to speak—for the last decade. In typical Bend form, summer sees him on a bicycle saddle, while winter knows Gregg as a pair of skis, cutting through the Cascades’ fresh powder. Gregg lives in NE Bend with his wife Kristin and daughter Ella.
Emily Pelletier has lived in Central Oregon since 2004, drawn here by the outdoors and quality of life. As an Environmental Analyst for Pacific Power, Emily manages compliance for operations in Oregon, California and Washington. She and her daughter Nora, age 9, enjoy biking and walking in their midtown Bend neighborhood. Emily has been a longtime supporter of the great programs Commute Options offers, and recently joined the Board to support the continued promotion of those programs.
Bill moved to Central Oregon in 2002 from Delaware and has been smitten ever since. After years of living near the Fall River, commuting into Bend and wishing for better commuting options, Bill and his family moved to the Orchard District where they could be closer to school and work. Bill enjoys walking his kids to school in the morning before hopping on his bike to work.
Currently, Bill is the Finance Director for the Deschutes River Conservancy and Chair of the Orchard District Neighborhood Association.
Commute Options Contractors
Susan promotes the DriveLessConnect.com program in seven Eastern Oregon counties including Gilliam, Grant Harney, Malheur, Morrow, Umatilla and Wheeler. When not promoting economic development in Eastern Oregon as the Executive Director of Greater Eastern Oregon Development Corporation you can find Susan in Bend, hiking, biking, skiing and eating good food.
Beverly Leigh is a longtime Community Builder and has advocated for Walk, Bike, Bus and Carpool programs since 2011. She’s an accomplished organizer and grant writer, and enjoys travel, theater, glitter, kids and laughter!
Pamela is from South Central Oregon Economic Development District. She is the Partner liaison to Klamath and Lake County for Commute Options.
As the Mobility Manager for the Mid-Columbia Economic Development District, Kathy Fitzpatrick promotes a vision for a connected and diverse transportation system throughout the 5 county region in the Columbia River Gorge. Kathy works as a contractor for Commute Options, providing outreach and support to employers in Wasco and Sherman Counties to recruit and retain Commute Options Partners. Kathy received her Masters in English from San Diego State University and has experience and training in government administration, land use planning, project management, and grant writing. Kathy is deeply committed to serving the diverse rural area of the Columbia River Gorge and believes that transportation modal diversity and commute options have the power to profoundly impact Gorge communities by addressing issues related to equity, housing affordability, physical and emotional health, social connectivity, and sustainability.