Commute Options Team
Meet our Staff
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.
Safe Routes to School Coordinator
As the Safe Routes to School Coordinator for Commute Options, Whitney educates and encourages Central Oregon children and parents on the benefits and safety of biking and walking to school.
After receiving a degree in Environmental Studies at University of California Santa Barbara, she pursued sustainability planning at CalPoly San Luis Obispo and received her Masters in City and Regional Planning. Once out of school Whitney resided along the west coast, working as an environmental and land use planner until the mountains and rivers pulled her up to Bend, Oregon.
Throughout her career she has been an advocate for integrating active transportation through urban design, education, and collaboration. Whitney has also worked as a wellness educator, working with kids and adults to incorporate more healthy mobility into their daily lives. Working with the SRTS program places Whitney within her passion, where she offers families simple shifts to make in daily transportation habits that can make positive impacts on their lives, the community they live in, and the future of our planet.
Erin hails from Aurora, Oregon where she fostered a love of the natural sciences, distance running, and biking. Erin graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Sciences in Conservation Social Science. There she worked as the Student Grant Programs Coordinator to award grants for student projects to make campus more sustainable including native plant gardens, bike shelters, green roofs, and education programs. Her summers were spent working for the Malheur National Forest in John Day, Oregon as a biological sciences technician.
Serving two years as an Americorps Member with the Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute and Palouse-Conservation District, she dove into the community developing curriculum and teaching environmental education to students K-12, organizing volunteer events, and implementing riparian restoration plans. Getting children outside and connected with nature continued to be very important to her so she spent a year with Adventure Learning Camps leading at-risk children on multi-day backpacking trips throughout the west.
Upon returning to Oregon after living in the Idaho Palouse, Erin worked on the Natural Resources team/GIS at Bend Parks and Recreation District. There she developed interest in connecting the hubs and links of Bend’s trail system and preserving Bend’s natural areas. Now as a mother of two community work continues to be very important to her. She has organized community events for the Footzone and led a Walking School Bus Route with Commute Options. She hopes to continue serving and teaching in her community with Safe Routes to School.
Community Engagement Coordinator
As the Community Engagement Coordinator for Commute Options, Kim promotes choices other than driving alone in a 17-county area of rural and frontier Oregon. Kim started the Commute Options Partner (COP) program in 2003, encouraging business owners to offer their employees rewards for using Transportation Options. Kim has served on the State Of Oregon Public Transportation Advisory Committee (PTAC) since 2014. Kim comes from a media background. For 15 years, she was a host and producer of radio talk-shows in Atlanta, Ga. and Bend, Or. She is still heard on the airwaves in Central Oregon, touting the benefits of Commute Options programs for all community members.
As the Project & Administrative Coordinator, Kersey will be working on multiple contracts while providing services and being a connector with the staff to create office culture and professional development. After receiving a degree in Environmental Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University, she moved out west to pursue a career in non-profit work. Kersey served in AmeriCorps in Billings, MT, then ventured to Bozeman, MT to further explore the Rocky Mountains. With a desire for a larger community, she then relocated to Bend, OR and immediately started volunteering and engaging with outdoor programs. Connecting people to each other and their surrounding environments is where her passions intersect with the work being done at Commute Options. She is excited to provide additional support to the Commute Options team and the programs to help them succeed.
Meet the Board
Neil had been living in Bend since 2015 and has always been drawn to medium sized towns like Bend for their easy bike and pedestrian access. He has been a bike commuter since he and three friends started a bike pool back in the fourth grade. He further expanded his experience in planning, economics, and environmental policy at Western Washington University. Neil currently works at the Environmental Center on increasing the adoption of clean technology in Central Oregon, particularly focused on electric transportation. He is excited to envision a future of improved mobility of all forms and electric power helping accelerate that change.
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. Marshall serves as Secretary on the Commute Options Board of Directors.
“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.”
Ashley Hooper has lived in Bend since 2018, moving west from Raleigh, North Carolina. The UNC graduate currently works as the Community Outreach Specialist for the Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council (COIC), where she spends her days planning and facilitating public meetings and open houses to preach the gospel of transit improvements for our growing region.
Prior to joining the staff at COIC, Ashley worked for a regional transit agency in Durham, NC, where she was responsible for community engagement on behalf of a $2.3 billion transit plan in one of the fastest-growing counties in the nation. In addition to maintaining her Commute Options Board status, Ashley is a program committee member with the Bend City Club and research volunteer at ReachAnother Foundation.
Zechariah grew up in Oregon and has called Bend home since 2016. He learned the fundamentals of planning, public policy and non-profit management during his undergraduate studies at the University of Oregon. Zechariah is a professional planner, with experience at the city and county levels of government, as well as private consultation. Working with the public is his favorite part of the job. Create sustainable and equitable places for all – including future generations – is his personal and professional objective. Zechariah’s favorite mode of transportation is via pedal power.
- Casey Bergh, OSU Cascades
- David Amiton, ODOT
- Eric Power, Bend Velo
- Jovi Anderson, Bend MPO
- Andrea Anapoli, Bend MPO
- Les Mace, Focus Investment Banking
- Nancy Kraemer, citizen
- Robin Lewis, City of Bend
- Chris Cheng, ODOT
- Tim Page, The Environmental Center
- Tyler Deke, Bend MPO
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.