Commute Options Team

Meet our Staff

Brian Potwin

Executive Director

Brian's Bio

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.

Kersey Marion

Project & Administrative Coordinator

Kersey's Bio

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 provides additional support to the Commute Options team and the programs to help them succeed.

Kim Curley

Community Engagement Coordinator

Kim's Bio
As the Community Outreach Manager 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 Commute Options. Kim has served on the State Of Oregon Public Transportation Advisory Committee (PTAC) since 2015. 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.

David Hopper

Walking School Bus & Volunteer Coordinator

David's Bio

David Hopper Coordinates the Walking School Bus Program, working closely with schools in the Bend-La Pine School District to create walking routes and employ Leaders that guide students to and from school. David is committed to supporting community wellness on and off the clock, and can often be found zooming around town on their bike, playing Dungeons & Dragons, and cooking big meals with friends.

Rachel Levy

Safe Routes to School Coordinator

Rachel's Bio

Rachel is a new Bend transplant, by way of Helena Montana. She is an avid bicycle and pedestrian commuter who looks forward to sharing her passion and knowledge with the community. She has worked with public schools for ten years and is no stranger to creating programs within schools and rallying a school community around a goal or cause.

Rachel enjoys camping, hiking, and nordic skiing, usually with her dog in tow.

Kate Armstrong

Oregon Friendly Driver Coordinator

Kate's Bio

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.

Kathy King

Special Projects

Kathy's Bio

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

Gregg Morris

Gregg's Bio

Chair of the Commute Options Board of Dirctors, 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.

Marshall Greene

Marshall's Bio

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.”

Janet Gregor

Janet's Bio
New to Commute Options and to Bend, Janet and her husband moved here from Alexandria, Virginia to be closer to their son. Although a new member of the Board, she has experience running a Transportation Management Program for a quasi-economic development organization in Alexandria. This award-winning program provided commuter benefits and promoted transit to encourage workers and residents to drive less and commute more. She is looking forward to using that expertise to contribute to the Commute Options Board. Janet is also a member of City Club and its Programs Committee. Janet’s career includes two decades as a lobbyist at the federal, state and local levels, representing mostly public sector and nonprofit clients. Janet still consults and writes and also is having a grand time exploring Bend, Central Oregon, and the Pacific Northwest.

Ashley Hooper

Ashley's Bio

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.

Ashley is a self-described European politics nerd and completed a Masters Degree focused on transatlantic policy while studying in Germany and the Czech Republic (now Czechia). In her spare time, she loves to hike with her partner and boxer-mix pup Zeke and ski at Mount Bachelor.
Commute Options is proud to have Ashley on our Board of Directors.

Emily Pelletier

Emily's Bio

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 Caram

Bill's Bio

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 and serves as Treasurer for the Commute Options Board of Directors.

Central Oregon business leaders head up the Commute Options Working Group

  • 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 Christensen

Susan's Bio

Susan promotes the 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

Beverly's Bio

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!

Pam Ruddock

Pam's Bio

Pamela is from South Central Oregon Economic Development District. She is the Partner liaison to Klamath and Lake County for Commute Options.

Kathy Fitzpatrick

Kathy's Bio

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.