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The Board of Directors, as the governing body of the Corporation, establishes policy and legislative direction for the agency. The Board defines the organization’s mission, establishes goals, and approves the budget to accomplish the goals. Board members represent the agency’s position to the public, in the Legislature, and in the community, working closely with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). They are responsible for hiring, supervising and evaluating the CEO. Board members establish their performance standards and are expected to abide by all state and local laws with regard to Board member conduct and protocol, as well as the Corporation’s by-laws, resolutions, and procedures. The CEO and corporation’s legal counsel report to the Board of Directors.

The Board is composed of nine elected officials selected by and serving at the pleasure of the respective governing bodies of the component cities and county within the service area. Board members are appointed for two-year terms. A state law adopted in 2010 also requires public transportation benefit area corporations to have a non-voting union representative on the board of directors.

Board Members

Community Transit Board Member - Mike ToddBoard Chair

Mike Todd
Council member

MTodd@cityofmillcreek.com

• City of Mill Creek
• Medium Cities Representative
• Executive Committee Chair

Mike Todd has served on the Mill Creek City Council since May 2005, serving as Mayor 2010 to 2013. He was elected as an alternate to the Community Transit Board in January 2008 and became a board member in October 2009. Mike is very active in the community, serving on various youth soccer boards, school committees, and local and regional civic and community task forces. He is Vice President of Snohomish County Cities, and serves on the Puget Sound Regional Council Executive Board. Mike has earned the Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership from the Association of Washington Cities and serves on its Education Advisory Board.

Board Vice Chair

Jon Nehring
Mayor

jnehring@marysvillewa.gov

City of Marysville
• Large Cities Representative
• Executive Committee

Jon Nehring began serving on the Marysville City Council in January 2002 and became Mayor in August 2010. He was elected to a full four-year term as Mayor in November 2011. He was first elected to the Community Transit Board of Directors in January 2010. His priorities include economic development, transportation infrastructure improvements, public safety and sound fiscal policy. He currently serves on the Association of Washington Cities Board, as President of the SERS Board, Co-Chair of Snohomish County Tomorrow and on other city committees. He enjoys volunteering time as a Marysville Rotarian and with youth sports programs.

 

Board Secretary

Stephanie Wright
Council member

stephanie.wright@snoco.org

Snohomish County
• County Representative
• Planning and Capital Projects Committee Chair
• Executive Committee

Stephanie Wright was named an alternate to Community Transit’s board in mid-2010 after she was selected by the County Council to fill an open position. She was elected to a full term on the County Council in 2012. Previously, Stephanie was elected to the Lynnwood City Council in 2007 and has worked as a teacher and librarian in the Northshore School District.

Board Member Kim DaughtryBoard Member

Kim Daughtry
Council member
kdaughtry@lakestevenswa.gov

City of Lake Stevens
• Medium Cities Representative
• Marketing, Operations & Maintenance Committee
• Planning and Capital Projects Committee

Kim Daughtry moved to Lake Stevens after retiring with 25 years in the Navy. He has been affiliated with strategy and technology consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, and Teligistics, a telecommunications cost analysis company. Kim specializes in home restoration and rehabilitation. He serves on the Snohomish County Tomorrow Steering Committee, is Past President of Snohomish County Cities and is council liaison to the Lake Stevens Family Center. He also sits on the Puget Sound Regional Transportation Board as an alternate, the Snohomish County Committee for Improved Transportation and the Highway 9 Coalition. He is a member of the Lake Stevens Chamber of Commerce and serves on its Board of Directors.

Board of Directors - Dave EarlingBoard Member

Dave Earling
Mayor
dave.earling@edmondswa.gov

City of Edmonds
• Large Cities Representative
• Marketing, Operations & Maintenance Committee Chair
• Executive Committee

Dave Earling rejoined the Community Transit Board in January 2012 after being elected mayor of Edmonds in November 2011. He previously served on the Community Transit Board and the Sound Transit Board for a period of twelve years. Prior to being elected Mayor, he served for five years on the Growth Management Hearing Board by appointment of Governor Gregoire. He currently serves on the Board of Sound Transit, Economic Alliance of Snohomish County Board of Trustees, the AWC Legislative Committee and he is starting his first term as President of Snohomish County Cities & Towns.

Board Member

Tom Hamilton
Council member

hamilton@snohomishwa.gov

City of Snohomish
• Small Cities Representative
• Finance & Administration Committee
• Planning & Capital Projects Committee

Tom Hamilton began serving on the Snohomish City Council in January 2010. Previously, he was a member of the Snohomish Planning Commission and the Strategic Advisory Committee. He is the Chair of City of Snohomish Transportation Benefit District Board. In January 2010, Tom was elected Community Transit Board Alternate for Small Cities and in January 2014 he was elected a Community Transit Board member. He is currently a board member for the Snohomish Parks Foundation. Tom is a commercial hot air balloon pilot in Snohomish.

Board of Directors - Leonard KelleyBoard Member

Leonard Kelley
Mayor
mayor@ci.stanwood.wa.us

City of Stanwood
• Small Cities Representative
• Finance & Administration Committee
• Planning & Capital Projects Committee

Leonard Kelley began serving on the Stanwood City Council in August 2007 and was elected Mayor in November 2013. He began serving a four-year term on January 1, 2014. While serving on the City Council, he was the chair of the Public Safety committee and currently sits on the United Way Labor Advisory Committee. He was elected to the Community Transit Board in January 2014

Board of Directors - Lance NortonBoard Member

Lance Norton
Labor Representative

• Employee Bargaining Unit Representative
• Marketing, Operations & Maintenance Committee

Lance Norton was selected by Community Transit's employee unions as their representative in 2010. He was president of the Amalgamated Transit Union 587 from 2000 to 2009. Prior to that, Norton was a coach operator for King County Metro Transit for 23 years.

Board Member

Terry Ryan
Council member

terry.ryan@snoco.org

Snohomish County
County Representative
Marketing, Operations & Maintenance Committee

Prior to being elected to the Snohomish County Council in 2013, Terry served on the Mill Creek City Council for 17 years, including four terms as Mayor. Terry chairs the County Council’s Public Works Committee. He has been appointed to the Puget Sound Regional Council Economic Development Board and Conservation Futures Board. Ryan also serves on the Snohomish Health Board, the Northshore Park and Recreation Service Area and the Lake Ballinger Watershed Forum. In his spare time, Terry coaches youth soccer at the premier and high school level.

Board of Directors - Jerry SmithBoard Member

Jerry Smith
Mayor

cityhall@ci.mlt.wa.us

City of Mountlake Terrace
• Medium Cities Representative
• Finance & Administration Committee
• Marketing, Operations & Maintenance Committee

Jerry Smith was elected to the Mountlake Terrace City Council in January 2001 and has served as Mayor since 2004. He was elected to the Community Transit Board of Directors in October 2009. He is the City Council liaison for SNOCOM, SERS, WRIA 8, and the LEOFF 1 Disability Board. Jerry is a retired Seattle Police Officer.

Board Alternates

Board Alternate - Joe NeigelBoard Alternate

Joe Neigel
Council member

joe.neigel@ci.sultan.wa.us

City of Sultan
• Small Cities Alternate Representative

Joe Neigel began serving on the Sultan City Council in July 2010, and was elected Community Transit Board Alternate in January 2014. He is the current President of the Sultan City Council and also serves as the Mayor Pro Tem. Joe is a daily Community Transit rider, a graduate of the University of Washington and works with communities across Snohomish County as a Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator for Snohomish County Human Services.

Board Alternate

Sid Roberts
Council member
sroberts@ci.lynnwood.wa.us

City of Lynnwood
• Large Cities Alternate Representative

Sid Roberts was elected to the Lynnwood City Council in 2011 and was commissioned by the Council in January 2012 to serve as their liaison to Community Transit. He brings a collaborative spirit to the board while representing Lynnwood's position as a transportation hub in Snohomish County. Sid also serves on Snohomish County Health Board, the Lynnwood Disability Board and as Vice President of the Lynnwood City Council. He is a graduate of Puget Sound Christian College and has been a small business owner for 30 years.

Board Alternate - Jan SchuetteBoard Alternate

Jan Schuette
Council member
jans@arlingtonwa.gov

City of Arlington
• Medium Cities Alternate Representative

Jan Schuette was elected to the Arlington City Council in 2013. She is a retired high school principal. She spent 18 years as a school district administrator, 16 of those years creating, securing funding and implementing job training programs to provide the community with a skilled labor force. Jan served as chairwoman of the Arlington Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society.

 

 

Board Alternate - Dave SomersBoard Alternate

Dave Somers
Council member

dave.somers@co.snohomish.wa.us

Snohomish County
• County Alternate Representative

Dave Somers has been a Community Transit Board Member or Alternate since January 2006. He was elected to his fourth term as a member of the Snohomish County Council in 2013. He is chair of the Puget Sound Regional Council’s Growth Management Policy Board and is a member of the Puget Sound Regional Council’s Executive Committee.

Board Alternate - Emily VanderWielenBoard Alternate

Emily Vanderwielen
Council member

evanderwielen@ci.mukilteo.wa.us

City of Mukilteo
• Medium Cities Alternate Representative

Emily Vanderwielen was appointed to the Mukilteo City Council in 2007 to serve the remainder of an unexpired term. In December 2007, she was elected to serve a full four-year term and was re-elected in 2011 to a second term. She has been a Mukilteo resident for 20 years and most recently served on the Parks & Arts Commission.

Representation is apportioned as follows:
  • Snohomish County
    There are two members and one alternate from Snohomish County.
  • Large Cities
    There are two members and two alternates from component cities with populations of 30,000 or more – Edmonds, Lynnwood and Marysville
  • Medium-sized Cities
    There are three members and two alternates from component cities with populations between 10,000 and 30,000 – Arlington, Bothell, Lake Stevens, Mill Creek, Monroe, Mountlake Terrace and Mukilteo.
  • Small-sized Cities
    There are two members and one alternate from component cities with populations less than 10,000 – Brier, Darrington, Gold Bar, Granite Falls, Index, Snohomish, Stanwood, Sultan and Woodway.
  • Labor Representative
    This non-voting board member is selected by Community Transit's labor unions.