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2019 Oklahoma State Driving Championships & Training Conference presented by Creative Bus Sales @ Renaissance Tulsa Hotel & Convention Center
Oct 22 – Oct 25 all-day

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Hotel Information: To book your hotel rooms click here for online booking or call Marriott Central Reservations at 800-264-0165 and ask for the group code OTA. Rooms are available on a first-come, first-serve basis so make your reservation today to ensure availability. The special rate of $94 plus tax is available until September 24th or until sold out.

Conference Schedule (tentative)

Tuesday, October 22


1:30 pm – Registration (Convention Desk)

2:30 pm – Oklahoma Transit Association Board of Directors Meeting (Seville I)

4:30 pm – Oklahoma Transit Association Urban/Small Urban/Suburban Task Force Meeting (Seville I)

6:00 pm – Transit OK|Vision 2020 Welcome Reception hosted by Creative Bus Sales and the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce (Creative Bus Sales Hospitality Suite, Room 237)

Speaker: Michael S. Neal is in his 13th year as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Tulsa Regional Chamber, which serves twenty counties in northeast Oklahoma. Tulsa People named Mike the 2011 Tulsan of the Year for his limitless energy, can-do optimism and tireless efforts toward making Tulsa a better place. Southern Business and Development in 2011 recognized him as one of the Top 10 Economic Developers in the South. In 2010 he was named the Chamber Executive of the Year by the Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce Executives. Prior to coming to Tulsa, Neal spent four years as President and CEO of the Nashville, TN Area Chamber of Commerce and twelve years as President and CEO of his hometown, Monroe, LA Chamber of Commerce. Previously he served as District Office Manager for U.S. Congressman Jerry Huckaby and as a Trust Officer for Central Bank (now Chase) in Monroe, LA. Through 2,400 member organizations, the Tulsa Regional Chamber represents more than 180,000 regional employees and utilizes 3,500 volunteers to achieve its mission. Mike led the creation of the Tulsa Regional Chamber Coalition and their OneVoice Regional State and Federal legislative agendas. He is heavily involved in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and serves on its Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100, Accreditation Commission, and Transportation Infrastructure & Logistics Committee. Mike currently serves on the boards of the International Economic Development Council and the Southern Economic Development Council. He is a 1980 accounting graduate from the University of Louisiana Monroe where he played baseball.

Wednesday, October 23

6:30 am – Registration (Convention Desk)

7:00 am – TransitPAC Breakfast sponsored by Ecolane (Seville I)

Separate registration by clicking here and personal contribution to OTA’s TransitPAC of $20.20 is required for this event.

Moderator: Allen Leaird — Division Director, SORTS

Speaker: Avery Carl Frix grew up in Muskogee, Oklahoma, working in his family’s dirt work construction business.  He earned a degree from the University of Oklahoma in Accounting.  Then, opened a small business of his own, Oxford Productions, Inc., which provides professional management services.  Avery founded a summer youth camp five years ago, which has impacted hundreds of students.  In 2016, Avery was elected to represent District 13, including McIntosh and Muskogee counties in the Oklahoma House of Representatives. Avery was appointed to serve as Chairman of the Transportation Committee for the 57thLegislation.  Avery enjoys fighting passionately for public education and rural economic development in our state.

8:00 am – Opening General Session sponsored by GreenPower Motor Company (Ballroom Salon IV-IX)

Moderator: Charla Sloan — Transit Director, KI BOIS Area Transit System

Welcome:  Ted Rieck is the general manager of Tulsa Transit, a position he has held since 2017. Ted has more than 35 years of transit experience spanning operations, planning, technology, and community partnerships. He also served as the chief executive officer of the Indianapolis transit system, where he reversed a 15-year ridership decline. Prior to joining Tulsa Transit, Ted was a transit consultant both independently as well as with national architect, engineering and planning firms. He was also Vice Chair of the Kansas City Regional Transit Alliance, a transit advocacy group. Ted earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Rockhurst University and a master of City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University

Greetings: Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum was sworn in as the 40th Mayor of Tulsa in 2016. His focus on public safety, community development, fiscal stewardship and creating a more equitable and welcoming city for all Tulsans, is transforming Tulsa into a world-class and globally competitive city. Mayor Bynum’s vision has led to the successful recruitment of two of the largest employers in the history of Tulsa, while outpacing cities throughout the country in job growth. Bynum continues to receive national recognition for his work in implementing one the most comprehensive community policing programs in the country, opening the greatest park gift in American History and creating new programming such as A Better Way, New Tulsans Initiative and the Resilient Tulsa Strategy – programs aimed to improve outcomes for residents. In a career engrained in public service, he has worked in the United States Senate for two Oklahoma Senators and served eight years as a Tulsa City Councilor prior to his election for mayor. As a native Tulsan, Mayor Bynum and his wife, Susan, are the proud parents of Robert and Annabel – the sixth generation of Bynums to call Tulsa home.

Keynote Address: Public Transit’s Role in Fighting Hunger in Oklahoma

Speaker: Katie Fitzgerald is the chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, the state’s largest hunger-relief organization and a member of Feeding America’s network of food banks. Prior to joining the Regional Food Bank in 2016, Katie served as president and CEO of Make-a-Wish Oklahoma and was the executive director at the Center for Children and Families in Norman from 2010-16 where she led the largest expansion in operating and capital revenue in the agency’s history and established the first Boys & Girls Club in Cleveland County.  Before moving to Oklahoma, Katie served as program director with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation – the 13th largest private foundation in the world. Katie earned her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and her master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan. Katie is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City, class 35.  Katie and her husband, Brad Stevenson, live in Norman with their three children.

Recognition of Training Conference Session Sponsors:

    • Creative Bus Sales
    • GreenPower Motor Company
    • Lone Star Handicap Vans
    • CWI Digital Systems
    • LiquidSpring
    • Q’Straint/Sure-Lok
    • Enviro-Mist
    • Gillig
    • Trillium
    • ARBOC Speciality Vehicles
    • Mobility One Transportation
    • NewbyVance
    • TRANSIGN
    • Ecolane
    • ProAir – ACT
    • Herzog Transit Services
    • PAVLOV Agency

9:30 am – EXPO (Ballroom Salon IV-IX)

    • Creative Bus Sales
    • GreenPower Motor Company
    • Lone Star Handicap Vans
    • CWI Digital Systems
    • LiquidSpring
    • Q’Straint/Sure-Lok
    • Enviro-Mist
    • Gillig
    • Altro USA
    • ARBOC Speciality Vehicles
    • BraunAbility
    • Gerflor USA
    • LogistiCare Solutions
    • Master’s Transportation
    • Mobility One Transportation
    • MobilityTRANS
    • NewbyVance
    • Routematch
    • Safe Fleet Bus & Rail
    • TRANSIGN
    • Valeo Thermal Commercial Vehicles
    • BAE Systems
    • Mobile Climate Control
    • Rosco Vision Systems
    • United States Seating
    • American Seating Company
    • Ecolane
    • Freedman Seating
    • InterMotive
    • ProAir – ACT
    • Voith Turbo
    • National Rural Transit Assistance Program (RTAP)

10:00 am – Driver Training: Trauma Informed Training sponsored by Gillig (Seville I)

Individual trauma results from an event, series of events, or circumstances that can have lasting adverse effects on the individual’s functioning and mental, physical, social, emotional, or spiritual well-being. This session describes individual trauma, and its effects and symptoms.   Transit professionals will learn how to recognize, respond to, communicate with and when necessary, provide appropriate assistance to their passengers and others who have experienced traumatic events.

Moderator: Jesse Rush — Streetcar Operations Manager, EMBARK

Speaker: Kary Hughes currently serves as Member Services & Operations Manager for South West Transit Association (SWTA).  Kary has been with SWTA since May 2014.  Her responsibilities include oversight of SWTA’s ongoing operations and procedures, providing training, workshop and conference planning and support, and member relations. Before joining SWTA, Kary was at Oklahoma State University (OSU) Center for Local Government Technology (CLGT) for sixteen years. In this capacity she managed the Oklahoma Rural Transit Assistance Program (RTAP).  Duties included developing and providing training and technical assistance for Oklahoma’s rural and tribal transit providers, oversight of the Oklahoma Transit Consortium’s DOT Drug and Alcohol program as well as assisting ODOT in the audit, review and reporting of all aspects of 5311 grant compliance for the Oklahoma sub-recipients. Kary is a Certified Master Trainer for Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA)’s Passenger Service and Safety (PASS) Driver Certification Program.  She has taught PASS Driver Certification classes for rural and tribal transit systems since 2009, while adding resources and activities that complement and enhance the curriculum. She has a BS in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University.  Kary and her husband Mike, live in Edmond, Oklahoma.

10:00 am – Leading from Where You Are Part 1 sponsored by CWI Digital Systems (Ballroom Salon IV-IX)

Moderator: Jeannie McMillin – Director, Little Dixie Transit

In order to really “show up” as leaders, we need to lead with who we really are. Showing up in the workplace involves knowing where we come from, what is important to us, and how we hope to be treated. It involves guiding principles that allow us as leaders to honor another’s dignity. This session will provide an opportunity to consider the values that shape your work and to consider ways that you can better value your colleagues and customers. The session will include instruction, conversations and tabletop discussions to learn from each other and connect with your colleagues.

Speaker: Dr. Barbara Gannon is a leadership consultant and clinical psychologist with practical experience across the transportation sector. As principal of GannonConsult, she and the GannonConsult team help executives calibrate their strengths with the rigorous demands of the work. Dr. Gannon is respected for her expertise in workforce strategy and in the design and delivery of professional development programs. Throughout her career she has trained and mentored over 2,000 transportation professionals, many of whom now serve as general managers and executive team managers in agencies and organizations across the country. Dr. Gannon was an instructor for Northeastern University’s National Transit Management Seminars and developed the Eno Center for Transportation Leadership, where she served as Executive Vice President until 2012. Today, she directs the executive seminar for the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association and designs senior and mid-level training courses throughout the transportation industry. A former transit operations and general manager coupled with her training as a clinical psychologist gives Dr. Gannon the ability to quickly establish trust, listen carefully to the issues, and to strengthen teams as they recalibrate, focus and adopt new directions. Her consulting experiences include facilitating of forums and retreats, ensuring successful partnering on transportation construction projects, designing workforce development plans, and guiding the strategic planning process. Barbara Gannon is an active member of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials, and is a 2014 honoree at the organization’s award ceremony, Celebrating Women Who Move the Nation. She serves on the board of the American Public Transportation Foundation, is the Chair of the Workforce Development Subcommittee of the APTA Human Resource Committee and serves on the National Park Scholars Foundation Advisory Board. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas and was granted a degree in Clinical Psychology from the William James College in 1998. In January 2014, Dr. Gannon was elected to the William James College Board of Trustees. Barbara Gannon lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts with her husband, Robert Sullivan.

12:00 pm – Lunch sponsored by ProAir – ACT (Madrid I)

Moderator: Ryan Landers – General Manager, Lawton Area Transit System

Speaker: A native of Bartlesville, Debbie Hendrickx received an undergraduate degree from College of the Ozarks. Following graduation, Debbie spent three months in Europe where she met her husband, Richard. The couple stayed in Germany for 30 years and started a family. While overseas, Debbie held jobs on U.S. military bases as both a teacher and a child care leader among other positions. Upon returning to Oklahoma, Debbie continued her work on a military post in her position at Ft. Sill in Lawton. Soon after returning to the United States, Debbie began experiencing vision problems and was soon diagnosed with macular degradation and went from having good vision to low vision in the span of just a few weeks. This diagnosis meant an end to driving, depending upon others for assistance and changing how her family’s life functioned. Debbie joined the Lawton Council of the Blind. She became very involved with the council and served as its president in 2017 and 2018. In her last year as council president, the organization hosted the Oklahoma Council of the Blind state convention in Lawton. Through the council, Debbie has worked with Lawton Area Transit System (LATS) to help train its drivers on how to help serve visual impaired customers. Last April the Council helped LATS set up a training for their bus drivers on better ways to help serve the Visual Impaired. Debbie hasn’t left her macular degradation limit her on making an impact in her community. “There is always more that can be done no matter how limited you are as an individual,” she says. “Joining together with others make us all stronger motivated and successful.”

1:00 pm – Leading from Where You Are Part 2 sponsored by CWI Digital Systems (Ballroom Salon IV-IX)

The practice of “leadingfrom where you are”involves the ability to coach others and to be coached by others. Though not formallytrained as coaches, transit leaders nudge, mentor and coach their employees to deliver service excellence. Sometimes, the most important skill is the ability to ask the right question, voice the goals, and allow an employee the space to reach the goal in his or her own way. This workshop will provide participants with reminders of the skills and concepts of delegating, coaching, and encouraging employee engagement. Participants will consider their management approaches and identify ways they can better encourage employees.

Speaker: Kate Young travels nationally as a leadership trainer, facilitator and leadership Coach. She has worked with Gannon Consult for the last decade offering multi-day leadership courses and facilitation within the transportation industry. She continues her work with Gannon Consult and loves transit, believing in the importance of the necessary services transportation provides everyday in communities large and small. Kate is the Coaching and Training Program Supervisor at HopeNet, a non-profit, in Wichita, Kansas. In heading up the Training and Coaching Department of HopeNet, Kate leads training seminars and workshops designed to empower leaders, strengthen teams and promote community wellness. She is a Level 2 Certified Leadership Coach, helping leaders and executives create customized plans to live with purpose, influence and a clear vision of their next step. Kate and her husband started MayDay Group LLC in 2018, as a way to bring together their passion for community, personal growth and faith. She and her husband of 20 years live in Wichita Kansas with their children ages 5 -18.

1:00 pm – Roadeo Briefing, Driver & Judges Check-in & Driver Written Test sponsored by Creative Bus Sales (Seville I)

This is a required session for the Roadeo driver-competitors. During the session there will be a briefing with regard to the driving portion of the competition to be held on Thursday, video introductions of drivers will be filmed, and the drivers will take the written test portion of the Oklahoma State Driving Championships competition.

1:30 pm – Driver Training: Wheelchair Securement Training Part 1 sponsored by Q’Straint/Sure-Lok (Seville I)

Moderator: Erica Pogue — Operations Director, JAMM Transit

This training is designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to wheelchair securement best practices.  The following topics will be covered:  Safety & Liability, Securement Equipment Operation, Securing the Wheelchair, Securing the Occupant, and Hands on Training. Completion of both sessions will provide certification.

Speaker:  As the Southern Regional Manager for Q’Straint and Sure-Lok, Trisha Nolen represents both product lines for all school bus and paratransit applications.  She has been in the industry for more than 25 years, and has been with Q’Straint and Sure-Lok since 2013. She conducts training programs both on-site and at conferences at the local, state and national level.  She has been invited by agencies throughout the country to speak on safe and effective wheelchair securement practices and regulatory issues.  Trisha was recognized as the Vendor of the Year in 2017 by TAPT. She is a native Texan where she resides with her husband and enjoys spending time with their two grown daughters

3:00 pm – EXPO (Ballroom Salon IV-IX)

3:30 pm – Making Better Transit Decisions sponsored by LiquidSpring (Ballroom Salon IV-IX)

Significant transit projects and services are often stymied or delivered in sub-optimal operating environments due to poor ideas & understanding of options, especially in relation to their relative costs and value. The problems we face aren’t really physical or financial issues, but ones of political will, and whether you can generate the will to do the right thing. This session will elevate the level of knowledge, development and support for meaningful transit projects in North America by exploring factors such as the economic advantages of driving, housing and land use policy at or near transit nodes, vehicles and infrastructure (including dedicated lanes), sunk costs, service frequency, capital cost escalation, the role of labor, electrification and alternative fuel vehicles.

Moderator: Jesse Wood — Marketing Coordinator, OSU/Stillwater Community Transit System

Speaker: Rich Sampson is the Executive Director of the South West Transit Association (SWTA). He oversees all SWTA programs and activities, including member services, training and events, communications and advocacy, including growing investment in transit at all levels of government and refining regulations and policy impacting transit and mobility providers. Previously, Rich spent more than 17 years in a variety of roles at the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA), including most recently serving as its Membership & Communications Director. During his tenure at CTAA, Rich oversaw its many communications platforms – including launch of its bi-weekly Fast Mail e-newsletter, managed member services and benefits programs, participated in development of its legislative and policy agenda, attended meetings with members of Congress, their staffs and along with those at several federal agencies, and coordinated CTAA’s annual National Community Transportation Roadeo.

3:30 pm – Driver Training: Wheelchair Securement Part 2 sponsored by Q’Straint/Sure-Lok (Seville I)

3:30 pm – Oklahoma Transit Association Associate/Affiliate/Professional Member Task Force Meeting (Seville II-III)

5:30 pm – Tulsa Night Out sponsored by PAVLOV Agency

    • Peoria BRT
    • Denver Street Transfer Station
    • Angry Axe

Thursday, October 24

6:30 am – Registration (South Parking Lot Tent)

Master of Ceremonies: DJ Blake O

6:30 am – Roadeo Judge Check-in (South Parking Lot Tent)

Course Marshall: Rick Miller, a tribal member of the Chickasaw Nation, is the senior operations manager for the Transportation Services Department of the Chickasaw Nation. He has served with the department since 2008. Rick currently serves on the Oklahoma Department of Transportation Tribal Advisory Board.

Judges:

      • Robert Barnes, Valeo Thermal Commercial Vehicle— Starter
      • Brian Beebe, MobilityTRANS — Left Reverse
      • Rep. Carol Bush (R-Tulsa) — Starter
      • Scott Coleman, Rosco Vision Systems — Right Turn
      • Cody Cornwell, Routematch — Judgement Stop
      • Todd Collier, Mobility One Transportation — Left Turn
      • Mitch  Drouillard, Q’Straint/Sure-Lok — Wheelchair Securement
      • Daniel Flynn, ARBOC Speciality Vehicles — Passenger Pick-up
      • Darryl Glaser, CWI Digital Systems — Serpentine
      • Jennifer Hankins, Oklahoma Department of Transportation – Passenger Pick-up
      • Milton Hanson, Oklahoma Highway Patrol — Smoothness/Timing
      • John Heavrin, Oklahoma Department of Transportation — Right Tire Clearance
      • Chelley Hilmes, Oklahoma Department of Transportation — Right Tire Clearance
      • Tim Hinton, Mobile Climate Control — Diminishing Clearance/Passenger Pickup 2 (City Bus)
      • Randy Hogan — Scoring
      • Sara Hogan — Scoring
      • Kary Hughes, SWTA — Scoring
      • Chris Ishmael, CWI Digital Systems — Serpentine
      • Jamie Lipka, TRANSIGN — Passenger Pick-up
      • Todd Long, InterMotive — Diminishing Clearance/Passenger Pickup 2 (City Bus)
      • Larry Mabery, Gerflor USA — Pre-Trip Marshall
      • Eric McCullick, ProAir-ACT — Right Turn
      • Keith Najera, Oklahoma Highway Patrol — Smoothness/Timing
      • Bill Niederhofer, Lone Star Handicap Vans — Wheelchair Securement Marshall
      • Norma Niederhofer, Lone Star Handicap Vans — Wheelchair Securement Marshall
      • Trisha Nolen, Q’Straint/Sure-Lok — Wheelchair Securement
      • Rita Preble, LogistiCare Solutions — Pre-Trip Marshall
      • Joe Saldana, Gillig — Right Reverse
      • Mike Severe, Master’s Transportation — Left Reverse
      • Susan Starwalt, Ecolane — Offset
      • Doug Studer, Altro USA — Diminishing Clearance
      • Claude Terry, Chickasaw Nation Transportation Services — Pre-Trip Inspection
      • Colton Walle, BraunAbility — Right Reverse
      • Travis Ward, LiquidSpring — Offset
      • William Ward, Mobility One Transportation — Left Turn

6:30 am – Breakfast at the Roadeo sponsored by Creative Bus Sales (South Parking Lot Tent)

7:00 am – Oklahoma State Driving Championships Opening Ceremonies sponsored by Creative Bus Sales (South Parking Lot Tent)

Presentation of Colors

National Anthem

Welcome by Ray Hoyt, Visit Tulsa

Welcome by Creative Bus Sales

Speaker: Brent Roy is a bus sales professional with Creative Bus Sales specializing in the sale and support of custom vehicles for public transit agencies throughout the Southwest. For more than 16 years, Brent has worked closely with public transit agencies in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas including large metro, small urban, and rural public transit agencies. An expert in bus technical specifications and regulations, Brent is an advocate for public transit agencies with multiple bus manufacturers. His consultancy is widely relied upon by public transit fleet managers and directors during the vehicle planning and purchasing process. Brent has served on boards of directors for the Oklahoma Transit Association, the New Mexico Transit Association, and the South West Transit Association. He lives in Burleson, Texas with his wife Jennifer and is the proud father of Ashley and Blair.

Recognition of State Driving Championships Sponsors:

    • Creative Bus Sales
    • GreenPower Motor Company
    • Lone Star Handicap Vans
    • CWI Digital Systems
    • LiquidSpring
    • Q’Straint/Sure-Lok
    • Enviro-Mist
    • Gillig
    • Trillium
    • Altro
    • ARBOC Speciality Vehicles
    • BraunAbility
    • Gerflor USA
    • Logisitcare Solutions
    • Master’s Transportation
    • Mobility One Transportation
    • MobilityTRANS
    • NewbyVance
    • Routematch
    • Safe Fleet Bus & Rail
    • TRANSIGN
    • Valeo Thermal Commercial Vehicles

7:30 am – Roadeo Judges Briefing (South Parking Lot)

7:30 am – Roadeo Drivers Check-in (South Parking Lot Tent)

Mini Van Drivers

  • 101 – Vicky Wilson, Central Oklahoma Transit System
  • 102 – Fernando Marquez, Red River Public Transportation Service
  • 103 – Samantha Rabbit, Muscogee (Creek) Nation Tribal Transportation
  • 104 – Gilbert Mendez, Pelivan Transit
  • 105 – Deborah Merkey, Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribal Transit
  • 106 – Ray Meely, Chickasaw Nation Transportation Services
  • 107 – Frances Pierce, Little Dixie Transit
  • 108 – Aretha Brown, Muskogee County Public Transit
  • 109 – Will Craddock, Pelivan Transit
  • 110 – Eva Leflore, Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribal Transit
  • 111 – Michael Boatner, KI BOIS Area Transit System
  • 112 – Steven Mazey, JAMM Transit
  • 113 – John Loudakis, Southwest Transit
  • 114 – Roy Hale, First Capital Trolley

Shuttle Bus Drivers

  • 201 – Sunny Cozad, Comanche Nation Transit
  • 202 – Joe Jackson, Muscogee (Creek) Nation Tribal Transportation
  • 203 – Freddie Lovett, Jr., KI BOIS Area Transit
  • 204 – Kenny Williams, Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribal Transit
  • 205 – Andrew White Crow, Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribal Transit
  • 206 – Beverly Jaquez, Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribal Transit
  • 207 – David Dotson, Muskogee County Public Transit
  • 208 – Randy Sherman, Southwest Transit
  • 209 – Mark Marshall, Comanche Nation Transit
  • 210 – Marouane Hamdi, Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribal Transit
  • 211 – Nancy Romero, The Ride
  • 212 – Lakesha Robinson, EMBARK
  • 213 – Raymond Jackson, Little Dixie Transit
  • 214 – Delfred White Crow, Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribal Transit
  • 215 – Warren Shrout, Pelivan Transit
  • 216 – Pamela Evans, SORTS
  • 217 – Wendall Gaines, Chickasaw Nation Transportation Services

City Bus Drivers

  • 301 – Keith Ingram, Tulsa Transit
  • 302 – Arlis Williams, Tulsa Transit
  • 303 – Jason Davis, Lawton Area Transit System
  • 304 – John Morgan, EMBARK
  • 305 – Tonya Ames, OSU/Stillwater Community Transit System

8:00 am – Oklahoma State Driving Championships presented by Creative Bus Sale (South Parking Lot)

8:00 am – Projects and Best Practices for Rural & Tribal Transportation sponsored by Enviro-Mist (Seville I)

We learn by hearing how our peers have successfully navigated the process and practice of providing excellent rural and tribal transportation through the coordinated planning process. This presentation will focus on those best practices and allow time for a peer exchange of ideas.

Moderator: Amy Hill — Tribal Transportation Coordinator, Muscogee (Creek) Nation Tribal Transportation

Speaker: Meredith Greene has seventeen years of experience in the transportation industry. She specializes in regional transportation coordination, mobility management, and paratransit planning.  She enjoys working with stakeholder groups to come together to form a shared vision for transportation in their region. Meredith has a strong background in transportation research and practical planning, previously working as a researcher in transit mobility at Texas A&M Transportation Institute and as a long and short range principal planner for a large metropolitan transit authority. She has developed multiple trainings for transit boards, and day-to-day practitioners who desire stronger performance measures for their systems and coordinated programs. Meredith also understands the complicated politics that can play a role in planning and implementation. She is the former Executive Director of the Texas Transit Association, supporting the state’s public transit agencies in training, grant writing, legislation, and coordination of new services. She also served as the Chair of Austin’s Urban Transportation Commission, providing input on new transit initiatives and navigating the intersection of Transportation Network Companies and Taxi Cab Companies in Austin, Texas.

8:00 am – Data & Performance Metrics: Know Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Using Them (Seville II)

There’s an old saying in politics, that you run on your record or run away from it. Transit should – and must – run on its record, using data. This session will provide information and examples on how to measure and track system performance and communicate the benefits of transit to a wider audience, including elected officials, policymakers, the business community, non-riders and others.

Moderator: Kendra McGeady — Director of Transit, Pelivan Transit

Speaker: Rich Sampson, SWTA Executive Director

8:00 am – Driver Simulator Training (South Parking Lot)

Drivers will have an opportunity to train on a simulator. The driver simulator is a full motion base that lets you feel those bumps or curbs you may hit. It also allows for rain, sleet, and snow.  The driver simulator training will cover driving on ice, lane changing, four-way stops, and interaction with bikes. There will also be a portion of the training with an emphasison on not striking fixed objects. There will be a 15-20 minute presentation then there will be a chance to drive the simulator to practice the newly learned techniques.

Coordinator:  Jesse Ashlock, Industrial Coordinator at Autry Technology Center, has been at Autry for five and a half years. He started in safety and is now in the transportation role and Vance Air Force Base Liaison. He holds a degree in Business Management and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Southern Nazarene University.  He holds a Class B CDL with passenger endorsement. Jesse has driven a school bus for Pioneer Technology Center, Autry Technology Center, and Hennessey Public Schools.

10:00 am – Training Track Break (South Parking Lot)

10:30 am – Understanding ADA Part 1 sponsored by Mobility One Transportation (Seville I)

Moderator: Melissa Fesler — Director, First Capital Trolley

The goal of this course is to teach transit professionals the legal background of ADA and paratransit requirements. Topics covered include: ADA legal requirements that apply to public and private transportation related entities; 14 service provisions documented in 49 CFR Part 37, Subpart G; Requirements to determine if a public or private entity must provide complementary paratransit service; Criteria for complementary paratransit service; Requirements for existing and new transportation facilities; Compliance and enforcement responsibilities of FTA, DOT, and DOJ; Responsibilities and compliance procedures for public and private entities; and Enforcement and investigation processes, including hearings, decisions, and notices.

Speaker: Monica L. Simon is Principal of SIMON & SIMON Research and Associates, Incorporated, a minority, woman-owned consulting practice she co-founded in 1999. SIMON and SIMON assists organizations with workforce training and diversity issues, customer service and organizational development in the United States and Canada. Ms. Simon has assisted numerous transportation providers with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance and accessible transportation policies. She also has extensive, first-hand experience with the ADA paratransit eligibility process and regularly designs and delivers training to paratransit, fixed route, rural, and rail operators and staff. Her participant centered approach to adult learning demonstrates her commitment to understanding behavior, organizations and learning. The U.S. Department of Justice recently approved Ms. Simon as the sole instructional designer and classroom instructor for a mandatory Americans with Disabilities Act employment training program. In this role, she designed and delivered training for 1,100 managers, directors and supervisors. Ms. Simon also teaches regularly at national and regional transportation conferences. She is a trained mediator in the state of Maryland (Facilitative and Restorative Dialogue models), experienced focus group moderator and Certified John Maxwell Leadership Team Coach. Ms. Simon has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from American University, in Washington, D.C.; and has completed graduate studies in organizational development from the Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business, in Baltimore, Maryland. She will earn a Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Johns Hopkins University in 2019. Ms. Simon is Co-Chair of the Accessibility Committee of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO); and Chair of the Board of Trustees of St. Elizabeth School, a non-public school for children with disabilities, in Baltimore, Maryland.

10:30 am – Crisis Communication for Transit Employees (Train the Trainer) Part 1 sponsored by NewbyVance (Seville II)

Moderator: Richard Maxwell — Director of Transit, PAVLOV Agency

Effective communication is essential to the management of transit crises — whether they are accidents, power outages or prolonged service delays. Crisis Communication Training for Transit Employees will equip frontline and supervisory transit personnel with the skills and techniques they need to communicate effectively within their organizations and with passengers throughout a crisis to enable successful response and recovery. The session provides an educational opportunity for the session attendees and also equips the attendees with the ability to instruct other staff members of their organizations.

Speaker: Rich Foerch has served as a Workplace Safety Senior Instructor at the National Transit Institute (NTI) for 12 years. Foerch trains front-line and Supervisor personnel in Crisis Communications for Transit Employees; All-hazard Awareness and Preparedness for Transit Employees; Assault Awareness and Prevention for Transit Operators; Developing a Transit Emergency Management Plan; Harassment Prevention for Transit Employees; and Violence in the Transit Workplace – Prevention, Response, and Recovery. Foerch has delivered over 500 courses in 30 states. Foerch served for 30 years at the Woodbridge, NJ Fire Department ascending to the rank of Battalion Chief. He also currently serves as a Fire Service Level 2 Instructor and has served as a Fire Instructor for Middlesex County, NJ for the past 25 years.

12:30 pm – Lunch powered by Creative Bus Sales (South Parking Lot Tent)

1:30 pm – Understanding ADA Part 2 sponsored by Mobility One Transportation (Seville I)

1:30 pm – Crisis Communication for Transit Employees sponsored by NewbyVance (Train the Trainer) Part 2 sponsored by NewbyVance (Seville II)

3:30 pm – Training Track Break (South Parking Lot)

4:00 pm – Advanced Paratransit Management Operations sponsored by Mobility One Transportation (Seville I)

Speaker: Christian Kent is a charismatic change agent and turnaround specialist with a proven track record for transforming organizations. A 31-year veteran of the public transportation industry, Christian has built, restored, and expanded transit operations from coast to coast. His consulting practice serves public and private sector organizations, primarily in business strategy, to: facilitate the transition of public transit into an integrated mobility network; support public transit agencies in retaining and attracting new ridership; assist private sector firms in demonstrating and enhancing their value as partners to public transit, particularly with technology; and invest in the people of public transit, providing technical training and honing leadership skills. In the public sector, Mr. Kent served with distinction for 13 years at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), where he became an expert and thought leader in transportation contracting as he took the helm of the nation’s fifth largest paratransit service. After restoring the flagging MetroAccess paratransit service through the introduction of technology; the implementation of industry best practices; and the selection and development of a top-notch management team, he developed, implemented, and managed a 10-year, $1 billion procurement comprised of multiple paratransit contracts. Leveraging the credibility he had gained with the WMATA Board of Directors, he influenced a shift in emphasis from paratransit cost controls to the promotion of fixed-route and other alternatives to paratransit. This strategy has become a major component of today’s “mobility” movement. Many of Mr. Kent’s self- designed business approaches are now being emulated by transit agencies all across the United States and abroad. To this day, MetroAccess is often cited as an exemplar of best practices by regulators and peer agencies. Mr. Kent was competitively selected to serve as acting chief executive over Metrobus, the nation’s sixth largest bus system, with over 4,000 employees, a fleet of 1,500 buses, a budget of $500 million annually, and annual ridership of over 132 million customers. Mr. Kent’s tailored approach to customer service and application of technology in paratransit were cited as essential to enhance the performance of the fixed- route system. For 18 years in the private-sector, Mr. Kent secured contracts and managed start-up operations; expanded a number of operations by as much as 1,000% through improved customer relations; efficiency improvements; and better marketing of the service. Mr. Kent has shown particular proficiency in recognizing changing conditions and helping organizations to prepare for and adapt effectively to those changes. He was often tapped to restore under-performing contracts, and he identified innovative ways to meet the needs of his customers while improving profitability.

4:00 pm – Crisis Communication for Transit Employees sponsored by NewbyVance (Train the Trainer) Part 3 sponsored by NewbyVance (Seville II)

4:00 pm – Driver Training: Human Trafficking & First Observer Training sponsored by Trillium (Seville III)

The First Observer Plus™ Program provides transportation professionals with the knowledge needed to recognize suspicious activity possibly related to terrorism, guidance in assessing what they see, and a method for reporting those observations. The Blue Campaign is an initiative to combat human trafficking through enhanced public awareness, victim assistance programs, and law enforcement training and initiatives.

Moderator: Tina Lowery — Director, Central Oklahoma Transit System

Speakers: Jonathan Martinez is a Transportation Security Inspector (TSI) – Surface, within the Office of Security Operations (OSO), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Since 2008, as part of the OSO team, he has been securing airports, seaports, railroads, highways, and/or public transit systems, thus protecting America’s transportation infrastructure and ensuring freedom of movement for people and commerce. With a multi-disciplined background, he is dedicated to making sure that our transportation systems are secure, and that he fosters great working relationships with their industry partners. In 2016, he completed his Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP) with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), enhancing his ability to work as a risk-based facilitator.

Eric Fischer is 20 year retired Air Force veteran. Started with TSA in the spring of 2002 on the Mobile Screening Force. He helped roll out Baltimore International, LaGuardia and Midway airports prior to returning to Will Rogers World Airport. Eric worked as a supervisor at the security checkpoint until 2011 when he became a Transportation Security Inspector-Surface.

6:30 pm – Oklahoma State Driving Championships Reception sponsored by TRANSIGN (Madrid Foyer)

7:00 pm – Oklahoma State Driving Championships Awards Banquet sponsored by Lone Star Handicap Vans (Madrid II & III)

Oklahoma State Driving Championship Award Presentations

  • Top Pre-Trip Inspection Score sponsored by ARBOC Speciality Vehicles
  • Top Wheelchair Securement Score sponsored by ARBOC Speciality Vehicles
  • Top Written Test Score sponsored by ARBOC Speciality Vehicles
  • Top Rookie Mini Van Driver sponsored by GreenPower Motor Company
  • Top Rookie Shuttle Bus Driver sponsored by GreenPower Motor Company
  • Minivan Driving 3rd Place sponsored by Q’Straint/Sure-Lok
  • Minivan Driving Reserve Champion sponsored by Q’Straint/Sure-Lok
  • Minivan Driving Champion sponsored by Q’Straint/Sure-Lok
  • Shuttle Bus Driving 3rd Place sponsored by LiquidSpring
  • Shuttle Bus Driving Reserve Champion sponsored by LiquidSpring
  • Shuttle Bus Driving Champion sponsored by LiquidSpring
  • City Bus Driving 3rd Place sponsored by CWI Digital Systems
  • City Bus Driving Reserve Champion sponsored by CWI Digital Systems
  • City Bus Driving Champion sponsored by CWI Digital Systems

OTA Hero of the Year presented by Lone Star Handicap Vans

Entertainment: James Robert Webb sponsored by Herzog Transit Services

 

Friday, October 25

8:00 am – Oklahoma Transit Association Rural Task Force Breakfast & Meeting (Seville I)

8:00 am – Conference Breakfast (Madrid I & II)

9:00 am – The State of Oklahoma Public Transit (Madrid I & II)

Moderator: LaQuita Thornley — Executive Director, JAMM Transit

Speaker: In early 2019, Tim J. Gatz was appointed Secretary of Transportation by Gov. Kevin Stitt and the Oklahoma Transportation Commission named him Oklahoma Department of Transportation Executive Director, effective April 1, 2019. Prior to that appointment, Gatz was named the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority in 2016 and previously served more than two decades at the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Tim started his career at ODOT as a Drafting Technician in 1990. Then in 1992, he became the Enhancements Program Coordinator and moved up to Special Projects Manager in 1997. In 2000, he became Division Manager of the Project Management Division where he was instrumental in the development of ODOT’s Eight-year Construction Work Plan. Gatz was promoted to the Senior Staff position of Director of Capital Programs and Information Management in 2006 and led the department’s coordination with county governments to develop and deliver the County Improvements for Roads and Bridges Program which provides dedicated funds for high-priority county transportation projects statewide. He served as Deputy Director from 2013 until his appointment to OTA in 2016. Tim earned a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from Oklahoma State University in 1989 and is a registered professional landscape architect. He has received several honors including the Oklahoma Good Roads & Transportation Association’s Bill Skeith Stewardship Award, the Governor’s Public Service Award and the Federal Highway Administration’s Partners In Quality Award. He is a member of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association and the American Society of Landscape Architects. Tim and his wife, Sandy, live in El Reno and have two sons.

9:30 am – Strategic Traction Implementation of HB1365 (Madrid I & II)

Moderator: Steve Spradling — Director of Parking & Transportation Services, OSU/Stillwater Community Transit System

Speaker: Dawn Sullivan was named the deputy director for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation in May 2019, effective in July 2019. In this senior staff position, Sullivan will oversee all day to day administration and strategic planning for the department. With more than 30 years dedicated to the department, Sullivan began her career as an engineering student at the Sand Springs Residency in 1988 and continued as a student engineer as part of the OU Bridge Design Squad. She then interned at various departments within the agency before becoming an engineering manager in Roadway Design. In 2000, she worked as an assistant division engineer for the Planning & Research Division before being promoted to division engineer. Sullivan then became the division engineer for the then-newly formed Environmental Programs Division in 2007. In 2016, she was named the Director of Capital Programs where she remained until becoming the deputy director. Sullivan is a founding member of Women’s Transportation Seminar International, Oklahoma Chapter; a co-chair for the Oklahoma State Transportation Innovation Council and is the Southern Plains Transportation Center Advisory board chairman. She has completed Gov. Mary Fallin’s Executive Development Program for State Officials and the National Transportation Advanced Leadership Institute certifications. A graduate of Broken Arrow High School, Sullivan has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and has been a Professional Engineer since 1995. Sullivan and her husband, Kenny, reside in Norman. They have four children and four grandchildren.

Speaker: Colleen Flory has served over a decade in government program and project management and has established performance management systems for multiple state agencies and leaders. She was trained by McKinsey consultants in performance management and strategic planning. She studied strategic data use in policy making and implementation at Harvard University. She currently serves in the role of the Director of Statewide Performance for both OMES Budget and Policy Division and the Office of the State Chief Operating Officer.

10:30 am – Break (Madrid I & II)

11:00 am – Oklahoma Public Transit Policy Plan Update  (Madrid I & II)

Moderator: Ted Rieck — General Manager, Tulsa Transit

Speakers: Laura Chaney started her career in transportation with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) in 2004. She brings a wealth of transportation knowledge to the table, serving in different capacities in Roadway Design Division, Right-of-Way & Utilities Division, Local Government Division, and the Planning & Research Division over the course of her 15-year career.  In 2010, she was named the MPO and RTPO Coordinator for the Planning & Research Division, where she served as a member on various planning committees statewide. She provided oversight and direction for the States MPO planning activities, served as a voting member on several technical and policy driven committees, and played an integral role in the establishment of the first Regional Transportation Planning Organizations in the State of Oklahoma in 2012.  In 2016, Ms. Chaney was named the Planning & Performance Branch Manager for the Strategic Asset & Performance Management Division at ODOT.  In this position, she oversees the development of all statewide planning documents for the Department, MPO and RTPO coordination and planning activities, and Active Transportation statewide planning and policies. Laura has a Bachelor of Arts in Administrative Leadership and Master of Arts degree in Administrative Leadership, both from the University of Oklahoma. Laura currently resides in Oklahoma City, Okla., with her two children.

Speaker: Oklahoma Public Transit Policy Plan Consulting Team — Nelson\Nygaard & The KFH Group

12:00 pm – Working Lunch on the 2020 Oklahoma Legislative Session

Moderator: Mark Nestlen — Executive Director, Oklahoma Transit Association

Speaker: Rep. Carol Bush (R-District 70) was born and raised in Tulsa. After graduating from Oral Roberts University in 1983 with a business marketing degree, Carol successfully ran her own retail stores for 20 years. She then turned to public service within the Health Department and then as the Executive Director of the Crime Commission’s Crime Prevention Network. In her second term, Carol serves as Chair of the Children, Youth and Family Services Committee. She is also a member of the Oklahoma Commission on the status of Women, the Diabetes Caucus, the Waiting List Caucus, the Oklahoma Early Childhood Legislative Caucus and the Oklahoma Care-Giver Coalition. Carol has extensive experience as a community volunteer. Over the years she has served on various boards in the Tulsa area including; Big Brothers and Sisters of Green Country, Tulsa Area United Way, Camp Fire U.S.A., Tulsa Public Schools Mentoring Council, Philbrook Art After Five, Board of Deacons at First Presbyterian Church, Emergency Infant Services, Philcrest Tennis Club, Brookside Merchant Association, American Advertising Federation, Carnegie Elementary PTA, YWCA, and Junior League of Tulsa. She is married and has two daughters, Moriah, a teacher in Kansas City, and Nicole, a student in Denver.

1:00 pm – Office of Mobility & Public Transit Program Briefing (Madrid I & II)

Moderator: Brent Morey — Executive Director, Red River Public Transportation Service

Speakers: Ernie Mbroh & ODOT Transit Staff including Steve Jagosh, Jason Huff, Eduardo Machuca, John Heavrin, Veronica Clark, Bobby Patterson, Denotria Davis and Julianne Halliday.

1:00 pm – Oklahoma Transit Association Tribal Task Force Meeting (Seville I)

2:00 pm – Oklahoma Transit Association 5310 Task Force Meeting (Madrid I & II)

 

Oct
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TransitPAC Breakfast @ Renaissance Tulsa Hotel & Convention Center
Oct 23 @ 7:00 am – 8:00 am

Click here to register for the TransitPAC breakfast on Wednesday, October 23 at 7:00 am.

7:00 am – TransitPAC Breakfast (Seville I)

Speaker: Avery Carl Frix grew up in Muskogee, Oklahoma, working in his family’s dirt work construction business.  He earned a degree from the University of Oklahoma in Accounting.  Then, opened a small business of his own, Oxford Productions, Inc., which provides professional management services.  Avery founded a summer youth camp five years ago, which has impacted hundreds of students.  In 2016, Avery was elected to represent District 13, including McIntosh and Muskogee counties in the Oklahoma House of Representatives. Avery was appointed to serve as Chairman of the Transportation Committee for the 57thLegislation.  Avery enjoys fighting passionately for public education and rural economic development in our state.

Jul
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2020 Oklahoma Transit Association Annual Conference & EXPO driven by GreenPower Motor Company @ Apache Casino Hotel
Jul 6 – Jul 9 all-day

Due to safety protocols for the Conference, registration is closed and walk up registrations will not be allowed. Email oktransit@oktransit.org with any questions.

 

Hotel Information: To book your hotel rooms click here for online booking or call Apache Casino Hotel Reservations at 580-248-5905 and mention Oklahoma Transit Association or ask for the group code G20OTA. Rooms are available on a first-come, first-serve basis so make your reservation today to ensure availability. The special rate of $94 plus tax is available until June 21st or until sold out.

Tentative Schedule of Events

Monday, July 6

8:30 am – Registration (Apache Ballroom Foyer)

9:00 am – OTA Urban/Small Urban Task Force Meeting (360 Private Dining Room)

9:30 am – OTA 5310 Task Force Meeting (Summit Ballroom)

11:00 am – Leave Apache Casino Hotel for Clay Shooting Tournament (lunch provided at departure) (Apache Ballroom Entrance)

12:00 noon – Clay Shooting Tournament presented by Creative Bus Sales (separate registration required) (Chisholm Trails Sporting Clays; Duncan, Oklahoma)

  • Team Ryan/Creative Bus Sales
  • Team Brent/Creative Bus Sales
  • Team Brendan/GreenPower Motor Company
  • Team Ryne/GreenPower Motor Company
  • Team Ecolane
  • Team LiquidSpring
  • Team Routematch
  • Team CWI Digital Systems
  • Team INSURICA
  • Team Q’Straint/Sure-Lok

6:30 pm – Faces of Transit Welcome Reception hosted by the Lawton Chamber of Commerce & GreenPower Motor Company (Hotel Pool Area)

Welcome: Lawton-Ft. Sill Chamber of Commerce

Speaker: Sylvia “Woogie” Burgess currently serves as the interim President and CEO of the Lawton-Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce. She is a full-time, unpaid volunteer assisting the Chamber in its transition to a new leader. Prior to joining the Chamber team, Woogie was a partner and tax attorney at Burgess, Burgess, Burgess & Hightower, Inc. During the 18 years she practiced law, she was elected as the first woman President of the Comanche County Bar Association, the first woman to chair the Oklahoma Bar Association Tax Section, and the second woman to serve as Chair of the Chamber of Commerce. She then joined Cameron University, serving as Dean of the School of Business, and then as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. She served as division Chair for the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, as a member and presenter for the Oxford Round Table in Oxford, England, and as Chair of the investment committee for Phi Kappa Phi international, where she worked with more than $34 million in investments used to provide scholarships. Woogie retired from Cameron in 2019 to spend time with family, grandchildren and to travel with her husband, Dr. John Courington.  She came out of retirement to work with the Chamber team until a new CEO is hired.

Awards for Clay Shooting Tournament presented by Creative Bus Sales

 

Tuesday, July 7

7:00 am – Registration (Apache Ballroom Foyer)

8:00 am – Opening General Session sponsored by Hendrickson Transportation Group (Apache Ballroom)

Presentation of Colors by the Comanche Indian Veterans Association

Welcome: Ryan Landers is the general manager for the Lawton Area Transit System (LATS) and has been with the system since 2015. He has more than 10 years of transit experience in operations and management contracts for fixed route and para-transit. Prior to LATS, Ryan was the operations director for Mountain Metro Transit in Colorado Springs, Colo. Ryan has always been involved in transit since he graduated with a Business Administration degree from Texas Wesleyan University in Ft. Worth, Texas. After college Ryan interned at Trinity Metro formerly known as the T in Fort Worth.

Remarks: Lawton Mayor Stan Booker graduated in 1974 from Lawton Eisenhower Senior High School and attended Cameron University. Mayor Booker’s career started in the family grocery store and continued with five years working for Safeway Stores. At the age of 24, Stan moved his family to Marlow, and purchased his first business, Hop & Sack Convenience Store. He would proceed to open five more stores. In 2004, Mayor Booker divested himself of all businesses to concentrate on the commercial real estate business and moved back to Lawton. During his career, Mayor Booker has always been involved in the community and served in many capacities in different civic organizations and is an encourager of community involvement, believing that the best communities have the most citizens giving back. After a steady decline in hearing ability, Mayor Booker had been hindered in his service to the community as communication became more of a challenge. After receiving cochlear implants in May of 2015, his ability to serve his community was returned, and just a few months later he founded the Lawton Rotary Leadership Institute and served as its first Chairman and continues to produce the leadership events for the organization. He was elected Mayor of Lawton in November 2018.

Keynote Panel: The Future of Transit Post COVID-19

Moderator: Rich Sampson is the Executive Director of the South West Transit Association (SWTA). He oversees all SWTA programs and activities, including member services, training and events, communications and advocacy, including growing investment in transit at all levels of government and refining regulations and policy impacting transit and mobility providers. Previously, Rich spent more than 17 years in a variety of roles at the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA), including most recently serving as its Membership & Communications Director. During his tenure at CTAA, Rich oversaw its many communications platforms – including launch of its bi-weekly Fast Mail e-newsletter, managed member services and benefits programs, participated in development of its legislative and policy agenda, attended meetings with members of Congress, their staffs and along with those at several federal agencies and coordinated CTAA’s annual National Community Transportation Roadeo.

Panelists:

          • As the Manager for Transportation Initiatives for the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, Pete Metz oversees a coalition of business leaders advocating for expanded investment in transportation that connects people to jobs, education and healthcare and all that the Cincinnati region has to offer. The Chamber is focused on making sure Cincinnati is a connected region by expanding access for public transit, investing in infrastructure projects, providing people with transportation options that fit their lifestyle and preparing the region for the future of mobility. In this role, he served as a senior advisor to the Move Forward campaign, the first successful transportation levy in Hamilton County history.  As part of a two-step election sequence, Metz managed the development of the policy, oversaw the campaign’s historic coalition building efforts and helped raise more than $2 million for the successful effort to double transit funding in Hamilton County, create a dedicated revenue source for infrastructure and reduce the City of Cincinnati’s earnings tax. Through his work at the Chamber, Metz also led the development of the Cincinnati Mobility Lab, a public-private partnership between transit authorities, government entities and Uber. Prior to joining the Chamber, he was the chief of staff to Cincinnati Vice Mayor David Mann. Additionally, Metz spent time in Washington, D.C., where he worked on federal transportation policy at Transportation for America. A native Cincinnatian, Metz studied political science, urban geography and urban governance at The Ohio State University.
          • Sam Sargent serves as Deputy Chief of Staff for the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority in Austin, Texas. Prior to becoming a member of the authority’s senior management team, Sam served as project manager in the agency’s Community Engagement office. In his current role, Sam focuses on Project Connect, the region’s long-range high capacity transit plan, microtransit and first-mile/last-mile solutions and small city pilot projects. A lawyer by training, he spent time in the Austin and Washington offices of U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, focusing on transportation, housing and public safety. Sam also worked for the Travis County District Attorney’s office after law school. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Boston University and a Juris Doctorate from Boston University School of Law. Sam was a 2019 Mass Transit 40 Under 40 award winner and was an Austin Under 40 finalist in 2019 and 2020. He is an active runner and rower, living in central Austin with his wife, Orsi, and dog Gracie.
          • Laura Hanson, AICP, has 20 years of professional planning experience in the public and private sector focusing on a range of issues from land use, to urban design, public policy, environmental and transportation. She joined the Utah Transit Authority in 2017 as the Director of Planning. There she oversees the agency’s Long-Term Strategic Planning and Service Planning Divisions. Currently she is serving on a COVID-19 Recovery Task Force for the agency, with the goals of emerging from the crisis with: higher ridership than before, greater financial stability for the agency and improved customer confidence. Prior to UTA, Laura served as the first Executive Director for the Jordan River Commission, an inter-local cooperation of cities and counties along Utah’s Jordan River. Her biggest accomplishments there include completion of the 60-mile Jordan River Parkway Trail and raising $33 million for restoration of the riparian corridor. Prior experience also included work as a private planning consultant. She holds a Master’s of Urban Planning degree from the University of Utah. Laura has served on many nonprofit boards including Envision Utah, GREENbike and the Utah Chapter of the American Planning Association. Laura enjoys spending her free time outdoor exploring Utah’s mountains and deserts with her husband Derrek, two smart and funny children, and Penny the puppy.

Vendor & Member Introductions

      • GreenPower Motor Company
      • Creative Bus Sales
      • Ecolane
      • LiquidSpring
      • Routematch
      • CWI Digital Systems
      • INSURICA
      • BraunAbility
      • ARBOC Speciality Vehicles
      • LogistiCare Solutions
      • Luminator Technology Group
      • Mobility One Transportation
      • MobilityTRANS
      • ProAir
      • Safe Fleet Bus & Rail
      • Valeo Thermal Commercial Vehicles
      • MORryde International
      • National Rural Transit Assistance Program

10:00 am – EXPO (Apache Ballroom)

10:45 am – Facing the Challenges of CBD & Legalized Marijuana sponsored by BraunAbility (Apache Ballroom)

In Oklahoma, medical marijuana dispensaries are on every corner, categorized as essential health services. According to the Oklahoma Tax Commission, a record volume of medical marijuana was purchased in April 2020.  Marijuana is considered a positive test result, but what about CBD?  Does the use of CBD products lead to a positive drug test result?

Moderator: Kary Hughes currently serves as Member Services & Operations Manager for South West Transit Association (SWTA). Her responsibilities include oversight of SWTA’s ongoing operations and procedures, providing training, workshop and conference planning and support and member relations. Before joining SWTA in 2014, Kary was at the Oklahoma State University Center for Local Government Technology for 16 years. In this capacity she managed the Oklahoma Rural Transit Assistance Program (RTAP).  Duties included developing and providing training and technical assistance for Oklahoma’s rural and tribal transit providers, oversight of the Oklahoma Transit Consortium’s DOT Drug and Alcohol Program as well as assisting ODOT in the audit, review and reporting of all aspects of 5311 grant compliance for the Oklahoma sub-recipients. Kary is a Certified Master Trainer for Community Transportation Association of America’s Passenger Service and Safety (PASS) Driver Certification Program.  She has taught PASS Driver Certification classes for rural and tribal transit systems since 2009, while adding resources and activities that complement and enhance the curriculum. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University.  Kary and her husband Mike, live in Edmond.

Panelists:

      • Adam W. Childers is a director and shareholder at Crowe & Dunlevy, and serves as co-chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group. He received his Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Political Science (1997) and his Juris Doctor degree (2000), both with honors, from the University of Oklahoma. He also attended the Summer Program at the Queens College at Oxford University in Oxford, England. Adam is currently an Administrative Law Judge at the Oklahoma Department of Labor and a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Order of the Barristers. In 2013, he was chair of the Oklahoma Bar Association Labor and Employment Section. He also served as a member of the Board of Visitors for the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oklahoma, the Board of Governors of the Oklahoma County Bar Association Young Lawyers’ Division and the Robert J. Turner Inn of Court. Since joining Crowe & Dunlevy in 2000, Adam has successfully represented management in cases brought by employees under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, Oklahoma’s Workers’ Compensation laws, the Fair Labor Standards Act, Oklahoma’s non-compete and non-solicitation statutes and Oklahoma’s Open Meeting and Open Records Acts. In addition to his litigation work for employers, Adam has handled Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Oklahoma Human Rights Commission investigations as well as Oklahoma Employment Security Commission hearings.
      • Sean Oswald joined RLS Associates in 2011, bringing more than five years of GIS analysis, management, and training experience. Building on that experience, Sean is now Project Manager for all RLS drug and alcohol projects for transit systems and state Departments of Transportation (DOT). He has quickly advanced to become a nationally respected and recognized expert on Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Drug and Alcohol Program regulations—conducting comprehensive grant compliance monitoring reviews and providing training and technical assistance to transit system and state DOT staffs across the country. His experience includes the conduct of more than 700 annual and quarterly compliance and policy reviews for the states of California, Georgia, Maine, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia. He provides technical assistance to both local transit systems and state DOTs both on-call and during FTA drug and alcohol testing program audits. As an experienced and nationally recognized trainer, Sean developed the curriculum for the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association’s Substance Abuse Professional Training Manual and Course and continues to be a primary trainer on this topic. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Substance Abuse Counseling from the University of Cincinnati.
      • Michael Koch is the Transit Manager for The Lift transit system in Winter Park, Colo., and has been working in the transit industry for more than eight years. Since its inception four years ago, he has worked to develop Winter Park and Grand County’s transit program from the ground up. He has overseen asset acquisition, the branding of the system, introduced real-time technology to the fleet and created regional transit connecting the rural mountain communities of eastern Grand County, Colo. Under his leadership, the system has grown to more than 520,000 annual riders per year. Recently, he has secured more than $14 million in state and federal grants to assist in the design and construction of a central transit facility that is due to break ground in 2021. Michael is an active member in the Northwest Colorado Transportation Planning Region, Regional Transportation Coordinating Council of Northwest Colorado and currently serves as the representative for the Central and Northern Mountain regions on the Colorado Statewide Transit & Rail Advisory Committee. Michael is passionate about improving the quality of life for residents and tourists of his community by making transit safe, reliable and accessible, particularly to disadvantaged populations. Michael has a dual Bachelor’s in Geography & Environmental Studies from the University of Nevada-Reno, and a Professional Graduate Certification in Geographic Information Systems (GISP) from the University of Denver.

11:00 am – OTA Associate/Affiliate/Professional Task Force Meeting (Summit Ballroom)

12:15 pm – Lunch sponsored by Routematch (Apache Ballroom)

Welcoming Remarks: Kevin Pohawpatchoko, an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, is the Training Specialist for the Comanche Nation Transit. Kevin is married to Shirley from Apache and they reside in Cache. Kevin served on Active Duty in the US Navy and I the US Naval Reserves. He participated in Operation Praying Mantis, Operations Noble Eagle, Iraqi & Enduring Freedom combat operations. While Kevin transitioned from Active Duty to the Naval Reserves, he was appointed as a Correctional Administrator with the Mississippi Department of Corrections. He later accepted a position as a Federal Police Officer with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Law Enforcement Services and graduated from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Federal Police Officer Academy in Artesia, N.M. After serving as a Federal Police Officer, he was promoted to a Special Agent and graduated from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Criminal Investigator Academy in Glynco, Ga. He is currently serving as the 11th elected Commander of the Comanche Indian Veterans Association and served as Commander from 2007-08. He is member of the Comanche Warrior Society, the Comanche Little Ponies and a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Program: During a time when civil unrest is front and center, it can be difficult to know how to navigate issues like inclusion in the workplace. This training will provide organizations with practical tools they can implement in the workforce and day-to-day lives to begin the shift towards more equitable and inclusive policies and practices.

Speaker: Cindy Nguyen (pronounced “Win”) serves as the Director of Social and Economic Justice at the YWCA in Oklahoma City. Since joining the YWCA in 2017, she has led their Stand Against Racism campaign, Multicultural Committee, and Equity and Inclusion trainings.

1:30 pm – Regional Transportation Coordination as the Foundation for Mobility Management sponsored by Transign (Apache Ballroom)

This panel session will highlight the key characteristics of regional coordination networks that facilitate the advancement of mobility management. The National Center for Mobility Management, along with three states, will share their experiences regarding developing statewide regional coordination including:

      • Identifying key components of regional coordination systems;
      • Leveraging existing resources and identifying new sources of support;
      • Overcoming challenges and barriers; and
      • Measuring coordination and mobility management.

Moderator: Judy Shanley, Ph.D. is the Assistant Vice President, Education and Youth Transition at the national office of Easterseals in Chicago, Ill. and serves as Easterseals Director of the FTA-funded National Center for Mobility Management (NCMM). She manages federal projects, supports the Federal Transit Administration, provides technical assistance to build mobility management and the capacity of human services, health care and transportation professionals to coordinate service. Shanley is skilled in convening diverse audiences and providing professional development to ensure that mobility solutions are aligned with the needs of all riders. Prior to Easterseals, Shanley worked at the U.S. Department of Education, where she wrote federal grants and monitored programs and institutions to ensure compliance with federal regulations, and for more than eight years, was a Principal Research Analyst at the Americans Institutes for Research. She earned her Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Florida and an MBA and a Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling, both from Syracuse University.

Panelists:

      • Olivia Hook is the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Statewide Mobility Coordinator located in Columbus, Ohio. Working in the Office of Transit, she is responsible for overseeing the Mobility Management Program that provides mobility solutions for Ohio residents, HST Coordinated Plan management and the Regions Pilot Project. After spending nearly a decade working in marketing, Olivia knows what truly drives conversations, enhances coordination and improved communication. Prior to that she drove commercial semi-truck over the road and has traveled through almost every state in the contiguous 48 states with the exception of Rhode Island and Maine. Olivia holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Franklin University and resides in Grove City, Ohio with her husband and three beautiful dogs.
      • Born and raised in Chicago, Mike Spadafore has 10 years of transportation planning experience in Kansas. Currently the Mobility Manager for the Topeka/Shawnee County region, Mike focuses on creating and sustaining collaborations among agencies, providing travel training, supporting workforce transportation and working with regional and national partners in developing a transit system that is accessible, affordable and reliable for riders of all ages and abilities. Previous positions include Public Transportation Manager with Kansas Department of Transportation as well as Associate Planner with the Wichita Area Metropolitan Planning Organization). Mike earned Bachelor’s degrees from Carthage College and Judson University, as well as a Master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Urban Planning and Policy.  He lives in Topeka, Kan. and enjoys gardening, reading and Lou Malnati’s deep dish pizza.
      • Jeremy Johnson-Miller serves as the Mobility & Transit Programs Administrator for the Iowa Department of Transportation, within the Public Transit Bureau. He provides technical assistance to Iowa’s 35 public transit systems, acting as a resource for enhanced mobility for all Iowans. He facilitates efforts between various state agencies and advocacy organizations, providing education and awareness of public transit through presentations, marketing campaigns and project oversight. Jeremy is a graduate from the University of Iowa, with a Master’s of Public Administration at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

3:00 pm – EXPO (Apache Ballroom)

4:15 pm – Lawton Area Transit System Tour sponsored by INSURICA (depart Apache Ballroom entrance)

7:00 pm – Lawton Night Out & Rep. Don Armes Chuckwagon Dinner sponsored by CWI Digital Systems (Museum of the Great Plains)

The Museum of the Great Plains started with the formation of the Comanche County Historical Society, on Dec. 12, 1952. A grant from The McMahon Foundation in 1958 enabled the organization to begin construction of the museum in the municipally-owned Elmer Thomas Park, adjacent to the McMahon Memorial Auditorium. The Museum of the Great Plains officially opened in 1961. The Comanche County Historical Society expanded its purpose and mission, transitioning to the Great Plains Historical Association (1961) and finally the Institute of the Great Plains (1970). The Association began publishing the Great Plains Journal in 1961, which continues today under the direction of the Institute. In 1972, the Museum of the Great Plains became the first facility in Oklahoma to receive accreditation from the American Association of Museums. In 1997, through a $2.5 million grant from The McMahon Foundation, the Museum of the Great Plains added 25,000 square feet of gallery space, a new foyer and a new store. The same areas in the old building became offices, workrooms, a classroom and research space, and permitted the expansion of collections storage, the library and archives. The Institute of the Great Plains and the City of Lawton jointly operated the facility until January 1998, when the museum reorganized as a municipal trust. The Institute of the Great Plains, housed within the building, continues to assist in research, education and publishing. The Museum of the Great Plains Authority serves as the governing board and includes appointees from the city, The McMahon Foundation, the Institute and at-large representatives. Although a trust of the city of Lawton, the Authority also operates as a 501(c)(3). In 2003 the Museum of the Great Plains became the first partner, along with Science Museum Oklahoma, in the Oklahoma Museum Network (OMN). This event marked the beginning of the Museum of the Great Plains’ association with the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, the grantor behind OMN. The Museum of the Great Plains received a $4.2 million grant from the Reynolds Foundation in 2012. Over the next three years, working with Science Museum of Minnesota, the Museum of the Great Plains remodeled the entire main gallery, and separately the adjacent public areas. Today, the Museum of the Great Plains offers traditional exhibit presentation coupled with innovative discovery-based learning activities, as it continues the mission to “Explore the human history of the Great Plains.”  

 

Wednesday, July 8

6:30 am – Executive Committee Meeting (360 Private Dining Room)

7:00 am – Registration (Apache Ballroom Foyer)

8:00 am – TransitPAC Breakfast (separate ticket required) (Summit Ballroom)

Speaker: Daniel Pae currently serves as the state representative for House District 62. Before he was elected, Rep. Pae worked as an Administrative Assistant in the Lawton City Manager’s office. Born and raised in Lawton, he is a proud graduate of Lawton High School’s Class of 2013 where he served in Student Council, Media Productions and as a member of National Honor Society. He was the state champion for the Lions Club Speech Contest and the recipient of the Hugh Bish Award, given to the top student in each graduating class. Rep. Pae recently graduated from the University of Oklahoma with two majors in economics and political science, two minors in history and international area studies, and a master’s degree in public administration. He served as OU’s Student Body President, along with volunteering his time with The Oklahoma Group, Loveworks Afterschool Leadership and Generation Citizen. Rep. Pae graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude with a 4.0 grade point average. In Lawton, he serves on the Young Professionals of Lawton Board of Directors and Marie Detty Youth & Family Services Board of Trustees. Rep. Pae is also a member of the Lawton Fort-Sill Chamber of Commerce, graduate of Leadership Lawton-Fort Sill Class 28, graduate of the 2019 Center for the Advancement of Leadership Skills, panelist at the 2019 Oklahoma Academy Town Hall, graduate of the inaugural City of Lawton’s Citizens Academy and is a member of Leadership Oklahoma Class 33. He enjoys going on unexpected adventures with family and friends, working out at the gym, and reading books from the Lawton Public Library.

9:15 am – Morning Vendor Speeding Dating

  • Creative Bus Sales (Apache Ballroom)
  • Ecolane (Summit Ballroom B)
  • CWI Digital Systems (Summit Ballroom A)
  • ARBOC Speciality Vehicles (Apache Ballroom)
  • Safe Fleet Bus & Rail (360 Private Dining Room)
  • Mobility One Transportation (Apache Ballroom)
  • ProAir (VIP Room)

12:00 noon – Oklahoma Transit Association Annual Meeting & Luncheon sponsored by GreenPower Motor Company (Apache Ballroom)

New $5 million in Oklahoma State Funding for Rural Transit in FY20-21 Budget (Apache Ballroom)

Speaker: Rep. Carol Bush (R-District 70) was born and raised in Tulsa. After graduating from Oral Roberts University in 1983 with a business marketing degree, she successfully ran her own retail stores for 20 years. Rep. Bush then turned to public service within the Health Department and then as the Executive Director of the Crime Commission’s Crime Prevention Network. In her second term, she serves as the Majority Caucus Secretary and Chair of the Children, Youth and Family Services Committee. She is also a member of the Oklahoma Commission on the status of Women, the Diabetes Caucus, the Waiting List Caucus, the Oklahoma Early Childhood Legislative Caucus and the Oklahoma Care-Giver Coalition. Rep. Bush has extensive experience as a community volunteer. Over the years she has served on various boards in the Tulsa area including; Big Brothers and Sisters of Green Country, Tulsa Area United Way, Camp Fire U.S.A., Tulsa Public Schools Mentoring Council, Philbrook Art After Five, Board of Deacons at First Presbyterian Church, Emergency Infant Services, Philcrest Tennis Club, Brookside Merchant Association, American Advertising Federation, Carnegie Elementary PTA, YWCA and Junior League of Tulsa. She is married and has two daughters.

OTA Annual Business Meeting

2:00 pm – Afternoon Vendor Speed Dating

  • GreenPower Motor Company (Apache Ballroom)
  • Routematch (Summit Ballroom A)
  • LiquidSpring (Parking Lot Apache Ballroom Entrance)
  • BraunAbility (Apache Ballroom)
  • INSURICA (Summit Ballroom B)
  • LogistiCare Solutions (VIP Suite)
  • Luminator Technology Group (360 Private Dining Room)
  • MobilityTRANS(Apache Ballroom)
  • Valeo Thermal Commercial Vehicles (Sky Suite A)

6:00 pm – Oklahoma Transit Association Awards Reception sponsored by Creative Bus Sales (Apache Ballroom Foyer)

7:00 pm – Oklahoma Tranist Association Awards Banquet sponsored by GreenPower Motor Company (Apache Ballroom)

Awards Program

      • FTA Region 6 Awards
      • Keith Leftwich Distinguished Service Award sponsored by INSURICA
      • Safety & Training Award sponsored by Q’Straint/Sure-Lok
      • Innovation Award sponsored by Routematch
      • Marketing Campaign of the Year sponsored by Ecolane
      • Transit Professional of the Year sponsored by LiquidSpring
      • Transit System of the Year sponsored by CWI Digital Systems

Entertainment by Raina Cobb and Ben Brock sponsored by Ecolane

 

Thursday, July 9

7:00 am – Registration (Apache Ballroom Foyer)

7:00 am – OTA Rural Task Force Meeting (Summit Ballroom)

7:15 am – OTA Tribal Task Force Meeting (360 Private Dining Room)

8:00 am – Breakfast (Apache Ballroom)

8:30 am – The State of Public Transit in Oklahoma sponsored by LiquidSpring (Apache Ballroom)

Speaker: In early 2019, Tim J. Gatz was appointed Secretary of Transportation by Gov. Kevin Stitt and the Oklahoma Transportation Commission named him Oklahoma Department of Transportation Executive Director, effective April 1, 2019. Prior to that appointment, Gatz was named the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority in 2016 and previously served more than two decades at the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Tim started his career at ODOT as a Drafting Technician in 1990. Then in 1992, he became the Enhancements Program Coordinator and moved up to Special Projects Manager in 1997. In 2000, he became Division Manager of the Project Management Division where he was instrumental in the development of ODOT’s Eight-year Construction Work Plan. Gatz was promoted to the Senior Staff position of Director of Capital Programs and Information Management in 2006 and led the department’s coordination with county governments to develop and deliver the County Improvements for Roads and Bridges Program which provides dedicated funds for high-priority county transportation projects statewide. He served as Deputy Director from 2013 until his appointment to OTA in 2016. Tim earned a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from Oklahoma State University in 1989 and is a registered professional landscape architect. He has received several honors including the Oklahoma Good Roads & Transportation Association’s Bill Skeith Stewardship Award, the Governor’s Public Service Award and the Federal Highway Administration’s Partners In Quality Award. He is a member of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association and the American Society of Landscape Architects. Tim and his wife, Sandy, live in El Reno and have two sons.

9:00 am – Oklahoma Public Transit Policy Plan sponsored by Q’Straint/Sure-LOK (Apache Ballroom)

  • Moderator: Dawn Sullivan was named the deputy director for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation in May 2019, effective in July 2019. In this senior staff position, Sullivan oversees all day-to-day administration and strategic planning for the department. With more than 30 years dedicated to the department, Sullivan began her career as an engineering student at the Sand Springs Residency in 1988 and continued as a student engineer as part of the OU Bridge Design Squad. She then interned at various departments within the agency before becoming an engineering manager in Roadway Design. In 2000, she worked as an assistant division engineer for the Planning & Research Division before being promoted to division engineer. Sullivan then became the division engineer for the then-newly formed Environmental Programs Division in 2007. In 2016, she was named the Director of Capital Programs where she remained until becoming the deputy director. Sullivan is a founding member of Women’s Transportation Seminar International, Oklahoma Chapter, a co-chair for the Oklahoma State Transportation Innovation Council and is the Southern Plains Transportation Center Advisory board chair. She completed then-Gov. Mary Fallin’s Executive Development Program for State Officials and the National Transportation Advanced Leadership Institute certifications. A graduate of Broken Arrow High School, Sullivan has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and has been a professional engineer since 1995. Sullivan and her husband, Kenny, reside in Norman. They have four children and four grandchildren.

Presentation on Market Analysis & State of the System

Panelist:

      • Ted Rieck is the general manager of Tulsa Transit, a position he has held since 2017. Ted has more than 35 years of transit experience spanning operations, planning, technology and community partnerships. He also served as the chief executive officer of the Indianapolis transit system, where he reversed a 15-year ridership decline. Prior to joining Tulsa Transit, Ted was a transit consultant both independently as well as with national architect, engineering and planning firms. He was also Vice Chair of the Kansas City Regional Transit Alliance, a transit advocacy group. Ted earned a Master’s of Business Administration from Rockhurst University and a Master’s of City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University.
      • Rob Endicott is a Tulsa native whose spent the last 25 years serving as the transportation planner for the Cherokee Nation. Rob has an extensive highway background and has served on numerous federal rule-making committees. His crowning achievements include helping tribal governments to attain self-governance, creating a stable highway formula for tribal governments nationwide and assisting legislators and administrators in making the Tribal Transit Program a reality.
      • As executive director of the Oklahoma Transit Association (OTA), Mark Nestlen is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the statewide organization that serves as the state’s voice for public transit. OTA is comprised of urban, small urban, rural and tribal transit members all focused on one, overarching priority: To improve the mobility and access for all Oklahomans. With more than 10 million rides furnished statewide every year, OTA members offer opportunity for thousands of Oklahomans daily. Under his leadership, OTA will continue to promote public transit in Oklahoma at the local, state and federal level, telling the story and expressing the transit needs of Oklahoma citizens. OTA also provides continuing education for its members, ensuring the highest level of professionalism and service among public transit providers.

10:30 am – Break

10:45 am – Oklahoma Public Transit Policy Plan sponsored by Q’Straint/Sure-LOK (con’t) (Apache Ballroom)

Presentation on Best Practices and Peer Review & Stakeholder/Regional Meetings Finding

12:00 noon – Lunch sponsored by Ecolane (Apache Ballroom)

Presentation: How COVID-19 has challenged employers’ Human Resources departments with situations associated with return to work.

Speaker:  Lindsay Neal is an Employee Benefits Consultant for INSURICA. She works with companies to provide comprehensive benefits solutions that control costs, increase overall profitability, improve employee engagement and retention and enhance company culture. She is passionate about helping business owners deploy strategies that will make their companies flourish. A Lawton native, Lindsay holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma with am emphasis in Management Information Systems and Marketing. She has nearly 20 years of local insurance industry experience and is a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC).

1:00 pm – OTA Task Force Reports & Policy Discussion (Apache Ballroom)

Moderator: LaQuita Thornley is the executive director of INCA Community Services that operates JAMM Transit, a rural public transportation system serving Johnston, Atoka, Marshall and Murray counties in southeastern Oklahoma. LaQuita has been with the agency since 1998 during which time she served as an outreach worker, county director and transit director and was named executive director for the community action agency in 2014. In her early years working with the community she realized there was a vital link missing, which was public transportation services. In1999, working with the communities, she wrote the first 5311 grant and in 2000 opened public transportation in the four-county area INCA serves. She served as JAMM Transit’s first transit director, a title she is proud to hold today.

2:00 pm – Oklahoma Transit Association Board of Directors Meeting (Summit Ballroom)

 

Oct
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2020 Oklahoma State Driving Championships & Training Conference presented by Creative Bus Sales @ Grand Casino Hotel & Resort
Oct 20 – Oct 23 all-day

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Hotel Information: To book your hotel rooms click here for online booking and when on the site click on the Book A Room button in the top right corner. Use the code 200427CONF_001 to receive the conference rate of $93 per night plus tax. You may also call Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Reservations at 405-964-7777 and mention the Oklahoma State Driving Championships & Conference or refer to the code 200427CONF_001 to receive the conference rate. Rooms are available on a first-come, first-serve basis so make your reservation today to ensure availability. The special rate is available until October 6th or until sold out.

Conference Schedule (tentative)

Tuesday, October 20


9:00 am – Oklahoma Transit Association Organizational Development Task Force Meeting (Ballroom 1 & 2)

11:00 am – Registration (Grand Events Center Foyer)

12:00 pm – Vehicle Move-in (Grand Events Center)

12:00 pm – Oklahoma Transit Association Advocacy Committee Lunch & Meeting (Ballroom 1 & 2)

12:00 pm – Oklahoma Transit Association Communications, Public Relations & Marketing Committee Lunch & Meeting (Ballroom 3 & 4)

2:30 pm – Oklahoma Transit Association Board of Directors Meeting (Ballroom 1 & 2)

4:30 pm – Oklahoma Transit Association 5310 Task Force Meeting (Ballroom 3 & 4)

5:30 pm – Oklahoma Transit Association Finance & Administration Committee Meeting (Ballroom 1 & 2)

6:30 pm – Transit OK|2020 & Beyond Welcome Reception hosted by Creative Bus Sales (Hotel Pool, 3rd Floor)

 

Wednesday, October 21

6:30 am – Registration (Grand Events Center Foyer)

7:00 am – TransitPAC Breakfast sponsored by INSURICA (Ballroom 3 & 4)

Separate registration by clicking here and personal contribution to OTA’s TransitPAC of at least $20.20 is required for this event.

Speaker:  Rep. Logan Phillips (R-Mounds) is the co-chair of Oklahoma’s Rural Broadband Expansion Council. The Council was created through House Bill 4018, the Rural Broadband Expansion Act, with the goal of improving broadband access throughout rural Oklahoma. The state is ranked 47th in the nation for rural broadband access. Rep. Phillips was principal House author of HB 4018.

8:00 am – Opening General Session sponsored by LiquidSpring (Grand Events Center)

Welcome: Tina Lowery is the director of Central Oklahoma Transit System located in Shawnee. Okla. Tina started working with the Central Oklahoma Community Action Agency (COCAA) in 2006. She has set on the COCAA’s Leadership team for the past five years. Tina is also a 2010 graduate for the Shawnee Leaders with honors. She has received several awards including Directors Award, Leadership Awards and Outstanding programs achievement award for a two years consecutive.

Greetings: Shawnee Mayor Ed Bolt graduated from Mustang High School and attended the University of Oklahoma as a Political Science Major.  He has been a Shawnee resident since 2002.   He worked 29 years for AT&T where his final assignment was as a Regional Sales Manager for State Government and Higher Education.  Since retirement in 2008, Mayor Bolt started his own photography business in Shawnee and opened a photo studio and art gallery on East Main St.  He bought a condemned building and completely rebuilt it in an effort to help revitalize our downtown area.  Mayor Bolt is very active in a number of local civic organizations.  He serves as Community Coordinator for Safe Events for Families, Vice Chair for Historic Shawnee Alliance, and Secretary for Visit Shawnee Inc. Mayor Bolt and his wife, Phyllis, attend St. Benedict Catholic Church and Wesley United Methodist Church.

Keynote Panel: EMBARK Climb Ride Program

In March of 2019 the Arnall Family Foundation announced a $1 million award to the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA), the Oklahoma Transit Association (OTA) and EMBARK for the development and implementation of a pilot program that increases parent-child reunification in Oklahoma county for families who have children in the foster care system through innovative transportation delivery. The resulting program — The Climb Ride Program — provides individuals with a Mobility Programs Coordinator who works with them to obtain transportation to their visitations, classes and therapy sessions, court hearings and more. The participants in the program have access to EMBARK’s fixed-route bus service and on-demand trips.

Panelist: Marilyn Dillon was selected as the Mobility Management Administrator for EMBARK in April 2016. She began her career with the City of Oklahoma City in 1989 as a technician with the Oklahoma City Police Department’s Laboratory Services Division. In 1998, Dillon entered private sector employment specializing in laboratory operations, sales, and transportation logistics across a five-state region. Dillon returned to the City of Oklahoma City in 2012 as a Budget Analyst and was promoted to Audit Manager in 2013. She earned a Bachelor of Science from Oklahoma City University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Colorado State University. Marilyn holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership and Management from Northcentral University. She is a member of the Mayor’s Committee on Disability Concerns, the Oklahoma City Health Community Collaborative, and serves on the Community Advisory Council for NewView Oklahoma.

Panelist: Kary Hughes serves as a consultant to OTA for the Climb Ride Program related to the development and implementation of trauma informed training. Kary also currently serves as Member Services & Operations Manager for South West Transit Association (SWTA). Her responsibilities include oversight of SWTA’s ongoing operations and procedures, providing training, workshop and conference planning and support and member relations. Before joining SWTA in 2014, Kary was at the Oklahoma State University Center for Local Government Technology for 16 years. In this capacity she managed the Oklahoma Rural Transit Assistance Program (RTAP).  Duties included developing and providing training and technical assistance for Oklahoma’s rural and tribal transit providers, oversight of the Oklahoma Transit Consortium’s DOT Drug and Alcohol Program as well as assisting ODOT in the audit, review and reporting of all aspects of 5311 grant compliance for the Oklahoma sub-recipients. Kary is a Certified Master Trainer for Community Transportation Association of America’s Passenger Service and Safety (PASS) Driver Certification Program.  She has taught PASS Driver Certification classes for rural and tribal transit systems since 2009, while adding resources and activities that complement and enhance the curriculum. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University.  Kary and her husband Mike, live in Edmond.

Panelist: Stephanie Davis recently joined the Mobility Management team at EMBARK.  She is a former educator and business owner with a background in project management.  For the last several years, Stephanie coordinated multi-site commercial and residential property management in Oklahoma City.  She brings many years of non-profit and volunteer experience with multiple agencies and is thrilled to apply her experience to continued growth and expansion of the Climb Ride Program across Oklahoma City. Stephanie is a B.S. candidate in Management and Ethics at Mid-America Christian University and is completing her testing for Microsoft Certification.  She has been a licensed Master Barber Instructor since 2002 and is excited to bring her teaching experience to EMBARK to support travel training services for Climb Ride participants.  Stephanie serves on EMBARK’s Special Transportation Advisory Committee.

9:45 am – EXPO (Grand Events Center)

  • Creative Bus Sales
  • GreenPower Motor Company
  • Ecolane
  • LiquidSpring
  • Routematch
  • CWI Digital Systems
  • INSURICA
  • Q’Straint/Sure-Lok
  • BraunAbility
  • TRANSIGN
  • Altro, USA
  • ARBOC Specialty Vehicles
  • LogistiCare Solutions
  • Mobility One Transportation
  • MobilityTRANS
  • ProAir
  • MORryde International
  • Safe Fleet Bus & Rail
  • BYD
  • Freedman Seating
  • REI
  • National Rural Transit Assistance Program

10:00 am – Driver Training – Communicating with Passengers in Times of Crisis (Ballroom 1-4)

Presenter: Debbie Ruggles has served as a transit professional for more than 40 years. While serving as general manager at the transit agency in Boise, Idaho, her agency was named Outstanding Public Transit System by the American Public Transit Association. Debbie retired from Tulsa Transit in 2017 and has been an independent trainer/consultant since that time. She has trained across the country in a variety of topics, including but not limited to leadership, customer service, and the Americans Disabilities Act. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communication and a master’s degree in counseling.

11:00 am – Panel Presentation: PICK Transportation Program sponsored by CWI Digital Systems (Grand Events Center)

PICK Transit will introduce an integrated on-demand service in 21 rural communities across eastern Oklahoma. The service will include 41 vehicles providing after hours and weekend service and will allow the rider the capability to book trips in real time, include driver rating and rider experience in app surveys. The PICK Transit project is funded in part from a $1.5 million IMI grant through the FTA and includes Pelivan Transit, INCA Community Service (JAMM Transit), Cimarron Public Transit System, KI BOIS Area Transportation System.

Panelist: As a Regional Sales Consultant for Routematch Software, Cody Cornwell manages sales and account management for the central United States and Canada. Prior to joining the sales team Cody was a Project Manager responsible for the successful deployment of large-scale technology projects. He graduated from Kennesaw State University with a B.B.A in Information Systems. Cody loves golfing, snowboarding, and hiking. If you can’t find him on the course he, is probably playing with his dog, Izzy!

Panelist: Kendra Sue McGeady has served as director of transit for Pelivan Transit and Northeast Oklahoma Tribal Transit Consortium, owned and operated by Grand Gateway Economic Development Association, since 2016. The system, located in northeast Oklahoma, operates in seven counties and provides transit services for the general public as well as the Cherokee, Peoria, Ottawa, Quapaw, Modoc, Miami, Shawnee, Eastern Shawnee, Wyandotte and Seneca Cayuga tribes. Kendra is past president of the Vinita Rotary Club and serves as Chairwoman of the Cherokee Phoenix Editorial Board of Directors. She also serves on the Oklahoma Transit Association Advocacy Committee. Kendra is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation.

Panelist: Charla Sloan is the transit director of KI BOIS Area Transit System, Oklahoma’s largest rural transit system that operates nearly 240 vehicles in 12 counties. She is a leader in building partnerships evident by the Road to Work – Job Access Collaboration with all rural transit agencies in Oklahoma that earned a Distinguished Service Award from the Community Transit Association of America in 2001. She has twice been recognized as OTA’s Transit Manager of the Year and KA Bois as Transit System of the Year. In 2000, Charla received OTA’s Professional of the Year Award and served as OTA president for three years. Charla is the state delegate to the Community Transportation Association of America and earned that association’s Certified Community Transit Manager Certificate. She has also served as chair of the Governor’s United We Ride Council and on the National RTAP Board from 2014-17.

Panelist: Erica Pogue serves as the Transit Operations Director for JAMM Transit, a sub-division of INCA Community Services, Inc. Erica has been with the CAP agency since 2006 serving in many different roles. Since 2011 she has led the JAMM Transit team and been part of INCA’s Leadership Team. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 2018 and is currently pursing an MBA. She serves on the City Council in Atoka, Oklahoma and has been involved in various areas within the community throughout her years at INCA.

12:00 pm – Lunch sponsored by Routematch (South Event Center)

1:00 pm – Afternoon General Session sponsored by BraunAbility (Grand Events Center)

The Future of NEMT in Oklahoma – The Oklahoma Public Transit Policy Plan (OPTPP) has found that non-emergency medical trips (NEMT) are essential to the long-term well being of public transit systems. It states that many times these contracts are the only local match for agencies. The OPTPP also found that NEMT trips are being lost to private transportation providers who do not always meet the regulations and safety requirements of the federal government. The session looks at what it all means when you throw in the passage of State Question 802 which is projected to result in as much as a 24% increase in SoonerRide trips, and couple that with the impeding RFP from the Oklahoma Health Care Authority to solicit Manage Care Organizations (MCOs).

Speaker: Rep. Marcus McEntire (R-Duncan) is a fourth generation resident of Stephens County.  Upon graduation from Duncan High School, he attended and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in communication studies, earned a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of Virginia. In 2003 Rep. McEntire, his wife, Leigh, and son Ian returned to Duncan to raise their family and expand their young and rapidly-growing business, Distinctive-Decor.com. Their daughter, Ainsley, was born in 2006. Rep. McEntire has been the president of the Duncan Rotary Club and regularly volunteers as a television auctioneer for the Rotary Auction. He has served on the Duncan Regional Hospital Foundation board for more than 5 years, currently as the Finance Chair. He has also served on the Advisory Committee for the Business Development Services Program at Red River Technology Center for the past 6 years.  Rep. McEntire has served on the Gifted and Talented Advisory Board of the Duncan Pubic Schools and currently serves on the STEM advisory board, and is a Boy Scout leader for Troop 4434. Rep. McEntire attends the First United Methodist Church in Duncan where he has served as a young adult Sunday school teacher, youth Sunday school teacher, worship leader, liturgist, staff perish relations committee member, finance committee member, church council member, nominations committee member and currently serves as a church trustee.

The SWTA Report

Speaker:  Rich Sampson is the Executive Director of the South West Transit Association (SWTA). He oversees all SWTA programs and activities, including member services, training and events, communications and advocacy, including growing investment in transit at all levels of government and refining regulations and policy impacting transit and mobility providers. Previously, Rich spent more than 17 years in a variety of roles at the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA), including most recently serving as its Membership & Communications Director. During his tenure at CTAA, Rich oversaw its many communications platforms – including launch of its bi-weekly Fast Mail e-newsletter, managed member services and benefits programs, participated in development of its legislative and policy agenda, attended meetings with members of Congress, their staffs and along with those at several federal agencies and coordinated CTAA’s annual National Community Transportation Roadeo.

1:00 pm – Driver Wheelchair Securement Training (Ballroom 1-4)

Instructor: As the Southern Regional Manager for Q’Straint and Sure-Lok, Trisha Nolen represents both product lines for all school bus and paratransit applications.  She has been in the industry for more than 25 years, and has been with Q’Straint and Sure-Lok since 2013. She conducts training programs both on-site and at conferences at the local, state and national level.  She has been invited by agencies throughout the country to speak on safe and effective wheelchair securement practices and regulatory issues.  Trisha was recognized as the Vendor of the Year in 2017 by TAPT. She is a native Texan where she resides with her husband and enjoys spending time with their two grown daughters.

2:30 pm – EXPO (Grand Events Center)

3:30 pm – Back on Board, Communicating Post COVID sponsored by TRANSIGN (Grand Events Center)

Moderator: As Manager of Strategic Communications for the Oklahoma Transit Association (OTA), Brittany Burton is responsible for the development and execution of OTA’s marketing and communications strategy in support of the organization’s strategic goals and core values. She is responsible for the development, integration and implementation of a broad range of public relations and marketing activities designed to advance the organization’s position with relevant constituents, as well as to drive broader awareness of public transit.

Panelist: Morgan Lyons advises CEOs, corporations, public agencies and trade associations primarily in the fields of transportation and infrastructure. His career in communications began as an award-winning journalist telling stories about everything from presidential candidates to rattlesnakes. For more than 20 years he served as the spokesperson for Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), one of the nation’s leading public transportation agencies. As Vice President, External Relations Morgan provided strategic counsel to executive and board leadership as the agency grew into a multi-modal transit operator. In that capacity he was part of the communications team for the Trinity Railway Express (TRE), the region’s first commuter rail service linking Fort Worth and Dallas. Working jointly with executive leadership of Trinity Metro, this included public engagement for all TRE openings and events and ongoing media relations and social media support. A recognized innovator in public transit communications, he has served as chair of APTA’s Marketing and Communications Committee, and as a member of APTA’s Board of Directors. Morgan is also a member of the Legislative Committee. Morgan holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Baylor University and a graduate degree from the University of Iowa.

3:30 pm – Driver Wheelchair Securement Training (con’t) (Ballroom 1-4)

4:30 pm – Roadeo Briefing & Driver Written Test sponsored by Creative Bus Sales (Ballroom 1-4)

4:45 pm – Oklahoma Transit Association Associate/Affiliate/Professional Member Task Force Meeting (Ballroom 5)

5:30 pm – Oklahoma Mobility Institute Board of Directors Meeting (Ballroom 5)

6:00 pm – Shawnee Night Out sponsored by MobilityTRANS (Depart Hotel Entrance)

Sunshine Shelly’s Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze with dinner by Backdoor BBQ

 

Thursday, October 22

7:00 am – Registration (West Parking Lot)

7:00 am – Roadeo Judge Check-in (West Parking Lot)

Course Marshall: Rick Miller, a tribal member of the Chickasaw Nation, is the senior operations manager for the Transportation Services Department of the Chickasaw Nation. He has served with the department since 2008. Rick currently serves on the Oklahoma Department of Transportation Tribal Advisory Board.

Judges:

      • Rob Barnes, MobilityTRANS — Smoothness/Timing
      • Rep. Carol Bush — Starter
      • Joe Carroll, MORryde International — Right Turn
      • Laura Chaney, Oklahoma Department of Transportation – Passenger Pick-up
      • Todd Collier, Mobility One Transportation — Left Turn
      • David Copper, INSURICA — Right Tire Clearance
      • Cody Cornwell, Routematch — Judgment Stop
      • Mitch Drouillard, Q’Straint/Sure-Lok — Wheelchair Securement Marshall
      • Ryan Frost, Creative Bus Sales — Smoothness/Timing
      • Darryl Glaser, CWI Digital Systems — Passenger Pick-up
      • Gretchen Hall, REI — Right Turn
      • Jennifer Hankins, Oklahoma Department of Transportation — Scoring
      • Chelley Hilmes, Oklahoma Department of Transportation — Right Tire Clearance
      • Kary Hughes, South West Transit Association — Scoring
      • Chris Ishmael, CWI Digital Systems — Serpentine
      • Gwen Ishmael, CWI Digital Systems — Serpentine
      • Braden Jones, First Capital Trolley — Sanitation Marshall
      • Jamie Lipke, TRANSIGN — Passenger Pick-up/Passenger Pickup 2 (City Bus)
      • Eric McCullick, ProAir — Diminishing Clearance
      • Lindsay Neal, INSURICA — Right Reverse
      • Trish Nolen, Q’Straint/Sure-Lok — Wheelchair Securement
      • Kevin O’Brien, Complete Coach Works — Left Reverse
      • Michael Perez, GreenPower Motor Company — Smoothness/Timing
      • Rita Preble, LogistiCare Solutions — Pre-Trip Marshall
      • Kevin Riley, INSURICA — Left Reverse
      • Brent Roy, Creative Bus Sales — Judgment Stop
      • Rich Sampson, SWTA — Diminishing Clearance
      • Susan Starwalt, Ecolane — Offset
      • Doug Studer, Altro USA — Diminishing Clearance/Passenger Pickup 2 (City Bus)
      • Shelby Templin, Oklahoma Department of Transportation — Scoring
      • Claude Terry, Chickasaw Nation Transportation Services — Pre-Trip Inspection
      • Travis Ward, LiquidSpring — Offset
      • William Ward, Mobility One Transportation — Left Turn
      • Jason Yan, BYD — Right Reverse

7:00 am – Breakfast at the Roadeo sponsored by Creative Bus Sales (West Parking Lot)

7:30 am – Oklahoma State Driving Championships Opening Ceremonies sponsored by Creative Bus Sales (West Parking Lot)

Presentation of Colors

National Anthem

Welcome by Creative Bus Sales

Speaker: Brent Roy is a bus sales professional with Creative Bus Sales specializing in the sale and support of custom vehicles for public transit agencies throughout the Southwest. For more than 16 years, Brent has worked closely with public transit agencies in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas including large metro, small urban, and rural public transit agencies. An expert in bus technical specifications and regulations, Brent is an advocate for public transit agencies with multiple bus manufacturers. His consultancy is widely relied upon by public transit fleet managers and directors during the vehicle planning and purchasing process. Brent has served on boards of directors for the Oklahoma Transit Association, the New Mexico Transit Association, and the South West Transit Association. He lives in Burleson, Texas with his wife Jennifer and is the proud father of Ashley and Blair.

8:00 am – Roadeo Judges Briefing (West Parking Lot)

8:00 am – Roadeo Drivers Check-in (West Parking Lot)

Mini Van Drivers

      • 101 – Leo Maldonado, Southwest Transit
      • 102 – Domico Warrior, White Eagle Transit
      • 103 – Bill Ramsey, Red River Public Transportation Service
      • 104 – Rhonda Bilbrey, Red River Public Transportation Service
      • 105 – Frances Pierce, Little Dixie Transit
      • 106 – Kylie West, Delta Public Transit
      • 107 – Anita Warrior, White Eagle Transit
      • 108 – Phyllis Rush, White Eagle Transit
      • 109 – Joby Chuculate, KI BOIS Area Transit System
      • 110 – Mark Marshall, Comanche Nation Transit
      • 111 – Steven Mazey, JAMM Transit
      • 112 – Everett Harrison, Red River Public Transportation Service
      • 113 – Claude Boyster, First Capital Trolley
      • 114 – Scott Baird, Central Oklahoma Transportation System

Transit Van Drivers

      • 201 – Jennifer Smith, EMBARK
      • 202 – Amos Christie, KI BOIS Area Transit System
      • 203 – Brenton Carney, White Eagle Transit
      • 204 – Jon Moore, Muskogee County Transit
      • 205 – Sally Rhodd, White Eagle Transit
      • 206 – Garrith Arkeketa, White Eagle Transit
      • 207 – Freddie Lovett, KI BOIS Area Transit System
      • 208 – Billy Wilson, KI BOIS Area Transit System

Shuttle Bus Drivers (Body on Chassis)

      • 301 – Ben Biddle, Pelivan Transit
      • 302 – Joe Sorrell, KI BOIS Area Transit System
      • 303 – Nancy Romero, The Ride
      • 304 – Randy Sherman, Southwest Transit
      • 305 – Jackie Gritz, City of Norman/EMBARK
      • 306 – Tarra Harrison, Red River Public Transportation Service
      • 307 – David Krosp, EMBARK

City Bus Drivers

      • 401 – John Morgan, EMBARK
      • 402 – James Smith, City of Norman/EMBARK
      • 403 – Dayton Campbell, OSU/Stillwater Community Transit System
      • 404 – Jeromy Love, Lawton Area Transit System
      • 405 – Alicia Moore, Tulsa Tranist

8:30 am – Oklahoma State Driving Championships presented by Creative Bus Sale (West Parking Lot)

8:00 am – Empowering Your Board to Lead (Eagle Room 1 & 2)

Presenter: Carol Wright Kenderdine serves as the director of Easterseals Transportation Group which includes serving as co-director of the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center. Carol’s work experience includes serving as Associate Director for the Small Urban & Rural Transit Center, Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, at North Dakota State University, where her primary responsibilities were the development and delivery of national training programs and outreach efforts. She has more than 12 years of experience as Executive Director of senior services and public transportation for a multi-county agency in central North Dakota, served as director of a residential facility for individuals with traumatic brain injuries, held management positions in long-term care, and was an independent consultant in marketing and development. Carol holds a M.S. in Human Development and Education/Gerontology from North Dakota State University and a B.S. in Speech/English/Education from North Dakota State University.

8:00 am – Transit Director Training 101 (Deer Room)

Topics: The 5311 Application Cycle & Process & The 5339 Application Cycle & Process

Presenters: ODOT Office Of Mobility & Public Transit

10:00 am – Training Track Break featuring Holey Rollers Donuts (West Parking Lot)

10:30 am – Transit Policies in the COVID Era (Eagle Room 1 & 2)

Facilitator: Kristen Joyner is the Executive Consultant and Trainer for South West Transit Association and Founder and President of KJ Backpack, LLC. Her expertise includes transit association work as the Executive Director for the South West Transit Association and administrative public transportation experience for Rock Region Metro, Little Rock, Arkansas.  She leads with energy, expertise, and creativity in executive roles, as a team leader, and as a subject-matter expert. For twelve years, Ms. Joyner has developed and delivered training programs, workshops, and conferences for the transit industry, promoting strong transit workforce development, leadership, and communication across the transportation sector.  

10:30 am – Transit Director Training 101 (con’t) (Deer Room)

Topics: NTD Reporting Data from MYLEOnet & Transit Reporting Requirements

Presenters: ODOT Office Of Mobility & Public Transit

12:30 pm – Wicked Hangry Food Truck Lunch powered by Creative Bus Sales (West Parking Lot)

1:30 pm – Transit Policies in the COVID Era (con’t) (Eagle Room 1 & 2)

Facilitator: Kristen Joyner

1:30 pm – Transit Director Training 101 (con’t) (Deer Room)

Topics: ADA Toolkit, Title VI and VII for Subrecipients & Managing Drug and Alcohol Requirements

Presenters: ODOT Office Of Mobility & Public Transit

3:30 pm – Training Track Break by Scoops Ice Cream Truck (West Parking Lot)

4:00 pm – Build Your Own Adventure in the COVID Era (Eagle Room 1 & 2)

Facilitator: Kristen Joyner

4:00 pm – Transit Director Training 101 (con’t) (Deer Room)

Topics: Sources of Matching Funds, Transit Assistance and MYLEOnet Training & RTAP Resources

Presenters: ODOT Office Of Mobility & Public Transit

4:30 pm – Driver Training – Bus Sanitation & Cleanliness (Bear Room 1 & 2)

Presenter: Braden Jones is a high school student who has become an expert in vehicle cleaning during the COVID-19 crisis. He will graduate in 2021. Braden has been an officer for Guthrie FFA for two years. During his time in the Ag program he has won judging competitions, and his team went to state in speech competitions. During the current pandemic he is enrolled in mixed classes, some online and some in person. Due to the mixed classes Braden has been able to establish the sanitation protocol being used at First Capital Trolley.

Presenter: It would be hard to find someone more enthusiastic about bringing the voices of real people into the business world than Gwen. First as a teacher and then as a marketer and researcher, she is passionate about understanding what people want and need, and finding ways to help them. With more than two decades of providing consulting services to companies such as Acura, Apple, Delta Faucet, Ford, Harley-Davidson, Purina, and T-Mobile, she brings her customer-first perspective and marketing know-how to CWI Digital systems as its CEO. The Ishmael home is a house divided. Gwen graduated from Texas Tech and is a fitness fanatic who loves her Peloton bike, while her husband and CWI Digital Systems co-owner, Chris, is a life-long OU fan and prefers to cycle his way through Facebook posts. But one thing they can agree on is that they are blessed to have the most wonderful family ever.

 

6:30 pm – Oklahoma State Driving Championships Reception sponsored by GreenPower Motor Company (Grand Events Center VIP Balcony)

7:00 pm – Oklahoma State Driving Championships Awards Banquet sponsored by Creative Bus Sales (Grand Events Center)

Oklahoma State Driving Championship Award Presentations presented by Creative Bus Sales

  • Top Pre-Trip Inspection Score sponsored by Q’Straint/Sure-LOK
  • Top Wheelchair Securement Score sponsored by Q’Straint/Sure-LOK
  • Top Written Test Score sponsored by Q’Straint/Sure-LOK
  • Top Rookie Mini Van Driver sponsored by INSURICA
  • Top Rookie Transit Bus Driver sponsored by INSURICA
  • Top Rookie Shuttle Bus Driver sponsored by INSURICA
  • Top Rookie City Bus Driver sponsored by INSURICA
  • Mini Van 3rd Place sponsored by Routematch
  • Mini Van Reserve Champion sponsored by Routematch
  • Mini Van Champion sponsored by Routematch
  • Transit Van 3rd Place sponsored by GreenPower Motor Company
  • Transit Van Reserve Champion sponsored by GreenPower Motor Company
  • Transit Van Champion sponsored by GreenPower Motor Company
  • Shuttle Bus 3rd Place sponsored by LiquidSpring
  • Shuttle Bus Reserve Champion sponsored by LiquidSpring
  • Shuttle Bus Champion sponsored by LiquidSpring
  • City Bus 3rd Place by CWI Digital Systems
  • City Bus Reserve Champion by CWI Digital Systems
  • City Bus Champion by CWI Digital Systems

Maj. Ed Pulido OTA Hero of the Year presented by Ecolane

Finalist: Pamela Adams has worked for The Ride in Guymon for 13 years. She has a heart of gold and displays that daily. Not only does Pamela take care of her passengers, but she also cares for her husband and grandchildren. During the COVID-19 pandemic she has stayed strong and consistent in her work, and believes her riders are safe because of all the cleaning, sanitizing and mask wearing. Although she takes many trips throughout the day, what makes Pamela’s eyes sparkle is picking the children up from school. Another consistent route of hers is taking workers to and from Seaboard Farms. Pamela loves making her passengers feel safe by all the sanitizing she does between routes, and this has also enabled her to continue working throughout the pandemic. Pamela’s daily routine includes sweeping, mopping, and using the decontamination system. Although she cleans between each ride, if she feels that the bus was more populated than normal she will go back to the shop and completely sanitize the bus again. She said, “I know how much people depend on me and without this transit system I don’t know what they’d do.” Pamela takes her job and route times very seriously and knows how much her passengers depend on her. Getting to the office early and making sure everything is intact before she begins her routes allows her and her passengers to have peace of mind when riding. Pamela’s riders trust her cleaning process, diligent routes and safe driving. Pamela appreciates the help from other coworkers when things get busy, and if the bus needs a good wash she knows someone will assist her in getting this done quickly. With the amount of care she puts into her daily activities, The Ride believes Pamela should win the 2020 OTA Maj. Ed Pulido Hero of the Year Award presented by Ecolane.

Finalist: Claude Boyster lives in Guthrie and has been a driver for First Capital Trolley for 14 years. His normal workday begins at 2:00 p.m. and ends at 10:00 p.m. Claude does after school trips at 3:15 p.m. and takes them either home or to daycare, and they tell him about what they ate for lunch and what they did at recess. Claude’s on-demand route starts about 4:00 p.m. and he takes people to work, shopping, and other essential places until 10:00 p.m. He said roughly 70 to 80 percent are routine passengers, and most are older people. Many riders work at Walmart, McDonald’s, Braum’s, or one of the two Sonics, and sometimes Claude takes people to the park where there are walking trails and disc golf. During the late shift, Claude regularly has passengers he takes home from the bars, and he believes it’s important to help people no matter what they’ve done or what condition they are in. “It’s our job to get them home safely,” Claude said. “Without our service, I’d be nervous with them taking matters into their own hands and possibly getting hurt or injuring someone else.” When asked what he likes about his job, Claude said he likes all his customers and coworkers, and that they’re a lot of fun to be with. He truly enjoys interacting with the public. Claude is known to go above and beyond every day as a matter of routine and that is why First Capital Trolley believes Calude is worthy of the 2020 OTA Maj. Ed Pulido Hero of the Year Award presented by Ecolane.

Finalist: Maria A. Perez is a driver/dispatcher for MAGB Transportation in Fairview. She projects a warm and cheerful attitude to her riders, and she handles difficult situations with remarkable patience and admirable tact. Maria is a single mom and is the favored point of contact for many clients. Her bilingual skills have helped facilitate communication many times. When the option to eat at the Senior Citizens Center ended because it was closed due to COVID-19, she stepped up and has been picking up and delivering these meals to those in need. Maria went above and beyond the call of duty in her faithfulness to make sure everyone had the food and nutrition they needed. She has demonstrated selflessness and commitment to the project, program, and community and has truly made a difference in the lives of many during this pandemic. Maria said, “I believe my job is very important because we help serve the public and assist where we can. We are a part of something bigger and we are all in this together.” MAGB believes Maria’s daily characteristics coupled with the extra effort to deliver meals during the COVID-19 pandemic make her a candidate worthy of the 2020 OTA Maj. Ed Pulido Hero of the Year Award presented by Ecolane.

Entertainment by Tammy RC & the Colas

 

Friday, October 23

7:00 am – Registration (Grand Events Center Foyer)

7:00 am – Oklahoma Transit Association Rural Task Force Breakfast & Meeting (Ballroom 1 & 2)

7:00 am – Oklahoma Transit Association Tribal Task Force Breakfast & Meeting (Ballroom 3)

7:00 am – Oklahoma Transit Association Urban/Small Urban Task Force Breakfast & Meeting (Ballroom 4)

8:30 am – Perspective on the Oklahoma Public Transit Policy Plan (Grand Events Center)

Speaker: In early 2019, Tim J. Gatz was appointed Secretary of Transportation by Gov. Kevin Stitt and the Oklahoma Transportation Commission named him Oklahoma Department of Transportation Executive Director, effective April 1, 2019. Prior to that appointment, Gatz was named the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority in 2016 and previously served more than two decades at the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Tim started his career at ODOT as a Drafting Technician in 1990. Then in 1992, he became the Enhancements Program Coordinator and moved up to Special Projects Manager in 1997. In 2000, he became Division Manager of the Project Management Division where he was instrumental in the development of ODOT’s Eight-year Construction Work Plan. Gatz was promoted to the Senior Staff position of Director of Capital Programs and Information Management in 2006 and led the department’s coordination with county governments to develop and deliver the County Improvements for Roads and Bridges Program which provides dedicated funds for high-priority county transportation projects statewide. He served as Deputy Director from 2013 until his appointment to OTA in 2016. Tim earned a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from Oklahoma State University in 1989 and is a registered professional landscape architect. He has received several honors including the Oklahoma Good Roads & Transportation Association’s Bill Skeith Stewardship Award, the Governor’s Public Service Award and the Federal Highway Administration’s Partners In Quality Award. He is a member of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association and the American Society of Landscape Architects. Tim and his wife, Sandy, live in El Reno and have two sons.

Speaker: As Chief Executive Officer of the Oklahoma Transit Association (OTA), Mark Nestlen is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the statewide organization that serves as the state’s voice for public transit. OTA is comprised of urban, small urban, rural and tribal transit members all focused on one, overarching priority: To improve the mobility and access for all Oklahomans. With more than 10 million rides furnished statewide every year, OTA members offer opportunity for thousands of Oklahomans daily. Under his leadership, OTA will continue to promote public transit at the local, state and federal level, telling the story and expressing the transit needs of Oklahoma citizens. OTA also provides continuing education for its members, ensuring the highest level of professionalism and service among public transit providers.

9:15 am – Presentation of the Oklahoma Public Transit Policy Plan sponsored by Q’Straint/Sure-LOK (Grand Events Center)

In 2019, in accordance with HB 1365, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) created the Office of Mobility and Public Transit to help improve delivery and coordination of public transit services, ensuring that resources are aligned to meet mobility needs across Oklahoma. To aid in this effort, the Oklahoma Public Transit Policy Plan, titled Oklahoma Mobility, as mandated by HB 1365, is a joint effort by ODOT and the Oklahoma Transit Association (OTA) and aims to: establish standards and protocols for agencies involved in the delivery and funding of public transit services; set the foundation for policies guiding transit investments statewide as well as establishing programs and strategies to enhance transit services; and aid the development of a policy that addresses current and future transit challenges while providing a strong and enduring vision for Oklahoma. The plan is required to be delivered to the Oklahoma legislature on December 1, 2020. During this session, the draft final plan will be presented and a 30-day public comment period on the plan will be opened.

Chelley Hilmes

Moderator: Chelley Hilmes was named the Oklahoma Department of Transportation Director of Finance and Administration in August 2019. She began her career at ODOT as the Finance Manager in the Comptroller Division in 1999 and was then promoted to Comptroller in 2006. She has worked for the state for 28 years, two decades with ODOT. Chelley graduated from Putnam City High School and then attended the University of Central Oklahoma, receiving a Bachelors of Science in Accounting. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Government Financial Manager. Chelley has volunteered for the American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials and the Association of Government Accountants during the last several years and in various capacities. She is also a member of the Oklahoma Society of CPAs and the Supervisory Committee for the Oklahoma Employees Credit Union. Chelley and her husband, Brian, live in Edmond.

Presenter: Meredith Greene has seventeen years of experience in the transportation industry. She specializes in regional transportation coordination, mobility management, and paratransit planning.  She enjoys working with stakeholder groups to come together to form a shared vision for transportation in their region. Meredith has a strong background in transportation research and practical planning, previously working as a researcher in transit mobility at Texas A&M Transportation Institute and as a long and short range principal planner for a large metropolitan transit authority. She has developed multiple trainings for transit boards, and day-to-day practitioners who desire stronger performance measures for their systems and coordinated programs. Meredith also understands the complicated politics that can play a role in planning and implementation. She is the former Executive Director of the Texas Transit Association, supporting the state’s public transit agencies in training, grant writing, legislation, and coordination of new services. She also served as the Chair of Austin’s Urban Transportation Commission, providing input on new transit initiatives and navigating the intersection of Transportation Network Companies and Taxi Cab Companies in Austin, Texas.

10:30 am – Break (Grand Events Center)

11:00 am – Presentation of the Oklahoma Public Transit Policy Plan (con’t) (Grand Events Center)

12:00 pm – Inaugural Oklahomans for Mobility Luncheon sponsored by Ecolane (Grand Events Center)

HB 1365 was passed by the legislature with a vision of enhancing the public transit system in Oklahoma to ensure the mobility needs of all Oklahomans are met in a safe, affordable, reliable, consistent and coordinated fashion. The new law mandated that the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Oklahoma Transit Association (OTA) jointly develop the Oklahoma Public Transit Policy Plan and deliver it to the legislature by December 1, 2020. The draft final version of the plan is now open for a 30-day public comment period, and after modifications based on public comment, the final version will be delivered to the legislature on December 1st. During this panel discussion, state legislators will discuss their thoughts on the draft final version of the plan and give perspective on legislative actions that will be taken in the 2021 legislative session as a result.

Panelist: Rep. Carol Bush (R-Tulsa) was born and raised in Tulsa. After graduating from Oral Roberts University in 1983 with a business marketing degree, she successfully ran her own retail stores for 20 years. Rep. Bush then turned to public service within the Health Department and then as the Executive Director of the Crime Commission’s Crime Prevention Network. In her second term, she serves as the Majority Caucus Secretary and Chair of the Children, Youth and Family Services Committee. She is also a member of the Oklahoma Commission on the status of Women, the Diabetes Caucus, the Waiting List Caucus, the Oklahoma Early Childhood Legislative Caucus and the Oklahoma Care-Giver Coalition. Rep. Bush has extensive experience as a community volunteer. Over the years she has served on various boards in the Tulsa area including; Big Brothers and Sisters of Green Country, Tulsa Area United Way, Camp Fire U.S.A., Tulsa Public Schools Mentoring Council, Philbrook Art After Five, Board of Deacons at First Presbyterian Church, Emergency Infant Services, Philcrest Tennis Club, Brookside Merchant Association, American Advertising Federation, Carnegie Elementary PTA, YWCA and Junior League of Tulsa. She is married and has two daughters.

Panelist: Rep. Avery Frix (R-Muskogee) grew up in Muskogee, Oklahoma, working in his family’s dirt work construction business.  He earned a degree from the University of Oklahoma in Accounting.  After college he opened a small business of his own, Oxford Productions, Inc., which provides professional management services.  Rep. Frix founded a summer youth camp six years ago, which has impacted hundreds of students.  In 2016, he was elected to represent District 13, including McIntosh and Muskogee counties in the Oklahoma House of Representatives. Rep. Frix was appointed to serve as Chairman of the Transportation Committee for the 57th Legislature.  He enjoys fighting passionately for public education and rural economic development in Oklahoma.

Panelist: Sen. Rob Standridge (R-Norman) was elected to the Oklahoma Senate in 2012 to represent District 15. For the current 56th Legislative session, Senator Standridge serves as the Majority Whip and Chairman of the Transportation Committee. He is also a member of the Health and Human Services and Energy Committees. Sen. Standridge earned his BS in Pharmacy from the University of Oklahoma in 1993. In 1995, he and his wife Lisa, who is also a pharmacist, purchased their first pharmacy in Blanchard. He now owns two pharmacies. Legend Care is a specialty pharmacy for disabled patients. A few years later, he created a software program called ‘Compound Assist’, the first of its kind in Windows software to manage compounding pharmacies. Over the next decade he developed numerous software products, including a complete pharmacy management system containing over a million lines of code. After 9/11 his software company, RS Software, configured every computer used to train TSA trainers, and over the last decade he has founded several international companies, including a health technology company and Health Engineering Systems (HES), located in Norman. Sen. Standridge is an ACA Fellow and a member of numerous pharmacy organizations as well as the founder of ‘Business Leaders for Oklahoma’. In addition, he belongs to several aviation organizations, several business leader organizations, is a Rotarian and a Sooner Centurion. While business and politics are extremely important to Sen. Standridge, his faith and family remain first on his priority list. He is an active member of Crosspointe Church where he serves on multiple committees and has volunteered in the youth ministry.

Panelist: Sen. Roger Thompson (R-Okemah) was elected to the Oklahoma State Senate in November, 2014. He represents Senate District 8, which is comprised of Okmulgee and McIntosh counties, and parts of Okfuskee and Muskogee counties. He serves as the Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. In 1983, Sen. Thompson graduated from Preston Road School of Preaching and later attended Southwestern Bible College and Seminary where he received his Masters in Theology in 1999 and his Doctorate of Theology in 2001. Sen. Thompson is President of the News Leader Company, Inc., which owns and publishes the Okemah News Leader. He is currently President of Okemah Community Improvement Association (CIA) and serves as Economic Development Consultant for Businesses and Municipalities. Sen. Thompson was a non-lawyer member of the Professional Responsibility Commission of the Oklahoma Bar Association from 1992-1994. He also served on the Okfuskee County Election Board and the Okfuskee County Excise Board. Sen. Thompson is past President of the Okemah Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, past President of the Okemah Lion Club and past President of Rock Creek Youth Camp in Norman. He served as President of the Board and CEO for Good News International Foundation where he was recognized for partnering with the Secretary of Religion and Science in Ukraine, while operating a publishing and benevolent outreach in Ukraine after the fall of the Soviet Union. During this same time, he served as an advisory member of Global Christian University. Sen. Thompson and his wife Pamela were married in 1976 and are the parents of two children. They are members of New Beginnings Church.

Panelist: Rep. Kevin Wallace (R-Wellston) is the state representative for House District 32, which includes all of Lincoln County and a small portion of Logan County. He currently serves as Chairman of the House Appropriations and Budget Committee. A lifelong Lincoln County native and Wellston High School graduate, he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1993. Rep. Wallace founded American Cellular Service and Dynatek Development Services, which he sold in 2000. That same year he founded SWT Construction, where he continues to serve as a manager. He also owns an equipment rental company and a small investment firm. Rep. Wallae is co-owner of The Wilderness Refuge, a hunting reserve, and Wallahachie L.L.C., a whitetail deer and cattle breeding operation. He is an active member of First Baptist Church of Wellston.

1:30 pm – Office of Mobility & Public Transit Program Briefing (Grand Events Center)

Topic: ODOT Office of Mobility & Public Tranist (OMPT) staff will lead a roundtable discussion on public transit matters in Oklahoma. This session is an opportunity for transit agencies to share challenges, opportunities and COVID-19 matters for interaction with OMPT leadership and other transit systems. Be prepared for an interactive discussion and solution session.

Presenters: Oklahoma City resident Ernestine “Ernie” Mbroh is the division manager of the Office of Mobility & Public Transit Manager at the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT). In her role, she is responsible for managing both urban and rural public transit programs and administering technical assistance and funding for public transportation providers in Oklahoma. Ernie has more than 20 years of experience with ODOT, beginning as a Drafting Technician in the Roadway Design Division in 1991. She also served as a Transportation Specialist in the Traffic Engineering Division, Special Projects Coordinator for the Transportation Enhancement Program, Contract Administrator in the Project Management Division, Director of the Safe Routes to School Program and Assistant Division Manager of the Civil Rights Division. She graduated from Oklahoma State University with degrees in Landscape Architecture and Industrial Engineering. Joining Ernie will be staff from the Office of Mobility & Public Transit.