Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors guides Cherriots in providing transportation solutions to best serve our communities. The seven-member board is elected by the residents of each subdistrict.

Robert Krebs - President
Subdistrict 6
Phone: 503-375-2821
Term Expires: 06/30/2021

Bob Krebs is an Oregon native with over 40 years experience in the transportation and tourism industry. He served as president/CEO of Grand National Tours, Inc. a nationally licensed Oregon transportation broker.  He developed and operated many educational and marketing programs for passenger carriers (i.e. airlines, bus lines and Amtrak.  He has managed tour operations in North America, Europe and Asia.  In 2004 he retired from a third career with the Oregon Department of Transportation as the Intercity Passenger Rail Coordinator.  His ODOT activities included the Amtrak Cascades train project, renovation of Willamette Valley Railroad Stations and improvements to the Oregon Intercity Bus Network.  He currently serves as a volunteer on the board of several nonprofit transportation and public service organizations and works as a part time tourism and transportation consultant.

Steve Evans - Vice-President
Subdistrict 1
Phone: 503-588-1092
Term Expires: 06/30/2019

Steve Evans was elected to the Board in May 2011, representing Subdistrict #1. Steve is serving his first term as Vice-President and is the Board's liasion to the Citizens Advisory Committee. He represents Salem-Keizer Transit while attending meetings of the West Salem Business Association (WSBA) and the West Salem Neighborhood Association. 

John Hammill - Secretary
Subdistrict 4
Phone: 503-393-1866
Term Expires: 06/30/2017

John Hamill is a former Information Systems professional and medical transcriptionist who is public transit-dependent due to a vision impairment. He frequently uses Salem-Keizer Transit’s CherryLift service.  John served as a citizen member of Salem-Keizer Transit’s Budget Committee from 2011-2013, and on the district’s Citizen’s Advisory Committee from 2012-2013. John is a native Oregonian who grew up in Portland, graduated from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, and has lived in Salem with his wife for 39 years. He has a grown daughter.

Marcia Kelley - Treasurer
Subdistrict 7
Phone: 503-581-8384
Term Expires: 06/30/2019

Marcia Kelley was elected to the Board in 1989, representing Subdistrict #7.  She is a former small business owner.  Marcia served as president of the Salem Branch of the American Association of University Women as the State AAUW public policy advocate at the Oregon Legislature. She continues to lobby for the Oregon Women’s Rights Coalition.  A member of Prince of Peace Episcopal Church, she has served her church family on the Diocese of Oregon Council and the Board of Trustees as well as on the local leadership.  She is a member of Salem Kiwanis and chairs the Bush Elementary School book giveaway for Kiwanis.  Marcia is a graduate of Willamette University. 

When asked why she serves on the Salem-Keizer Transit Board, Marcia said, "I grew up in a public transit dependent household in the Portland Oregon suburb of Milwaukie.  I understand being dependent on public transit and the economic benefit transit can provide to get folks to work or everyday needs.”

Colleen Busch - Member
Subdistrict 2
Phone: 503-390-8043
Term Expires: 05/26/2020

Colleen Busch recently retired after 30 years as a home educator, when the youngest of her seven daughters completed her home school program. Colleen’s home education work included involvement in the Salem Area Christian Homeschool Network, as well as Salem Keizer Inspirational Teen Theatre, Marion County 4H and Shakespeare's Greatest Hits. Colleen is currently the assistant director for Camp Yamhill Christian Outdoor School.

Colleen participates in community activities with Bob, her husband of 37 years, who has served as a volunteer firefighter with the Keizer Fire District for 25 years. Colleen has served on the Keizer Fire District budget committee since 2008. 

Her family has hosted many exchange students through Cultural Homestay International and Tokyo International University; has provided foster care; and has served on mission teams at home and abroad through the Keizer church of Christ. 

Colleen is a graduate of Oregon State University with a degree in education. She is currently self-employed providing elder care services. Colleen believes that every person is important and there are many ways to serve one’s neighbors.

"Volunteerism and community service are important to our lives and culture. Having reliable transportation is vital to allowing everyone an opportunity to be an active participant in one's community."

Kathy Lincoln - Member
Subdistrict 3
Phone: 503-569-2721
Term Expires: 06/30/2019

Kathy Lincoln recently retired from her position as a senior assistant attorney general for the Oregon Department of Justice in the General Council Division. Through this role she advised state agencies, particularly the Department of Transportation, on issues such as land use and environmental compliance.

She currently serves on the Keizer Traffic Safety, Bikeways and Pedestrian committee and volunteers as a SMART reader for students at Cummings Elementary School. She’s also a member of the Salem City Club and active in various other community organizations. In the past she served on the Board of Directors of the Salem Housing Authority and participated in Leadership Salem.

Kathy enjoys biking, cooking and gardening in her yard on the river in Keizer where she lives with her husband.


Jerry Thompson - Member
Subdistrict 5
Phone: 503-364-9468
Term Expires: 06/30/2019

Jerry Thompson was elected to the Board in 1999. He has been an active volunteer for the Exchange Club Child Abuse Prevention Center of the Mid-Willamette Valley, Inc. since his retirement from the Salem Police Department.  He is the Northwest District President of the National Exchange Club and has previously served two terms on the National Board of Directors.  Jerry organized two Patriot Day Field of Flags events (2006 and 2011). In addition, he is a charter member and past president of the Salem Police Foundation, the Salem Sunrise Rotary Club and the Capital City Exchange Club. He built the Networking Exchange Club of Salem/Keizer in 2000.  He has served as  Treasurer for four nonprofit groups.