Board of Directors

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

Jerry Thompson - President
Subdistrict 5 - Southeast Salem
Email: jerry.thompson@cherriots.org
Phone: (503)364-9468
Term Expires: 06/30/2015

Jerry Thompson was elected to the Board in 1999. and is currently the President of the Board. Jerry 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.

Kate Tarter - Secretary
Subdistrict 3 - North Salem
Email: kate.tarter@cherriots.org
Phone: (503)779-4152
Term Expires: 06/30/2015

Kate Tarter holds the office of Secretary of the Board. She serves on the Salem Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Committee, the Salem Economic Development Corporation and is Salem-Keizer Transit’s council liaison at Salem and Keizer City Council meetings. She was a member of the Transit Study Committee for the Marion-Polk League of Women Voters, the Co-Chair of the Community Transit Task Force and fills in as an alternate representative for OMPOC meetings.  Kate has a long history of community involvement including a year of service on Salem City Council. She is a graduate of Western International University in Phoenix, Arizona.

Robert Krebs - Vice-President
Subdistrict 6 - South Salem
Email: robert.krebs@cherriots.org
Phone: (503)375-2821
Term Expires: 06/30/2017

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 non-profit transportation and public service organizations and works as a part time tourism and transportation consultant.

Steve Evans - Member
Subdistrict 1 - West Salem
Email: steve.evans@cherriots.org
Phone: (503)588-1092
Term Expires: 06/30/2015

Steve Evans was elected to the Board in May 2011, representing Subdistrict #1. Steve is serving his first term as Treasurer 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. 

Marcia Kelley - Member
Subdistrict 7 - South Salem
Email: marcia.kelley@cherriots.org
Phone: (503)581-8384
Term Expires: 06/30/2015

Marcia Kelley was elected to the Board in 1989, representing Subdistrict #7.  She is a former small business owner.  Marcia currently serves as president of the Salem Branch of the American Association of University Women and is the State AAUW public policy advocate at the Oregon Legislature.  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 Capital 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.”

John Hammill - Member
Subdistrict 4 - Northeast Salem
Email: john.hammill@cherriots.org
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.

Brad Coy - Member
Subdistrict 2 - Keizer
Email: brad.coy@cherriots.org
Phone: (503)407-0242
Term Expires: 06/30/2017

Brad Coy is a transportation engineer with DKS Associates in Salem who is a bicycle and bus commuter and fluent in Spanish.  He is president of the Greater Gubser Neighborhood Association and serves on the Citizen Strategic Plan Advisory Committee and Friends of Keizer Fire District Political Action Committee for the Keizer Fire District. Brad has a Master’s degree in civil engineering with an emphasis in transportation engineering, and a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.