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The Ames Transit Agency (CyRide) is an administrative agency of the City of Ames and is governed by a Board of Trustees which meets monthly throughout the year.  The six-member board consists of the Ames City Manager, ISU's Senior Vice President for University Services, a member of the Ames City Council, an appointee by the Mayor of Ames, an Iowa State University Government of the Student Body (GSB) Senator, and an appointee by the President of GSB.  The board's responsibilities are to: oversee the operation, management, control and governance of transit services in the Ames community.  

NEXT CYRIDE BOARD MEETING 

Date/Time:   

Tuesday, December 12, 2017; 8:00 a.m.

Meeting Materials: 

December 12, 2017 CyRide Board Packet  Typically the agenda/packet materials are posted 3 business days prior to the meeting.)

Location: 

CyRide; Large Conference Room; 601 N. University Boulevard; Ames, IA 50010

PREVIOUS MEETING MINUTES/AGENDA PACKETS:

View previous meeting minutes & agenda/board packet materials

FUTURE BOARD MEETING DATES/TIMES

  • Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 8:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 7:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 7:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 8:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 8:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 8:00 a.m.

The public is invited to attend any CyRide board meeting and comment directly to the Board of Trustees. Please limit comments to no more than 5 minutes. Individuals may also send any correspondence directly to the board representatives at the following e-mail addresses by clicking on their name listed below under current board members, or via regular mail to CyRide; 601 N. University Boulevard; Ames, IA 50010.

To email the entire CyRide Board of Trustees and Transit Director in one group email, click here or you may email each board member individually by clicking on their names above their bio's shown below.

CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS

STEVE SCHAINKER 

STEVE SCHAINKERAMES CITY MANAGER: Indefinite term

 

Steve is the City Manager for the City of Ames and has been on CyRide's board since its inception. Steve is responsible to the Ames City Council for the proper administration of all city business (18 departments and divisions) and for the annual budget.  Since CyRide is an agency of the City, CyRide's operating and capital budget is part of the overall City of Ames budget; therefore all finances are approved by the Ames City Council in addition to CyRide's board.  Steve comments, "I'm proud of CyRide's customer driven focus where nearly 7 million passengers are safely transported each year throughout the Ames community." 

PAM ELLIOTT CAIN (nOT CURRENTLY LINKED TO EMAIL)

Pam Elliott CainIOWA STATE UNIVERSITY'S INTERIM SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT FOR UNIVERSITY SERVICES
Representative:  Indefinite term

 

Pam Cain began her term on CyRide's Board of Trustee's in November 2017.  This bio is currently under further development.  

 

 

 


CHRIS NELSON

Chris Nelson

AMES CITY COUNCIL APPOINTEE- Term expires 5/15/2019

 

Chris Nelson joined CyRide's Board in May 2017. Chris has received multiple degrees including a B.S. in chemical engineering and M.S in civil and Construction engineering both from Iowa State University and a MBA from the University of Iowa. Chris is currently the Vice President for Nelson Electric, the family business that his great grandfather began in 1908. Chris is involved in many community service organizations such as Mainstream Living board of directors, Farm House Fraternity Association board member and the Rotary Club of Ames. In Chris's spare time, he enjoys running, biking, reading and woodworking.

JOHN HAILA, PE

John Haila, PECYRIDE BOARD PRESIDENT

MAYORAL APPOINTEE:  Term expires 5/15/2019

 

John Haila joined CyRide's Board of Trustees in March 2014. 2017 marks the start of John's third term as president of the CyRide Board. John is the Founder and former owner of the Ames based architectural and engineering firm HAILA Architecture | Structure | Planning, located on the corner of 5th & Kellogg Ave in the downtown/MSCD area. John relocated his business to Ames in 2009 and then he and his wife moved to Ames two years later. 

 

John has over forty years experience working on architectural and structural design of commercial, K-12 and higher educational facilities, multi-family housing, nursing homes, small and large offices, medical buildings, light industrial and commercial work. John has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture and has completed Structural Engineering post graduate work, all from Iowa State University.

 

John is the past President of the Campustown Action Association, a former Board member of the Ames Chamber of Commerce, The Ames Foundation and Story County Habitat for Humanity.  John and his wife Mary are blessed to have both their sons, their wives and eight grandchildren living in Ames.   In John's spare time, he enjoys garden railroading, gardening, reading, working in the yard and serving as an elder of the Ames Des Moines City Church network.

STEVEN VALENTINO
Steven ValentinoISU STUDENT GOVERNMENT SENATOR
APPOINTMENT:  Term expires 5/15/2018. 

Steven, ISU's Student Government's Senator Representative, became a CyRide Board Member in May 2016.  Steven is from Long Valley, New Jersey and currently a Senior with a double degree focus in Political Science and Economics. He currently serves on the Student Government as the Senator for the Interfraternity Council. Steven states, "The CyRide board seemed like a fantastic way to continue my involvement as a student and an individual who aspires to continue helping in making the student experience better. I understand the concerns of a lot of students, as a student myself.  I utilize the Blue and Red routes frequently and want to try and alleviate a lot of the problems those routes incur."  Steven encourages students to reach out to him with any concerns they may have regarding the public transit, as it is a critical component to our university and city as a whole. You can reach Steve at stevenv@iastate.edu for a quick response!

JUAN BIBILONI-RIVERA

Juan Bibiloni-Rivera ISU STUDENT GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVE APPOINTMENT:  Term expires 5/15/2018

Mr. Bibiloni-Rivera joined CyRide in May 2017. Juan is from San Juan, Puerto Rico and is currently a sophomore majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Juan is a Senator in ISU’s Student Government representing the Inter-Residence Hall Association.  Juan states, "Iowa State students heavily depend on CyRide not only to get to class, but also to have any out-of-campus travel needs met." Juan rides the #23 Orange route several times a day as it connects to the most important campus locations but he also frequents the #1 Red and #3 Blue routes in order to travel to his favorite restaurants throughout Ames. "Alongside Steven Valentino, I hope to bring the students' perspective to the board and ensure that this already excellent transit system continues to serve the students' best interests."

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