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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.  


Date/Time:     Thursday, October 19, 2017; 8:00 a.m.

Meeting Materials:  October 19, 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


Click here for previous meeting minutes/agenda packet information.

  • Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 8:00 a.m.
  • Monday, November 13, 2017 - 7:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 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. The CyRide Transit Board welcomes your public comments via e-mail or letters.  Correspondence may be sent directly to each individual board member representative by clicking on their underlined name listed below, within one group email to all board members (includes Transit Director) or via regular mail to CyRide; 601 N. University Boulevard; Ames, IA 50010.





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." 


Warren MaddenIOWA STATE UNIVERSITY'S SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT FOR UNIVERSITY SERVICES & Ames Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Representative:  Indefinite term


Kate Gregory, the Senior Vice President for University Services at Iowa State University, began her official term on CyRide's Board of Trustees in July 2017 although she's been attending board meetings regularly since she began her role at ISU in July 2016. She grew up a Midwesterner in St. Louis, went to the US Naval Academy for her undergraduate degree and University of Southern California and George Washington University for her master degrees. Kate, now retired, served in the US Navy for 33 years as a civil engineer gaining vast experience in infrastructure management, urban planning, and transportation-related issues. In her current role at ISU, Kate oversees several campus service units including business services, facilities planning, public safety and transportation to name a few. Additionally, Kate currently serves on numerous other boards throughout Ames including the Ames Economic Development Corporation, the Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau, and is a member of the noon Rotary.


Kate lives in downtown Ames and can easily ride the Red and Green routes into ISU campus with her house only a few blocks from CyRide transit service. Kate commented, "I think CyRide is a tremendous asset to both Iowa State and the Ames community. We're very lucky to have such an extensive, reliable and inexpensive public transit system, and I would like to help the system become even more integrated into our community." Kate rode the subway and bus transit systems quite frequently when she lived in Washington DC, Japan and Italy and states she enjoys the freedom of not having to find parking, wasting time in traffic and worrying about snowy and icy roads. Kate emphasized, "I'm fortunate to represent Iowa State on the CyRide Board and would appreciate hearing the concerns and questions that people have and the ideas of how CyRide can serve them better."


Tim Gartin



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.



MAYORAL APPOINTEE:  Term expires 5/15/19


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.

APPOINTMENT:  Term expires 5/15/18. 

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 for a quick response!



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 severproal 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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