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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, Iowa State University'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:   

  Wednesday, July 1, 2020 - 8:30 a.m.

ELECTRONIC MEETING VIA CONFERENCE CALL

Please note: This meeting is being held electronically because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Governor of Iowa’s Public Health Disaster Emergency Declaration which included limits on public gatherings; therefore, it is impractical to hold an in-person meeting.” (§21.8(1)(c) and §21.3)

Meeting Materials: 

July 1, 2020 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
The public may join this meeting electronically via phone or ZOOM.  (see agenda)

TITLE VI Notice: 

CyRide operates its service without regard to race, color or national origin.  For more information, or to file a complaint or concern, please visit www.cyride.com/titlevi or email cyride@cyride.com OR call 515-292-1100 and ask for the Asst. Director of Operations.

PREVIOUS MEETING MINUTES/AGENDA PACKETS:

View previous meeting minutes & agenda/board packet materials

FUTURE BOARD MEETING DATES/TIMES

  • Wednesday, July 1, 2020 - 8:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, July 24, 2020 - 4:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 2:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 2:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 2:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - 2:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 23, 2020 - 2:00 p.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 over 6 million passengers are safely transported each year throughout the Ames community." 

 
PAM ELLIOTT CAIN

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

 

Pam Elliott Cain, CPA, began her term on CyRide's Board of Trustee's in November 2017 but she has served as the Associate Vice President and University Secretary for Iowa State University (I S U) since 2007. In this role she provides leadership, leverages resources, and collaborates with partners across the university to accomplish positive results in financial management, business operations, institutional policy development, information technology, fringe benefits, tax, capital planning, and oversight. Besides being on the CyRide transit board, she also represents the division in various university-wide activities.

 

Prior to Iowa State, Ms. Cain served eleven years as Chief Business Officer with the Iowa Board of Regents, governing body for the three public universities in Iowa. In that role, she coordinated policy, governance, decision making, strategic planning, finances, business practices, legislative and external communications, compliance, and office operations. She spent many years in the Iowa Auditor’s office as an audit manager with accomplishments that included enhancing audits processes; originating fraud investigative techniques; creating projects to generate cost savings and improve processes; and designing professional structured curriculum for internal CPAs.

 

Some of her external activities include/d Chair of the Ames Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Treasurer of Mary Greeley Medical Center Foundation, Rotary Club of Ames, leadership roles for the central Association of College and University Business Officers, Treasurer of the Ames Main Street Cultural District, ISU Veterinary Services Corporation board member.

BRONWYN BEATTY-HANSEN

AMES CITY COUNCIL APPOINTEE: Term expires 12/31/2022

 

Bronwyn Beatty-Hansen joined CyRide's Board in January 2020.  Bronwyn is originally from Emmetsburg, Iowa and came to Ames in 2000 to attend Iowa State where she majored in Political Science.  She ended up never leaving Ames after graduating and has been working at Wheatsfield-Coop, just off the #2 Green route on Northwestern Ave. near downtown, for over 17 years.  Bronwyn previously served on the Ames' Human Relations Commission and the Convention and Visitor's Bureau boards.  Bronwyn stated, "Transit is important for Ames because it is a vital piece of any modern, climate-friendly community."  Bronwyn hopes to venture out and ride the bus more now that she is serving on the CyRide Board.

 

LIZ Jeffery

MAYORAL APPOINTEE:  Term expires 5/15/2021
CYRIDE VICE PRESIDENT

 

Liz is originally from Bettendorf, Iowa and graduated high school from Pleasant Valley, Iowa.  She received her B.S. Biology degree from the University of Iowa.  Liz has been part of the Campustown Action Association since she opened Arcadia.  She has also is a member of the Ames Chamber, Ames Convention & Visitor's Bureau (ACVB) and is also serving on the Ames RAGBRAI hospitality committee.  "I feel like volunteering and being an active member of the community is the most fulfilling part of living in such a great city!" 

 

Since 2006, Liz has held a job that required her to be on premise before CyRide begins service.  However, Liz's husband, an Ames native, has always ridden CyRide.  He loved the freedom as a young person to get around town in an efficient manner.

 

Liz believes as the Ames community grows, there will be different needs within different corridors.  Liz comments, "Campus will always need to be pedestrian friendly with a way to shuttle folks via bus.  There is such a need and opportunity in Ames to be multi-modal and I think it is important to embrace the challenge!  Streamlining the car traffic and diverting people to public transit or other modes will ultimately enrich the Ames community."

JACOB SCHRADER
Jacob SchraderISU STUDENT GOVERNMENT SENATOR
APPOINTMENT:  Term expires 5/15/2021. 
CYRIDE BOARD PRESIDENT

Jacob, ISU's Student Government's Senator Representative, became a CyRide Board Member in May 2018.  Jacob is from Sioux Center, Iowa and currently a junior majoring in Political Science and Economics with minors in History and Statistics. He serves on I S U's Student Government as the Senator for on-campus students.  Jacob is also a member of the Iowa State Navigators which is a campus ministry.  Jacob states, "I believe CyRide is a great organization that showcases what cooperation between the City of Ames, Iowa State University and the student body can do together.  I am proud to have been chosen to represent students and will do my best to improve the CyRide experience for all riders." 

 

Jacob Ludwig

Jacob Ludwig ISU STUDENT GOVERNMENT SENATOR
APPOINTMENT: Term expires 5/15/2021
CYRIDE AMES AREA MPO REPRESENTATIVE

Mr. Jacob Ludwig joined CyRide in May 2020. Jacob is a junior majoring in Economics and Political Science.  Jacob is most recently from Ankeny, Iowa but grew up within the Des Moines suburbs most of his life graduating from the Southeast Polk school district. Jacob returned to his birth place for college as he lived in Gilbert, Iowa until he was 7 years old.  Jacob serves as a Senator for the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences within ISU’s Student Government and also as a member of the Parks & Recreation Commission for the City of Ames.

Jacob has ridden CyRide nearly every single day since moving back to Ames.  He lived in the Towers south of campus for the first two years riding the #6 Brown and #25 Gold routes.  The consistency of those routes made it possible for Jacob to be involved on campus while living away from campus.  Jacob remarked, "I am interested in serving on the CyRide Board because I believe CyRide provides a unique, high-quality and valuable service to the Ames community.  I want to ensure that CyRide remains an indispensable resource at a minimal cost for everyone." While CyRide is headed into some challenging years due to declining enrollment at Iowa State and worsening economic conditions nationally, Jacob will work to make sure the transit board does its bet to minimize the negative effects on transit and the student population.

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