Board of Trustees

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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.  



  Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 4:15 p.m.

Meeting Materials: 

November 14, 2019 CyRide Board Packet
(Typically the agenda/packet materials are posted 3 business days prior to the meeting.)


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


View previous meeting minutes & agenda/board packet materials


  • Thursday, December 20, 2019 - 11:15 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.





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." 


Representative:  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.


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.

LIZ Jeffery

MAYORAL APPOINTEE(filling unexpired term):  Term expires 5/15/2019


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 Cafe.  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."

APPOINTMENT:  Term expires 5/15/2019. 

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." 




 Mr. Bibiloni-Rivera joined CyRide in May 2017. Juan is from San Juan, Puerto Rico and is currently a senior majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Juan is the Vice President of ISU’s Student Government . 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 Jacob Schrader, 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." 

Jacob Schrader

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