Board of Directors & CEO

The Board of Directors, as the governing body of the Corporation, establishes policy and legislative direction for the agency. The Board defines the organization’s mission, establishes goals and approves the budget to accomplish those goals. Working closely with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Board members represent the agency’s position to the public, in the legislature, and in the community. They are responsible for hiring, supervising, and evaluating the CEO.

Board members establish their performance standards and abide by all state and local laws with regard to Board member conduct and protocol, as well as the corporation’s by-laws, resolutions, and procedures. The CEO and the corporation’s legal counsel report to the Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors consists of ten members, nine of whom are elected officials selected by the respective governing bodies of the county and component cities within Community Transit’s service area, as follows:

  • Two members and their alternate from the governing body of the county.
  • Two members and an alternate from cities with populations of 35,000 or more.
  • Three members and two alternates from cities with populations between 15,000 and 35,000.
  • Two members and an alternate from cities with populations less than 15,000.

In addition, the Board has one nonvoting labor representative.


Chief Executive Officer

Emmett Heath CEOEmmett Heath, CEO
Community Transit

Emmett Heath has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Community Transit since August 2014. Before being selected CEO, he served as the agency’s Director of Administration for 10 years.

Emmett has had a long career in public transportation and the electric utility industry in the Puget Sound region, serving in executive leadership positions at both King County Metro and the Snohomish County PUD before coming to Community Transit in 2005.

As a member of the Board of Directors for the Washington State Transit Insurance Pool (WSTIP) and the Washington State Transit Association (WSTA), Emmett works alongside other transit executives across the state to address regional transportation issues. Additionally, he is a member of the Joint Governing Board for the region’s electronic fare card program, ORCA, and is a member of the Downtown Seattle Transit Coordination coalition.

An active member of the local community, Emmett serves on the Economic Alliance Snohomish County Board of Trustees and the United Way of Snohomish County Board of Directors.

Emmett was born and raised in the Puget Sound area and has lived and worked in Snohomish County for more than 20 years. He and his wife live in Arlington, where they raised their three children.


Board of Directors

StephanieWrightBoard Chair
Stephanie Wright, Council member
Snohomish County

• County Representative
• Executive Committee, Chair

Stephanie Wright was named an alternate to Community Transit’s board in mid-2010 after she was selected by the County Council to fill an open position. She was elected to a full term on the County Council in 2012 and was re-elected in 2015. Stephanie currently serves as the Board Vice Chair. Previously, Stephanie was elected to the Lynnwood City Council in 2007 and has worked as a teacher and librarian in the Northshore School District.

LeonardKellyBoard Vice Chair
Leonard Kelley, Mayor
City of Stanwood

• Small Cities Representative
• Executive Committee
• Planning & Capital Projects Committee, Chair

Leonard Kelley began serving on the Stanwood City Council in August 2007 and was elected Mayor in November 2013. He began serving a four-year term on January 1, 2014. While serving on the City Council, he was the chair of the Public Safety committee and currently sits on the United Way Labor Advisory Committee. He was elected to the Community Transit Board in January 2014. Leonard currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board.

JenniferGregersonBoard Secretary
Jennifer GregersonMayor
City Of Mukilteo

• Medium Cities Representative
• Finance and Administration Committee
• Marketing, Operations  and Maintenance Committee

Jennifer Gregerson is serving her first term as Mayor after having been a member of the Mukilteo City Council since 2004. She was elected to the Community Transit Board in January 2016. She currently serves as Secretary to the Board.

Gregerson, a graduate of Kamiak High School, has a Bachelor’s Degree in French from New York University. She has established an expertise in community planning, earning her Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Washington.

Gregerson established a vision for Mukilteo as a sustainable, well-run city with safe, strong neighborhoods. She believes in the principles of open government and frequent communication with citizens.

Jennifer bikes to work at City Hall as often as she can, logging 300 non-car trips so far. Today, she makes her home with her husband, Jeff, in Mukilteo, a few miles from where she grew up.



DaveEarlingBoard Member
Dave Earling, Mayor
City of Edmonds

• Large Cities Representative
• Marketing, Operations & Maintenance Committee, Chair
• Planning and Capital Projects Committee

Dave Earling rejoined the Community Transit Board in January 2012 after being elected mayor of Edmonds in November 2011. He previously served on the Community Transit Board and the Sound Transit Board for a period of twelve years. Prior to being elected Mayor, he served for five years on the Growth Management Hearing Board by appointment of Governor Christine Gregoire. He currently serves on the Sound Transit Board of Directors, Economic Alliance of Snohomish County Board of Trustees, the Association of Washington Cities Legislative Committee and he is President of Snohomish County Cities & Towns.


JonNehringBoard Member
Jon Nehring, Mayor
City of Marysville

• Large Cities Representative
• Executive Committee

Jon Nehring began serving on the Marysville City Council in January 2002 and became Mayor in August 2010. He was elected to a full four-year term as Mayor in November 2011. He was first elected to the Community Transit Board of Directors in January 2010 and currently serves as the Board Chair.His priorities include economic development, transportation infrastructure improvements, public safety and sound fiscal policy. He currently serves on the Association of Washington Cities Board, as President of the SERS Board, Co-Chair of Snohomish County Tomorrow and on other city committees. He enjoys volunteering time as a Marysville Rotarian and with youth sports programs.



LanceNortonBoard Member
Lance NortonLabor Representative

• Employee Bargaining Unit Representative
• Marketing, Operations & Maintenance Committee

Lance Norton was selected by Community Transit's employee unions as their representative in 2010. He was president of the Amalgamated Transit Union 587 from 2000 to 2009. Prior to that, Mr. Norton was a coach operator for King County Metro Transit for 23 years.

TerryRyanBoard Member
Terry RyanCouncil member
Snohomish County

• County Representative
• Finance and Administration Committee

Prior to being elected to the Snohomish County Council in 2013, Terry served on the Mill Creek City Council for 17 years, including four terms as Mayor. He was elected to the Community Transit Board of Directors in 2014.

Terry is Chairman of the Snohomish County Council.  He has been appointed to the Puget Sound Regional Council Executive Board, Transportation Policy Board and is Vice-President of the Economic Development District Board.  He also serves on the National Association of Counties Transportation Steering Committee, Snohomish Health Board and the Northshore Park and Recreation Service Area.  In his spare time, Terry coaches youth soccer at the premier and high school level.

JanSchuetteBoard Member
Jan SchuetteCouncil member
City of Arlington

• Medium Cities Representative
• Finance and Administration Committee
• Planning and Capital Projects Committee

Jan Schuette was elected to the Arlington City Council in 2013. She became an alternate to the Community Transit Board of Directors in 2014, and was elected a board member in 2016.

She is a retired high school principal. She spent 18 years as a school district administrator, 16 of those years creating, securing funding and implementing job training programs to provide the community with a skilled labor force. Jan served as chairwoman of the Arlington Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society.

MikeToddBoard Member
Mike ToddCouncil member
City of Mill Creek

• Medium Cities Representative
• Planning and Capital Projects Committee
• Marketing, Operations and Maintenance Committee

Mike Todd has served on the Mill Creek City Council since May 2005, serving as Mayor 2010 to 2013. He was elected as an alternate to the Community Transit Board in January 2008 and became a board member in October 2009. Mike is very active in the community, serving on various youth soccer boards, school committees, and local and regional civic and community task forces. He is Vice President of Snohomish County Cities, and serves on the Puget Sound Regional Council Executive Board. Mike has earned the Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership from the Association of Washington Cities and serves on its Education Advisory Board.

Board Alternates

PatsyCudabackBoard Alternate
Patsy CudabackMayor Pro Tem
Council Member
City of Monroe

• Medium Cities Alternate Representative

Patsy Cudaback has served on the Monroe City Council since January 2010, currently as Mayor Pro Tem. She was elected to the Community Transit Board as an alternate in January 2016.

Patsy serves on various boards and committees and is involved in many local organizations in her community.  She is a member of the Providence Hospital NW Regional Board, Everett Community College Foundation Board, an active Rotarian and a member of the Monroe Chamber of Commerce. Patsy is also an active parent in her children's schools and sports activities.

Patsy has a law degree from the Seattle University and currently works as a Senior VP for the YMCA of Snohomish County. She is committed to supporting transportation options in Snohomish County and is honored to sit as an alternate on the Community Transit Board.

ChrisBoyerBoard Alternate
Chris BoyerCouncil member
City of Lynnwood

• Large Cities Alternate Representative

Rev. M. Christopher Boyer was appointed to the Lynnwood City Council in December 2012 and was elected to the position in 2013. Currently, he serves as council liaison to Community Transit, as chair of the Finance Committee and co-chair of the Mayor’s Taskforce on Police Relations with Communities of Color.  Previously, he has been Council President, chair of the Homelessness Task Group, and liaison to the Arts Commission and to the Neighborhoods and Demographic Diversity Commission. Chris became Pastor of Good Shepherd Baptist Church in Lynnwood in 2005, following a 27-year career in professional and academic theater. He is an alumnus of Rice University and of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

JoeNeigelBoard Alternate
Joe NeigelCouncil member
City of Sultan

• Small Cities Alternate Representative

Joe Neigel began serving on the Sultan City Council in July 2010, and was elected Community Transit Board Alternate in January 2014. He is the current President of the Sultan City Council and also serves as Mayor Pro Tem. Joe is a daily Community Transit rider, a graduate of the University of Washington and works with communities across Snohomish County as a Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator for Snohomish County Human Services.

JerrySmithBoard Alternate
Jerry SmithMayor
City of Mountlake Terrace

• Medium Cities Alternate Representative

Jerry Smith was elected to the Mountlake Terrace City Council in January 2001 and has served as Mayor since 2004. He was elected to the Community Transit Board of Directors in October 2009. He is the City Council liaison for SNOCOM, SERS, WRIA 8, and the LEOFF 1 Disability Board. Jerry is a retired Seattle Police Officer.