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Board of Directors

The legal governing body of Cherriots

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The Cherriots Board of Directors has the authority to make policy and administration decisions. Each board member represents one of seven subdistricts, and their primary responsibility is one of stewardship and trusteeship. The Board establishes priorities, evaluates the performance of the transit system, and approves budgets. The Board also works with community members to improve bus service and address transit-related issues. Board members serve Cherriots in unpaid positions. For correspondence to the full Board, email board@cherriots.org.

Recent Changes

Since the District’s inception, local voters have elected Board members. With recent changes in Oregon law enacted by Senate Bill 1536, seats on the board have become governor-appointed positions. As of July 2019, the governor has the authority to appoint, or discharge, Board members. Board members will still be required to live in the subdistrict they represent and will continue to serve in unpaid positions.

SB 1536 also repealed a section of state law, ORS 267.302, that prevented the Board from imposing taxes on local business payrolls without first holding an election. Previously, the Board was required to seek voter approval for all tax increases. But this change won’t happen immediately: the Board’s ability to raise taxes administratively doesn’t take effect until January 2026.

Current Board of Directors

Director Robert Krebs is an Oregon native with over 40 years experience in the transportation and tourism industry. He served as president/CEO of Grand National Tours, Inc. a nationally licensed Oregon transportation broker. He developed and operated many educational and marketing programs for passenger carriers (i.e. airlines, bus lines and Amtrak. He has managed tour operations in North America, Europe and Asia. In 2004, he retired from a third career with the Oregon Department of Transportation as the Intercity Passenger Rail Coordinator. His ODOT activities included the Amtrak Cascades train project, renovation of Willamette Valley Railroad Stations and improvements to the Oregon Intercity Bus Network. He currently serves as a volunteer on the board of several nonprofit transportation and public service organizations and works as a part-time tourism and transportation consultant.

Director Colleen Busch grew up in Montana and Oregon and graduated from Oregon State University in music education. While home educating their seven daughters she and her husband Bob, developed a desire to serve their community in other ways: teaching and chaperone capacities at her church; leading a 4H Club; helping the local homeschool network; serving as a Keizer Fire District Budget Committee member; working as assistant director for Camp Yamhill Christian Outdoor School; helping two local teen theatres; helping restart the Southeast Keizer Neighborhood Association; providing foster care; and hosting various exchange students.

Colleen was elected to serve on the Board in 2015 and re-elected in 2017. She will continue to work for public transportation policies that benefit Keizer and Salem. “Having reliable transportation is vital to allowing everyone an opportunity to be an active participant in one's community."

Director Sadie Carney has a professional background in policy work, urban and regional planning, transportation planning, and community involvement. She currently serves as a Policy Analyst and Communications Manager for the State of Oregon, working for the Department of Land Conservation and Development. She formerly worked for Cherriots as their Director of Community Relations. She is an active community volunteer and a strong advocate for equity and inclusion. 

Sadie has a Masters in Urban and Regional Land Use Planning from Portland State University, and a BA from Middlebury College in Vermont. She lives in the Grant Neighborhood with her family, where she is a bicycle commuter, farmer's market regular, and mother of two. Due to their commute differences, Sadie prefers to pay by the trip, while her husband will only use the Universal Pass.

Director Ian Davidson has been a lifelong public transit enthusiast. His career, which has often been facilitated by local bus systems, has included stints at the Oregon Legislature, Bonneville Power Administration, the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, and the Association of Oregon Counties. Currently, he is the Justice Reinvestment Program Analyst for the State of Oregon’s Criminal Justice Commission.

Ian is a graduate of Oregon State University’s Master of Public Policy program and has a BA in history from Brigham Young University. Ian has served on the Oregon Citizen’s Utility Board and the Salem City Council Public Transit Committee. Ian, his wife, three-year old daughter and new baby live in Salem and together enjoy going to the farmer’s market, hiking, gardening, and remodeling their home. 

Director Chi Nguyen is a proud product of Oregon’s public education system after she and her family immigrated to Portland in 1990. Her career spans private, public, academia, and more recently, not-for-profit. She has served as a city councilor for King City, OR. She was an intrapraneur for a Fortune 500 before founding her startups, AutoMedic, Inc. in 2010 and Zenchi LLC in 2016. She currently serves as Executive Director of APANO Communities United Fund 501c3 and APANO 501c4. She has served through two budget cycles on the Salem Area Mass Transit District’s Budget Committee before transitioning to the Board of Directors.

Director Charles Richards was appointed in May 2019 by Governor Kate Brown to represent Subdistrict 7. He has been an active volunteer and advocate for seniors and people with disabilities through organizations such as Northwest Senior Disability Services, State Rehabilitation Council, State Independent Living Council, Veterans of Oregon, and the Advocacy Coalition of Seniors and People with Disabilities. He was elected to the National Silver Haired Congress as a Senator and Director in 2005, serving the State for four terms where he spent much of his time in Washington DC advocating for Oregon’s senior issues. He learned many things from informed and educated sources that encouraged him to aid in the transformation of the Health Delivery System in Oregon working with the Governor’s Commission. In 2017, he was awarded the “Lee Hazelwood” Advocacy Award in recognition of his devotion to advocacy for seniors and people with disabilities.

When he’s not busy, he volunteers at the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville. This gives him much joy to share his passion for World War II airplanes and sharing the stories of the veterans who served with people who visit the museum.

He has found there is more he can do in other areas. It is his firm belief that serving on the Board of Directors for Cherriots can be a vehicle for streamlining service delivery to people who may not always understand the issues behind providing services to the community. His interest is in improving the quality of life for Oregonians and its growing population of all ages.

Doug Rodgers has been elected to serve the people of Subdistrict 4 twice; once in May, 2011 to fill a vacancy, and again in May 2017.

In 1987, he began a 25-year career working in the light-gauge metal industry in various capacities, including safety manager, shift supervisor, transportation manager, and production manager. Doug and his wife Margot opened Salem’s only 100% gluten-free café in 2012 and sold baked goods at Salem’s Saturday and Wednesday Markets. Doug is currently employed by Oldcastle Precast, Inc. making underground concrete structures for construction/repair of roads, bridges, and pipe lines.  

Doug is active in representing transit at the Neighborhood Associations within Subdistrict 4 which include North Lancaster, East Lancaster, Northgate, and Gubser. He is currently chair of the North Lancaster Association (NOLA). As a 2nd Lt., Doug was active in the Civil Air Patrol, which is the civilian arm of the United States Air Force.

View the Board Subdistrict Map

View the Board Subdistrict Map