E. Susan Meyer
Chief Executive Officer
E. Susan Meyer is the Chief Executive Officer of Spokane Transit Authority, a position she’s held since 2005.
Prior to joining STA, Susan worked for a university, an economic development organization, a pipeline company and a global telecommunications manufacturer.
Susan earned an undergraduate degree in psychology and a master’s degree in business (MBA) from Eastern Washington University.
Susan is the chair of the Washington State Transit Association and was recently elected to a national board that selects and funds public transportation research. Her local civic work includes serving on the following:
- The Mayor’s Economic Roundtable
- The Downtown Spokane Partnership Board
- The Spokane Regional Transportation Council Board
- The Dean’s Advisory Board at the EWU College of Business & Public Affairs
- Honorary Commander's Program at Fairchild Air Force Base
She also served a six year term on the board of Life Services of Spokane and is a frequent MC and speaker at their events.
Susan has one daughter, Heather, who is married to Gary, a Navy officer. They have three daughters and live in San Diego.
Director of Finance
Lynda Warren came to Spokane Transit in August 2011 from Rogue Community College in southern Oregon where she was Chief Financial Officer and Vice-President of College Services for the last ten years. In addition to Finance, Ms. Warren’s responsibilities included Auxiliary Services, Contracts, Facilities, Human Resources, Information Technology, Procurement and Public Safety. Prior to that, she served as Business Services Director at Chemeketa Community College in Salem Oregon for 13 years. Ms. Warren earned Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Finance from the University of Illinois.
Ms. Warren is looking forward to making Spokane her home where she will be able to spend more time with her granddaughter, Kayla.
Director of Operations
Mr. Steve Blaska became part of the Spokane Transit executive team in February 2004. He brings 24 years of experience managing transportation, maintenance, logistics, infrastructure, and strategic and budget operations in a variety of organizations within the US Army. Mr. Blaska rose to the rank of Colonel and has earned two Bachelors degrees and two Masters degrees.
Mr. Blaska and his wife, Dianna, are Pacific Northwest natives and considered Spokane to be the perfect place to make a permanent home for them and their four children.
Director of Planning
Karl Otterstrom joined Spokane Transit’s executive team in January 2009. Mr. Otterstrom’s relatively brief yet intensive career in transit planning has included work for the Federal Transit Administration and King County Metro as well as an internship during his undergraduate studies with STA. He received his masters in urban planning from the University of Washington and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Mr. Otterstrom’s first date with his wife, Kate, was in Seattle on a mild November Saturday, where they explored downtown and the waterfront by foot, streetcar and trolleybus. They are pleased to be in Spokane as they raise their young family.
Director of Human Resources
Steve Doolittle joined STA as the agency’s Human Resources Manager in January of 2006 after serving as the Director of Human Resources at Gonzaga University for many years. Over time, Steve’s responsibilities increased to include the management of STA’s Safety, Security and Claims Management functions and Steve was promoted to Director of Human Resources on January 1, 2013.
Steve earned a BA in Business from the University of Puget Sound and an MBA from the University of Washington. He has over 30 years of human resource management experience in both the private and public sector. Steve and his wife Jennifer have been Spokane residents since 1978. They have four adult children and eight grandchildren.
Steve has been involved in the Spokane community serving on the Board of Regents for Gonzaga University, the Board of Directors of a local Credit Union and the Spokane Basketball Officials Board.