E. Susan Meyer
Chief Executive Officer
E. Susan Meyer is the Chief Executive Officer of Spokane Transit Authority in Spokane, Washington, a position she’s held since 2005.
Susan earned an undergraduate degree in psychology and a master’s degree in business (MBA) from Eastern Washington University.
Susan is a committee vice chair of the APTA BRT Council and is a member of several others. She also serves on the TOPS committee which recommends transit-related research projects (TCRP) for federal funding.
At the state level Susan was recently appointed by the Secretary of Transportation to the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board which distributes nearly $100 million annually for transportation projects. She is the immediate past President of the Washington State Transit Association.
Her local civic work includes serving on the Spokane Mayor’s Economic Roundtable; Downtown Spokane Partnership Board; Spokane Regional Transportation Council Board; Dean’s Advisory Board at the EWU College of Business & Public Administration; and the Honorary Commanders’ Program at Fairchild Air Force Base.
Director of Finance and Information Services
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.
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.
Director of Communications and Customer Service
Beth Bousley joined Spokane Transit’s executive team in September 2013. She brings over 25 years’ experience leading marketing, communications and customer service efforts on both the client and agency side for major corporations including AT&T, T-Mobile, Microsoft, Expedia, Baxter, and Novartis, as well as local entities Washington Apple Commission and Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute.
Beth holds her MBA in Marketing from UCLA, and a B.A. in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. Beth and her husband Lance love Spokane, moving here in 2008 to be closer to their grandchildren. She enjoys participating in running events and sprint triathlons, and is a member of the Spokane Symphony Chorale.