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Employees of the Month


Congratulations to Cory, November 2021 Employee of the Month

Cory - Senior Systems Administrator

Cory was nominated for stepping up to solve an Information Technology problem when two technical experts were out of the office. A facilities contractor piped water into a server closet and damaged network equipment, taking out a major segment of the LTD network including RideSource and Customer Service Center communication. Pulling from knowledge outside of his regular duties, he was able to repair the equipment and quickly return LTD call centers to service.

Part of the LTD Family for: 5 Years

Passionate about: “I love family, outdoor activities, and woodworking”

Favorite thing about LTD: “My favorite part about working for LTD is the opportunity to implement new and emerging technology. I also get to work with some amazing people both in my department and all 
around LTD.”

Karin LeGendre October 2021 Employee of the Month

Congratulations to Karin, October 2021 Employee of the Month

Karin - Bus Operator

Karin was nominated for skillfully deescalating a situation on board her bus. A rider observed the interaction and thought Karin handled it exceptionally well. She is a dedicated employee who cares about our customers and our community.

Part of the LTD Family for: 4 1/2 Years

Passionate about: “I love being in the outdoors with family and friends, gardening, and playing City League volleyball.”

Favorite thing about LTD: “The LTD family of workers and the diversity.”


Congratulations to Rick, September 2021 Employee of the Month

Rick - Bus Operator

Rick was nominated for employee of the month twice this year for going above and beyond the call of duty as a bus operator. Rick had just sat down for lunch when he saw a person lying on the ground nearby and discovered the person was unresponsive. After dialing 911, he began administering CPR until EMTs arrived. He earns EOM honors this month for his heroic, quick thinking.

Part of the LTD Family for: 1 year

Passionate about: “I love books, movies, friends and family, and staying as free and serene as possible.”

Favorite thing about LTD: “Serving the community.”


Congratulations to Shawn, August 2021 Employee of the Month

Shawn - Transit Operations Field Supervisor

Shawn was nominated for his exemplary customer service while assisting a passenger with a mobility device. When the customer’s chair lost power on the bus, Shawn drove the bus to the trailer park where she lives and pushed her power chair to her residence on the other side of the park. This was a genuine act of kindness and a true example of going above and beyond the call of duty to help a customer.

Part of the LTD Family for: 22 years

Passionate about: “Religion, family (both mine and my Transit family), and country. I am a patriot and a veteran. I love people, food and my animals. I have a dog named Henry, and two cats, Livey and Oliver.”

Favorite thing about LTD: “That’s easy, the people. Both my fellow employees and our customers. I hold both in high esteem and enjoy serving both. The diversity of people is my favorite part. I’ve learned so much about people since being here. It is an honor and a privilege to work here at LTD.”

July Employee of the Month Angie Vangsnes

Congratulations to Angie, July 2021 Employee of the Month

Angie - Bus Operator

Angie was nominated for her exemplary customer service by a rider who is legally blind. After dropping off the rider for a quick stop, Angie waited for her to return and assisted her back onto the bus. The rider really appreciated the excellent customer service that Angie provided.

Part of the LTD Family for: 20 years

Passionate about: “My family has always come first. However, after an event from last year, I focus on family more than ever.”

Favorite thing about LTD: “I love my work family. My co-workers are great role models, and people who have supported me through tough times.”

June Employee of the Month Kari Baker

Congratulations to Kari, June 2021 Employee of the Month

Kari - Intelligence Analyst/Administrative Specialist

Kari was nominated for her initiative in streamlining a recurring process for our operators. Her initiative and creative problem solving helped the operator bid process run smoothly, with the use of QR codes, smart phones, and computers. Her process improvement meant that operators had the opportunity to be prepared to bid on work in a more efficient way.

Part of the LTD Family for: 11 years

Passionate about: “I love volunteering with animals, my fish and bird, and reading.”

Favorite thing about LTD: “How all the employees work together to create an inviting and safe environment for everyone.”

John Ahlen May Employee of the Month 2021

Congratulations to John, May 2021 Employee of the Month

John - Accessible Services Program Manager

John was nominated for all things Specialized Services. With turnover in the department, John stepped up to manage the current and backlog of work to support grant applications, staff training, contract management and much more behind the scenes. His dedication and communication along with his get-it-done attitude is commendable.

Part of the LTD Family for: 5 years

Passionate about: “I love cooking and eating, and right now I can’t get enough of the amazing salsa verde from Tortilleria El Metate.”

Favorite thing about LTD: “LTD’s audacious leadership to become first in the country with a fully accessible fleet. We remain committed to the spirit of that legacy when working with and for our disability community, and continually strive to do more.”

Rebecca Bailey April Employee of the Month 2021

Congratulations to Rebecca, April 2021 Employee of the Month

Rebecca - Operations Supervisor

Rebecca was nominated for her versatility, flexibility, and professional response to navigating and leading this past year as the COVID Supervisor. Rebecca’s work ethic has always been impressive and this year has been no exception.

Part of the LTD Family for: 16 years

Passionate about: “Traveling and seeing the world.”

Favorite thing about LTD: “How we all work together to serve our community regardless of rain, sleet, or even COVID-19.”

Sonny Melhorn March Employee of the Month 2021

Congratulations to Sonny, March 2021 Employee of the Month

Sonny - Facilities Service Specialist

Sonny was nominated because he was called upon to take on additional duties, to assist with emergency situations that occurred out of the ordinary. Responding after hours and staying late, Sonny showed up with a positive attitude, while dealing with less than appealing situations (sewage).

Part of the LTD Family for: 15 years

Passionate about: “I am passionate about getting up early to exercise and watch my diet during the week. This allows me to indulge in my other passion on the weekend….pizza! I also enjoy camping, traveling and motorcycle riding.”

Favorite thing about LTD: “Working with my Facilities Team! The entire team brings to work a great attitude and effort every day.”

George Denley February Employee of the Month 2021

Congratulations to George, February 2021 Employee of the Month

George - Public Safety Officer

George was nominated for his on-the-spot response to assisting with a mental health crisis at the Eugene Station. Using CIT training, PSO Denley was able to calmly respond, reassuring the individual in crisis and provide the support they needed.

Part of the LTD Family for: 5 years

Passionate about: “I enjoy anything that gets me outdoors, including golf, hiking, fishing, and kayaking.”

Favorite thing about LTD: “My favorite thing about working at LTD is the people, both the passengers and other employees.”


Congratulations to Darel, January 2021 Employee of the Month

Darel - Public Safety Officer

Darel was nominated by 18 of his co-workers for how he supports the operators and the other staff at LTD.

Part of the LTD Family for: 4 years

Passionate about: In his time away from work Darel enjoys keeping up on current information in his field, performing locksports, and working on jigsaw puzzles.

Favorite thing about LTD: Darel loves working with the LTD employees, he says, “They are fantastic!”

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