2018 Keynote Speakers

Patrick Mulick

"The Transformational Mindset"

The success of pupil transportation rises and falls on those who have the potential to lead. This includes every employee, from the transportation director to the bus aide. It is in each person's capacity to not control a situation, but rather positively influence the outcome that will truly make a difference with students. Get your cheer on as Patrick Mulick takes you through an inspirational experience in what it takes to create a positive transformation in your department. You will laugh, you will learn, and without a doubt you will "WOOO!"

Billi Lee

“How Savvy Are You?”

"The Bear Story" is a timeless and timely, entertaining and thought-provoking fable that will help STN EXPO attendees assess how workplace savvy they are. This simple yet profound story has helped people from very diverse cultures like Russia, Mexico and Australia, and in organizations as different as the CIA, Caterpillar and Comcast understand themselves, their colleagues and the system in which they work more clearly.

Learn when to:

  • Exert control and when to be resilient
  • Practice personal exclusivity and when to form professional alliances
  • Be personal and when to depersonalize

The lessons student transporters will walk away with will result in an enhanced ability to avoid damaging political pitfalls.

2017 Conference Speakers

Tim Ammon

Vice President, School Bus Consultants


Fred Andersky

Director, Customer Solutions & Controls

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems


David Anderson

Director of Transportation

Adams 12 Five-Star Schools (Colo.)


Theresa Anderson

Anderson Consulting


Thomas Barth, Ph.D.

Survival Factors Investigator/Biomechanics Engineer

National Transportation Safety Board


Ben Belnap, Ph.D

Certified School Psychologist

Primary Children’s Hospital, Salt Lake City


Linda F. Bluth, Ed.D.

Special Needs Expert

Ellicott City, Md.


Marshall Casey

Director of Fleet Maintenance (ret.)

South Carolina Department of Education


Jeff Cassell

School Bus Safety Company


Matthew Clapp

North America Small Bus Manager

Kidde Fire Technologies


Walt Commans

Automotive Service Excellence


Denny Coughlin

School Bus Training Company


Aaron Dempsey

Okemos Public Schools (Mich.)


Norm Dube

Fire Investigator

ND Services, Inc.


Barbara Duffield

ESSA/McKinney-Vento Act Policy Expert


Todd Duncan

Tyler Technologies


Kevin Easley

Transportation Director

Raytown (Mo.) Quality Schools


Chris Ellison

Transportation Manager

Eugene (Ore.) School District


Tod Eskra

President, Transportation Services Co.


Amanda Essex

Transportation Analyst

National Conference of State Legislatures


Michael Flood

Vice President of Strategy



Glenna Gallo, M.S, M.B.A.

Special Education Director

Utah State Department of Education

President, National Association of State Directors of Special Education


Ali Haghani, Ph.D.

Prof. of Civil & Environmental Engineering

University of Maryland


Launi Harden

Transportation Supervisor

Washington County (Utah) School District


Charlie Hood

Executive Director



Betty Hughes

Pupil Transportation Safety Institute


Alexis Kostas, Ph.D.

Asst. Professor of Robotics

University of Nevada, Reno


Jeff Krueger

Director of Product Development

USSC Group/Fogmaker



Dan Mannix

Asst. Superintendent

Beekmantown (N.Y.) CSD


Greg Marvel

School Board Member

San Ramon (Calif.) Valley USD


Sonia Mastros


Orbit Software, Inc.


Pete Meslin

Director of Transportation

Newport-Mesa (Calif.) USD


Bruce Miles

Director of Government Specifications &

Product Validation

Blue Bird Corporation


Patrick Mulick, B.C.B.A.

Autism Coordinator

Auburn (Wash.) School District


Charlie Ott

Director of Transportation

Fremont (Calif.) USD


Tim Purvis

Director of Transportation

Poway (Calif.) Unified School District


Keshav Guptha Ragunathan

Senior Director, Asset Management

National Express, LLC


Dan Roberts




Alexandra Robinson

Executive Director of Transportation

New York City Department of Education


Joe Scesny

Safety Consultant

Supervising Motor Vehicle Inspector (ret.)

NY State Department of Transportation


Ali Shafani, Ph.D.

Prof. of Civil & Environmental Engineering

University of Maryland


Michael Shields

Director of Transportation

Salem-Keizer (Ore.) Public Schools


Sue Shutrump

OT/PT Supervisor

Trumbull County (Ohio) ESC


GP Singh

CEO & Founder, ByteCurve, LLC


Scott Smay

Director, Research & Development

Navistar/IC Bus


Eric Smith

Transportation Director

Seneca R-7 School District in Neosho, Mo.


Ben Springer, Ph.D.

Director of Special Education

Wasatch County (Utah) School District


Cindy Steigerwald

Director of Transportation/Safety

Mukilteo (Wash.) School District


Mike Stotler

Manager of Service Education

Thomas Built Buses


Mark Swackhamer

Assistant Director of Transportation

Humble (Texas) ISD


Michael Terreri

Project Manager, Clean Transportation

Center for Sustainable Energy


Jay Thurber

Transportation Coordinator

CSI Head Start/Early Head Start

Shoshone, Idaho


Jesus M. Villahermosa, Jr.

Owner & Founder

Crisis Reality Training, Inc.


Winship Wheatley

Attorney & Consultant

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