Management Team

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    Meet our management team


    Cindy Steigerwald
    Director of Transportation and Safety

    Cindy began her transportation career in 1995 as a substitute bus driver in a neighboring school district.  During her career she has worked in many roles including driver, router, dispatcher, state driver trainer and finally Manager.  Cindy attended Central Washington University and completed their Pupil Transportation Management Program in 2005.  She is still involved in this program as a Mentor and as the Chairperson of the Steering committeeCindy is an active participant at the State level of pupil Transportation and that provides many benefits to the Mukilteo Transportation Department.  Cindy is able to communicate our needs directly to the State level and bring back cutting edge transportation news and ideas to continually improve the Department’s ability to fulfill its mission.

    Lita Smith
    Transportation Coordinator/Driver Trainer

    Lita has worked as a bus driver in the district for over sixteen(16) years. She became a Driver Trainer in 1998 and joined the dispatch team in February of 2006 and became lead router and bus stop reviewer. Lita was promoted in 2011 to the supervisor position of Transportation Coordinator/Driver Trainer. Lita also manages Student Management and all bus stop reviews.


    Kathy Durr
    Dispatcher/Route Specialist

    Kathy has over 30 years in school bus transportation. She started her career at the University Place School and then moved to the Tacoma School district for twelve years. Kathy became a dispatcher for the Mukilteo School District over fifteen years ago and is now the Lead Dispatcher and in charge of routing.

    Karen Heying
    Dispatcher/Route Specialist

    Karen started working as a bus driver in 1998 for the Mukilteo School District. She expanded her duties and became a Driver Trainer in 2008. Karen joined the Dispatch team in 2011 and completed the three year Washington State Association Pupil Transportation Management program at Central Washington University in the summer of 2012.


    Mike Shurtz

    Assistant Dispatcher

    Mike started in the transportation industry in 2005, driving a truck hauling equipment. During the next 10 years, he gradually started driving larger trucks with bigger loads. In September 2011, Mike started with Mukilteo School District, as a substitute bus driver. And was hired on as a contracted driver shortly thereafter. Mike began participation in the annual School Bus Roadeo and realized he has a gift, to train other Roadeo Contestants. Mike successfully completed Driver Trainer School, in July 2015. Then in July 2016, Mike completed the first part of a four-year program, in the Pupil Transportation Management Program at, Central Washington University. Mike accepted a position with the Management Team in October 2016, as an Assistant Dispatcher and Field Trip Coordinator.

    Veronica Cook

     Assistant Dispatcher

    Kathy Bowyer
    Office Coordinator

    Kathy joined the Transportation department in the summer of 2005 as the office coordinator to the Transportation Manager.


    Eric Black

    Lead Mechanic