Management Team


    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

    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.


    Lisa Mehrtens
    Driver Trainer

    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.

    Veronica Cook

    Assistant Dispatcher


    Ben Hirst

     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