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News for August 2016
Click here to view the Mountain Rides Five Year Strategic Plan.
  
   
From Friday, July 8th until Friday, Sept 2nd, (Fridays only) the FREE Sun Valley Story tour will start at the Visitor Center at 10:15am on the Blue Route. Please sign up at the Visitor Center in advance. (See poster below)
Mountain Rides Staff


Staff Staff Drivers
Jason Miller
Executive Director

Executive Director Jason Miller got started in transportation accidentally when he started a weekend business taking clients skiing and rafting that developed into a high quality passenger shuttle and charter company. After selling that business, Jason moved to Idaho and started working on community transportation solutions in the Sun Valley area in 2006, starting out as Executive Director of Wood River Rideshare, a non-profit focused on promoting and providing ridesharing, bicycling and walking transportation solutions. Jason has been Executive Director of Mountain Rides since 2007. Throughout his career at Mountain Rides, Jason has been instrumental in creating and growing transportation options for our area.  Jason is leading the implementation of a new strategic plan for Mountain Rides that focuses on increased service levels, seamless integration of transportation modes, efficient use of resources, and building key partnerships. A dedicated cyclist and user of public transportation, Jason brings tremendous passion to his work - it is not uncommon to find Jason riding a Mountain Rides bus, biking the Wood River Trail, or walking around town.
Wendy Crosby
Business Manager

Wendy joined the Mountain Rides team in December 2010.  She primarily focuses on Mountain Rides' financial, grant administration, as well as, human resource activities for the organization.  Wendy has lived in the Wood River Valley for the past 10 years with her family and brings a unique combination of business and not for profit knowledge to Mountain Rides.
Ben Varner
Maintenance and Facilities Manager

Ben joined Mountain Rides as the Maintenance and Facilities Manager in 2015 to oversee the team that keeps the buses running and facilities in tip-top shape.He is looking forward to making sure our riders have the best experience possible while using our system to move around the region. Ben is a volunteer Engineer/EMT with the Ketchum Fire Department and lives with his wife, Kate, in Hailey.
Jim Finch
Operations Manager

Jim is the Operations Manager for Mountain Rides, overseeing drivers, scheduling and all of the routes. He loves the opportunity to help provide transportation solutions to the residents of the Greater Wood River Valley! In his spare time, Jim is an avid outdoor recreationalist, hiking in Utah, biking and skiing are just a few of his passions. His wife Kathie is a world class athlete, author and backpacker!
Kim MacPherson
Support Specialist

Kim joined Mountain Rides in December 2011 as the Administrative Support Coordinator and is now a Support Specialist assisting all departments.  She graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a business administration degree. She loves living with her daughter here in the Wood River Valley. 
Kaz Thea
Bike - Ped Coordinator

Kaz has a passion to serve and engage in programs that better our community.  Kaz joined Mountain Rides in the spring of 2012 as the Bike-Ped Coordinator initially to run the safe routes to school program advocating for improved bicycling and walking infrastructure and promoting events to celebrate biking and walking in the Blaine County school district.  In 2013 Mountain Rides launched the BikeShare program in Hailey, which Kaz administers.  In 2015 the program expanded to include Ketchum.  Kaz also oversees the Blaine County Community Bike-Ped Plan, working with the cities and county to implement projects to improve multi-modal transportation in this active community.  Kaz lives in Hailey with her husband Kurt and son Kai and is very active in the outdoors making great use of the areas amazing trails hiking, biking, skiing, backpacking and enjoying the areas lakes and white-water rivers.  
Carlos Tellez
Mechanic

Carlos is our full-time ace mechanic in the shop, fixing all of our mechanical problems with a huge smile on his face! He adds a fresh outlook to our staff while working extremely hard to solve the toughest problems. He also loves to grow peppers and restore his old Ford pick-up truck.

Mark F. Johnson
Bus & Facility Maintenance

Born & raised in Minnesota, Mark started at KART part time in the winter of 1996. He later became a full-time employee of Mountain Rides in the winter of 2006. In his spare time, Mark is also an athlete and loves to play hockey as often as he can.
Jason MillerJason Miller
Wendy CrosbyWendy Crosby
Jim FinchJim Finch
Kim MacPhersonKim MacPherson
Kaz TheaKaz Thea
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