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NSTA Presents 2016 School Bus Industry Award Winners

The National School Transportation Association (NSTA) presented its annual awards to recognize outstanding industry professionals in a dinner ceremony on Tuesday, as part of the NSTA’s annual dinner meeting in Greensboro, North Carolina.

“We are very proud of the dedication and commitment this year’s honorees have displayed to the industry. Each, in their own way, has left a lasting contribution on the school transportation industry and we commend them for their efforts,” said Todd Monteferrario, NSTA president, last week.

The Golden Merit Award is given to individuals who demonstrate excellence in service, safety and community responsibility. Recipients include:

Rafael Bolanos, Rosemead, California, Durham School Services

Teresa Cole, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, First Student, Inc.

Denise Foote, Woodstown, New Jersey, B.R. Williams

Karen L. Jones, Pasadena, Maryland, Wilson’s Bus Service, Inc.

Randall E. Jubb, Glen Burnie, Maryland, Jubb’s Bus Service

Rob Nelson, North Prairie, Wisconsin, Dousman Transport Co.

Kevin Rhine, Midwest, Illinois, Durham School Services

Patti Royce-Moser, Amityville, New York, Educational Bus Transportation, Inc.

Donald Sinke, Lansing, Michigan, Dean Transportation

Mike Sloan, San Francisco, California, First Student, Inc.

Greg Walter, Ontario, Canada, Landmark Student Transportation

Joanne Waterhouse, Salem, New Hampshire, First Student, Inc.

Rick Wolff, Kingston, New York, Ethan Allen Transportation 

This year’s recipient of the Thomas Built Buses Continuing Education Grant was Jessica McMillion of Wilson’s Bus Service, Inc. in Pasadena, MD. The award is given to a member contractor or their staff in order to pursue continuing education.

Bruce Chamberlin of M&M Bus Service in Annandale, Minnesota and Tiesha Donner of First Student, Inc. in Jefferson City, Missouri received the Outstanding Driver Service Award in recognition of their safety performance and commitment to excellence.

NSTA’s Green School Bus Fleet Certification Program is given to NSTA members for their efforts towards a cleaner environment. The award is endorsed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean School Bus USA Program. The levels of certification are platinum, gold, silver and bronze. These depend on the level of fleet reduction in particulate matter. This year’s recipients include:


First Student, Inc.
Bozeman, Montana
Newtown, Pennsylvania
Portland, Oregon
Waukesha, Wisconsin
National Express LLC
Durham School Services, Ottumwa, Iowa 


First Student, Inc.
Gardena, California
McMinnville, Oregon
Orono, Minnesota
Palm Springs, California
Santa Ana, California
Seattle, Washington
St. Andrews, California
West Valley, California
Huntington Coach
Bayville, New York
Huntington Station, New York
Port Washington, New York
Northport, New York
National Express LLC
Durham School Services, Indianapolis, Indiana
Stock Transportation, Halifax, Nova Scotia
The Trans Group
All Locations 

Silver Level

First Student, Inc.
Saddleback, California
Upland, California.

Cook-Illinois Corporation from Oak Brook, Illinois was this year’s winner of the Go Yellow, Go Green Award, which recognizes initiative and commitment to addressing environmental concerns in a positive manner.  

The Hall of Fame Award recognizes the efforts of individuals who have demonstrated long-term commitment to pupil transportation. This year’s winner was Jim Folkes of Krapf Bus Companies in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Gary Catapano of First Student, Inc. was recognized with the Distinguished Service Award for contributions to pupil transportation contracting.

The winner of the Meritorious Service Award was Ron Kinney of QET Management Services in Elk Grove, California in recognition of “unparalleled vision, support, and leadership toward improving pupil transportation safety, the promotion of NSTA and the school bus industry.”

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