Vanpool Council


Council Leadership

Council Chair: Dezra Nauls, STAR Vanpool - METRO (
Vice-Chair: Michelle Althoff, Commute with Enterprise (
Secretary: Joe Stainsby, OmniRide (
International Conference Training Leader: Erika Heinz, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County Texas (
Communications Workgroup Leader: Felicia H. Woodruff, Woodruff Company Engineered Solutions, LLC (WCES) (
Directory Workgroup Leaders: Tracy Ellis, Lane Transit District (


The Vanpool Council of the Association for Commuter Transportation addresses and shares information related to vanpools, vanpool programs, public-private partnerships for delivery of vanpool services, contracting, program management, customer services, and promotional issues, among other topics.

The council has four workgroups that help address specific issues and concerns of the council members: 

  • Communications – providing vanpool-related materials to ACT for social media, newsletters, etc. 
  • Directory – collecting data/key performance indicators from vanpool programs
  • ACT International Conference/Training Sessions – coordinating vanpool-specific training sessions for the annual conference, professional development sessions, or other training venues
  • Public Policy –  reviewing public policy initiatives, and advocating for vanpool related issues


What is "Vanpool"?

Vanpool is “a transit mode comprised of vans, small buses and other vehicles operating as a ride sharing arrangement, providing transportation to a group of individuals traveling directly between their homes and a regular destination within the same geographical area. The vehicles shall have a minimum seating capacity of seven persons, including the driver.”

Why Should You Join ACT's Vanpool Council?

Thinking about starting a vanpool program? Want to know more about tax-free vanpool benefits? Do you know how a vanpool program would affect your bottom line? Are you aware of the public policy activities facing vanpools? ACT’s Vanpool Council provides you access to other industry professionals and resources. Please contact one of the Vanpool Council leadership members.

Meetings & Events

Stay tuned for upcoming meetings & events!





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