2016 ‘Garage Stars’


We asked for nominations this summer of fleet manager, lead techs, foremen, etc., who stand out in their operations for their leadership and expertise of school bus and vehicle diagnostics and repair. And our readers responded. 

STN received 105 nominations of 94 technicians from across the nation. We only had space in the August magazine issue to profile nine of these garage professionals, but below is the entire list of nominees, in alphabetical order. Congratulations to all of our 2016 Garage Stars!

Daniel Ahuna
Director of Maintenance
Roberts Hawaii

Mark Albers
Shop Supervisor
School Bus Inc.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Dale Anderson
School Bus Technician
Village Christian School

Davis Barton
Shop Foreman
Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD
Schertz, Texas

Danny Baumann
Assistant Shop Foreman
Judson ISD
Live Oak, Texas

Steve Beery
Service Tech
Penn-Harris-Madison Schools
Mishiwaka, Indiana

Scott Bettinger
Fleet Maintenance Supervisor
Georgetown Independent School District
Georgetown, Texas

Keven Bollinger
Service Manager
First Student Kansas City

David Brewington
Tech II Line Mechanic
South Carolina Department of Education
Columbia, South Carolina

Mark Brown
Lead Tech
Bossier Parish Schools
Benton, Louisiana

Alan Butler
Bus Maintenance Supervisor
Dekalb County Eastern CSD
Butler, Indiana

Bill Butler
Butler Bus Repair for Northeast School Corporation
Hymera, Indiana

Logan Caldwell
Shop Manager
Deitch Buses Inc.
Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Seth Canning
Lead Technician
Elko County School District
Elko, Nevada

Brad Carriveau
Transportation Manager
Stevens Point School District
Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Steve Christensen
Manager of Vehicle Maintenance and Facilities
West County Transportation Agency
Santa Rosa, California

Eddie Clan
Garage Supervisor
Bullitt County Schools
Shepherdsville, Kentucky

Stephen Conwell
Lead Mechanic
Franklin Township Community School Corporation
Franklin Township, Indiana

Gary Cox
Fleet Foreman
North East ISD
San Antonio, Texas

Ronald Daniel
Lead Mechanic
Boone County Schools
Florence, Kentucky

Tommy Davenport
Director of Transportation
Fayetteville Public Schools
Fayetteville, Arkansas

Ryan Duncan
Senior Maintenance Manager
First Student for Wichita Public Schools
Wichita, Kansas

Tom Edwards
Head Mechanic
Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District
Honeoye Falls, New York

Andrew Evans
Shop Foreman
Colonial School District
New Castle, Delaware

David Farley
Shop Foreman
Salem-Keizer Public Schools
Salem, Oregon

Doc Ford
Fleet Services Manager
Orange County Public Schools
Orlando, Florida

Adam Fricke
Class I, Head Mechanic
Merrillville Community School Corporation
Merrillville, Indiana

Drew Garcia
Head Mechanic
USD 457
Garden City, Kansas

George Gerard
Fleet Manager
Eagle County Schools
Eagle, Colorado

Eddie Ginn
Technician II
Brunson Bus Shop
Brunson, South Carolina

Dan Gleich
Maintenance Manager
Durham School Services
Charleston, South Carolina

Craig Greenlaw
Director of Fleet Services
Spotsylvania County Public Schools
Fredericksburg, Virginia

Scott Greenstreet
Region Maintenance Manager
First Student Illinois

Mike Grout
Multi-Fuel Mechanic
Boone County Public Schools
Florence, Kentucky

Ted Hall
Transportation Area Supervisor
Russell Independent Schools
Russell, Kentucky

Dave Hansen
Bus Mechanic/Assistant to the Director of Transportation
Spencer Community Schools
Spencer, Iowa

Don Harder
Fleet Manager
Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District
Truckee, California

Doug Havu
Mechanic Foreman
Maine School Administrative District #6
Buxton, Maine

Selden Hembree
Maintenance Manager
First Student for USD 233
Olathe, Kansas

Doug Hogden
Maintenance Director
Burnett Transit, Inc./Progressive Travel, Inc.
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Pat Hoskins
Assistant Director of Transportation
Madison County Schools
Richmond, Kentucky

Bob Jackson
Bus Garage Mechanic
Aitkin Public Schools
Aitkin, Minnesota

Gregg Justus
Bus Mechanic
USD 342
McLouth, Kansas

Jon Kelley
Fleet Operations Manager
Washoe County School District
Reno, Nevada

Mark Keopke
Republic R-III School District
Republic, Missouri

Anthony Keshishian
Equipment Vehicle Mechanic
San Juan Unified School District
Carmichael, California

Mike King
Auto Repair Supervisor
Washington County Public Schools
Hagerstown, Maryland

Robert Kirschbaum
Spirit Lake Community Schools
Spirit Lake, Iowa

Keith Kochert
Assistant Transportation Director/Mechanic
Delphi Community School Corporation
Delphi, Indiana

Jason Latham
Fleet Maintenance Manager
Western Boone County Community School Corporation
Thornton, Indiana

Steve Leman
Fleet Manager
Tippecanoe School Corporation
Lafayette, Indiana

Boyd Lords
Garage Service Worker
Humboldt County School District
Winnemucca, Nevada

Kevin Lundy
Fleet Director
Minneapolis Public Schools

Kirk Magnuson
Bus Mechanic
Central Noble Community School Corporation
Albion, Indiana

Mark Malone
Shop Foreman
Frederick County Public Schools
Winchester, Virginia

Ricardo Manois
Vehicle Maintenance Technician
Clark County School District
Las Vegas

Pete Marini
Head Mechanic
Fairport Central School District
Fairport, New York

Donald Martin
Vehicle Maintenance Technician
Clark County School District
Las Vegas

John Martz
Head Mechanic
Muscatine Community School District
Muscatine, Iowa

Fred Matlack
Maintenance Manager
Parkway Schools
Chesterfield, Missouri

John Maxwell
Dallas Center-Grimes Community School District
Dallas Center, Iowa

Vaudie McAfee
Transportation Supervisor
Beebe Public Schools
Beebe, Arkansas

Darrin McBay
Regional Maintenance Manager
First Student
New Orleans

Charles McLendon
Lead Technician
Silsbee Independent School District
Silsebee, Texas

Kevin Medley
Lead Mechanic
Meade County Schools
Brandeburg, Kentucky

Tony Michel
Fleet Services Operations Manager
Columbus City Schools
Columbus, Ohio

Steven Minchin
Head Mechanic
Maine School Administrative District No. 75
Topsham, Maine

Dale Morrison
Fleet Mechanic
Live Oak, California

Frank Naelitz
Shop Manager
First Student Elryia/Euclid
Elryia, Ohio

Jay Nason
Maintenance Supervisor
Scarborough Public Works
Scarborough, Maine

Ron Niebolte
Shop Foreman
M & M Bus Service Inc.
Annandale, Minnesota

Kenny Padget
Head Mechanic
Davis County Community Schools
Bloomfield, Iowa

Chuck Peacock
Chief Mechanic
North Putnam Community School Corporation
Bainbridge, Indiana

Brian Pellitier
Bus Driver Mechanic
Eastern Aroostook RSU39
Caribou, Maine

Ted Rapley
Lead Mechanic
San Luis Coastal Unified School District
San Luis Obispo, California

Cliff Rector
Shop Foreman
Falls Church City Schools
Falls Church, Virginia

Kyle Roberts
Transportation Director
USD #494
Syracuse, Kansas

Jimmy Joe Rudicill
Multi-Fuel Mechanic
Boone County Public Schools
Florence, Kentucky

George Rugg
Lead Mechanic
Springville-Griffith Institute Central School District
Springville, New York

Chris Scott
Assistant Service Manager
Rush Bus Centers
Selma, Texas

David Sliger
Transportation Director
USD 394
Rose Hill, Kansas

Kevin Smith
Head Mechanic
Winterset Schools
Winterset, Iowa

Walt Songer
Lead Shop Tech
First Student for USD 300
Coldwater, Kansas

Manuel Sosa III
Shop Foreman
Big Spring Independent School District
Big Spring, Texas

Kevin Talley
Lead Mechanic
Southeastern Polk Community School District
Pleasant Hill, Iowa

Ron Turner
Shop Foreman
Churchill County School District
Fallon, Nevada

Charles Utz
Multi-Fuel Mechanic
Boone County Public Schools
Florence, Kentucky

Dwayne Vandiver
Fleet Manager
Noblesville Schools
Noblesville, Indiana

Kevin Vollweiler
Lead Technician
Frisco Independent School District
Frisco, Texas

Mike Warner
Associate Director, Fleet Maintenance
Cobb County School District
Marietta, Georgia

Lance Wedekind
Assistant Mechanic
Muscatine Community School District
Muscatine, Iowa

James Weitl
Tech Supervisor
Carroll Community School District
Carroll, Iowa

Joe Wetzel
Shop Manager
First Student Syracuse
Syracuse, New York

Bobby Williams
Shop Foreman
Dallas County Schools

Randy Yocum
Head Mechanic
Lincoln County Schools
Stanford, Kentucky