Island Transit Award Recipients


Steven Ward

Island Transit announces our July – December 2014 Employee of the Half, Steve Ward. Our bi-annual award honors an employee chosen by fellow employees. Steve boosts morale with his positive attitude, generosity, and kindness. When a smile is needed, we go to Steve! He is always a professional and does a fabulous job of representing Island Transit. It is with great pleasure that the employees of Island Transit present Steve Ward with this award.




Island Transit is pleased to announce that Mark Vance of Island Transit is our four-time winner of the local 2014 Bus Roadeo. He will once again represent Island Transit at the Washington State Bus Roadeo sponsored by WSDOT, Washington State Transit Association, and Washington State Transit Insurance Pool. Eligibility requirements are based on establishing positive reinforcement for operators who are sincerely dedicated to providing the best of service, courtesy, and safety to our customers. The course is based on ten problem areas encountered on a daily basis, and is a seven minute, scored event. It tests driving skills and safety training. Congratulations Mark!




Lisa Dugger started her career with Island Transit as Administrative Clerk in February of 1995. Her abilities were quickly identified:  in May of 1996, she was promoted to Dispatcher, where she single handedly re-organized the entire department; in January of 1999, Lisa became Service Coordinator, then promoted to Operations Supervisor shortly thereafter; and then promoted again in 2011 to Specialized Services Administrator. Lisa’s long standing and versatile career ended with her retirement on December of 2013. We recognize Lisa as a talented and exemplary employee who truly established the benchmark for excellence in public transportation services delivery! Lisa’s passion and strength shows in the manner that she deals with everyone. But most particularly, Lisa is known for her genuine, endearing compassion for our elderly and disabled customers! Here’s to you, Lisa Dugger! What a career you have shared with us!! We honor you with this recognition award and THANK YOU for all of your remarkable contributions to our organization!! 


Paul Munck joined our Camano Island team as Facilities Maintenance in September 2008. Paul draws you in with sincerity, warmth, kindness, and a constant twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face. Paul is a unique and shining star in our organization. He amazes us with his endless abilities to tackle and succeed at any task. He has a natural ability to diagnose and repair things, including folks having “bad hair” days. Our Maintenance folks find Paul to be invaluable. He’s trusted and able to diagnose and repair issues with our Camano fleet. Paul readily steps in whenever and wherever needed, saving countless bus swaps between Whidbey and Camano Islands. He is humble but confident, has a thirst for knowledge, and the drive to help Island Transit in any capacity. He has made a positive impact to Island Transit and our community, and has earned the appreciation and respect from all of us. Paul, it is with great honor and pride that we recognize you as our 2014 Spirit of Island Transit Award Recipient.




It is with great pleasure that we announce Island Transit’s Camano Employee of the Year for 2014, Steve Mishler! Steve has been chosen for this award by his peers because he sets a standard of excellence for others. He is an amazing person in all respects, and always goes the extra mile to make sure operators have what they need to do their jobs well. Steve is calm in every situation, a real problem solver, and our “answer guy”. We thank you Steve, for being such an asset to Island Transit.