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Get to Know the Commuter Connect Team

Get To Know Jennifer Gebhard

Get To Know – Jennifer Gebhard, Program Manager

1. What is your position and how long have you been with Commuter Connect? 

I have been with Commuter Connect for 8 years. I did take a leave for 2 years when my husband’s job took us to CA. I am now the Program Manager.

2. How did you get started in the industry?

I got started in the industry by moving overseas to England. The experience of living in Europe and seeing great walkable communities with transit was missing from my so-called great community that I was returning to. I felt blessed to live overseas and really wanted to come home to give back and make a difference.

3. What is your favorite part of the job?

My favorite part of the job is giving people hope and resources. Everyday our office receives calls from people who have a job offer but can’t get to that job due to a lack of a true regional transportation system. My own uncle had to walk over 3 hours in the cold many times and even live in his unreliable vehicle to continue to work and provide for his family. Our agency can fill gaps and provide people with possible solutions.

4. What is your best commuting tip? 

Don’t commute alone, find a carpool partner, use public transit, bike or walk to work if it’s available.

5. How do you like to spend your time outside of work? 

I spend my time with my family traveling, hiking, and volunteering in the community.

6. What is one thing you want to do when the pandemic is over? 

When the pandemic is over I hope to take another international vacation.

7. What are you reading or watching right now? 

I don’t watch much TV or read many novels. I am a busy body and definitely have issues relaxing and slowing down.

8. What is your favorite destination/activity in Central Indiana?

My favorite destination in Central IN is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Our family has been involved with racing for decades.

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Get to Know Desiree Sanks

Get To Know – Desiree Sanks, Customer Service Administrator

1. What is your position and how long have you been with Commuter Connect? 

I am the Customer Service Administrator for CIRTA and I have been employed with the agency for about 9 months.

2. How did you get started in the industry?

I was employed with IndyGo as a Contractor for many years, so I have a lot of experience in the transportation industry.

3. What is your favorite part of the job?

My favorite part of the job is helping people.

4. What is your best commuting tip? 

My best commuting tip is to stay as safe as possible and always be aware of your surroundings when commuting.

5. How do you like to spend your time outside of work? 

Outside of work, I like to just relax and watch HGTV, OWN and all of the Lifetime channels.

6. What is one thing you want to do when the pandemic is over? 

When the pandemic is over, I would LOVE to just be able to congregate with people again.

7. What are you reading or watching right now? 

I am currently watching the series Greenleaf on the OWN channel.

8. What is your favorite destination/activity in Central Indiana?

My favorite activity in Central Indiana would be walking along Mass Ave. 

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Get To Know – Lisa Bailey, Community Outreach Representative, Commuter Connect

1. What is your position and how long have you been with Commuter Connect? 

I’m a Community Outreach Representative here at Commuter Connect. I have been with CIRTA for 3 years and 8 months.

2. How did you get started in the industry?

CIRTA was my first experience working in transportation.

3. What is your favorite part of the job?

My favorite part of the job is helping people find transportation.

4. What is your best commuting tip? 

Telework, if at all possible. Always try to allow extra time when you are commuting.

5. How do you like to spend your time outside of work? 

I enjoy spending time with my family, at church, or with friends.

6. What is one thing you want to do when the pandemic is over? 

Plan a trip to Maine!

7. What are you reading or watching right now? 

Right now, I’m reading Canoeing the Mountains and watching the Food Network.

8. What is your favorite destination/activity in Central Indiana?

Brown County State Park in Nashville, Indiana. Check it out if you’re in the area!

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Get To Know – Molly Oliver, Vanpool Coordinator, Commuter Connect

1. What is your position and how long have you been with Commuter Connect? 

I have worked at Commuter Connect since April of this year as the Outreach Coordinator for Madison, West Marion, and Hamilton Counties. I also am the Vanpool Coordinator.

2. How did you get started in the industry?

I was an AmeriCorps member in 2006 and had just moved to Indianapolis from a small town in Northern Indiana and was in a car accident that totaled my vehicle. I found myself dependent upon public transportation and that is where my passion for alternative forms of transportation began. I rode IndyGo for over a year as my only form of transportation. I landed a job working at Connect2Help 2-1-1 where I wore multiple hats, one of which was providing resources to the community. I often found myself providing information on IndyGo, Commuter Connect, and transportation services for those with disabilities. It was evident that transportation wasn’t available for everyone. From 2-1-1, I was hired on the Outreach Team at IndyGo where I was able to engage with different communities in Indianapolis and see where the needs were for transportation. I was able to be a part of the launch of the Red Line and a part of the conversation for upcoming Bus Rapid Transit Lines. I was offered an opportunity to work with Commuter Connect helping match people with carpools, vanpools, and promoting alternative forms of transportation. It was a great fit for my next step in helping people gain access to transportation. I aim to keep the momentum of seeking transportation for everyone at the forefront of my mind. 

3. What is your favorite part of the job?

I love being able to connect people to transportation. It can be a huge barrier when you don’t have access and knowing that I can help connect and hopefully make someone’s life a little easier is a wonderful feeling. I, thankfully, had a friend who came alongside me when I didn’t have transportation and introduced me to IndyGo. I am forever thankful that she helped me gain access to opportunities when she recognized my barrier to transportation. 

4. What is your best commuting tip? 

I would say that when you are seeking a place to live, look for somewhere that has access to a bus line, bikes, walkable sidewalks, and is close to the places you like to visit regularly with easy access to where you work. You never think about how difficult commuting can be until you realize your only option is to walk or bike and your destination is in another city. I would say planning ahead and knowing your commute options is important. 

5. How do you like to spend your time outside of work? 

I enjoy spending time with my husband and two toddlers playing outside! I also like drive-in movie theaters, late night movies with snacks on the couch, and learning about how people, places, and things work. 

6. What is one thing you want to do when the pandemic is over? 

I think I would enjoy going to get ice cream with my family, dining in, and then taking a shopping trip for new shoes and toys! We haven’t taken our children anywhere besides the park since the pandemic began so I will find this activity to be very fun! 

7. What are you reading or watching right now? 

Mainly I read online articles on topics about the pandemic, politics, racial injustice, and children’s stories haha. I do enjoy a few television shows at the moment: In the Dark, The Chi, Ray Donovan, and Baby Shark. 

8. What is your favorite destination/activity in Central Indiana?

I am a huge fan of Tibbs Drive-in Theater and Garfield Park. Both hold good memories for me. My husband and I used to frequent Tibbs prior to having children and still go with our children. It hasn’t stopped fitting our lifestyle. Garfield Park is beautiful with so much space to explore and I used to frequent there with my nephew and now with my own children.