All Points Transit, the non-profit agency that operates the local Dial-A-Ride and city bus services, welcomes Sharon Fipps as its new executive director. Fipps, who joins the All Points team in early September, brings with her a wealth of practical experience and transit expertise, along with a love for Colorado and plenty of family in the area.
"I'm very excited to return to Colorado and to come to the Montrose area," Fipps said. "All Points Transit is a wonderful gem of a mid-sized transit agency, and I feel fortunate to be selected to assist the board and staff as they move into the next phase of development."
Fipps holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and marketing from Metropolitan State University of Denver and, for the past eight years, has managed the Benton County Rural and Special Transportation service in Corvallis, Ore. In that position she provided specialized transportation services for seniors and persons with disabilities and general public rural transit services in Benton, Linn and Lincoln counties, and served as a founding member of a five-county transit alliance that provided connecting transit services between five counties in the northwest corner of the state. The five transit agencies were awarded a $3.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to create cross-county transportation services for both commuters and tourists in Oregon.
Prior to working in Benton County, Fipps wrote grants and raised funds for several non-profits in Oregon, including the Salem Art Association, West Valley Community Hospital and Shangrila Corporation.
"With 10 years of transit experience and 18 years of grant writing, reporting and program management, Sharon will help us take All Points Transit to the next level of serving local and regional needs," All Points Transit board chair Rex Swanson said. "We are very excited to welcome her to Montrose."