Meet the team
Brenda Davis, Community Development Supervisor
Brenda and her team work with Pierce County employers to offer commute benefits to their employees, engage with the public at community meetings and events, provide education to community groups, and distribute materials, tickets and passes to community partners. She is passionate about improving mobility in Pierce County and is eager to find solutions that meet your group’s unique transportation needs.
Lani Fowlkes, Community Development Coordinator
Lani promotes Pierce Transit’s products and services to the business community. She enjoys engaging with internal and external customers and is a true ‘people person’. She recently finished a two-year term on the Washington State Ridesharing Organization Board and was an active member of the Washington State Transit Association Vanpool Committee. Lani is committed to working with business partners to identify commute solutions that yield the greatest benefits to their employees and their organization.
Nathan BeVelle, Community Development Coordinator
Nathan collaborates with businesses of all sizes and property managers throughout Pierce County to provide resources on transportation amenities. Nathan is a veteran who served as a Non-Commissioned Officer in both the Army and Air Force. Prior to relocating to the great Pacific Northwest, Nathan worked for the Missouri Department of Economic Development, was the Executive Director for an economic development organization just outside of Kansas City, and is from the Home of Sliced Bread. Nathan and his family are enjoying all that the Puget Sound region has to offer!
Penny Grellier, Community Development Administrator
Penny works on ORCA business accounts and innovative projects for Pierce Transit. She has helped make transportation connections easier for the public over the past 20 years in various settings. An avid transit rider, she also serves as Pierce Transit’s Employee Transportation Coordinator. In 2019, Penny received Downtown: On the Go’s Transportation Innovator Award – Big Step/Big Program for her work on the Limited Access Connections Project.
Tammy Apthorp, Community Development Coordinator
Tammy is a Tacoma native with 22+ years of experience in public transportation. She is a rideshare extraordinaire – alleviating traffic congestion with each Vanpool she gets on the road. Her knowledge and expertise shine as she works with businesses, small and large, to identify innovative transportation solutions. Tammy is passionate about customer education and greener choices and is a true servant leader in her field.
Alex Alderman, Education and Outreach Specialist
Alex is a mobility advocate who works with community groups to provide public transportation education. One of her primary goals is to make life-long bus riders out of Pierce County residents. She is a devoted vanpool and bus rider who draws on personal experience when helping others overcome the uncertainty of using public transportation for the first time. Alex has a contagious enthusiasm, which shows in her interactions with Pierce Transit customers and Pierce County community members!
Denise Downs, Marketing Service Representative
Denise literally hits the ground running the moment she arrives at work each day. She works with the ORCA retailer network, making sure equipment is operating and resolving issues with ORCA cards. She insures current marketing materials area available on buses and at designated locations. Denise works closely with SHUTTLE customers to process monthly pass orders and Human Service agencies who offer bus passes and tickets to their clients. Her passion for serving our community shows in all her interactions.