President - Kelly Kussman

Kelly Kussman gained specialized post-secondary education and training in Arizona at Universal Technical Institute as a Diesel Mechanic. After trade school he worked as a Mechanic for Seattle a car dealership for eight years, another six and a half years at the fleet shop for Safeway where he utilized skills to maintain and repair warehouse support equipment, transport refrigeration, semi tractors and their trailers. He then had short stint for a local demolition contractor as an on-site mechanic. In 1997 he started his career with Issaquah where he progressed from being the only swing shift mechanic to a Heavy equipment mechanic, Shop Supervisor and has been the Fleet Manager there since 2012. He has lived in Washington since 1970 and now resides in Duvall with his wife and two sons.

  Vice President - Keith Swearingen

Keith has decades of fleet experience as an owner/operator of a private shop, Fleet Supervisor for Casa Grande, AZ and now fleet manager for Kitsap County. Additionally, Keith was an officer for Rocky Mountain Fleet Managers Association, in increasingly responsible roles, culminating as Chairman of the Board. He's managed Kitsap County's fleet since 2010 and is thrilled to serve his community and contribute to PFMA.

  Treasurer - Jen Erickson

Jen Erickson has worked for the Maintenance Department at Link Transit in Wenatchee since March 1997.  Prior to that she was a Professional Ski/Snowboard Instructor at Stevens Pass & Mission Ridge, but seasonal work isn’t a career – unfortunately!  Before moving to Wenatchee from the Seattle area, she worked for 12 years at Seafirst Bank – now Bank of America.  She and her husband enjoy snowboarding, fly-fishing and supporting the lively independent music scene in the Northwest by hosting musicians in their home.

    Training Officer - Tim Murphy 

Hello, I am Tim Murphy, the Fleet Services Manager for Lewis County.

I have been here for about two years now and this is my first go a government employment. I started my career with vocational training from Wyoming Technical institute and then went into an apprenticeship program with the Operating engineers. I worked as a mechanic in heavy equipment\mining for about 12 years and then transitioned into management. While working at a mine in Arizona, I was the assistant maintenance manager. The value of the mining fleet was worth about 30 million and an annual Maintenance and Operating budget of about 12 million. We had staffing of around 60 people. Wanting to be back in my home area, I got out of the mining industry and eventually lead me to where I am today.

I am interested in being the next PFMA training officer to give back to an industry I am passionate about. Since taking on my roll here, I have found great value in PMFA and the resources contained in the network it provides. I tell my staff that my biggest role is to develop people; with that being the training officer only extends the impact to develop those in our industry. 

  Information Officer - Brent Riffel

Brent is the Maintenance Training Coordinator who manages all training needs, logistics, safety training, technical data and curriculum for maintenance personnel at Pierce Transit.  Previously, he spent a full career in the aviation maintenance field with the U.S. Air Force.  While he started out turning wrenches on various types of aircraft, most of that time was later invested in the training environment which led to a passion for career continuation with training and education in the transit maintenance industry.  Brent is married and has three daughters. They’ve lived in the Tacoma area for 17 years.

  Secretary - Tanya Taylor

Tanya has been the City of Tukwila’s Fleet & Facility Services Divisions’ sole Administrative Specialist (Analyst) since 2004. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting with a Minor in Public Administration in 2013. Prior to working for the City of Tukwila, Tanya’s work experience spanned industries such as hospitality & travel, electrical utility construction, software support, aerospace/in-flight entertainment and even a brief time working for Dale Chihuly, the glass artist. Born and raised in Southern Arizona, Tanya moved to the area in 1991. She now resides in the East Renton Highlands with her husband and two kids.

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