Director of Transit
Mr. Thorne joins Knoxville Area Transit after nearly 13 years with Connect Transit in Normal, Illinois, where he served as the Chief Executive Officer. Prior to serving as CEO, he served as Chief Operating Officer, Interim Transportation Director, Procurement Director and Operations Manager.
Mr. Thorne helped to transform Connect Transit into the 2015 American Public Transportation Association Outstanding Public Transit System of the Year. That same year, he was also named to the prestigious list of Mass Transit Top 40 Under 40.
Title: Director of Transit
Director of Procurement
Si is a native of the Greater Knoxville Area and served as KAT’s Chief Maintenance Officer since 2007 before being named Director of Procurement in 2019. Prior to this, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Transportation Management from the University of Tennessee, was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army, and served 23 years in maintenance and logistics management.
Director of Operations
Director of Marketing
Becca has over 15 years of marketing experience through radio broadcasting, where she helped develop and implement marketing strategies and promotional campaigns for clients in a variety of industries, while also hosting her own radio show. Most recently, you heard her on Star 102.1.
Becca earned her B.A. in Communications at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX.
Director of Safety and Training
Prior to joining KAT, Julie’s broad career in human resources included experience in the automotive, aeronautical and marine industries as well as with a major federal contractor. As Director of Safety and Training, she serves as KAT’s liaison for federal, state and local safety, and law enforcement agencies. Julie also plans, develops, organizes and delivers agency-wide training and development programs.
Julie received her Bachelors of Science in Industrial Administration from Kettering University (General Motors Institute), in Flint, Michigan and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Niagara University in Niagara Falls, New York. Her certifications include SPHR, APA and Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt.
Director of Planning & Public Information
Her KAT career began in 1998 as the Marketing Manager. In her current position as the Director of Planning and Public Information, Belinda handles route and service planning, as well as marketing and media relations. She also oversees communications, customer service, and outreach.
Belinda received her undergraduate degree from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, and obtained a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from The University of Tennessee.
Director of Maintenance
Chris joined KAT as a mechanic in 2011 and moved up through the ranks to Maintenance Supervisor in 2017, then Lead Supervisor in 2021. In March of 2023 he was named the Interim Director of Maintenance, and promoted to Director of Maintenance in October of 2023.
Chris earned his Associated degree in Diesel Powered Equipment Technology from Tennessee College of Applied Technology in 2011. He has placed in both student and professional maintenance competitions including the USASkills Championships in 2010, and the Tennessee Public Transportation Association Roadeo in 2017.