Leadership Team

Executive Photo David A. Duke
David A. Duke
President and Chief Executive Officer
David Duke brings 25 years’ experience in student transportation to his position as president and CEO of NELLC. He has a proven track record in operations and business development, and brings a proactive and strategic approach to management. David has held various leadership positions over the course of his career within multiple national transportation organizations, managing regional and national operations as well as business development in school bus transportation and consumer transit transportation.
Executive Photo John A. Elliott
John A. Elliott
CEO Emeritus
John Elliott is the CEO Emeritus for NELLC. He brings over 40 years’ experience in student transportation, holding various positions from vice president to president to CEO within various student transportation organizations. John has been with the company for over 12 years, serving as the president of 10 years and the CEO of NELLC for one and a half years. John’s commitment to and accomplishments within the student transportation industry have been recognized with the National School Transportation Association Hall of Fame Award (2006) and the School Bus Fleet Contractor of the Year Award (2007). John also has a passion for education, beginning his career as an English and history teacher, and then as an assistant superintendent for two separate districts in Illinois. He received his B.S. in education from Western Illinois University and has taken various graduate and development courses over the years. John serves as a board member for the National School Transportation Association.
Executive Photo Gary Waits
Gary Waits
Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Gary Waits is a Certified Public Accountant who brings over 17 years of experience in the transportation industry and has held many leadership positions within multiple transportation organizations. He joined National Express in 2010 and previously was the Divisional CEO of National Express Transit Corporation. Prior to joining our team, Gary was the Chief Financial Officer for First Student and then the Vice President of Finance for North America for First Group.
Executive Photo Judith Crawford
Judith Crawford
Chief Executive Officer, Transit/EVP, Commercial Development
Judith Crawford is the CEO of National Express Transit Corporation (NEXT) and the EVP of commercial development for NELLC. She is responsible for the transit operations across the US, and the commercial development sector for the whole business. Prior to that Judith and the CFO for NELLC. Judith brings more than 10 years of financial management and operational experience. She has overseen many strategic and operational projects within NELLC. Before beginning her career with NELLC, Judith worked for KPMG in the United Kingdom.
Executive Photo Dorothy Capers
Dorothy Capers
Senior Vice President of Legal and General Counsel
Dorothy Capers is a corporate attorney and legal business partner with more than 28 years of extensive in-house, government and private law firm experience, primarily in the areas of litigation and litigation management. She joined NELLC in 2015 and recently comes from US Foods, where she served for six years as associate general counsel and led the litigation and bankruptcy team for more than 70 locations in 39 states. Most recently, Dorothy helped guide US Foods through its $8.2 billion proposed merger with Sysco. Prior to US Foods, she has held positions at the City of Chicago Department of Law, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and Metra Railroad. Dorothy previously served as President of the Black Women Lawyer’s Association of Greater Chicago and is currently on the Board of Directors at the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation. She holds a J.D. from Howard University School of Law and a B.A. in Speech Communication and History from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Executive Photo Bob Ramsdell
Bob Ramsdell
Chief Safety Officer
With over 26 years of successful leadership in the transportation industry, Bob Ramsdell has developed broad expertise in the areas of operations, safety and human resources. Since joining the company in 1997, Bob has provided consistent leadership in the company’s safety, operations, human resources, labor relations and recruiting functions. His long oversight of safety and driver recruiting has established a lasting culture of hiring and training the safest drivers in the industry. Returning to once again lead our safety program after overseeing our central area operations for six years, Bob brings a wide breadth and depth of experience to help ensure we get children to and from school safely each day.  Prior to joining NELLC, Bob served as the director of safety and training for DAVE Transportation, a provider of contracted public transit services to cities, counties and agencies in 16 states. Bob holds a master of business administration degree from DePaul University and a bachelor’s degree in English from California State University, Fullerton. He received the National School Transportation Association’s prestigious Golden Merit Award in 2002.
Executive Photo Mike Goddard
Mike Goddard
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Mike Goddard provides the strategic direction for human resource programs, policies and procedures - encompassing benefits, training, human resource information services, performance management and human resource generalist activities. Mike has more than 10 years of global HR experience, as well as previously holding senior executive roles in transport operations. Mike has been supporting HR at the organization since 2011 alongside his role as group HR director for the parent company, National Express Group. He began his current position as SVP of human resources in 2014.
Executive Photo Carina Noble
Carina Noble
Vice President, Communications and External Affairs
Carina Noble has been with the organization since 2001 and has held varying roles across the organization from transportation planning to transit and now student transportation. In her current role, she has oversight for strategic communications, market development activities as well as charter sales growth. In 2011, Carina was awarded the National Student Transportation Association’s Golden Merit Award, which recognizes excellence in service, safety, and community responsibility.
Executive Photo John Elliott Jr.
John Elliott Jr.
Senior Vice President, Business Development
John Elliott, Jr. joined NELLC in 2015 in an executive leadership role, overseeing our company’s safety programs such as field safety support, safety training, safety analytics and safety audit. In March 2017, John took on the role as our senior vice president of business development assisting with acquisitions and leading our sales efforts for both school bus and transit. Throughout his 26-year career, John has held numerous leadership roles in the petrochemical industry. Before joining the organization, he was at Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, where he spent the majority of his tenure overseeing global/domestic sales and marketing of key product lines where he acquired considerable management, purchasing and commercial experience.
Executive Photo Mathy Sales
Mathy Sales
Vice President, Process Improvement
Mathy Sales joined NELLC in April 2012 to lead the successful deployment of our Compass operating system and later joined the maintenance organization as vice president, maintenance support and analytics.  Prior to NELLC, Mathy held various leadership roles at AM Castle & Co. and Sears Holdings Corporation.  As director of enterprise services at AM Castle, she transformed teams to deliver and support Oracle platforms for all administration, manufacturing and distribution functions while implementing core standards and best practices. In her current role, Mathy provides strategic leadership and tactical planning to lead our organization through the journey for Excellence, one of our five core values. Mathy has an MBA in information systems from Oklahoma City University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from Oklahoma State University.