At the helm of the NAPT Foundation are a number of experts who, combined, offer well over 100 years of experience in the pupil transportation field. These industry-recognized leaders have helped to advance safety issues on the state and national level for many years, and are committed to raising pupil transportation safety standards.

2012 NAPT Foundation

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George (Ed) Donn has a BS degree in Biology from the University of Maryland and a Masters degree in Administration from Frostburg State University. He has served as a teacher, high school administrator and retired as Director of Pupil Transportation from school systems in both Maryland and Georgia. He is a former two termed NAPT President (1987-8) (1996-7) who has attended the National Conference on School Transportation (1980, 85, 90, 95, 00, 05,and 2010).He served as the NAPT representative from 1986 through 2000 as well as the Vice Chair at the 2000 conference. He has been recognized as one of the leaders in pupil transportation; serving as President of the Maryland Association for Pupil Transportation and the Georgia Association of Pupil Transportation. He has been recognized by the National Association for Pupil Transportation by his selection into the NAPT Hall of Fame in 2001. Prior to that induction he was honored by School Bus Fleet Magazine as Administrator of the Year and the Distinguished Service Award by NAPT. He was instrumental in getting NAPT to develop the NAPT Certification program in the 1980’s and completed the program as a Certified Director of Pupil Transportation (CDPT). He continues to work for the industry including serving as an industry consultant to school bus vendors, school systems, Risk Management division of a School Boards Association and as a member of the Suppliers Council. Ed is currently serving his second term as Chairman of the Foundation. Ed along with Don Carnahan, Bob Pape, and Tom Cellitti were founding members of the NAPT Foundation.


Don Carnahan has more than 40 years of executive management experience and leadership skills in the education and pupil transportation industry including school district administration, department of education administration and private sector employment with business relationships with education institutions. Don is currently President Elect of the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT). He was inducted into the NAPT Hall of Fame in 2006; president of the Pupil Transportation Safety Institute (PTSI) Board from 2004-2006; president of NAPT from Nov 1997 until Nov. 1999; president of National Association of State Directors for Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS) 1991-1993; chair of the National Standards Conference for School Transportation from 1986 through January 1996; employed by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction in Washington State from 1974-1996 and served as State Director of Pupil Transportation & Traffic Safety Education. Don served as adjunct professor from 1989 until 2004 at Central Washington University for the Management Training Program for Pupil Transportation that he developed and implemented with the cooperation of the Washington Association for Pupil Transportation. He was a Director for Business Development for Laidlaw Education Services for nearly nine years. He is currently Vice President of Business Development, Pupil Transportation for Zonar Systems. Don earned a BA from the University of Washington, where he played center and linebacker on two Rose Bowl football teams. His Master’s Degree was earned at Central Washington University.


Donald Paull After serving for 10 years as President and CEO of Capital Bus Sales, a Texas school bus dealer, Don sold the business in June, 2008. He previously was employed as director of transportation for several Texas school districts over a period of 22 years. Don also has served as president of both the National Association of Pupil Transportation and the Texas Association of Pupil Transportation. He was a delegate to the 1985 and 1990 National School Bus Standards Conferences and served on several writing committees for those conferences.


Steven Kalmes began his career in student transportation in 1973 as a school bus driver while working on a degree in Personnel Administration at the University of Kansas. He held several positions in the school transportation industry in Kansas and Missouri in the 70’s and 80’s.
Steve has been employed as Director of Transportation Services for the Anchorage School District in Anchorage Alaska for the past 27 years. He is responsible for a fleet of over 300 buses, 60% contracted and 40% operated by school district employees.
Mr. Kalmes was member if the Anchorage Public Transportation Advisory Board for over a decade and served as Chairman for four years. Steve served on the Board of Directors and was Transportation Committee Chairman for the 1996 Arctic Winter Games. He was Transportation Commissioner for the 2001 Special Olympic World Winter Games and served on the Transportation Committee for the 2006 Veterans Wheelchair Games.
Steve was a member of Alaska Delegation at the National Congress on School Transportation in 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005 and 2010. He is a past president of the Missouri Association for Pupil Transportation and served as chairman of the National BUS Council during the early 1990’s. He served on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) for seven years as Director Region 5 1999-2001, President Elect 2001-2003 and President 2003-2005. He has been the Chairman of the NAPT Training Committee since 1999. Steve currently serves as Vice President of the NAPT Education Foundation. Mr. Kalmes was recognized as School Bus Fleet Magazine’s Administrator of the Year in 2007.


Donald Tudor retired as the director of transportation for the South Carolina Department of Education after twenty years of service, where he is responsible for the agency’s school bus operations throughout South Carolina. An operation that included the daily operation of more than 5,000 school buses and the transport of over 680,000 daily passenger trips.
Prior to becoming director for the Office of Transportation, Mr. Tudor was the director of transportation policy under the administration of Gov. Richard W. Riley. Mr. Tudor’s earliest involvement in the transportation industry began in the early 1970s, when he helped to establish a regional transit authority in South Carolina.
During the 1990s, Mr. Tudor assisted Lisa Strebler in her campaign to prohibit the use of 15-passenger vans for school transportation, after her six-year-old son, Jacob, was killed while being transported to a school function in a 15-car passenger van. “Jacob’s Law,” approved by the South Carolina General Assembly in 2000, was the first law in the nation designed to curtail the use of 15-passenger vans for school transportation.
Mr. Tudor served four years as the secretary and treasurer of the NAPT and six years on the NAPT Board of Directors representing the southeast as Region 2 director.
Mr. Tudor is a longtime member of the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services where he has served as regional director and treasurer for several years. Mr. Tudor also served as a board member of the Pupil Transportation Safety Institute, and now serves as the secretary and vice president of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Pupil Transportation Foundation.
Since 1991, Mr. Tudor has contributed his time to the efforts of the National Congress on School Transportation, and the Southeastern States Pupil Transportation Conference, where he currently serves as president.


Ken Hedgecock is the Vice-President of Sales, Marketing and Service for Thomas Built Buses of High Point, North Carolina. Ken joined Thomas in 1987 and has served as Regional Sales Manager, Sales Training Manager, and Director of North American Sales.
Prior to joining Thomas, Ken taught Spanish and History and coached basketball at Eastern Randolph High School in Ramseur, North Carolina. In his final year in education, he served as assistant principal where one of his duties was supervising 15 student school bus drivers!
Ken represents Thomas on the American School Bus Council and resides in Oak Ridge, North Carolina with his wife, Suzanne, son, Ethan and daughter, Megan.