Innovation. Access. Impact.

We enhance transportation options for vulnerable & underserved  communities. 

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About Us

Innovation

We believe that to solve the global challenges in mobility for vulnerable communities we must use state-of-the-art technology to break through barriers and change the status quo.  The future of transportation will involve autonomous, connected, electric, and shared rides.  Feonix is ready to bring these innovations to solve issues of social justice and health equity.

Access

Your ability to live a healthy life is determined by your access to healthcare, jobs, education, food, housing, and loved ones.   We believe that no matter where you call home, your income, age, or disability should not limit your mobility and quality of life.

Impact

 Data is only useful if you apply it, and we bring a data driven, consumer focused approach to everything we do. We understand and respect that if you can't measure impact in some way, shape, or form, you cannot sustain a program in today's economy.  Our technology platform provides multiple opportunities for collecting data, and analytics in each deployment.

Focus Areas

Rural Communities

Only 3% of the earth's land surface is covered by cities.  So what about the other 97%?  We understand rural communities are equally as important and deserve the same mobility options afforded to urban areas.  Working with local champions, Feonix supports existing options and creates new transportation programs that fill the gaps.

Medical Care

No matter how good the doctors are, it does not matter if the patient cannot get there.  Investing in transportation as part of your patient care plan will result in between 7 - 300 times return on your investment.  Feonix helps medical facilities to reduce missed appointments and improve patient satisfaction.

Elderly Adults

Driving frequency declines with age, but quality of life should not.  Transportation is a vital link in reducing the impact of social isolation.  Feonix understands and respects that not all seniors use technology the same way, and creates wrap around support services, training, and coaching to provide mobility options just a click, tap, or phone call away.

Individuals with Disabilities

Equal access should apply no matter what your zip code is and not all individuals with a disability need a wheel chair.  Transportation options to get you where and when you want to go should not be cost prohibitive or take an act of God to arrange.  We support individuals and agencies in finding solutions to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities to work, access medical care and live independently.

Employment & Workforce

If you build it, it does not mean your ideal workforce can get there easily.  Industrial parks, large manufacturing facilities, or meat processing plants face challenges recruiting and retaining staff due to transportation barriers.  Feonix works with your HR department to understand the unique needs of your workforce to create common sense mobility options - weather that is van pooling, car sharing, or micro transit - we'll find solutions to get your employees to work and reduce costly absenteeism and turn-over.

Low-Income Individuals

Transportation is fundamental in helping individuals and families in poverty survive and climb ladders of opportunity presented to them.  Access to quality housing, work, day care, drug treatment programs, medical care, family support, and education is not optional if you are serious about making a difference.  We work alongside agencies to create a framework of mobility options that meet the unique needs of your clients.  

Feonix is a non-profit organization bringing mobility to vulnerable communities globally.

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Deployment Options

Mobility as a Service

Create a mesh network of multi-modal transportation technology and information for the traveling public, social services, and nonprofits throughout the community. We bring the technology, but also serve as the "integrator" working with transportation providers to join the platform, as well as the marketing and outreach division to notify the public about the service and train community members how to use and trust the system. - Limit to communities under 500,000 in population. 



Organization Specific

If you are looking for mobility options for your patients, clients, employees, or members we will work with you to create a custom framework of options to meet your organization's goals.  Our role is to create solutions that work efficiently and that you can measure the ROI for your bottom line.

Fill in Gaps in Service

Feonix can deploy only parts of it's rich technology interface or wrap around supportive services which include:

  • 24-Hour Call Center 
  • Mobility Management
  • Travel Training 
  • Multi-Modal App Trip Booking
  • Recruiting Mobility Vendors 
  • Supporting Existing or Creating New Volunteer Driver Programs 
  • Public Outreach Programs
  • Accessible Transportation Option Expansion 
  • Creation of a Local Mobility Leadership Circle 

Available to communities of all sizes.

Board of Directors

Flora Castillo

 Ms. Castillo served as the Vice President of Transportation for UnitedHealth Group and Vice President of Community and Strategic Engagement at UnitedHealthcare Community & State.  She has more than 20 years of health care and managed care experience, specializing in marketing, public relations, communications, advocacy and business development.    Flora also served ...

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Pete Costello

 Pete Costello is an Associate Vice President, Transportation Systems based in Orlando who is responsible for Iteris’ consulting and analytics projects in Florida and serves as the lead for Iteris’ Smart City Technical Advisory Committee.  He is an internationally recognized expert with experience in Smart Cities; Transportation Big Data;  Analytics and Performance Measures...    

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Teresa Wilke

Teresa has over 15 years of experience crafting innovative programs, grant seeking strategies and competitive grant proposals for healthcare, higher education and social service sectors. She has secured over $90M in foundation, state government and federal grant awards, including NSF, ED, DOJ, ACF, SAMHSA, CMS and HRSA....  

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Dr. Jill Hough

 Dr. Jill Hough is the director of Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute- Small Urban and Rural Transit Center (SURTC), which focuses on research, education, and training for the public transportation industry. Hough has more than 20 years of experience in transportation. Hough has authored or co-authored more than 50 research reports and journal articles. She has given more ...

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Shawn Leight

 Shawn Leight is a national leader in developing transportation solutions that support community values.  Shawn works to improve communities by forging relationships and advancing forward thinking solutions. Shawn is the vice president and a principal owner of CBB Transportation Engineers + Planners, where he manages day to day project delivery and business development efforts...

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Dr. Melissa Tooley

Dr. Melissa Tooley, is the Director of External Initiatives at TTI, which includes managing large research programs and federal affairs. Her research interests include AV/CV issues, border security, and transportation policy and planning. Dr. Tooley serves the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) as Vice-Chairman at Large, and was the inaugural Chair of ...

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Our Partners

Healthtran Collaboration

In partnership with HealthTran, a program of the Missouri Rural Health Association, we have recruited volunteer drivers and connected them with our technology to fill in the gaps in service.  In addition to working with volunteers, our technology connects with the public transit and local taxi companies - providing healthcare staff a single platform to help their patients get to their appointments.  This is one example of how we can break down barriers in access to care for rural communities.  

Staff

Valerie Lefler, Executive Director

Valerie is an international expert in rural transportation and mobility as a service in low population density communities. She recently spent 2 ½ years leading one of the nation’s top mobility start-ups - Liberty Mobility Now, the first rural-focused Mobility as a Service (MaaS) provider in the US. In less than 12 months the start-up was serving 5 states across more than 300 zip codes and had a national agreement with UnitedHealthcare. In 2017, she was featured by Smithsonian Magazine, New York Times, NPR, and the Christian Science Monitor. Lefler also serves as CEO of Transportation Tech – an online training program and education platform for Intelligent Transportation Systems.



Feonix Executive Director, Valerie Lefler

Feonix Executive Director, Valerie Lefler

Contact Us

Feonix - Mobility Rising

211 N 14th Street, Lincoln, NE 68508, US