Valerie Lefler


Executive Director

 Valerie is an international expert in rural transportation and mobility as a service in low population density communities.  In less than a year,  Feonix  has launched programs in 5 states with notable partners, including the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center, Easterseals, the AARP Office of Driver Safety, and the Michigan Department of Transportation.

Prior to Feonix, she 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.  The start-up was serving more than 300 zip codes across 3 time zones and had a national agreement with UnitedHealthcare. 


Lefler was featured by Smithsonian Magazine, as one of the "Top 9 Innovators to Watch in 2018" and also was highlighted in publications such as the New York Times, NPR, and the Christian Science Monitor

Before starting Liberty, Lefler worked at the University of Nebraska at Omaha where Valerie served as a Principal Investigator on a $1 million grant to improve rural public transportation for the Nebraska Department of Transportation. Working with 62 rural transit providers and 103 nonprofit agencies she assisted organizations with Title VI civil rights regulations as well as expanding their public involvement activities which in-part led to dramatic increases in rural transit ridership statewide.

Prior to being involved in public transportation, Ms. Lefler served as Program Coordinator for the University of Nebraska‐Lincoln Nebraska Transportation Center and the Mid‐America Transportation Center from 2003 – 2013 where she had the opportunity to manage research activities with over 150 faculty from 8 universities in 13 different academic disciplines.

Valerie has over 15 years of project management experience, involving over $37 million in nationally recognized research, education, and technology transfer initiatives. She has worked extensively with program sponsors at the state and federal levels, including, but not limited to, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. DOT Federal Highway Administration, U.S. DOT Federal Transit Administration, the U.S. DOT Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology, the National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board, the Nebraska Department of Transportation, and the Nebraska Department of Education.

In 2005 Valerie graduated with distinction from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln with a degree in Business Administration after studying International Economics abroad at the University of Oxford. She received her master’s degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Public Management from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2012.  

Ms. Lefler grew up on a large family dairy farm in southeast Nebraska, where they managed over 300 cattle and 700 acres of crop producing land.

Lynn Mercer


Chief of Staff

Lynn brings to the team over 15 years of experience in the non-profit sector. After graduating from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, with a Bachelor’s Degree dual major in Human Development & the Family/Special Education, Lynn moved to Seattle and soon started working at The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  As Project Coordinator for the Legal Department, Lynn assisted in the project management of the $31 billion asset transfer from Warren Buffet to the Foundation.  This included review and compliance of required annual benefactions,  501(c)3 federal requirements, tax implications and putting in place foundation-wide training modules on new and updated regulations.  The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works with partners worldwide in the areas of global health, global economic growth and opportunity, US High School and post secondary education, supporting vulnerable children and families in Washington State and global policy and advocacy.

Kate Schramm


Partnership Director

Kate Schramm graduated Summa Cum Laude (4.0 GPA) with a B.S. in Biology from the University of South Dakota. Kate specializes in building connections and creating partnerships within communities to create effective change. She has worked for non-profits, educational institutions, religious institutions, and most recently as an Area Manager for Liberty Mobility Now, a rural-focused (MaaS) Mobility as a Service start-up.  Instituting positive change in her home community has always been a way of life for Kate. She continues to volunteer as a board member for the transit system in her hometown, Yankton Transit. In addition to Yankton Transit, Kate is on the board for Keep Yankton Beautiful and volunteers with United Way LINC and SPARK, Pathways Shelter for the Homeless, the City of Yankton Parks and Recreation Committee, and the Optimist Club. Kate has made it her personal and professional mission to use her desire to serve and ability to lead to put all of the necessary pieces together to remove mobility barriers and create positive mobility solutions in communities around the world.

Jessica Seuferer


Call Center Manager

Jessica is a seasoned account manager and a great resource for our team. She has worked at companies such as Gallup, Kawasaki, and Liberty Mobility Now, where she was an assistant call center manager and fleet manager. Combined, she has 10 years of experience in communication and customer service. Jessica is also very passionate about her hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska and became a published poet at the age of 9. She creates all scripts for Feonix, as well as training documents, and will occasionally travel for training. 

Colin Hain


IT Support Liason

Colin is a great addition to the team with skills in coding, development, and project management. He attended the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, as a Software Engineering student, and received related work experience through Networks, a local non-profit. With his passion for automobiles and driving, he aims to better the lives of those who are unable or choose not to drive themselves, through technology.

April Edwards


Director of Marketing

April is a professional artist with a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. She has varied interests including design, photography, printmaking, ceramic sculpture, and fluid painting media. In addition to a background in art, Ms. Edwards spent 15 years in the service industry coordinating banquets and events, and 7 years working administratively in graphic design, project management, and event coordination at UNL. April has most recently spent time working as a professional newborn photographer and marketing for a local non-profit. 

Ferris Mohd


Director of Videography

Ferris is a great asset to the team as the decorated videographer.  He has earned multiple awards from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, as well as several more from independent exhibitions in Nebraska and Iowa. He is also the proud recipient of two Addy Awards for his work. He is currently a junior at UNL working towards a degree in Graphic Design. 

Kristin Rice


Volunteer Driver Manager

Kristin is a senior at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, with a Marketing major and Economics minor. As a part of her education, she was selected to participate in an intensive internship program with Union Pacific through the Marketing department of UNL. Kristin also recently gained additional business experience by writing her first federal grant this summer for a new business starting in her hometown of Neligh, Nebraska.

Holly Kramer


Lead Call Center Agent

Prior to starting work for Feonix in 2018, Holly was employed in the customer service industry for 5 years. She attended Southeast Community College in her hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska after graduating high school. She assists in answering inbound calls, conducting outbound calls to transportation providers, and research assignments.  

Richard LaPratt


South Carolina Area Manager

With over 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector, Richard LaPratt B.A., Area Manager for Feonix – Mobility Rising, has worked in both a management and consulting capacity in several states (Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, Tennessee, and South Carolina). Mr LaPratt started out working in the Community Mental Health system, assisting the mentally ill and developmentally disabled, and later expanded upon his career working with several United Ways and non-profits (LifeWays, United Way of Jackson County, Heart of Florida United Way, VIA Link, United Way of Southeast Louisiana, United Way Association of South Carolina), as well as partnering with United Way Worldwide on a number of projects (Hurricane Relief, 2-1-1 Report Card, etc.).

He has assisted and restructured contact centers and non-profits alike in meeting the needs of their populations during regular periods, as well as during disasters. Mr. LaPratt has worked with communities during several disasters, such as Katrina and Rita (2005), the H1N1 flu season, Deep Impact Oil Spill (2009), Hurricane Isaac (2012), as well as the SC Flooding Event (2015) and most recently Hurricane Matthew (2016). Mr. LaPratt also serves as an AIRS Accreditation Site Reviewer, as well as a trained ASIST Crisis Specialist.  Mr. LaPratt, in his free time, sings with the Midland Men’s Chorus and assists the local Pride Board with development and engagement efforts.  

Tyrone Washington


Intern Supervisor

Ty is a great addition to our team with over 20 years experience in management and supervision. Ty will assist the SC Mobility Area Manager with the supervision of interns, outreach, and day to day operations regarding the AARP contract.

Cameron Roy


Innovation Intern

Cameron is a senior in marketing and management at The University of South Carolina. He has experience in property violation and utility resolutions, brand and project management, event coordination and professional catering management.

Sarah Semple


Innovation Intern

Sarah is a senior public relations major and Spanish minor at the University of South Carolina. She has worked with children most of her life, but is interested in working for a nonprofit after graduation. She currently assists with community outreach to increase awareness for the Ride@50+ program.

Rachel Kosla


Michigan Area Manager

As a social worker, advocate, and community member, Rachel is committed to elevating the voices of the community in order to establish sustainable mobility solutions. The skills and experiences that Rachel brings with her, help her engage in socially-just and change-focused work within communities and social systems. Rachel is particularly passionate about accessibility rights and working alongside people with disabilities to impart positive social change.