Office Staff

  • Laura Nugent
    Director of Transportation
    Laura joined the Mukilteo School District Transportation team in December 2022 and brings 20 years of experience in K-12 pupil transportation working in positions spanning all aspects of the operation, previously working in two large Puget Sound area districts. Her passion for serving students and communities through safe and inclusive transportation is grounded in her commitment to building strong, supportive relationships with families, schools and staff.

    Lisa Mehrtens

    Driver Trainer
    Lisa’s career in transportation started in 1996. Since then she has served as a Substitute School Bus Driver and Driver Trainer.  After working for various public and private school entities, Lisa settled in and joined the Mukilteo transportation team as a driver and driver trainer in 2013.  In 2019 she was promoted to Driver Trainer Coordinator and is responsible for overseeing all on-going training of our current school bus drivers and creating a manageable district driver training course for potential new team members.

    Victoria Lucas
    Dispatcher/Route Specialist
    Victoria started her career in telephone customer service in 1995.  She joined the Mukilteo team in 2008 as a school bus driver where she drove both basic and special education routes.  In 2021, she joined the Dispatch team where she currently works as a Dispatcher/Route Specialist focusing on special education routes. 

    Danessa Gonzalez
    Assistant Dispatcher
    Danessa started her career as a bus driver with Mukilteo School District in January 2015. She came from the banking industry looking for a more flexible schedule to have more time with family. Driving a school bus mostly on special education routes, she developed a passion to be a positive support to her bus riders and made great friendships with them. As of August 2023, she began dedicating her time as an Assistant Dispatcher, learning the operations side of routing students and being available to support the district bus drivers. In her spare time, she makes sure to plan fun activities with her family and create new memories. Daness loves animals and caring for them and her family, and she volunteers in local non-profits that help feed and clothe families in our community. 

    Julie Holtzlider
    Dispatcher/Route Specialist
    Julie began her journey with the Mukilteo School District in 1998 as a dedicated bus driver. With years of experience in the transportation department, she has developed an in-depth understanding of the district's routes and operations. In 2023, Julie transitioned to the dispatch team, taking on the role of Assistant Dispatcher in the transportation department. Her expertise and knowledge make her an invaluable asset in ensuring smooth and efficient transportation services for students. Outside of work, Julie loves spending quality time with her family, embracing the beauty of the outdoors.

    Karen Manley
    Office Coordinator
    Karen joined the Transportation team in October 2021. Her background includes working as an administrative assistant in the medical field and the construction industry. She enjoys traveling, spending time with her rescue dog, two rescue cats, and playing golf.