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December 2023 Employees of the Month

December 2023 Employees of the Month

December 08,2023

It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to keep AC Transit buses on the road and running smoothly. Each month, the District honors the service of those drivers and mechanics who contribute directly to this effort by awarding “Employee of the Month” honors from our Supervision, Maintenance and Transportation divisions. Our candidates are nominated by supervisors at our Central Maintenance Facility and at each of AC Transit’s four bus divisions in Emeryville, Richmond, East Oakland and Hayward. Winners from each division and one from the Central Maintenance Facility are selected by the Superintendent of the division. Each winner receives a gift certificate to a local restaurant.

We are pleased to announce the “Employee of the Month” winners for December 2023.


Brian Potter

Transportation Supervisor

Transportation Supervisor Brian Potter demonstrates great professionalism. Mr. Potter recently received a commendation from a passenger which stated: “He gave very good and friendly service.”

Mark Dameral


Mark was recently tasked with designing and producing vinyl covers for the installation of the Clipper 2 card readers on the District fleet. On the fly, he created a quick and easy way to protect the units until they were commissioned into service. Your dedication and commitment are always appreciated. Job well done!


Walter Brown

Bus Operator

Operator Walter Brown is a great co-worker and team player. Mr. Brown enjoys providing bus service for night run schedules and volunteers to cover open shifts when needed. He is an exemplary employee that always maintains a positive attitude, neat uniform and smile for passengers and co-workers. Thank you and congratulations, Mr. Brown!

Sixto Rivera


Sixto Rivera has a consistent winning attitude. As the Upholsterer, he ensures that all the bus operator seats & sunshades are in operational condition. Sixto goes beyond the call of duty, helping in other departments when needed. Just earlier in the month, D2 had the Minister of Transportation from Chile visit the facility to look at the new BEB fleet and Hydrogen Fueling Station. Sixto assisted in getting the staged buses in top-notch condition. Thank you, Mr. Rivera, for your everyday effort.


Darrell Brown

Darrell Brown

Bus Operator

Operator Darrell Brown has a positive attitude and great relationships with co-workers and passengers. Mr. Brown provides great customer service and often assists Dispatch with getting bus service out on time. He is a leader by example. Congratulations, Mr. Brown!

Matthew Wong

Lead Mechanic

Matt is an asset and exemplary employee for AC Transit and Division 3 maintenance. He has a great work ethic, always maintaining a positive persona.  Matt is always one of the first to volunteer to help wherever needed in the Division.  Recently, we had some staffing challenges at the Fuel Island, and Matt did not hesitate to step in to assist parking coaches.  Thank you, Matt, for all that you do!!!   


Ronald Porter

Bus Operator

Operator Ronald Porter is a model employee. Mr. Porter comes to work with a positive attitude, excellent uniform standards, and a community service mindset. He has a great rapport with passengers and peers, and models teamwork by covering open schedules when asked. Division 4 is proud to have him as a team player. Congratulations, Mr. Porter!

Japora Smith

Parts Clerk

Thanks to Japora’s initiative and dedication to managing the storeroom, the D4 maintenance team has all the parts to turn around broken-down Buses quickly. She keeps the inventory current, especially with the stock of new zero-emission parts. Her proactive actions and always ready to help and train others helps the Division tremendously with our daily tasks. 


Elias Ramirez

Bus Operator

Elias Ramirez cares for the public beyond the scope of his bus operator duties. After witnessing a pedestrian/vehicle hit and run collision, Operator Ramirez immediately responded by positioning his coach behind the victim. His professionalism and quick thinking helped protect an unconscious victim from oncoming traffic. Thank you for being a shining example of AC Transit’s commitment and dedication to safety. Great job, Operator Ramirez!

Ruben Cuba

Lead Service Employee

Ruben Cuba is an excellent service employee. He demonstrates a great work ethic and professionalism. Ruben’s communication skills have played a vital role in the recent outstanding scores with the bus cleanliness inspections. His positive attitude and leadership skills have and will continue to make D6 one of the best divisions to work for.