Why choose Krise?

Each day, we earn the trust of our educational partners with our people-first approach to business, backed by top-notch technology and processes. It’s this approach that allows us to offer uncompromising safety, service, and efficiency in every student transportation program.

People-first approach

We are steadfast in our belief that people come first. That means we support the growth and success of our employees, education partners, students, and their families. 

Commitment to partnership

School districts put their trust in us to deliver top-tier transportation programs. The best way to do this is to build true partnerships through communication, trust, and commitment to your community.

Local ties, national resources

Our local ties run deep, just like our experience. Backed by steady, dependable resources, we’re able to deliver on what matters most: getting your students to school safely and on time.

Pennsylvania expertise

Our leadership team has decades of experience in Pennsylvania, so we understand your specific needs and challenges. Our local expertise ensures efficiency in your transportation program.

Focus on student transportation

Student transportation is all we do, so we remain undistracted by competing priorities. We work with you to build a transportation solution tailored to your students’ needs.

Mission-driven business

We believe student transportation is a mission-driven business. Our mission is to provide universal access to education and consistently earn the trust of our Pennsylvania communities by providing safe, reliable student transportation programs.

About us

The Krise story

More than 35 years of safe, efficient transportation programs for Pennsylvania’s young learners.

Krise Transportation, Inc., has been transporting students to school safely and efficiently since 2016 – but the story of founder Tim Krise and his experience with student transportation spans more than 35 years.  

Tim launched his career in the industry in 1981, when he began driving a school bus while still a senior in high school. Even then, he knew he’d found his calling, growing the business from two school buses in 1987 to nearly 500 buses and vans across 13 Pennsylvania school districts in just a few years. 

For those districts, Krise offered a different way of doing business: one based not just on cost and safety, but on loyalty, trust, and commitment. The focus on close relationships and mutual understanding created a new template for the student transport industry, one every Krise employee was proud to be part of. 

Krise’s success did not go unnoticed. In 2004, the company was acquired by a larger organization, and Tim stayed on to continue his commitment to the Pennsylvania communities he’s so deeply attached to. After more than a decade, he stepped away to reflect on his career and what was truly important to the communities he serves. 

The result? Krise Transportation, Inc., brought to life by Tim’s desire to return to the “old-fashioned” way of doing business, where every deal is rooted in mutual trust, honest communication, and a hands-on approach to getting things done. 

Our district partners have sought us out as a transportation team they can count on – so we consistently invest in the people, processes, and technology that make Krise a top-tier provider of student transportation services. 

Our mission, vision, and values

Execution of our mission and vision requires focus on our Core Values. We’ve set these out for all team members to understand and adopt. These values are embodied by our employee HEROES, who are:

  • Here.
  • Every day.
  • Ready.
  • On time.
  • Exceptional.
  • Safe.

At ASTP and our operating partners we:

Operate safely: We want all employees and everyone we transport to go home the same way they came to work or school. Each team members is expected and empowered to identify and resolve safety issues and stop operations when an unsafe condition is encountered.   

Perform reliably: At its core, the transportation business is about reliability. We aim to be flawless and drive continuous improvement within our operations to meet customer needs 100% of the time. This extends to our internal commitments to one another as teammates for consistent and reliable performance.

Cultivate trust and respect: Both internally and externally, we build trust through transparency, engagement, respectful dialogue, and positive actions. Curiosity about others, care for our students and communities, and unwavering commitment to our partners, team members, and customers are the foundations for our success.

Focus on growth: We are passionate about the growth of our company and our team members. Innovation, customer focus, and active engagement by our team members are the key drivers of the organization’s growth. We are a learning organization and committed to supporting personal, professional, and company growth.

Our mission is the foundation for all that we do.

Our Mission is to provide universal access to education for all students. We do this using our nationwide team of safe, reliable student transportation partners and their everyday HEROES, who earn the trust of the communities in which we serve.

Our Vision is that we will drive the future of student transportation with innovation and new ideas, through partnership with our team members, partners, customers, and communities.

Krise leadership team

Meet the people who make the difference.

Tim Krise, President

Tim Krise brings more than 40 years of experience in the student transportation industry in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, starting in 1981 when he became a school bus driver while still a senior in high school. Tim began Krise Bus Service, Inc., in 1990 when he was awarded the contract to provide transportation for the Punxsutawney (Pennsylvania) Area School District.

Krise Bus Service continued to grow, eventually operating more than 500 buses, and in 2004, was acquired by Student Transportation of America. Tim remained a key member of the STA team for the next 12 years, ultimately serving as Vice President of Operations in Pennsylvania.

In 2016, Tim returned to his roots, founding Krise Transportation, Inc., with the philosophy that close partnerships with school districts are the foundation of reliable, safe, and efficient student transportation programs. Tim stays deeply involved in all aspects of the Krise Transportation operation, sometimes even hopping back into the driver’s seat.

Tim lives in Punxsutawney, Penn., but spends most of his time at one of Krise’s many terminals.

Mike Massaro, President

Mike Massaro is a growth-oriented logistics, operations, and supply chain executive with more than 25 years of leadership experience, specializing in service delivery and operational excellence. He brings a distinguished and time-tested career of innovative business solutions to his role as President of Krise Transportation, with an emphasis on optimized resources and improved business performance.  

Mike most recently served as Vice President, Operations, for Wind River Environmental. Previous to this, he was Executive Vice President for BFC Solutions, the largest preventive maintenance service provider for commercial HVAC filtration systems in the U.S. As BFC’s Executive Vice President, he led the planning and execution of business operations across 48 states.  

He has held high-performance roles with Iron Mountain, including as Senior Vice President and as Vice President of Transportation and Shred Plant Operations, and at DHL, where he specialized in service delivery. 

Today, Mike brings his forward-thinking, solution-oriented leadership style to Krise, integrating his experience in logistics and supply chain operations into Krise’s student transportation programs across Pennsylvania. 

Mike received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Dayton. He is a former middle school football coach and enjoys spending time outdoors hunting and fishing. 

Kelly Wood, Director, Operations Support

Kelly Wood is a 24-year veteran of the student transportation industry. During her transportation career, Kelly has held roles as a driver, terminal manager, area manager, and special projects manager, also having worked on the district side as a transportation coordinator. Starting in 2016, Kelly served in the key role of Director of Operations at Krise Transportation.

In 2024, Kelly earned a promotion to Director of Operations Support. In her current role, she draws from her wealth of transportation experience, including expertise in routing and state reimbursement methodology, to standardize processes, optimize efficiencies, and ensure seamless operations within the organization. She also holds responsibility for logistical support and contributes to the overall success of Krise’s transportation programs.

Kelly’s collaborative approach to leadership ensures Krise team members at the terminal and regional level remain engaged and empowered to do great work. 

Carl Hampton, Regional Operations Manager, Central PA

Carl Hampton brings more than 21 years of experience in the transportation industry to his role as Krise Transportation’s Central Pennsylvania Area Operations Manager. Carl joined Krise Transportation in 2021, taking on the largest contract within the organization during one of the largest driver shortages seen after the pandemic. He was able to rebuild a strong partnership with the district after a time of uncertainty, strengthen the connection between the district and employees, mitigate a driver shortage of more than 40 employees, and reach full staffing, all within two years. He is a firm believer in open, honest, and transparent communication with districts, employees, and families of the students we transport.  

Carl started his career in 2002 as a school bus driver at the age of 18, and worked as a school bus driver and part-time office assistant while taking classes at Penn State. He worked in transit operations at CATABus in State College, Pennsylvania, until his return to student transportation in 2014, when he was brought on as Operations Manager at Cole Transportation in Spring Mills, PA, managing two school district contracts and fleets. 

The safety of our employees and the students is of the utmost importance to Carl, all while providing efficient and reliable transportation programs to the districts we serve.

Wayne Robinson, Regional Operations Manager, Eastern PA

Wayne Robinson brings more than 20 years of student transportation experience to Krise Transportation. He is a U.S. Army veteran and technology-savvy leader who leverages his many talents to develop and provide oversight for the terminal operations and growth in the Eastern part of the state.

Lisa Schroy, Regional Operations Manager, Eastern PA

Lisa Schroy is a school transportation professional who contributes to the Krise team with more than 13 years of management experience built during her time with school bus contractor Brandywine Transportation.

Since starting her student transportation career in 2007 as a driver, Lisa gained responsibilities as an instructor beginning in 2010. She was promoted to supervisor with Brandywine in 2011, subsequently earning a promotion to general manager in 2014. 

Transporting students safely to and from school is a priority for Lisa, and her work as an instructor helps ensure that the drivers she works with are properly trained and fully prepared for their required tests.

Lisa played an instrumental role in completing the integration of Brandywine operations to Krise Transportation in 2023, now providing people and operational leadership for six Krise locations across Eastern Pennsylvania. She holds certifications as a PA Examiner of CDL Class B since 2017 and as a PA Instructor Coordinator since 2018.

Richard Ray, Regional Safety and Compliance Manager

Richard Ray is a senior manager with over 25 years’ leadership experience in safety and security program development, training, and compliance.

Richard proudly served in the Armed Forces for 20 years and as a police officer with the Los Angeles Police Department. While serving our nation and the community, he demonstrated the ability to assess and minimize risk and lead several cross-functional teams to achieve goals while mentoring team members to succeed. Richard has led safety programs in the public transit sector, global shipping and logistics operations, as well as the trucking industry.

Cheryl Baum, Human Resources Manager

Cheryl Baum has more than 25 years of broad-based experience in accounting, finance, and human resources operations. Cheryl’s finance and accounting background helps her perform as a business consultant and drive impactful company-wide initiatives. Her experience and leadership in human resources have been instrumental in helping the company’s managers and leaders adapt to change, embrace new technology, drive employee engagement, and foster inclusive practices in the field, all while maintaining a data- and information-focused operating plan.

Cheryl is a certified HR professional, having earned her SHRM-SCP credential. She earned a BS in Accounting from York College of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Robert Morris University.

ASTP: the power behind every Krise partnership

Through our partnership with American Student Transportation Partners (ASTP), Krise has access to resources that allow us to create more robust transportation programs for our district partners.

ASTP supports Krise by working with us to ensure the right people, processes, and technology are in place for your community.

Together, we’re building safe, reliable student transportation programs for students across Pennsylvania.

Contact us for transportation SOLUTIONS.

We’re ready to build a better student transportation program for you.