Our Shining Stars
Siyad Abdullahi – President and CEO
The Language Banc President and CEO – Siyad Abdullahi is a physician by training, public health professional and nationally-recognized expert in cultural competency. Siyad is Somali, grew up in Nairobi, Kenya, and came to the U.S. to attend graduate school. He is fluent in Somali, Swahili and English.
Dr. Abdullahi has served on the boards of Axis Medical Center, Fair-vote Minnesota, the City of Minneapolis Capital Long Range Improvement Committee, City of Minneapolis Public Health Advisory Committee. Dr. Abdullahi is the recipient of the International Immigrant Achievement Award from The International Leadership Institute.
Jessica Swenstad – Office Manager
After spending much of her life in small towns, city life has been quite the adjustment for Transit Trip Office Manager Jessica Swenstad. After graduating from high school in 2007, Jessica moved to Mason City, Iowa where she attended and played volleyball for North Iowa Area Community College. Upon graduation with not just one but two degrees, she made her way back to Minnesota where she settled in Mankato.
Jessica brings years of customer services practice, knowledge from multiple degrees, and experience in the health services industry. She's worked in the a roll of helping others her entire career, and her compassion for others shows. She can be primarily be found working out of our Apple Valley office. We are excited to have Jessica as part of our team, and look forward to all the fresh ideas and customer relation experience she will bring to Transit Trip!