Board of Trustees

Focused on Taking You Further

 

The Team That’s Leading Us to Tomorrow

COTA’s Board of Trustees is the governing body of COTA and is responsible for overseeing COTA as established by Ohio Revised Code 306.30 to 306.50.

Board members have three primary obligations:

  • Duty of Care—Board members shall perform their duties with the care that an ordinary prudent person in a like position would use under similar circumstances.
  • Duty of Good Faith—Board members shall take the necessary actions to be informed and exercise appropriate judgment.
  • Duty of Loyalty—Board members shall perform their duties in a manner the Board Member reasonably believes to be in, or not opposed to, the best interest of COTA.

Additionally, board members should:

  • Provide a clear vision for COTA’s future.
  • Provide oversight of COTA’s operations.
  • Work effectively with other board members, leadership and the President/CEO.
  • Be an advocate for COTA’s vision, mission, values and COTA’s long-range transit plan.

Board members are appointed for three-year terms by:

  • Franklin County (two appointees)
  • Columbus (seven appointees)
  • Various suburbs (four appointees)

Here Are the People Looking Out for You


Craig Treneff
Chair
Attorney at Law, Treneff Cozza Law, LLC
Appointed by Franklin County Commissioners
Term: 2020 – 2023

Marlon Moore
Vice Chair
President, Marlon Moore Consulting, LLC
Appointed by City of Columbus
Term: 2023 – 2025

Trudy Bartley
Trustee
Associate Vice President, Local Government & Community Relations, The Ohio State University
Appointed by City of Columbus
Term: 2021 – 2024

Julie Colley
Trustee
Former Assistant City Manager, City of Westerville
Appointed by City of Westerville
Term: 2021 – 2024

Lori Elmore
Trustee
Whitehall City Councilor
Appointed by City of Whitehall
Term: 2022 – 2025

Jennifer Gallagher
Trustee
Director, City of Columbus Department of Public Service
Appointed by City of Columbus
Term: 2020 – 2023

Sean Mentel
Trustee
Partner, Kooperman Mentel Ferguson Yaross, Ltd.
Appointed by City of Columbus
Term: 2021 – 2023

Doug McCollough
Trustee
Chief Information Officer, City of Dublin
Appointed by City of Reynoldsburg
Term: 2021 – 2024

Timothy Skinner
Trustee
Assistant Business Manager, Sprinkler Fitters Local Union 669
Appointed by City of Columbus
Term: 2021 – 2024

Raja Sundararajan
Trustee
EVP, External Affairs
American Electric Power
Appointed by City of Columbus
Term: 2022 – 2023

Shannon Tolliver
Social Responsibility & Environmental Sustainability Manager, White Castle Systems, Inc.
Appointed by City of Upper Arlington
Term: 2022 – 2025

Kumi Walker
Trustee
Managing Partner
Embedded
Appointed by City of Columbus
Term: 2022 – 2025

Vacant
Trustee
Appointed by Franklin County Commissioners
Term: # – 2023

Details on Our Upcoming Board Meetings

The COTA Board of Trustees meets frequently throughout the year.

All board meetings are open to the public. The Board Chair shall have the discretion to recognize special speakers, public officials and guests to speak without a time limitation prior to the public comment period.

Public comments will be allowed at the beginning of each COTA Board meeting prior to the discussion of the COTA Board agenda items. People wishing to address the Board should sign in with the Assistant Secretary prior to the commencement of the meeting.

Generally, each person will be allotted three (3) minutes for this purpose on a first-come, first-served basis; provided, however, the total time allocated for general public comments shall not exceed 30 minutes. If more speakers have signed up for general public comments than can be accommodated in this 30-minute session, then at the discretion of the Board Chair, the general public comments session may be extended subject to the three (3) minute time limit outlined above.

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, activities, programs and employment opportunities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable laws. To request an ADA reasonable accommodation, please contact the individual indicated below no later than 72 hours prior to the meeting: Garth Weithman at WeithmanGS@cota.com or 614-275-5849.

JANUARY 2022

DATE TIME MEETING
Wednesday, January 5 CANCELED Performance Monitoring/Audit Committee
Monday, January 10 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM Strategic and Operational Planning Committee
Tuesday, January 11 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM External Stakeholder Relations Committee

All COTA Committee Meetings will take place in the WG Porter Boardroom at COTA’s Administrative Offices at 33 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43215.

Members of the Public attending the meeting will be asked to follow the below protocols:

  • Masks are required to be worn inside COTA facilities due to FTA mandate until March 18, 2022
  • Please sign in at the security desk when entering the facility
  • Temperature checks will be required
  • There will be a small, dedicated section of the meeting room for members of the public to attend. If additional space is needed, there will be an overflow room
Wednesday, January 26 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Board of Trustees

The COTA Board of Trustees Meeting on Wednesday, January 26 at 9:00 AM will take place in Conference Rooms 1034/1035 at COTA’s McKinley Avenue Facility at 1600 McKinley Avenue, Columbus, OH 43223 on the Transportation Side (East Side closest to McKinley Park with the gated entrance).
Minutes

Wednesday, January 26 Immediately Following Board of Trustees Meeting Rescheduled Governance Committee

The COTA Governance Committee will meet on Wednesday, January 26 immediately following the Board of Trustees Meeting. The meeting will take place in Conference Rooms 1034/1035 at COTA’s McKinley Avenue Facility at 1600 McKinley Avenue, Columbus, OH 43223 on the Transportation Side (East Side closest to McKinley Park with the gated entrance).

Members of the Public attending the meeting will be asked to follow the below protocols:

  • Masks are required to be worn inside COTA facilities due to FTA mandate until March 18, 2022
  • Please sign in at the security desk when entering the facility
  • Temperature checks will be required
  • There will be a dedicated section of the meeting room for members of the public to attend

FEBRUARY 2022

No Meetings

MARCH 2022

DATE TIME MEETING
Friday, March 4 9:30 AM – 3:15 PM A Special meeting of the COTA Board of Trustees is scheduled for a Board Retreat on Friday, March 4, 2022, 9:30 a.m., at the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Carnegie Board Room, 96 W. Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215.

The purpose of the retreat is to provide a current status update of COTA’s operations, discuss the Board governance structure and documents, and to discuss updates to the Board’s strategic framework to guide future growth and development.”
Minutes

Wednesday, March 9 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Strategic and Operational Planning Committee
Tuesday, March 15 CANCELED External Stakeholder Relations Committee
Wednesday, March 16 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM Performance Monitoring/Audit Committee

The COTA Performance Monitoring/Audit Committee will meet via WebEx.

Members of the public can virtually attend the COTA Performance Monitoring/Audit Committee – Register for access to the WebEx link here.

Thursday, March 17 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Governance Committee
Wednesday, March 30 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Board of Trustees
The COTA Board of Trustees Meeting on Wednesday, March 30 at 9:00 AM will take place in Conference Rooms 1034/1035 at COTA’s McKinley Avenue Facility at 1600 McKinley Avenue, Columbus, OH 43223 on the Transportation Side (East Side closest to McKinley Park with the gated entrance).

Members of the Public attending the meeting will be asked to follow the below protocols:

  • Masks are required to be worn inside COTA facilities due to FTA mandate until April 18, 2022
  • Please sign in at the security desk when entering the facility
  • Temperature checks will be required
  • There will be a dedicated section of the meeting room for members of the public to attend

APRIL 2022

No Meetings

MAY 2022

DATE TIME MEETING
Wednesday, May 4 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Strategic and Operational Planning Committee

All COTA Committee Meetings will take place in the WG Porter Boardroom at COTA’s Administrative Offices at 33 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43215

Tuesday, May 10 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM External Stakeholder Relations Committee

All COTA Committee Meetings will take place in the WG Porter Boardroom at COTA’s Administrative Offices at 33 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43215

Wednesday, May 11 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM Performance Monitoring/Audit Committee

All COTA Committee Meetings will take place in the WG Porter Boardroom at COTA’s Administrative Offices at 33 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43215

Thursday, May 12 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Governance Committee

All COTA Committee Meetings will take place in the WG Porter Boardroom at COTA’s Administrative Offices at 33 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43215

Wednesday, May 25 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM Annual Meeting & Regular Board of Trustees Meeting

All COTA Committee Meetings will take place in the WG Porter Boardroom at COTA’s Administrative Offices at 33 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43215

JUNE 2022

No Meetings

JULY 2022

DATE TIME MEETING
Wednesday, July 6 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Strategic and Operational Planning Committee
Wednesday, July 6 Immediately Following Strategic and Operational Planning Committee Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees
Wednesday, July 6 Immediately Following the Special Board of Trustees Meeting Performance Monitoring/Audit Committee
Tuesday, July 12 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM External Stakeholder Relations Committee
Monday, July 18 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Governance Committee
Wednesday, July 27 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Board of Trustees

AUGUST 2022

No Meetings

SEPTEMBER 2022

DATE TIME MEETING
Wednesday, September 7 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Strategic and Operational Planning Committee
Wednesday, September 7 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM Performance Monitoring/Audit Committee
Tuesday, September 13 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM External Stakeholder Relations Committee
Thursday, September 22 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Governance Committee
Wednesday, September 28 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Board of Trustees

OCTOBER 2022

No Meetings

NOVEMBER 2022

DATE TIME MEETING
Wednesday, November 2 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Strategic and Operational Planning Committee
Tuesday, November 8 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM External Stakeholder Relations Committee
Wednesday, November 9 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM Performance Monitoring/Audit Committee
Thursday, November 10 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Governance Committee
Wednesday, November 16 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Board of Trustees

DECEMBER 2022

DATE TIME MEETING
Tuesday, December 6 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM External Stakeholder Relations Committee
Wednesday, December 7 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Strategic and Operational Planning Committee
Wednesday, December 7 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM Performance Monitoring/Audit Committee
Thursday, December 8 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Governance Committee
Wednesday, December 14 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Board of Trustees

Our Board Meeting Archives

COTA policy requires that we keep our board meeting minutes permanently. For minutes prior to 2021, please contact Customer Service and file a public records request.

COTA Advisory Panel

As provided in the COTA Charter, an Advisory Panel was established to advise COTA management in the development and implementation of public transit in central Ohio.

  • One member appointed by the Franklin County Commissioners.
  • One member appointed by the Mayor or other chief executive officer of each municipal corporation participating in the creation of COTA.
  • At-large members may be appointed by the President/CEO with the consent of the Board of Trustees or as provided in Resolution No. 2011-20 and procedures adopted consistent therewith.

Each member appointed to the Advisory Panel shall be a resident and have a familiarity with public transit needs in central Ohio.

The Advisory Panel shall meet quarterly and be used by COTA management as a resource in making decisions on public transit and, as appropriate, incorporate advice from the Panel into programs presented to the Board.

COTA Mobility Advisory Board

The Mobility Advisory Board (MAB) advises COTA on issues that involve underserved people, are low income, have a disability, or are elderly in central Ohio. Comprised of community human services agencies, direct service providers, advocates, and businesses, these agencies assist COTA in developing innovative, viable transportation solutions.