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.

2023

JANUARY 2023
DATE TIME MEETING
Tuesday, January 10 CANCELED Strategic and Operational Planning Committee
Tuesday, January 10 CANCELED External Stakeholder Relations Committee
Thursday, January 12 CANCELED Performance Monitoring/Audit Committee
Thursday, January 12 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Governance Committee
Wednesday, January 18 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Board of Trustees

 

FEBRUARY 2023
NO MEETINGS

 

MARCH 2023
DATE TIME MEETING  
Tuesday, March 7 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Strategic and Operational Planning Committee  
Tuesday, March 7 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM External Stakeholder Relations Committee  
Thursday, March 9 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Performance Monitoring/Audit Committee  
Thursday, March 9 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Governance Committee  
Wednesday, March 22 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Board of Trustees  

 

APRIL 2023
DATE TIME MEETING
Monday, April 17 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Board Retreat

 

 

MAY 2023
DATE TIME MEETING  
Tuesday, May 2 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Strategic and Operational Planning Committee  
Tuesday, May 2 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM External Stakeholder Relations Committee  
Thursday, May 4 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Performance Monitoring/Audit Committee  
Thursday, May 4 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Governance Committee  
Wednesday, May 17 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Annual Meeting & Regular Board of Trustees Meeting  

 

JUNE 2023
NO MEETINGS  

 

JULY 2023
DATE TIME MEETING  
Tuesday, July 11 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Strategic and Operational Planning Committee  
Tuesday, July 11 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM External Stakeholder Relations Committee  
Thursday, July 13 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Performance Monitoring/Audit Committee  
Thursday, July 13 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Governance Committee  
Wednesday, July 19 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Board of Trustees  

 

AUGUST 2023
NO MEETINGS  

 

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2023
DATE TIME MEETING  
Tuesday, September 5 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Strategic and Operational Planning Committee  
Tuesday, September 5 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM External Stakeholder Relations Committee  
Thursday, September 7 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Performance Monitoring/Audit Committee  
Thursday, September 7 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Governance Committee  
Wednesday, September 20 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Board of Trustees  

 

OCTOBER 2023
NO MEETINGS  

 

NOVEMBER 2023
DATE TIME MEETING  
Wednesday, November 8 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Strategic and Operational Planning Committee  
Wednesday, November 8 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM External Stakeholder Relations Committee  
Thursday, November 9 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Performance Monitoring/Audit Committee  
Thursday, November 9 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Governance Committee  
Wednesday, November 15 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Board of Trustees  

 

DECEMBER 2023
DATE TIME MEETING  
Tuesday, December 5 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Strategic and Operational Planning Committee  
Tuesday, December 5 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM External Stakeholder Relations Committee  
Thursday, December 7 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Performance Monitoring/Audit Committee  
Thursday, December 7 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Governance Committee  
Wednesday, December 13 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.