COTA Board of Trustees

Governance

COTA’s Board of Trustees

COTA’s Board of Trustees are a highly respected, effective and fiscally responsible team who are committed to the Vision, Mission and Values of COTA. The Board is the governing body of COTA and is responsible for overseeing COTA as established by the Ohio Revised CODE 306.30 to 306.50.

In exercising its fiduciary responsibilities, Board Members shall have three primary obligations:

  1. 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.
  2. Duty of Good Faith—Board Members shall take the necessary actions to be informed and exercise appropriate judgment.
  3. Duty of Loyalty—Board Members shall perform their duties in good faith, 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 clear vision for COTA’s future.
  • Provide oversight of COTA’s operations.
  • Work effectively with other Board Members and the President/CEO.
  • Be an advocate for COTA’s Vision, Mission, Values and COTA’s Long-Range Transit Plan.

There are two members appointed by Franklin County, seven members appointed by Columbus, and four members appointed by various suburbs. Members are appointed for three-year terms.

Please click here for a list of 2016 Board Meetings.


One vacancy: Franklin County


Advisory Panel

As provided for 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.

JEAN CARTER RYAN, CHAIR
President
Columbus-Franklin County Finance Authority
Appointed by City of Columbus
Term Expires 4/17
 
TRUDY A. BARTLEY, VICE CHAIR
Assistant Vice President, Local and Community Relations
Executive Director, PACT
The Ohio State University
Office of Government Affairs
Terms Expires 5/18
 PHILIP D. HONSEY
Owner, PDH Consulting, LLC
Appointed by City of Grove City
Term Expires 4/18
 
DONALD B. LEACH, JR.
Attorney/Partner
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
Appointed by City of Upper Arlington
Term Expires 5/18
 
DAVID M. NORSTROM
Owner, DMN Enterprises
Appointed by the City of Worthington
Term Expires 4/19

 
GINA ORMOND
Vice President-Associate General Counsel
Nationwide Realty Investors
Appointed by City of Columbus
Term Expires 4/17
 
LETTY SCHAMP, P.E.
Transportation Engineer
City of Hilliard
Appointed by City of Hilliard
Term Expires 4/19
 
AMY M. SCHMITTAUER
President
Vlog Boss Studios
Appointed by City of Columbus
Terms Expires 4/19
CRAIG P. TRENEFF
Attorney at Law
Treneff Cozza Law, LLC
Appointed by Franklin County
Term Expires 4/17
 
RICHARD R. ZITZKE
Chief of Police (Retired)
City of Whitehall
Appointed by City of Columbus
Term Expires 4/19
 

Mobility Management Advisory Board

The Mobility Management Advisory Board (MMAB) assists COTA in developing innovative, viable transportation solutions for underserved individuals and businesses. Members are representatives from stakeholder organizations across central Ohio who provide direct services or advocate for underserved individuals and businesses.