BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Steve Spradling has been the director of parking and transportation services at Oklahoma State University (OSU) since 2008 and has worked at OSU since 2004. A graduate of the OSU School of Business, Steve also was a member of the Oklahoma Army National Guard. He has served on the board of the Stillwater Area United Way. Steve was recognized in 2012 by Mass Transit Magazine for being in the Top 40 under 40 for transit professionals in the United States and he has also received the award of Oklahoma Transit Professional of the Year in 2013. Steve is passionate about improving parking and transportation on the OSU campus and the Stillwater community.
LaQuita Thornley is the executive director of INCA Community Services that operates JAMM Transit, a rural public transportation system serving Johnston, Atoka, Marshall and Murray counties in southeastern Oklahoma. LaQuita has been with the agency for since 1998 during which time she served as an outreach worker, county director and transit director and was named executive director for the community action agency in 2014. In her early years working with the community she realized there was a vital link missing, which was public transportation services. In1999, working with the communities, she wrote the first 5311 grant and in 2000 opened public transportation in the four-county area INCA serves. She served as JAMM Transit’s first transit director, a title she is proud to hold even today.
Doug Myers is a native of Michigan who served in the U.S. Navy for 23 years, including two tours at the Naval ROTC Unit at The University of Oklahoma (OU). Following retirement from the Navy in 2000, Doug was hired as the office manager in OU Parking and Transportation Services. Two years later he became the manager of Parking and Transportation Services at OU Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) and in 2007 became assistant director. In 2010, Doug became director of Parking and Transportation Services for both the Norman and OUHSC campuses. The two campuses were growing rapidly and needed the attention of a full-time director on both and Doug became the director at OUHSC in August 2017.
Since 2003, Jeannie McMillin has served as director of Little Dixie Transit that operates five dispatch locations within a tri-county service area in southeastern Oklahoma. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Jeannie began her career with Little Dixie Community Action Agency in 2000 as a site supervisor for Little Dixie Transit for the Hugo dispatch office. She was promoted to the assistant director/operations manager position that she held until becoming transit director in 2003. Under her leadership, Little Dixie Transit doubled in size in terms of number of vehicles, employees and trip volume. In 2011, Jeannie was awarded OTA’s Transit Professional of the Year and she served as OTA president from 2013-15.
Melissa Fesler was named director of First Capital Trolley in 1999 at the age of 23. In 2008, First Capital Trolley added job routes to expand from one county to another for a discounted rate that earned the agency OTA’s Ridership and Expanded Service Award and the Guthrie Chamber of Commerce’s Business of the Year. Melissa was named OTA’s Professional of the Year in 2010 and selected a Top 40 under 40 by the Mass Transit Magazine. Under Melissa’s leadership and commitment to providing safe and reliable transportation for all residents, First Capital Trolley has adapted to the changing needs of the communities it serves. A new seven-acre site will help First Capital Trolley to continue to respond to the growth of its thriving transportation service.
Angie Gilliam, an enrolled member of the Chickasaw Nation, is the director of the Transportation Services Department for the Chickasaw Nation, a role she has served in since 2007. In addition to her service on the OTA board, Angie also serves on the board of the Community Transportation Association of America, is the transit sub-committee chair for Oklahoma Tribal Transportation Council and a member of the Southwest Transit Association executive board. Angie was also appointed and represented the Oklahoma tribes on the Oklahoma Governor’s United We Ride Council.
Brent Morey is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and holds master’s degrees in public administration and human relations. He began his career with Community Action in 1981 and was responsible for writing the initial grant for one of the first four rural public transit systems in Oklahoma in 1984 and became director of Red River Transportation Service. Brent was appointed as executive director of Community Action Development Corporation in 1986. He has served two terms as president for both the Oklahoma Transit Association and the Oklahoma Association of Community Action Agencies.
Jesse Rush joined the City of Oklahoma City in 2014 as project manager for the MAPS 3 Riversport Rapids whitewater rafting and kayaking center on the Oklahoma River. Riversport Rapids was a $57 million, two-year project that was completed on time and under budget. Jesse was also the project manager for the MAPS 3 Modern Streetcar project, a $131 million project that includes the purchase of seven modern streetcar vehicles, a 28,000-square-foot storage and maintenance facility and the construction of 4.8 miles of track. Jesse was announced the Streetcar Operations Director in 2016 and is responsible for the hiring of all key managers, purchase of all equipment and FTA and state safety oversight coordination. His responsibilities also include the coordination of all city departments and communicating with local business and property owners.
Charla Sloan is the transit director of KI BOIS Area Transit System, Oklahoma’s largest rural transit system that operates nearly 240 vehicles in 12 counties. She is a leader in building partnerships evident by the Road to Work – Job Access Collaboration with all rural transit agencies in Oklahoma that earned a Distinguished Service Award from the Community Transit Association of America in 2001. She has twice been recognized as OTA’s Transit Manager of the Year and KA Bois as Transit System of the Year. In 2000, Charla received OTA’s Professional of the Year Award and served as OTA president for three years. Charla is the state delegate to the Community Transportation Association of America and earned that association’s Certified Community Transit Manager Certificate. She has also served as chair of the Governor’s United We Ride Council and on the National RTAP Board from 2014-17.
As the southern regional manager for Q’Straint and Sure-Lok, Trisha Nolen represents both product lines for all School Bus and Paratransit applications. She has been in the industry for more than 25 years, and has been with Q’Straint and Sure-Lok since 2013. In her role, Trisha conducts training programs both on-site and at conferences at the local, state and national level. She has been invited by numerous agencies throughout the country to speak on safe and effective wheelchair securement practices and regulatory issues. She was recognized as the Vendor of the Year in 2017 by TAPT.
As executive director of the Oklahoma Transit Association (OTA), Mark Nestlen is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the statewide organization that serves as the state’s voice for public transit. OTA is comprised of urban, small urban, rural and tribal transit members all focused on one, overarching priority: To improve the mobility and access for all Oklahomans. With more than 10 million rides furnished statewide every year, OTA members offer opportunity for thousands of Oklahomans daily. Under his leadership, OTA will continue to promote public transit at the local, state and federal level, telling the story and expressing the transit needs of Oklahoma citizens. OTA also provides continuing education for its members, ensuring the highest level of professionalism and service among public transit providers.