LaQuita Thornley


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.

Term Expires 2020

Angie Gilliam

Vice President

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.

Term Expires 2020

Ted Rieck


Ted Rieck is the general manager of Tulsa Transit, a position he has held since 2017. Ted has more than 35 years of transit experience spanning operations, planning, technology, and community partnerships. He also served as the chief executive officer of the Indianapolis transit system, where he reversed a 15-year ridership decline. Prior to joining Tulsa Transit, Ted was a transit consultant both independently as well as with national architect, engineering and planning firms. He was also Vice Chair of the Kansas City Regional Transit Alliance, a transit advocacy group. Ted earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Rockhurst University and a master of City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University.

Term Expires 2020

Ryan Landers


Ryan Landers is the general manager for LATS and has been with system since 2015. He has more than 10 years of transit experience in operations and management contracts for fixed route and para-transit. Prior to LATS, Ryan was the operations director for Mountain Metro Transit in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Ryan has always been involved in transit since he graduated with a Business Administration degree from Texas Wesleyan University in Ft. Worth, Texas. After college Ryan interned at Trinity Metro formerly known as the T in Fort Worth.

Term Expires 2020

Steve Spradling

Immediate Past President

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.

Term Expires 2020

Susan Coldwater

Small Urban At-Large Director

Term Expires 2020

Amy Hill

Tribal At-Large Director

Amy (Marshall) Hill is an enrolled member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and has been with the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Tribal Transportation Program since 2014 and currently serves as the Transportation Coordinator.  Since joining the staff of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Transit Authority her primary focus has been on administration of the Transit Program, Grant Management and Reporting, Transit Safety and Compliance, and administration of the Drug and Alcohol Testing Program.  Amy is dedicated to honoring the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Transit Authority’s mission to provide the tribal members and the general public with transit services in order to access jobs, recreational activities, shopping, tribal services and veterans’ services within the eleven counties of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation jurisdictional boundaries.

Term Expires 2022

Kendra McGeady

5310 At-Large Director

Kendra Sue McGeady has served as director of transit for Pelivan Transit and Northeast Oklahoma Tribal Transit Consortium, owned and operated by Grand Gateway Economic Development Association, since 2016. The system, located in northeast Oklahoma, operates in seven counties and provides transit services for the general public as well as the Cherokee, Peoria, Ottawa, Quapaw, Modoc, Miami, Shawnee, Eastern Shawnee, Wyandotte and Seneca Cayuga tribes. Kendra is past president of the Vinita Rotary Club and serves as Chairwoman of the Cherokee Phoenix Editorial Board of Directors. She also serves on the Oklahoma Transit Association Advocacy Committee. Kendra is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation.

Term Expires 2020

Jeannie McMillin

Rural At-Large Director

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.

Term Expires 2021

Richard Maxwell

Professional Member At-Large Director

Richard Maxwell specializes in the transit industry overseeing PAVLOV’s transit clients: Current clients include: Tulsa Transit, St. Louis Metro, VIA Metropolitian Metro, Cap Metro, Greater Portland (ME) Metro, and Grande West Vicinity Bus Co. Maxwell spent 14 years as the assistant vice president of marketing and communications at the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T).  Prior to The T, Maxwell was marketing director at Metro Transit (now EMBARK) in Oklahoma City.  Maxwell is the past chair of the APTA Marketing and Communications Committee and past member of APTA board of directors and currently serves on the TCRP JC-01 Dissemination Committee. In addition, in currently serves as a board member of Southwest Transit Association (SWTA). Maxwell has Bachelors in Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Oklahoma.

Term Expires 2020

Brent Morey

Rural At-Large Director

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.

Term Expires 2022

Brent Roy

Associate Member At-Large Director

Brent Roy is employed by Creative Bus Sales and is a bus sales professional specializing in the sale and support of custom vehicles for public transit agencies throughout the Southwest. Since 2001, Brent has worked closely with public transit agencies in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas including large metro, small urban and rural public transit agencies. An expert in bus technical specifications and regulations, Brent has acted in the roll of advocate for public transit agencies with multiple bus manufacturers. In addition to his service on the OTA board, Brent is also a board member of the Southwest Transit Association and a past board member of the New Mexico Transit Association Board of Directors.

Term Expires 2020

Jesse Rush


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.

Term Expires 2021

John Schlegel

Affiliate Member At-Large Director

Jon Schlegel has nearly 30 years in the railroad/rail transit industry and spent the first decade of his career with the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (Tri-Rail). His next position was Vice President and General Manager of the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad (GSMR) in North Carolina.  Following GSMR, Jon remained in the tourist railroad industry for another decade licensing train themed entertainment events. In 2016 he joined Herzog Transit Services, Inc. as Business Development Manager where he served on the start-up teams for two of the country’s newest streetcar projects, Kansas City Streetcar and Oklahoma City Streetcar.  Jon has served as the General Manager for the Kansas City Streetcar for 1.5 years and as Acting General Manager of the Oklahoma City Streetcar.  Jon attended Indiana University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Affairs / Transportation with a concentration in Mass Transit Management.

Term Expires 2020

Mark Nestlen

Executive Director/Ex Officio

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.