ADVOCACY

The Advocacy Committee develops consensus recommendations about state and federal legislative activity including funding, transit authorization legislation, annual appropriations, administration initiatives and regulatory matters. The committee commnunicates with lawmakers at all levels regarding transit matters and OTA policies.

Ted Rieck

Chair

trieck@tulsatransit.org

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.

Amber Freeman

Member

a.freeman@incacaa.org

Amber Freeman is the communication and capacity director for INCA Community Services. Amber has a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising from the University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord College of Journalism. Amber serves on INCA’s leadership team and works to help each of INCA’s programs grow and thrive so they are able to best serve the community. Her passions vary from very creative projects such as social media, website design, newsletter marketing, and media relations to more logical planning projects such as assessing community needs, strategic planning, training board members, and planning outcomes and service objectives for the agency. She enjoys the variety of tasks and projects and working with program directors, leadership team, and board of directors to really help build INCA’s brand awareness and ability to meet community needs.

Ryan Landers

Member

rlanders@ridelats.com

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.

Tina Lowery

Member

tlowery@cocaa.org

Tina Lowery is the director of Central Oklahoma Transit System located in Shawnee. Okla. Tina started working with the Central Oklahoma Community Action Agency (COCAA) in 2006. She has set on the COCAA’s Leadership team for the past five years. Tina is also a 2010 graduate for the Shawnee Leaders with honors. She has received several awards including Directors Award, Leadership Awards and Outstanding programs achievement award for a two years consecutive.

Kendra McGeady

Member

KMcgeady@grandgateway.org

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.

Mary Beth Williams

Member

mary.williams@enid.org

COMMUNICATIONS & PUBLIC RELATIONS

The Communications and Public Relations Committee promotes the Oklahoma public transit story to the media and public in general. The committee also develops tools and opportunities to enhance internal communications between OTA and its members.

Melissa Fesler

Chair

Melissa.trolley@yahoo.com

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.

Darla Bennett

Stuff the Bus Subcommittee Chair

dbennett@muskogeecountytransit.org

Jesse Wood

Website Subcommittee Chair

Jesse.wood@okstate.edu

Jesse Wood is the marketing coordinator for Oklahoma State University (OSU) Parking and Transportation Services, and has been with OSU for since 2016. He started in the Oklahoma National Guard, then moved to the private sector, working for CMS Willowbrook, and finally landing in his current position with his alma mater where he earned a degree in business administration. Jesse has served on the Staff Advisory Council for OSU, OTA communications committee, Young Professionals of Stillwater Communications Committee, and serves at Life Church Stillwater.

Liann Alfaro

Member

lafaro@tulsatransit.org

Liann Alfaro is the planning and marketing director for Tulsa Transit and has been with Tulsa Transit since 2000. She started as the accounts receivable clerk and has worked her way up to her current position. Liann has a bachelor degree in leadership administration from the University of Oklahoma. Liann has also found a passion marketing and event planning. Liann has served on the local Ozone Alert PR team, OTA conference committee and SWTA marketing workshop committees. Liann is a graduate of Lead North, a community driven leadership class.

Lisa Boren

Member

lboren@grandgateway.org

Lisa Boren has been in the transit business since 2009. Starting as a part-time dispatcher, she is now a certified transit supervisor and currently serves as the regional mobility manager for Pelivan Transit and the Veterans’ Ride Connect. In 2017, she completed the website development for www.veteransrideconnect.org. Lisa developed and oversees the ongoing marketing campaign promoting the service that has combined the forces of six transit providers covering a service area of more than 25 counties in northeast Oklahoma. Lisa was also the lead project manager for Pelivan Transit, responsible for the implementation in every aspect of the intelligent transit software, RouteMatch. In 2016, Lisa was the recipient of the coveted Millie Griffith Award, the Grand Gateway Economic Development Association Employee of the Year Award.

Amber Freeman

Member

a.freeman@incacaa.org

Amber Freeman is the communication and capacity director for INCA Community Services. Amber has a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising from the University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord College of Journalism. Amber serves on INCA’s leadership team and works to help each of INCA’s programs grow and thrive so they are able to best serve the community. Her passions vary from very creative projects such as social media, website design, newsletter marketing, and media relations to more logical planning projects such as assessing community needs, strategic planning, training board members, and planning outcomes and service objectives for the agency. She enjoys the variety of tasks and projects and working with program directors, leadership team, and board of directors to really help build INCA’s brand awareness and ability to meet community needs.

William Johnston

Member

magbtransportation@yahoo.com

FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION

The Finance and Administration Committee oversees and manages the financial, administrative and legal matters of OTA.

Ryan Landers

Chair

rlanders@ridelats.com

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.

John Pleveich

Member

John.pleveich@ratpdev.com

Doug Myers

Ex Officio

douglas-myers@ouhsc.edu

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.

MEMBER SERVICES

The Member Services Committee oversees programs that meet the professional needs of OTA members. Responsibilities include conferences, continuing education, grant writing, sponsorships and public service programs.

Charla Sloan

Chair

charla.sloan@kibois.org

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.

Angie Gilliam

Bus Roadeo Subcommittee Chair

Angie.gilliam@chickasaw.net

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 Roy

Business Member Advocacy Subcommittee Chair

broy@creativebussales.com

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.

Kendra McGeady

Education & Training Subcommittee Chair

KMcgeady@grandgateway.org

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.

Laura Corff

Grants Subcommittee Chair

lcorff@ucapinc.org

Melissa Fesler

Member

Melissa.trolley@yahoo.com

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.

Taylor Johnson

Member

taylor.johnson@ou.edu

Taylor Johnson is the planner and grants specialist for Cleveland Area Rapid Transit (CART) in Norman, Okla. Prior to his current position, he was a planner and grants intern for CART and has been with the system since 2014. Taylor holds a bachelor of arts in Geography and a master’s degree in Regional and City Planning from the University of Oklahoma.

Doug Myers

Member

Douglas-myers@ouhsc.edu

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.

Trisha Nolen

Member

tnolen@qstraint.com

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.

NOMINATING

The Nominating Committee is responsible for putting forth a slate of leadership candidates for the members consideration each year.

Jeannie McMillin

Chair

jmcmillin@littledixie.org

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.

STATE RELATIONS

The State Relations Committee serves as OTA's liaison with state agencies, entities and organizations.

Brent Morey

Chair

gbrentmorey@gmail.com

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.

Jeannie McMillin

Member

jmcmillin@littledixie.org

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.

TransitPAC

The TransitPAC Board Administers the fund.

Allen Leaird

Chair

aleaird@bigfive.org

Mark Nestlen

Treasurer

barnonemark@gmail.com

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.