Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority


The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) is a tax-supported, independent political subdivision of the State of Ohio and is a government entity. SORTA operates Metro fixed-route bus service and Access paratransit service for people whose disabilities prevent their riding Metro buses.

SORTA is governed by a 13-member volunteer citizens’ board of trustees. Seven trustees are appointed by the City of Cincinnati and six are appointed by Hamilton County. Hamilton County appoints three of its own trustees plus one each representing Butler, Clermont and Warren counties. The funding relationship between SORTA and the City is established by the City/SORTA Agreement of 1973. 

To contact the SORTA board or to receive e-mail updates on upcoming SORTA board meetings, contact Shannel Satterfield via email.

SORTA Board of Trustees

Gregg Hothem

Kreg Keesee - Chair

Mr. Keesee, Chief Supply Information Officer for Michelman, Inc., has more than 20 years of experience in the graphic arts and consumer products industries. Prior to this role, he held positions in Sun Chemical’s graphic services, supply chain, information technology and strategic planning departments. He most recently served as vice president of graphic services. He started his career as a commercial lender with Michigan National Bank and spent eight years working in Procter & Gamble’s food and beverage division. He received his degree in economics from the University of Michigan and his MBA from the University of Michigan Business School. Mr. Keesee, his wife, Shannon, and two children live in Hyde Park. He joined the SORTA Board in 2014.


Maurice Brown - Vice Chair

Maurice Brown is president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Workers (AFSCME) Local 250 representing the City of Cincinnati employees. He has been an employee with the City of Cincinnati since 2007 and was a Minority Small Business Owner for 15 years. He is a board member of the City of Cincinnati’s Community Development Advisory Board. Previously, he served as a social service worker and mentor for the “Friends of the Children” program formerly funded by Hamilton County Jobs and Family Services, and was a volunteer with the Greater Cincinnati YMCA summer youth program and a youth basketball and softball coach. Mr. Brown has been a resident of Cincinnati for more than 30 years. He joined the SORTA board in 2015.

Heidi Black

Mrs. Black is a senior manager of StriveTogether, a KnowledgeWorks subsidiary and nonprofit organization that works to ensure that every child succeeds from cradle to career. Mrs. Black is a graduate of Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY and Lesley University, Cambridge, MA. She serves on the board of Shelterhouse

J. Thomas Hodges

Brendon Cull

Mr. Cull is the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, where he oversees operations and strategic initiatives aimed at growing the vibrancy and economic prosperity of the Cincinnati USA region. Previously he served as Director of Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs at The Kroger Co., Legislative Director and Press Secretary for Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken and as a consultant at Global Lead Management Consulting. Mr. Cull serves on the government relations commitees of the Food Marketing Institute and the National Retail Federation in Washington, D.C., and the boards of Tender Mercies and The Mercantile Library. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communications from Xavier University. Mr. Cull and his family reside in Clifton.

Gregg Hothem
Mary Miller

Mary Miller is the CEO of JANCOA Janitorial Services a local, award-winning, 43 year-old family owned and operated commercial cleaning company, for the past 22 years. JANCOA created The Dream Manager Program, popularized by the New York Times best-selling book under the same title by Matthew Kelly, which has encouraged people around the world to achieve their dreams. In addition, Miller is an Associate Coach with Strategic Coach, working with entrepreneurs at quarterly coaching workshops in Chicago. She was recently recognized as a YWCA Career Women of Achievement honoree and a 2015 Enterprising Women of the Year honoree. Miller serves on the board of directors for the YWCA, Goering Center for Family Businesses at the University of Cincinnati, United Way, Easter Seals and the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

Kenneth Reed

Gwen L. Robinson

Gwen L. Robinson serves as President/CEO for Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency, a position she has held since 1995. She is a co-founder of Every Child Succeeds, President of the State Community Action Association, and member of many boards, including the Hoxworth Advisory Board, Downtown Cincinnati Inc. (DCI), the Public Library Foundation Board, the Cincinnatus Association, the Public Benefit Board for the State of Ohio, and the Fifth Third CRA Board. She was the first African-American President of the Cincinnatus Association. Ms. Robinson has received many awards, including the 2010 Profile in Courage, The Cincinnati Enquirer 2006 Women of the Year, Leading Women of the Year, YWCA Career Women of Achievement, Ladies of Distinction 2007 Honoree, NAACP 2006 Wright Overstreet Award, Radio One Women Empowerment Award, and the Dada Rafiki award. She lives in Springfield Township with her husband and has two adult sons. She joined the SORTA board in 2012.

Blake Ethridge

Photo and bio coming soon.

Allen Freeman

Photo and bio coming soon.

Robert Harris

Photo and bio coming soon.

Thaddeus Hoffmeister

Photo and bio coming soon.

Pete McLinden

Photo and bio coming soon.

Kathleen Wyenandt

Photo and bio coming soon.

SORTA board meetings

Third Tuesday of every month, 8:30 a.m. or 6:00 p.m. depending on month (see below schedule).

602 Main Street, Suite 1100
Cincinnati, OH 45202

SORTA Board 2018 Meetings Schedules 

Planning & Ops
SORTA Board  
8 a.m.
9 a.m.
8:30 a.m./
6:00 p.m.
Jan. 9 Jan. 9 Jan. 16
9:00 a.m.
Feb. 13 Feb. 13 Feb. 20
8:30 a.m.
March 13 Mar. 13 Mar. 20
6:00 p.m.
April 10 April 10 April 17
8:30 a.m.
May 8 May 8 May 15
6:00 p.m.
June 12 June 12 June 19
8:30 a.m.
July 10 July 10 July 17
6:00 p.m.
Aug. 14 Aug. 14 Aug. 21
8:30 a.m.
Sept. 11 Sept. 11 Sept. 18
6:00 p.m.
Oct. 9 Oct. 9 Oct. 16
8:30 a.m.
Nov. 7 Nov. 7 Nov. 13
6:00 p.m.
Dec. 11 Dec. 11 Dec. 18
8:30 a.m.

Meetings will be held at:
SORTA/Metro Offices
The Gwynne Building
Mt. Adams Board Room
602 Main Street, Suite 1200
Cincinnati, Ohio

Archive of Board Packets:
May 2017
June 2017
July 2017
August 2017
September 2017
October 2017
November 2017
December 2017
January 2018
February 2018
March 2018

Archive of Meeting Minutes:







Special Meeting - August


Special Meeting-June

Special Meeting - December
Special Meeting - July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
January 2015



December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
Special Meeting - July 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
Special Meeting - May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014

Special Meeting- February 2014
January 2014 
December 2013
Special Meeting - December 2013

November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
Special Meeting - January 2013
January 2013

December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
Special Meeting - May 2012
Special Meeting - April 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012

December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2012
Special Meeting - May 2011
Special Meeting - April 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011


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