SORTA/Metro Executive Staff

William J. Desmond

Dwight Ferrell
Chief Executive Officer & General Manager

Dwight Ferrell most recently served as the County Manager of Fulton County, GA, where he led more than 5,000 employees in the management of activities and operations of county departments. In addition, Ferrell developed, recommended and administered the county’s state and federal legislative agenda.

Mr. Ferrell is a recognized leader in the transit industry. For four years, he served as Deputy General Manager and Chief Operating Officer of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), managing day-to-day operations for the ninth largest transit system in the United States.

Mr. Ferrell held leadership positions at some of the largest, multi-modal public transportation systems in the nation, including in Austin, Dallas, New Orleans and Philadelphia. For many years, he has been actively involved with the American Public Transportation Association, Conference of Minority Transportation Officials, and Transportation Research Board. He participated in the Eno Center for Transit Leadership Executive Development Program and is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta.

Mr. Ferrell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration in Management from Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas.

Darryl Haley

Darryl Haley 
Executive Vice President
Chief Operations Officer

Darryl Haley manages the departments responsible for transit service planning development and scheduling, operations, and maintenance. Mr. Haley most recently served as Interim General Manager. He was previously Executive Director of Development, responsible for short and long range planning, customer relations, and transit and ridership development.

Prior to joining Metro in 2005, Mr. Haley held positions in the health-care distribution industry and financial institutions, where he earned many awards for leadership in operations, sales, and profit improvement.

Mr. Haley holds a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati and is a Cincinnati native and graduate of Withrow High School. He is a member of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO).

David Riposo
David Riposo
Chief Financial Officer

David A. Riposo is the Chief Financial Officer and Secretary – Treasurer of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) and is responsible for overseeing the organizations $100 million operating budget and capital program. In this role he is responsible for managing the finance, procurement, information technology, and treasury/risk management areas of the organization.

Mr. Riposo has more than 20 years of experience in the finance industry. Most recently, he served as Vice President, Treasurer of Novitex Enterprise Solutions, in Stamford, Connecticut. He also held leadership positions at Fougera Pharmaceuticals, Handy & Harman Ltd., International Paper Co., and the Chicago Transit Authority, where he was General Manager, Treasury.

Mr. Riposo is a member of Financial Executives International and the Association for Financial Professionals. He has an MBA in Accounting from Loyola University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in Finance from the Ohio State University. He is a Certified Treasury Professional.


David Riposo
Donna Adkins
Chief of Staff

Donna Adkins currently holds the position of Chief of Staff, responsible for project management, board liaison and supervising a variety of cross-agency functions, initiatives, and projects in support of the Executive Management Team.

Ms. Adkins’ 30+ years of service at Metro began as administrative coordinator for the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority Board of Trustees. She has served as Finance Coordinator and Project Manager for such high-profile projects as the Uptown Transit District and transit centers in Northside, Oakley, Walnut Hills and the Cincinnati Bell Connector streetcar. Ms. Adkins was also instrumental in establishing the Everybody Rides Metro (ERM) Foundation, partnering with over 100 local agencies to provide Metro rides to those in need.

In 2015, she was promoted to Chief of Staff.

Adkins attended Northern Kentucky University. She is active with her six grandchildren and enjoys reading, gardening and camping.

 
Sallie L. Hilvers
Adriene Hairston
Vice President, Human Resources

Adriene Hairston MS, SHRM-SCP,is responsible for overseeing Metro’s Human Resources department and organizational training. She is an accomplished human resources professional with expertise in HR policy, diversity and inclusion, change management and compliance.

Prior to Metro she served as director of agency human resources at Western & Southern Life and held leadership roles with Fifth Third Bank, Luxottica and Humana. She is a member of the Greater Cincinnati Human Resources Association, the Society for Human Resources Management (holding the designation of Senior Certified Professional), and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., in addition to serving as a volunteer for Women Helping Women and the YMCA Black and Latino Teen Achievers Program. 

She holds a Master of Science degree in Human Resource Development from Xavier University and a Bachelors of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Cincinnati.

 
Sallie L. Hilvers
Sallie L. Hilvers
Vice President, External Affairs

Sallie Hilvers is responsible for Metro’s public and media relations, marketing, community engagement, social media, internal communications, and government relations, as well as all advertising revenue contracts for both Metro and the Cincinnati Bell Connector. She also oversees customer relations, including the call center, sales network, and customer relations.

Ms. Hilvers’ previous positions at Metro include Executive Director of Strategic Communications, Chief Administrative Officer, Chief Communications Officer, Director of Public Affairs, and Director of Marketing and Communications. Before joining Metro, Ms. Hilvers was manager of corporate communications for Community Mutual Blue Cross & Blue Shield. In this capacity, she was in charge of statewide public and media relations, internal communications, legislative communications, and public affairs.

Ms. Hilvers holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of Cincinnati, where she taught Business Communications and English while pursuing graduate studies in marketing. She also is has done post-graduate work toward and MS in Organizational Leadership from the College of Mount St. Joseph. She is a graduate of Leadership Cincinnati USA Class 33.

Ms. Hilvers has won numerous awards for her work in public relations.


Mary Beth Moning
Mary Moning
Vice President, Strategic Management

Mary Moning is responsible for leading organizational efforts in the development and execution of SORTA's comprehensive strategic plan, Innovation in Motion.

Ms. Moning's previous positions at Metro include Executive Director of Administration, Chief Operations Officer and Director of ADA and Accessible Services. Under her leadership, Metro improved service quality and its safety record, greatly expanded its economic inclusion efforts and introduced several technology initiatives including an interactive voice response (IVR) system, real-time schedule information signs and ticket vending machines. In recognition of its efforts and commitment to safety, Metro was awarded a Certificate of Merit for Significant and Exceptional Achievement in Bus Safety by the American Public Transportation Association.

Prior to joining Metro in 1989, Ms. Moning was a manager with a local IBM marketing-assistance partner that developed custom software for several manufacturing and service-related industries, including many local area hospitals and law firms.

Ms. Moning holds a B.A. in mathematics and computer science from Xavier University and is a member of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO).