SORTA/Metro Executive Staff
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.
Deputy General Manager
Darryl Haley manages the departments responsible for transit service development and scheduling and customer relations. He also serves as the revenue contracts liaison and Metro’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Officer.
Mr. Haley has 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 sales, leadership 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 national Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO).
Shawn M. Donaghy
Interim Chief Operations Officer
Shawn Donaghy is responsible for all Metro fixed-route and Access paratransit bus operations, fleet maintenance and facilities, which employ about 675 employees. The directors of Transit Operations, Fleet & Facilities and ADA & Paratransit Services report to him.
Mr. Donaghy has more than 17 years of experience in transportation. He has been with Metro since September 2010 working in both the Transit Operations and Maintenance Divisions, and was most recently Metro’s Director of Transit Operations. Donaghy previously held key roles in global intermodal transportation and supply chain logistics with CEVA, LLC and DHL Worldwide. He is a member of the Cincinnati COMTO Chapter and a sitting member of both the Security and Operations committees for the Ohio Public Transit Association (OPTA). He received his bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Northern Kentucky University.
Chief Financial Officer
Mike Restle is responsible for Metro's $92.9 million annual operating budget, capital program, grants administration, financial reporting and treasury management activities, and investments. The Accounting & Budget department report to him.
Mr. Restle has more than 25 years of accounting and financial experience. He most recently served as Metro's interim CFO after serving as Metro's controller since 2007. He previously worked for 10 years at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, where he held the role of director of finance.
William J. Desmond
Chief General Counsel
William J. Desmond is Executive Director of Legal Affairs/Risk Management. As in-house counsel, Mr. Desmond provides legal advice and support to the management team and is responsible for management of Metro’s legal affairs. He oversees claims and litigation, labor and employment disputes, Workers’ Compensation, transportation and industrial safety programs, system security, and the utilization of outside counsel.
Mr. Desmond received a B.A. from Xavier University and his law degree (J.D.) from Northern Kentucky University’s Chase College of Law. He is admitted to the practice of law in Ohio, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, and the U.S. Tax Court. He is a member of the Ohio State and Cincinnati Bar Associations.
Prior to joining Metro, Mr. Desmond was a litigation attorney in private practice. His experience encompassed a broad range of civil litigation in state and federal courts, including personal injury, products liability, insurance defense, transportation law, and labor-employment matters.
Mr. Desmond is a member and former chair of the Risk Management Committee of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and is a member of the APTA Legal Affairs Committee. He is a past president of the Cincinnati Chapter of the Risk & Insurance Management Society, Inc. (RIMS).
Sallie L. Hilvers
Executive Director, Strategic Communications
Sallie Hilvers oversees Metro’s government relations, public and media relations, marketing, community engagement, social media, and internal communications.
Ms. Hilvers’ previous positions at Metro include Chief Administrative Officer, Chief Communications Officer, Director of Public Affairs, and Director of Marketing and Communications. Before joining Metro in 1990, 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 is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree 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 and employee communications.
Mary Beth Moning
Executive Director, Administration
Mary Moning manages the departments responsible for Metro’s information technology, procurement, technology/organizational project management and organizational performance analysis and metrics.
Previously, Ms. Moning served as the Chief Operations Officer for Metro, providing executive oversight of both Metro fixed-route and Access paratransit operations. Under her leadership, the Operations team improved Metro’s service quality, fleet reliability and safety record. In recognition of their efforts, the American Public Transportation Association awarded Metro a Certificate of Merit for Significant and Exceptional Achievement in Bus Safety in 2009.
Ms. Moning also has been Metro’s Director of ADA and Accessible Services, and prior to that, she held several positions within Metro’s IT department.
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.S. in mathematics and computer science from Xavier University.
Executive Director, Human Resources/EEO Officer
Frank Spataro is a human resources professional with more than 35 years of experience, Mr. Spataro most recently served as Human Resources director for the Village of Oak Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. He has also held positions with the City of Cincinnati as the assistant Human Resources director and the State of Illinois as a personnel analyst.
Mr. Spataro is a member of Society for Human Resources Management, International Public Management Association for Human Resources and World at Work. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Illinois State University and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Cincinnati.