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.
Executive Vice President/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).
William J. Desmond
Vice President, Legal Services & Chief General Counsel
William J. Desmond is Vice President, Legal Services & Chief General Counsel, Mr. Desmond provides legal advice and support to the management team and is responsible for management of Metro’s legal affairs. He oversees risk management, claims and litigation, Workers’ Compensation, 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
Vice President, External 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
Vice President of Strategic Management
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.
Vice President of Human Resources/EEO Officer
Olivia Jones is responsible for overseeing Metro’s Human Resources department and organizational training. She has more than 20 years of experience in the transportation industry. She served as Assistant General Manager at the Muncie Indiana Transportation System, where she was responsible for employee benefits, workers’ compensation, property and casualty insurance, labor relations/negotiations, Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE), and paratransit operations.
She has also held leadership positions at Capital Metropolitan Transit Authority in Austin, Texas and the Union Pacific Railroad in Des Moines, IA.
Jones is an active member of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Human Resources Committee, Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), and the Transportation Research Board. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and Management from the University of Phoenix.
She is also a veteran of the United States Army, where she served as a signal specialist and the Texas Army National Guard, where she served as a combat medic.