SORTA/Metro Executive Staff
Darryl HaleyInterim Chief Executive Officer and General Manager
Darryl Haley serves as the Interim Chief Executive Officer & General Manager for the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority/Metro, which provides about 14 million rides per year on Metro's fixed route and Access paratransit buses.
Most recently, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, where he was responsible for transit service planning development and scheduling, operations and maintenance. He has also served as Executive Director of Development. Prior to joining Metro in 2006, 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 management.
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).
Donna AdkinsVice President/Chief of Staff
Donna Adkins, who has spent more than 30 years at Metro, most recently as Chief of Staff, has been promoted to Vice President/Chief of Staff overseeing Metro development, major projects and planning, and scheduling.
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.
John RavasioInterim Chief Operations Officer
John Ravasio serves as Interim Chief Operations Officer for the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority. He is responsible for overseeing Operations, Maintenance, and Access paratransit.
Prior to being named Interim COO, Ravasio was Metro's Director of Employee & Labor Relations/Employment Law, where he oversaw labor relations and employment law, as well as benefits and compensation.
Ravasio joined Metro in 2011 as Labor Relations/Employment Law Manager.
He received his bachelor's degree in Government and International Relations from the University of Notre Dame and his Juris doctor degree from the University of Cincinnati.
He serves as the co-chair of the Conference of Minority Transportation Official’s (COMTO) scholarship committee and is a mentor in the University of Cincinnati’s Catalyst Program and the Ohio Supreme Court’s New Lawyer Mentoring Program.
Michelle JengInterim Chief Financial Officer
Michelle Jeng is the Interim Chief Financial Officer 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 she is responsible for managing the finance, treasury, and risk management areas of the organization.
Mrs. Jeng has more than 20 years of experience in the finance industry. Most recently, she served as Sr. Director of Treasury for SORTA where she managed Treasury and Risk. Prior to joining SORTA, she has held leadership positions at Vertiv Co., TimkenSteel Corporation, and Fifth Third Bank.
Mrs. Jeng is a Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) and a member of the Association for Financial Professionals. She holds a Global Master of Business Administration from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Ashland University.
Adriene HairstonVice 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 resource 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.
Vice President, External Affairs
Brandy Jones, APR, serves as the organization's spokesperson and is responsible for overseeing public relations, marketing, and communications, customer relations, employee communications, sales, and government relations activities.
Mrs. Jones has more than a decade of experience in the public relations industry. She has held several leadership roles at Metro, including serving as Director of External Affairs and public relations manager. Prior to Metro, she served as an account coordinator at Kevin Wilson PR Agency. She is a member of the Public Relations Society of America, the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials, Women in Transit Seminar, and The Cincinnati (OH) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. She is a graduate of C-Change, a Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce Leadership program.
She has been recognized as a "Forty Under 40" by the Cincinnati Business Courier, a "Top 40 Under 40" by Mass Transit Magazine, and is a recipient of numerous awards for her professional body of work, including being a member of the 2016 PRSA Communications Team of the Year.
Brandy holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Communications: Public Relations from Xavier University. She is an Accredited Public Relations professional.
Vice President of Safety & Security/Chief Safety Officer
TJ Thorn is Vice President of Safety and Security/Chief Safety Officer with additional responsibilities over environmental compliance for the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA.)
Mr. Thorn has more than 25 years of experience in environment, health, and safety within the manufacturing and transportation industries. Before coming to SORTA, he held the position of Environmental Health and Safety Group Leader over four manufacturing sites for Nippon Sheet Glass. He also worked at the Transit Authority of Lexington, KY, where he held the positions of Assistant General Manager and Director of Risk Management. And previous to that time he served as EHS Manager/Industrial Engineer for Hoover Wire Products, where he managed the health, safety, and environmental program.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Eastern Kentucky University and an Associate’s in Applied Science Degree from Bluegrass Community and Technical College. TJ is a certified Occupational Health and Safety Technologist, Authorized OSHA Outreach Trainer and National Safety Council CPR/First-Aid and AED Trainer. TJ also received his TSSP (Rail) certificate in March of 2016.