Executive Leadership

Mark Donaghy - Chief Executive Officer

Mark Donaghy has more than 39 years of experience in public transportation. As Chief Executive Officer of Greater Dayton RTA, he oversees the fourth largest public transit system in Ohio with more than 650 employees, a $63 million operating budget and a $67 million five-year Capital Improvement Program.

Prior to joining the RTA team, he served as Vice President of the Transit Management Services Division of First Transit Incorporated in Cincinnati, responsible for management contracts in four states as well as three retail business units. Before that, Mark held positions with varying levels of responsibility in both public and private transportation operations in Kentucky, Montana, Minnesota, Nebraska and New Hampshire, including more than twenty nine years as a CEO/General Manager.

As a second generation transportation executive, Mark began his career in 1976 in Omaha Nebraska as a bus driver. A graduate of Thomas More College, Mark is active in the transit industry and local community. He has served on numerous boards including the American Public Transportation Association, Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission, the Ohio Public Transit Association (as past-president), the Downtown Dayton Partnership, Dayton/Montgomery County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Bike Miami Valley and American Bus Benchmarking Group (as past-president).

Chris Cole - Chief Operating Officer


Chris Cole is Chief Operating Officer at Greater Dayton RTA. With almost 20 years of operations management experience, his public transit career started in 2003. Cole held various positions with the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) from an entry level transit supervisor to Director of Transportation. Cole has more than 24 years of public service experience.

In 2008, Cole was appointed Director of Transportation at COTA. He was responsible for the overall operations of COTA's two bus garages and for approximately 640 union and administrative employees. He directed and led five managers in the areas of Bus Operations, Street Operations, Dispatch and Emergency Police Response, ADA Customer Complaint Investigations and Training.

In 2015, Cole accepted the position of Deputy Chief Maintenance Officer with Greater Dayton RTA. He became Chief Maintenance Officer May 2016. Cole was responsible for Fleet Maintenance, Electrical Infrastructure construction and maintenance, Fleet Inventory/stores and Buildings Grounds that includes twenty-three GDRTA properties. He also develops solutions and organizes effective business strategies to adhere to GDRTA's mission, vision and values.

In 2017, Cole was appointed to Chief Operating Officer. He will be responsible for Bus Operations, Safety and Security, Training, Human Resources, Fleet Maintenance, Electrical Infrastructure, Fleet Inventory/stores and Buildings Grounds, which includes twenty-three GDRTA properties.

Cole has earned numerous awards including the Dayton Business Journal top 25 movers for 2016, Central Ohio Transit Authority's President Award for outstanding leadership and accomplishment. Senior Operations Award for outstanding customer service and leadership, as well as Leaders of the participate and mentor.

Brandon Policicchio - Chief Customer & Business Development Officer


As Chief Customer and Business Development Officer, Policicchio leads the development, implementation and analysis of all marketing, ridership, planning, service, and scheduling efforts of the agency. Under his leadership, the Customer and Business Development team's focus is on fostering positive and progressive relationships with RTA employees, customers, area agencies, businesses organizations.

Policicchio has taken the lead on projects to improve service quality, including on-time performance improvements in both fixed route and paratransit services in addition to his regular duties of overseeing day-to-day operations of 270 buses and over 400 employees.

His efforts have resulted in more reliable services for our customers while increasing productivity and reducing operating costs and fleet size. Policicchio volunteered to manage RTA's overhaul of its Intelligent Transportation Systems infrastructure; a two-year, $15 million investment to upgrade communications and safety systems,computer-aided dispatch and implementation of new customer amenities. These amenities include real-time bus operating information, an automated customer calling for paratransit trips and online reservations.

Policicchio joined RTA in October 2012 as Deputy Chief Operations Officer after serving as a Transportation Supervisor with Columbus Ohio Transit Authority (COTA). He began working in transportation as a student at The Ohio State University, where he earned his bachelor's degree. He was a Transportation Training and Operations Supervisor for the OSU Campus Area Bus Service (CABS) before joining COTA.

Policicchio represents the Greater Dayton RTA as secretary on the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) bus operations committee, as well as on several Ohio Public Transportation Association (OPTA) committees: bus operations, safety, and paratransit. He is a member of RTA's 2020 Leadership Group, and Mass Transit magazine recently selected him as one of the Top 40 Under 40 transportation industry leaders.

Gene Rhodes - Chief Performance Officer

Gene Rhodes has more than 35 years experience in non-profit, for profit, private and publicly traded corporations. He worked in the air cargo and logistics industry for the past 10 years. He was Corporate Director, Labor Relations Resources for the are in Wilmington, Ohio.

He spent his early career in various human resource management roles at three Ohio medical facilities. Throughout his career, he has held leadership responsibilities for recruitment, benefits, compensation, employee relations, labor relations, succession planning, education and training, communications, employee assistance, strategic planning, and organizational development.

Rhodes is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management for more than 25 years and is certified as a Human Capital Strategist from the Human Capital Institute.

Robert Ruzinsky - Chief Capital Officer

Ruzinsky, a downtown resident and supporter for over 25 years, has served in several leadership roles with many local community groups including chair of the City of Dayton Landmark Commission, President of Preservation Dayton and one of the founder's of Rebuilding Together Dayton. An avid champion of historic preservation, Ruzinsky has chaired the McPherson Town Neighborhood Development Corporation and has restored dozens of homes in the historic neighborhood along with South Park Historic District.

Ruzinsky began his career with RTA in 1987 in the agency's Accounting group and quickly moved up through the department holding various positions including Senior Accountant, Accounting Supervisor, Controller, and Capital Controller.

Ruzinsky's team will oversee the management and maintenance of RTA's physical assets, including buses, real estate holdings and leased properties. His work group will also conduct reviews and provide support for construction and facilities maintenance activities.

Mary Stanforth, CPA, CPP - Chief Financial Officer


Under the direction of the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer Mary Stanforth manages and administers the Accounting, Finance, Management Information Systems, and Procurement departments.

Stanforth dedicates herself to ensuring that all finance personnel maintain RTA’s reputation as an attentive steward of public dollars. She also serves as a liaison to other RTA departments to assure that departmental financial needs are met. A key responsibility is the preparation and administration of the annual operating budget and the capital budget.

As Chief Financial Officer, Stanforth identifies and follows best accounting practices with authority finances related to annual audit requirements. She assists in staffing the Finance/Personnel and Investment Committees of the Board of Trustees and serves as Board Secretary/Treasurer, performing all statutory duties required.