Executive Leadership

Mark Donaghy - Chief Executive Officer

Mark Donaghy has more than 40 years of experience in public transportation. As Chief Executive Officer of Greater Dayton RTA, he oversees the fourth largest public transit system in Ohio.

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 thirty 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, the Transportation Cooperative Research Program, The Bus Coalition (Vice President), the DriveOhio Expert Advisory Board, 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, Brandon Policicchio leads the development, implementation and analysis of all marketing, communications, community relations, succession planning, customer service, ridership, fixed route and paratransit service planning and scheduling efforts of the RTA. Under his leadership, the Customer and Business Development team's focus is on fostering positive and progressive relationships with RTA employees, customers, area agencies, governments and businesses organizations. His team also focuses on the delivery of RTA's mobility coordination vision, ensuring the delivery of seamless, accessible, customer-focused services for the region.

Brandon has taken the lead on many projects to expand and improve service quality, including on-time performance improvements in both fixed route and paratransit services. His efforts have resulted in more reliable and accessible services for customers while increasing productivity and reducing operating costs.

In 2015, Brandon volunteered to manage RTA's overhaul of its Intelligent Transportation Systems infrastructure; a two-year, $13 million investment to upgrade vehicle and dispatching technologies, communications and safety systems as well as implementation of new customer amenities. These amenities included real-time bus operating information, and automated customer calling for paratransit services.

Brandon joined RTA in October 2012 as Deputy Chief Operations Officer after serving as a Transportation Supervisor with the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) in Columbus, Ohio. He began working in transportation in 2006 as a student bus operator at The Ohio State University, where he earned his bachelor's degree. He later was promoted to Transportation Training and Operations Supervisor for The Ohio State University Campus Area Bus Service before joining COTA in 2009.

Brandon represents the RTA on the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) mobility management committee, as well as on several Ohio Public Transportation Association (OPTA) committees: membership, planning and paratransit. He is a 2018 Leadership APTA graduate, a member of RTA's 2020 Leadership Group, Graduate Member of the COTA William J. Lhota Leaders of the Future program and in 2016, Mass Transit magazine selected him as one of the Top 40 Under 40 transportation industry leaders.

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, HR Manager, Controller, and Capital Controller.

As RTA’s Chief Capital Officer, Ruzinsky leads a team that oversees the management and replacement/rebuilding of RTA's physical assets, including buses, real estate holdings and leased properties. RTA is on track to replace our entire bus fleet, renovate all our facilities, and rebuild our extensive electric bus power system infrastructure. This multi-year $200+ million dollar project is being funded in part by over $70 million in competitive grants the Mr. Ruzinsky has secured for RTA over the past several years.

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.