COTA Board of Trustees Elects Marlon Moore and Sean Mentel to Leadership Roles During Annual Meeting

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) Board of Trustees today elected Dr. Marlon Moore as chair and Sean Mentel as vice chair during the board’s annual meeting.

Dr. Moore is the president of Marlon Moore Consulting, LLC and a nationally recognized diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant. He was appointed to COTA’s board in 2018 and has served as vice chair of the board since 2020. His term as COTA Board of Trustees chair began immediately and he presided over the May Board of Trustees meeting immediately following the annual meeting.

“I’m thankful for this opportunity to work with the COTA Board of Trustees and President/CEO Joanna Pinkerton in this new capacity,” said Dr. Moore. “Our mission to connect Central Ohioans to prosperity through innovation, dedication and teamwork has never been more important than it is now as the region prepares for unprecedented growth. I am confident our Board and Team COTA will continue to drive the region in the right direction through effective collaboration, forward-thinking approaches, and strategic leadership.”

Dr. Moore succeeds Craig Treneff, an attorney at Treneff Cozza Law LLC. Treneff served as Board chair for the past three years. He will remain a member of the COTA Board of Trustees.

“I am eternally grateful to Craig for his support and leadership. Together, we navigated a global pandemic and delivered service every day while still preparing COTA for the future,” said COTA President/CEO Joanna M. Pinkerton. “I am excited about what COTA can further achieve under the direction of our new board chair Marlon Moore and vice-chair Sean Mentel as we innovate more mobility options for our customers while advancing a people-driven workplace for employees.”

Mentel is a partner at Kooperman Mentel Ferguson Yaross, Ltd. Mentel was first appointed to COTA’s Board in 2021. A native of Columbus, he continues a lifelong commitment to public service. He serves as Chairman of the Board for the Aquinas Scholarship Endowment Fund and as a member of the Appointed Board of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

“It’s a privilege and honor to have the support of the Board and to be in this position at a time of many opportunities in our region,” said Mentel. “The decisions we make about mobility today will be pivotal to the success of future generations here in Central Ohio. This board is ready to meet that challenge.”