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Board of Commissioners

The Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority is governed by a 16 member Board of Commissioners.  Commissioners are individuals who have been recommended by their applicable local governing bodies, nominated by the Governor of New York State, and confirmed by the New York State Senate. Monroe County recommends four Commissioners; each of the other member counties recommends one voting Commissioner; and the City of Rochester recommends three voting Commissioners. One voting Commissioner will represent transit-dependent and paratransit-dependent customers, and one non-voting member is recommended by the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 282.

Learn about Board Member Duties (.pdf)
Read the Enabling Statute

Donald E. Jeffries
Board Chair 
Monroe County
Appointed June 7, 2016
  • President and CEO of Visit Rochester 
  • Graduate of St. John Fisher College
  • Community Service: Trustee, St. John Fisher College; Director, Monroe Community College Foundation; Director, Rochester Area Crime Stoppers; Director, Seneca Waterways Council Boy Scouts of America; Commissioner, Brighton Fire District; Member, Brighton Fire Department; Director, Rochester Riverside Convention Center; Director, New York State Hospitality and Tourism Board; President, New York State Destination Management Association; President, ROC2025 Leadership Group; Rochester Rotary; Director, 911 Operating Practices Board.
Brian H. Young

Vice Chair
Ontario County
Appointed June 9, 2021

  • Owner, B. Young Enterprises, Inc.
  • Retired Deputy County Administrator, Ontario County
  • Former Director of Workforce Development, Ontario County
  • Graduate of St. John Fisher College
  • Community Service: Ontario County Traffic Safety Board; Former member Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion Board of Trustees; Former member and Chairman of the Finger Lakes Addictions Counseling & Referral Agency (FLACRA) Board of Directors; Former Finger Lakes Community College Campus Community Coalition Business Co-Chair.

Jerdine Johnson
City of Rochester
Appointed June 22, 2017

  • Manager of Energy Conservation and Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Environmental Services at the City of Rochester, Retired
  • Former Executive Director, Eastside Community Center
  • Former Executive Director, North East Block Club
  • Graduate of the Pratt Institute, Masters of Urban and Regional Planning
  • Graduate of Florida A&M University, B.S.
  • Community Service: National Associations of Negro Business and Professional Women, past president; Rochester Downtown Rotary, Sergeant at Arms; Statewide Neighborhood Preservation Coalition, Treasurer; Goodwill of the Finger Lakes Board of Directors, Past Member.

Richard D. Kosmerl
Wyoming County
Appointed June 7, 2016

  • Prestolite Electric Inc. - North American Director of Quality, Plant Manager, Division President and General Manager, Executive Vice President
  • Continental AG – New Product Launch Manager, Sensor Wafer Manufacturing Plant Manager
  • Motorola Inc. – Engineering, Manufacturing and Quality Management, Retired
  • Graduate of SUNY Buffalo and Canisius College
  • Community Service: President, Wyoming County Community Health System Board of Managers; Past Board of Directors and Board VP, Community Action for Wyoming County; Member, Village and Town of Arcade Planning Board; Past Trustee and Mayor, Village of Arcade; Former member of curriculum advisory boards for Business Management and Microelectronic Engineering at Genesee Community College and Rochester Institute of Technology, respectively.
  William J. Ansbrow
City of Rochester
Appointed June 22, 2017
  • Mary Cariola Children's Center, Inc., CFO
  • Rochester City School District, CFO (retired)
  • Former City of Rochester Budget Director
  • Graduate of Indiana University, Masters of Public Finance
  • Graduate of Canisius College, B.S.
  • Community Service: Rochester Children’s Scholarship Fund.
James Bensley James Bensley
Orleans County
Appointed June 20, 2019
  • Orleans County Department of Planning and Development Director; Recycling Coordinator; Salary Review Committee
  • Lecturer (Adjunct), Buffalo State College
  • Graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Masters of Urban and Regional Planning
  • Graduate of Buffalo State College, B.S.
  • Community Service: American Institute of Certified Planners Member; Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council Member; County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board Member; Leadership Orleans Participant.

Heather Bird
Transit Dependent Representative 
Appointed June 9, 2023

  • President, National Federation of the Blind of New York State, Inc., Rochester Chapter
  • President, New York Association of Guide Dog Users
  • Secretary, New York Parents of Blind Children
  • Board Member, National Federation of the Blind of New York State, Inc.
  • Alumnus, The Seeing Eye

Community Service: BELL Coordinator; National Organization of Blind Veterans; National Organization of Parents of Blind Children; Past member, Board of the National Association of Guide Dog Users.

Susanne Carlock

Susanne Carlock
Livingston County
Appointed June 9, 2021

  • Director, Livingston County Office for the Aging
  • Former CEO, The Community Place of Greater Rochester, Inc.
  • Graduate of SUNY Geneseo and Keuka College
  • Community Service: Board Member, Genesee Valley Health Partnership; Board Member, Association on Aging in New York; Board Member, Livingston County Emergency Food and Shelter Program; Former Board Member, Genesee Valley Health Partnership; Livingston County Worker United Way Campaign Committee Member.
John Trott

John Trott
ATU Local 282
Appointed March 20, 2024

  • RTS Bus Operator
  • President, ATU Local 282
  • Chair of RTS/ATU Pension Committee
  • Co-Chair of RTS/ATU Safety Committee
  • Community Service: ATU Local 282 COPE committee
  William P. McDonald 
City of Rochester
Appointed June 22, 2017
  • Mobility Management Consultant with a focus on transportation services for older adults and persons with disabilities (current)
  • United Way of Greater Rochester and the Finger Lakes: Strategic Initiatives Coordinator/Program Officer (former) 
  • Executive Director, Medical Motor Service of Rochester and Monroe County, Inc., Retired 
  • Monroe County office for the Aging program administrator
  • Graduate of SUNY Brockport, Masters of Public Administration 
  • Graduate of University of Detroit, BA 
  • Community Service: Board member and past president Community Transportation Association of America, Board member and Chair of Coordinated Transportation Solutions, Board Member University of Rochester Medicine Home Care.
Mike Jankowski Michael P. Jankowski
Wayne County
Appointed July 20, 2004
  • Wayne County Clerk
  • Graduate of St. John Fisher College and the National Academy for Paralegal Studies, Inc.
  • Community Service: Member of the New York State County Clerks Association, 2008 Chairman for the Wayne County United Way Campaign, Board of Directors of Newark Wayne Community Hospital and Wayne County Action Program.
Laurie Oltramari

Laurie Oltramari
Genesee County
Appointed June 3, 2022

  • Senior Library Clerk for Genesee Community College (GCC)
  • Former Executive & Assistant Director, Batavia Business Improvement District (BID)
  • Graduate of SUNY Geneseo
  • Graduate of University at Buffalo -- Masters of Architecture with a Concentration in Urban Design
  • Graduate Assistant for Instituto Monteverde, Costa Rica 
  • Community Service: Genesee County COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic; former President, Landmark Society of Genesee County

Terrence Rice, PE
Monroe County
Appointed June 9, 2021

  • Sr. Managing Engineer for Barton & Loguidice
  • Monroe County Director of Transportation (retired)
  • Graduate of Clarkson University
  • Community Service: Fellow – Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE); American Public Works Association Member; New York State Highway Superintendents Association Member and Committee Chair; Legends Golf & Country Club Golf Committee Member; St John of Rochester Buildings & Grounds Committee Member; Past President, Treasurer, and Legislative Committee Chair of New York State County Highway Superintendents Association; Past Chair of District 1 ITE; Past Chair of St. John of Rochester Parish Council.
Judith Ahlfel Seil

Judith Ahlfeld Seil
Monroe County
Appointed June 9, 2021

  • First Vice President, Five Star Bank, Credit Manager
  • Graduate Nazareth College
  • Graduate Leadership Rochester
  • Executive Director Monroe County Planning and Development (retired)
  • Community Service Dress for Success; Former Board Member of YWCA, Ronald McDonald House, Visit Rochester and Greater Rochester Enterprise.
Edward White Edward White
Seneca County
Appointed March 29, 2006
  • Court Attorney for the New York State Supreme Court Seventh Judicial District
  • Graduate of University of Toledo
  • Community Service: Former Junius Town Justice and a former member of the Court Facilities Capital Review Board.

Board Committees

Governance Committee Audit
Compensation Committee  Finance/Investment Committee
Commissioner Oltramari (Chair) 
Commissioner Carlock
Commissioner Bird
Commissioner Rice
Commissioner Bensley
Commissioner McDonald
Commissioner Carlock (Chair)   
Commissioner Jankowski
Commissioner McDonald
Commissioner Ansbrow
Commissioner Kosmerl
Commissioner Rice
Commissioner Trott
Chairman Jeffries (Chair)        
Commissioner Ansbrow
Commissioner Johnson
Commissioner Seil
Commissioner Young
Commissioner Seil (Chair)   
Commissioner Bensley
Commissioner Johnson
Commissioner White
Commissioner Kosmerl
Commissioner Oltramari