Kelsie Hoagland is no stranger to northwest Ohio or public transportation. She was born and raised in Waterville but made the move to Columbus to attend The Ohio State University.
Upon graduation, she began her career at the Central Ohio Transit Authority, also know as COTA, in the marketing and communications department. She spent five years with the agency and says she “found a deep passion for public transit and the service it provides.”
Being a native of the Toledo-area, she’s been watching the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority from a distance, waiting for the opportunity to leave her mark and, as she says, “make a difference” for the thousands of riders that board TARTA buses each and every day.
In July, following the unexpected passing of Charles Larkins, the board president and Waterville representative at the time, Hoagland decided it was time for her to pursue the seat, but says she wished it were under different circumstances.
On August 1, 2019, the TARTA board of trustees approved Waterville’s recommendation to add Hoagland to the board as the city’s representative.
“I’m very familiar with TARTA and I’m excited to see it move in a really good direction,” she said.
When she’s not attending meetings and talking transit, Hoagland enjoys her time at home with her two young daughters and husband.
Welcome aboard, Kelsie!
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