Leadership & Board of Directors

SRTA is governed by a five-member Board of Directors chaired by the Governor of Georgia.  Board membership includes the Director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget (OPB), the Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), an appointee of the Georgia Lieutenant Governor and an appointee of the Georgia Speaker of the House.  The Board meets on an as-needed basis to approve the Authority budget and conduct Authority business.  Public notice of SRTA Board meetings in published on SRTA’s website in advance of meetings.

Board Members

Governor Brian P. Kemp

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 Brian Kemp is a husband, father, businessman, and public servant. 

On November 6, 2018, he was elected as Georgia’s 83rd Governor, earning more votes than any gubernatorial candidate in state history. 

Governor Kemp built his first business – Kemp Development and Construction Company – with a pick-up truck and a shovel. Over thirty years later, he is a successful entrepreneur with businesses and investments in banking, farming, timber, manufacturing, and real estate. 

Kemp served on the Board of Suncrest Stone in Tifton, as a Founding Director of First Madison Bank, and on the St. Mary’s Hospital Board in Athens. From the backhoe to the Board Room, Governor Kemp understands how to successfully create jobs, grow companies, recruit start-ups, and make deals on the international stage while also providing opportunities for hundreds of hardworking Georgians. 

Out of frustration with government, Brian Kemp ran for public office in the early 2000s. 

In the State Senate, Kemp was instrumental in fighting to cut fees, taxes, and mandates on job creators and Georgia families. As Secretary of State, Kemp utilized technology and innovation to cut bureaucratic red tape, slash spending, and streamline government. 

As Governor, Brian Kemp will fight to make Georgia #1 for small business through regulatory reform. He will ensure that all parts of our state – including rural Georgia – have opportunities to grow and thrive. Kemp will fundamentally reform state government, keep our families safe, and always put hardworking Georgians first. 

Kemp, 55, is married to the former Marty Argo of Athens. They are the proud parents of three daughters – Jarrett, Lucy, and Amy Porter – and are active members of Emmanuel Episcopal Church. 

Russell McMurry
GDOT Commissioner

Mitchell Land
Speaker of the House Appointee

Kelly Farr
OPB Director

Executive Staff

Christopher Tomlinson
Executive Director and Board Secretary

Chris Tomlinson SRTA Executive Director 1 May 2018

Chris serves as the Executive Director of the State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA) and the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA) and as Interim Executive Director of the newly created Atlanta-region Transit Link Authority (the ATL). SRTA operates all toll facilities within Georgia and serves as a transportation funding/financing arm for the state. In addition, SRTA manages Xpress, the state’s regional commuter coach transit service, and administers the Atlanta region’s vanpool program.  GRTA serves as the Governor’s voice for strategic direction and approval of metro Atlanta’s federally required overall transportation plan and reviews Developments of Regional Impact to understand their effect on the region’s transportation network. The ATL provides transit governance and funding oversight for all transit projects and operators within the 13-county metro Atlanta region.  In his combined executive leadership roles, Chris leads three state level authorities whose shared missions are focused on improving mobility in Georgia by providing reliable, innovative transportation solutions to Georgia motorists and transit commuters.

As Executive Director, Chris serves as primary liaison to the Georgia Department of Transportation’s (GDOT) Public-Private Partnership program. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) and the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA), where he is President Elect, slated to take office in January 2019.

Prior to being appointed Executive Director for GRTA and SRTA, Chris served as Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel for SRTA. In this role, he was responsible for day-to-day operations and legal issue management.

Before joining SRTA, Chris served as General Counsel for several state agencies, including GDOT, the Georgia Technology Authority and the Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission, where he was also Deputy Director for the Construction Division.

Chris graduated cum laude from Morehouse College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Georgia State University College of Law.

Heather Aquino
Deputy Executive Director

Heather Aquino SRTA Deputy Executive Director 1 May 2018

Heather Aquino

Deputy Executive Director

Heather joined SRTA in 2017, and in her role, directs and makes decisions regarding the formulation and implementation of policies and procedures for tollway revenue collection and operation.

She previously served as the Division Director for Physical and Economic Development at the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget (OPB).  There, she led the policy division supporting SRTA, GRTA, the Georgia Forestry Commission, Public Service Commission, Secretary of State and the Departments of Agriculture, Banking and Finance, Community Affairs, Economic Development, Labor, Natural Resources, Revenue and Transportation.

Heather holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from The Terry College of Business at The University of Georgia. She is a member of the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership’s class of 2017.

Gail Franklin, CTSM
Chief Transit Officer

Gail Franklin SRTA Chief Transit Officer May 2018

Gail Franklin

Chief Transit Officer

Gail was named Chief Transit Officer for the Xpress Commuter Bus System in May 2015. Since that time, she has been credited with a rapid improvement in Xpress operations, managing a $17.5 million operational budget.  She manages transportation operations of all service contracts including cost management, schedule management, data management and other related transportation operations activities.

From 2012 to 2015, Gail led the Cobb Linc Transit System where she improved operational efficiencies, implemented a focused capital program and improved the overall customer experience for paratransit, local and commuter operations.

She has held various leadership positions throughout her career with MARTA, GRTA and the Lee Russell Council of Governments. Gail holds a Certified Transit Section Manager certification from the APTRX Institute and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Auburn University.

Monique Simmons
Chief Financial Officer

Monique Simmons SRTA Chief Financial Officer May 2018

Monique Simmons

Chief Financial Officer

Monique joined SRTA in 2017, coming from the State Accounting Office (SAO) where she served as the Chief Financial Officer.  As Chief Financial Officer at SRTA, she is responsible for managing, planning, directing, and controlling all budgeting and financial functions for the agency by following policies and procedures in accordance with Federal Transportation Authority and state guidelines.

Prior to joining the SAO, she worked at other state agencies, including GRTA and the Departments of Community Affairs and Economic Development. Earlier in her career, she held several positions at Easter Seals of North Georgia.

Monique holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y.

Cris Sanders, PMP
Director of Operations

Cris Sanders SRTA Director of Operations May 2018

Cris Sanders

Director of Operations

Cris Sanders was named the Director of Operations for SRTA in 2017. In this role, she is responsible for oversight and operations of Georgia’s tolling and transit programs, including the Toll Operations Center, Operations Quality Assurance, Customer Service, Transit Operations and Toll Violations programs.

Cris joined SRTA in 1998 and rose through the ranks. During her career, she served as a leader on the teams that won the 2015 International Customer Management Institute Award for the Best Quality Assurance and Customer Experience Program, and the IBTTA award for Toll Excellence in Customer Service.

She co-chaired the GO-Live Taskforce for the State’s first reversible toll lane, I-75 South Metro Express Lanes.

Cris is a State of Georgia certified Project Manager Professional, and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and a Master of Business Administration from Shorter University.

Merryl Mandus
General Counsel

Merryl Mandus SRTA General Counsel May 2018

Merryl Mandus

General Counsel

Merryl was appointed as General Counsel and EEO Officer of SRTA in 2013. In this capacity, Merryl oversees SRTA’s legal unit, whose responsibilities include legal, policy and regulatory matters. Her responsibilities also include legislative activities. Also she is responsible for oversight of SRTA’s procurement efforts and DBE engagement and compliance.  She is also actively engaged in the state’s transportation-related Public Private Partnership (P3) projects.

Merryl has had extensive experience in the transportation and construction industries spanning over 15 years. Prior to joining SRTA, she worked in leadership in the private sector, serving as Counsel for Ashland Oil, Inc. General Electric, Inc. and Siemens.

Merryl is a member of the Georgia and Florida bars and holds her Juris Doctorate from Emory University School of Law.

Mary Sallach, PMP
Director of Strategic Initiatives

Mary Sallach SRTA Director of Integrated Program Delivery 1 May 2018

Mary Sallach

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Mary oversees Strategic Initiatives at SRTA and is responsible for the development, oversight, tracking and reporting out on the strategic plans for SRTA, GRTA and the ATL. She is also the primary liaison with the GDOT for capital planning and strategic projects.

Mary has over 17 years of experience in project management, finance and transportation. She has served as Director of Integrated Program Delivery, PMO Director, Project Executive and Project Manager for the I-85 Express Lanes Project, which received the 2013 PMI Project of the Year Award.

Scott Haggard
Director of Government and External Affairs

Scott Haggard SRTA Director of Government and External Affairs May 2018

Scott Haggard 

Director of Government and External Affairs

Scott serves as Director of Government and External Affairs for the Atlanta-region Transit Link Authority (ATL), SRTA and GRTA, in which role he manages government affairs and external strategic relationships of the organization.  This position plays an important role in providing leadership for building and sustaining effective relationships with elected and appointed government officials, partner agencies, and key constituencies and influencers.

Scott has had an extensive career in government and public policy.  He previously served as Government Affairs Manager for the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), where he played a significant role in helping to pass landmark transportation, transit, natural resources, and aging legislation at the state and federal levels.   Prior to his tenure at ARC, Scott was with the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) as Director of Government Relations, served a former Gwinnett County Commission Chairman asSpecial Assistant for External Affairs, and worked in Washington, D.C., and Georgia for two former members of Congress.

Scott holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the George Washington University and a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Journalism from the University of Georgia.

Ericka B. Davis, Ph.D.
Chief Communications Officer

Ericka Davis SRTA Chief Communications Officer 1 May 2018

Ericka B. Davis, Ph.D.

Chief Communications Officer

Ericka came to SRTA from the Atlanta Beltline, Inc. (ABI), where she served as the Communications and Media Relations Director. At SRTA, she is responsible for overseeing the authority’s communication efforts, including government and public affairs plans, media and customer relations and external strategic partnerships.

Prior to joining ABI, Ericka worked over 20 years in state and local government, including the Fulton County Government, Georgia Department of Transportation, the Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission, the Georgia Building Authority, the State Properties Commission and the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice.

Ericka holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Georgia with and a Master of Science in Technical and Professional Communication from Southern Polytechnic State University. In 2018, she obtained her Ph.D. in Leadership with a concentration in Organizational Management with Distinction from Piedmont International University.

She has served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of County Information Officers and led several award-winning communications teams, including having received recognition from the Public Relations Society of America, the International Association of Business Communicators and the National Association of Government Communicators.

Annie Gillespie, P.E.
Director of Engineering

Annie Gillespie SRTA Director of Engineering May 2018

Annie Gillespie

Director of Engineering

Annie has served as SRTA’s Director of Engineering since 2013. In that role, manages the agency’s engineering needs, including oversight of the design and implementation for SRTA’s toll collection systems, rate management and analysis, the design and construction of transit-related facilities, and agency-to-agency coordination.

Prior to SRTA, she held roles as a Project Manager and Transportation Engineer for CDM Smith (previously Wilbur Smith Associates), where she primarily focused on aviation engineering, environmental planning and roadway design.

Annie is a registered Professional Engineer and holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from Georgia Tech.

Lucinda Broussard
Director of Toll Operations

Lucinda Broussard SRTA Director of Toll Operations May 2018

Lucinda Broussard

Director of Toll Operations

Lucinda joined the SRTA team in 2018, having most recently served as California Business Development Lead/Project Manager for Egis Group. In her role at SRTA, she is responsible for formulation and implementation of policies and procedures for tollway revenue collection as well as overseeing the Customer Service Center, Toll Operations Center and the violations program.

Prior to joining SRTA, Lucinda served as Interim Director of Operations for the Washington State Department of Transportation (DOT)’s Good to Go! program, as manager of operations for the Washington State DOT’s toll operations and as Manager for Affiliated Computer Services (formerly Lockheed Martin IMS).

Lucinda holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management from the University of Redlands, Calif.