Cincinnati Metro’s Board Names 2024 Leadership And Welcomes 3 New Trustees

Kreg Keesee, chairman

The Cincinnati (OH) Metro board of Trustees have elected Blake Ethridge as Vice-Chair; while Kreg Keesee will remain as Chairman.

Keesee serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Cold Jet, a provider of dry ice blasting. Prior to this role, Keesee served as Chief Operating Officer for Michelman, Inc. He started his career as a commercial lender with Michigan National Bank and spent eight years working in Procter & Gamble’s food and beverage division. He received his degree in economics and later a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan. Keesee joined the SORTA Board in 2014 and has served as chairman since 2018.

Blake Ethridge, vice-chair

Ethridge is the Director of Operations for VRI, a provider of remote patient monitoring. Previously, he served in various managerial and leadership roles for First Transit, most recently as Director of Data Analytics & Operations Support. Ethridge received his B.A. in chemistry and political science from Goucher College and his M.A. in political science from Johns Hopkins University.

Metro has also announced the appointment of three new board members: Neil Kelly, Briana Moss, and Amanda Carleski. They were sworn in during a recent meeting. Metro is governed by a 16-member, volunteer citizens’ board of trustees. Hamilton County leaders appoint 10 members, and Cincinnati city leaders appoint six. Three of the county’s appointees are non-voting trustees representing Butler, Clermont, and Warren counties. Learn more at

Shown at far left, from left to right, are new board members Briana Moss, Neil Kelly, and Amanda Carleski.

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