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Governing Body

MDTA LogoThe MDTA Board is a group of citizens appointed by the Governor with the consent of the Maryland Senate. Of the appointed Members, one shall have expertise in structural engineering, one in transportation planning, one in land use planning, and one in finance. Appointed Members shall reflect the racial, gender, and geographic diversity of the population of the State. As a result of a modification to the MDTA's enabling legislation as of January 1, 2007 appointments are for staggered terms of four years and may not extend beyond three consecutive terms.

Our current membership represents the geographic regions in which our toll facilities are located-the upper and middle Eastern Shore, Southern Maryland, the Baltimore-metropolitan region and the Washington-metropolitan region. This group serves as our policy-setting, decision-making and governing body. Maryland's Secretary of Transportation serves as the MDTA's Chairman.

The MDTA Chairman and Members meet monthly to discuss and approve policy and operations activity. Additionally, two Committee meetings are held monthly: the Capital Committee and Finance Committee link to meeting calendar. Four Members are assigned to each Committee. These meetings are held in accordance with the Open Meetings Act. Minutes from the meetings can be found in the meeting minutes archive.


Transportation Secretary James F. Ports, Jr.


James F. Ports, Jr., was named Secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) in January 2022, the latest achievement in a career in public service spanning more than 30 years, including transportation posts at the local, state and federal levels and service as an elected representative in the Maryland General Assembly.  

As Secretary, Mr. Ports oversees MDOT’s six transportation agencies – the State Highway Administration, Maryland Transit Administration, Motor Vehicle Administration, Maryland Aviation Administration, Maryland Port Administration and the Maryland Transportation Authority – and leads operations and maintenance of state highways and bridges, tollways, transit systems, motor vehicle licensing, Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore. Secretary Ports also serves as Chair of the Maryland Transportation Authority Board, the Maryland Port Commission and the Maryland Aviation Commission, and is a member of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Board of Directors. 

Secretary Ports previously served as Executive Director of the Maryland Transportation Authority, responsible for constructing, managing, operating and improving the state's toll facilities, as well as financing new revenue producing transportation projects. The agency operates two turnpikes, two tunnels and four bridges, and is funded through tolls paid by the customers. Mr. Ports’ tenure at the MDTA was highlighted by advancement of critical infrastructure and completion of projects on budget and often ahead of schedule. Projects completed early include the new Interstate-895 bridge in Baltimore, statewide conversion to All-Electronic Tolling and replacement of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge westbound right lane deck, which was accomplished in one construction season instead of two seasons as initially projected. Under Mr. Ports’ leadership, the MDTA completed planning and began construction of the I-95 Express Toll Lane Extension in Harford County, launched construction of the new Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial/Senator Thomas “Mac” Middleton Bridge in Charles County, began a project to install a new gating system on the Bay Bridge to improve safety and traffic flow and advanced the Bay Crossing Study in its Tier 1 National Environmental Policy Act review. 

Prior to the MDTA, Mr. Ports served as MDOT Deputy Secretary of Operations, working closely with all six department agencies. It was his second stint as a Deputy Secretary, having served in that capacity from 2004 to 2007 during the administration of Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.  

 Mr. Ports’ extensive experience in multi-modal transportation and highway safety includes service as administrator and chief executive officer for Harford County Transit from mid-2009 to 2015. In this capacity, he was responsible for safe, effective and efficient operation and regulatory oversight of Harford County’s transit service including fixed bus routes and demand response service for the elderly and persons with special needs.  

Prior to Harford County Transit, Mr. Ports served the U.S. Department of Transportation as deputy administrator (chief operating officer) for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 2007 to 2009. He was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation with confirmation by President George W. Bush. As deputy administrator, he managed the day-to-day operations of the agency and oversaw its 10 Regional Offices across the nation. As the second highest ranking highway safety official in the nation, he was recognized as a national and international leader in vehicle, behavioral and roadway safety.  

From 1991 to 2002, Mr. Ports served in the Maryland General Assembly as a member of the House of Delegates. He was ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee and served on numerous House-Senate joint committees and subcommittees, including the House Subcommittees on Transportation, Education and Taxes. He was elected by his peers to serve as the Minority Whip.  

While in the House of Delegates and prior to his first appointment to MDOT, Mr. Ports was employed by the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company. During his 21-year career, he rose through the ranks and held various positions including supervisor of the Industrial and Commercial Gas Field Operations.  

Mr. Ports grew up in Baltimore County, graduated from Perry Hall Senior High School and earned an Associate of Arts in Business Management and Administration from Essex Community College. He also attended the Program for Emerging Political and Business Leaders at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business in 1993, as well as a program at the Flemming Fellows Leadership Institute in 1997 and Executive Leadership Training at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2006. 

Mr. Ports served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Sergeant (E5) and was a Crew Chief on a CH-46 Helicopter. He is a life member of the VFW and the Marine Corps League and is a Disabled American Veteran. Throughout his life, he has served in many capacities for the benefit of his nation, state and community. Mr. Ports is an avid soccer fan. He and his wife Linda have enjoyed coaching and watching their three children, Chris, Jon and Kelsey, play various sports. 



Member Dontae CarrollMember Dontae Carroll


Governor Larry Hogan has appointed real estate executive Dontae Carroll of White Plains in Charles County to serve as the newest board member at the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA). Mr. Carroll was appointed on July 22, 2017 for a four-year term on the MDTA Board.

As Long & Foster Real Estate's Senior Vice President and Regional Manager for Northern Virginia and West Virginia, Mr. Carroll oversees the company's largest and most profitable region, which produces $10 billion in annual sales and more than 15,000 settled transactions. Previously, he served as Vice President of Business Development, Mid-Atlantic Region, for Century 21 LLC.

Mr. Carroll received his bachelors of business administration degree in marketing from Loyola University Maryland and he received Century 21's Ambassador's Award in 2007 and the President's Award from 2005-2007.

Member William H. Cox, Jr.


President of William H. Cox, Jr., Real Estate, Inc., Mr. Cox also served as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1971 - 1991 and previously worked in the financial industry. A graduate of Bel Air High School, Mr. Cox attended the University of Baltimore and previously served as chairman of the Joint Committee on Transportation and the Greater Harford Committee, member of the Maryland Transportation Commission, vice chairman of the Conference of State Government and chairman of the Southern Legislative Conference's Federal State Affairs Committee, among many others.

Member William C. Ensor IIMember William C. Ensor II


William C. Ensor III was appointed to the MDTA Board by Governor Hogan in July 2015. Recently retired as president of the Timonium-based Maryland Paving, Inc., Mr. Ensor has more than 30 years of experience in the transportation industry with extensive knowledge in financial, procurement and contracting matters. He is director emeritus of the Maryland Asphalt Association and board member for Christian Farmer's Outreach. Previously, Mr. Ensor served as chairman of the board for the National Asphalt Pavement Association. He is a graduate of the Maryland Bible College & Seminary.

Member W. Lee Gaines, Jr.Member W. Lee Gaines, Jr.


W. Lee Gaines, Jr. was appointed to serve as a Member of the MDTA Board in April 2015. He is President of Gaines and Company, an underground-utility contractor based in Reisterstown, Md. With more than 40 years in the industry, Mr. Gaines is responsible for the financial end of his business and also is involved in procurement and personnel matters. He is a past president and board member of the Associated Utility Contractors of Maryland and a long-time board member of the National Utility Contractors Association. Mr. Gaines is a past trustee of the Boys' Latin School of Maryland and of the Gilman School and currently is a trustee of Yorktown University. Mr. Gaines is a graduate of Yale University.

Member Mario J. Gangemi, P.E.


An Eastern Shore native, Mario J. Gangemi, P.E., has more than 26 years of experience as an engineer in the geotechnical, construction, environmental and structural fields. Currently, he is with Greggo & Ferrara, Inc., a highway construction firm that has been in business for more than 70 years..

Active in his community, Mr. Gangemi has coached youth lacrosse and football for numerous years and, with friends, founded the Cecil Lacrosse League, which has grown from just over 50 boys to more than 300 boys and girls in a few short years.

Mr. Gangemi also is active with the Cecil County Chamber of Commerce and helped establish the Cecil Business Leaders for Better Government (CBL), an organization that recruits and supports local candidates that will encourage policies that will grow jobs in Cecil County.

Mr. Gangemi earned bachelor's degrees from Salisbury University (Physical Science) and the University of Maryland (Civil Engineering) as well as a master's degree in Coaches Education from Ohio University. He and his wife, Michele, reside with their three children in Fairhill, Maryland.

Member John F. von Paris


John F. von Paris A graduate of Towson University, Mr. von Paris is president and chief executive officer of Von Paris Enterprises, Inc., the parent company of the von Paris Family Moving and Storage business. Mr. von Paris has served previously as chairman of the Better Business Bureau of Greater Maryland and past member of the Governor's Workforce Investment Board, where he co-chaired the Transportation Initiative. He is a past trustee and board member of The John Carroll School.

Member Cynthia D. Penny-AdingerMember Cynthia D. Penny-Ardinger


Governor Larry Hogan has appointed attorney and Certified Public Accountant Cynthia D. Penny-Ardinger to serve as the Board Member of the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA). Ms. Penny-Ardinger was appointed on December 10, 2019.

A partner at Baxter, Baker, Sidle, Conn & Jones, P.A., Ms. Penny-Ardinger has two decades of experience in representing clients in the business and estates and trust practice areas. She received both a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Juris Doctorate at the University of Maryland. She is a former president of the Friends of Howard County Library and has served on the boards of numerous organizations including the Ellicott City Volunteer Fire Company, the Charter Review Commission of Howard County, and Neighborhood Ride, a Howard County organization that provides transportation to seniors.  She has chaired numerous ad hoc committees for the purpose of educational advocacy.

Member Jeffrey S. Rosen


Governor Larry Hogan has appointed certified public accountant and financial expert Jeffrey S. Rosen to serve as the newest Board Member of the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA).  Mr. Rosen was appointed on July 1, 2019.

Co-managing partner of Rosen, Sapperstein & Friedlander, LLC, Mr. Rosen previously worked for The Shelter Group, The Bernstein Companies, Sphere Software Corporation and GE Capital.

Mr. Rosen received his Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland College Park and has served on the boards of numerous non-profits, including Towson University, Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc. (CHAI), Association for Corporate Growth (Maryland Chapter) and The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. He received the Daily Record’s Influential Marylander Award in 2019 and the Daily Record’s VIP award in 2014. 

Executive Director

Executive Director William Pines


In March 2022, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Board named William Pines, PE, PMP, CCM as Executive Director of the 1,800-employee agency that oversees the state’s eight toll facilities and the DriveEzMD Maryland system. Mr. Pines previously served as Chief Operating Officer of the MDTA since 2020. He also previously served as MDTA’s Chief Engineer from 2019 to 2020.

Since joining the MDTA in 2012, Executive Director Pines has served in several leadership roles for the Division of Operations and Office of Engineering and Construction, including Inspection Program Manager, Bridge and Tunnel Manager, Deputy Director of Engineering and Director of Project Development. He has managed several major MDTA projects, including the $463 million Governor Harry W. Nice/Senator Thomas “Mac” Middleton Bridge Replacement project, the $1.1 billion I-95 Express Toll Lanes Northbound Extension Program, and the $189 million I-895 Bridge Project.

As Executive Director, Mr. Pines manages MDTA daily operations, including the nationally accredited MDTA Police, a $360.8 million annual operating budget and a $2.8 billion six-year capital program.  He also works with the MDTA Board to establish policy and strategic direction for the agency.   

Executive Director Pines succeeds James F Ports, Jr., who was named Secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation and MDTA Chairman in January 2022.