(Columbia, MO November 30, 2023) Two new members were appointed to the OATS Transit Board of Directors at their meeting this week in Columbia. OATS Transit is a 501c3 organization that has been providing specialized transportation in Missouri since 1971. The company is headquartered in Columbia MO, with board members from around the state appointed to serve.
Terry Combs of Greentop MO is the Chief Business Development Officer for the Center for Human Services (CHS). CHS home office is located in Sedalia and serves 49 counties in Missouri. Prior to joining CHS in 2022, Mr. Combs worked at the Chariton Valley Association, in Kirksville for nearly 26 years, serving as the CEO for 23 of those years. Mr. Combs has a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Truman State University. He played a key role in the growth of the Kirk-Tran bus system in Kirksville, which is operated by OATS Transit. Throughout his career, Mr. Combs has been a staunch advocate for people with disabilities and has served in various volunteer capacities of many disabilities, healthcare, and service-oriented organizations such as MARF, Missouri Foundation for Health, Kirk-Tran, and Thousand Hills Rotary. He enjoys spending time with his family in addition to participating in just about any outdoor activity ranging from working on his farm in North Missouri to playing golf.
Brian Williams of Moberly MO is the Executive Director of the Randolph County Caring Communities Partnership. His agency is one of 20 caring community partnerships serving the state of Missouri. Brian has an associate degree in applied science from Moberly Area Community College and is an Associate Minister with Faith Walk Ministries. He has designed and developed various programs and initiatives on family development, reentry, responsible fatherhood, and women’s health and wellness. Brian is a trained facilitator for the Family Development Credentialing and Training program, and Mental Health First Aid as well as a Master Trainer for the Fatherhood Development Curriculum.
Mr. Combs and Mr. Williams will begin their terms in January 2024, and join 13 other members who make up the statewide Board of Directors. OATS Transit provides specialized transportation for senior citizens, people with disabilities, and the rural general public. The organization serves 87 Missouri counties with a staff of more than 575 employees. OATS Transit is the largest rural transportation provider in the entire United States. If you would like to find out about riding OATS Transit, please visit the website at www.oatstransit.org and click on Bus Schedules for service in your county. You can also follow them on facebook.com/oatstransit.