Board of Directors

Dedicated to serving the interests of the shipping community

Board of Directors

Askia Shaheer
Email Address:
Telephone: (330) 463-6896

Askia Shaheer is Manager of International Logistics and Transportation for JOANN and has been with JOANN since the Fall of 2022. In his current role, Askia is responsible for all international transportation along with overseas consolidation, US deconsolidation and transload. Prior to joining JOANN Askia spent 20 years at Big Lots Stores, Inc, most recently as General Manager of Global Logistics.  During his time at Big Lots, he held numerous roles in transportation with responsibilities over freight payment, claims, network analysis, global logistics and transportation financial planning.  

Vikki Van Vliet

Trans Audit
Email Address:
Telephone: (678) 232-2683

Vikki Van Vliet is Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Trans Audit, a major global post audit specialist. Vikki, who possesses over 18 years in the transportation and freight audit industries, joined Trans Audit and the TLC in 2010. Prior to Trans Audit, Vikki was employed by CTSI-Global as Director of Business Development, and Data2Logistics as Regional Sales Manager and Client Relationship Manager. Vikki holds a MPA and BA from the University of Central Florida, and an AA from the University of South Carolina.

Vikki has twin boys, Easton and Alden, and lives in the Raleigh, NC area. Vikki, David and their boys enjoy traveling, their families, and the beach.
Vice President

Vice President
Grant Ashe

KLLM Transport Services
Email Address:
Telephone: (417) 291-7227

Grant Ashe is the Director of Sales – Logistics for KLLM Transport. Grant has been in the Transportation Industry for 19 years. He is following in the footsteps of his Grandfather, Don, who retired from Yellow Freight and his Father, Jerry, who retired from Landstar. His background includes Sales at McLeod Software and Maverick Transportation.

Grant lives in Bentonville, AR with his Wife, Meghan, and their two daughters, Evelyn and Aubrey. Grant grew up in Baxter Springs, KS and is a lifelong fan of the Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals, and the Kansas Jayhawks. In his free time Grant enjoys hiking, binge watching TV shows, and bragging about his Wife and Daughters to anyone who will listen.

Jeffrey L. Meyer

Nestle Purina Petcare Co.
Email Address:
Telephone: (314) 982-5096


Jeff Meyer is a Senior Manager Transportation at Nestle Purina PetCare Co., world headquarters in St. Louis Missouri.  Jeff has been with Nestle Purina PetCare for 23 years with 15 of those in various factory based supply chain roles.  In his current corporate role, Jeff is responsible for carrier contracting, compliance, claims, customer pick-up programs, LTL service providers, and parcel transportation.  Prior to coming on board with Nestle Purina Jeff worked for a 3PL and a cartage & linehaul carrier rounding out 35 years (245 dog years) of service in the transportation & supply chain industry.


Jeff has an interest in sports cars and participates in high-speed track days at various road-racing circuits as a driver and crew member. 

Regional Director-Doug Frank

Email Address:
Telephone: (615) 880-4881

As the leader of Procurement North America, Doug is responsible for team of buyers who purchase a variety of commodities in support of Geodis. Additionally, he is responsible for the back office functions in support of the transportation management business that includes Freight Audit and Payment, Continuous Improvement and Reporting, Customer Billing and Carrier Management. Doug joined Geodis in March of 2011. Prior to joining Geodis, he spent over 20 years with Schneider National, most recently as Vice President of Logistics Shared Services where his team procured over $2 billion in transportation services annually. During his tenure at Schneider, he held numerous roles in operations, customer service and account management.

Doug served as a Captain in the United States Army. He holds a B.S. with a computer science concentration from the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh. In 2007, Doug received his certification from APICS (the Association for Operations Management) as a certified supply chain professional. Married, with three grown children, Doug and his wife Char, spend a lot of time vacationing with their children in Colorado. Doug is also an avid Green Bay Packers fan, season ticket holder and owner.

Assistant Regional Director – Carla Bay Rumford, CCP, CTB

Email Address:
Telephone: (859) 320-1059

Carla has served the logistics industry for over 10 years in ever increasing areas of
responsibility. She began her carrier in transportation as a broker, hauling sensitive produce,
food, and beverage loads. She currently serves as the Senior Operations Support Manager for
BM2 Freight Services; a 3pl Broker, based in Northern Kentucky.

Carla’s responsibilities at BM2 include comprehensive oversight of Claims & Compliance, Carrier Services and Afterhours Departments. She handles and facilitates all claims, carrier setups & overrides, systems compliance, contract reviews and after hours track and trace
In March of 2022, Carla passed the CCPAC Exam becoming a Certified Claims Professional.
Carla also serves as the Regional Director of Region 3 for the Certified Claims Professional
Accreditation Council (CCPAC) and is an arbitrator for the Transportation Arbitration Board
(TAB). In April of 2023, Carla became a Certified Transportation Broker (CTB) by passing the
CTB exam offered by Transportation Intermediaries Association.

When she is not working, Carla enjoys spending time with her husband, hunting and riding
motorcycles. She has 2 grown children, that still keep her on her toes, but together they enjoy
regular dinners, swimming and hanging out poolside with a bonfire.

Region 2
Regional Director-David Nordt, CCP

The Gilbert Company
Email Address:
Telephone: (732) 709-5392 x19392

Dave has over 40 years of experience in transportation management. He is currently the Director overseeing cargo claims, OS&D, loss prevention, quality control and operations. Dave is a member of New Jersey Motor Trucking Association, Eastern Regional Transportation Security Council, Transportation Arbitration Board, He also is a member of the Transportation Loss Prevention & Security Association, Transportation & Logistics Council, Inc and the American Society of Industrial Security. He served as President of the Northeastern Motor Carrier Claims & Security Conference during 2000-2004 & now the President of the Certified Claims Professional Accreditation Council, Inc 2015 – 2022. Dave is a proud Army Veteran.


Assistant Regional Director-Jessie Renner, CCP

Jarrett Logistics
Email Address:
Telephone: (330) 682-0099

Jessie is an accomplished and respected industry expert at Jarrett Companies where she oversees the claims program in her role as a Senior Claims Analyst. Well-versed in both LTL and truckload claims, she effectively manages cargo claim disputes and processing. Additionally, she analyzes data and reports in an effort to monitor and improve operational efficiencies and loss prevention strategies. Her determination, dedication and honesty are characteristics that have laid a trustworthy foundation for her internal and external relationships. Within her seven years at Jarrett, Jessie maintains a high level of integrity and on a daily basis continues to place an emphasis on fostering positive partnerships with clients and carriers.

As the VP of Communications / ProClaim for the Certified Claims Professional Accreditation Council, Inc., Jessie extensively researches subjects and collaborates with CCPAC members to publish informative articles on relevant topics, taking care to highlight notable changes in the ever-evolving transportation industry. She has sat on the CCPAC board since 2020. Additionally, Jessie is a member of the Transportation Arbitration Board as an arbitrator for the shippers side.

When she is not focused on claims, Jessie enjoys spending time with her husband Josh and their two young children. Some of their favorite family activities are swimming, boating and fishing. She loves football and is an avid The Ohio State Buckeye fan!


Region 3
Regional Director-Daniel Bohlman

Butterball, LLC
Email Address:
Telephone: (919) 255-7934

Dan Bohlman is Director of Logistics at Butterball, LLC in Garner, NC and has been with Butterball since 2006. Dan is responsible for the sourcing of Butterball’s truckload, less than truckload (LTL) and intermodal modes of transportation. In addition, he oversees transportation operations, freight claims and freight settlement/payment processes. Dan also oversees all the warehousing at Butterball. Prior to his role at Butterball, Dan had roles in logistics project management and overseeing 3rd party (3PL) warehouses for ConAgra Foods.

Dan earned his degree in business from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He lives in the Raleigh, NC area with his wife, Courtney and their 4 children.


Assistant Regional Director-Jon Gehrts

UniPro Foodservice
Email Address:
Telephone: (770) 799-7491

Jon Gehrts is the Director of Supply Chain for UniPro Foodservice in Atlanta, GA and has been with UniPro since 1998. Jon currently oversees the contracting and monitoring of over 400 transportation providers for UniPro and its members. In addition to contracting, Jon develops the inbound logistics program for twelve members, is the liaison between UniPro and its transportation management software provider and is responsible for member freight managed by UniPro.

Jon enjoys coaching his daughters in youth basketball and running fun and quirky 5Ks with his family.


Region 4
Regional Director-Aaron Schmidt

NFI Industries
Email Address:
Telephone: (856) 470-1627

I would describe myself as a talented and driven professional with over 17 years of experience within the logistics industry. I am currently the Branch Manager for the NFI Brokerage office in Schaumburg, IL. Our team here is rapidly growing by cultivating opportunities with current NFI customers and new customer acquisition. I have full P&L accountability for the IL office and responsible for leading and coaching our sales team as well as other cross functional branch leadership.
Prior to joining NFI in 2015, I spent 15 years at CH Robinson in the Chicago Central location as a Sr. Sales Executive. There, I was responsible for building a client portfolio while leading and coaching other sales people to create and develop their own book of business. I was in part responsible for Chicago Central’s rise to over $1.5 billion in annual revenue in less than 10 years time.

I am very passionate about coaching and competing. As a natural leader and competitor, I have a life-long love of sports. I am an avid fan of Chicago based professional sports teams as well as area collegiate athletics. I am an active Cross-Fit athlete and enjoy competition wherever I can find it. I am an active member of my community as a member the Knights of Columbus service organization, Special Olympics, and organized youth sports. I currently reside in Elmhurst, IL with my wife Marcie and our four daughters (yes 4 girls, not a typo).


Assistant Regional Director-Carrie Frisbie, CCP

SEKO Logistics Corporate
Email Address:
Telephone: (800) 342-0598

Carrie Frisbie is Director of Cargo Claims for SEKO Logistics, Corporate World Headquartered in Itasca, IL. SEKO Logistics is a is a global Supply Chain Solution provider specializing in transportation, logistics, forwarding and warehousing. Her role includes reviewing of contracts, risk assessments through KPI’s, supervising the Cargo Claims Department, along with settlement and subrogation of cargo claims.
Prior to joining SEKO Logistics in 2014, Carrie was with Hub Group for 10 years starting in Operations and moving to Cargo Claims. In April of 2012, she passed the CCPAC Exam becoming a Certified Claims Professional. Since then, she has become the Regional Director of Central Region 4 with the CCPAC, as well as Arbitrating for the Transportation Arbitration Board.


Region 5
Regional Director-Chae Pak

Spectrum Brands
Email Address:
Telephone: (703) 589-4845

Chae Pak is currently the Senior Director of Transportation at Spectrum Brands, Inc.  He has over 20 years of experience in various aspects of the supply chain, including sourcing, distribution, and transportation, across various industries. He currently manages approximately $300 million in global international ocean/air operations, US domestic transportation, and freight payment. Prior to Spectrum Brands, Inc., he worked for Fortune 500 companies such as ABB, Schlumberger, and MillerCoors.

Chae served as a Logistics Readiness Officer in the United States Air Force. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of Colorado-Boulder and an MBA from Arizona State University.

Chae lives in the DFW area with his wife and two kids. When he is not driving cost savings through supply chain optimization, he enjoys snowboarding and working out at the gym.



Assistant Regional Director-Christopher W. Kitchen

Molson Coors Beverage Company
Email address:
Telephone: (303) 748-2585

Chris Kitchen is the Senior Manager for Load Control, Rates, Compliance and Claims at Molson Coors. He joined the company in 2005 and has had multiple roles within corporate transportation, also worked for several years on a company-wide ERP implementation project. He earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan and an MBA in Supply Chain Management from Michigan State University.

Chris served as a Supply Corps Officer in the U.S. Navy and recently retired after 30 years of Active Duty and Reserve Service. He has two adult children, both in graduate school. Chris and his wife Nicole live in Shorewood, WI.


Region 6
Regional Director-Darryl Gash

Email Address:
Telephone: (501) 455-6696

Darryl Gash is currently a Logistics Manager at Dillard’s with responsibilities for carrier procurement and management. He has been involved in Logistics for over 30 years and has experience in a wide range of roles. Darryl holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Central Arkansas.

Darryl lives in Bryant, Arkansas with his wife of 30+ years, DuLane. He was born and raised in Brookfield, Missouri, a small town northeast of Kansas City. His hobbies include spending time at Lake Ouachita, grilling, and rooting for favored NFL, college football, and basketball teams.


Assistant Regional Director-Michael Carlisle

United States Cold Storage
Email Address:
Telephone: (630) 388-9524

Michael Carlisle is the Director of Logistics Operations at United States Cold Storage. Michael has been with United States Cold Storage for 3 years and is responsible for the Cold Share Consolidation program across the United States. The Cold Share Consolidation program at United States Cold Storage is one of the largest refrigerated and frozen consolidation program in the United States. Michael is also responsible for carrier procurement and management within US Cold. He has 17 years of logistics experience in both warehousing and transportation. Michael holds a BS from Northern Illinois University.

Michael lives in Bolingbrook, Illinois with his wife (Jennifer) and two children (Mikey and Morgan). When not working Mike enjoys spending time with his family, coaching his son’s baseball team, and golfing.


Regional Director-Jerrod Slaughter

Email Address:
Telephone: (971) 200-4445

Jerrod Slaughter is the Director of Global Logistics for KEEN footwear He has over 25 years of experience in transportation and logistics management, including many years at Fortune 500 companies. His background is principally in logistic procurement, vendor management, and collaborative stakeholder engagement.


Assistant Regional Director-Deena Walechka

FexEx Logisitcs
Email Address:
Telephone: (920) 593-2073

Deena Walechka is a Cargo Claims Coordinator at FedEx Logistics for their Managed Transportation business. In this role she validates, investigates, and processes cargo claim requests for customers in a full claims’ management solution. Her scope of responsibilities spans both LTL and full truckload; including specialized equipment, temperature-controlled shipments and intermodal rail freight.

In addition to the claims’ management process, Deena has spent valuable time building strong relationships, and credibility, with FedEx’s transportation service providers and customers through detailed efforts to validate claims before filing them and educating both groups on claims law. Prior to her Cargo Claims role, Deena held positions that helped build her transportation management experience in Operations and Team Lead roles over her 19 -year career. When not working on claims, Deena enjoys spending time with family and doing escape rooms.


Past President-Brandon Arnold

Intelligent Logistics, LLC
Email Address:
Telephone: (512) 238-6874

Brandon Arnold is the Vice President of Truck Brokerage for Intelligent Logistics, LLC based in Austin, TX. With over 20 years experience in all facets of transportation, Brandon has helped build his organization into an INC 5000 company for 9 of the last 10 years. His role as Vice President began in 2006 and has overseen a 400% growth in that time period. His current role provides support in the growth and expansion of a new office opening in San Antonio, TX by July 2016.
Brandon’s experience in transportation includes Freight Forwarding, warehousing, trucking, brokerage, and white glove high value shipments. His memberships include CSCMP, TIA (CTB), APICS, and TIACA. This is his 1st year serving on the board and he has been a member of TLC for the past 3+ years.
An avid sports fan, husband and father of three, Brandon spends most of his free time with his family and recreationally involved in several sports. Being from Austin also means a great love of all things BBQ, great live Music the beautiful Austin outdoors.


Past President-Curtis Hart

Email Address:
Telephone: (615) 523-3663

Curtis Hart is the Director of Carrier Development at GEODIS in Brentwood, TN. Curtis has been with GEODIS since 2011 and is responsible for managing modal procurement activites and claims administration. He has held analyst, operations, compliance and purchasing roles while with GM & Schneider in support of OE Automotive Service Operations. Curtis is a certified Six Sigma Greenbelt.

Curtis lives in the Nashville, TN area with his family on their 15 acre mini-farm. When not hunting, fishing and learning about rural living, they enjoy traveling to visit family.


Past President-Nadia Martin, CCP

Blakeman Transportation
Email Address:
Telephone: (817) 626-3400

Nadia Martin is the Loss Prevention and Carrier Compliance Manager at Blakeman Transportation in Fort Worth, TX. She has been with Blakeman since 2004. She graduated from Texas Wesleyan University in 2000 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree. Nadia became a Certified Claims Professional in 2008, has attended the T&LC Annual Conferences each year since 2005 and has been on the T&LC Board of Directors since 2009.
Nadia was born and raised in Texas. Nadia also enjoys cooking, crafts, travel and driving around aimlessly to explore sights that are off the beaten track.


Reed Tepper

Parker Hannifin
Email Address:
Telephone: (216) 896-3383
Reed Tepper works for Parker Hannifin where he manages the LTL, Truckload, and Ground Expedite modes for North America. Reed graduated from the Ohio State University with a BSBA in Marketing and Transportation & Logistics., and also holds an MBA from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. His background includes employment by FedEx Supply Chain Solutions (formerly Caliber Logistics), Exel Global Logistics and Avery Dennison. He has also served on the Board of the Cleveland CSCMP Roundtable for the past 5 years including President in 2007/08


Bob Hochwarth

Volvo Logistics North America
Email Address:
Telephone: (336) 393-4718

Bob Hochwarth is Director, Product Development for Volvo Logistics Corporation in North America, a leading international third party logistics provider and business unit within the Volvo Group companies supporting the automotive and aviation industries.

In this role, he directs and oversees the design and implementation of supply chain and logistics solutions comprising international and domestic transportation management, distribution, warehousing, supplier sourcing, lean logistics and IS/IT systems.

Rob Strouse

Wooster Brush Company

Email Address:
Telephone: (330) 264-4440

Rob Strouse is the Transportation Shipping & Receiving Logistics Manager for the Wooster Brush Company and is responsible for transportation of all Wooster Brush locations. He holds a B.A. Degree in Business Management/Industrial Arts from Wilmington College, and has also completed additional studies in Advance Traffic Management Techniques at Wright State University. Rob has been active in the Council since 1989 and has served as a Director and Vice President. He is a Past President of the International Management Council and enjoys coaching football and baseball, motorcycle riding, jet sking and boating.