CCBFA Board

CCBFA Board

CCBFA President Jane Sorensen

Jane (Pedersen) Sorensen

For the last 6 years, I have served as a non-voting and voting director for the Chicago Customs Broker and Forwarders Association, where I am currently honored to hold the office of President, as well as committee chair and editor for the quarterly newsletter. In addition to MBA classes in international culture and business, I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in French from Western Illinois University. I have been a licensed customs broker since 1986 and a Certified Customs Specialist since 2005. I recently joined RAM International in the capacity of Vice President, Operations & Compliance. Prior to joining RAM, I was most recently Senior Trade Consultant with Worldwide Logistics Partners, VP of Customs Brokerage for CEVA Logistics and General Manager for FedEx Trade Networks’ Central Region. My prior responsibilities included such positions as Import Gateway Manager, Regional Director and Regional Vice President for large freight forwarding and Customs brokers such a BAX Global, Exel Global Logistics, Fritz Companies and CEVA’s legacy company, Harper Robinson. Over the years, I’ve developed a knack for and really enjoy leading operational turn-arounds, training, and auditing to create successfully performing business units. I enjoy working with the board of CCBFA because it is a great group of hard-working colleagues interested in volunteering to help make our industry the best it can be. A significant amount of effort goes into our monthly seminars and newsletters each month; it is a pleasure to work with this group. I also find it thrilling to participate in the Government Affairs Conference each year in Washington, DC, where we lobby on Capitol Hill to support new legislation or implement recently-passed bills! It would be my pleasure and honor to continue serving as voting director for CCBFA in the 2018-2019 term. Thank you for your support!

Officers & Directors

  • Lorrie Roddy

    Lorrie RoddyVice President

    Lorrie Roddy is Corporate Manager, Compliance for RIM Logistics, Ltd., located in Roselle, IL. As part of Corporate Compliance, Lorrie deals with regulatory compliance, C-TPAT, TSA and the roll out of ACE. Read More

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  • Lisa Waller

    Lisa WallerTreasurer

    Lisa Victoria Waller is Vice President and co-owner of BDG International, Inc. located in Elgin (Chicago) Illinois. BDG International, Inc. (BDG) has been in business since 1983 and is an international freight forwarder, U.S. Customs Broker and Letter of Credit Specialist. BDG is a proud recipient of the President’s “E” Awards for Excellence in Exporting in 2013. Read More

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  • John Morgan

    John MorganChairman

    John Morgan is your current Chairman of the Board of the Chicago Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association and has served the board for 8 years, 7 years as a voting director Read More

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  • Cynthia Wheelock

    Cynthia WheelockSecretary

    My career began in domestic transportation in 1985, and I transitioned to international in 1990. With over 27 years of combined experience, I have been actively engaged in customs brokerage operations, sales, and compliance. I secured my Customs Broker License in 1994. In my early years I was highly motivated, and applied my credentials as qualified permit and corporate license holder. Read More

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Voting  Directors

  • Jane (Pedersen) Sorensen

    Jane (Pedersen) SorensenPresident

    For the last 6 years, I have served as a non-voting and voting director for the Chicago Customs Broker and Forwarders Association, where I am currently honored to hold the office of President, as well as committee chair and editor for the quarterly newsletter. In addition to MBA classes in international culture and business, I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in French from Western Illinois University. I have been a licensed customs broker since 1986 and a Certified Customs Specialist since 2005. Read More

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  • Lorrie Roddy

    Lorrie RoddyVice President

    Lorrie Roddy is Corporate Manager, Compliance for RIM Logistics, Ltd., located in Roselle, IL. As part of Corporate Compliance, Lorrie deals with regulatory compliance, C-TPAT, TSA and the roll out of ACE. Read More

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  • Lisa Waller

    Lisa WallerTreasurer

    Lisa Victoria Waller is Vice President and co-owner of BDG International, Inc. located in Elgin (Chicago) Illinois. BDG International, Inc. (BDG) has been in business since 1983 and is an international freight forwarder, U.S. Customs Broker and Letter of Credit Specialist. BDG is a proud recipient of the President’s “E” Awards for Excellence in Exporting in 2013. Read More

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  • Matthew Clark

    Matthew Clark

    Matthew Clark is the Director of Importer Services for SEKO Customs Brokerage in Itasca, IL. He is responsible for all Customs Brokerage and Import compliance for the company. Read More

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  • Merit Tremper

    Merit Tremper

    Prior to becoming President of Merit Trade Consulting Services LLC, a trade consulting company. Read More

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  • Robert Whitley

    Robert Whitley

    I moved to Chicago in 1996 and did not know what to do with my life. I found out about Harper College's International Business degree program and this sparked my interest. I enrolled and went to school at night and worked a full-time job during the day. Cortez CHB hired me in 1997 and I gained more exposure to the industry doing customs entries. By the end of 2001, I had completed an A.A.S. degree and obtained my Broker's License. Since then I have worked for many companies, the longest at Scarbrough International for 10 years. Currently I am working at Taggart-CTS as a CHB operations specialist assisting the President and Vice President with import projects. This industry has been very good to me and now as a Voting Director on the CCBFA Board, I want to give back and help our community move forward in the 21st Century.

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  • Joseph Lee-Damien Branch

    Joseph Lee-Damien Branch

    Joseph Branch is the Customs Broker Manager and Corporate License Holder for Goodship International Incorporated. Mr. Branch has over 26 years of experience in aspects of Import Compliance, FMC regulations and Customs Brokerage procedures. Mr. Branch practices due diligence and responsible compliance direction in his daily Managerial responsibilities. This is to ensure the highest level of expectations directed by Customs regulations as well as providing exceptional overall customer service. He is a Licensed Customs Broker and Certified Customs Specialist. Read More

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  • Cynthia Wheelock

    Cynthia WheelockSecretary

    My career began in domestic transportation in 1985, and I transitioned to international in 1990. With over 27 years of combined experience, I have been actively engaged in customs brokerage operations, sales, and compliance. I secured my Customs Broker License in 1994. In my early years I was highly motivated, and applied my credentials as qualified permit and corporate license holder. Read More

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Non-Voting  Directors

  • Debbie Ruscitti

    Debbie Ruscitti

    Active with the CCBFA for more than a decade, co-chairing and participating on various committees, currently a Non- Voting Director on CCBFAs Board of Directors Read More

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  • Jason Cunningham

    Jason Cunningham

    Mr. Cunningham is an attorney and the President of Sonnenberg & Cunningham, Ltd. Read More

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  • David Pasco

    David Pasco

    David Pasco joined Roanoke Trade in the Chicago office in 2010 with an expertise in domestic freight forwarders and property brokers. Read More

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  • Brian Walsh

    Brian Walsh

    Brian Walsh has been an active member of CCBFA since he joined the Broker Education Committee in 1994.  Read More

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  • Carl Berenz

    Carl Berenz

    Carl Berenz is Assistant Vice President, Senior Advisor, and Qualifying License Officer for MSE Express America Inc. Read More

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  • Robert Macher

    Robert Macher

    Robert Macher has been in the transportation and trade insurance industry for 20 years. He has been with Avalon Risk Management for 18 years, since its formation in 1998 starting as an Account Executive in the Miami office. Read More

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  • Lisa Hennessy

    Lisa Hennessy

    Lisa Hennessy has been in the transportation and trade insurance industry, with Avalon Risk Management, for over 10 years. She has held several management roles at Avalon which included the supervision of their Centralized Bond Unit – working directly with clients and CBP to process Customs bonds. She then transitioned to the supervisor for the Managing General Agent (MGA) unit to oversee the underwriting team for Avalon’s Combined Transit Liability program and their Property and Casualty program. Read More

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Senior  Advisors

  • Len Lesiak

    Len Lesiak

    For over 40 years, I have had the opportunity to work in the international trade community as a customs broker, freight forwarder, and consultant. Read More

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  • Scott Larson

    Scott Larson

    Scott Larson is the Senior Vice President and Corporate Compliance manager for MOL Logistics (USA) Inc. Scott obtained his Customs Brokers License in 1991 Read More

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  • Mary Peglow

    Mary Peglow

    Mary is retired after a 35 year Career in the brokerage industry.  Mary continues to volunteer on the CCBFA board.  She has served on the local Regulatory Agencies Committee, Read More

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Officers and Directors

President Jane Sorensen calamityord@comcast.net
VP Lorrie Roddy lorrieroddy@rimlogistics.com
Secretary Cindy Wheelock cynthia.wheelock@hitachi-vht.com
Treasurer Lisa Waller lisaw@bdginternational.com
Chairman John Morgan jpmorgan48@gmail.com

Voting Directors

  Matthew Clark matthew.clark@sekologistics.com
  Robert Whitley robertw@taggert-intl.com
  Lorrie Roddy lorrieroddy@rimlogistics.com
  Jane Sorensen calamityord@comcast.net
  Lisa Waller lisaw@bdginternational.com
  Joe Branch joseph@goodship.com

Non-Voting Directors

  Debbie Ruscitti debbie@merittradeservices.com
  Jason Cunningham jason.cunningham@customstradelaw.com
  David Pasco david.pasco@roanoketrade.com
  Brian Walsh bwalsh@barnesrichardson.com
  Carl Berenz carl.berenz@mse-america.com
  Robert Macher macherroberto@gmail.com

Senior Advisors

  Len Lesiak leonard_lesiak@len-chb.com
  Scott Larson scott.larson@mol-logistics.com
  Mary Peglow marypeglow@aol.com