CCBFA Board

CCBFA Board

CCBFA President Lorrie Roddy

Lorrie Roddy

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. She specializes in the areas of import compliance, customs valuation, operational processes and employee training. Lorrie brings with her more than 35 years of industry knowledge. She has had the opportunity to contribute to several organizations in her career. She started out as an entry writer learning to write entries with a number two pencil and grid sheets. Advanced to positions of Manager of Air Import, Ocean Import and CHB. Lorrie first started hosting workshops as a Corporate Trainer. She traveled throughout the United States hosting Customs Exam Workshops. She continues to still host the Exam Preps today on her own, giving her over 25 years’ experience as a trainer. She has also been the Permit Holder and Corporate License Holder in her career. Her leadership style has enabled her to contribute to the growth of the trade community. Currently she holds the office of Vice President of CCBFA for the 2016-2018 term. She also serves as education co-chair, Holiday chair and volunteers for the Golf Outing. Lorrie is very approachable and always willing to assist and encourage others.

Officers & Directors

  • Merit Tremper

    Merit TremperVice President

    Prior to becoming President of Merit Trade Consulting Services LLC, a trade consulting company. Merit was employed by RIM Logistics Ltd for sixteen years. During her time at RIM, she held many titles, including most recently Vice President of Customer Solutions and Vice President of Import. Merit was the Corporate Broker and Chicago permit holder for fourteen years. As a U.S. Licensed Customs Broker with the additional designation of C.C.S. (Certified Customs Specialist), she has worked in the trade industry for over thirty years. Read More

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  • Sandy Pattison

    Sandy PattisonTreasurer

    With over 30 years of experience as a supply chain professional, I have honed my skills in compliance,  international and domestic logistics, and the intricate supply chain management of fortune 25  companies. I earned my Customs Brokerage license in 1985 and hold the designations of Certified  Customs Specialist and Certified Export Specialist. To further develop my career, I moved from Buffalo to  Chicago to open a branch office for AN Deringer. Subsequently I have served as Vice President and  license holder for a German forwarder for 18 years and recently joined Juno Customs Solutions as  Director of Compliance and License holder.   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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  • Jane (Pedersen) Sorensen

    Jane (Pedersen) SorensenChairman

    Jane Sorensen is Managing Director at SEKO Logistics, Chicago Gateway office, responsible for international, domestic, third party logistics and Customs brokerage services. Jane also serves as SEKO’s Customs Brokerage Product Development leader, working closely with SEKO’s corporate compliance and sales team to implement best practices for the product. Jane is a licensed Customs broker (LCB) and Certified Customs Specialist (CCS) with a bachelor’s degree in foreign language and post-graduate business studies. Read More

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Voting  Directors

  • Yvette Sosa

    Yvette Sosa

    Yvette Sosa was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She has been married for twenty years and is a mother of four children. She is very family-oriented, always making her family a priority, next to her  career, as well as planning family activities from vacations to weekend fun. During the winter months, she volunteers her time and efforts by providing meals and clothing to the homeless in different areas of  Chicago. In her free time Yvette enjoys entering her show car, a customized import low-rider, into car  show events. In this past year’s World of Wheels car show Yvette placed second, with great  determination to take first place next year.  Read More

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  • Joseph Lee-Damien Branch

    Joseph Lee-Damien Branch

    Joseph Branch is the Branch Manager and Permit License Holder for Russell A. Farrow U.S. With over 30 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 a Certified Customs Specialist. Read More

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  • Sandy Pattison

    Sandy PattisonTreasurer

    With over 30 years of experience as a supply chain professional, I have honed my skills in compliance,  international and domestic logistics, and the intricate supply chain management of fortune 25  companies. I earned my Customs Brokerage license in 1985 and hold the designations of Certified  Customs Specialist and Certified Export Specialist. To further develop my career, I moved from Buffalo to  Chicago to open a branch office for AN Deringer. Subsequently I have served as Vice President and  license holder for a German forwarder for 18 years and recently joined Juno Customs Solutions as  Director of Compliance and License holder.   Read More

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  • Debbie Ruscitti

    Debbie Ruscitti

    Currently representing the CCBFA membership as a Voting Director completing the term of Marty Zima and a member of the NCBFAA’s Regulatory Agencies Committee. A Licensed Customs Broker and a Certified Customs Specialist currently employed as a Trade Consultant with Merit Trade Consulting Services, LLC.  I have been a part of your local board for more than a decade, serving in various capacities, serving on various committees, working with and learning from some of the most dedicated local industry professionals.  As I complete Marty’s term, I ask for your vote to continue to be your voice as a Voting Director for the Chicago Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association for another term.   Thank you.

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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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  • Russell Kazmiercza

    Russell Kazmiercza

    I have been involved in the transportation industry for almost 20 years.  My career in logistics started in the household goods and personal effects freight forwarding industry after graduating from Northern Illinois University in 1999.  I transitioned into freight forwarding for general commodities in 2010 when I joined Clutch Global Logistics.   After holding numerous positions, I am currently the Vice President of Operations at Clutch Global Logistics where I am responsible for the management of operations, customs brokerage, customer service and sales activities.  Read More

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  • Sue Saunders

    Sue Saunders

    Hi, my name is Sue Saunders. I have been a licensed broker since 2001.  I recently moved over to B.O.C. International after 19 years of service at Savino Del Bene USA Inc.    I have been in the freight forwarding/customs brokerage business for over 25 years, most of which I have spent on the customs brokerage side.  I have participated in continuing education with the Certified Customs Specialist program since 2013 through NCBFAA.   I have attended the very informative NCBFAA conference for the last 4 years.     Read More

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Non-Voting  Directors

  • 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.He is responsible for business development and account management in Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas and Minnesota specializing in all lines of insurance sales including cargo insurance, errors & omissions, property & casualty and bonds for transportation specialists. Read More

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  • Merit Tremper

    Merit TremperVice President

    Prior to becoming President of Merit Trade Consulting Services LLC, a trade consulting company. Merit was employed by RIM Logistics Ltd for sixteen years. During her time at RIM, she held many titles, including most recently Vice President of Customer Solutions and Vice President of Import. Merit was the Corporate Broker and Chicago permit holder for fourteen years. As a U.S. Licensed Customs Broker with the additional designation of C.C.S. (Certified Customs Specialist), she has worked in the trade industry for over thirty years. 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.His duties at MSE include customs brokerage oversight, export compliance, and C-TPAT program administration and compliance, as well as senior advisor to MSE global network partners with regards to U.S. Customs, U.S. Department of Commerce, and other U.S. government agency rules, regulations and requirements. He has been employed at MSE since 2007. 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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  • Justin Campbell

    Justin Campbell

    Justin Campbell has worked in Customs brokerage and freight forwarding for 14 years. He became a Certified Customs Specialist in 2014 and a Licensed Customs Broker in 2016. He is currently employed by M.E. Dey & Co. as a member of their import team and internal compliance team. Justin's external compliance efforts focus on working closely with clients on classification and product database maintenance.

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  • Kevin Koch

    Kevin Koch

    Kevin Koch is the product development manager for C.H.  Robinson’s U.S. Customs brokerage and trade services division. For the last  ten years, he has served C.H. Robinson in numerous roles, from account  management, business technology  and process leadership, and ultimately  to customs and trade compliance – where he found a strong sense of  pride in the critical role that Customs brokers play today in international  trade. Read More

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  • Matt Clark

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  • Nicole Rule

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  • Jay Doyle

    Jay Doyle

    Jason Doyle (“Jay”) has spent nearly 30 years working in and around global trade. He started in 1993 as the youngest-ever ramp supervisor at the BNSF (then Burlington Northern) Cicero intermodal terminal. He has gone on to serve in various leadership roles at Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (America), and is currently an International Operations Manager at TSC Container Freight. TSC is the NVOCC/Freight-forwarding division of The Scoular Company, a 128-year-old agribusiness based in Omaha. TSC is headquartered in Downers Grove, IL., and has offices in Minneapolis, Kansas City, and Granite Bay, California. TSC focuses, largely, on serving the logistics needs of U.S. exporters. Read More

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Senior  Advisors

  • 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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  • 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
PresidentLorrie Roddylorrieroddy.ccbfa@gmail.com
Vice PresidentMerit Trempermerit@merittradeservices.com
TreasurerSandy Pattisonspattison@junocustoms.com
SecretaryCynthia WheelockCynthia.wheelock@hitachi-vht.com
ChairmanJane Sorensonjpmorgan48@gmail.com
Voting DirectorsCynthia WheelockCynthia.wheelock@hitachi-vht.com
 Joseph BranchJoseph.Branch@sekologistics.com
 Debbie Ruscittidruscitti@cbclogistics.com
 Sandy Pattisonspattison@junocustoms.com 
 Yvette Sosayvette.sosa@jas.com
 Russell Kazmierczarussell.kazmierczak@clutchglobal.com
 Sue Saunderssue.saunders@bocintl.com
Non-Voting DirectorsDavid PascoDavid.Pasco@roanokegroup.com
 Merit Trempermerit@merittradeservices.com
 Lisa Hennessylhennessy@avalonrisk.com
 Carl Berenzcarl.berenz@mse-america.com
 Justin Campbelljustin@medey.com
 Kevin Kochkevin.koch@chrobinson.com
 Matt Clarkmattclark7654@gmail.com
 Nicole Rulenicole.rule@chrobinson.com
 Jay Doylejay.doyle@gmail.com
Senior AdvisorsLen Lesiak leonard_lesiak@lenchb.com
 Mary Peglowmarypeglow@aol.com
 Scott Larsonscott.larson@mol‐logistics.com
 John Morganjmorgan48@gmail.com