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

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More

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

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • Merit Tremper

    Merit Tremper

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

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • Martin Zima

    Martin Zima

    Mr. Zima is the Qualifying Corporate Licensed Customs Broker and currently serves as the Vice President of Customs and as KWE’s Customs – Trade Partnership Against Terrorism Security Officer. Serving the Customs Brokerage and Logistics industry for more than 39 years; Mr. Zima became a licensed broker in February of 1988; Mr. Zima joined Kintetsu in October of 1991 where he is currently employed. Read More

    Read More
  • Pilar Dorfman

    Pilar Dorfman

    My career began in 1987 in the FDA wine label approval submission and compliance. I later transitioned to international brokerage in 1992. With over 30 years of combined experience, I have been actively engaged in customs brokerage operations, and compliance. I am a Licensed Customs broker as well as a Certified Customs Specialist. Read More

    Read More
  • Walter Chyterbok

    Walter Chyterbok

    I welcome the opportunity to be nominated to serve on the Board of Directors of CCBFA. I have been in the international logistic field for 40 years. My career has been split between the International Logistics industry and Manufacturing entities. The first part of my career was spent with International Carriers and Customs Brokers/Forwarders. The other half was in the chemical manufacturing business as a logistic director and managing the International regulatory department. There is no way one can travel the long road of logistics without people helping and assisting me . I am thankful for all those people who have assisted me. I also had another career but not in the logistic field. I am a retired combat US Army veteran with 30 years in both Active duty and Reserve status. I was proud to serve my country and value my experience in the military field. While the military and logistics field are quite different, I saw many similarities. Read More

    Read More

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

    Read More
  • Jason Cunningham

    Jason Cunningham

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

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • Brian Walsh

    Brian Walsh

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

    Read More
  • Carl Berenz

    Carl Berenz

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

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More

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

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More

 

Officers and Directors
President

Jane Sorensen

calamityord@comcast.net

Vice President Lorrie Roddy lorrieroddy@rimlogistics.com
Treasurer Lisa Waller lisaw@bdginternational.com
Secretary Cynthia Wheelock Cynthia.wheelock@hitachi-vht.com
Chairman John Morgan jpmorgan48@gmail.com
Voting Directors Cynthia Wheelock Cynthia.wheelock@hitachi-vht.com
       Joseph Branch   Joseph.Branch@sekologistics.com
  Pilar Dorfman PilarD@beslerco.net
  Marty Zima Marty.Zima@am.kwe.com
  Lorrie Roddy lorrieroddy@rimlogistics.com
  Jane Sorensen calamityord@comcast.net
  Lisa Waller lisaw@bdginternational.com
Non-Voting Directors Debbie Ruscitti debbie@merittradeservices.com
  Merit Tremper merit@merittradeservices.com
  David Pasco David.Pasco@roanokegroup.com
       Lisa Hennessy lhennessy@avalonrisk.com
  Carl Berenz carl.berenz@mse-america.com
  Robert Macher macherroberto@gmail.com
  Len Lesiak leonard_lesiak@len-chb.com
  Walt Chyterbok walter.chyterbok@rrd.com
Senior Advisors Mary Peglow marypeglow@aol.com
Senior Advisors Scott Larson scott.larson@mol-logistics.com