CCBFA Board

CCBFA Board

CCBFA President Jane Sorensen

Jane (Pedersen) Sorensen

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). Prior to joining SEKO in 2020, Jane held positions such as Vice President of Brokerage Services at CEVA Logistics, leading 300 employees with 500,000 entries, General Manager for FedEx Trade Networks’ Central Region and Regional Vice President for Fritz Companies (acquired by UPS-SCS). A native of the Midwest, Jane’s business experience includes the ports of Dallas, Denver and Chicago and includes European and Asia Pacific business travel. Jane holds a Bachelor’s degree in French from Western Illinois University, with minor studies in Spanish and post graduate studies in international business management. Jane and SEKO are active members of the Chicago Customs Broker & Forwarders Association (CCBFA), as well as the National Customs Broker & Forwarders Association of America, Inc. (NCBFAA). Jane has volunteered for twelve years with CCBFA, currently serving Chairman of the Board and Customs Committee Chair. The Government Affairs Conference, one of two annual events sponsored by NCBFAA, is Jane’s favorite. GAC provides attendees the opportunity to learn about timely, critical industry changes as well as meet with Senators, Congressional Representatives, their staff members, senior Customs and other regulatory bureau leaders, to explain the trade’s position prior to voting on upcoming legislation. Jane enjoys volunteering with CCBFA to help Chicago be “The Port that Works!” CCBFA’s Golf Outing and Holiday Party have long been leaders in the industry and fundraisers for our scholarship committee, one of our most important endeavors to raise scholarship funds. Jane regards her volunteer leadership role in CCBFA with so many top leaders in Chicago as one of her most cherished and enjoyable accomplishments. Watching everyone work together to support our events and fund-raising is a truly fulfilling career reward!

Officers & Directors

  • Lorrie Roddy

    Lorrie RoddyChairman

    Lorrie Roddy is the Operation Director & Country Manager/President of Atlantic Gate (US), Inc. She specializes in the areas of import compliance, customs valuation, operational processes and employee training. Lorrie brings with her more than 40 years of industry knowledge. Read More

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  • Lisa Waller

    Lisa WallerVice President

    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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  • 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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Voting  Directors

  • 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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  • Nicole Rule

    Nicole Rule

    Nicole Rule is the Business & Data Analyst for C.H. Robinson’s Global Forwarding office located in Wood Dale, IL. She’s responsible for supporting the Chicago Customs Brokerage team. She has been in the Customs Brokerage business for over 9 years and licensed for 3 years. Her passion is in training and development of her team in Customs Brokerage and Import Compliance procedures. When she’s not working, you can find her whipping up a new recipe in the kitchen or diving into a fun craft or home improvement project.

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  • Debbie Ruscitti

    Debbie Ruscitti

    Debbie has been active with the association for close to twenty years, serving in various capacities on numerous committees. A past chair, co-chair and constant member of the Regulatory Agencies Committee, she also serves on the NCBFAA Regulatory Agencies Committee helping to bring national attention to local issues. A Licensed Customs Broker and a Certified Customs Specialist with over thirty years in the transportation industry Debbie is currently the Vice President of Customs Compliance at CBC Customshouse Brokers, Inc., Oakbrook, IL   

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  • Jane (Pedersen) Sorensen

    Jane (Pedersen) SorensenPresident

    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). Read More

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  • Russell Kazmierczak

    Russell Kazmierczak

    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

  • Robert Whitley

    Robert Whitley

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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 15 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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  • Matt Clark

    Matt Clark

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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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  • Lisa Waller

    Lisa WallerVice President

    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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  • 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 Tremper

    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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  • 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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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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  • 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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2022 CCBFA BOARD MEMBERS  
Officers and Directors
PresidentJane Sorensencalamityord@comcast.net
Vice PresidentLisa Wallerlisaw@bdginternational.com
TreasurerSandy Pattisonsandra_pattison@msn.com
SecretaryCynthia WheelockCynthia.wheelock@hitachi‐vht.com
ChairmanLorrie Roddylorrieroddy.ccbfa@gmail.com
Voting DirectorsCynthia WheelockCynthia.wheelock@hitachi‐vht.com
Debbie Ruscittidruscitti@cbclogistics.com
Justin Campbelljustin@medey.com
Jane Sorensencalamityord@comcast.net
Nicole RuleNicole.Rule@chrobinson.com
Russell Kazmierczarussell.kazmierczak@clutchglobal.com
Sue Saunderssue.saunders@bocintl.com
Non‐Voting DirectorsMerit Trempermerit@merittradeservices.com
David PascoDavid.Pasco@roanokegroup.com
Lisa Hennessylhennessy@avalonrisk.com
Matt Clarkmattclark7654@gmail.com
Jay Doylejdoyle@scoular.com
Scot LarsonScott.Larson@mol-logistics.com
Lorrie Roddylorrieroddy.ccbfa@gmail.com
Robert Whitleyrobertw@westernoverseas.com
Lisa Wallerlisaw@bdginternational.com
Senior AdvisorsLen Lesiakleonard_lesiak@len‐chb.com
Mary Peglowmarypeglow@aol.com