Women In Trucking Association Announces 2021 Top Women to Watch in Transportation

by Women In Trucking Staff, on Mar 22, 2021 6:00:00 AM


Plover, WI – March 22, 2021The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) announced today its fourth annual list of Top Women to Watch in Transportation. The editorial staff of WIT’s Redefining the Road magazine selected these individuals for their significant career accomplishments in the past 12 to 18 months as well as their efforts to promote gender diversity.  

“This year, we received a record-breaking number of nominations who rose to the challenge in a particularly difficult, stressful year during the COVID pandemic,” said Brian Everett, group editorial director and publisher of Redefining the Road magazine. “Through this year’s evaluation process, we identified 73 amazingly resourceful, creative, talented women who stand out as top performers in the field of transportation.”

“This accomplished group of women represent a wide range of skill sets and expertise, and highlight how women bring diverse thought, value and results to businesses in the industry,” said Ellen Voie, WIT president and CEO. “These impressive women have made a tremendous impact in their fields during this pandemic and are pushing the envelope for women in the industry. We are thrilled to recognize and celebrate their accomplishments.”

Those named to the 2021 Top Women to Watch in Transportation list work for a broad range of company types, including motor carriers, third-party logistics companies, equipment manufacturers, retailer truck dealers, professional services companies, technology innovators, and private fleets. Their job functions include corporate management (34 percent), operations/safety (24 percent), sales/marketing (20 percent), human resources/talent management (15 percent), engineering/product development (3 percent). Another 4 percent are professional drivers.  

Individuals recognized as 2021 “Top Women to Watch in Transportation” are:
  • Carmen Anderson, company driver, America’s Service Line
  • Reghan Grasty, associate general counsel, Apex Capital Corp.
  • Arelis Gutierrez, president, Aria Logistics
  • Susie DeRidder, company driver, Armour Transportation
  • Darlene Wolf, senior vice president of strategic partners, Arrive Logistics
  • Chelsea Woodhead, chief people officer, Arrive Logistics
  • Lisa Massello-Hodges, safety manager, Asset Based Intermodal
  • Bonnie Supan, vice president of operations and finance, Brenny Transportation
  • Nicole Glenn, president, Candor Expedite
  • Jennifer Wong, head of sustainability, Convoy
  • Suzann Fakhoury, vice president of operations, Crossroads Equipment Lease and Finance
  • Tracy Mack-Askew, general manager & strategy executive, Daimler Trucks North America
  • Leslie Kilgore, vice president of engineering, Thomas Built Buses, Daimler Trucks North America
  • Laura Dickinson, vice president, safety & compliance North America, Day & Ross
  • Katie Lee, director of national accounts and Truckload, Day & Ross
  • Kimberly Craib, associate vice president terminal operations, Day & Ross
  • Donna Kintop, senior vice president, client experience, DDC FPO
  • Deb Donohue, company driver, Denney Transport
  • Dayna Harap, co-founder and vice president, sales and marketing, Direct Expedite
  • Whitney McClendon, CEO, Eemerg Roadside Assistance Marketplace
  • Elaine Kapusta, managing director, finance, FedEx Custom Critical
  • Ludmila Manin, remarketing sales, Fleet Advantage
  • Krystal Menzo, president, Global Express Transportation
  • Amanda Morrison, senior vice president, Grammer Logistics
  • Jessica Brooks, vice president of customer experience, J.B. Hunt
  • Andrea Woodruff, vice president of administration, compensation and procedure, John Christner Trucking
  • Shelley Koch, president and owner, K & J Trucking, Inc.
  • Bonnie Diaz, CDS, NE SHE&S manager, Linden Bulk Transportation, a subsidiary of Odyssey Logistics
  • Katie Helton, chief administrative officer, Jack Cooper Transportation
  • Morgan McCoy, human resources manager, NAPA Transportation
  • Justina Morosin, vice president of commercial transformation, Navistar
  • Nicole Wiggins, corporate diversity & inclusion director, Navistar
  • DeeDee Cox, vice president of human resources, Old Dominion Freight Line
  • Amy Barzdukas, chief marketing officer, Omnitracs
  • Brooke Vasquez, director of operations-Europe, PACCAR Parts
  • Chavela Brown, area vice president, Penske Truck Leasing
  • Erin Luke, assistant director of North America materials, Peterbilt Motors
  • Candi Cybator, director of marketing, PITT OHIO
  • Lindsay Paul, logistics operations manager, Quadway Freight
  • Amy Carroll, director of sales, Ryder System
  • Marilyn Pape, manager, strategic analytics, Ryder System
  • Jessica Weaver, group logistics manager, Ryder System
  • Stacey Weidner, senior director of human resources, Ryder System
  • Lindsey Trent, business and customer development manager, Ryder System
  • Tiffany Trent-Abram, senior manager, product management, Amazon
  • Jennifer Mead, CEO, S-2international
  • Melissa Gaglione, president, Safety4her
  • Carmen Cucinello, vice president of operations, Schneider
  • Jill Schmieg, founder & chief strategist, Sol de Naples Marketing
  • Donna England, vice president, safety and member services, Tennessee Trucking Association
  • Claudia Ratica, director, talent management, TravelCenters of America
  • Jennifer Hoffman, director of agent services, Trinity Logistics
  • Leigh Foxall, CEO, founder, Truck Parking Reservations
  • Jin Stedge, CEO, TruNorth Transportation Company
  • Charlee Poineau, program manager, TuSimple
  • Vivian Sun, head of business development, TuSimple
  • Joyce Tam, director of product management, TuSimple
  • Samka Keranovic, vice president & COO, US Truck Driver Training School
  • Emma Leonard, executive vice president, transportation and procurement, Visible Supply Chain Management
  • Lisa Disbrow, director- public affairs, Waste Management
  • Patrice Brown, assistant general counsel, YRC Worldwide
  • Maria Grasty, operations manager, YRC Freight
  • Lucia Dorr, talent development specialist, YRC Freight
  • Heather Callaway, manager audit, YRC Worldwide
  • Melissa Jass, senior organizational development business partner, YRC Freight
  • Leah Dawson, executive vice president, general counsel & secretary, YRC Worldwide
  • Tamara Jalving, vice president safety, YRC Worldwide
  • Deanna Parker, director payroll, YRC Freight
  • Summer Dean, director talent acquisition, YRC Freight
  • Heather Noland, director human resources, YRC Freight
  • Andrea Anderson, equipment manager II, YRC Freight
  • Lindsey Grammel, vice president of global brand development, TruNorth
  • Ashley Jankowski, vice president, Bat Logistics  

This year’s recognition program is sponsored by TruNorth Global. The women will be featured in the upcoming edition of WIT’s Redefining the Road magazine, at the upcoming 2021 Women In Trucking Accelerate! Conference Nov. 7-9 in Dallas, Texas, and online at womenintrucking.org/top-women-to-watch.


About Women In Trucking Association, Inc.

Women In Trucking, Inc. is a nonprofit association established to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments and minimize obstacles faced by women working in the trucking industry. Membership is not limited to women, as 17 percent of its members are men who support the mission. Women In Trucking is supported by its members and the generosity of Gold Level Partners: Amazon, Arrow Truck Sales, Daimler Trucks North America, Expediter Services, FedEx Freight, Great Dane, J.B. Hunt Transport, Michelin North America, PACCAR, Penske Transportation Solutions, Ryder System, Walmart, and Waste Management. Follow WIT on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube. For more information, visit www.womenintrucking.org or call 888-464-9482.

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