Women In Trucking Association Announces Top Women to Watch in Transportation

by Women In Trucking Staff, on Mar 18, 2019 1:54:00 PM

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Plover, WI – March 18, 2019 –The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) announced today its second 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’ve identified 53 women who stand out as top performers in a field of highly qualified nominees,” said Brian Everett, Group Editorial Director and Publisher of Redefining the Road magazine. “They represent a diverse range of company types and a variety of roles and responsibilities, showcasing the many career opportunities for women in the transportation industry.”

The 2019 Top Women to Watch in Transportation work for 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 (23 percent), operations/safety (21 percent), sales/marketing (18 percent), human resources/talent management (13 percent), customer service (6 percent), engineering/product development (2 percent), and professional drivers (9 percent). 

“It is exciting to see so many remarkable women not only pushing the envelope in their own careers but also supporting women around them,” said Ellen Voie, WIT president and CEO. “Celebrating the accomplishments of women in our industry is central to the mission of Women In Trucking, so we’re especially pleased to recognize these industry leaders.”

The 2019 Top Women to Watch inTransportation

TINA ALBERTAssistant Plant Manager, Peterbilt Motors Company

TAMI ALLENSWORTHSenior Vice President, Customer Experience, J.B. Hunt

LISA ANGARAEnterprise Architect Manager, Navistar

CATHY BAUDERDriver, Owner Operator, Steven Davis Trucking

COURTNAY BECKHAMSales Specialist, SelecTrucks of Atlanta/Peach State Trucks

MONA BEEDLEFounder, Trucking Angels for Christ

JOSEPHINE BERISHASenior Vice President, Global Compensation and Benefits, XPO Logistics

TRACY BIRDBranch Manager, Trimac Transportation Inc.

MELISSA (MISSY) BLAIRProgram Manager, Center for Transportation Training, Pima Community College

DONNA BOESENCustomer Service Leader, Veriha Trucking

JENNIFER BRAUN, Vice President, Kansas City Operations, Trinity Logistics

DEBRA BRUNTONGroup Director, Maintenance, Ryder

ANGIE BUCHANANVice President, Operations, Melton Truck Lines

CYNTHIA CHAMPIONTransportation Safety Manager, Martin Transport, Inc.

DAWN COCHRANProfessional Driver, Old Dominion Freight Line

APRIL COOLIDGEDriver/Trainer, Walmart

KELLY CARGILL CROWExternal Communications Manager, FedEx Freight

MEZZALINA (LINA) DEJONGHBranch Manager, Trimac Transportation Inc.

SHAYNE FANNINGB2B Communication & Events, Michelin North America, Inc.

SHIRLEY FOLEYVice President, DTS Logistics, LLC

KRISTEN FORECKIVice President, Operations, Convoy

TRISH GARLANDCorporate Vice President, Strategic Services, Estes Express Lines

EMMA GELACEKSafety Manager, Garner Trucking

MARY ANN HUDSONExecutive Vice President, Bibby Transportation Finance

TRACY JAHNELController, Sterling Transportation Services

TAMARA JALVINGVice President, Human Resources, Holland

TRACY JONASOperations Manager, JX Enterprises, Inc.

CHELSEA KENDRICKCustomer Education Manager, KeepTruckin Inc.

TINA LEWISDirector, Legal Services, TVC Pro-Driver

MARY MALONEVice President, Business Development, Stay Metrics

KRISSY MANZANOSenior Director of Sales, Enterprise & Mid-Market Team, KeepTruckin Inc.

JUDY MCTIGUEAssistant General Manager – Operations, Kenworth Truck Company

MACKENZIE MELTONRecruiting Manager, Garner Trucking

MELISSA NISHANVice President, Driver Recruiting, Epes Transport System, LLC

KATLIN OWENSCorporate Communications Manager, CFI

JENNIFER PIATTElite Support and Diversity Manager, Stoops Freightliner

JENNIFER RADCLIFFEPresident, Insight Technology, Inc.

MICHELLE RICHARDVice President, Human Resources, Saia LTL Freight

ERIKA RIOSRetail Sales Consultant, Arrow Truck Sales

AMANDA RODRIGUEZAccount Manager/Regional Sales Consultant, Navistar, Inc.

JANE ROSAASENPlant Manager – Mount Holly Truck Manufacturing Plant, Daimler Trucks North America

ROXIE SANFORDDirector, Driver Services, Winnipeg Motor Express

CRYSTAL SEQUINVice President, Distribution Channel Strategy, Navistar, Inc.

LEAH SHAVERChief Operating Officer, The National Transportation Institute

SHANNON SPENCETrailer Sales Representative, Stoops Freightliner – Quality Trailer

AMANDA THOMPSONVice President, Human Resources, U.S. Xpress

MELISSA TOMLENSenior Vice President, Accountability & Performance, YRC Freight

CARIANNE TORRISSIPartner, Goldberg Segalla LLP

SAUNY TUCKERVice President, Art Pape Transfer DBA/ Tucker Freight Lines

CONNIE VAUGHNGovernment Relations Manager, McKee Foods Corporation

ELAINE WEACKLERCustomer Service Representative, Veriha Trucking Inc.

MEGAN WELLSDirector of Employee Services, Veriha Trucking

HEATHER WILSONChief Commercial Officer, BMO Transportation Finance

The women will be featured in the upcoming edition of WIT’s Redefining the Roadmagazine and onlineat www.womenintrucking.org/womentowatch2019.


About Women In Trucking Association, Inc.

Women In Trucking Association, 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: Peterbilt Motors Company, Michelin North America, Arrow Truck Sales, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, Daimler Trucks North America, BMO Transportation Finance, Expediter Services, Great Dane, J.B. Hunt Transport, and Walmart. Follow WIT on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn. For more information, visit http://www.womenintrucking.org or call 888-464-9482.

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