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Meet the Board

People who know the transportation industry make up ITMA’s Board of Directors. With experience in many facets of logistics and communications, the ITMA board is uniquely suited to guide the association. Please click here to see our past boards.

Ty Reasonover

Ty Reasonover

Communications Director

Peter van Etten

Peter van Etten

Golf Director

National Drayage Services

Sarah Castaing

Sarah Castaing

Hospitality Director

Sherry Barry

Sherry Barry

Membership Director

Diana Hamm

Diana Hamm

Programs Director

Loren Bruening

Loren Bruening

Scholarship Director

Diana Davila

Diana Davila

Special Events Director

Christie Brush

Christie is a Certified Insurance Counselor and the Regional Vice President for Avalon Risk Management’s Houston office. Christie joined Avalon in 2007 and has a strong background in risk management for the logistics industry.  With 20+ years of experience, her expertise includes Bonds, Cargo Insurance, and Professional liability for the logistics industry. Christie began her career at Avalon as a Senior Account Executive to help build Avalon’s sales efforts in the south.  As RVP, she continues to build strong relationships with clients and underwriters. 

Christie joined the ITMA Board as Hospitality Director before her transition to Vice President, and now, President. 

Charis Hansen

Charis has been in the maritime industry for over 25 years and has extensive experience as an ocean carrier.

Charis started with Atlantic RoRo Carriers in 2009 and is now Vice President, Sales and Customer Service for the Gulf Region.

She has been on the board since 2012 serving two terms as Hospitality Director and was elected Membership Director in 2016 before becoming Vice President in 2017.

Kayla Yates

Kayla has 10+ years of experience in the logistics industry. She began working for HubTrucker in 2008 as a Logistics Consultant and transitioned into the Operations Manager overseeing the daily operations as the company grew. Her current role is business development where she excels. Kayla has played a key role in the company’s growing success over the years.

Kayla has served on the ITMA board since 2017. She started as the Membership Director, then Hospitality Director and now serves as Secretary. Kayla is proud to be a part of the ITMA board and is thankful for the networking opportunities and the relationships she has built through the organization.

Kayla is involved with several associations and networking events within the logistics industry. She is also involved with charity events within her community and is serving her 4th term on the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo committee. In her spare time, Kayla enjoys playing sports, traveling with her husband and offshore fishing.

Cheryl G. Fee

Cheryl has over thirty-five years’ experience in the logistics industry in Houston, beginning in 1975 with Fritz Companies (now UPS) where she began in the accounting department and ended as Ocean Export Manager, General Commodities Division.

In 1980, she and other partners founded WTS of Houston, Inc. (dba WTS, a Global Logistics Company) where she was Executive Vice President and served in various capacities over the years including Operations, Finance & Accounting and Human Resources. WTS was acquired by Agility Holdings, Inc. in April 2007 and Cheryl continued working for them until December 2008.

In September 2010, she and two other of the former owners of WTS founded Proven Logistics Solutions LLC, a company that is dedicated to providing training to the logistics industry. In addition to classroom and online offerings, they also provide custom-designed on-site training and consulting services.

In addition to serving as ITMA’s Treasurer and Board Member, she is a member of VICTORY (a branch of the American Cancer Society) where she served as a member of the Executive Board and was Treasurer of the 2012 Cattle Baron’s Ball and 2013 Treasurer of VICTORY; she was a member of the Board of the Awty International School Alumni Parents Association; served as Alumni Representative for her undergraduate college; and was a volunteer at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital.
Cheryl has Bachelor of Arts Degree from Wesleyan College, Macon, Georgia, and an MBA from the University of Houston.

Ty C. Reasonover

Ty has been a member of the Port Houston’s Trade Development Division since January 2013.

In his current position, Reasonover is responsible for business development involving the Transpacific Trade, Port Houston’s promotional activities in Asia, and promotion of the Port’s capabilities for handling containerized and project cargoes. He promotes and generates international and national trade, which benefits the local economy by creating jobs and economic activity.

Reasonover graduated from Texas A&M University at Galveston, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Maritime Administration. Upon graduation, he began a career in the breakbulk and project cargo industry.

Having spent a large part of his career in Shanghai, Reasonover has developed an in-depth working knowledge of Mandarin Chinese and Eastern Asian culture and business practices. That knowledge has been useful in working for the Port, both in the United States and in Asia.

Reasonover resides in Katy, Texas with his wife and two daughters.

Peter van Etten

 

Sarah Castaing

Sarah has been working in the maritime industry for nearly a decade, though has been involved in the industry since birth. For as long as she can remember, she was spending time down at the port with her mom, watching stevedoring operations, which is where her passion started. She began working in the stevedoring world in 2014, where she built her operational foundation, and joined Gulf Stream Marine in 2018 as a member of their business development team, where she continues to grow her passion for stevedoring and marine terminal operations.

Sarah is a proud graduate of Texas A&M University (Galveston), graduating in 2012 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Maritime Administration, and in 2013 with her Master’s Degree in Marine Resource Management. Through her years as a student, Sarah learned the importance of developing relationships with those already in the industry, thus enjoys passing along her knowledge and experience to students and those who are just starting their career.

Outside of work, her primary hobby is traveling. Whether it’s within the United States or Internationally, she is always on the look out for her next adventure. She has travelled to over a dozen countries, ranging from West Africa, to Europe, to Central America.

Sherry Barry

The Account Executive for Staff Solve/Staff Logistics was elected as membership director in 2010. Sherry brings to the board over 15 years in customer relations experience, hands-on business experience from having owned her own telecommunications company, extensive knowledge of the freight forwarding industry and strong business relationships in logistics throughout the community.

Sherry is also an active member of other state-wide and national logistics organizations.

Sherry attended The University of Monticello at Arkansas and has been a resident of Houston for over 18 years.

Diana Hamm

Diana began her love of the logistics industry in 1975 when she began as an after-school runner for her father’s trucking company “MOTCO” trucking, as a downtown Houston courier, where most everyone was located then, to pick-up truck orders for her father. That evolved to a summer job in 1977 as a receptionist for a local freight forwarder “Paulsen & Guice”, while waiting for the fall semester of college to start. But as she quickly learned and loved the industry, college was a distant interest and a lifetime career was born.

As her experience grew, she had the opportunity to work with some wonderful companies and mentors and gain a wealth of knowledge, i.e. Shipco/Secab, R.W. Smith, Friedland International and AJ Fritz where she learned the chemical industry extensively. After taking a short break she jumped back into the project logistics side and went to work for SAGA Transport, Panalpina, Transoceanic/Agility when she decided to try out the shippers side of logistics and became the International Traffic Manager for Foster Wheeler/Wood. She retired from Foster Wheeler to devote time to her grandchildren, volunteering for her organizations that she loved and crafts, when she was offered a position with the Journal of Commerce to help promote the Breakbulk & Project Cargo convention in New Orleans in 2019.

Diana served on the ITMA board from 2000-2005 as the Secretary and left the big city life for a slower paced country living in Grimes County, mother to 4 adult children and 4 grandchildren, numerous farm animals, a garden, apiary and aviary, living life to its fullest.

Loren Bruening

Loren has been in the transportation industry for almost 40 years – working in international freight forwarding, trucking, and logistics – with a focus on customer service & sales and marketing. In 2017, he began working with FR8AGENT.

FR8AGENT wants to be your freight agent.  They believe it’s all about relationships – With their relationships around the country, FR8AGENT can provide cost-effective transportation and related services that will exceed your expectations.

Loren was born in Panama City, FL. He has family there and still vacations there yearly.  He moved to Houston and went to work in freight forwarding right out of high school. He has lived, worked, and volunteered in the Houston area ever since.

Diana Davila

For over 25 years, Diana Davila has been instrumental in the logistics and freight forwarding industry supporting multinational companies and clients with operational support and account management. She has managed large-scale oil & gas projects in the U.S., Middle East, Asia, Gulf of Mexico, South America, and the Caribbean.

Currently serving as Houston Branch Manager at the headquarters for UTC Overseas, Diana manages a staff of 60, working closely with the oil & gas project team and export department. Her years of operational experience have given her keen insight into policies, processes, and procedures that improve everyday workflow efficiencies, client services, and ultimately, customer satisfaction. Her expertise spans all modes of transport, including ocean, air, inland, and multi-modal.

Before arriving at UTC Overseas, Diana worked for Agility as a VP of Project Services, ExxonMobil as an EPC4A contractor, UPS as an ocean export manager, and founded and managed a janitorial supplies distributorship with her husband. Her broad range of experience has positioned her as a multi-faceted manager who can direct daily operations, prepare and control budgets while effectively managing resources and personnel.

A tireless advocate for diversity and inclusion, Diana serves on several boards championing individual growth in the logistics and supply chain industry. A strong work ethic drives her to mentor staff to become leaders in their respective fields. Currently, she supports and serves on boards for the following organizations:

• Founder of Women in Logistics Leadership
• Steering Committee Member of the ISPM 15 Coalition
• Member of Forest Pest Advisory Committee for Cary Institute in New York
• Treasurer of the Industry Advisory Committee of University of Houston School of Technology
• Treasurer of Exporters Competitive Maritime Council
• Director of Special Events at ITMA Houston

Diana’s primary goal is to leave an organization as a better place than when she arrived and to instill the passion she has for her work in her colleagues. 

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