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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

Jennifer Perez

Jennifer Perez

Golf Director

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.

Jennifer Perez

Jennifer is the Corporate Training and Marketing Manager for DGM Services Inc, with 13+ years of experience in the logistics industry.

She started her professional career in the medical field in 2001 as a surgical assistant where she discovered her love for working with people and honed her impeccable customer service skills.  Jennifer started working for DGM in 2012 and quickly developed a passion for Sales and Marketing. Jumping headfirst into a different industry, Jennifer focuses on building her network, exhibiting at conferences and trade shows, educating her peers on the importance of Training/Certification for shipping Dangerous Good.

Jennifer is an active member in several different associations and organizations throughout her community. She is involved in her church, enjoys volunteering, and working with children.

This is her first year on the ITMA board.

Born and Raised in Houston, Texas. She is a Wife, and Mother to 3 amazing sons.

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

Diana brings UTC Overseas customers well over two decades of experience in project cargo logistics services and export operations management support. For the previous 13 years, she held positions of increasing responsibility with a major project logistics organization, most recently as the firm’s Vice President for Project Operations.

In that capacity, she was responsible for staff operations at three prime service centers in Texas and Louisiana in support of a major oil and gas project. Services included assisting new and existing clients in supply chain process improvements; meeting with clients and third – party service providers to develop complete and efficient procedures and information flow; management of project reporting and service levels; monitoring adherence to project Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and continually pursuing opportunities for improvements in operational efficiencies and cost savings.

Over the past 7+ years, she provided operational support to nearly 20 major oil and gas – related projects, located in the US, Middle East, Asia, Gulf of Mexico, South America and the Caribbean.

She is the founder of the newly formed Women’s in Logistics Leadership Group. She is the Chair of the Lonestar Logistics Advisory Committee and eagerly looks for other opportunities within the community where she can serve to further the growth of individuals in their career.

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