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Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC) Members

MCSAC Member Biographies

Lamont Byrd, International Brotherhood of Teamsters (Labor), Chairman. Mr. Byrd has been with the Teamsters since 1990 and has served as Director of its Health and Safety Department since 1994. In his present capacity, he oversees the development and implementation of comprehensive safety and health programs for the 1.4 million-member international union. He provides technical guidance and regulatory advice on health and safety and drug and alcohol testing issues and provides oversight for national worker safety training grant programs and as an Industrial Hygienist. Mr. Byrd serves as Principal Investigator of the IBT Worker Training Program. Mr. Byrd earned his BS in Environmental Health from East Carolina University and his MS in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Cincinnati.

Jennifer Hall, American Trucking Associations (Industry). As Chief Counsel and Executive Vice President for legal affairs for the ATA, Ms. Hall oversees the ATA Litigation Center. ATA and the Litigation Center engage in litigation to advance and protect the interests of the motor carrier industry in federal and state courts around the nation. Prior to coming to ATA, Ms. Hall spent a decade as a professional staff member at the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, most recently as general counsel and deputy staff director. Earlier in her career, Ms. Hall worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, as well as in the private sector. Hall has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona and is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School.

Bruce Hamilton, Amalgamated Transit Union, International Vice President (Labor). Mr. Hamilton has been a vice president of Amalgamated Transit Union for 2 years. Previously, he served three terms as president of the division of ATU that represents Greyhound workers nationwide. He was a driver at Greyhound for many years while holding a variety of union offices. He has been an advocate for strict federal safety regulations for motorcoach operations, advancing unionized drivers’ safety goals in testimony before the House Transportation Committee, the Transportation Research Board, federal agencies, and in the halls of Congress. He serves as ATU’s delegate to the International Transport Workers Federation, where he works on road safety issues.

David Huneryager, President and CEO, Tennessee Trucking Association (Industry). Mr. Huneryager has been actively involved in the Tennessee Trucking Association for the last 26 years, serving as its chairman since 2004. Prior to becoming its president, he spent 28 years with Roadway Express, where he was a district manager, responsible for 25 facilities and 1700 employees in an eight-state area. He serves as the Executive Vice President of the Tennessee Trucking Foundation Board of Directors and is a member of the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) Board of Directors. Mr. Huneryager graduated from St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, IN, with a degree in economics, where he is also a member of the College’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Peter Kurdock, General Counsel, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) (Safety).  Mr. Kurdock became General Counsel at Advocates in 2018, after having served as Deputy General Counsel and Director of Regulatory Affairs at Advocates since 2013. In 2015, Peter served on FMCSA’s Entry-Level Training Advisory Committee, which completed a negotiated rulemaking on training requirements for commercial motor vehicle drivers. Peter has a Bachelor of Arts in History from New York University and is a graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law.

Jerrold (Jerry) Langer, Director of Sales and Marketing and Chief Commercial Officer, Langer Transport Corporation (Industry). Mr. Langer represents the third generation of a family business founded in 1934 that is one of the 25 largest liquid bulk tank truck carriers in the United States. He has been with Langer Transport since 1999. Previously, he was a commercial litigation attorney, having served as a law clerk to the Honorable William F. Tuohey, Judge, US Bankruptcy Court, Newark, NJ, and as associate in the law firm of Pitney, Hardin, Kipp, and Szuch of Morristown, NJ. Mr. Langer is a member of the board of directors of the New Jersey Motor Truck Association. He is a graduate of Emory University with a Bachelor of Business Administration and earned his JD at the University of Pittsburgh Law School in Pittsburgh, PA.

John Lannen, Principal, Institute for Safer Trucking. Mr. Lannen co-founded the Institute for Safer Trucking (IST) in March 2020, a nonprofit with a mission to foster collaboration between stakeholders to educate the public about data driven solutions to make trucking safer. Prior to co-founding IST, he served as Executive Director of the Truck Safety Coalition for 14 years. In this capacity, he worked to promote the voice of truck crash survivors and families of victims while earning a reputation as a reliable resource on truck safety issues and solutions.  Mr. Lannen has served on numerous other Federal advisory committees, including the Post Accident Report Advisory Committee and the Entry-Level Driver Training Advisory Committee.  He co-founded and served as president of Strategic INFO, an information technology company, in addition to his experience in management and consulting. Mr. Lannen earned his BA in Economics from the College of William and Mary and his MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business Management.

Jane Mathis, Parents Against Tired Truckers (Safety). Ms. Mathis works as a realtor in St. Augustine, FL, and is a member of the Board of Directors of PATT. In 2004, her son, David, and his wife of three days, Mary Kathryn Forbes, were killed on the way home from their honeymoon by a tractor trailer whose driver was suspected of falling asleep at the wheel. This personal tragedy spurred Mrs. Mathis into action to try to help other families avoid such a fate. She has served as the Florida Volunteer Coordinator of the Truck Safety Coalition and has worked at the State, local, and national level to improve truck safety. Ms. Mathis earned her BA in Biology from the Cedar Crest College for Women and her MS in Oceanography from Florida State University.

Stephen C. Owings, Road Safe America (Safety). Mr. Owings worked in Corporate America for over 20 years and resigned from a senior management position to pursue an entrepreneurial career in the financial services industry, where he joined the Goodwin Agency of the Northwestern Mutual Financial Network. Stephen is the Founder and President of Road Safe America, a non-profit organization established after the death of his son, Cullum, in a crash with a tractor trailer. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia and resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

Peter Pantuso, American Bus Association, Washington, DC (Industry). Since 1996, Mr. Pantuso has served as the President and CEO of the American Bus Association, North America’s largest motorcoach, tour, and travel association, representing more than 65% of all private motorcoaches on the highways. He is also president of the National Bus Traffic Association and the ABA Foundation. Conceived under his leadership, the ABA Foundation has awarded more than $400,000 in grants and scholarships. He earned his BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh and his Masters of Association Management from The George Washington University School of Business and Government.

Danny Schnautz, Clark Freight Lines, Inc., Pasadena, TX (Industry). Mr. Schnautz took his first truck ride at age three days old and subsequently grew up in his father’s trucks. Since then, he has worked as a full-time truck driver for more than 3 years, driving now on a part-time basis. He has an active Commercial Driver's License from the State of Texas. Mr. Schnautz has spent 20 years in the field of trucking operations and management and is Vice President of Clark Freight Lines, Inc., a company with 150 drivers and vehicles. Mr. Schnautz earned Associate Degrees in Business Management and in Aeronautical Technology from San Jacinto College in Pasadena and is active in transportation trade groups in Houston.

Holly Skaar, Idaho State Police/Commercial Vehicle Safety (Enforcement).  Ms. Skaar is a Research Analyst, Sr. for Idaho State Police/Commercial Vehicle Safety Section. She has been with Idaho State Police for the past 30 years. What started as a part-time data entry position has worked its way into a career with a commitment to commercial vehicle safety and enforcement.  Her focus is with commercial vehicle data management, data quality and IT systems.  Currently Ms. Skaar is serving her 4th year as the Chair of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) Information Systems Committee.  The CVSA Information System Committee works with FMCSA, the Commercial Vehicle Industry and the 55 States/Territories forwarding MCSAP data quality standards, business rules and IT initiatives/problems.  She is also a voting member for the Idaho Traffic Records Coordinating Committee (TRCC). Ms. Skaar earned her BA in Communications from Boise State University.

Todd Spencer, Owner-Operator Independent Driver’s Association (OOIDA) (Industry). Mr. Spencer began his career in trucking as an employee-driver in 1974. In 1976, he purchased a truck and became an owner-operator trucker leased to a motor carrier. In 1978, he was elected to the association's Board of Directors. In 1981, he sold his two trucks and assumed the role as Editor of the association's magazine, Land Line, and Communications Director for OOIDA. Mr. Spencer was elected Executive Vice President in 1992 and held this position for 26 years. He was elected President by the OOIDA board of directors on April 26, 2018. Mr. Spencer has testified before various committees in the U.S. Congress on trucking issues. He has served on various committees of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) as an industry representative, as well as serving as an industry advisor to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

Tami Friedrich Trakh, Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways (Safety). Ms. Trakh works as a Management Services Officer in telecommunications for the University of California Riverside. In 1989, Ms. Trakh’s sister Kris, brother-in-law Alan, niece Brandie, and nephew Anthony were killed in a crash involving an overturned tanker truck with faulty brakes. Following the Friedrich family’s loss, Ms. Trakh has participated in national and California state-specific actions in support of truck safety improvements. Ms. Trakh has worked as a volunteer for CRASH since its inception in 1990 and currently serves on its Board of Directors, as well as acting as a volunteer for the Truck Safety Coalition’s Survivor’s Network. Ms. Trakh earned her B.S. in Business Administration from National University.

Christopher Treml, Director, Construction Training, International Union of Operating Engineers (Labor). Mr. Treml has served as Director of Construction Training since 2014, where he helps maintain high level of apprenticeship and journey level construction training materials for the IUOE. Previously, he served as training director for the IUOE Local 57 Apprenticeship and Skill Improvement Program for nine years. He served on the Executive Board of the IUOE Local 57 as a trustee for seven years until 2014, and as an operating engineer with J. H. Lynch and Sons of Cumberland, RI, prior to that. Mr. Treml has earned numerous certifications through his work and holds Class B Commercial Driver’s License in Rhode Island. Mr. Treml is a long-time CDL driver and trainer.

Greer Woodruff, J.B. Hunt Transport (Industry). Mr. Woodruff’s career at J.B. Hunt Transport spans more than 29 years, where he now serves as senior vice president of safety, security and driver personnel. Presently, he chairs the Technology Advisory Committee for the Alliance for Driver Safety and Security and in 2016 was appointed to serve on the Strengthening the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Research and Technology Program by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Transportation Research Board. Mr. Woodruff obtained the Certified Director of Safety designation through the North American Transportation Management Institute and was recognized with the Distinguished Safety Leadership Award from the Truck Safety Coalition in 2016. He has served on the Research Advisory Committee for the American Transportation Research Institute, the Transportation Research Board Oversight Panel for Commercial Truck and Bus Safety Synthesis Program and as vice chair of the ATA’s Safety Policy Committee and Regulatory Committee, along with numerous other industry committees and groups. Mr. Woodruff is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Real Estate, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

Last updated: Wednesday, December 16, 2020