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Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC) Members

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.

Michael Bray, Platform Science (Industry). Mr. Bray is a co-founder of Platform Science and currently serves as Chief Commercial Officer. Recently he established the Transportation & Logistics Innovators Roundtable, an industry think tank composed of leading enterprise fleets in the U.S. Mr. Bray’s experience in the commercial transportation space spans more than 20 years in a variety of roles providing technology solutions to meet industry challenges. During his time at Qualcomm, he served on the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) Research Advisory Committee, worked closely with FMCSA on the Hazmat Safety & Security Field Operational Test, and teamed with DHS on bus security. Mr. Bray holds a BS from California State University, Bakersfield, and an MBA from San Diego State University.

Adrienne Gildea, Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (Enforcement). Since 2016, Ms. Gildea has served as the deputy executive director of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA). Ms. Gildea ensures that the activities of the Alliance align with CVSA’s safety mission. Ms. Gildea is responsible for policy and government affairs at CVSA and oversees the Alliance’s grant activities. Previously, Ms. Gildea was the director of policy and government affairs for the Alliance. Ms. Gildea has more than 16 years in the transportation policy field and has served as a member on both the FMCSA Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) Formula Working Group and the Road to Zero Coalition Steering Group. Prior to joining CVSA, Ms. Gildea was a senior associate at a public affairs firm, where she managed a national freight advocacy coalition. Ms. Gildea is a certified association executive (CAE) and a graduate of Tulane University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and English, and a minor in philosophy.

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 Heller, Vice President of Government Affairs, Truckload Carriers Association (Industry). As Vice President of Government Affairs for the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA), Mr. Heller communicates and interprets trucking-related regulations—particularly regarding motor vehicle safety—to TCA’s membership and to Congress. Mr. Heller regularly develops and comments on trucking industry mandates, serving as the liaison for Federal and State legislative and regulatory issues pertaining to the Department of Transportation and other related federal agencies. A veteran of FMCSA’s Entry Level Driver Training Advisory Committee (ELDTAC), Heller is a recognized industry expert in trucking and one of the few association executives who has earned his certification from the North American Transportation Management Institute (NATMI) as a Certified Director of Safety (CDS). Mr. Heller has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Western Connecticut State University.

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.

Dawn King, President, Truck Safety Coalition (Safety). As president of the TSC, Ms. King leads the national organization representing families and victims of truck crashes. TSC is dedicated to improving motor carrier safety on our nation’s roads and highways and to supporting crash victims and their families. Ms. King became involved with TSC after her father was killed in a truck crash on December 23, 2004, while driving to the airport on his way to visit family for the holidays. As a result of her life changing loss, Dawn has championed motor carrier safety improvements in Congress as well as at the state level. She has testified before the U.S. Congress on safety problems and solutions, opposing legislation that would make our roads less safe for families and drivers as well as encouraging adoption of laws that would improve safety for everyone. Dawn holds degrees from Michigan State University, the University of Michigan-Flint and the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

Siddarth Mahant, Owner, Mahant Transportation, LLC (Industry). Mr. Mahant founded Mahant Transportation, LLC, in 2015 starting with one truck; quickly growing the company to 30 trucks within two years. An active member of the Indiana Motor Truck Association, Mr. Mahant participates in its Safety and Maintenance Council. He has held a commercial driver’s license himself since 2010 and has firsthand experience with motor carrier safety as both a driver and a transportation company owner. Mr. Mahant has owned and operated a truck repair shop since 2015, which gives him unique insight into the mechanical issues that could create safety challenges for trucks on the road. Mr. Mahant has completed some undergraduate coursework in political science, history, English, and Hindi.

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.

Jaime Maus, Vice President of Safety and Compliance, Werner Enterprises (Industry). Ms. Maus began her career in 1997 with Werner Enterprises in the Safety Department. Promoted to Vice President of Safety and Compliance, Ms. Maus oversees 250 Safety and Terminal Management associates, continually researching and implementing methods to improve safety results and keep professional truck drivers as safe as possible. Jaime is a Safety Policy Committee Member for the American Trucking Associations and serves as Vice Chair on the Technology and Engineering Policy Committee. Ms. Maus is a graduate of the American Trucking Associations (ATA) LEAD Program and she is a Certified Director of Safety (CDS) through the North American Transportation Management Institute.

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.

Travis Plotzer, Captain, Tennessee Highway Patrol (Enforcement). A 15-year veteran of the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP), Captain Plotzer has a demonstrated history in providing leadership in enforcement and education regarding highway safety. Presently, he serves as the command staff supervisor of the commercial vehicle enforcement program, where he oversees inspections and commercial motor vehicle related grants. Captain Plotzer is a Level 1 inspector, a crash reconstructionist, commercial motor vehicle post-crash inspector, and has spent several years educating the public on highway safety. Captain Plotzer possesses a commercial driver’s license with a passenger endorsement. He holds an associate of arts in police administration from Nashville State Community College and he graduated from the Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command and the Commissioner’s Leadership Academy in Nashville.

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 30 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.

Ellen Voie, President/CEO/Founder, Women In Trucking (Industry). As CEO and Founder of Women in Trucking, Ms. Voie works toward a more gender diverse workforce, both at the driver level and in the corporate C-Suite and Board of Directors. A recognized leader in gender diversity in transportation careers, she has spoken to audiences around the world on this topic. Ms. Voie founded Women In Trucking Association in 2007 to promote the employment of women in the trucking industry, to remove obstacles that may keep them from succeeding, and to celebrate their successes. Ms. Voie earned a degree in Traffic and Transportation Management and holds a Class A commercial driver’s license. Ms. Voie earned a master’s degree in communications from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point.

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.

Andrew Young, Managing Partner, The Law Firm for Truck Safety (Safety). Mr. Young is a board-certified attorney in Truck Accident Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. His law practice focuses on trucking safety and advancing, protecting, and representing the interests of the motoring public, including truck drivers. Mr. Young has represented truck drivers and ordinary road users in litigated matters involving more than 100 motor carriers. He has deposed countless truck drivers, safety directors, safety trainers, truck company executives, law enforcement officers and others in search of solutions to preventable truck crashes. Mr. Young holds an active Class A Commercial Driver’s License and owns his own semi-tractor and trailer. He is an elected officer of both the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys and the American Association for Justice’s Trucking Litigation Group. Combined, these two organizations represent over 1,000 attorneys who engage in litigation to advance and protect the interests of the motoring public, including truck drivers. Mr. Young serves on the Vision Zero Taskforce for the City of Cleveland, Ohio. He earned a BA in History from Ohio Wesleyan University and his JD from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law.


Last updated: Monday, August 22, 2022