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Truck Leasing Task Force (TLTF) Members

Steve Rush, Carbon Express, Inc. (Carrier) Chair. Mr. Rush has almost 60 years of experience in the trucking industry with 19 years as a driver. He founded Carbon Express, Inc., which employs 74 drivers and 20 additional employees. Mr. Rush is a past chairman of National Tank Truck Carriers (NTTC) and board member at the American Trucking Associations  and the New Jersey Motor Truck Association. Mr. Rush received ATA’s Image award in 2021 and represented the NTTC at a Trucking Action Plan White House event in April 2022. Mr. Rush served previously in the U.S. Air Force.

Tamara Brock, Brock Logistics, LLC and Lewis & Lewis Logistics, LLC (Independent Owner-Operator). Ms. Brock, a licensed freight broker and commercial motor vehicle (CMV) driver operating under her own authority, entered the trucking industry in 2014, leasing her first truck. She paid off that truck and started her own fleet in 2020. Ms. Brock now owns 3 trucks and has been a trainer for new CMV drivers since 2017. She founded Women Owned Carriers and Brokers, a non-profit to support women in the industry. Ms. Brock served as a board member for REAL Women In Trucking and as a former driver advocate for the Less-than-Truckload Trucking Drivers Board. She was featured on Season 9 of “Shipping Wars” on the A&E network and was a 2021 winner of a PBS short film documentary. Ms. Brock was featured on Good Morning America and Spectrum news for being on the Frontline during the pandemic issuing PPE to drivers to keep them safe.

Paul Cullen, The Cullen Law Firm, PLLC (Attorney). Mr. Cullen founded The Cullen Law Firm, PLLC, in 1997. He has 25 years of experience focused on owner-operator/independent contractor truck driver issues involving federal and state civil and appellate litigation, rulemakings, administrative law, legislation, and issue advocacy. His litigation experience extends to truth-in-leasing and lease-purchase agreements, fair credit reporting act, broker and surety/trustee practices, anti “lumping” enforcement, and driver privacy interests under the Fourth Amendment. Mr. Cullen’s professional affiliations include the Transportation Lawyers Association and Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice Section of the American Bar Association. Mr. Cullen served as a Legislative Assistant to former Representative Jim Moran. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the College of William and Mary and his law degree from Georgetown University.

Jim Jefferson, Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), Supervisor, Regulatory, Compliance, and OCC (Consumer Protection). With more than 24 years of experience in the transportation industry, Mr. Jefferson supervises OOIDA’s Regulatory, Compliance & OOIDA Compliance Connection Business Services department. Mr. Jefferson earned his associate degree in Business Management and Information Processing at Metro Business College, and his CISCO CCNA associate degree at Maplewood Community College. He is the owner and chief instructor of Karate for Kids, an organization that provides self-defense classes to children.

Joshua Krause, OTRLeasing, LLC (Business). Mr. Krause has 14 years of experience in the transportation industry with a background in financial services. Currently, he is the Chief Operating Officer at OTR Leasing, LLC, and volunteers for numerous organizations in his community. Mr. Krause earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics at Kansas State University.

Kaitlyn Long, International Brotherhood of Teamsters (Labor Organization). Ms. Long is the Director of Economics for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, where for the last 13 years she has provided financial expertise and research in support of Teamsters members. Ms. Long earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from The George Washington University and a Master of Arts in Economics, Certificate in Financial Management, from Johns Hopkins University.

Lesley Tse, Getman, Sweeney & Dunn, PLLC. (Attorney). Ms. Tse is Of Counsel to the law firm Getman & Sweeney, PLLC, of Kingston, NY. Prior to this, she was a senior associate attorney with Getman Sweeney for 11 years, where she litigated several large collective and class action suits on behalf of owner-operators under the Fair Labor Standards Act in federal courts throughout the country. Notable cases include Van Dusen v. Swift, which resulted in a $100 million settlement on behalf of a class of truck drivers, and Cillufo v. Central Refrigerated Servs., Inc., et al., which resulted in a settlement on behalf of a class of truck drivers. Ms. Tse has conducted extensive research and analysis on lease-purchase agreements and their impacts on truck drivers and is knowledgeable about the statutes, regulations, and case law that apply to and affect lease-purchase drivers and their work. Ms. Tse earned her Bachelor of Science in marketing and finance from New York University and her law degree from Fordham University School of Law.

Steve Viscelli, University of Pennsylvania (Other). A sociologist and Associate Professor of Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Viscelli has more than a decade of experience in academia studying work in freight transportation with a focus on the truck driver and labor markets. His book, The Big Rig: Trucking and Decline of the American Dream (2016), won several academic awards, including the Richard A. Lester Book Award for Outstanding Book in Labor Relations and Labor Economics from Princeton University’s Industrial Relations Section (2017). Dr. Viscelli holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Indiana University.