Women of Trucking Advisory Board (WOTAB) Members
Anne Balay, Organizer, Service Employees International Union (School/Higher Education). Dr. Balay has held numerous academic positions at various prestigious universities and has worked as an over-the-road commercial driver and car mechanic. She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed papers and two books, Steel Closets: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Steelworkers (2014) and Semi Queer: Inside the World of Gay, Trans, and Black Truck Drivers (2018), for which she was a finalist for the Lambda Literary LGBTQ studies category. Dr. Balay holds a PhD in English from the University of Chicago.
Jerri Banks, Chief Executive Officer, Life on the Road (LOTR) Recruiting & Transportation Services (Driver Recruitment). Mrs. Banks has 25 years of experience in the transportation industry. She spent the majority of her career in corporate aviation as a Senior Leader at Universal Weather and Aviation Inc., where she led a team of global regulatory and trip-support planning experts. For the past five years, she has served as the owner and CEO of LOTR Recruiting & Transportation Services, a third-party truck driver recruitment agency. In addition to truck driver recruitment, LOTR specializes in the proactive education surrounding a violation in the FMCSA CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse and aids drivers in receiving a second chance at trucking after completing the return-to-duty process. Mrs. Banks speaks at CDL training schools and industry events to address the importance of the prevention of a violation in the Clearinghouse. She also serves as the Vice President of the SHE Trucking Foundation, Inc. Prior to becoming Vice President, she served in the SHE Trucking community as a mentor for women entering the transportation industry. Mrs. Banks also spends a great deal of her time volunteering with the Houston D1 Hornets youth program, teaching compassion and leadership through community service and basketball.
Elisabeth Barna, Executive Vice President, American Trucking Associations (Trucking Association). Ms. Barna has represented the trucking industry for 32 years. She has worked directly with women professional truck drivers through ATA’s safety and education programs, including the America’s Road Team, Share the Road, and our Workforce Heroes program. As part of the 100th anniversary of the first woman to vote, Louisa Swain, she created and managed a cross-country tour with a special decaled tractor-trailer and four women professional truck drivers behind the wheel. Ms. Barna spearheads the ATA’s new Women in Motion campaign, which focuses on empowering women in all trucking careers, recruiting women into the industry, and amplifying the positive aspects of joining the industry. Ms. Barna is also a member of the Trucker Buddy executive committee and Truckers Against Trafficking Board of Directors. Ms. Barna earned her BA in Communications, Business, and Human Resources Management from Marietta College.
Joyce Sauer Brenny, Founder and President, Brenny Transportation, Inc. and Brenny Specialized, Inc. (Independent Owner/Operator). Ms. Brenny entered the trucking industry as a professional driver in the 1980s. Today, she runs two transportation companies, one of which is a Certified Women’s Business Enterprise. Ms. Brenny holds numerous transportation leadership positions, including serving on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Trucking Association, where she was its first woman trucker chair. A life member of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, Ms. Brenny is president of St. Christopher’s Driver Relief and Development Fund, which helps truck drivers in need. A member of the American Trucking Association’s Safety Policy Committee, she serves also on the Heavy Duty Trucking & American Transportation Research Institute’s Advisory Boards. Named Most Influential Woman in Trucking by Women in Trucking (WIT); Ms. Brenny’s young driver apprentice program has received two innovation awards. Brenny Transportation was named a Best Broker by The National Association of Small Trucking Companies. Brenny Specialized, Inc. is a 5-time winner of the Great West Platinum National Safety Award and is named a Best Fleet to Drive For by the Truckload Carriers Association. Ms. Brenny holds a BA in Organizational Behavior and Human Psychology from the College of St. Scholastica.
Enjoli DeGrasse, Deputy Director, International Brotherhood of Teamsters (Labor). Ms. DeGrasse has diverse industry and safety experience. In her current position, she is a regular presenter at the Teamsters annual women’s conference; a subject matter expert on safety and health; and regularly provides the Teamster perspective in written comments to OSHA, Federal Aviation Administration, and USDOT proposed rulemakings. Ms. DeGrasse holds an MPH from Tulane University, is a Certified Industrial Hygienist, and serves in a number of advisory positions, including on the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Board of Scientific Counselors.
Marie Druckenmiller, Director of Transportation, Amazon (Large Carrier). Ms. Druckenmiller has 24 years of experience in the transportation industry, holding a wide variety of positions in over-the-road operations, logistics, under-the-roof operations, USDOT regulations, and safe driving certifications. At Amazon, Ms. Druckenmiller has championed the Women in Transportation affinity charter for the last 5 years, sponsoring a women-focused initiative to send Amazon Associates to CDL training. She is a board member of the Women in Trucking Association and holds a BS in Kinesiology from California State University, San Bernardino. Ms. Druckenmiller is involved in a variety of charities including the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the Special Olympics, and the Ronald McDonald Houses of Loma Linda, CA, and Pittsburgh, PA.
Erin Ducharme, CFO, H&L Bloom/Bloom’s Bus Lines (Motorcoach). Ms. Ducharme became CFO of H&L Bloom, a third-generation family-owned motorcoach and school bus company, in 2021, where she oversees its customer service, marketing, and tour divisions. She previously served as Director of Accounting and Finance and has been with Bloom since 2007. Ms. Ducharme chairs the American Bus Association (ABA) Women in Buses Council and serves on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, Marketplace Advisory Committee, and chairs the Education Committee. As chair of the Women in Buses Council, she leads the Driving Force Taskforce. Ms. Ducharme earned her MBA in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts and her BA from Assumption College.
Laura Duryea, Manager of Recruiting, Retention, and Driver Development, Boyle Transportation (Medium Carrier). Ms. Duryea has been in the Transportation industry for 29 years, with more than 25 years of professional driving experience. Additionally, she has held positions as a delivery driver, dispatcher, supervisor, Smith System Trainer, and training programs creator. For almost four years, she has been a manager of recruiting and retention. She is a member of Women in Trucking, serving on its Content Advisory Council, and on its Experience and Membership Committees. Ms. Duryea holds a BFA in Viola Performance from Carnegie Mellon University and is involved with the First City Pride Center on the Events Committee and as a youth group volunteer.
Marquita Jones, Autonomous Vehicle Operations Test Driver, TuSimple (Woman Driver). Ms. Jones has 14 years of experience driving both commercial trucks and buses. At J.B. Hunt, Ms. Jones operated a 15-ton truck, with a focus on intermodal freight. Prior to this position, she worked for the Chicago Transit Authority, where she operated both trucks and buses and conducted chartered trips and sightseeing tours. Ms. Jones is currently an Autonomous Vehicle Operator, with a focus on safety and data collections. Ms. Jones regularly mentors and supports women looking to enter the commercial motor carrier industry.
Kellylynn McLaughlin, Professional Driver, Clean Harbors, Inc. (Woman Driver). Ms. McLaughlin is a professional commercial motor-vehicle (CMV) driver with experience in specialized equine transport, over-the-road (OTR) dry van, and driver training. She previously drove and trained drivers for Schneider National and served as the first Driver Ambassador for Women in Trucking Association, who named her Influential Woman of the Year finalist in 2019. She has served on a number of industry committees, and among other positions is a member of FMCSA’s Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee Driver Subcommittee. Ms. McLaughlin has appeared as a guest on a number of radio, podcast and news articles focusing on trucking industry.
Dianne McNair-Smith, CEO, 3 Girls Trucking Academy (School/Higher Education). Ms. McNair-Smith has over 30 years of experience in the trucking industry as both a driver and CDL instructor. Following her passion for providing opportunities to people looking to better themselves, she aims to change one life one mile at a time through mentoring incarcerated women and victims of domestic violence. She opened her own trucking school, 3 Girls Trucking Academy, in 2020. 3 Girls Trucking Academy is the only trucking school in Magee, MS, and one of the only African American woman-owned trucking schools in the state of Mississippi. Ms. McNair-Smith also owns her own trucking company and has given over fifty scholarships to individuals throughout the state of Mississippi.
Sharae Moore, Founder/President, SHE Trucking Foundation (Trucking Association). A professional truck driver and founder and president of the SHE Trucking Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Ms. Moore has been driving since 2014. She leads a Facebook community of more than 30,000 professional minority women in the transportation industry. CNN selected Ms. Moore as a Champion for Change. Additionally, she was chosen as a Legend Driver by National Truckin’ magazine and received the Trucking Industry Trailblazer Award for Diversity and Inclusion. Ms. Moore authored Building a Legacy: How I Create a Life-Changing Legacy in the Trucking Industry. She advocates for bringing more women and minorities into the transportation industry.
O’Sheauna Parker (Woman Driver). Ms. Parker has five years’ experience and over one million miles on the road as a CDL driver. She began her career in Springfield, Illinois, and is now based in California and drives for Haul. Ms. Parker has gained work experience in port, less-than-truckload, full truckload, over-the-road and with the U.S. Postal Service. Ms. Parker has applied to be a CDL trainer and is training to become a pilot.
Emily Plummer, Professional Driver, Prime Inc. (Woman Driver). Ms. Plummer has 23 years of experience driving for Prime, where she also trains drivers new to the industry. She currently serves as a team driver with her husband across the lower 48 states. Aside from a Class A CDL, Ms. Plummer also holds Tanker and Hazmat endorsements, and has served on the Prime Inc. Driver Advisory Board.
Soledad Munoz Smith, Munoz Trucking (Small Carrier). Ms. Smith has more than 10 years of experience in the transportation and logistics industries. For the past three years, she has held the position of Vice President of Operations at Munoz Trucking Inc., a minority family-owned business in El Paso, Texas. Her current responsibilities include overseeing the management team responsible for four departments, including safety, dispatch, maintenance, and payroll. Ms. Smith also serves as Director on the board of Directors for the captive insurance policy for Cottingham & Butler. She earned a BS in Clothing, Textiles, & Fashion Merchandising with a minor in Business Administration from New Mexico State University.
Nicole Ward, Co-owner, African American Women in Trucking Association (Non-Profit). Ms. Ward co-founded Capital Freight, LLC, a trucking and logistics company, with her mother in 2021. She had 18 years of experience in the insurance industry before transitioning into transportation. Two years ago, she began developing procedures and policies for her own company that have been useful within the trucking industry. In 2022, Ms. Ward founded the African American Women in Trucking Association (AAWTA), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. She holds an associate degree in Business from Valencia College and a BA in Business Management from the University of Phoenix.