Volunteer Board of Directors
Joyce Brenny, President
I am the founder and owner of Brenny Transportation, Inc. (logistics division) & Brenny Specialized (asset based division) located in St. Cloud, MN. Brenny is a Certified Women Business Enterprise founded in 1996. Brenny is a provider of global transportation solutions.
I began my career in trucking in1980, behind the windshield of an 18 wheeler. Over the years I have held numerous leadership positions in the transportation industry, some of which include: President MN Transportation Association, TIA Governing Board, Women In Trucking Foundation Board of Directors, MN Trucking Association Board of Directors – Chairwoman 2012. My company(s) have also been recognized with the following awards: TIA Samaritan award, Great West Gold Fleet Safety Award, NASTC Best Broker, MTA 1st Place Safety Award, two-time winner Minnesota Business and Professional Women Employer of the Year, four time recipient of the Minnesota Business Gives Award, WIT Influential Woman of The Year, MN Trucking Association Presidents Award, St. Cloud Chamber Woman Business Champion, and MN Top 100 Best Places To work.
My education background includes a BA degree in organizational behavior and psychology.
I am a wife and the mother to one grown daughter. I have made it my personal
mission to provide opportunities, as well as a safe work environment for women
in the transportation industry. I have a strong passion for the rights and respect of
“professional” truck drivers! I truly believe I have been called to serve the trucking
industry, as well as to help those whom have dedicated their life to work in the noble
profession of trucking/transportation. I am honored to have been selected for the SCF
President/Owner, Brenny Transportation & Brenny Specialized
Tim Ridley, Ph.D., Vice-President
Over the past 25 years, I have been blessed to work in many areas of the trucking industry. I’ve been a truck driving school instructor, Director of Training, Director of Job Placement, a small fleet owner, and Driver Recruiter and Terminal Manager with Marten Transport, LTD. I use my experience in these positions and my years spent as a Military Chaplain to relate to drivers and try to help them on many levels. I’m currently the radio host The Tim Ridley Show. I am married to a wonderful lady, Maricel, and we are the parents of our pride and joy, T.J., who keeps us busy!
My educational background includes: Tennessee State University – School of Engineering;
Clayton State University – School of Business; Coral Ridge University- Biblical Studies
Andersonville Theological Seminary – Master of Divinity (M.Div). I recently graduated with honors and completed a Ph.D. in Christian Education.
Some of the organizations and positions served or once served include: Board member of the Butts County, GA Veterans Day Committee; DeKalb Tech Advisory Board Committee; Special Olympics Convoy with the Marietta, GA Police Department; GA Army National Guard Youth Challenge Academy Mentor; GA Army National Guard YCA Selection Committee; Member of the State Guard Association of The United States
I enjoy working on my 1929 Mercedes Gazelle with my son and building our model railroad, which is a work in progress! We also enjoy camping and spending time in nature as a family. I love weight lifting and riding my Gold Wing as a tool to relieve stress and meditate.
Talk Radio Host, The Tim Ridley Show, Nemo Radio Network
Tom Heinz is President of Heinz, Inc. and Coffee Cup Fuel Stops & Convenience Stores,
Inc. Tom’s thirty-seven year business career has been in different segments of the petroleum industry. Tom’s primary business and day job began 31 years ago as co-founder/owner of Coffee Cup Fuel Stops www.coffeecupfuelstops.com.
Tom received the following degrees: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Master of Science in Human Resources, and Master of Business Administration from Beacom School of Business at the University of South Dakota.
Presently, Tom serves on the University of South Dakota Foundation Board of Directors, Vermillion, South Dakota, NATSO Foundation Board of Directors, Alexandria, VA, Dakota Hospital Board of Directors, Vermillion, SD., and is a member of David Nelson Petroleum Marketers 300 Study Group.
President, Coffee Cup Fuel Stops & Heinz, Inc.
Norita Taylor, Secretary
Norita Taylor has been with OOIDA for 11 years and serves as the Director of Public Relations. She is accredited with the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and has worked in public relations for more than 20 years in a variety of capacities. She has served on several community organization boards and is currently the president of the Kansas City chapter of PRSA.
Director of Public Relations
Eric Harley’s radio career began when he was 18 in his home town of Wichita Falls, Texas. In 1996, he gained national exposure as host on the Pure Gold Oldies format for ABC Radio Networks. Shortly thereafter, he came aboard to co-host The Midnight Trucking Radio Network with Bill Mack as the show launched nationally. Gary McNamara joined Eric on MTRN in the summer of 2005 and in 2012, the broadcast duo took the reins of Red Eye Radio, creating an overnight program that is now heard on more than 220 stations.
Growing up as the son of a military veteran (Eric’s father served in two foreign wars), Eric has a deep affection for those who serve. He is a strong supporter of organizations like The Coalition To Salute America’s Heroes and others. Trucking runs in Eric’s family as his grandfather was a trucker after serving in World War II and his father became a truck driver after retiring from the military. As a result of his family history and many years of talking to truckers on his radio program, Eric is a proud advocate for the trucking industry. In his down time, he is a dedicated husband and father, who enjoys nothing more than spending time with his family.
Host, Red Eye Radio
As the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Rudolph Foods Company, the world’s largest manufacturer of pork rinds, Mark Singleton has accumulated diverse experience in sales, marketing and business development. Joining the company in 2003, Singleton has helped to grow the Rudolph Foods brands, including Southern Recipe, Pepe’s and Lee’s pork rinds, as well as Gaslamp Popcorn. Preceding his position at Rudolph Foods, Singleton served as the President of Cantrell International, adding 12 years to his total 25 years in the food industry.
Through brand expansions, the introduction of new brands and the sometimes-volatile food industry, Singleton has helped the company to continue to grow – all while serving the consumer.
Most notably, he helped to pioneer National Pork Rind Appreciation Day by lobbying for the government to recognize the first Sunday in February as such. As a result of his work, Rudolph Foods partners with the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund annually to advocate for retired National Football League (NFL) players in dire need as well as for National Pork Rind Appreciation Day. This day speaks to both consumers and football fans on Super Bowl Sunday, bringing America’s love for “pigs skins” and pork rinds together for one day.
Most recently, Singleton served as the Chairman of the Snack Food Association, drawing on his experience to create a larger platform for pork rind snacks as the food industry evolves. Reigning as Chairman allowed Singleton to be a voice for the snack food industry before government and provide support to the association’s members through research, education and promotion.
Singleton’s distinguished career began after graduating from Southern Methodist University in 1981, and he now resides in Trophy Club, Texas as a father of three and a grandfather of two. He is an avid football fan and a lover of all things involving hunting, fishing and outdoor life.
Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Rudolph Foods Company
I am a retired owner/operator truck driver from Lakewood, Co. I drove professionally for 34 years and amassed 3.5 million accident free miles. I am the creator of Onramp to Health, an initiative to improve the health of truck drivers and the general public. Along with my friends at Randall-Reilly I organize the Health Pavilion at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas every August.
My passion for the industry is in the area of driver health and have been asked to speak on the subject on numerous occasions. I am a Life Member of OOIDA and also a member of the Colorado Freight Advisory Council.
In my spare time I enjoy playing golf and seeing the USA on my motorcycle.
Chairman, Onramp to Health, Owner/Manager Hat Trick Enterprises
Kim is the Senior Marketing Content and Community Manager for RoadPro Family of Brands, uniquely designed to serve professional truck drivers by bringing the comforts of home to the road. Kim works directly with members of the trucking community to ensure that RoadPro is providing the products that keep them safe, comfortable, and connected. She is an advocate of listening to the needs of the professional driver to guarantee that they receive the very best in customer service, products, content, and information that speaks to their mobile lifestyle.
Kim has been instrumental in the growth, nurturing and success of the RoadPro Pro Driver Council, as well as the creation of a Customer Experience Committee at RoadPro, both of which are ultimately used to improve the on-the-go lifestyle for professional drivers.
Just as RoadPro has a stewardship heart, Kim is passionate about giving back to those in need and participates in several charitable organizations.
Kim has over 30 years of marketing experience and has served in various leadership and board roles to bring a better experience to the customers she serves.
Residing in Lebanon, PA, Kim and her husband, Tony, have been married for 28 years. They have two adult children, one son and one daughter.
Senior Marketing Content and Community Manager for RoadPro Family of Brands
With more than 20 years of sales and marketing experience in both agency and corporate settings, Patty DelMonico is currently the Senior Marketing Manager of Commercial Events and Tradeshows for TravelCenters of America.
Patty joined the TravelCenters team in 2016 and manages the planning and execution of all tradeshows and corporate events, as well as charitable campaigns like Band Together for the St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund. TravelCenters has been a key SCF supporter for 9 years and proudly continues its support, knowing the charity serves as a lifeline for professional drivers experiencing personal hardship.
Patty earned her B.S. in Journalism and Mass Communications from Kent State University and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Youth Challenge in Westlake, Ohio. She is also a member of the American Marketing Association (AMA).
Patty has been married to her husband, Chris, for 20 years. They are proud parents to two fur children.
Senior Manager, Commercial Marketing, TravelCenters of America
Dr. John McElligott, M.D., Volunteer Medical Advisor
I am a physician at Occupational Health Systems, a company that I started over 10 years ago.
I have been a doctor for 24 years. Before that, I was a physician’s assistant for 15 years. I am married and have 6 children. I spend the majority of my days trying to take care of people who need help.
Andrew Sugantharaj, M.D., Volunteer Assistant Medical Director
From Knoxville, Dr, Sugantharaj attended Wheaton College in Illinois. After some brief Post-graduate work at the University of Tennessee, he went to ETSU’s Quillen College of Medicine where he also did his residency training in Internal Medicine. Andrew began work as a critical care Hospitalist at the Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge and then at Tennova Turkey Creek. After another 11 years working as an Internist, he joined the team at Occupational Health Systems. He is proud to have served as part of the Medical Advisory Team for the St Christopher Fund since January 2020.
Heather Thompson, PA-C, Volunteer Assistant Medical Director
Heather Thompson is a Physician Assistant and Vice President of Occupational Health Systems, Inc. She is a graduate of Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine and has a wide range of experience, including Internal Medicine, Dermatology and Psychology. Heather is also a certified personal trainer and strength/conditioning coach. Heather is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants and the TN Academy of Physician Assistants.
In addition to working for the Fund, I have taught Introductory Psychology, Child Psychology and Health Science Research at various colleges. I received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Tennessee, a M.S. in Research Psychology from UTC and a Ph.D. in Health Research Psychology from UT.
My wonderful husband and I are delighted each day by our son and daughter, who have brought indescribable joy to our lives. In my spare time I enjoy playing games, reading, going for walks, and spending time with family. Donna Kennedy, Ph.D., M.S
I have been working with the St Christopher Fund for seven years in various capacities. I am currently the Rigs without Cigs Coordinator, which is our smoking cessation program. I have an associate of science degree and recently earned a certification as a Therapeutic Nutritional Counselor. I have worked in the non-profit industry over twenty years and am thankful to be able to continue being a part of the St. Christopher Fund team. My husband and I live on his family farm after living most of our married life in the city.Julie Dillon
Shannon Currier is the Director of Philanthropy and Development and is responsible for SCF’s national fundraising efforts and brand development. She has been in the non-profit industry for 20 years and with SCF since 2014.
Prior to working at SCF, Shannon was the Director of Children’s Ministry at her church and brought her leadership, team building and communication skills to her position at SCF.
“My position at SCF has allowed me to gain first-hand knowledge of what professional truck drivers face on a daily basis. My passion is to partner with people and companies that respect these professional men and women and want to support them when illness or injury takes them off the road. I also believe it is vital to offer pro-active programs that encourage healthy life choices.”
Shannon and her husband live in Alabama and have 2 amazing sons. In her spare time, Shannon enjoys reading, college football and dancing.Shannon Currier
I have worked for various non-profit and human service agencies since graduating from the University of Tennessee. In 2015, I obtained my certification as a grant writer, and have used the new skill to help non-profits and schools in the area advance their funding goals. I enjoy spending time with family and watching my children participate in sporting events. I am an avid jewelry maker and especially like working with torches and metal.Dana Karnowski
Nick has worked in the media industry for nearly a decade in a variety of capacities. Nick coordinates and manages our social outreach. Also, a new member of the St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund family!Nick Oliver