Volunteer Board of Directors
Tom Liutkus, President
I am the Senior Vice President of Marketing & Public Relations for TravelCenters of America, LLC. Our company believes that all we do as an organization must reflect on promoting and providing respect for the professional truck driver. A BIG way is the involvement with the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund. We know at TA and Petro, we can make a big difference to truck drivers in need.
As of January, 2017 I have been with TA for fifteen years, before that, over twenty years with a major oil company. Between these two companies, I have had job experiences within operations, real estate, convenience store retailing, brand management, incentive management, procurement, commercial sales, marketing, and public relations. I am thrilled to use this background for the betterment of drivers in need.
I have been married over 30 years to my wife Terri, who is a finance and banking professional. We have two adult children.
Vice President of Marketing & PR, TravelCenters of America
Joyce Brenny, Vice 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
Tom Heinz, Treasurer
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
Tim Ridley, Ph.D.
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
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 an owner/operator truck driver from Lakewood, Co. and have been driving professionally for 29 years. I am the former Chairman and a founding member of the Trucking Solutions Group and the creator of Onramp to Health, an initiative to improve the health of truck drivers and the general public.
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 Trucker Buddy International. When not driving I enjoy playing golf and seeing the USA on my motorcycle.
Chairman, Onramp to Health, Owner/Manager Hat Trick Enterprises
My professional career has been spent engaged in a diverse set of Sales and Marketing roles; from selling express services with Federal Express to my most recent role with Shell, as the N.A. Marketing Manager for Shell Rotella. Regardless of the role, the end-game in all of them has been the necessity to maintain a strong customer-first mindset.
For the past five years I’ve been directly involved with the Transportation industry through my roles with Shell – Heavy Duty Channel Marketing Manager and N.A. Marketing Manager. In both roles, I have been fortunate enough to work directly with OEMs, Owner Operators, Fleets, Retail and Heavy Duty Installers where I gained a direct understanding of the needs and challenges associated with their businesses. The ability to work directly with “the customer” has allowed me to seek out unique solutions that help each segment leverage the Shell portfolio of products and services to maximize their effectiveness in those areas where they compete. I credit my success to my sales background, where early on, I embraced a customer-focus discipline; allowing me to always seek out mutually beneficial solutions for customers considering Shell Rotella as their choice for HD engine oils.
I currently live in Houston, Texas with my wife Beth. We have been married for 25 years and are the proud parents of Jake; currently a senior at Texas State University.
North American Marketing Manager, Shell Rotella
Dr. John McElligott, M.D., Volunteer Medical Director
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.
I have been Executive Director of the Fund since inception. My position has provided a great opportunity to learn about the trucking industry, business in general, and the great need truckers have for medical care. I am excited about the future of the Fund and the many possibilities we have to help drivers.
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 five years in various capacities. I currently handle the social media, website content and wellness development while assisting with daily operations.I have an associate of science degree, 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 a farm after living most of our married life in the city. I am enjoying wide-open spaces and having a garden.Julie Dillon
I have worked in the non-profit arena for 15 years as a Children’s Ministry Director. My husband works in the trucking industry and I am excited to now be a part of the St. Christopher Fund team and to learn about the trucking industry myself. I love music, books, hanging out with family and friends and I love Alabama Football.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
Monica is the newest member of the St. Christopher Fund family.Monica Hurst