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 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, Treasurer

Tom Heinz is President of Heinz, Inc., Coffee Cup Fuel Stops & Convenience Stores, Inc. and Steele Hotel Group, LLC. Tom’s business career has been in different segments of the petroleum industry. Tom’s primary day job began 42 years ago as co-founder/owner of TA Express Coffee Cup Travel Plazas.

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 Board of Directors of St. Christopher Trucker’s Development & Relief Fund (Treasurer), a member of David Nelson Petroleum Marketers 300 Study Group, a member of TA-Petro’s Study Group, and a member of Dakota Dunes Country Club.

Tom is a past member on the Board of Directors of the following: University of South Dakota Board of Trustees, NATSO (National Association of Truck Stop Operators) (Chairman), NATSO Foundation (Chairman), South Dakota Petroleum Marketers Association and Dakota Hospital Foundation.

Tom and his wife Jane have three children, five grandchildren, and three spoiled cats.

President, Heinz, Inc., Coffee Cup Fuel Stops & Convenience Stores, Inc. and Steele Hotel Group, LLC

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

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

Cody Griggs is a Director of Product at C.H. Robinson, one of the world’s largest logistics platforms. During her 19 years of tenure, she has served in various roles across North America, including operations, account management, sales, implementation, process improvement and strategy management.  Her current scope includes product management of the Navisphere Carrier website and mobile applications which help to make millions of loads available to carriers every year. During her tenure, she has built a vast understanding of not just the inner workings of the organization and the supply chain industry, but also the critical role CHR plays in their carrier’s businesses. She genuinely loves being a part of this trucking community and working with carriers to help make their businesses successful. She also lends her time to mentoring the future women leaders at C.H. Robinson as a coach in the Women’s Leadership Networking Circle for the past 3 years.

Cody earned her BA/BS degree in Business Marketing and Management from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.  She is the mother of 2 young children and in her spare time enjoys spending time outside with them and her husband, as well as cooking and reading. Cody is thrilled to be a part of the St. Christopher Truckers Fund board and continue to serve this critical industry.

Eric Harley

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

Mark Singleton

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

Jeremy Bullock

I “grew up” in hospitality as I worked for Marriott, International, from the age of 17 to 29. I started as a front desk clerk and ended as a GM for Courtyard and Residence Inn. I worked briefly for the AFL in 2008 as we started Team Birmingham as CFO/HR Manager, until the housing crisis in 2008 affected the league owner dramatically. I landed at St. Vincent’s Health and Wellness facility in Birmingham for a few years, and when I went back to obtain my MBA a classmate worked for Transport America and encouraged me to talk to them as he thought Transportation would appeal to me. He was right, and I left healthcare to work in transportation. I started as a fleet manager at the Birmingham (Teams Division) office and worked as 2nd shift supervisor and Lead Planner before having an opportunity to work as Director of Operations for Southeast Logistics in Tuscaloosa, a flatbed company. My next opportunity was at Century Dedicated as Director of Operations for the Henderson family. As a super user at my last two stops for McLeod, I had the opportunity to join the sales team as Sales Engineer and later in my current role, as Regional Sales Manager for Existing Accounts. 

In my current role, I’m bringing my operations mindset into a solution-selling approach to my customers. Understanding transportation and the issues they face has served me well. I thoroughly enjoy my current role at McLeod, but from day one my love and passion for the wellness of my front line workers at my Marriott properties and St Vincent’s carried over to a passion for the drivers that “drive” our country. Most drivers are good, honest, hard working people who are trying to do a very tough job safely and efficiently. Anything I can do to promote wellness for them and raise awareness to the community (transportation and beyond) I feel is important work. 

Regional Sales Manager, Existing Accounts at McLeod Software

Patty Delmonico

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.

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.

Walt Blankenship, PA

Graduate of the University of Kentucky’s Masters of Physician Assistant Studies program, Walt worked for nearly a decade in the Emergency Departments of several area hospitals including the only Level 1 trauma center in the region. Walt holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science and an Associate’s Degree in Respiratory Therapy from East Tennessee State University. He is a member of the Tennessee Association of Physician Assistants and joined Occupational Health Systems in the spring of 2018.


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

Executive Director

Lindsey is the newest member of the St. Christopher Fund team as the Health and Wellness Manager and brings a passion for health and wellness. She graduated from Brenau University with a B.S. in Psychology and has spent the last decade in various health and wellness fields including addiction counseling, social work, inpatient psychiatric rehabilitation and nutrition counseling.  While she has always had a heart for helping, she found her passion on health coaching while on her own health journey after being diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder and learning the impact that nutrition and exercise can make in managing chronic health conditions.

Outside of her career, Lindsey is an avid gardener and loves to hike the mountains of East Tennessee.  When the weather doesn’t allow for outdoor adventures, you can find her crafting, baking, and spending time with her husband, son and their 4 dogs.

Lindsey Bryan

Health and Wellness Manager

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

Director of Philanthropy & Development

Nick has worked in the media industry for nearly a decade in a variety of capacities. Nick coordinates and manages our social outreach.

Nick Oliver

Media Coordinator

I am a graduate of Tennessee Wesleyan University and have a background in case management and education. My husband and I are blessed with 6 amazing children and a close group of family and friends that we love spending time with. We are supplied with daily entertainment by our 2 German Shepherd Dogs, 2 cats, and a flock of chickens that always keep us smiling. We stay active by taking our boat to the lake for wakeboarding, kayaking, and tubing as often as possible.

Lesley Johnson

Case Manager/Application Processor