The Research Advisory Committee (RAC) is comprised of government officials, independent scientists, labor union officials, academics and trucking company executives and suppliers from a diverse cross-section of the industry, all who understand the importance of sound science to an industry as complex as the trucking industry. The RAC is charged with annually recommending a research agenda for the Institute.

Karen Rasmussen, RAC Chairman

Executive Director
Independent Carrier Safety Association
Phoenix, AZ


Mike Ahart

Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Omnitracs
Dallas, TX

Thomas A. Balzer, CAE

President and CEO
Ohio Trucking Association
Columbus, OH

Shawn R. Brown

Vice President of Safety
Cargo Transporters
Claremont, NC

Kenneth Calhoun

Fleet Optimization Manager
Altec Service Group
Carlisle, AR

Allison Conway, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
The City College of New York
New York, NY

Robert P. Costello

Chief Economist and Senior Vice President,
International Trade Policy and Cross-Border Operations
American Trucking Associations
Arlington, VA

Dan Drella

Director, Safety and Training
Schneider National, Inc.
Green Bay, WI

James Fields

Chief Operating Officer
Pitt-Ohio, LLC
Pittsburgh, PA


James Langley

Minnetonka, MN


Victoria King

VP, Public Affairs
Atlanta, GA


Stephen Laskowski

Canadian Trucking Alliance
Toronto, Ontario


Don Lefeve

President and CEO
Commercial Vehicle Training Association
Alexandria, VA


Kevin Lhotak

Reliable Transportation Specialists, Inc.
Chesterton, IN


Mike Ludwick

Chief Administrative Officer
Bison Transport
Winnipeg, Manitoba


Douglas B. Marcello, Esq

Transportation Attorney
Marcello & Kivisto, LLC
Carlisle, PA


Jaime Maus

Vice President of Safety and Compliance
Werner Enterprises, Inc.
Omaha, NE


Caroline Mays

Director, Freight and International Trade Section
Texas DOT
Austin, TX


Shannon Newton

Arkansas Trucking Association
Little Rock, AR


Steve Olson

President and Chief Underwriting Officer
Great West Casualty Company
South Sioux City, NE


Holly Pixler

Sr. Director of Transportation and Logistics
Ardent Mills
Denver, CO


John Prewitt

Tideport Distributing, Inc.
The Woodlands, TX


Steven Raetz

Dir. Research & Market Intelligence
C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.
Eden Prairie, MN


Jeremy Reymer

Founder and CEO
Indianapolis, IN


Lee Sarratt

Director of Safety
J.B. Hunt
Lowell, AR


Mark Savage

Retired Deputy Chief Colorado State Patrol
Lakewood, CO


Kary Schaefer

General Manager of Marketing and Strategy for Freightliner and Detroit Brands
Daimler Trucks North America, LLC
Portland, OR


Russ Simpson

America’s Road Team Captain
South Vienna, OH


Mike Stephens

Vice President of Finance
USA Truck, Inc.
Van Buren, AR


Collin Stewart

President and CEO
Stewart Transport, Inc.
Phoenix, AZ


Sara Walfoort

Manager, Freight Planning
Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission
Pittsburgh, PA


Tom Weakley

Director of Operations
Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association Foundation
Grain Valley, MO


Shawn Yadon

Chief Executive Officer
California Trucking Association
Sacramento, CA