• Staff

    OTA’s dedicated staff helps execute the organization’s mission. We are happy to assist with any questions you have about membership, events, governmental affairs, permits, and other trucking matters. For general inquiries, send an email to info@ortrucking.org. For more specific information, please see our list of staff below with corresponding specialties within the organization.

  • Jana Jarvis
    President
    jana@ortrucking.org
    503.513.0005

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  • Jana has over 20 years of public policy and management experience in both the corporate and trade association environment.   In 2010 she established her own public policy firm specializing in issues around tax policy, land use, environmental quality, natural resources, real estate, manufacturing, and of course, transportation policy.  Prior to that she served as Vice President of Public Policy for the Oregon Association of REALTORS® where she led them to unprecedented levels of grassroots participation and political fundraising.

    In addition to her public policy work, her background includes a stint with a major manufacturer where her responsibilities included developing customer delivery expectations and driver protocols.  When major customer issues arose she often found the best solution to simply arrive with the driver on the next delivery to diffuse the situation!  These experiences give her a deep respect for the trucking industry and the professionalism of drivers.

    Although not an Oregonian by birth, she grew up in the Northwest and has lived here for over 35 years.  Her husband is a native Oregonian and she has a married daughter in Portland and a son living too far away in Santa Monica, CA! She has an undergraduate degree in Business and a MBA from the University of Portland.  She has won numerous awards but is most proud of the award she received during the 2009 legislative session from a former adversary for her work in the affordable housing industry.


     

  • Bob Russell
    Vice President
    russell@ortrucking.org
    503.930.3535

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  • Bob has been involved the trucking industry for over 40 years.  He ran his family’s trucking company in New Mexico before relocating to Oregon in 1980.  At that time, he joined the Oregon Public Utility Commission in its truck regulatory program.  Bob later headed up the Transportation Program at PUC.  In 1995, he returned to the private sector as Vice President for McCracken Motor Freight, a trucking company that has operated in Oregon since 1929.

    During Oregon’s 1999 and 2001 legislative sessions, Bob was Director of Government Affairs for the Oregon Trucking Associations (OTA), a 600-member organization that promotes safe and efficient operations through legislative advocacy, safety trainings and other services.  In the fall of 2001, OTA’s Board of Directors appointed Bob OTA’s new President.  In 2010, Bob returned to his previous position as Vice President of Government Affairs to focus on state level politics. 

    Bob is a graduate of the University of New Mexico.  He and his wife, Donna, have three children.  They currently live near Salem, Oregon.


     

  • John Sallak
    Safety & Compliance Consultant
    john@ortrucking.org
    503.513.0005

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  • John began his trucking career at age 18 with an automobile transporter in Portland, Oregon, and stayed for 25 years, enjoying duties in operations and safety. After a brief stint in the school bus industry, he joined the Oregon Trucking Association as the Director of Safety, where he spent 20 years. After retiring, he provided consulting services to the industry for J J Keller and Marsh Risk Consulting. Retirement didn’t seem to be in the cards yet, so John is once again happy to be providing safety training and consulting services to OTA. If you have any questions regarding your safety and compliance program, contact John.


     

  • Christine Logue
    Director of Member Benefits
    christine@ortrucking.org
    503.513.0005

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  • Christine started with OTA as a part-time licensed insurance agent 4 ½ years ago. Although she still handles insurance and other benefits for members, the majority of her time is spent planning and executing events and training classes across Oregon. Prior to OTA, she was the worker compensation administrator for Cal-Tech/JPL in Pasadena, CA.  She also spent 10 years working for a local Automotive Association.  She began working with them as a Safety Consultant and worked her way up to the Executive Director role at the Association.

    Christine was born and raised in Oregon. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Business with a focus in Human Resources from the Portland State University and an MBA from University of Phoenix. In her spare time, she enjoys time with family and friends and supporting her three children with their swim team activities.


     

  • Glenda Ekblad
    Director of Accounting
    accounting@ortrucking.org
    503.513.0005

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  • Glenda has been with Oregon Trucking Associations since July of 2014.  She comes to OTA with over 20 years of Public Accounting experience, having prepared individual and corporate tax returns along with bookkeeping and accounting services for clients.  If you have any questions regarding your invoices, feel free to give contact Glenda.

    Enjoys spending time with family and friends, especially the grand baby!


     

  • Zobeida Harp
    Administrative & Permits Coordinator
    permits@ortrucking.org
    503.513.0005
    503.513.9541 (permit fax)

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  • Zobeida has worked for OTA since April of 2016. She currently handles administrative duties, permits, and also acts as a jack of all trades. A lot of her knowledge of the industry comes from her experience at one of the largest tree exporting organizations in the Pacific Northwest. In her spare time, she likes to camp and spend time with her family, including her dog.


     

  • Vilija Jozaitis
    Marketing & Communications Manager
    vilija@ortrucking.org
    503.513.0005

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  • Vilija is originally from the Chicago, IL area. She graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Her major was Transportation and Logistics, and she holds a minor in Marketing. Her experience ranges from operations to sales, marketing, and customer service for a variety of distribution, shipping, and marketing firms. In her spare time, she enjoys travel, the great outdoors, and participating in art and cultural activities, including Lithuanian community events.  She began working for OTA in April 2016. Please contact Vilija with any questions pertaining to the website, new membership, the Dispatch magazine, photos/videos, and marketing-related topics. 


     

  • Gregg Dal Ponte
    Director of Regulatory Compliance
    gregg@ortrucking.org
    503.513.0005

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  • Gregg graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio and went to work dispatching trucks and managing inventory in a refrigerated warehouse distributing produce to grocery stores in the surrounding states.  After several years he packed his bags and sought his fortune in southern California where he began working for GE TIP Trailer Leasing. Gregg soon was promoted to Western Division Operations Manager with responsibility for operations in 11 western states. After 10 years with TIP he moved his family to Oregon and completed 27 years of employment with the State of Oregon before retiring from the Oregon Department of Transportation in 2016 where he served for the bulk of his tenure as the Administrator of the Motor Carrier Transportation Division where he was responsible for vehicle regulation, insurance, weight mile tax, over-dimension vehicle permitting, truck and driver safety, audit functions, complaint resolution, economic regulation and size and weight enforcement.  Post retirement from state service Gregg has joined OTA as Director of Regulatory Compliance. In addition, he serves as a member of the Board of Directors for EROAD, a New Zealand based publicly traded transportation telematics company.

    Gregg has been married to his wife, Janet, for 37 years and has a son who is an attorney in Portland, a daughter who is a school teacher in Salem, three grandchildren and a faithful puggle as constant companion.  Gregg’s hobbies include amateur radio, hunting, fishing, weight lifting, Bible study and gardening.  He is a member of the ELKs and MENSA organizations.

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