2017-18 APP President

Elizabeth Blanchard, Commissioner, Port of Stockton, California USA

Dr. Blanchard has been involved with APP since 2008 when she was appointed as a port commissioner at the Port of Stockton. She began serving on APP's Executive Committee in 2010. Liz is a retired Professor Emeritus of San Joaquin Delta College Psychology Department and the University of the Pacific School of Education. She is currently President of the Disabled American Veterans Charities of San Joaquin County. Dr. Blanchard also served eight years on Stockton City Planning Commission and two years on San Joaquin County Planning Commission.







Elizabeth Blanchard, President - Port of Stockton, California USA
Mike Avent, First Vice President - Port of St. Helens, Oregon USA
Ian Marr, Second Vice President - Nanaimo Port Authority, British Columbia Canada
Lou Anne Bynum, Third Vice President - Port of Long Beach, California USA
Claire Poumele, Past President - American Samoa Department of Port Administration

Regional Representatives
Dick Dodge - Port of Redwood City, California USA
Maria Taitano - Port Authority of Guam
Robert Larson - Port of Benton, Washington USA
Patricia Botsford-Martin - Port of Skagit, Washington USA
Randa Coniglio - Port of San Diego, California USA
Tien-Kuei Kuo - Taiwan International Ports Corporation, Ltd., Taiwan

At-Large Representative
Kim B. Puzey - Port of Umatilla, Oregon USA
Jack Chong-Gum, Republic of Marshall Islands Ports Authority


Lisa Pomasl
Executive Director

Lisa became APP executive director in 2013 after serving as deputy director of APP and Columbia River Channel Coalition since 2006. She has over 20 years of diverse experience in the maritime industry with a strong background in nonprofit maritime-related association management. Previously, Lisa served seven years at the Merchants Exchange of Portland managing several associations: Columbia River Shippers Association, Columbia River Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association, Portland Shipping Club, Maritime Information Services of North America, and the Merchants Exchange Grain Committee. She began her career in the maritime field managing import and export container traffic at Hyundai America Shipping Agency (P.N.) for six years. Lisa served for eight years on the Women’s Shipping Club of Portland’s Board of Directors in the roles of Membership Chair, Newsletter Editor, Vice-President, and led the Club as their 50th President from 2007-2008. While an Oregonian since 1993, Lisa grew up in Tucson, Arizona and received a BS from the University of Arizona. She and her husband are the parents of twin boys.

Brian Wright
Deputy Director

Brian has a decade of experience in port-related economic development. Since joining APP and the Columbia River Channel Coalition in 2005, he leads the programming of guest speakers at APP events, general membership correspondence, and marketing functions such as newsletter composition, graphic design and branding, social media, web design and maintenance, and the development of numerous membership materials such as brochures and membership directories. Brian also assists with general membership services, all stages of event planning and management, and membership development. A native of southwest Washington, Brian graduated with a master's degree from California Institute of the Arts and a bachelor's degree from Washington State University. He enjoys music, traveling, hiking, cooking, and reading.

Kersten Green
Administrative Coordinator

Kersten Green joined APP in 2013 as a part time assistant.  She has a strong background in nonprofit maritime association management and has served on the Women’s Shipping Club of Portland’s Board of Directors. She is also a professional photographer specializing in outdoor family portraits.