2018-19 APP President
Mike Avent, Commissioner, Port of Columbia County, Oregon USA
Mike Avent is a resident of Rainier, Oregon and a businessman. In addition to being a Port of Columbia County Commissioner and participating in the Association of Pacific Ports, Mike is co-owner of CPD Development, a business that buys and remodels properties. He has been active in local government for many years. A history fan, his hobbies include stamp collecting and metal-detecting. Mike has served on the Port of Columbia County of Commissioners for the past 15 years.
2018-19 APP EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Mike Avent, President - Port of Columbia County, Oregon USA
Ian Marr, First Vice President - Nanaimo Port Authority, British Columbia Canada
Pete Reyes, Second Vice President, Commonwealth Ports Authority, CNMI
Lou Anne Bynum, Third Vice President - Port of Long Beach, California USA
Elizabeth Blanchard, Past President, Port of Stockton, California USA
Randa Coniglio - Port of San Diego, California USA
Dick Dodge - Port of Redwood City, California USA
Tien-Kuei Kuo - Taiwan International Ports Corporation, Ltd., Taiwan
Robert Larson - Port of Benton, Washington USA
Kim B. Puzey - Port of Umatilla, OR USA
Maria Taitano - Port Authority of Guam
Jack Chong-Gum, Republic of Marshall Islands Ports Authority
Patsy Martin - Port of Skagit, Washington USA
Claire Tuia Poumele - American Samoa Department of Port Administrati
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 managed the Columbia River Channel Coalition for six years, and spent 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. During the next eight years, she served as Fundraising Chair with the Boy Scouts of America. While an Oregonian since 1993, Lisa grew up in Tucson, Arizona and received a bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona.
Kersten Green became APP deputy director in 2018 after serving as an administrative coordinator since 2013. Kersten's experience with nonprofit maritime management began in 2001 when she joined the Merchants Exchange of Portland. She provided vital administrative support for Clean Rivers Cooperative, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to professional spill response and the prevention of maritime petroleum spills. Her experience includes the intricate planning of oil spill drills. Since 2013, she has been an integral part of ensuring the conferences of the Association of Pacific Ports run smoothly, providing hands-on support wherever needed. Her strong background in nonprofit maritime association management includes serving as Newsletter Editor on the Women’s Shipping Club of Portland’s Board of Directors. She is also a professional photographer specializing in outdoor family portraits.