2018-19 APP President

Mike Avent, Commissioner, Port of St. Helens, Oregon USA


Mike Avent is a resident of Rainier, Oregon and a businessman. In addition to being a Port of St. Helens 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 St. Helens Board of Commissioners for the past 15 years. 







Mike Avent, President - Port of St. Helens, 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

Regional Representatives
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

At-Large Representative
Jack Chong-Gum, Republic of Marshall Islands Ports Authority
Patsy Martin - Port of Skagit, Washington USA
Claire Tuia Poumele - American Samoa Department of Port Administration


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.

Kersten Green
Deputy Director

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.