2016-17 APP President

Taimalelagi Dr. Claire Tuia Poumele, Port Director, American Samoa Department of Port Administration

Taimalelagi Dr. Claire Tuia Poumele was appointed by the Governor of American Samoa as the director of the Port Administration in January 2013. She has been an educator for the past 34 years and served as the director of Education from 2007 to 2011. She earned a bachelor of science and a master of education from the University of Portland and doctorate in education specializing in educational administration from Brigham Young University in 1983.  She has four daughters and five grandchildren.






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

Regional Representatives
Bob Bagaason - Port of Longview, Washington USA
Dick Dodge - Port of Redwood City, California USA
Doug Drummond - Port of Long Beach, California USA
Maria Taitano - Port Authority of Guam
Robert Larson - Port of Benton, Washington USA
Tien-Kuei Kuo - Taiwan International Ports Corporation, Ltd., Taiwan

At-Large Representative
Kim B. Puzey - Port of Umatilla, Oregon USA
Randa Coniglio - Port of San Diego, California USA



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
Operations Manager

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 Assistant

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.