HELP Inc. Welcomes Louisiana to Board of Directors and Other New Board Appointments

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PHOENIX – HELP Inc., the nation’s oldest non-profit public/private partnership established specifically to promote safety and efficiency in commercial transportation, and the provider of PrePass weigh- station bypassing, today announced the State of Louisiana has joined the Board of Directors. HELP also announced the appointment of several new members to the Board.

Louisiana, a PrePass state since 2001 and home to 12 sites statewide, will be represented on the Board by Louisiana State Police Major Mark Morrison as the public sector member. The agency has named Louisiana Motor Transport Association Executive Director Cathy Gautreaux as the state’s private sector representative.

HELP’s 44-member Board is made up of an equal number of representatives from public sector state agencies and the private industry. The composition of the Board is designed to ensure that HELP’s policies and investments are balanced between highway safety and efficiency in moving freight.

Other recent appointments include:

  • Executive Director of the Oklahoma Trucking Association Jim Newport as the new private sector representative from Oklahoma. Newport was named by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission;
  • Hill Transportation Company President William “Billy” Hill. Hill was appointed by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet as the State’s new private sector representative; and
  • The return of Doug Donscheski to the Board as Nebraska’s private sector representative. Prior to his recent retirement from the Nebraska State Patrol, Donscheski served as his state’s public sector member. He is now the Director of Safety for the Nebraska Trucking Association.

“The HELP Board of Directors is comprised of members with an abundance of experience in both public and private sector roles,” said Karen Rasmussen, President & CEO of HELP Inc. ”Together, they work collaboratively to ensure that HELP’s services benefit the motoring public, the trucking industry and our state agency partners alike.”

More than 550,000 qualified trucks from over 48,000 fleets are enrolled in PrePass and qualified to bypass hundreds of weigh stations in 32 states. The system has provided more than 670 million safe bypasses nationwide since HELP began tracking data in 1997.