Chicago & Toronto Teams



Regional Vice President

Lisa Hennessy has been in the transportation and trade insurance industry, with Avalon Risk Management, for over 15 years. She has held several management roles at Avalon which included the supervision of their Centralized Bond Unit – working directly with clients and CBP to process Customs bonds. She then transitioned to the supervisor for the Managing General Agent (MGA) unit to oversee the underwriting team for Avalon’s Combined Transit Liability program and their Property and Casualty program.

She is currently the Regional Vice President for Avalon Risk Management’s Midwest territories where she is responsible for business development and relationships, account management and insurance sales for multiple transportation product lines. Lisa has also obtained her Registered Insurance Brokers of Ontario (RIBO) license and has recently added the Canadian transportation business which includes Canadian Customs Bonds, to her realm of responsibility.

Lisa joined the Chicago Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarder Association Board of Directors as a non-voting member in 2018. Lisa is involved in the following industry related trade associations: International Trade Association of Greater Chicago, International Air Cargo Association of Chicago, Detroit Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association, Transportation Intermediary Association and Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association.

Jodie Maher CHIC

Account Executive

I am an Account Executive in Avalon Risk Management’s Chicago office, which serves the Midwest. Avalon opened its doors in January 1998, and I am proud to say, I was part of the team that started this great company.  Although, I left Avalon for a period to be a stay-at-home mom, I have been back for 10 years. I enjoy all aspects of the sales process and most importantly, building strong relationships!

Over the years, I have developed a true passion to, not only continue to educate myself, but to pass along my knowledge to my clients and enable them to make the most informed decision for their company’s insurance needs. I feel fortunate to work for the best insurance brokerage in this niche industry.  If you have any questions, give me a call and I would be happy to talk to you. I look forward to working with you.

Trisha Yusaf CAIB-1

Account Manager

Trisha Yusaf is the Account Manager for Avalon Risk Management Canada Division. Trisha has over 14 years of successful commercial insurance experience. Prior to joining Avalon, Trisha has worked at Marsh Canada and BrokerLink where she managed customers’ accounts; handled sales and cross-selling; policy issuance; analysis and much more.

Trisha has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the Brock University.  She holds a CAIB designation and is licensed in both Ontario and British Columbia. Trisha is currently an active member of CIFFA and CARM.