Board of Directors
Chairman and OWIT Rep: Vicki Wilkerson, Salesforce
Vicki has been managing and directing International Trade Compliance programs since 1993. She first began at a small publicly-held company named SynOptics Communications which was later merged with an east coast router technology company named Wellfleet to become Bay Networks. Bay Networks was later acquired by Northern Telecom to become Nortel Networks. Subsequent to Nortel, she managed compliance programs at Hewlett Packard, British Telecom and later SAP AG. She has developed and managed trade programs to address compliance requirements associated with free trade agreements such as NAFTA, USIFTA and BAA. Much of Vicki's work relates to export controls for encryption-related technology. She enjoys the challenge of keeping pace with technological innovations.
President: Leslie Levy August, Boomerang Carnets
Leslie has served on the WIT-NC Board of Directors for the past year in the role of Vice President. This service to WIT-NC has served to increase her appreciation for the dedication and commitment to trade education that her fellow board members share and her appetite to continue to serve the organization in a Board role in 2016. She is honored to be continue serving as President in 2017 and is committed to fulfilling WIT-NC’s mission and objectives and to serving the membership. Leslie has more than 25 years of experience in international trade with a specialty in temporary exports. She is a co-owner of Corporation for International Business aka boomerang carnets which provides over 8000 temporary export documents to US & UK exporters annually. As an evangelist for ATA Carnets, Ms. August provides ATA Carnet training for US organizations involved in international trade, helping them avoid payment of duties and taxes on temporary imports.
Vice President: Heidi Mustonen, KPMG
Heidi has been in the trade and customs field for over 12 years, starting in the inhouse side at Honeywell and eventually moving to KPMG. She has been at KPMG for 8 years, and spent nearly 3 of those years with the KPMG Trade and Customs team in London practicing and learning more about European customs. We have moved around a lot over the years, but spent the majority of time with KPMG in Chicago before relocating to San Francisco in 2016 to lead our practice for the Pacific Northwest. She also has extensive experience with OWIT. She first became a member when living in Arizona (where she started with Honeywell). Her next move did not have a local OWIT chapter nearby, and she continued as a virtual member. She rejoined upon moving to Chicago and became active on the OWITChicago Board when she moved back from London. Within OWIT, she has served in the Membership and President roles while in Chicago. She is currently involved with OWIT International acting in the programming capacity and also on the Executive Board.
Secretary: Ann McGrath, Globalfoundries
Ann is currently a Global Trade Compliance Manager & Counsel at GLOBALFOUNDRIES (a semiconductor manufacturer) in New York. She is responsible for managing the US import and export compliance teams, advising on trade compliance issues related to contracts globally, and providing guidance on numerous US and non-US trade laws, regulations and customs. She previously worked in the trade compliance group at NetApp, in Sunnyvale, CA.
Ann is active in the trade community, serving on the Board of Directors of WIT-NC for her fourth year, and the ABA Customs Law and Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committees (as a member and contributing author).
Assistant Secretary: Lisa Perez, Lumentum
Lisa Perez is an experienced trade compliance professional who has worked as a program manager at numerous Silicon Valley companies and has been a long-time member and volunteer for WIT-NC. She is excited about the opportunity to serve as a Board Member in the Asst. Secretary role.
Lisa enjoys travelling and has been to all 7 continents and over 35 countries. She also volunteers at church and has taught Religious Education for 10 years.
Treasurer: Jessica Latham, Fortinet, Inc.
Jessica is the Import-Export Compliance Counsel at Fortinet, Inc. where she is responsible for new product classification, including the development of the export classification process for the implementation of a new ERP system and several other aspects of global trade compliance. Jessica previously worked at Global4PL, an international trade and logistics consultancy where she provided counsel on a wide range of trade and import/export compliance matters, such as export classifications, development of corporate import and export policies and guidelines and submission of export license applications. Jessica received her juris doctorate from UCLA School of Law and is admitted to practice in California.
Assistant Treasurer: Carla Cravalho, Cisco
Carla has worked in the Global Tax & Customs department at Cisco Systems, Inc. in San Jose, California for the past 15 years. She is the Senior Customs Compliance Manager for the U.S. and Canada region and Merger & Acquisition activity. In this role, Ms. Cravalho has responsibility for Cisco’s importations into the region, managing both onsite Cisco personnel as well as various Customs Brokers to monitor conformance with local Customs regulations and Cisco’s internal requirements. She has overseen Cisco’s membership into CTPAT/Level 3 and Importer Self Assessment/ISA programs. Prior to Cisco, she was Manager of the Oakland Foreign Trade Zone and also worked as a licensed U.S. Customs Broker. Ms. Cravalho graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations as well as a Master of International Management from Thunderbird/American Graduate School of International Management.
Programs Director: Ava Zhou, Flex
Ava is the Global Trade Manager at Flex. She has been working as an international Trade professional for 11 years, specialized in internal import and export compliance audit and management, trade process optimization, training and automation tools development.
Ava holds a bachelor’s degree and is a certified member of PMI (Project Management Institute).
Marketing Director: Katie Gustafson, Ernst & Young (EY)
Katie Gustafson is a Senior Consultant of the EY Global Trade practice in the San Jose, CA office, and has been with EY since 2015. Katie’s customs experience includes advising clients on duty drawback, classification, country of origin marking, Foreign Trade Zone issues, Incoterms, free trade agreements, eligibility for Customs and Border Protection Programs, and performing audits of import and export programs for multi-national companies to identify duty saving opportunities, gaps and risk areas within their trade compliance programs.
Katie graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelors in Economics and International Studies. Katie received her Juris Doctor from William & Mary Law School and is admitted to practice law in New York.
Katie is currently living in San Jose, CA. She enjoys traveling, golfing, cooking, and sports. She is also a huge fan of the Kansas State Wildcats.
Marketing Assistant Director: Diana Lee, Gap Inc.
Diana is a Compliance and Privacy analyst for the legal department at Gap Inc. in San Francisco. She provides metric analysis, as well as managing projects for the Compliance and Privacy functions. She is a graduate from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (M.A. Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies), and served as a Marketing Intern and a volunteer for the Events Coordination Committee with WIT-NC in 2015. Diana is looking forward to her second term on the WIT-NC board!
Membership Director: Deep SenGupta, DSG Global
Deep SenGupta is the Founder & CEO of DSG Global, LLC (www.dsgglobal.com), whose mission is to provide international trade compliance services & education to importers and exporters based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Prior to DSG Global, Deep was the head of FedEx's international trade consulting group where he had a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity of assisting over 1000+ companies with their global trade challenges. Prior to joining FedEx, Deep helped develop KPMG’s Tax & International Trade practice in South Asia.
Deep learnt the meaning of “globalization” early, since he spent his childhood in United Kingdom, Canada and India. Deep obtained his initial legal education in India (BA and LLB), arrived in the USA for his Masters in Law-Taxation (LL.M) from the University of Washington and received executive education on International Trade from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
As a core-value, Deep believes in giving back to the community. He is deeply engaged on a “pro bono” basis with a range of professional organizations and charitable organizations.
Deep has been privileged to assist both the US Government agencies involved in Imports and Exports, as an industry expert. He serves on the President’s Export Council Subcommittee on Export Administration (PECSEA) to advise the Obama administration on its export control reform efforts (2011-2016). He has also assisted the CBP’s COAC working group on modifications to the focused assessment program (2013-2014). Deep was also appointed by 3 consecutive Commerce Secretaries to the District Export Council of Northern California (2006-2016), where he serves as the current Chair.
When Deep is not wearing his “trade compliance” hat or running after his 5-year old daughter, he is a news-buff, lives for travel, enjoys theatre, play tennis every chance he gets and longingly looks at his guitars that are gathering dust!
Membership Assistant Director: Liz Techaira, Pencom
Liz has over 10 years of experience in Materials Department, Product Distribution, and Import/Export Compliance. She has worked in different facets of Offshore Warehouse Operations with a major focus on Inventory Control, 3PL Team, and interaction with Offshore Vendors/Subcontractors and the Global Logistics Teams. She has a BS in Management and has completed courses in Broker & Regulations (GIST net) at Skyline College, as well as Traffic Management and Warehouse at San Jose State University.
Liz is a Pacific Islander--originally from Guam. She enjoys volunteering for San Jose Parks, Habitat for Humanity, and athletic fundraising events in the community.
Endowment Director: Michael Schwartzberg, Supermicro
Michael Schwartzberg is a federally licensed United States Customs House Broker with over 20 years of experience in managing and directing global trade compliance in areas of strategic planning‚ operations and issues. Michael Schwartzberg was previously Senior Manager of Global Trade Compliance at Mentor Graphics. As the senior management level person responsible for Mentor Graphics trade compliance efforts Mr. Schwartzberg was tasked with driving trade regulation‚ trade programs‚ export licensing‚ import/export coding‚ auditing‚ international trade finance and import/export compliance oversight on a global basis. Mr. Schwartzberg has a successful history of building programs to address complex global trade risk and planning functions and directing consistent processes, strategic program development, and flows of the business while leading companies in global trade operations. Mr. Schwartzberg has held senior level trade compliance positions in a variety of industries including: microelectronics‚ software, telecommunications‚ automotive parts‚ and apparel. Mr. Schwartzberg is a graduate of the University Texas-El Paso and holds a Masters in Business Administration degree from Sul Ross State University in International Trade.
Event Coordinator: Sisifo Tuiloma, Flex
Sisifo has been involved in global trade compliance since 1998 where she was import coordinator for Orchard Supply Hardware. Since that time she has held numerous roles managing import and export functions for companies such as GE, IBM, Trimble Navigation and Verizon. Since 2012, Sisifo has been Global Trade Compliance/Classification Analyst for Flextronics (FLEX) where she is responsible for U.S. and Canadian classifications ensuring legal compliance within government rules and regulations pertaining to classification.
Co-Event Coordinator: Tobias Andersson, NetApp
Currently located in the Bay Area, Tobias is Global Trade Compliance’s principal liaison with the NetApp IT community and the global trade management software vendor. He is responsible for collecting compliance data in order to define and create performance metrics. He has been a part of the Global Trade Compliance team since 2013 first with responsibility for managing export licensing of products and technical data, accomplishing all customer/transaction screenings such as restricted party list reviews, managing export/import compliance awareness training and maintaining other compliance procedures in the EMEA region. Prior to that time, he served in various positions with Expeditors International where he was responsible for Responsible for implementing and developing a cross product compliance program focusing on auditing, data analysis and improved reporting structures. Specialized in Export Controls, Simplified Procedures and Transit Movements. Tobias is also IATA Dangerous Goods Certified.
Volunteer Director: Sumika Kawamura
Sumika’s career began when she assisted handling disputes between the governments and the importers at SGS, a Swiss company in Japan that practiced pre-shipment inspections. After completing her degree in International Relations, she worked at FedExWorldTariff in San Francisco as a Customs Tariff Data Manager, closely monitoring up-to-date duties, taxes and compliance data for multiple countries in Asia. Most recently at TradeBeam-Aptean, she had various roles, such as project management for an automotive manufacturer, sanctions and denied parties screening, and content update for a trade automation software. She believes that learning global trade is learning life. By studying global trade, she has learned so much about what’s happening around the world - politics, economies, cultures, people, food, anything.
Sumika holds Japanese Customs Brokers’ license. She continues to thrive in her second year as WIT-NC's Volunteer Director. She is certain that she can further explore the world of international trade. WIT is a community where she has enjoyed meeting many welleducated people with various backgrounds and learned trade compliance in wide range of subjects.
Volunteer Assistant Director: Ellen Palmer, Artech | Google
Ellen is an Operations Manager for Artech Information Systems on staff at Google. She provides import shipment metric analysis as well as managing other supply chain related projects for Google's Hardware Planning & Fulfillment Team. She holds a customs broker license since 1994 and graduated in 1992 from The Ohio State University with a masters in international business with a focus on pacific rim trade. Ellen has participated in other Bay Area industry groups including The Pacific Transportation Association, Women in Logistics and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. Ellen is looking forward to her first term on the WIT-NC Board.
Sponsorship Director: Christabelle Bishman
Christabelle Bishman is a Trade Management Executive at Livingston International, providing customized supply chain solutions to Bay Area companies with an emphasis on international trade compliance. Born and raised in Hong Kong, she is an International Business graduate of Wheaton College (IL) and fluent in Chinese. In her spare time, Christabelle enjoys international travel to experience new cultures. When at home, you can find her exploring new restaurants or keeping active in the outdoors. Christabelle looks forward to serving as the Sponsorship Director for WIT-NC and getting to know her fellow Board members!
WIT-NC would like to thank and acknowledge its past presidents:
2016 - Leslie Levy August
2015 - Darko Neuschul
2014 - Darko Neuschul
2013 - Vicki Wilkerson
2012 - Jane Solomon
2011 - Jane Solomon
2010 - Jane Solomon
2009 - Beth Peterson
2008 - Beth Peterson
2007 - Beth Peterson
2006 - Beth Peterson
2005 - Beth Peterson
2004 - Angela Steen
2003 - Laura Tomarchio
2002 - Lydia McClure
2001 - Lydia McClure
2000 - Ronnie Max
1999 - Ronnie Max
1998 - Leilani Smith
1997 - Leilani Smith
1996 - Linda Jackson
1995 - Celia Matthews
1994 - Simone Plattman
1993 - Laura Wheeler
1992 - Laura Ipsen
1991 - Linda Joy DeBoard
1990 - Linda Joy DeBoard
1989 - Linda Joy DeBoard (Founder)
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