Board of Directors

 

Chairwoman
Angela Steen - Director, International Trade Services - Novell, Inc.
Angela Steen has been Director of International Trade Services at Novell, Inc. for the past ten years. Her role as director includes responsibility for overseeing the development and execution of corporate trade policies and guidelines to ensure that Novell's global business operations are compliant with U.S. and international trade laws. During her tenure at Novell, she served on the Regulations and Procedures Technical Advisory Committee (RPTAC) and held the co-chair position for the Encryption Sub-Committee. While on the RPTAC, she participated in the re-write of the Export Administration Regulations. Angela has been an active member on the Board of Directors for WIT-NC for the past four years. She served as Treasurer in 2003, President in 2004 and as Chairman in 2005 and 2006. Angela also served as Treasurer for the 2006 OWIT Conference held in San Francisco.

 

President
Beth Peterson - President - BPE, Inc.
Beth Peterson is the President of Beth Peterson Enterprises, a consulting firm for global multi-national shippers and transportation providers, specializing in global trade management and supply chain planning. Prior to founding Beth Peterson Enterprises, Beth was vice president of Marketing for Open Harbor where she was charged with leading the company's marketing and solutions initiatives. Prior to Open Harbor, Beth served as the vice president of product strategy for Qiva, Inc. Prior to this, Peterson managed Hewlett Packard´s U.S. import operations as the U.S. import operations manager and DHL Airways, Inc. where she was a logistics services manager. Beth has over 19 years experience in the logistics and international transportation business. She offers additional domain expertise as a licensed customs broker. Beth served as Secretary and Webmaster for WIT-NC from 2000 to 2004 and as President of WIT-NC in 2005 and 2006. Beth was awarded OWIT Member of the Year for 2006.

 

Vice President
Andrea Appell - Global Origin and Compliance - Hewlett Packard
Andrea Appell works for Hewlett Packard in Global Trade / Customs Compliance and Policy. Andrea is the global Country of Origin lead and has responsibilities in Valuation and Non-Routine Classification. Andrea's previous work experience includes positions at FedEx Trade Networks as Manager of Preferential Trade Agreements; at Qiva Inc. as Product Manager of Qiva's automated global trade tools; and as a consultant for Urusan Consulting. She is a licensed customs broker, speaks both Spanish and Romanian, and has been active in WIT-NC since 2002, including serving as Membership Co-Director in 2004 and Vice President in 2005 and 2006.

 

Secretary & OWIT Representative
Adonica Wada - Partner - Serko Simon Gluck & Kane LLP
Adonica-Jo R. Wada is a partner in the West coast office of Serko Simon Gluck & Kane, LLP. Ms. Wada's practice is focused in Customs and International Trade Law and in representing companies involving a wide range of import and export related matters pertaining to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and other governmental agencies. She received her J.D. in 1993 from the Chicago-Kent College of Law, and B.A.s in English and History in 1990 from Western Washington University. Ms. Wada has been the Programs Director for WIT-NC in 2002 and Vice President in 2003 and 2004 and has served as Secretary and OWIT Representative in 2005 and 2006.

 

Treasurer
Christine Brinkerhoff – Sr. Export Administrator – Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Christine has 18+ years of Export and Import Compliance experience. In her current position, she is responsible for AMD's Deemed Exports Program, Forwarder Oversight, review and audit. She is also responsible for EMS (Export Management System) update, and Product classification and Export Licensing. She is responsible for AMD's On-Line Export Training and internal onsite and offsite Export Compliance Training. In addition to her daily responsibilities, Christine is an active participant in AMD's strategic Export Endeavors. She is an active member of WIT-NC participating in its monthly meetings and assisting at the reception desk with registration. She is also a member of PAEI (Professional Association of Exporters and Importers) attending periodic meetings and updates.

 

Assistant Treasurer
Michino Gustafson - International Trade Compliance Specialist - Hitachi Data Systems Corporation
Michino Gustafson works for Hitachi Data Systems in Santa Clara as International Trade Compliance Specialist, Global Trade Compliance Group within the Corporate Affairs Department. Michino has developed and implemented the ISO program that complements the existing Export Management Systems; developed and launched in-house web based on-line training program for corporate and overseas subsidiaries; and developed internal audit and training programs. Before joining the Global Trade Compliance Group in 2002, she was Contracts Administration Manager for Hitachi Data Systems' Legal Affairs Department. Prior to joining Hitachi Data Systems in Santa Clara, Michino worked for the Computer Division of Hitachi America, Ltd. in Brisbane and held a number of positions in Sales, Marketing and Contracts Administration. Michino is a graduate of the Arizona State University where she earned her B.S. degree in marketing. She is also a Notary for the State of California.

 

Program Director
Christine Deihl - CargoSmart
Christine Deihl has worked in the international trade business for four years at CargoSmart Limited where she is responsible for developing and executing marketing programs. CargoSmart's application and integration services help shippers plan, process, monitor, and share their ocean shipment information more efficiently. Before CargoSmart, Christine worked at Oracle Corporation for five years. Her roles included marketing manager of customer programs and events coordinator in the server technologies division. She received an M.B.A. degree from NYU Stern School of Business and a B.A. degree in psychology from Pitzer College.

 

Marketing Director
Judy Feuerbach
Judy Feuerbach is the Sales Manager of the San Francisco office for Dimerco Express Freight Forwarding and Logistics, responsible for sales, marketing and business development of the Bay area. Prior to this position, Ms. Feuerbach was a partner of Feuerbach and Associates, directing the marketing division. An international marketing professional in both the consumer products and high tech industries, Ms. Feuerbach has over 20 years experience in all aspects of global marketing, business development and sales. Ms. Feuerbach began her career at Ralston Purina International. Following that she was Director of Marketing and International Sales of B2B services for Air Liquide America L.P. Judy Feuerbach received her Bachelors Degree in French from the University of Missouri, St. Louis and her Masters Degree in International Business from Webster University. She is fluent in English and French and conversant in Spanish. During her career, she has actively participated and volunteered in organizations such as the World Affairs Council and the American Marketing Association. She is currently the Vice President, Membership Recruiting for the Silicon Valley chapter of the American Marketing Association.

 

Event Coordinator
Elia Quiros - Hitachi Global Storage Technologies
Elia Quiros is a Senior Export Compliance Analyst at Hitachi Global Storage Technologies. She is responsible for supporting the global export/import compliance program and implementing processes at other Hitachi entities in Asia Pacific and Europe. She enjoys the experience of working with an international export/import compliance organization and being able to assist and meet long-distance colleagues face to face and learn about their cultures, languages, and the differences (and similarities) to our way of doing business. As Event Coordinator, Elia hopes to continue assisting the WIT-NC Board in providing excellent programs and to provide the environment to enable its members to enjoy quality events in a comfortable and professional atmosphere. Elia has served as Assistant Treasurer for WIT-NC in 2003 and 2004 and as Event Coordinator in 2005 and 2006.

 

Membership Co-Director
Renee Roe - Global Trade Compliance Officer - Fortinet, Inc.
Renee Roe is currently the Global Trade Compliance Officer for Fortinet, a pre-IPO integrated security systems solutions firm where she is responsible for development and management of their global trade compliance program. Prior to Fortinet, Renee was Global Trade & Compliance Manager at Extreme Networks, Inc. where she also oversaw development and execution of corporate trade compliance policies and guidelines. At Extreme she also held various positions during their start up phase, including Global Traffic & Logistics Manager. Earlier in her career she has held management positions in import, consulting, and international transportation, and has also been a small international business owner. She holds an undergraduate degree in International Management, has been a WIT corporate member since 2003, and was a WIT-NC Membership Committee member in 2004, and has been Co-Director of Membership since 2005.

 

Membership Co-Director
Judy Studebaker - Global Trade Manager - Spansion L.L.C.
Judy Studebaker currently holds the position of Global Trade Manager at Spansion L.L.C. responsible for trade compliance on a global level. Prior to Spansion, Judy held several positions at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) over a period of 18+ years. These positions included Sr. Export Compliance Specialist and Import Specialist in the Global Trade Department, as well as Lane Segment Analyst responsible for domestic and international transportation in the Global Transportation Department. Before becoming WIT-NC Membership Co-Director in 2005 and 2006, Judy served as a Membership Committee member during 2004.

 

Volunteer Director
Monika Sandman - President - URUSAN Consulting
Monika Sandman is the principal of URUSAN Consulting, a firm providing international trade consulting services since 1991. As a licensed customs broker and holder of national permit, she leads a team of expert consultants to major corporations in the areas of trade compliance. In the last few years, she expanded into automation tools development to provide trade solutions. Her client roster includes: Applied Materials, Cisco Systems, Varian Medical, NUMMI, etc.

Ms. Sandman has lectured in various professional forums on import compliance. She has taught at the University of California Santa Cruz, Extension Silicon Valley, a course on "Expanding Markets Internationally: A Practical Guide to Exporting and Importing." Her experience in the international trade arena spans over 20 years, four languages and three continents.

 

Endowment Director
Susan Hankins – LifeScan, a Johnson & Johnson company
Susan Hankins is LifeScan's International Customs Compliance Specialist for the past 4 years. She is responsible for the development of the company's customs compliance program, ensures the customs compliance and smooth importation of product. She works with multiple departments domestically, internationally and with other Johnson & Johnson companies. Previously she was in the International Direct Account Services Department where she worked with LifeScan's international distributors; previous to that she worked with LifeScan's domestic distributors. She has been with LifeScan for 14 years.

 

Advisors
Lydia McClure - Applied Materials Inc
Marian Duntley - Toyota Motor Sales
Laura Ipsen - Cisco Systems

 

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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