Board of Directors

 

Chairwoman and OWIT Representative
Beth Peterson
Beth Peterson, BPE
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. 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 20+ 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, President of WIT-NC from 2005 to 2009. And Chairman in 2010. Beth was awarded OWIT Member of the Year in 2006.

 

President
Jane Solomon
Jane Solomon - Trade Compliance Manager - Jane is responsible for Export and Customs compliance for the Americas regional area. Jane began her compliance career with Wiltron Company, later acquired by Anritsu Corporation in Japan, in 1989. Quickly moving from her original position into the compliance area she assumed the position of Export Control and Customs Administrator. Promoted again in 1994 to Export Control Manager, she was responsible for oversight of Anritsu's Distribution License and later their Special Comprehensive License with consignees worldwide and all areas of export. In 1995 Jane became Trade Compliance Manager continuing to oversee the America's region and is responsible for all export and customs compliance processes for all offices in the United States, Canada, Latin and South America. In addition to this, on a Global basis, Ms. Solomon created Anritsu's worldwide global organization that develops and is responsible for internal policy and procedures that assures global company adherence to multi country export regulations. Jane has served two terms as Secretary to the WIT NC board. Jane also sits on the Executive Board of Community Solutions, a counseling service organization that provides a comprehensive spectrum of prevention, intervention, treatment, and residential services to the communities of South Santa Clara County, South San Jose and San Benito County.

 

Vice President
Vicki WilkersonVicki Wilkerson - Compliance Officer Fortinet
I have been involved in International Trade Compliance management since 1993. I 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, I have managed compliance programs at Hewlett Packard, British Telecom, SAP and currently at Fortinet, Inc.. I have developed and managed trade programs to address compliance requirements associated with free trade agreements such as NAFTA, USIFTA and BAA. Much of the work I have performed relates to export controls for encryption-related technology. I enjoy the challenge of keeping pace with technological innovations related to computing.

 

Secretary
Sanjana Khoobchandani
Sanjana Khoobchandani - Manager - Customs and Global Trade Practice Deloitte Tax LLP
Sanjana is a Manager in Deloitte's Global Trade Services practice, where she advises clients on a wide range of international trade issues for both import and export compliance. Sanjana previously worked as an International Trade Specialist at the U.S. Department of Commerce's (DOC) Office of NAFTA and Inter-American Affairs. She was the lead DOC services, telecommunications, and e-commerce negotiator in regional and bilateral free trade agreements with Latin America and the Caribbean. Sanjana also spent time working at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, where she conducted research on the effects of global trade on emerging economies. Sanjana earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from The George Washington University and her Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University. She is a licensed U.S. Customs Broker. Sanjana spent two years on WIT-NC's Endowment Committee and was the Endowment Director in 2009. She has served on the Board of Directors for Indus Women Leaders San Francisco, and is actively involved in the Columbia Alumni Club of Northern California and the American India Foundation.

 

Treasurer
Julie Gibbs
Julie Gibbs – Senior Consultant BPE
Julie has been working in the global logistics and trade compliance industry since 1990 and became a licensed customs broker with CBP in 1997. Prior to joining BPE, Julie was Director of Product Management and Professional Services at Ensenda, a carrier management and "last mile" logistics service provider. Her responsibilities included defining the product strategy for Ensenda's web-based transportation products in addition to implementation of all of Ensenda's customers.

Julie has also worked as a Product Manager at Open Harbor and was responsible for the design of the company's global trade management and customs clearance solutions, and has held positions at the Gap, Qiva, and Hewlett Packard. During her eight year tenure at Hewlett-Packard, she managed several Import Operations programs including Drawback and NAFTA.

Julie holds an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University and a B.A. in Business Economics from U.C. Santa Barbara.

 

Co-Assistant Treasurer
Carol Shields
Carol Shields -Senior Export Compliance Professional - Independent
Carol Shields was a Trade Specialist consultant at SanDisk from June 2009 through July 2010. Now she is a full-time employee as Staff Import/Export Compliance Analyst in the Global Trade Compliance Group at SanDisk Corporation. Her role includes import classifications, China/Hong Kong import requirements, export classifications, encryption Agreement and Project reviews, training. In addition to research projects, Carol has responsibility for the development and execution of corporate export compliance policies and guidelines to ensure that SanDisk's global export operations are compliant with U.S. and international trade laws. She has served as International Committee Chairman, American Electronics Association.

 

Co-Assistant Treasurer
Todd Kastan
Todd Kastan, Senior Customs Compliance Analyst Varian Medical Systems
A licensed customs broker since 1991, Todd is a veteran of over 30 years of experience in Regulatory Compliance and International Logistics, Todd is currently a Senior Customs Compliance Analyst with Varian Medical Systems, responsible for operational activities as well as classification assignment. Previously, he has just spent the previous 8 years at Nvidia Corporation as the U.S. Import Program Manager, where I managed all aspects of the company's import compliance program. Previous to that, he was a Regulatory Compliance Manager at Hewlett Packard, responsible for product classification. Previously, he has also held analyst roles for Adaptec, Inc. and Fujitsu Microelectronics, as well as working as a customs broker for Radix Group Internationa, MSAS Cargo International and Air Express International.

 

Programs Director
Vacant

 

 Volunteer Director
Renee RoeRenee Roe, Senior Consultant, BPE Inc.
Renee has 20+ years of international trade experience in Import, Export, Logistics and Compliance and a proven track record for developing and managing international trade across the supply chain as both an entrepreneur, and Fortune 100 management team member, and also has contributed to two successful IPO's in Silicon Valley. Prior to joining BPE, Renee was a Global Trade & Compliance Officer for Fortinet, Inc. Her achievements included building the foundation for their compliance program, development of an EMCP manual, and process improvements such as trade automation integration, as well as participating in key activities leading to their recent Initial Public Offering. 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 in Operations during their start up phase, including Global Traffic & Logistics Manager. Earlier in her career she worked for United Parcel Service, the world's largest package delivery company and a leading global provider of specialized transportation and logistics services. Additionally, she held management positions in import, and import/export consulting and has also been a small international business owner. She has a degree in International Management, magna cum laude and has been involved with WIT-NC since 2003, first as a corporate member, then a WIT-NC Membership Committee member in 2004, and Co-Director of Membership 2005-2007, and Director of Membership in 2010.

 

Marketing Director
Wendy Thompson
Wendy Thompson, CDC TradeBeam
Wendy Thompson is the Director of Marketing for CDC TradeBeam. CDC TradeBeam, a Global Trade Management software and services company, streamlines global trading processes for enterprises and their partners. Wendy has over 20 years experience in the software industry, and prior to joining CDC TradeBeam, Wendy held marketing and product strategy positions at PeopleSoft, Oracle, and others. Wendy earned her MBA in Marketing from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Membership Director
Judit Tanai
Judit Tanai
Lam Research Corporation
Judit is a member of the Foreign Trade Department at Lam Research Corporation, a semiconductor wafer fabrication equipment manufacturer, where she manages global order release, monitors compliance, and supports Lam and her team through a variety of import/export related projects and programs. Judit's professional experience also includes 7 years in the marine fuel supply chain business, where she successfully marketed residual marine fuel oil to owners and operators of ocean-going vessels and managed complex customer relations with global shipping companies and trading houses. Judit earned both her BS and MBA degrees in International Business Management from San Francisco State University. She is also a Licensed Customs Broker and a Certified U.S. Export Compliance Officer.

Membership Assitant-Director
Aimee Shoemaker
Aimee Shoemaker, Global Trade Manager HP
Aimee is the Global Trade Manager within Hewlett Packard's Palm Business Unit. She helps the company navigate complex trade regulations for high tech devices and components into the U.S. and global markets such as China, India, Mexico and Canada. Prior to HP, Aimee was a Manager in the Global Trade Solutions practice for Deloitte Tax LLP where she advised clients on a wide range of international trade issues, including valuation, duty reduction strategies, free trade agreements, tariff classification and export controls. While at Deloitte she assisted several companies through compliance assessments, policy and procedure development and other U.S. Customs inquiries. Before Deloitte Aimee worked at Gap Inc where she managed over a $100M in annual customs duty savings liability on Gap imports into the U.S., Canada, European Union and Japan. Aimee earned her MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and BA in International Affairs from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Aimee is active in the trade community, has been a licensed Customs Broker for over seven years and is fluent in French.

 

Event Coordinator
Meri Zavorine
Meri Zavorine - Customs Regulatory Analyst
URUSAN Consulting
Meri Zavorine is a customs regulatory analyst at URUSAN Consulting, advising leading technology companies on trade compliance in the Bay Area. Before URUSAN Consulting, she was a customs analyst at AMD for two years and a logistics analyst at National Semiconductor for 11 years. Meri is fluent in Russian and Latvian, and has served on the WIT-NC board as the event coordinator since 2008.

 

Endowment Director
Corey McAveeneyCorey McAveeney - Trade Compliance Administrator -
KLA-Tencor Corporation
Corey is currently responsible for duty drawbacks and internal trade compliance auditing at KLA-Tencor. Before that, Corey was working with Deemed Exports as a contractor for Intel's Global Tax and Trade division. She obtained her Master's Degree in International Trade Policy from Monterey Institute of International Studies, focusing her studies on emerging markets. As Vice President of the Monterey Institute's International Trade and Commercial Diplomacy club, Corey was actively involved in organizing events such as conferences, panel discussions on the economic crisis, and career talks with trade professionals. She also worked as a Policy Analyst at the International Trade Centre (ITC) in Geneva for a summer. At ITC she gained great insight to the world of technical assistance, researching the negotiations during the Doha Round, writing about the effects of U.S. trade and energy policy on developing countries, and evaluating the national tax structures of several countries. Prior to her graduate studies, she worked in insurance brokerage. As an undergraduate at Fordham University, Corey earned her Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Comparative Literature and French Language and Literature. Corey has been attending WIT-NC events since 2007.

 

Fund-raising Director
Eva Galfi
Eva Galfi - Director- International Trade Advisors (Australia)
Eva Galfi is a Director at International Trade Advisors, a consulting firm that assists multinational corporations in navigating import and export regulations in Australia. Based in Sydney, Ms. Galfi specializes in advising subsidiaries of U.S. multinationals on import regulations and export controls in Australia.

She is a well-respected advisor on duty reduction strategies, including using tariff concession orders, obtaining refunds of duty resulting from transfer pricing adjustments, and 'unbundling' allowable costs from the customs value of goods.

Prior to starting her own consulting business, Ms. Galfi worked for "big four" accounting firms in both the U.S. and Australia as a Customs and International Trade advisor. Ms. Galfi was awarded an MBA in International Business from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Ms. Galfi is also a licensed Customs Broker and Certified U.S. Export Compliance Officer. An active member of the trade community, Ms. Galfi is the former President and Chairwoman of the Organization of Women in International Trade's San Diego Chapter and served as a VP on the OWIT International board.

 

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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