Board of Directors

 

Chairwoman and OWIT Rep: Vicki Wilkerson, Fortinet
Vicki Wilkerson
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: Darko Neuschul, Facebook
Darko Neuschul
Darko Neuschul is Facebook Inc.’s Finance-Tax organization Manager of Customs and Trade. Before Facebook, Darko was a Senior Manager in the San Francisco office of Ernst & Young’s Customs and International Trade practice. Before returning to Ernst & Young in 2011, Darko was a Senior Manager in Deloitte’s Customs practice and a manager in Deloitte’s Central European Indirect Tax practice, and was also leading the tax function of Deloitte in Sarajevo, Bosnia.

Darko is a customs and global trade specialist with fourteen years of experience in customs compliance and international trade. Before coming back to an in-house role, he advised clients in customs planning and compliance, foreign trade zone implementations, custom classification, origin and valuation rules, as well as performing internal audits and compliance reviews of import and export functions. Darko has significant experience in improving and strengthening a company’s overall customs function. He has assisted clients in managing projects designed to improve clients’ overall compliance with custom’s rules and regulations. Examples of projects include managing transactional and documentary reviews, import / export process reviews, and identification of areas of risk exposure, the completion of policies and procedures manuals, and on-site customs and compliance training. Darko has participated in systems integration projects in the area of international trade. He has worked with clients to define business and systems functional requirements, generate process maps and flows for such functions, and evaluate available software packages meeting the client’s needs for trade data and export controls compliance management. Darko has participated in feasibility assessments, preparation, submission, and activation of foreign trade zone (“FTZ”) applications for a number of companies, including those in the industrial tools and equipment, apparel, and fashion accessories industries. Darko has also worked with FTZ operators in designing and implementing procedures in line with Customs requirements.

Darko is a graduate of Southern Methodist University (B.B.A). Darko obtained his U.S. Customs Broker license in 2002.

 

Vice President: Leslie Levy August, Boomerang Carnets
Leslie Levy August
Leslie has served on the WIT-NC Board of Directors for the past year in the role of Marketing Director. 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 2015. She is honored to be nominated to serve as Vice President in 2015 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 7000 temporary export documents to US 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. In 2015 boomerang carnets, a small, family-owned enterprise will expand its services to the U.K. and provide carnets and carnet bonds to UK exporters.

 

Secretary: Michelle Welsh, Google
Michelle Welsh
Michelle is currently Senior Counsel at Google focusing on issues related to global trade compliance. Her primary goal is making sure that no one goes to jail. Prior to joining Google, she worked at Drinker Biddle & Reath in Chicago advising a diverse group of clients on various customs and international trade regulatory issues, including tariff classification, valuation, country of origin determination and marking, admissibility of merchandise, C-TPAT, penalty and liquidated damages enforcement, prior disclosures of violations and requests for binding rulings. She also represented clients in litigation at the U.S. Court of International Trade. While in Chicago, Michelle was active in both OWIT, including a term on the Board, as well as the Chicago Board Association's International Corporate & Law Committee.

When not hanging out with her one year old daughter, she enjoys cooking, discovering new wines and traveling around the globe.

 

Treasurer: David Feinstein, Tesla
David Feinstein
David is the Global Trade Senior Manager at Tesla Motors. He joined Tesla early in 2012, before the launch of the award winning Model S. Tesla procures materials from all over the word, and David serves as a corporate advisor for indirect tax strategy, logistics flows, global operations, and strategic sourcing initiatives to further enhance a tax-aligned supply chain solution. Previously, David held various strategic and tactical positions in industry, consulting, and the public sector.

David graduated from the University of California at Irvine (B.A., International Studies) and enjoys road trips with his family and fishing. 2015 will be David’s first full year as WIT-NC’s Treasurer, after serving as Co-Treasurer last year.

 

Assistant Treasurer: Brian Schibly, Tesla
Brian Schibley
Brian Schibly is a Licensed Customs broker and Logistics Analyst at Tesla Motors. Brian joined Tesla in 2008 and has held a variety of roles; very typical of startup environments. Currently Brian is the lead on developing a process for bringing trade requirements to the teams that ship non-production materials, which enables Tesla to be fast and flexible, while mitigating risk and exposure. He facilitates everything from engineering samples to next-gen Tesla offerings.


Brian graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in Finance. Brian is entering his second year as the Assistant Treasurer for WIT-NC. 

 

Programs Director: Lucina Lara, JDSU
Lucina LaraLucina is a Trade Manager in the Legal department, Global Trade division at JDSU in Milpitas, California. Lucina is responsible for the management of the trade compliance programs, import/export classification determinations, import/export licensing management and internal audits. Lucina also manages the company’s Supply Chain Security programs in Mexico, Europe, Canada and the US. She also has extensive experience in ITAR technical data classification, licensing and development of Technology Control Plans.

Prior to joining JDSU, Lucina was the Sr. Trade Compliance Specialist at Meggitt Sensing Systems. Her primary areas of concentration were classification of ITAR defense articles and preparation of TAAs, MLAs, and export licenses. Lucina obtained her Customs Broker License in 2005. Outside of work, Lucina is an avid marathon runner and has completed over thirty full marathons around the world.

 

Volunteer Director: Megan Olsen, KPMG LLP
Megan OlsenMegan is an Associate in the Trade & Customs practice at KPMG in San Francisco, CA where she supports clients with import and export compliance as well as cost-savings opportunities. Since joining the team, Megan has worked on a number of diverse projects with an emphasis on expanding into an export specialization. Megan is currently working on classes for the Certified U.S. Export Compliance Officer® (CUSECO) designation and plans to sit for the exam soon. She is new to the Bay Area, having worked for KPMG in their Chicago and New York City offices as well. Prior to joining the International Trade field, Megan worked as an Urban Planner where she wrote and interpreted regulations as well as managed federal grant funding for various community development endeavors. Megan has been active in a number of non-profit organizations over the years and she is looking forward to contributing to WIT-NC.

 

Marketing Director: Heidi Mustonen, KPMG
Heidi Mustonen
Heidi has been in the trade and customs field for over 12 years, starting in the in-house 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 this year 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 I 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 OWIT-Chicago 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.

 

Membership Director: Carla Ackley Cravalho, Cisco
Carla Ackely Cravalho
Carla has worked in the Global Tax & Customs department at Cisco Systems, Inc. in San Jose, California for the past 14 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 on-site 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 C-TPAT/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.

 

Event Coordinator Director: Ann McGrath, NetApp
Ann McGrath
Ann is currently a Senior Trade Compliance Specialist at NetApp in Sunnyvale where she works on export and import compliance. Much of her work at NetApp involves export controls for encryption­-related technology, and contract management.

A native of New York, she previously worked at Global foundries (a semiconductor manufacturer) where she was a trade compliance site lead at their New York Fab. While in NY, she was active in the international trade community, serving as a Steering Committee Member of the Tech Valley Global Business Network, as well as participating in OWIT­-NY and the International Compliance Professionals Association. Ann received her Juris Doctorate degree in International Law from Albany Law School and is admitted to practice in New York. She is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) Customs Law and Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committees and co­authored the 2012 and 2013 ABA Customs Law Year in Review Articles. She previously served as WIT-NC Programs Director.

 

Assistant Event Coordinator Director: Lubna Daimee-Subedar, Softtek
Lubna Daimee-Subedar
Lubna Daimee-Subedar is a Regional Manager for the West at Softtek (a premier SAP partner). Her focus is on solving problems and helping automate processes for IT, Business and Supply Chain groups within corporations. She is primarily responsible for services related to implementation, enhancements, upgrades etc. for all SAP related projects within organizations. Lubna has held Sales and Account Management roles in various software companies. Lubna brings a lot of energy and perseverance to the WIT-NC chapter and is looking forward to much success and building her network within the Trade industry.

 

 

 

Endowment Director: Jessica Hill, UNA Consulting
Jessica HillJessica Hill is President of Una Consulting Solutions which specializes in SAP Global Trade Services implementations. Her responsibilities include gathering requirements from the clients' global trade practitioners, identifying areas for improvement, and implementing software to meet the clients' needs. Prior to Una Consulting, Jessica worked for EntryPoint Consulting for 8 years as an Engagement Manager supporting its Global Trade Practice. Jessica earned her Bachelor of Science in both Supply Chain Management and Marketing from Arizona State University. She has been attending WIT events since 2008.

 

 

Fundraising Director: Jessica Latham, Global 4PL
Jessica Latham
Jessica is the Compliance Counsel for Global4PL, an international trade and logistics consultancy where she provides counsel on a wide range of trade and import/export compliance matters. Jessica received her juris doctorate from UCLA School of Law and is admitted to practice in California. Jessica consults for a wide range of companies in the areas of import classifications, export classifications, and development of corporate import and export policies and guidelines. She works with clients to submit export license applications, develop deemed export policies and provides training for operations personnel. She also serves as in-house counsel for Global4PL, reviewing contracts and advising on other business matters.

 

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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