Board of Directors

 

Chairman and OWIT Rep: Darko Neuschul, Facebook
Darko Neuschul
Darko Neuschul is Facebook Inc.’s Finance­Tax 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 in­house 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 on­site 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.

 

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 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 nominated to serve as President in 2016 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 Mustonen
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 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 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: Alicia Chen, Ernst & Young (EY)
Alicia Chen
Alicia Chen has been a consultant in Global Trade since 2008, first at PwC Taiwan and the past four years at Ernst & Young (EY) US in the San Francisco Bay Area. Alicia's customs experiences include assisting clients on designing and improving US planning and regulatory compliance with a particular emphasis on import, classification, and data analytics. She has also been managing the internal knowledge databases and resources within EY Global Trade practice for the past 2 years: conducting annual Global Trade practitioner census, creating marketing publications, internal global trade newsletters and practice updates.

The scope of Alicia's work has frequently involved engagements with large scale import compliance and data analytics projects across several product lines, business units and jurisdictions. In addition Alicia has assisted clients on denied party screenings and product classification projects including review of luxury goods, apparel, high technology, semiconductor, oil and gas industries.

Alicia holds a MBA from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Monterey, California, and a Bachelors of Financial and Economic Law from the Fu-Jen Catholic University in Taiwan. Alicia spent 13 years in Latin America and enjoys fried sweet plantains, piña coladas, and homemade empanadas. Alicia is fluent in English, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.

 

Co-Treasurer: David Feinstein, Tesla
David Feinstein
David is the Global Trade & Compliance Manager at Tesla Motors. He joined Tesla early in 2012, before the launch of the award winning Model S. Tesla procures materials 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 develop a tax-aligned supply chain solution. In June of 2013, David helped to launch Model S in Europe, and is now actively working to bring Model S to Asia in 2014.

Previously, David was involved in the Ciena acquisition of several Nortel business lines, first as a consultant, then later as the Global Trade/Indirect Tax Leader for EMEA & APAC, based in London. David spent over three years as a Senior Consultant at Deloitte, after staring his career working for the U.S. Department of Commerce.

David graduated from the University of California at Irvine (B.A., International Studies) and enjoys road trips with his family and fishing.

 

Co-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, Lumentum Operations
Lucina LaraLucina is a Sr. Manager Global Trade Compliance in the Legal department at Lumentum (former JDSU) in Milpitas, California. Lucina leads the Global Trade Compliance efforts and serves as a corporate advisor for the global 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: Sumika Kawamura
Sumika KawamuraSumika’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 FedEx-WorldTariff 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 and has joined WIT-NC being certain that she can further explore the world of international trade. WIT is a community where she has enjoyed meeting many well-educated people with various backgrounds and learned trade compliance in wide range of subjects.

 

Volunteer Assistant Director: Diana Lee
Diana LeeDiana 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 first term on the WIT-NC board!

 

 

 

Marketing Director: Ann McGrath, Global Foundries
Ann McGrath
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 third year, and the ABA Customs Law and Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committees (as a member and contributing author).

 

 

Membership Director: Dylan Parker, Facebook
Dylan Parker
Dylan is an experienced management consultant and project manager in the areas of international trade compliance, automated solutions, and process improvement.

After 5 productive years with Deloitte's Customs and Global Trade consulting practice, he joined Apple's global trade compliance team as an automation project manager.

He is a licensed U.S. Customs Broker, Six Sigma Yellow Belt certified, and is currently pursuing his Certified U.S. Export Compliance Officer® certification offered by the International Import-Export Institute. In March 2015, Dylan joined the Facebook team managing export controls.

 

Membership Assistant Director: Sisifo Tuilomo, Flex
Sisifo Tuiloma
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.

 

 

Event Coordinator Director: Carla Ackley Cravalho, Cisco
Carla Ackley 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 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.

 

Event Assistant Coordinator: Tobias Andersson, NetApp
Tobias Andersson
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.

 

Fundraising Director: Jessica Latham, Fortinet, Inc.
Jessica Latham
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.

 

Fundraising Assistant Director: Sean Barni, Tesla
Sean Barni
Sean is currently a Global Trade & Compliance Program Manager at Tesla Motors, where he has been since May, 2014. While at Tesla, Sean has led a number of projects focusing on duty optimization, including Free Trade Agreements, Duty Drawback, Foreign Trade Zones, as well as major HTS and ECCN classification initiatives. Sean will also be leading Tesla’s global export compliance program.

Prior to joining Tesla, Sean worked for 4+ years as a Consultant with Ernst & Young’s Global Trade Compliance practice, where he worked across a diverse set of clients to help navigate the complexities of U.S. import and export regulations. During his time with EY, Sean’s notable projects involved HTS/ECCN classification, FTZ establishment, FTA qualification, and import/export compliance program reviews and audits.

Sean graduated from Santa Clara University, earning his Bachelor of Science in Finance, with an emphasis in Management. When not working, Sean enjoys traveling to new and exotic destinations and spending any free time with family and friends, preferably near water.

 

Endowment Director: Michael Schwartzberg, Mentor Graphics
Michael Schwartzberg
Michael is Senior Manager of Global Trade Compliance at Mentor Graphics. Mr. 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. As the senior management level person responsible for Mentor Graphics trade compliance efforts Mr. Schwartzberg is 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.

 

 

 

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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