Board of Directors


Chairwoman and OWIT Representative
Monika Sandman
Monika Sandman - 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 tool development to provide trade solutions. Her client roster includes: Applied Materials, Google, ITT, EFI, NUMMI and many others. Monika has been on the WIT-NC Board for the past 8 years.


Beth Peterson
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 22 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, 2006, 2007 and 2008. Beth was awarded OWIT Member of the Year in 2006.


Vice President
Julie Gibbs
Julie Gibbs - Senior Consultant - BPE, Inc.
Prior to joining BPE, Julie was the 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. Prior to Ensenda, Julie was a Product Manager at Open Harbor and was responsible for the design of the company's global trade management and customs clearance solutions. Prior to Open Harbor, Julie 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 has held her customs broker license with CBP for 10 years. She holds an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University and a B.A. in Business Economics from U.C. Santa Barbara.


Jane Solomon
Jane Solomon - Trade Compliance Manager - Anritsu Company.
She is responsible for Export and Customs compliance for the Americas regional area. Ms. Solomon 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 Ms. Solomon 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 Watkins
Jane Watkins – Export Compliance Supervisor – Applied Materials, Inc.
Jane Watkins has been the Supervisor of Export Compliance at Applied Materials, Inc. for the past two years. Her responsibilities include export operational and procedural development. Prior to joining Applied Materials, she was with Varian, Inc. in the role of Manager, Corporate Export Compliance.




Co-Assistant Treasurer
Carol Shields
Carol Shields -Senior Export Compliance Professional - Independent
Carol Shields was the Senior Export Compliance Administrator at KLA-Tencor Corporation for the past three years. Her role as export compliance administrator included responsibility for the development and execution of corporate export compliance policies and management systems guidelines to ensure that KLA-Tencor'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
Teri Pedone – Distribution Manager – Autodesk, Inc.
Teri Pedone is a recent addition to Autodesk's Global Supply Chain team. She has taken the Distribution Manager's position at the Fremont warehouse. Prior to Autodesk, Teri helped start up Spansion LLC's logistics department in Sunnyvale when the IPO was filed in 2005. Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is where Teri has spent most of her career. Teri has held a number of positions in Corporate Transportation, Order Fulfillment and Project Management. Teri is new to the WIT board and hopes to enjoy the camaraderie and networking that WIT does so well. She is looking forward to working on the board in 2009.

Program Director
Janet Pak – World Tariff – FedEx Trade Networks
Janet Pak works at FedEx Trade Networks/World Tariff for the last two and a half years. She is responsible for ensuring accurate global trade data compliance information for over 140 countries. Before coming to FedEx she was a reporter at various online and print publications. She studied journalism at San Jose State University and speaks both Mandarin and Cantonese fluently.


Volunteer Director
Suzanne Castle
Suzanne Castle
Suzanne Castle worked for Urusan Consulting before her retirement last year and has remained active and interested in WIT, its members, organization and charitable activities. Since volunteering is one of her retirement goals, it seems fitting to volunteer to work with friends. She is a past WIT NC volunteer of the year and was the Tour Committee Chair for the OWIT San Francisco Conference. She is, of course, also the official December event WIT elf.


Marketing Director
Samantha Tuttle
Samantha Tuttle – Senior Global Manger – Autodesk, Inc.
Samantha Tuttle brings over 25 years experience in Customs and Export compliance to the Women in International Trade Organization. She has held senior leadership positions at large multinational tech companies including Hewlett-Packard and Autodesk, represented Global Trade and Compliance for Tuttle Law Offices, and serves as a member of the WIT-NC Board as Marketing Director since 2006. At HP, she earned BIS approvals for ground breaking projects in Cuba, China & offshore manufacturing locations. She worked with U.S. Customs, the Bureau of Industry & Security, and HP's Global Carrier Management Teams to enforce compliance from over 4,000 global Suppliers. Samantha was awarded the HP Golden Globe Award for Excellence. While at Tuttle Law Offices, she supported top Silicon Valley companies in the areas of import / export classification, auditing and training. She is currently the Senior Global Manager for Trade Compliance at Autodesk, Inc and is working towards her Customs Brokers License.


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.


Membership Co-Director
Elia Quiros
Elia Quiros - Varian Inc.
Elia Quiros is a Senior Export Compliance Analyst at Varian Inc. During her tenure at other Silicon Valley companies, she has had the opportunity of working with domestic and foreign locations in developing policies and implementing export compliance programs, in addition to working with key players in implementing and managing programs in compliance with the U.S. and other countries import/export regulations. She is a licensed Custom Broker. She has been active at WIT-NC since early 2003 and has held the positions of Assistant Treasurer in 2003 and 2004, and Event Coordinator from 2005 to 2007.


Membership Co-Director
Marcia Davis
Marcia Davies – Global Trade – JDS Uniphase Corp.
I have been in the export compliance field for approximately six plus years. For the first few years I worked with a Defense Contractor and a large R&D organization in Florida and currently I am a Senior Member of the Global Trade team for JDSU. In September 2005 I became Certified U.S. Export Compliance Officer (CUSECO) and I have continued my education in this field by attending as many conferences and seminars as possible and by also obtaining 30 CEU's over the last three years from the International Import Export Institute. In addition, I obtained my MBA in July 2006 with the desire to work within an organization that recognizes the strategic advantage of applying Trade Compliance with a Corporate Business Plan and I feel that I have found that organization with JDSU in San Jose, California.

I became a member of WIT-NC earlier this year and have really enjoyed all the dinners/seminars I have attended. The networking opportunities are wonderful! I was approached by Eva Galfi, Program Director, in June for an opportunity to volunteer for the Continuing Education committee. The support has been phenomenal from the board, the Program committee and other volunteers. WIT-NC is very organized and processes are established; therefore, helping is really easy and fun!


Endowment Director
Sanjana Khoobchandani
Sanjana Khoobchandani - Senior Consultant - Deloitte Tax LLP
Sanjana is a Senior Consultant in Deloitte Tax LLP'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.


Fund-raising Director
Eva Galfi
Eva Galfi - Manager- Customs & Excise – PricewaterhouseCoopers
Eva Galfi is currently working in the Sydney, Australia office of PwC's Customs and Excise practice. Her current focus is to assist Australian and AsiaPac companies navigate the complexities of import and export regulations and creating supply chain efficiencies. Prior to moving to Sydney in August of 2008, Ms. Galfi worked for a competing "big four" as a trade compliance consultant in Silicon Valley, CA. She has assisted several clients with drafting import, export and supply chain security compliance manuals and procedures, conducted compliance audits and has also assisted companies in preparing for C-TPAT validation. In addition, Ms. Galfi has experience with advising clients on valuation issues, origin marking, First Sale for Export implementation, import and export classification and export jurisdiction analysis. She is a skilled classifier of high-tech products, including those found in HTS chapters 84, 85, and 90. Ms. Galfi was awarded her customs brokers license in 2001 and holds a B.A. in Business Administration with a dual concentration in Finance and Marketing. She has also earned an MBA in International Business from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. 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. She has been a member of OWIT since 1996 and involved with the Northern California Chapter off and on since 2001. Ms. Galfi is a licensed Customs Broker and Certified U.S. Export Compliance Officer.


WIT-NC would like to thank and acknowledge its past presidents:
2018 - Leslie Levy August
2017 - Leslie Levy August
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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