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Since 1996
501(c)(6) NY Chapter
Mission: United around the globe to foster international trade and the advancement of women in business.
Network. Mentorship. Leadership.

The OWIT-NY membership subscription runs for a full year from the time of payment.

Annual membership dues are $75 for regular membership and $25 for government or non-profit membership. 


Student memberships are FREE. Please email for student memberships.

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Meet the Board


Jermeale Lewis-Johnson, LCB, CCS

Membership Chair

Jermeale is a Licensed Customs Broker with expertise in the Customs Clearance of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, wearing apparel and various food.  Her career timeline across a 5-year span includes roles as an Account Clerk, Account Representative, Customs Entry Writer, International Trade Specialist, and CEO and Founder of her Customs Brokerage firm.

Krishna Stefenon Petersen, LCB

Marketing Co-Chair

Krishna Stefenon Petersen is a Licensed Customs Broker and customs compliance consultant. She provides consulting services on import and export classification, processes and procedures, and restricted party screening. Krishna performs import and export audits, and data analysis. Worked with Foreign-Trade Zones for crude oil and petrochemical products and on international tax related projects.

Caroline Desjardins

International Representative

Caroline's core competencies include international business and trade, global supply chain sourcing, computerized industrial knitting with a special interest in the manufacturing processes, research and development for product development, and merchandising and brand marketing strategies. She is an adjunct professor at LIM College in NYC, teaching Marketing, Business Management and Entrepreneurship to enthusiastic students.


Sara P. Schoenfeld

Programming Co-Chair

Sara P. Schoenfeld is a Manager in the EY Global Trade practice in New York.  Sara assists clients in navigating rules and regulations related to the import and export of goods, developing compliant and efficient customs operations and procedures, and mitigating global trade risk.  Sara often works with multinational corporations to assist in supply chain restructuring and customs valuation planning.

Jenniffer L. Moreno 

Treasurer Co-Chair

Jenniffer L. Moreno is a Small Business Relationship Manager at Santander Bank, Ms. Moreno facilitates full-service banking and transactions for commercial and retail clients leveraging the institution’s mix of products and services to ensure all client objectives are met. At Santander, she also serves as part of the (Conexión) a Hispanic Latin Diversity Committee as the Board Co-Chair of an (ERG) Employee Resource Group. Jenniffer has over 11 years of experience working directly with businesses and business owners. 

Evelyn Carrasco

Marketing Co-Chair

Evelyn Carrasco is a Business Advisor at the Small Business Development Center at LaGuardia C. College, she is an enthusiastic person who enjoys what she does, has a strong work ethic and ability to manage considerable discretion and independent judgment with regards to the demand of the work environment and personal criterion. She is also a guest speaker at LaGuardia Community for different programs like Tech 2.0, MoneyBoss, The Women’s Center, CUNY LaGuardia Fatherhood program,  G.R.A.C.E Leadership program, and more.

Lauren Pompey

Social Media/Marketing Intern

Lauren Pompey, is a General Officer Coordinator in Washington, D.C. for high-ranking Officers in the United States Military. She served as a fellow with The Business Council for International Understanding. Lauren’s efforts contributed to the convening and peaceful dialogue of international delegations and private sector leaders.


Pompey is an active contributing member of the New York Chapter of the Organization for Women in International Trade. (OWIT) Her expansion into the field of International Relations began when she earned a Masters from Dublin City University, in the Republic of Ireland. There she led campaigns in partnership with the University of Sanctuary to uplift asylum seekers and refugees through educational opportunities.


Pompey, is also deeply rooted in her professional training as a dancer. She has performed in modern pieces at Lincoln Center & continued on to earning a BFA Mason Gross School of the Arts. Pompey, then choreographed new works, toured professionally & taught fundamentals of classical ballet within public schools, through the American Repertory Ballet.



Kathy Santillo


Kathy is inspired by global efforts to drive investment for social good. She has more than twenty-five years of experience living and working in Asia, North America and Europe. She worked for the USAID/India Mission, US-ASEAN Business Council in Southeast Asia, and The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan. In addition, Kathy volunteered as an Impact Ambassador with Impact Investment Exchange. She continues to believe in the power of women, libraries, and Harley Davidson motorcycle rides.

Karen King



Karen is the Founder and CEO of Fronterra Global Advisory, Inc., a boutique consultancy firm. Karen is a licensed US Customs broker and a member of the American Association of Exporters & Importers, the Society for International Affairs, and the International Compliance Professionals Association. Karen graduated cum laude from Duke University with a B.A. in Economics and Spanish.  Karen is fluent in Spanish and has a basic knowledge of Russian.

Andrea Reyes

Programming Co-Chair

Andrea Reyes is a fair trade advocate, educator and small business owner. She is the Chair of the NYC Fair Trade Coalition: a network of fair trade advocates which aim to educate, activate and incubate sustainable business practices. She is the founder of A. Bernadette: a fair trade fashion brand in Uganda which hosts educational study abroad programs. She teaches fashion marketing, international trade, and business development classes at LIM College and the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Our members represent a diverse range of occupations, including but are not limited to:

Our Members:

  • Banking and finance

  • Communications

  • Customs and trade law

  • Education

  • Government and Diplomacy

  • Import and Export Trade

  • Insurance

  • Technology

  • Trade-related Non-profits

  • Transportation

  • Supply chain

  • Other international services


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