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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.

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Meet the Board

Jermeale Lewis-Johnson, LCB, CCS

Marketing Co-Chair

Jermeale entered this industry without much knowledge of international trade, but quickly learned this was where she needed to be.  She wasted no time in taking the customs broker exam in which she passed on her first try.  She currently works as a Customs Entry Writer in Long Island.  Her passion for trade compliance is further satisfied through webinars, and navigating the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).  If there’s a commodity that she doesn’t know, she sure knows how to find the answers.

Caroline Desjardin

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.

Jenniffer L. Moreno 

Membership 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. 

Krishna Stefenon Petersen, LCB

Programming 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.

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.

 

 

Kathy Santillo

President

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

Secretary

 

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

Marketing 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:

  • 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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