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Women's International Shipping & Trading Association

Welcome To WISTA USA

WISTA USA, founded in 1997, is among the largest National WISTA Associations (NWAs) worldwide, with over 540 members spread across eleven regional Chapters: Connecticut; Delaware River & Bay Area; Florida; Great Lakes/Midwest; New England; New Orleans; New York / New Jersey; the Pacific Northwest (Alaska, Washington, and Oregon); Texas; Washington, DC Metro; and West Coast (California and Hawai’i). Our members represent all facets of the maritime industry, including shipowners, charterers, operators, brokers, bankers, insurance professionals, attorneys, analysts, and government officials.

WISTA USA’s main goals are providing networking and educational opportunities for our members. In pursuit of these objectives, our various regional Chapters hold periodic meetings, seminars, and social gatherings throughout the year, occasionally in conjunction with larger marine industry events. In addition, the WISTA USA Annual General Meeting takes place each spring, and the International Conference, open to all WISTA members worldwide, takes place each fall. All of these events – whether local, regional, national, or international – provide tremendous networking and educational opportunities for our members and thereby enhance the benefits of membership in the organization.

Events

WISTA USA – New England – Kayaking

We had a absolutely fantastic kayaking day that we had decide to have another meet up in August, this time in Hull, MA. Meeting at 9:00 am […]

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WISTA USA – PNW – Seattle Storm Game at Alaska Airlines Arena

Seattle Storm Game at Alaska Airlines Arena (3870 Montlake Blvd, Seattle) – Following our session with Alisha Valavanis, we are having a WISTA outing to watch a Seattle […]

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Finalists announced for Lloyd’s List Americas Awards

A US state government is among the finalists in the first event in this year’s Lloyd’s List awards programme, which is acknowledging and promoting shipping’s commitment to […]

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WISTA USA Texas – World Maritime Day – Celebrate “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community”

SAVE THE DATE: SEPTEMBER 26, 2019    6PM World Maritime Day – Celebrate “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community” The World Maritime Day Theme for the year is […]

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SHIPPINGInsight 2019: North America’s Premier Shipping Technology Event

Registration open for SHIPPINGInsight 2019: North America’s Premier Shipping Technology Event Convenes in Stamford October 15-17  STAMFORD, Conn., June 24, 2019 – Registration for the 8th annual […]

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News

WISTA USA PNW – Guest Speaker Alisha Valvanis CEO and GM of WNBA Champion Seattle Storm and Force 10 Sports

On Friday August 9, 2019 the WISTA USA PNW Chapter had its lunch n’ learn. The facility location was provided by Holland America Group (member Cady Morris) […]

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Employment Opportunity – Crowley Maritime

Vice President, Insurance Risk Management Our People Crowley is a privately owned marine, transportation and logistics company providing worldwide solutions since 1892.  We have over 6,000 high-performing […]

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Kongsberg Simulation Conference 2019

A Voyage of Discovery The main focus of this year’s event will be based on exploring new simulation solutions and training possibilities. Highlighting increased safety, sustainability and […]

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WISTA USA PNW Featured in Washington State Ferries Weekly Update
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WISTA USA PNW Lunch & Learn onboard the Washington State Ferry

The WISTA USA PNW July event was onboard the  Washington State Ferry; Wenatchee on July 12th.    Washington State Ferries operates the largest ferry fleet in the United […]

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WISTA USA PNW Lunch & Learn Hosted by Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt

The WISTA USA PNW June lunch and learn was hosted by Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt  on June 28th   Keynote speaker Kelle Horn, Vice President, Chartering Broker, Principal […]

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30TH Annual March of Dimes Salute to Women of Achievement Honors Maritime Attorney Sandra L. Knapp

West Chester, PA – June 2019 – The March of Dimes just revealed it will honor WISTA member and maritime attorney Sandra L. Knapp at its 30th […]

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Seamen’s Church Institute honours WISTA International with Silver Bell Award

The Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) honoured Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA International) with the 2019 Silver Bell Award at the 42nd Annual Silver Bell Awards […]

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WISTA USA Holds Annual General Meeting and Conference in Philadelphia

Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) USA held its Annual General Meeting and Conference April 26, 2019 in Philadelphia, PA. Boriana Farrar, Vice President Counsel Business […]

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WISTA USA HOSTS 2019 CMA Luncheon

WISTA USA hosted its 14th annual CMA Luncheon on April 2, 2019.  More than 200 people attended the event, kicking off the Connecticut Maritime Association Conference.  Honored […]

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Board Of Directors

Name
Parker Harrison
Board Position
WISTA USA President
National WISTA Association
WISTA USA
Email
parker.harrison@crowley.com
Title
SVP and General Counsel
Company
Crowley Maritime Corporation
Name
Alexandra Anagnostis
Board Position
Immediate Past President
National WISTA Association
WISTA USA
Email
aa@tms-fla.com
Title
President
Company
Total Marine Solutions
Name
Frances Keeler
Board Position
WISTA USA Board Member
National WISTA Association
WISTA USA
Email
francesk@cceeb.org
Title
Vice President
Company
California Council for Envivronmental & Economic Balance
Name
Laura Sherman
Board Position
WISTA USA Board Member
National WISTA Association
WISTA USA
Email
lsherman@register-iri.com
Title
Director, Marketing & Communicaitons / Operations Technology Officer
Company
International Registries, Inc./The Marshall Islands Registry
Name
Kathleen Haines
Board Position
Treasurer
National WISTA Association
WISTA USA
Email
khaines@holbridge.com
Title
Treasurer & CFO
Company
Heidmar, Inc.
Name
Marlene Boyer
Board Position
WISTA USA Board Member
National WISTA Association
WISTA USA
Email
m.boyer@stolt.com
Title
Sales Manager
Company
Stolt Tanker Trading
Name
Kathleen Plemer
Board Position
Board Member
National WISTA Association
WISTA USA
Email
plemer@chaffe.com
Title
Partner
Company
Chaffe McCall
Name
Boriana Farrar
Board Position
Recording Secretary
National WISTA Association
WISTA USA
Email
boriana.farrar@american-club.com
Title
Vice President Counsel Business Development Director
Company
Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc.
Name
Jeanne Grasso
Board Position
ExCo Member for the Americas Region
National WISTA Association
WISTA USA
Email
Grasso@blankrome.com
Title
Attorney, Partner
Company
Blank Rome LLP

Leadership Team

Name
Kassandra Savicki
Board Position
Connecticut Chapter Co-President
National WISTA Association
WISTA USA
Email
kassandra.savicki@nortonrosefulbright.com
Title
Counsel
Company
Norton Rose Fulbright
Name
Eileen Molles
Board Position
Connecticut Chapter Co-President
National WISTA Association
WISTA USA
Email
emolles@eagleships.com
Title
Senior Operations Manager
Company
Eagle Bulk Shipping
Name
Cynthia Hudson
Board Position
Delaware River & Bay Area Chapter President
National WISTA Association
WISTA USA
Email
cynthia.hudson@hudsonanalytix.com
Title
CEO
Company
HudsonAnalytix, Inc
Name
Lisa Reeves
Board Position
Delaware River & Bay Area Vice President
National WISTA Association
WISTA USA
Email
reeves@lawofsea.com
Title
Partner
Company
Reeves McEwing LLP
Name
Rosemary Mackay
Board Position
Florida Chapter Co-President
National WISTA Association
WISTA USA
Email
andever88@gmail.com
Title
Lead Engineering Instructor, Modeling and Research coordination
Company
Resolve Maritime Academy
Name
Anna Silva
Board Position
Florida Chapter Co-President
National WISTA Association
WISTA USA
Email
anna_silva3@yahoo.com
Title
Operations Supervisor
Company
Port Everglades
Name
Judy Druskovich
Board Position
Great Lakes/Midwest Chapter Co-President
National WISTA Association
WISTA USA
Email
Jdruskovich@nmc.edu
Title
Admissions Specialist
Company
Great Lakes Maritime Academy
Name
Leigh Rinas
Board Position
Great Lakes/Midwest Chapter Co-President
National WISTA Association
WISTA USA
Email
leighrinas@gmail.com
Title
2nd Mate - Unlimited Tonnage
Company
Crowley - AMO
Name
Elizabeth Simmons
Board Position
New England Chapter Co-President
National WISTA Association
WISTA USA
Email
esimmons@maritime.edu
Title
Vice President
Company
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Name
Jennifer Stone
Board Position
New England Chapter Co-President
National WISTA Association
WISTA USA
Email
jstone.sail@gmail.com
Title
Safety & Compliance Coordinator
Company
Boston BoatWorks
Name
Hannah Macgowan
Board Position
New Orleans Chapter Co-President
National WISTA Association
WISTA USA
Email
hmacgowan@canalbarge.com
Title
Corporate Communications Manager
Company
Canal Barge Company
Name
Barrett Rice
Board Position
New Orleans Chapter Co-President
National WISTA Association
WISTA USA
Email
brice@joneswalker.com
Title
Partner
Company
Jones Walker
Name
Kate Belmont
Board Position
New York/New Jersey Chapter Co-President
National WISTA Association
WISTA USA
Email
kbelmont@blankrome.com
Title
Attorney
Company
Blank Rome LLP
Name
Sarah Brennan
Board Position
New York/New Jersey Chapter Co-President
National WISTA Association
WISTA USA
Email
Sarah.E.Brennan1@uscg.mil
Title
Deputy Chief, Safety and Security Operations
Company
United States Coast Guard
Name
Caitlin Hardy
Board Position
Pacific Northwest Chapter Co-President
National WISTA Association
WISTA USA
Email
caitlin@iocurrents.com
Title
VP Product & Strategy
Company
ioCurrents
Name
Sarah Burroughs
Board Position
Pacific Northwest Chapter Co-President
National WISTA Association
WISTA USA
Email
sburroughs@gdiving.com
Title
Compliance Manager
Company
Global Diving & Salvage,Inc
Name
Jackie Minnich
Board Position
Texas Chapter President
National WISTA Association
WISTA USA
Email
JMinnich@agility.com
Title
Marine Strategic Account Manager
Company
Agility
Name
Patricia O'Neill
Board Position
DC Metro Chapter Co-President
National WISTA Association
WISTA USA
Email
patricia.oneill@apl.com
Title
Deputy General Counsel, US Flag
Company
American President Lines, LLC
Name
Meredith Kirby
Board Position
DC Metro Chapter Co-President
National WISTA Association
WISTA USA
Email
mkirby@register-iri.com
Title
General Counsel
Company
International Registries, Inc.
Name
Jolene Rice
Board Position
West Coast Chapter Co-President
National WISTA Association
WISTA USA
Email
jrice@cwlfirm.com
Title
Partner
Company
Cox Wootton Lerner Griffin & Hansen LLP
Name
Jeanine Tede
Board Position
West Coast Chapter Co-President
National WISTA Association
WISTA USA
Email
jeanine.tede@clydeco.us
Title
Senior Counsel
Company
Clyde & Co US LLP
Name
Jillian Tobias
Board Position
WISTA USA Press Officer
National WISTA Association
WISTA USA
Email
jillian@logonmediastrategies.com
Title
President
Company
LogOn Media Strategies
Name
Rae Velez
Board Position
WISTA USA Membership Director
National WISTA Association
WISTA USA
Email
rv@tms-fla.com
Title
Community Relations Manager
Company
Total Marine Solutions

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