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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 – PNW – Lunch n’ Learn “Port Series” – 2

Stephanie Jones Stebbins, Managing Director, Port of Seattle Maritime Division https://www.portseattle.org/news/stephanie-jones-stebbins-named-managing-director-port-seattle-maritime-division February 28, 2020 – Lunch n’ Learn ‘Port Series’ Where: Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt 12:00 -1:30 […]

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WISTA USA – West Coast – 2020 Women in Maritime Leadership Conference Luncheon with Cadets

This is a reminder that WISTA is again partnering with California Maritime Academy as it hosts the 2020 Women in Maritime Leadership Conference.  The Conference is scheduled […]

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WISTA USA – NOLA – Lunch N’ Learn

We have scheduled our first Lunch & Learn for Wednesday, March 4th from 12-1 pm here at Jones Walker (address below).  Tom Rhoades from the Seamen’s Church […]

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WISTA USA 2020 AGM & CONFERENCE

Make your plans now to attend WISTA USA’s 2020 AGM & Conference, hosted by WISTA USA’s Texas Chapter.  Events include a welcome reception for all members and attendees, […]

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WISTA USA – PNW – Lunch N’ Learn

Lunch & Learn with Eleanor Kirtley, Sr. Program Manager – West Coast & U.S., Green Marine. Time: 12:00-1:30 p.m. https://green-marine.org/about-us/team/

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WISTA USA’S 15TH ANNUAL CMA LUNCHEON

WISTA USA’S 15TH ANNUAL CMA LUNCHEON Stamford, CT – March 31, 2020 Please join us for WISTA USA’s Fifteenth Annual Luncheon at the CMA Shipping 2020 Conference. […]

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WISTA USA – PNW – Screening of “Maiden”

Screening of Maiden @ Center for Wooden boats with Appetizers and Guest Speaker Amanda Swan-Neal (original crew member) .   Evening screening https://www.maiden.film/watchthefilm/

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WISTA USA – FL – Professional Women in Cruising Brunch WISTA

Professional Women in Cruising Brunch Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) – Sponsored by Uplift Moderator: Anna Silva (Acting Assistant Director of Operations, Port Everglades Department) Panelists: […]

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10th National Maritime Awards Dinner – National Press Club

The National Maritime Historical Society in association with The National Coast Guard Museum Association with the Naval Historical Foundation invite you to join us at the 10th […]

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WISTA USA – PNW – Lunch N’ Learn

Lunch & Learn Workshop with Cynthia Scherer from Scherer Excellence covering the topic of Burnout and stress resilience. Time: 12:00-1:30 p.m. https://schererexcellence.com/

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News

Ms. Lois Zabrocky Named Connecticut Maritime Association 2020 Commodore

Award to be presented April 2, 2020 at the conclusion of the CMA’s Shipping 2020 Annual Conference and Exposition Monday, January 13, 2020 – Stamford, Connecticut Ms. […]

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WISTA USA 2020 AGM Website is LIVE!

WISTA Texas has launched the website for the 2020 AGM & Conference, focusing on DIVERSE ENERGY, which will be held in Houston from March 19-20.  To register, book your […]

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WISTA USA – PNW September Lunch n’ Learn

The PNW WISTA chapter had the pleasure the pleasure of having Christine Klimkowski speak to our group.  Christine is a  Master Mariner, Instructor, and Southeast Alaska Pilots’ Association Trainee […]

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WISTA USA Connecticut + New York/New Jersey Chapters co-hosted an event at SUNY Maritime College

WISTA USA Connecticut  + New York/New Jersey Chapters co-hosted an event at SUNY Maritime College on 26th of September.  Fortuitously, the event was held the same day […]

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WISTA USA Launches Great Lakes Region

The Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association USA (WISTA USA) opened its 11th chapter, Great Lakes/ Midwest Region Chapter, and welcomed its 700th member earlier this year. […]

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Employment Opportunity – Crowley Maritime – Sr. Corporate Counsel 

Sr. Corporate Counsel – (USA0000D6) Description Our People Crowley is a privately-owned marine, transportation and logistics company providing worldwide solutions since 1892. We have over 6,000 high-performing team members […]

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WISTA USA Members Take on SCI Mountain Challenge

September26 -29, WISTA members Blythe Daly (FL), Boriana Farrar (NY), and Jeanne Grasso (DC) will be participating the Seamen’s Church Institute Mountain Challenge.  The Seamen’s Church Institute […]

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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

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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WISTA USA PNW Featured in Washington State Ferries Weekly Update
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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
WISTA International Secretary
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
WISTA USA 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
WISTA USA Board Member
National WISTA Association
WISTA USA
Email
plemer@chaffe.com
Title
Partner
Company
Chaffe McCall
Name
Boriana Farrar
Board Position
WISTA USA 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
WISTA USA Board Member
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
MARITIME PROFESSIONAL, MARITIME TRAINING AND REGULATORY AFFAIRS SPECIALIST
Company
Ronin Engineer LLC
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
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
CHRISTINA LIVIAKIS GIANOPULOS
Board Position
New York/New Jersey Chapter Co-President
National WISTA Association
WISTA USA
Email
CHRISTINA@ASRNY.COM
Title
DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Company
AMERICAN SHIP REPAIR (ASR)
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@hollandamericagroup.com
Title
Manager, Audit programs
Company
Holland America Group
Name
Jackie Minnich
Board Position
Texas Chapter President
National WISTA Association
WISTA USA
Email
JMinnich@agility.com
Title
Marine Strategic Account Manager
Company
Agility GIL
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@ccmslaw.com
Title
Attorney
Company
Collins Collins Muir + Stewart 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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