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2018 Trade Symposium Partner Government Agency Drop In


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2018 Trade Symposium

 Atlanta, Georgia

August 15, 2018

Partner Government Agency Drop In


Biographical Data



U.S. Department of Commerce – Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS) 

Dara Sanders
Export Compliance Specialist

Ms. Sanders currently serves as an Export Compliance Specialist in the Munitions Control Division of the Office of Strategic Industries and Economic Security.  In her current position, Ms. Sanders has a dual role as a Licensing and Compliance Officer.  Her duties involve export license reviews and performing desk audit and compliance site visits for US exporters.  Ms. Sanders also provides policy updates on behalf of the Munitions Control Division.

Prior to working for the Department of Commerce, Ms. Sanders was a Staff Attorney providing litigation and compliance guidance in White Collar Crime and Trade Law.  Ms. Sanders has also worked as a Law Clerk with a Nonprofit Organization, specializing in Constitutional Law.

Ms. Sanders holds a Bachelors Degree from the University of Virginia, and a J.D. from Wayne State University.  Ms. Sanders is currently a member of two state bars, Michigan and Washington, D.C..

U.S. Department of Commerce – Enforcement & Compliance 

Antidumping & Countervailing Duty Operations
Elisabeth Urfer
Associate Director

Ms. Urfer has over twenty-five years of experience working in the field of international trade. Currently she is the Associate Director in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Liaison Unit (CLU) in the Antidumping and Countervailing Duty (AD/CVD) Operations Group of Enforcement and Compliance (E&C) at the International Trade Administration (ITA) at the U.S. Department of Commerce.  The CLU is responsible for coordinating E&C’s communications with the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  The CLU serves the AD/CVD case teams within E&C, CBP/ICE, and the trade community involved with exporting or importing goods subject to AD/CVD duties in the United States.

Ms. Urfer joined the CLU after working as a consultant at Capital Trade, Inc. for fifteen years assisting companies with a number of trade issues. Ms. Urfer assisted companies on trade regulatory issues, unfair trade practices and with understanding provisions in international trade agreements. Ms. Urfer joined Capital Trade in 1998 after working for five years as a Senior Import Compliance Specialist, and a Financial Analyst with the Department of Commerce. Ms. Urfer entered government service as a Presidential Management Intern.

Ms. Urfer has traveled to over fifty countries in Asia, The Americas, Africa and Europe. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master’s degree in International Economic Policy from the University of California, San Diego.

Andrew Medley
Senior International Trade Compliance Analyst

Mr. Medley is a Senior International Trade Compliance Analyst in Office II, AD/CVD Operations, Enforcement & Compliance, U.S. Department of Commerce.  In this role, Mr. Medley serves as lead analyst on antidumping and countervailing duty investigations and reviews to determine if imports of the goods under investigation were unfairly subsidized or sold below fair market value.  As part of his job, Mr. Medley travels to factory and office sites domestically and around the world to meet with government and company officials and to review original records and production processes.

Mr. Medley graduated from Geneva College in 2003 with a Bachelor’s degree in Cross-Cultural Studies, and a minor in Engineering.  Mr. Medley served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mauritania, West Africa from 2004-2006.  Mr. Medley graduated from James Madison University with a Master’s degree in Political Science in 2009 and spent a year working for the Office of Management and Budget (part of the Executive Office of the President), before joining Commerce in November 2010.  He lives in Silver Spring, MD with his wife and three children.

Ashlyn Holeyfield
International Trade Specialist

Ms. Holeyfield is currently an International Trade Specialist in the Office of Trade Agreements Negotiations and Compliance, International Trade Administration, United States Department of Commerce [DOC]. In her capacity, Ms. Holeyfield is responsible for investigating foreign government policies and analyzing relevant international trade agreements (including the World Trade Organization and U.S. free trade agreements) to determine whether foreign governments are properly complying with the agreement obligations they have undertaken. Ms. Holeyfield’s expertise includes the WTO E-Commerce Working Group, the WTO Customs Valuation Agreement, and the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement.

Ms. Holeyfield graduated from Hendrix College, in Conway, AR, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and a Master of Public Policy degree from American University, in Washington, DC.

U.S. Department of Commerce – Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA)

Laurie Mease
International Trade Specialist

Laurie Mease has served as an International Trade Specialist with the U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA) since 2004.  As a member of the Western Hemisphere Team, Ms. Mease assists companies with various aspects of trade in textiles, apparel, and footwear with Mexico, the Andean region, and DR-CAFTA countries.  She is currently assisting in the implementation of the International Trade Data System (ITDS), the electronic “single window” for all cargo crossing U.S. borders.  Ms. Mease also aids in the review of textile-related Free Trade Zone (FTZ) applications, administers the electronic systems used for the Dominican Republic and Haiti Earned Import Allowance programs (EIAPs), and reviews requests submitted under the commercial availability (short supply) mechanism of the DR-CAFTA, Peru, Colombia, and Panama free trade agreements (FTAs).  Most recently, Ms. Mease served as the Industry & Analysis (I&A) bureau’s Communications Lead for the USA Partner Country activities at Hannover Messe 2016, as well as leading the Department of Commerce’s efforts to jointly host the 2016 and 2018 Smart Fabrics Summits with the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI).

Ms. Mease is a graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Business & Management and Spanish.  She also obtained a Master of Arts degree in International Trade & Investment Policy, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Latin American & Hemispheric Studies, from The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs in Washington, DC.

U.S. Department of Commerce  U.S Census Bureau – International Trade Management Division 

Christine Burton

Ms. Christine Burton is a Supervisor in the Trade Regulations Branch (TRB) within the International Trade Management Division at the U.S. Census Bureau.  Ms. Burton joined the U.S. Census Bureau in 2011.  In her current role as a Supervisor in TRB, she manages the work on regulatory matters pertaining to the Foreign Trade Regulations, the collection of the Electronic Export Information, and Voluntary Self Disclosures.  She frequently travels to seminars and conferences to promote the electronic filing of export information via the Automated Export System. 

Ms. Burton earned her bachelor’s degree from Hampton University and master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University.  She also earned a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University.

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)

Jim Joholske
Director, Office of Import Surveillance

Jim Joholske began his career at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in July 2000 in the agency’s Office of Compliance and Field Operations.  While in the Office of Compliance and Field Operations, he primarily focused on enforcement of mandatory regulations governing consumer fireworks and cigarette lighters.    

Jim joined CPSC’s newly formed Office of Import Surveillance in 2008, and served as the Deputy Director prior to assuming the role of office Director in March 2017.  The Office of Import Surveillance co-locates CPSC investigators at the largest ports of entry across the country.  CPSC staff work side-by-side with U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel to identify and examine imported shipments that may contain hazardous merchandise. 

CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard or can injure children. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed significantly to the 30 percent decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)

Milton A. Tyrrell         
Supervising Special Agent
Diversion Control Division

Milton A. Tyrrell is currently a Staff Coordinator at the Drug Enforcement Administration in Arlington, VA. 

In June 1989, Mr. Tyrrell began his law enforcement career in New York City as a NYC Probation Officer, and began his federal law enforcement career with DEA in 1995. After graduating from the DEA Academy, he was assigned to the Boston Division Office. In 1996, he transferred to the Bridgeport Resident Office, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where he worked extensively on violent street gangs.

In December 2002, Mr. Tyrrell transferred to the Bridgetown, Barbados Country Office where he was an Assistant County Attaché.  There he worked closely with host country officials in Barbados, and Drug Commanders throughout the Eastern Caribbean on dismantling local and international drug trafficking organizations.

In March 2006, SA Tyrrell was reassigned to the Washington Division Office (WDO). While at the WDO, Mr. Tyrrell worked in the HIDTA Task Force and the WDO Diversion Group until being promoted to the Group Supervisor in April 2008. SA Tyrrell supervised the Tactical Diversion Group in Worcester, MA and under his leadership, the Worcester TDS conducted several high profile diversion cases in the country, until he was reassigned to the Pharmaceutical Investigations Section DEA Headquarters in April 2014 as the Unit Chief. Mr. Tyrrell is currently assigned to the Synthetic drugs and Chemicals section unit.

Mr. Tyrrell earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Kansas, and a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the City University of New York, Brooklyn College.

Amy Peacock
Program Analyst

Amy Peacock began her career with the Drug Enforcement Administration in 2013 in the Office of Diversion Control working in the Import/Export Unit.  In 2015, Mrs. Peacock joined Diversion Control Division’s Synthetic Drugs and Chemicals Section as a Program Analyst.  She is a member of the Pill Presses and Encapsulation Machines Team.

Mrs. Peacock is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Concentration in Social Sciences degree. 

John Kronebusch
Program Analyst in the Diversion Control Diversion

John Kronebusch is a Program Analyst in the Diversion Control Diversion at the Drug Enforcement Administration.

In 1980, Mr. Kronebusch assumed the duties of a Technical Information Specialist at the Institute of Defense Analysis where he developed an information retrieval system for classified documents.  He became a Records Specialist at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in 1990 where he developed two information retrieval systems.

Mr. Kronebusch joined DEA in 1990.  He is currently the manager of a database containing information on firms handling the regulated List I and II chemicals, capsule filling machines and tablet presses. 

Mr. Kronebusch received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota and then a Master of Science Degree in Mathematics from Northern Illinois University.  This was followed by his pursuit of the Doctor of Philosophy in Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Tony Spann​​​​​​​
Life Scientist

Tony Spann is an environmental compliance and enforcement professional with a wide range of experiences and technical expertise in the environmental field. Tony is currently a Life Scientist serving in the capacity of a Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) New and Existing Chemicals (NEC) Case Development Officer and a Clean Air Act (CAA) Asbestos National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) Case Development Officer with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4.

Tony graduated in 1999 with honors from Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi, with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Tony started his environmental career in 2000 with the U.S. Army where he served as an Environmental Science Officer stationed at Fort Eustis, Virginia. Tony provided a comprehensive environmental health program, which encompassed water quality analysis, hazardous and solid waste management, entomological surveillance, radiation protection, industrial hygiene, and spill response for three military installations. He coordinated environmental surveillance with installation, local, state, and federal regulatory agencies.

In 2004 after leaving the U.S. Army, Tony began work as an Environmental Scientist with CH2M Hill, in which he completed air emissions inventories of identified areas located throughout Edwards Air Force Base in California. He was instrumental in the preparation of CAA Title V reports for submission to the EPA. Tony managed operations of the Base Air Monitoring Station to include analyzing and monitoring for PM 10, PM 2.5, Nitrogen Oxides and Ozone. He frequently interacted with State and County regulators, contractors, military personnel, and a diverse civilian workforce.

In his current position (2008 – Present) as a TSCA and CAA Case Development Officer, Tony conducts inspections for the enforcement of the TSCA NEC and the CAA NESHAP Programs in EPA Region 4 which covers eight southeastern states (States). Tony serves as the EPA Region 4 representative on national and regional work groups that formulate the EPA Region 4’s TSCA and CAA policies, strategic plans, and initiatives. Tony displays his in-depth knowledge of the environmental regulations by regularly responding to inquiries from regional staff, other regional offices, EPA Headquarters officials, other federal government organizations, state and local agencies, regulated community, and the general public concerning the interpretation and application of TSCA and CAA as well as maintaining up to date guidance policy documents and technical materials related to environmental issues.

Kimberly Tomczak​​​​​​​
Life Scientist

Kimberly Tomczak currently serves as a Life Scientist with the Environmental Protection Agency in the Southeast Regional office located in Atlanta, Georgia. In her role, Ms. Tomczak works as a Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) Case Development Officer, Technical Project Officer, Regional Credential Coordinator, Regional Bed Bug Coordinator and a FIFRA Import contact.

Ms. Tomczak is a native of Omaha, Nebraska. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Nebraska. After completing her undergraduate studies, Kimberly served as an AmeriCorps Sea Turtle Night Patrol Member at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. Following this, Ms. Tomczak served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia from 2010 to 2013. Her first two years, she worked as a Rural Aquaculture and Agriculture Specialist in Northwest Zambia where her main role was to train farmers in the fundamentals and benefits of fish farming. Ms. Tomczak extended her service for a third year to collaborate with the Department of Fisheries, African Wildlife Foundation and Peace Parks Foundation. Ms. Tomczak compiled surveys and GPS data in Mwandi and Kazungula District in Zambia, for a socio-economic study done by Peace Parks Foundation and developed and conducted fish farming trainings to local farmers at Namanjanga village fish farm.

Kimberly served on the 2015 and 2016 Atlanta Area Returned Peace Corps Volunteers Board. Not only did she set up quarterly potlucks and four additional events for returned peace corps volunteers, Ms. Tomczak attended board meetings to discuss past and future events.

In her spare time, Kimberly enjoys running, hiking and taking her dog to the park. Ms. Tomczak completed her first marathon in November 2016 and her second marathon January 2018 in Charleston, South Carolina.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

John Verbeten​​​​​​​
Director, Import Operations

John Verbeten is the Director of FDA’s Division of Import Operations. His  team provides leadership, instruction, and support for all aspects of FDA’s import operations, including investigation and enforcement activities, interagency collaboration, IT systems development, and management of FDA’s Import Alert program.

Throughout his 27 years with the FDA, John has specialized in import operations.  He spent his first 14 years in FDA field offices in Dallas District and Chicago District, primarily as an import investigator, and was named FDA’s Import Inspector of the year in 2000. John has been a member of the national instructor cadre responsible for training employees on import law and FDA import procedures since 2001.

As a staff member and manager in the Division of Import Operations since 2004, John has been integral to issuance and maintenance of instruction to the field including Regulatory Procedures and Investigations Operations; development of import procedures for FDA field offices and headquarters; development of new regulatory/statutory programs, and training of FDA staff on all aspects of FDA’s import operations. He has been heavily involved in issues related to imported pharmaceuticals, International Mail Facilities, and in issues specifically dealing with US Customs and Border Protection laws, regulations, and procedures.

John became Director of FDA’s Division of Import Operations in January 2017.

U.S. Department of Transportation – National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

Coleman Sachs
Chief, Import and Certification Division

Mr. Sachs has 39 years of experience with the U.S. Department of Transportation.  He has spent the last 33 of these with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  For the past fifteen years, he has been the Chief of the Import and Certification Division within the agency’s Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance (OVSC).  That is the Division that is principally responsible for regulating the importation into the United States of motor vehicles and motor vehicle equipment items that are subject to the Federal motor vehicle safety standards (FMVSS).  Before joining the Division, Mr. Sachs was a Trial Attorney in NHTSA’s Office of Chief Counsel for 17 years.  While serving in that position, he provided legal support to the agency in its investigation of suspected safety-related defects in motor vehicles and motor vehicle equipment, and provided legal assistance and guidance to OVSC on vehicle importation and certification issues.  Before coming to NHTSA, Mr. Sachs spent six years as an Attorney-Advisor for the U.S. Coast Guard, and two years working initially as a Special Agent and subsequently as a Legal Specialist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Mr. Sachs has a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a law degree from Syracuse University College of Law.                             

U.S. Treasury Department, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau

John G. Kyranos​​​​​​​
Intelligence Division

John Kyranos joined the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) in 2014, after eight years with CBP's Office of International Trade. Since 2009, he has been intimately involved with the technical aspects of ACE, as well as collaborating with other federal agencies in order to advise and assist them in modernizing their trade operations. Prior to joining CBP, John worked for USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service, specializing in trade modernization, including ACE.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

William Scopa​​​​​​​
Branch Chief, Partner Government Agencies
Office of Trade, Customs and Border Protection

Mr. Scopa is the Chief of the Partner Government Agency Branch within the Interagency Collaboration Division, Office of Trade, Customs and Border Protection, located in Washington DC.  He is the liaison with other federal government agencies that have border authorities or interests and coordinates their activities with CBP field operations. He has been in this division since 2012.

He has over 35 years CBP experience with CBP. 15 years were spent at the CBP Ports of Los Angeles and Boston, the remainder at CBP headquarters, where he has held varied positions, such as manager of CBP’s vessel operations, revenue policy, anti-dumping and countervailing duty (ADCVD), and commercial targeting and enforcement. 

Jim Swanson
Director, Cargo Security and Controls,
Office of Field Operations  
(available during sessions 2 & 3)

Jim Swanson is currently the Director of the Cargo and Security Controls Division, for Cargo and Conveyance Security, CBP Office of Field Operations.  In that role he has oversight over both export and import cargo issues.  This is his second time with many of these programs as after 9 years as an Inspector with the former U.S. Customs Service he spent 8 years as a program manager/Branch Chief overseeing a number of different cargo programs including cargo release and truck manifest.  He then served as the Area Port Director of Baltimore, Maryland and followed that with four years assigned to the ACE project as the lead for Ocean/Rail manifest development and deployment and the Operational Test Agent for all ACE projects currently under way.

Last modified: 
July 31, 2018