Our Team

Jennifer Saak, Ph.D.

Jennifer Saak, Ph.D.

Managing Director and Principal Consultant

Jennifer Saak has over 25 years of experience in export controls compliance and scientific research. Her expertise is in export controls risk assessments, commodity and technology classifications, training, deemed exports, and business process improvements. She has extensive experience helping universities and non-profit research institutions understand how U.S. export controls specifically apply in academic and non-academic settings. Jennifer is an active speaker for AUECO, NCURA, SRA International. She earned a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Northwestern University and a B.S. in materials science and engineering from Cornell University.

Regulatory Expertise: EAR, OFAC, deemed exports, export classification, technology control plans, fundamental research exclusion, export controls in research
James Anzalone

James Anzalone

Senior Consultant

James Anzalone has guided firms of all sizes throughout the world on the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Export Administration Regulations (EAR), Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR), and Customs & Border Protection (CBP) regulations. For over 25 years, Jim has developed comprehensive trade compliance programs encompassing commodity jurisdiction and classification, license determination, restricted parties screening, development of corporate policies and procedures, and employee training programs at companies ranging from start-ups to the Fortune 100. Jim earned his Master’s Degree in International Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University and a B.S. Degree in Supply Chain and Logistics from the Pennsylvania State University. In 2010 he was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to the South Florida District Export Council, where he currently serves as its Chairman.

Expertise: ITAR, EAR, OFAC, classification, software controls, technology control plans, licensing, defense/aerospace/telecommunications controls, and training
Mark Peters

Mark Peters

Senior Consultant

Mark Peters is an expert in U.S. export controls and provides consulting services to academic institutions, non-profit research centers, and companies. He has extensive experience with export classification determination, export compliance program implementation, and comprehensive export risk assessments for organizations with federal funding and international contracts. Mark is also the International Compliance Officer for Oregon State University, where he oversees export controls compliance for a diverse portfolio of research from nuclear engineering to marine sciences. Mark’s responsibilities include establishing an institution-wide export compliance program and serving as the leader for Unmanned Aerial Systems operations at the institution. Mark started his career with the U.S. Department of Commerce and was the Director of a U.S. Export Assistance Center in Montana. He also previously served as a Congressional Fellow to the U.S. Senate, advising Senators on U.S. trade policy.

Expertise: OFAC, EAR, ITAR, fundamental research exclusion, public domain, ECCN determination, license applications, and export controls on UAVs and biologicals
Allen A. DiPalma, MBA

Allen A. DiPalma, MBA

Senior Consultant

Allen A. DiPalma has 30 years of experience in higher education research compliance covering trade compliance, research security, sponsored programs, and foreign influence management and training. Allen brings deep experience in how U.S. export controls regulations affect academic institutions and sponsored research. He is also the Director of the Office of Trade Compliance at the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to that, Allen directed the University’s sponsored project office and worked in the School of Medicine/Health Sciences Administration. Allen is currently a Board member for COGR, past Chair of the Board of AUECO, Steering Committee member for the Academic Security and Counter Exploitation Working Group (ASCE), Traveling Export Controls Faculty Member for NCURA, and export controls representative on the AAU/APLU Science and Security Working Group. Allen earned a B.S. Degree in Business Administration from Oral Roberts University and an M.B.A from the University of Pittsburgh.

Expertise: EAR, ITAR, OFAC, fundamental research exclusion, export compliance program development, and export controls for sponsored programs
Cynthia Roberts

Cynthia Roberts

Senior Consultant

Cindy Roberts has over 25 years of experience in trade compliance and operational excellence. Her expertise is in global export controls, commodity and technology classifications, customs, deemed exports, and process improvement. Cindy has developed comprehensive trade compliance programs and operational policies throughout global companies including classification and licensing, denied parties screening, import and export operations, Technology Control Plans, and training. Cindy brings experience as the Global International Trade Compliance Leader at Fortune 500 companies, focused on export controls audits and export compliance management programs. Cynthia earned a B.S. in physics from Michigan State University and is a certified LEAN/Six Sigma Master Black Belt.

Expertise: EAR, ITAR, OFAC, CIFIUS/FIRRMA, AES/EEI filings, export classification, license determinations, export compliance process improvement, restricted parties

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