WE Local Host Committees

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Meet the 2022 Local Host Committees

The WE Local Host Committees are made up of SWE leaders from across the U.S. who guide the strategic development of their conference. Meet the leaders who make WE Local a success!

rochelle larson

Rochelle Larson

Rochelle Larson works as a Principal Engineer at the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority. She has been working as an Environmental Engineer for more than 13 years. Rochelle has a BSE in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State University and an MS in Civil Engineering from UNM. Rochelle is Dine and grew up on the Navajo Reservation. She has been a member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) since 2008 and has served in various leadership capacities for the section and society since 2013.She has served as the Section President of the Central New Mexico SWE section in Albuquerque. Rochelle is currently serving as the Local Host Committee Chair for the 2022 WE Local Albuquerque conference.

She also serves as Chair-Elect of the American Water Works Association Rocky Mountain Section board and as Vice-President of the Public Lands Interpretive Association board. Rochelle actively participates in volunteering and outreach activities throughout Albuquerque.

helen colvin

Helen Colvin

Helen Colvin is a Technology Business Systems Associate with Wells Fargo. She has been with Wells Fargo in a variety of software development related roles since 2009. She has been involved in SWE for over 20 years, beginning as a Collegiate member at Iowa State University, and is a Life Member of the Society. Helen graduated with her Bachelor's in Computer Engineering in 2004, her MBA in 2006, and her PhD in Human Computer Interaction in 2008, all from Iowa State. Prior to becoming Local Host Committee Chair for WE Local Des Moines, she'd served in a variety of executive board positions with the Heart of Iowa Section. In addition to volunteering with SWE, Helen is a Superintendent for Science, Engineering, and Technology for the Story County Youth Fair and a registered Leader with 4H; an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, and a sister of Alpha Sigma Kappa - Women in Technical Studies social sorority.

lisa raab

Lisa Raab

Lisa Raab currently works as a Senior Principal Systems Engineer for Northrop Grumman in Amherst, NY. She has prior experience as an instructor in Electrical Engineering Technology at Erie Community College, and as a Communications Systems Engineer at Northrop Grumman in Redondo Beach, CA. Lisa holds degrees in Electrical Engineering, with a BS from UCLA, and MS from University of Southern California. Lisa has been a member of SWE for over 30 years, and has served in many roles at the Section level, including President at UCLA, Treasurer and President of the Los Angeles Section, and Treasurer and Girl Scout Outreach for the Western New York Section. This is her third year serving as the Chair of the Host Committee for WE Local Buffalo.

Albuquerque Local Host Committee

  • Jolene Olloway, Collegiate Competition
  • Jessica Swan, Program
  • Carmen Velasco, Program
  • Leslie Phinney, Program 
  • Jennifer Johnson, Community Relations
  • Jennifer Davis, SWENext STEMPowered Expo 
  • Isabel Meza, SWENext STEMPowered Expo 
  • Jennifer Dugan, SWENext STEMPowered Expo 
  • Katie Henderson, Social
  • Niki Nabor, Social

Des Moines Local Host Committee

  • Swetha Vinjimoor, Collegiate Competition
  • Heidi Hopper, Program
  • Afton Coleman, Program
  • Nicole Aldridge, Program
  • Sarah Witte, SWENext STEMPowered Expo 
  • Ashleysha Pujari SWENext STEMPowered Expo 
  • Rebecca Scott, Social

Buffalo Local Host Committee

  • Nikita Tiwari, Collegiate Cmpetition
  • Alice Connelli SWENext STEMPowered Expo

  • Erika Clifford, SWENext STEMPowered Expo 

  • Yareni Lara Rodriguez, Social

  • Alexis McKittrick, Social

  • Jennifer Tullai, Program

  • Rosemary Weinheimer, Program