WE Local U.S. Advisory Board

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Meet the 2025 Advisory Board

SWE WE Local Advisory Board is made up of leaders from across the U.S. who guide the strategic development of WE Local conferences. Meet the leaders who make WE Local a success! 

Sandra Mandawe Paglieroni

Sandra Mandawe Paglieroni is a SWE senior life member and retired engineer.  Her career in Silicon Valley spans 30 years in advanced manufacturing, program management, and quality assurance of telecommunication products at start-ups, medium sized companies, and large corporations.  Her career included roles as senior manufacturing engineer, program manager, quality manager, and director of operations & new product introduction.

Mandawe Paglieroni graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.S. in Manufacturing Engineering.  Her SWE involvement started at Berkeley, and her passion for bringing together engineers in all stages of their careers continues to this day.  She has held a variety of leadership and individual contributor roles at all levels of the Society.  

Mandawe Paglieroni has been involved with WE Local initially in FY17 for WE Local San Jose as a Local Host Committee member, then on the WE Local Advisory Board as a member in FY22 & in FY23 as the Strategy & Continuous Improvement subcommittee lead.  She is also active in the SWE Late Career & Retiree Affinity Group as the FY22 & FY23 Newsletter Editor.

Home base for Mandawe Paglieroni is in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She enjoys singing in her church choir & in a competitive women’s acapella chorus, ballroom dancing, knitting and traveling.

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Jonna Gerken, F.SWE, Past-President

Jonna Gerken is the GTF Programs Configuration Manager at Pratt & Whitney, a division of Raytheon Technologies (RTX), where she oversees the team maintaining accurate engine build records and implementing part number changes for all global customers. Previously, she has held numerous positions supporting global company operations for engineering, manufacturing, and sourcing. Gerken is also a SWE Fellow and was FY18 President of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), leading the global organization which encourages more women to enter and stay in engineering fields. Additionally, she serves on the board of the Girl Scouts of CT, the University of New Haven ISE Industry Advisory Board and the Western New England University Engineering Advisory Board. Gerken holds a BS in industrial and management engineering and an MBA in technology development, both from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

She received the inaugural Visionary Award from RTX in 2023, the 2019 Influential Women in Manufacturing award, the 2016 Pettit Family Foundation Women in Science Leadership Award from the Connecticut Science Center, the 2014 STEP Award from the Manufacturing Institute, the 2011 Pratt & Whitney Diversity and Inclusion Award, and the 2006 SWE Distinguished New Engineer Award. 

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Leah Baker

Leah is an R&D engineer at Medtronic in Minneapolis, MN, and a University of Minnesota alumna (BChemE & BSChem '22). She's been involved with SWE since 2018 and recently wrapped up her role as the FY24 Society-level outreach committee chair. Outside of work and SWE, Leah enjoys cycling, playing softball, crafting and ice cream spot hunting.

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Heidi Balestrieri

Heidi is the Director of Engineering at Sentry Equipment, a peerless global provider of sampling and process improvement technologies that protect people and the environment for a safer world. There she has led several creative cost-reduction initiatives and implemented process efficiencies. She has utilized her position to mentor multiple women engineers.

Her involvement goes beyond her place of work, as Heidi has held numerous leadership positions within SWE including her current position as VP Outreach for SWE-Wisconsin; volunteered with various STEM-related organizations including FIRST Lego League, STEM Forward, and Girls in Engineering, Mathematics, and Science (GEMS); and was named as a 2023 Women MAKE Award Honoree.

Heidi earned her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at North Dakota State University where she first joined SWE in 1997 as a collegiate member and has remained a member ever since. In that time, she has been dedicated to promoting SWE at various events and engaging with the community.

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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. Helen also served as the Local Host Committee Chair for WE Local Des Moines, and 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.

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Dana Day

Dana is the Project Engineering Manager for Modular Power Sustaining Projects, responsible for the engineering projects affecting Lynnwood and Kaohsiung production. In her first year at Crane A&E she established a framework and gates for sustaining projects to operate under, while not limiting the team’s nimbleness and independence.

Prior to joining Crane A&E in January 2022, she was a technical project engineer for flight controls, airplane systems, and most recently, passenger seats at Boeing. She started her career as an MRB engineer on the 747 airplane, providing technical solutions to nonconformance issues. Beyond the workplace, Dana is a STEM Outreach Advocate and leader within the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) at the society and local levels. In 2015, Dana was a recipient of SWE’s Distinguished New Engineer award, a reflection of her achievements in her career, at SWE, and in her community. She helps lead her daughter’s girl scout troop and coaches her kids’ soccer team.

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Stacey Delvecchio

Stacey DelVecchio, F.SWE is the President of StaceyD Consulting, focused on the business of additive manufacturing. She is a technical advisor with the Society of Manufacturing’s Additive Manufacturing Technical Community. Prior to launching her own consulting business, she was the Additive Manufacturing Product Manager for Caterpillar Inc. where her team leveraged the technology in all spaces, including new product introduction, supply chain, and operations. She also managed their Additive Manufacturing Factory. In her 35 years in industry, most of which was at Caterpillar, DelVecchio held numerous positions in engineering, manufacturing and leadership.

DelVecchio holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Cincinnati. She is a Past President of the Society of Women Engineers and has received the society’s Advocating Women in Engineering Award. DelVecchio is a past vice-chair of the Women in Engineering Committee for the World Federation of Engineering Organization where she represented the American Association of Engineering Societies. She continues to champion the global expansion of the Society of Women Engineers and is a strong advocate for women in engineering. In 2021, DelVecchio edited her first book, Women in 3D Printing:  From Bones to Bridges and Everything in Between. 

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Brittney Elko

Brittney is currently Director, Technical Operations & Supply Chain at Aligos where she is responsible for the company’s global supply chain strategy for demand needs, identifying capacity limitations, months on hand inventory, & financial planning considerations for various clinical trials. Brittney has more than 15 years of experience working in both technical development and supply chain organizations in the consumer products and pharmaceutical/biotech industries.  

Brittney has extensive program management and strategic planning experience with Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and it's 40k+ member base, holding various leadership positions over several years of involvement including serving on their Board of Directors as well as chairing SWE’s important society nominating committee. She also volunteers considerable time as a crisis line volunteer, answering suicide/988 line calls for those in crisis and serves as Chair of the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention’s local chapter board. 

Brittney is a past SWE Distinguished New Engineer Award winner. She received her B.S. in Engineering Science with a Chemical focus from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX.  In her spare time, she enjoys completing DIY projects from her garage workshop, traveling to new countries, trying new foods, golf, going to classic rock concerts, and spending time with her husband, daughter, and two rescue pups. 

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Grace Hattery

Grace Hattery is a third year mechanical engineering major with a minor in Theatre Design and Technology. She attends Ohio Northern University(ONU) in Ada,Ohio, just 20 minutes from her hometown Kenton, Ohio. Grace has been blessed with being able to study abroad twice, participate in a professor's research(which included becoming a published author), and Co-Op during her time as an undergraduate. Outside of the classroom at ONU, Grace is involved in SWE as the Outreach Coordinator, the president of Themed Entertainment Association, and serves as the Vice President of Administration for her sorority Delta Zeta.

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Kimberly Lam

Kimberly Lam is a product manager in Azure Edge at Microsoft and proud SWE member since 2013. In this role, she manages VM features that can be controlled at the cloud and operate at the edge. 

Prior to Microsoft, Kim worked in the aerospace and defense industry in a variety of roles ranging from systems engineering, proposal management, modeling & analysis, and operations analysis. She is also a graduate of the Lockheed Martin Engineering Leadership Development Program. 

 

Kim recently became a SWE life member. Throughout her SWE career, she has held leadership roles at the section, region, and Society levels. Most recently, she was the FY24 President of the Santa Clara Valley Section and FY23 Society Scholarship Coordinator. She was recognized as a Distinguished New Engineer in 2023. 

Kim earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at NJIT and M.S. in Operations Research from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Kim is proud of her heritage as a Chinese American woman and first-generation engineer. 

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Nicole Lawson

Nicole Lawson is an embedded software engineer at Hubbell Incorporated in Avon, CT. She studied Computer Science and Computer Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, where she graduated with a dual major in May 2019. Nicole has been an active member of SWE since her days at Missouri S&T, serving on the collegiate executive board before moving on to serve as the SWE Sacramento Valley Section's secretary and then president when she lived in northern California. After moving to central Connecticut last summer, she stepped into the role of SWE Hartford’s Outreach Chair and was recently elected as secretary. 

Her involvement with the WE Local conferences started when she joined the Local Host Committee (LHC) to plan WE Local Des Moines in 2021, and then continued as a member of the Local Advisory Board (LAB). She was a member of the SWENext subcommittee and then co-led the FY24 Community Outreach subcommittee, where she helped bring several hands-on outreach sessions to life at the 2024 WE Local conferences. She is very excited to continue her efforts as the FY25 Programs subcommittee lead and shape the future of the conference programs. In her (limited) spare time, she enjoys snowboarding and skiing with her husband, hiking, crocheting and crafting, training her dogs and participating in STEM outreach programs where she can connect with future engineers and scientists!

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Iva Milisavljevic

Iva Milisavljevic holds a Ph.D. in ceramic engineering and is currently serving as a Postdoctoral Researcher at Alfred University. She is working on a Department of Energy-funded project that aims to develop novel battery materials. Iva has been a dedicated member of the Society of Women Engineers since 2019, where she has held several leadership positions. For the past three years, she has been a part of the WE Local Advisory Board, serving first as a member and later as the Collegiate Competition Subcommittee lead. Iva's passion lies in providing professional development opportunities to students, especially international students. When she's not busy working, she loves to hike and spend time outdoors. She is also a proud mother of a cute, six-month-old baby named Tara.

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Sophia Ung

Sophia Ung is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology in
May 2023 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and a minor in
Computational Data Analysis. She currently works full-time at Merck in the Manufacturing Leadership
Development Program with Bio Technology Solutions for Global Animal Health Manufacturing in
DeSoto, Kansas. Prior to starting full-time, Sophia also interned with Merck in Global Vaccine Technical
Operations at West Point, Pennsylvania. Sophia has been actively involved in Society of Women
Engineers throughout college, serving on the Georgia Tech Society of Women Engineers executive board
as Vice President and President. In these roles, Sophia helped her section coordinate sponsored trips to
Society and Local conferences, and she is excited to foster more conference experiences as a part of WE
Local Advisory Board for FY24 and FY25. In her free time, Sophia enjoys traveling, painting, reading,
and discovering new music.

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Dr. Jennifer Winikus

Dr. Winikus is a Teaching Associate Professor at Lehigh University where she specializes in digital and embedded systems, with a research focus on engineering education. 

She holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Electrical Engineering from Alfred University and a Master's degree and PhD in Computer Engineering from Michigan Technological University. Her passion for education has extended to engagement with pre-college outreach initiatives at Lehigh University and as a Program Evaluator for ABET. 

Dr. Winikus joined SWE in 2013 and her SWE journey began with participating in the Collegiate Competition and volunteering at the 2014 Region H conference. Since then she has served in various leadership positions at the Collegiate, Local, and Society Levels. Currently, she is active with SWE as a member of the Women in Academia Committee and the Lehigh Valley Professional Section, along side being the Academic Representative on the Conference Advisory Board. 

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