Society of Women Engineers Region E Blog

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Past Leadership


From left: Heather Bernardin (Region E Governor), Melissa Wang (RCCE), Colleen Layman (Director of Regions), Marge Inden (Region E Treasurer), Kelly Griswold Schable (Director of Education), Khadeejah Yanes (SWEFL), Nicole Woon (RCR), Florence Hudson (Board of Trustees), and Jessica Ungerleider (RCR)

Region Governor

Heather Bernardin

Region Lieutenant Governor

Alexis McKittrick

Region Collegiate Representatives (RCRs)

Jessica Ungerleider and Nicole Woon

We are Jessica and Nicole, your Region E Collegiate Representatives (RCR) for FY13. Jessica is a rising fourth year at the University of Virginia studying Biomedical Engineering, and Nicole is a rising third year at the University of Pennsylvania studying Bioengineering and Business. As RCRs, we want to ensure that your sections can achieve all of your goals and work towards good standing. We want to get to know you guys better and we’re happy to help with anything you might need! Our goal for the year is to serve you and your sections to the best of our abilities.

Region Collegiate Communications Editor (RCCE)

Melissa Wang

Region Collegiate Senator (RCS)

Cammie Genda

SWE Future Leader (SWEFL)

Khadeejah Yanes


Region Governor

colleen laymanColleen M. Layman

Colleen has been a member of SWE for over 10 years and is currently a member of the Baltimore-Washington section.  She has served as section president and section treasurer in two different professional sections, and is the Manager of Water Treatment Engineering for Bechtel Power Corporation in Frederick, MD.  In her spare time, Colleen is an avid scuba diver and is currently training to become a certified divemaster.  She also volunteers with Habitat for Humanity’s “Women Build” program in her local area.

“This year I hope to improve communications in the Region between the professional and collegiate sections and encourage best practice sharing and multi-section cooperation.  I’d love to hear your thoughts on how we can improve SWE in general and Region E in particular, so please send me your suggestions and ideas.”


Region Lieutenant Governor

Cheryl Manning

Cheryl works at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab (JHUAPL) in Laurel, MD and is “excited about conferences in Long Beach and Philadelphia” for FY10.


Region Collegiate Membership Chair (RCMC)

Diana Arellano

Collegiate Leadership Coaches (CLCs)


Julie Williams

Hi! I’m Julie Williams.  This year I will be a senior in materials science engineering at the University of Pennsylvania but I’m originally from Rochester, NY.  Through my positions as Corporate Dinner Chair (’07-’08) and President (’08-’09) and various professional development events, SWE has helped me improve both my professional and leadership skills. I’m excited to have the chance to share my experiences and help others grow professionally as well.

In my free time I like hanging out, dancing, traveling and eating food!!


stephaniegoldfarbStephanie Goldfarb

HI, I’m a third year PhD student in Mechanical Engineering at Princeton.  I love coffee, home-cooked meals, and road trips.  I am currently training for a marathon.

This is my second years as a Collegiate Leadership Coach.  I’m looking forward to continuing to coach SWE sections to aspire, advance, and achieve!


Region Collegiate Representatives (RCRs)

annkennedyAnn Kennedy

Ann Kennedy is a Junior at Rutgers University in Piscataway, NJ, and is majoring in Packaging Engineering.  She has been an active member in her section since 2007, taking part on numerous committees and is currently the Internal Vice President of her section.  Ann was chosen as a SWE Future Leader for Region E for FY09, and it was there where she fell in love with everything SWE.

She hopes to encourage and create contacts across all sections this year, and educate members about what SWE can do for them! She also wants to help foster a sense of pride and identity within Region E and ensure good relations between neighboring sections at the collegiate and sectional level.



Christine Pitner

Hello, ladies!  I am currently a junior at Cornell University, majoring in biological engineering, and minoring in biomedical engineering.  A bit about me… I’m from Poughkeepsie, NY.  I absolutely love to cook and bake, and am a huge fan of shopping and farmers markets.

I’m really excited to work with all of you this year, and can’t wait to build a strong relationship with you and your section.  My role is simply to be a resource for you, and I only hope that you’ll leverage this resource accordingly.  As your RCRs, Annie (the other RCR) and I aspire to place all of the Region E sections in good standing with SWE, and we’ll most certainly need your cooperation and patience to succeed.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us  if you have any questions concerning your SWE section (whether it be event organization, bylaws, taxes, leadership, etc) and the overall SWE organization.

It’s going to be a SWEet year! 🙂


Region Collegiate Communications Editor (RCCE)

Lauren finkenauerLauren Finkenauer

I am an undergraduate student at the University of Maryland, College Park studying mechanical engineering.   My passions include traveling, coffee-drinking, baking and distance running; I am a member of the ‘Terp Runners’ club at my school.

I’m excited to get more involved with SWE and hope to improve communication among collegiate sections and our region collegiate team.



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