The WISE Board serves as an advisory group for the Bonita J. Campbell Endowment for Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) that helps in guiding future and present women in career endeavors in the fields of engineering, math and science. This is accomplished by serving as a communication central node to local, nationwide, and worldwide active organizations in these fields. We act as an advisory committee to improve the understanding, appreciation, and recognition of Women’s contributions in these technical fields. We also support the occupational growth of women within the math and science industries. The board provides advice on the expenditure of funds related to the endowment and in alignment with its goals. We look to maintain high levels of ethical, professional and educational standards with all those organizations seeking our guidance.
Advisory Board By-Laws (PDF)
Advisory Board, 2013-2014
- Laurene Abato-Earwood
- Susan Belgrad
- Sharon Cascadden: In Memoriam
- Bonnie Campbell
- Jenniffer Coronado
- Susan McConnell
- Nancy McIntyre
- Kathleen Paulson
- Lilly Shraibati
- Mark Stover
- Marilee Wheaton, Chair of the Board
Board Member Biographies
Laurene joined Xerox in 1985 in the Electronics Operations as Summer Intern. She started as Electronic Test Engineer in the circuit board development and later program management. She has had various positions in engineering, managing software, and product development. In her current position, she manages the program team delivering custom engineering solutions at Xerox Special Information Systems.
Laurene received her BS degree in Biological Sciences from Binghamton University in N.Y. and a Masters degree in Electronic Engineering from State University California at Northridge. She lives in Granada Hills with her husband, Jeff, and two children; Kurtis and Tamara.
She is involved with FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics working with middle and high school students building competitive robots. She mentors students in electronics, works as a referee at local and national competitions and is the Southern California Xerox lead for mentors and funding for 4 high school teams and 2 middle school teams. Laurene also works with engineering students at UCLA in resume critique and career fairs as well as participating as a club soccer team administrator.
Her hobbies include cooking, skiing, gardening, and camping.
Sharon Cascadden started at the Hughes Missile Systems division of Hughes Aircraft Company as a student engineer in 1979 before graduating from CSUN as a mechanical/materials science engineer in December 1980. In 1983 she transferred to Hughes Space and Communications Company where she became the top technical expert in nondestructive evaluation (NDE) and damage assessment of communications satellite structures until her retirement in 1999. At CSUN she was active in the Society of Women Engineers as the charter president of SWE-CSUN, Tau Beta Pi and ASME. On Tuesday, September 17, 2013, Sharon passed away after battling cancer over the last several months. Sharon was a very active WISE board member, and she will be greatly missed by all of us.
Susan McConnell has over 25 years experience in medical device development. She has worked in large and small medical device companies including Abbott, Boston Scientific, Siemens, MiniMed, and Medtronic. She has worked on the design, development and qualification of drug pumps, pacemakers, and hospital safety products. She holds several patents in the field. She received degrees in Materials Engineering and in Physics from the University of Utah and has an MBA in Technology Management. Susan is currently Research Manager at Medtronic Diabetes and President of MMA Inc an engineering consulting firm.
Nancy McIntyre holds a BS in Education from C W Post and a MA from Adelphi University in New York. She has more than 20 years of teaching with most of it focused in biology and robotics. Nancy is a FIRST Robotics Senior Mentor and an event partner with VEX robotics who travels across the nation and around the world to help improve STEM education.
Kathleen Paulson received her BS in Biology in 1973 from Marietta College, and her BS in Engineering from California State University, Northridge in 1985. She has been a mechanical engineer for the Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (EXWC) and its predecessors in Port Hueneme, CA since 1980. She manages several occupational safety, health and environmental (OSH&E) projects sponsored by DOD and Navy RDT&E programs. She works with EXWC's Capital Improvements Department as an OSH&E and climate change contact, and is a subject matter expert on industrial ventilation for Naval Facilities Engineering Command. She is the recipient of the 2010 NFESC Engineer of the Year award.
Ms. Lilly Shraibati is the Infrastructure Reliability Section Manager for Water System Operations at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Over the past 25 years, Lilly has led cradle to grave heavy Civil Engineering projects totaling over $500 M; has been responsible for the maintenance of water delivery and power generating facilities; and managing a mix of up to 280 technical and engineering staff. Lilly’s current responsibilities include working to ensure Metropolitan’s $20B infrastructure is operationally available and reliable; representing Metropolitan as a member of the State Water Contractor’s Engineering and O&M Committee; and participating in various Value Engineering sessions. Lilly has a BS in Engineering from CSUN, is a California registered Civil Engineer and is certified as a D3 Water Operator.
As a volunteering professional, Lilly has been involved with Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) education at various age levels since 2007 with the objective of engaging, retaining, and stimulating interest in STEM fields. Lilly’s activities in professional societies include being a current board member and past founding chair of the Dr. Bonnie Campbell Endowment for Women in Science & Engineering (WISE); a member of the CSU Northridge Engineering Advisory Board; a member of American Society for Civil Engineers (ASCE); American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP).
Marilee J. Wheaton is currently the Executive Director and General Manager of the Aerospace Institute at The Aerospace Corporation. The Institute serves as a focal point for coordination of all education, training, and staff development activities at the corporation. It also operates the Charles E. Lauritsen Library, responsible for information research and archive resources of the corporation, and manages The Aerospace Press, which publishes Aerospace-developed educational books and materials.
Marilee is a Fellow and Life Member of the Society of Women Engineers and an active member of the Los Angeles Section for 28 years. She is currently a SWE National Membership Committee member and Life Member Coordinator. Marilee was selected as a SWE Distinguished New Engineer in 1990, as a SWE Fellow in 2000, and she received a SWE Distinguished Service Award in 2010. In addition to her service to SWE, Marilee has made contributions to increasing the awareness of women in engineering through her participation and leadership in other professional societies.
She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and a Fellow of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE). Marilee has a B.A. magna cum laude in Mathematics and Spanish from California Lutheran University. She holds an M.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California (USC). In addition, she is a graduate of the UCLA Executive Program in Management. Marilee is an adjunct associate professor in the Systems Architecting and Engineering Program at USC.