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, 2019-2020
- Laurene Abato-Earwood, Chair of the Board
- Susan Belgrad
- Laura Nowatzki Bilek
- Bonnie Campbell
- Jenniffer Herrera
- Phyllis Marbach
- Susan McConnell
- Kathleen Paulson
- Rashmi Shah
- Mark Stover
- Marilee Wheaton
Board Member Biographies
Laurene joined Xerox in 1985 in the Electronics Operations as a summer intern. She has worked in engineering, software, and product development, moving into technical program management delivering custom engineering solutions. She transitioned from Technology to Services and was the TPM for gov’t healthcare web projects, until Xerox separated to become Xerox and Conduent. Laurene retired from Xerox and joined Conduent in Jan 2017 as a TPM for Global delivery projects.
Laurene received her BS degree in Biological/Chemical Sciences from Binghamton University in N.Y. and a Master’s degree in Electronic Engineering from State University California at Northridge. She lives in Northridge with her husband and two children.
She is involved with FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) & REC Robotics working with high school students building competitive robots and volunteers as judge and referee at local tournaments. Laurene has been a board member for WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) at CSUN since 2011.
Dr. Susan Belgrad is a Professor of Education. She currently serves as a professor of elementary education in the Michael D. Eisner College of Education. As leader of the CSUN STEM Innovations Team Dr. Belgrad is engaged in many projects with faculty across four CSUN colleges and community-based informal science and engineering organizations. Among Dr. Belgrad's titles are: Project Director, CDE CEMSPLI Achieve through PLCs; C o-PI NASA-EPDC with Texas State University. The Team advances the need for educators to assure the achievement of underrepresented minority K-12 girls and boys in the "T and E" of STEM learning and to promote access to STEM-focused College and Career opportunities.
Jenniffer Herrera was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala, and immigrated to the United States with her family at the age of nine. She graduated with both her Bachelors in Manufacturing Systems Engineering, in 2006, and a Masters in Engineering management, in 2009, from California State University, Northridge. Her first industry position was with Nestle, USA as an Industrial Engineer in the Hot Pockets factory in the city of Chatsworth, California starting September 2010. Jenniffer has been working for Nestle, USA since and is now in the Glendale Corporate Office as a Goal Alignment Lead for the International Brand Division. This current role allows Jenniffer to be a resource for the division in ensuring all business priorities are aligned and challenges her team to continuously improve towards world class performance.
Diane’s other professional activities include past and present leadership roles for ASQ at the global, national and local levels, a position on the Board of Directors for the Engineers’ Council in San Fernando Valley, co-founding of the CSUN Center for Quality and Productivity Improvement at CSUN, co-establishment of the CSUN APICS-ASQ Student Chapter, leading the Southern California Chapter of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS), participation on the Industry Advisory Council for the Department of Systems and Operations Management within the College of Business at CSUN and guest lecturing for quality-related courses offered at CSUN, USC, UCLA, CSU Los Angeles and CSU Dominguez Hills.
Recently retired from Boeing Defense Space and Security (BDS), Phyllis has over 35 years of experience in aerospace programs such as satellites, chemical lasers, the International Space Station, and various propulsion systems. Phyllis’ hobby is now serving as president of the International Council on Systems Engineering Los Angeles (INCOSE-LA) Chapter.
Currently, Phyllis is a Scaled Agile Framework™ Version 4.0 Program Consultant, an SPC. Her final 8 years with Boeing, she was an agile coach for the Boeing Enterprise for unmanned air systems, radio, avionics and research programs. Phyllis was a Boeing Designated Expert in agile software development, software engineering and systems engineering. She is also a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) and a Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO). Phyllis is a principal with Ciel Solutions.
Phyllis is a co-author of “The Role of Systems Engineering in Large-Scale Agile Projects” published in INCOSE INSIGHT Volume 17 Issue 2, July 2014 and “Principles of Agile Development“ published in INCOSE INSIGHT Volume 18 Issue 3, Oct 2015.
Education: UCLA MS in Engineering, The Centre College of Kentucky BS in Chemistry and Applied Mathematics, Certified SAFe® Program Consultant V4.0. firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan McConnell has over 30 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 is currently working at Amgen. 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.
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 is a retired mechanical engineer from the Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center and its predecessors in Port Hueneme, CA since 1980. She managed several occupational safety, health and environmental (OSH&E) projects sponsored by DOD and Navy RDT&E programs. She was 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 and the 2013 CSUN Volunteer Service Award. Since retirement, she continues to contribute to national engineering design standards. In addition to traveling and STEM outreach efforts, Kappy is volunteering to resolve homelessness.
Rashmi Shah received her Masters of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from CSUN, along with her Bachelors of Science degree in chemistry.She worked at Rockwell/Boeing for 35 years before retiring. Rashmi received several awards including the Rockwell Chairman Diversity Award, multiple Customer Satisfaction Awards, and Technical Team awards. In addition, she was an “Engineer of the Year” award finalist. Rashmi has published many scientific journal articles in the areas of heat exchanger innovations, thermal effects in laser-induced damage, and acoustic-optics modulators. She also holds a patent on Volume Absorbing Beam Dump. During her career, Rashmi was able to use her unique combination of Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering, Thermal Management, and Electro-optical background to understand and guide technical staff. She was a skilled manager of employees at various levels while also performing highly technical simulations and analyses.
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.