Women in Manufacturing Education Foundation Announces Board of Directors


Kori Carlson, First-Term Board Member, Women in Manufacturing Education Foundation. All images courtesy of Women in Manufacturing.

The Women in Manufacturing Education Foundation (WiMEF) has elected 22 members to its 2022 Board of Directors, whose terms begin April 1. WiMEF funds the Leadership Institute for Women in Manufacturing and STEM, the Leadership Consortium, the Management Development Program and the Empowering Women in Production Program, as well as a virtual learning series that offers monthly webinars. These programs have helped thousands of women and men in the industry grow professionally and personally since the foundation’s inception.

Melissa DeTamble, Women in Manufacturing Board Member, Director of Human Resources, PLZ Corp., Downers Grove, IL

First Term Board Member Melissa DeTamble

The board is headed by a chairman Cara Herzog, director, diversity, equity and inclusion, people and culture, Southwire Company, Carrollton, Georgia; vice-president Shameka Lewis, Site Safety and Security Manager, HelloFresh, Grand Prairie, TX; secretary Steve Speich, Smart Solutions Group Plant Manager, John Deere, Fargo, ND; and Past President/Treasurer Mary Ellen GromExecutive Director, Customer Experience Solutions, AFL, Duncan, SC

Mani Khanuja, WiM Board Member, Senior Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Specialist, Amazon Web Services, Vancouver, British Columbia

First Term Board Member Mani Khanuja

The first term members of the WiMEF 2022 Board of Directors are Kori Carlsonpresident, Brooklyn Tool Co., Minneapolis, Minnesota; Melissa DeTambledirector of human resources, PLZ Corp., Downers Grove, Illinois; Mani Khanouja, Senior Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Specialist, Amazon Web Services, Vancouver, BC; and Vanessa Liprogram manager, Novelis, Kennesaw, Ga.

Vanessa Li, Program Manager, Novelis, Kennesaw, Georgia

Member of the Board of Directors for the first term Vanessa Li

“On behalf of the entire WiM organization, I am delighted to welcome this new group of leaders to the WiMEF Board of Directors,” said WiM President Allison Grealis. “I look forward to working with them to continue to develop and deliver effective and affordable programs that help women advance their careers in the industry.

Other WiMEF board members continuing their service include Rachel Camarilloexecutive vice president and chief financial officer, Erin Air, Seattle, Wash; Michael Conklinexecutive director, BotsIQ, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Heidi GerhardTalent Manager, BASF Corporation, Florham Park, NJ; Sascha HarrelIN-MaC Director of Education and Workforce, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana; Kaitlyn KellyOperational Excellence Coach, Trane Technologies, Lexington, Ky.; Danielle LancianeseManager – Tile & Stone Category, Shaw Industries Group, Inc., Dalton, Ga.; Leslie LeMairvice president of sales and marketing, George Utz, Minneapolis, Minnesota; jenn martindirector of engineering, Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing, North America, Georgetown, Ky.; Jo Ann MitchellMBA, JMitchell Consulting, Fair Lawn, NJ; Melissa RochaDirector of Global Sourcing, Kymera International, Charlotte, NC; Catherine Rossdirector of education, smartforce development, AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology, McLean, Virginia; Shauna SmithGlobal Head of Process Excellence, SPX FLOW, Charlotte, NC; Carrie Uhl, Director of Purchasing, GE Healthcare, Waukesha, Wis.; and Laura WildeSenior Director of Quality and Mission Assurance, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Huntsville, Ala.

Grealis thanked outgoing WiMEF Board members for their outstanding service: Alicia Cannon, Apex Filling Systems; Sheila LaMothe, Goyer Management International; Susanne Lauda, ​​AGCO Corp., and Gretchen Zierick, Zierick Manufacturing Corp.

The WiM Education Foundation (WiMEF) is the 501(c)(3) branch of the Women in Manufacturing Association, an association of more than 11,000 members dedicated to supporting, promoting and inspiring women who have chosen a career in manufacturing.


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