BWS FY18 Leadership:

Feel free to contact any of the officers if you have questions or inquiries. You may also email the leadership at

               President: Claire Dvorak

Claire joined the Baltimore Washington section in 2015 when she moved to Baltimore to start her professional career, and she would like to become more involved as a professional SWE member on the section level. She is interested in helping find new ways to get recent graduates to become more active in the section.

Vice President, Outreach: Kate McGuire


Kate is currently the Director of the Baltimore Region for the non-profit organization Science Olympiad. Science Olympiad is the largest national science and engineering “hands on” competition program for grades K to 12. She has served as vice president of outreach for the Society of Women Engineers-Baltimore/Washington Region for 2 years, which engaged 1500 girls with outreach events.

Vice President, Professional Development: Sumedha Mohan


Sumedha loves 
meeting women who are in STEM and enthusiastic

a bout it. She believes that SWE’s mission and resources greatly help our members achieve both personal and professional goals. Having good professional development programs is key to ensuring that both our professional and collegiate members benefit from their membership. She has many ideas and avenues to accomplish this task and is excited about sharing these with the rest of the members.


  Treasurer: Jenny Tsao

Jenny joined SWE as a freshman at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she joined the SWE-BWS section when she moved to the area in 2010. She has been actively involved in outreach at countless events and is a strong advocate of creating a future where women are no longer a minority in STEM, in particular engineering fields. 

Internal Secretary: Hannah Taylor


Hannah was introduced to SWE her freshman year of college at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She believes this society is incredibly important and crucial for the future of women in STEM fields. As Internal Secretary for the Baltimore Washington SWE Section, she vows to learn every aspect of the organization and fulfill whatever duties bestowed upon her. She looks forward to taking her SWE involvement to the next level!

External Secretary: Rosemary Cox-Galhotra


Rosemary joined the Baltimore-Washington section in 2016 and has attended a few outreach events and meetings. She was very active in SWE during her undergraduate years at the University of Arizona. She is eager to help BWS spread the word about upcoming events and opportunities to our membership and the community through social media and our website. 

    Section Representative: Kristin Westover

Kristin has been a member of SWE since joining at Virginia Tech in 2006, but has become more involved since graduation. Since joining the Baltimore Washington Section in 2009, Kristin has served on the Executive Committee in various positions and roles, including VP of Professional Development.



Alternate Section Representative: Angela Martin


Angela joined SWE in 2008 when Society Conference was in Baltimore. In 2009 she participated in the BWS scholarship judging, and from there has served as President of the section for two terms. She wants to continue the growth and inclusion of more women engineers in SWE-BWS through programs and activities for all members.

BWS Members Serving at Regional/Society level

  • Natalie Bryner, SWE Outreach Committee member
  • Adrianne Cooper, SWE Outreach Committee member
  • Shelby Coppolino, Leadership Coaching Committee
  • Claire Dvorak, Leadership Coaching Committee
  • Katharine Gamble, Closeout Lead and Region E Representative to the Program Development Grant Committee and Chair-Elect for the WE Local Conference Advisory Board
  • Sandra Hyland, SWE Teller and Member of Region Bylaws Committee
  • Cheryl Howard, Region E Conference Committee member
  • Marge Inden, SWE Board of Trustees
  • Diana Joch, SWE Board of Trustees
  • Cheryl Manning, SWE Audit Committee
  • Alexis McKittrick, SWE Strategic Planning Committee Chair and SWE Governance Task Force
  • Sue Parsons, Leadership Coaching Committee
  • Janie Robinson, Region E Representative to the SWE Nominations Committee

BWS Executive Council Descriptions

The Section Executive Council transacts the business of the Section, ensuring that the objectives and purposes of the Society and the Section are pursued.  This includes providing programming for the Section members, providing outreach to students within the community, formulating and changing Section policy and procedures, and approving the Section budget.    Officers of the Executive Council include the President, two Vice Presidents, Secretary, Treasurer, and Section Representative(s).  The offices of the two Vice Presidents can be combined as needed.  The office of Secretary can be split into internal and external communications as needed.  The number of Section Representatives is determined by the size of the Section, and is between 1 and 4; in Fiscal Year 2012 BWS has four Section Representatives.  Voting members of the Executive Council include the officers listed.  The Executive Council votes to appoint the nominating committee members, and approves the appointment of the other committee chairpersons, as recommended by the President.

The President coordinates all activities and executes the business and policies of the Section.  The President is the face of the Section in public, and executes the business and policies of the Section.  The President is also responsible for appointing the chairperson of all committees, with the exception of the nominating committee members, who are appointed via a vote by the Executive Council.

The Vice Presidents act as officer contacts for those committees put under her supervision by the President, as well as perform the duties of the President in her absence or at her request.  One Vice President focuses on the furtherance of the professional development of Section members, as approved by the membership.  This includes providing activities and programs to encourage and assist members to establish goals for and to attain high levels of education and professional achievement, as well as readying themselves to return to active work after an extended absence.  The second Vice President focuses on the Section’s career guidance and outreach goals, including providing information and counseling on engineering careers for students in grade K-12, providing counseling and possible financial assistance to women engineering students, and to maintain and disseminate information on available engineering scholarships.

The Treasurer collects, safely keeps and distributes the funds of the Section.  The Treasurer keeps and exact account of all receipts and expenditures for submission to the Society Treasurer at the end of the fiscal year, and presents a financial report at meetings of the Executive Council and Section membership, as required.  The Treasurer also answers inquiries on financial matters and makes recommendations to the Executive Council on financial strategy.
The Secretary records, prepares, maintains and distributes minutes of each official meeting of the Section or Executive Council and coordinates public relations efforts to ensure community knowledge of the Section, its purpose, and events.  The approved minutes are then submitted into the Section archives.  

The Secretary notifies the Section and Executive Council of meetings and activities, and sends out ballots for elections and for amendments to the Bylaws. The Secretary maintains the current official membership records of the Section, and also contacts and assists prospective members in applying for membership in the Society. This include providing publicity to advance the Society’s objectives and Section goals, as well as to send news accounts of Section activities to SWE, other professional engineering organizations or affinity groups, and external publications. This role can be separated into two separate officer positions, Internal Communications Secretary and External Communications Secretary, as needed.

The Section Representatives act as the official contact between the Region and the Section.  Section Representatives vote for the Section on all matters before the Region, and report back to the Section on matters reported in the minutes of meetings of the Region.  When necessary, Section Representatives assure authorized alternate(s) are selected to represent the Section at these meetings.  The Section Representatives are also responsible for maintaining the Section's archives, sending members communications on activities via electronic means, and also maintain and address membership issues.

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