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Women in Manufacturing Association Announces 2021 Board of Directors

The Women in Manufacturing Association (WiM) has announced the election of 22 members to its 2021 Board of Directors. WiM is the only national association specifically dedicated to supporting, promoting and inspiring women who have chosen a career in the manufacturing sector.

The board is led by Chair Misti Rice, Executive Director of Government Affairs, Magna International, Troy, MI. Additional WiM board officers are Vice Chair Virginia Harn, Principal, CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA), Minneapolis, MN; and Treasurer Lynn Kier, Vice President Corporate Communications, Diebold Nixdorf, Charlotte, NC.

First-term members of the 2021 WiM board are:

  • Cynthia Bolt, Senior Vice President and GM, Manufacturing, Automotive and Energy, Salesforce, Villanova, PA
  • Tami Hedgren, Manufacturing Lead-Large Tractors & Combines, John Deere, Moline, IL
  • Shameka Lewis, Associate Manager Global EHS, Mattel, Fort Worth, TX
  • Rachael Sampson, Senior Vice President, Director, Key4Women, KeyBank, Cleveland, OH
  • Danielle Schneider, Applications Engineer, Pridgeon & Clay, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Lisa Skidmore, Senior Director, Advanced Quality Engineering, GE Appliances, a Haier Company, Louisville, KY
  • Carrie Uhl, Chief Procurement Officer, GE Healthcare, Waukesha, WI
  • Amy Volz, Global Director, Brand Strategy, Trane Technologies, Davidson, NC
  • Jeff White, Partner and Manufacturing Law Industry Group Chair, Robinson & Cole LLP, Hartford, CT
  • Devon Winter, Senior Vice President, Director, F.W. Winter Inc. & Co., Camden, NJ
  • Ronda Wright, Regional Director Supply Excellence, Mars Inc., Atlanta, GA.

"On behalf of the entire WiM organization, I am excited to welcome the newest members of the WiM Board of Directors," said WiM President Allison Grealis. "WiM's board includes outstanding leaders from some of our nation's most prestigious manufacturing companies. Now, more than ever before, it is important to support and engage the women leaders and their male allies who will lead our industry during this time of economic recovery and into the future."

WiMEF Foundation Board of Directors Announced

The Women in Manufacturing Education Foundation (WiMEF) has announced the election of 20 members to its 2021 Board of Directors.

The board is led by Chair Mary Ellen Grom, Executive Director, Customer Experience Solutions, AFL, Duncan, SC; and Vice Chair Steve Speich, John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group Factory Manager, John Deere, Fargo, ND.

First-term members of the 2021 WiMEF board are:

  • Michel Conklin, Executive Director, BotsIQ, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Sascha Harrell, Director of Education and Workforce, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • Ivory Harris, VP People Services, BASF Corporation, Florham Park, NJ
  • Danielle Lancianese, Director-Tile & Stone Category, Shaw Industries Group, Inc., Dalton, GA
  • Leslie LeMair, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, George Utz, Minneapolis, MN
  • Jenn Martin, Engineering Manager, Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing, North America, Georgetown, KY
  • JoAnn Mitchell, Partner Marketing Specialist, Sandvik Coromant, Fair Lawn, NJ
  • Melissa Rocha, Director of Strategic Sourcing, Wastequip LLC, Charlotte, NC
  • Catherine Ross, Director of Education, Smartforce Development, AMT-The Association for Manufacturing Technology, McLean, VA
  • Shauna Smith, Director of Process Improvement, Americas, SPX Flow, Charlotte, NC
  • Laura Wilde, Senior Director Quality & Mission Assurance, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Huntsville, AL

"On behalf of the entire WiM organization, I am thrilled to welcome this new group of leaders to the WiMEF Board of Directors," said Grealis. "The work of the WiMEF-to provide effective and affordable manufacturing industry skills and leadership programming-is extremely important in furthering the advancement of women in the industry."

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.

For more information contact:

Women in Manufacturing Association

Women in Manufacturing Education Foundation

P.O. Box 3198

Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223


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