Meet the FY17 SWE-HR Leaders:

President: Cathleen Saunders, P.E.

Cathleen is a civil engineer who graduated from Virginia Tech in May of 2010 with a bachelor’s degree. She currently works as an Engineer for Quible & Associates, PC and her main focus is currently project management, site development, stormwater analysis, and storm water design. Cathleen has been active in SWE ever since college and currently holds the East Coast Deputy Chair position with the Collegiate Leadership Coaching Committee and was previously the president of the Richmond Section of SWE from 2011-2013. Cathleen is very passionate about SWE and looks forward all of the events in Hampton Roads this year!

Vice President: Jean Mann

Jean Mann has been involved in software development and database administration for over 20 years, performing analysis, development, testing, software installation, and database management for DOD customers. In addition to work with HR-SWE, Jean is a Board Member and Scientific Challenge Master for Tidewater Destination Imagination, an organization which annually sponsors a K-12 creative problem-solving competition.

Jean has an M.A. in Management Information Systems from George Washington University, and an undergraduate degree from Ohio University. She and her husband, a CPA with his own small practice, reside in Virginia Beach.

Treasurer: Kodi Padilla, EIT

Kodi is a transportation analyst who graduated from Michigan Technological University in December 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. She started working at Kimley-Horn in Virginia Beach in March of 2014 and focuses on transportation studies, intersection signal designs, fiber optic splice designs, lighting designs, and safety analyses. Kodi has been active with SWE since her first year of college, where she served as Newsletter Committee Chair and section President.

Secretary: Megan Montenaz

Megan is an engineer with a Bachelor's in Computer Science from the College of William and Mary and an MBA in IT from Old Dominion University. Megan first became a member of SWE in 2009. She currently works for Booz Allen Hamilton applying Mission Engineering and architecture for clients, where she also leads the Booz Allen Hamilton SWE presence within the firm. Megan held the SWE Hampton Roads Treasurer position for the 2012-2013 year and has attended the SWE Conference in 2011 and 2012 and 2013! In her free time, Megan enjoys SCUBA, running, yoga, cooking, and volunteering as a Girl Scout Troop Leader.

Outreach Chair: Eileen Leininger, P.E. 

Eileen is a Civil/Environmental engineer who recently retired from Newport News Wateworks. She received her Bachelors degree in environmental  engineering from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Civil Engineering from Old Dominion University. She currently is a member of ODU's Civil and Environmental Engineering Visiting Council. She is a Past President of the section, has served as Section Representative and has been chair of the Section's Outreach Committee for the past several years.

Scholarship and Awards Chair: Elizabeth Gregory

Elizabeth is an aerospace engineer who graduated with a PhD from Iowa State University in May of 2016. She is currently a research engineer with the National Institute of Aerospace at NASA Langley Research Center. She has been involved in SWEsince 2002 when she was an undergrad at the University of Kansas. During the past decade she has served in a variety or roles within SWE at the local and national level. She is very excited to a part of the Hampton Roads section.

Old Dominion University Collegiate Section Counselor: Stephanie Harrison

Stephanie is currently works at NASA Langley Research Center as an Aerospace Research Engineer conducting research on advanced technologies to improve the safety and efficiency of the National Airspace System.  She graduated from Virginia Tech in May of 2013 with her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics.  She then continued her education and received her master’s degree in Systems Engineering from Old Dominion University in May of 2015.  She has been active with the ODU chapter of SWE since 2014, first as a student and now as ODU’s Collegiate Section Counselor.

Christopher Newport University Collegiate Section Counselor (Interim):
Mary Perkinson

Mary Perkinson is a Senior Life Member of SWE and is currently serving on the Board of Directors as the Director of Advocacy. She is very passionate about initiatives that support the Society’s mission by inspiring our members to advocate for the advancement of women in engineering. Mary is an Engineering Manager II in Crane Engineering at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries. She supervises a multidiscipline engineering team responsible for new crane installations and overhaul projects at the Newport News Shipbuilding facilities. She holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Section Representative: Britta Zambrana

Britta Zambrana is currently employed at Newport News Shipbuilding as Supplier Quality Engineering Manager II. She is the chairperson of the NNS women’s employee resource group, which is called Women in Shipbuilding Enterprise (WiSE). Britta has worked in the fields of engineering and science starting in high school with the SHARP program in 1988. She has experience in the disciplines of quality, manufacturing, engineering and design, machining and operations. In her time away from home, Britta enjoys time with her family and friends and is a licensed minister in her church, Gates of Heaven Church of the Living God International. She has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Spelman College. She has served as the Hampton Roads SWE section representative for 2 years and Treasurer for 1 year. 


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Open positions include:

  • Scholarship Chair
  • Networking/Social Chair
  • Professional Development Chair
  • Website Coordinator
  • Professional Partnerships Liaison
  • Collegiate Section Counselors
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