Society of Women Engineers

Board of Directors

SWE Leadership is the backbone of our diverse, thriving organization.

SWE Leadership is the backbone of our diverse, thriving organization. These dedicated leaders come from a variety of backgrounds, technological disciplines and industries to share their expertise and guidance, and most importantly, their passion to uphold the Society’s mission.

President Elect
Speaker of the Senate
Collegiate Director
Executive Director & CEO

Fifty-five presidents and countless milestones later, SWE's presidents have each played a vital role in our history. Click on the links below to meet these pioneers and thought leaders.

The Past Presidents section was started by Patricia L. Brown, President of SWE, 1961-63.

SWE Presidents 1950 to 1968
1st 1950-52 Dr. Beatrice Hicks (deceased)
2nd 1952-53 Lillian Murad (deceased)
3rd 1953-55 Katharine Stinson (deceased)
4th 1955-56 Dr. Lois Graham
5th 1956-58 Miriam Gerla (deceased)
6th 1958-61 Catherine Eiden (deceased)
7th 1961-63 Patricia Brown
8th 1963-64 Aileen Cavanagh (deceased)
9th 1964-66 Dr. Isabelle French
10th 1966-68 Alice Martin (deceased)
SWE Presidents 1968 to 1983
11th 1968-70 Lydia Pickup (deceased)
12th 1970-74 Olive Salembier (deceased)
13th 1972-74 Naomi McAfee
14th 1974-76 Carolyn Phillips
15th 1976-78 Lt. Col. Arminta Harness (deceased)
16th 1978-79 Paula Loring (now Simon)
17th 1979-80 Ada Pressman (deceased)
18th 1980-81 Sharon Loeffler
19th 1981-82 Dr. Helen Grenga (deceased)
20th 1982-83 Evelyn Murray
SWE Presidents 1983 to 1993
21st 1983-84 Barbara Wollmershauser, P.E.
22nd 1984-85 Sharon Lindquist-Skelley
23rd 1985-86 Susan Whatley
24th 1986-87 Bette A. Krenzer (deceased)
25th 1987-88 Kathleen Harer, P.E.
26th 1988-89 Suzanne Jenniches
27th 1989-90 Glynis Hinschberger
28th 1990-91 Margaret Hickel
29th 1991-92 Jill Tietjen, P.E.
30th 1992-93 Anna Salguero
SWE Presidents 1993 - 2003
31st 1993-94 Kathryn Cunningham (deceased)
32nd 1994-95 Jaclyn Spear
33rd 1995-96 Ruthann Omer, P.E.
34th 1996-97 Margaret Layne, P.E.
35th 1997-98 Gloria Montano
36th 1998-99 Roberta Banaszak Gleiter
37th 1999-2000 Sherita T. Ceasar
38th 2000-2001 Gail G. Mattson, P.E.
39th 2001-2002 Shelley A.M. Wolff, P.E.
40th 2002-2003 Rachel A.B. McQuillen, P.E.
SWE Presidents 2003 - present
41st 2003-2004 Alma U. Martinez Fallon
42nd 2004-2005 Violettee V. Brown
43rd 2005-2006 Ronna F. Robertson
44th 2006-2007 Jude A. Garzolini
45th 2007-2008 Michelle Tortolani
46th 2008-2009 Virginia Counts, P.E.
47th 2009-2010 Nora Lin
48th 2010-2011 Siddika Demir
49th 2011-2012 Melissa Tata
50th 2012-2013 Alyse Stofer
51st 2013-2014 Stacey DelVecchio
52nd 2014-2015 Elizabeth Bierman
53rd 2015-2016 Colleen Layman
54th 2016-2017 Jessica Rannow
55th 2017-2018 Jonna Gerken
56th 2018-2019 Penny Wirsing