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Speakers/Moderators

Check out the list of speakers and moderators for this year’s WomEngineers Day Conference.

Barbie Bigelow

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer,
Black & Veatch Corporation

Barbie Bigelow is the global chief information officer (CIO) of Black & Veatch Corporation. She leads digital strategy and the information technology (IT) services team which provides the advanced tools and technologies required to execute increasingly complex global infrastructure projects. She has more than three decades of experience in project, engineering, and technology management, including leadership positions with Lockheed Martin, Jacobs Engineering Group, and TASC (acquired by SAIC). She serves on the Board of Advisors for the Tickle College of Engineering and earned her master’s in computer science from UT.


Daneille Bohn

Employee Wellness Coordinator, Be Well,
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Danielle Bohn works in the Center for Health Education and Wellness at UT. Bohn completed her master’s in public health from the University of Michigan with a specialization in health behavior and health education. Prior to attending graduate school, she received a bachelor’s degree in wellness, health promotion, and injury prevention. She has previously held roles in research, government, and the non-profit sector working to address food insecurity issues and childhood obesity. In her current role, she is passionate about creating opportunities for individuals to engage with the eight dimensions of wellness, while concurrently working towards fostering a campus environment that supports positive lifestyle choices. Bohn is committed to living an active and healthy lifestyle while helping others do the same.


Kathy Caldwell

Kathy Caldwell graduated from the University of Tennessee with high honors in civil engineering in 1985. Upon graduation, she worked as a structural designer with Lockwood Greene in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Caldwell moved to Austin, Texas, in 1987 and joined Parkhill Smith and Cooper as a design consultant to the Texas Department of Highways and Public Transportation. Caldwell joined Jones Edmunds and Associates, Inc., in Gainesville, Florida, in 1989. She led the successful establishment of a new market sector for the firm, ultimately resulting in her being named president of JEA Construction Engineering Services, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Jones Edmunds. Caldwell retired from her position at JEAces in May 2008 and is now self-employed as president of a private consulting firm.


Jamie Coble

Assistant Professor and Southern Company Faculty Fellow, Department of Nuclear Engineering,
Tickle College of Engineering

Jamie Coble is an assistant professor and Southern Company Faculty Fellow in nuclear engineering at UT. Coble’s research falls under the umbrella of instrumentation and controls for nuclear power systems, primarily focused on data analytics for equipment condition assessment and prognostics, process and system monitoring, and integrated decision making. Prior to joining the UT faculty in 2013, she worked in the Applied Physics group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for two years as a staff scientist. Her work there focused primarily on data analysis and feature extraction for detecting anomalies and degradation in large passive components, advanced active components, and nuclear fuel reprocessing systems.


Bennett Crosswell

President, Military Engines Division,
Pratt & Whitney

Bennett Crosswell is president of Pratt & Whitney’s Military Engines business, where he oversees development, production and support of the company’s military offerings including the 5th generation F119 and F135 engines for the F-22 and F-35 fighters, the F100 for the F-15/F-16, the F117 for the C-17, the PW4062 for the KC-46A, as well as the Small Military Engine and Advanced Engine Program sectors. Bennett earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee, and an M.B.A. from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He also graduated from the Defense Systems Management College in Fort Belvoir, VA.


Mark Dean

Interim Dean and Fisher Distinguished Professor,
Tickle College of Engineering

Mark E Dean is Interim Dean and John Fisher Distinguished Professor at the Tickle College of Engineering. His research focus is in advanced computer architecture (beyond Von Neumann systems), data centric computing and computational sciences. Prior to joining UT, Dean was Chief Technology Officer of the Middle East and Africa for IBM and an IBM Fellow. 


Paige Dove

Organization Transformation Leader,
Eastman Chemical

Paige Dove graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2015. In her current position, she serves as an organization transformation leader, which is focused on redefining business processes and deploying change management principles to enable organizations and individuals to operate at peak performance. This spring, Paige received her Corporate Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. Her passion is in developing others to unleash their potential by challenging business paradigms. She is a firm believer in seeking daily opportunities to continually improve both personally and as a team. Outside of work, she enjoys playing golf with her husband, running with their golden retriever, hosting a women’s small group, and exploring new places.


Paul Frymeir

Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Engagement,
Tickle College of Engineering

Paul Frymier was selected as the associate dean for faculty affairs for the Tickle College of Engineering in December, after serving in the role for sixth months. Frymier, whose appointment is in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has more than two decades of experience in the college, having won several department-, college-, and university-level awards for teaching and research. He completed his bachelor’s and master’s in aerospace engineering at North Carolina State University, and received his PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Virginia.


Tom Graves

Senior Lecturer & Operations Director for the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation ,
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Since joining UT in 2007, Tom Graves has established the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, established the Entrepreneurship Learning Community, established and continues to conduct five business competitions annually, and created the original Introduction to Entrepreneurship class and the new venture planning class. In 2011, he received the Richard C. Reizenstein Outstanding Commitment to Students Award and in 2016 was recognized with the naming of the Graves Undergraduate Business Plan Competition endowment.


Travis Greenlee

Career Consultant,
Center for Career Development

Travis is the consultant to the Tickle College of Engineering where he works with students, faculty, staff, and employers from various engineering disciplines, majors, and departments. In his role, Travis counsels students on career options, reviews materials such as resumes and cover letters, provides job and internship search strategies, planning for graduate school, and transitioning to life after UTK. Travis also provides programming opportunities for employers to engage with students on campus. He is currently serving as the Secretary for the Tennessee Association of Colleges and Employers (TACE).


Peter Hoffman

Vice President, Intellectual Property Management,
The Boeing Company

Peter Hoffman is vice president of Intellectual Property Management for The Boeing Company. Hoffman is responsible for strategies that protect and generate the highest possible value from this significant corporate asset. He specifically manages the company’s patent portfolio; protection of trade secrets; and licensing of all Boeing intellectual property. Hoffman earned a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering technology and a master’s in mechanical engineering from the UT, a master’s of manufacturing engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, and a master’s of international business from St. Louis University.


Megan Houchin

Lean Six Super Sigma Manager,
Y-12 National Security Complex

As the Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Manager for the Y-12 National Security Complex, Megan Houchin oversees continuous improvement deployment. In this role, she provides guidance in leading complex process improvements, champions lean training, and is influencing cultural change for the site. As a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt herself, Megan developed collaborative partnerships and led diverse cross-site teams in process improvement efforts. Megan holds an MBA from the University of Tennessee where she was selected by her Professional MBA classmates to receive the Class Leader award.


Annazette Houston

Executive Director of Equity and Compliance,
Pellissippi State Community College

Annazette Houston is the Executive Director of Equity and Compliance at Pellissippi State Community College and serves as the institution’s ADA Coordinator. Ms. Houston has a rich professional history in the areas of equity, diversity and civil rights and presently serves as the Chair of the Tennessee Human Rights Commission. Through her involvement in many community boards and cultural activities both on and off campus, Ms. Houston is able to bring a unique personal and professional voice to disability issues.


Jerry Johnson

Partner,
RLJ Equity Partners

Jerry Johnson is a founding member and Partner of the private equity firm RLJ Equity Partners, which acquires controlling positions in mid-market companies. He has been involved in all phases of the firm’s development since 2007, along with co-founders Robert L. Johnson and the Carlyle Group. At RLJ, he has sourced and executed business services investments of over $1 billion of enterprise value. Johnson received his MBA from Harvard Business School and his BS in chemical engineering, summa cum laude, from UT. At the University of Tennessee, he was president of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society. He was recognized with the university’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2009.


Molly Kinard

Director, Professional MBA Program,
Haslam College of Business

As Director of the Professional MBA Program, Molly Kinard makes connections–between students and potential employers, between alumni and current students, and between what students learn in the classroom and what they need to know to land a job. Kinard leads the team that will helps students craft a winning resume, prepare for interviews, and access the tools you need to conduct a productive, efficient, and, ultimately, successful career search. A former college student-athlete, Kinard is an avid tennis player who also enjoys off-roading, fishing, hiking, and vacationing with her family in Maine.


Colonel Carmella Lawson

United States Air Force

Colonel Carmella V. Lawson retired from active duty in October 2014. During her career, Colonel Lawson’s assignments included a variety of operational and staff positions, including director of operations, director of staff and deputy chief of program planning division and chief, strategic concepts and transformation branch. She spent time in Japan, Germany, as well as the United Arab Emirates. She is a 1989 distinguished graduate of UT’s AFROTC program. She was the first female to graduate from UT and attend undergraduate pilot training in the United States Air Force. Lawson has three children and after a quarter century in support of America’s defense, now resides in Greenback, Tenn. She has taught Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps at William Blount High School since July 2014.


Mary Mahoney

Assistant Director,
Center for Career Development

Mary Mahoney has worked with The University of Tennessee Center for Career Development for over 25 years. She is the Assistant Director of Recruiting which involves overseeing on-campus interview opportunities for employers from across the United States enabling them to connect with our students. As part of that responsibility she works closely with students and alums on areas such as resume preparation, interviewing tips/techniques, salary negotiation and job search strategy.


Misty Mayes

President and Founder,
Management Solutions, LLC

Misty Mayes, PMP, is the president and founder of Management Solutions, LLC (MSLLC), an award-winning, comprehensive project management services company based in Knoxville, Tenn. Mayes started MSLLC in 2002 and has established MSLLC’s reputation as a provider of “best value services” in the areas of project controls/project management, forensic schedule analysis and project management training. Mayes has more than 26 years of executive leadership experience and has managed programs/projects to provide project management and controls services to a variety of clients. She has worked extensively with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) providing project management/control services, including EVMS certification, project controls, cost estimating, and risk management services. MSLLC clients and projects have included the DOE, Department of Defense (DOD), the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE), UT-Battelle, Y-12 National Security Complex, ALCOA, Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) and TeamHealth among others. Mayes supports the greater Knoxville community throughout the year and serves on several boards, including the University of Tennessee College of Engineering Board of Advisors. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Tennessee in 1988.


Sam Mayes

Vice President and Co-Founder,
Management Solutions, LLC

Sam Mayes, PE, is the vice-president and co-founder of Management Solutions, LLC (MSLLC), an award-winning, comprehensive project management services company based in Knoxville, Tenn. For more than 30 years, Mayes has managed design and construction projects ranging from a wide variety of civil/environmental design efforts to the construction of large Department of Transportation (DOT) highway and Superfund projects. He has significant management experience within both the design and construction arenas. He has performed as both an operations manager and project manager on various groups and/or projects. Mayes also has responsibilities for the continued growth of MSLLC through the financial management and operations of MSLLC as well as many areas of human resources. Mayes supports the greater Knoxville community throughout the year and serves as the Past-President for the American Society of Civil Engineers and through the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME). He earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Tennessee in 1985 and a Master Degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Tennessee in 1997.


Christina Moradian

Title IX Coordinator,
University of Tennessee

Prior to joining UT, Christina worked at the
TVA managing their Equal Opportunity Compliance office, where she was
responsible for managing the group tasked with counseling, investigating and
analyzing all Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) matters at the 10,000-employee
agency. Moradian received a B.A. in Spanish
Literature from The University of the South, Sewanee and earned a J.D. from the
University of Tennessee. While at the University of Tennessee College of Law,
she participated in ENLACE (the Latino Law Student Association) and Vols for
Vets with UT Pro Bono. She also interned for the 21st Judicial District in
Franklin and for the Tennessee Valley Authority in Knoxville. Christina is a licensed Tennessee attorney,
EEO investigator, and holds a SHRM-CP designation.


Laura O’Shaughnessy

Assistant Professor of Practice, Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering
Tickle College of Engineering

Laura O’Shaughnessy is an assistant professor of practice in Industrial and Systems Engineering at UT. She returned to Knoxville after completing her masters’ in industrial
engineering, then working in a variety of industries and raising a family. She has been active in employee education, team training, continuous improvement, management, manufacturing, safety, STEM education, coaching, volunteering, and improving the community. Reaching young, future engineers, and getting them excited about industrial engineering is one of her passions, and she is pleased to represent women, engineers, and mothers in this endeavor.


Jess Ossyra

Senior, Chemical Engineering,
Tickle College of Engineering

Jess Ossyra is a senior in Chemical Engineering at UT. She has a bachelor’s degree in animal science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She is the mother of a lively 5-year-old son, and her husband is pursuing his PhD at UT. She is a member of the Society of Women Engineers, the American Institute for Chemical Engineers, and works here at UTK as a Peer Mentor for the Office of Undergraduate Research. She is currently serving on the WomEngineers Day Leadership Committee as Speaker Liaison. After balancing motherhood, two jobs, academics, and extra-curriculars for the past four years, Jess is excited to share her experiences in the Work-Life balance panel.


Jennifer Lynn Richter

Associate Vice Chancellor and Directory, Office of Equity & Diversity
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Jennifer Richter has more than twenty years of experience in assuring the university’s compliance with state and federal mandates related to faculty, staff, students, and visitors to campus. “Jenny’s extensive knowledge, skills, and local and national relationships will assist her in leading the Office of Equity and Diversity and serving as associate vice chancellor,” said Rickey Hall, vice chancellor for diversity. “She is passionate about creating a campus community that is accessible, welcoming, and inclusive of all.”


Jennifer Rittenhouse

Lecturer,
Haslam College of Business

A trusted advisor and faculty member in the Haslam College of Business, Jennifer Rittenhouse’s experience spans both the academic and professional arena. Throughout her 25-year corporate career, she developed extensive experience assisting organizations to develop a talented and diverse workforce.  She currently provides consulting services to help organizations and lead their most valuable asset: their people. Rittenhouse’s specialty areas include human capital management, learning and development, organizational effectiveness, and business strategy. She currently teaches undergraduate classes in strategy and international business, and works in the executive and professional MBA programs providing leadership coaching.


Tricia Roelofs

Senior Right-of-Way Manager,
TVA

Tricia Roelofs currently serves as the Senior Right-of-Way Manager at TVA.  In that role, she leads various aspects of the maintenance, construction, and operation of TVA’s transmission system.  Tricia was previously an attorney for TVA, where she was responsible for handling employment litigation, whistleblower claims, and various other types of lawsuits. Before joining TVA, Tricia was an associate attorney at a major national law firm, where she focused on litigation of complex commercial disputes.


Suzanne Sawicki

Coordinator,
Engineering Professional Practice

Suzanne Sawicki is a coordinator in the Tickle College of Engineering office of Engineering Professional Practice. She assists students with co-op and internship assignments and opportunities, resume writing, ambassador presentations, job-related seminars, and an alphabet of campus organizations including SWE, TLSAMP, ECAP, IEEE, BMES, NSBE, and MABE. In addition, she helps students practice their interview skills, including providing tips on how to leave a lasting impression.


Joel Seligstein

CEO,
Parallel Plaid, Inc.

Joel is the CEO of Parallel Plaid, Inc., an independent games studio headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah. Seligstein is a 2006 computer science graduate of UT. After graduation, the software engineer went to work for Facebook. There, he managed the development of several major software projects as the company grew from fifteen million to more than one billion users. He is widely recognized for leading the team that developed Facebook Messenger, which allows friends to send messages to one another in the manner of texting. At UT, a faculty office in the Min H. Kao Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building was named in honor of Seligstein’s generosity, and Seligstein serves on UT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Industry Advisory Board.


Tonya Shortt

Assistant Director, Engineering Professional Practice
Tickle College of Engineering

Tonya Shortt joined the Tickle College of Engineering in early 2019 as the new assistant director for the office of Engineering Professional Practice. She provides guidance and support to students seeking co-op and/or internship work experiences relative to their major. She also oversees the logistics of the College of Engineering’s main events, like the engineering cookout and the engineering expos, and assists the director with outreach to students and employers. Shortt has more than 20 years of experience in engineering industries, especially in manufacturing.


Tyvi Small

Interim Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Engagement
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

In December, Tyvi Small was named the interim vice chancellor of diversity and engagement, having previously served as the executive director of talent management, diversity and community relations in UT’s Haslam College of Business. Small leads efforts to coordinate existing student success programs and diversity initiatives across the university that support students. He is active in the community and serves on the boards of the Development Corporation of Knox County, Knoxville Area Urban League, Knoxville Utilities Board, Tennessee Valley Fair, and the Change Center.


Stephanie TerMaath

Assistant Professor, Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering
Tickle College of Engineering

Stephanie TerMaath is an assistant professor of mechanical, aerospace, and biomedical engineering in the area of structures at UT. Before joining the faculty in the fall of 2012, she managed a physics-based computing group at Applied Research Associates. This group focused on computational analysis spanning scales ranging from nano-composites through simulation of interacting full-scale systems. She completed a PhD from Cornell University in 2000, a master’s from Purdue University in 1995, and a bachelor’s degree from Penn State in 1993. As a graduate student, she won two “best student paper presentation” awards for her research in fracture mechanics.


Jenny Ward

Associate Director of Career Exploration and Campus Engagement
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

As the Associate Director for Career Exploration and Campus Engagement, Jenny Ward provides direction for exploratory student initiatives. She oversees exploring majors and careers courses and the production of What Can I Do With This Major? She facilitates the center’s collaborations with New Student and Family Programs and First Year Studies, and serves on campus committees supporting student retention and success including Student Life’s Assessment & Divisional Effectiveness Steering Committee, Advising 2020, and the Transfer Task Force. Ward is a member of the Chancellor’s Commission for Women and a reviewer for the National Career Development Association’s Certified Master of Career Services credential.


Steve Welsh

General Manager,
IBM Global Technology Services

Steve Welsh is currently the General Manager, IBM Global Technology Services – Infrastructure Services Sales and Enablement. He is responsible for leading the sales and enablement team in support IBM’s WW infrastructure services offerings. His team’s responsibilities include global sales coordination, sales management, business partner channel sales and the IBM services global engagement organization. He graduated from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. He has worked for IBM over twenty-seven years. He is a member of the Tickle College of Engineering Board of Advisors.


Jacinda Woodward

Senior Vice President, Power Operations
TVA

Jacinda joined TVA in 1984 and has worked in a number of business units throughout her career. Jacinda is currently Senior Vice President of Power Operations, which is responsible for the operation and maintenance of TVA’s coal-fired, natural gas combustion turbine and hydropower generation assets, providing over 25,000 MWs of generating capacity to meet TVA service territory needs. Prior to her current assignment, Jacinda has also served as Senior Vice President of Resources & River Management, as well as, the Vice President of Transmission Reliability & Operations, and the Vice President of Power Control Systems within TVA. Jacinda earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Auburn University in 1988 and is a registered professional engineer in the state of Tennessee. She is married and has two daughters, ages 22 and 15.