Mid-Atlantic Chapter

Message from Our President


Greetings and a warm welcome to our members, prospective new members, sponsors, and community partners of Women In Defense (WID) Mid-Atlantic Chapter! 

Our chapter comprises a diverse group of professionals dedicated to providing educational scholarships in STEM career fields, professional development, and networking programs in support of national defense and national security. The chapter hosts annual symposiums, fundraisers, and other events designed to develop and inspire women to pursue leadership positions in the defense and supporting communities. This year’s events will center on our 2019 National theme, “Fueling the 51 Percent.” We are lining up a fantastic slate of events—Check out our Events page for all the details!

While the Nation has seen tremendous growth in women leadership, the WID Mid-Atlantic Chapter has seen growth in our membership and in our association’s leadership. Your ideas, engagement, commitment, and willingness to help build the association is need to help make our chapter a success! If you are interested in becoming a member of this great association, I invite you to explore our website and attend our Real Women, Real Work, Real World (RW)3 symposium and training event on May 9, 2019. We look forward to seeing you there!

Thank you to all of you for your continued support and dedication to the advancement of women, and our chapter’s continued success!


Sharon Mackey

Congratulations Sharon Jacobs!

Congratulations to our Past President Sharon Jacobs! Sharon was honored as one of two recipients of this year's ATHENA Award on March 1, 2019. The ATHENA Awards are presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated exemplary leadership in their career and assisted the advancement of women in their professional communities.  

Sharon is CEO of Strategic Alliances Group, Inc., and a retired Army officer. She is a member of the Harford Community College Foundation’s Board of Directors. Sharon is the recipient of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Harford & Cecil Counties’ Women & Youth Award and the 2018 Veteran Champion Business Owner of the Year Award.  


Welcome Tressie Hibbs!


Welcome Jawande (Tressie) Hibbs, our new Membership Director! Tressie is a life-long resident of Harford County, Maryland, where the WID Mid-Atlantic Chapter proudly serves the U.S. Army Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG). Tressie graduated from Strayer University in 2015 with a BA/AA in Business Administration and minor in HR Management. She has been a defense contractor since February 2016.

Welcome Tiffany Cooper!


Welcome Tiffany Cooper, WID Mid-Atlantic’s Interim Vice President! Tiffany has worked for the Department of Defense for 18 years in program analysis, program management, acquisition, and manpower. She deployed to Afghanistan in 2017–2018 as an advisor to the Ministry of Interior and Finance. She is currently in the dissertation phase of her Ph.D. In addition to serving WID, Tiffany is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Xi Delta Omega Chapter of Harford County, and volunteers as a mentor.

Member Spotlight: Stacy Matassa

Stacy Matassa is in the spotlight! Stacy recently served as our chapter's Director of Membership! Stacy introduced exciting benefits for our members, including WID Talks, which featured leaders from our area discussing professional development and other timely topics. 

Stacy is a Program Analyst with U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command. She was named 2018 Outstanding Woman of the Year by the Federal Women's Program of Aberdeen Proving Ground. Congratulations Stacy, and thank you for your service to WID!


Holiday Gift Wrapping at the APG Military Exchange

Thank you to Past President Sharon Jacobs, Dr. Ellice Luh, and Betty Scott for volunteering their time and holiday gift-wrapping skills to support the fundraiser at the APG Military Exchange. These ladies had a great time and raised more than $150 in donations!

Our chapter plans to participate again this year—Be on the look-out for an email about how to volunteer!


Cancer LifeNet Donation: Thank You!


Thank you to everyone who participated in our annual Think Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon and Fundraiser! With your generosity, WID Mid-Atlantic Chapter proudly donated $6,500 to Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation Cancer LifeNet program.