Congratulations to Sandrea Nyivih, the 2020 recipient of the Women In Defense (WID) Mid-Atlantic Chapter Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Scholarship!
Sandrea is a 2020 graduate of Harford Technical High School in Bel Air, Maryland. This fall she will attend University of Maryland Baltimore County, with a double major in Computer Science and Mathematics, with a focus on Cyber Security.
Sandrea was accepted to UMBC's scholar's program for women in technology! She has already earned three professionally acclaimed cyber certifications, including the Cisco CCENT, CompTIA A+ and CompTIA Security+ certifications.
Sandrea aspires to work for the federal government in cyber defense, to protect information security and to promote public safety. She hopes to use the knowledge that she accumulates in college and in her career to help the world!
The WID Mid-Atlantic Chapter's annual $2,500 scholarship provides funding to female high school seniors pursuing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers related to the national security and defense interests of the United States.
On January 14, members of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of Women In Defense (WID) presented a $5,512 donation to the Cancer LifeNet program at the Kaufman Center at University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health. The funds were raised at the chapter’s Think Pink! Breast Cancer Awareness (BCA) Luncheon and Fundraiser, held on October 24, 2019, at the Water’s Edge Events Center. This annual event features information on treatment programs, inspirational testimonials from breast cancer survivors, and raffles for gift baskets and other prizes. Since the first BCA event in 2011, the WID Mid-Atlantic Chapter has raised more than $37,000 for the Cancer LifeNet program, a free service that helps people cope with the physical, financial, psychological, and emotional aspects of having cancer.
Pictured at the check presentation are:
First row, WID Mid-Atlantic Chapter members (L to R): Karen Danfelt, Sharon Mackey, Chanel Kelly, Anissa Roberts, and Sally Edler. Second row, Cancer LifeNet staff (L to R): Diane Fitzgerald, Megan Thacker, Rosanna Dinh, and Lisa Pfarr.
Thank you for participating in the election for a new Vice President and Treasurer for the two-year term of October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2021.
We are pleased to announce our newly elected leaders!
Vice President: Deanna Ohwevwo
Deanna is a Principal with Booz Allen Hamilton in Belcamp, MD, where she has worked for ten years. She is a leader in Booz Allen’s C5ISR market, focusing on Army Electronic Warfare and Cyber. Deanna also serves as the Booz Allen Program Manager for the RS3 contract. Previously, Deanna led the Booz Allen team providing acquisition, cost, economic, and business analyses for all DoD C4ISR organizations. Early in her career, Deanna worked as a civilian for the Department of the Navy, providing lifecycle cost and acquisition support. Deanna is known throughout the APG community. As the Treasurer for the MG Harry Greene Chapter of AUSA for three years, Deanna organized multiple events, including monthly luncheons, the annual Fisher House Gala, the chapter’s golf tournament, and the chapter’s reception at AUSA’s national convention. Additionally, she managed the finances for the chapter, which included revenue in excess of $250,000 annually.
Treasurer: Tamera Rush
Tamera is a top-performing executive with extensive experience and results. She is the founder of TENAX Technologies located in Harford County, MD. As a business owner, Tamera routinely manages large-scale budgets. She is a founding member of the WID Mid-Atlantic Chapter and served as President from 2008 to 2011. Additionally, she served as AUSA MG Harry Greene Chapter President in 2013–2014 and Vice President in 2011–2013; SARC Board President in 2015–2019; and Harford County Public School Board member. Tamera was named to the 50 Women to Watch by the Baltimore Sun in October 2014; recognized as a 2012 Maryland Top 100 Women by the Daily Record; she received the 2011 Athena International Award for Women’s Leadership, and the Hammer Award from U.S. Vice President Al Gore for her work involving significant reinventing of government principles that support the development of non-toxic ammunition.
Deanna and Tamera will shadow the outgoing officers throughout the month of October. The officer installation ceremony will occur at the annual chapter meeting in October 2019.
Our chapter participated in the ceremony honoring Gold Star Mothers at the Harford County Chamber of Commerce’s Military Appreciation Luncheon held May 16 at the Richlin Ballroom. The event was held during the Armed Forces Week to recognize and honor those who serve in the Aberdeen Proving Ground area.
Gold Star Mothers are those who have lost a son or daughter during active service in the United States military during a period of war or conflict. For the past few years, WID has worked hand-in-hand with the Harford Chamber of Commerce to honor these mothers, their child, and their families.
The WID Mid-Atlantic Chapter proudly presented the 9th Annual Real Women, Real Work, Real World (RW)3 Symposium on Thursday, May 9, 2019, at the Water’s Edge Events Center in Belcamp, Maryland.
The theme of this year’s event was Fueling the Fifty-One Percent. Women make up 51 percent of the talent available to tackle the nation’s toughest national security challenges.
WID is dedicated to powering and empowering women working in defense and national security. The Mid-Atlantic Chapter focuses on those working and living in the greater community of the U.S. Army Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG).
RW3 is the chapter’s signature event supporting the professional and personal development of women and men working at and around APG. Headlining this year’s event were keynote speakers Larry Muzzelo, SES, Deputy to the Commanding General, U.S Army Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM); and Sharon Sputz, Executive Director of Strategic Programs, Data Science Institute, Columbia University.
Workshop presenters included Madrice Guy, CEO, Blue Eye Technology; Nandi Leslie, Ph.D., Raytheon Company; Adrienne Raglin, Ph.D., Army Research Laboratory; and Camie Stinson, Integrated Logistics Support Center, U.S. Army CECOM.
At the 9th Annual Real Women, Real Work, Real World (RW)3 Symposium, WID Mid-Atlantic announced the 2019 recipient of its annual Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Scholarship, which awards $2,500 to female high school seniors pursuing STEM careers related to the national security and defense.
This year’s recipient is Amy Pham of Aberdeen High School.
Additionally, four students were recognized as honorable mentions: Julianna Berte, C. Milton Wright High School; Elizabeth Betts, Rising Sun High School; Brooke Bleacher, The John Carroll School; and Caela Phillips, C. Milton Wright High School. Each received $500 in honor of RW3 keynote speakers Larry Muzzelo, SES, Deputy to the Commanding General, U.S Army Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM), and Sharon Sputz, Executive Director of Strategic Programs, Data Science Institute, Columbia University.
“The demand for STEM professionals will exceed the expected supply over the next decade,” said Sharon Mackey, WID Mid-Atlantic Chapter president. “We are committed to developing a diverse talent pool of innovative and highly proficient women technical leaders. Greater investments in activities and scholarships to pursue high-tech areas like artificial intelligence and machine learning, cybersecurity, and robotics need to begin in the K–12 grade levels. WID and the APG community are committed to STEM outreach initiatives to prepare our young people for the technical challenges of defending our nation’s security.”
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!
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 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, 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.
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!
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!
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.