Board of Directors

Sheila LaMothe | WiM CHAIRPERSON

Sheila LaMotheVP of Strategic Initiatives
Goyer Management International

Sheila LaMothe has spent most of her career dedicated to marketing in the manufacturing industry. A graduate of Connecticut College, she began her career in the public sector where she held the position of International Trade Specialist at the Connecticut Department of Economic Development, assisting manufacturers in locating sales representation in Europe and Asia. She then moved into the private sector as Trade Show and Event Coordinator for a large manufacturer of communications equipment before taking on the role of Group Marketing Manager for an international aerospace components manufacturer. For 15 years Sheila's was responsible for the marketing and public relations activities for TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, CT, initially serving as Marketing Manager before becoming Associate Director of Marketing & Public Relations.

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She is now Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for Goyer Management International, located in Sarasota Florida, which provides association management services for manufacturing industries.

Sheila has been involved with a number of industry associations in addition to WiM and served on the FABTECH Exhibitor Advisory Council, SPIE Corporate Events Committee, and the WiM Summit Host Committee. Sheila also founded the WiM Connecticut Chapter and served as chapter chair from until her relocation to Florida.

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Anne RossPartner,
Foley & Lardner LLP

Anne has worked in the field of business law for more than 30 years. She is a member of the firm's Transactional & Securities, Private Equity & Venture Capital, and Insurance Practice Groups and the Life Science Industry Team. Ms. Ross serves as counsel to public and private companies in a variety of technology-driven industries. She has had extensive experience handling mergers and acquisitions, research and development agreements, distribution and licensing arrangements, private debt and equity financings, joint ventures and strategic partnerships.

Catherine Werner | WiM TREASURER

Catherine WernerEnvironmental, Health, and Safety Leader,
GE Appliances

Catherine Werner was born in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She attended Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA and graduated with a bachelor's degree in geology-environmental science in 1990. She entered the field of environmental consulting working for Booz, Allen & Hamilton in the Washington DC area (1990-1992). She then accepted a consulting role working for Radian International, which was later acquired by URS. She relocated to Chapel Hill, NC and later to Albuquerque, NM. During eight years of consulting, Ms. Werner supported both military and commercial clients including GE.

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She joined GE Aviation in 1998 in Albuquerque, NM as an Environmental Specialist supporting aircraft engine component manufacturing operations. While working for GE, she completed her masters of business administration at the University of New Mexico in 1999 and held multiple site roles including Business Operations Leader, Lean/Six Sigma Leader, and Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) Leader. In 2007, Ms. Werner accepted a role with GE Transportation as the EHS Leader for the global locomotive field services organization. In 2011, she expanded her role adding responsibility for nine supply chain sites including one start-up facility and relocated to Erie, PA. In 2013, she accepted her current role as the EHS Leader for GE's Appliances business headquartered in Louisville, KY.

Ms. Werner holds both the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) certifications. She served as Treasurer on the national Board of Directors for the CHMM membership organization from 2003-06 and was recognized as a Fellow of the Institute of Hazardous Materials Managers in 2009. She received her CSP in 2011.

Ms. Werner enjoys skiing, running, reading, and traveling with her family. She is a beginning piano player and wannabe surfer.

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Karla Aaron

Karla AaronPresident & Owner,
Hialeah Metal Spinning, Inc.

Karla Aaron joined HMS in 1989, taking over the responsibility of day to day operations in 1990. Upgrading of quality systems and improving process efficiencies were her primary objectives in the early 90s. She selected and installed an ERP system in 1997 allowing for streamlined quoting, purchasing, shop floor and costing functions. Under her direction, HMS entered the computer controlled spinning market in 1998 with the investment in state-of-the-art automatic spinning equipment. This focus on continual improvement has resulted in HMS being ISO 9001:2008, AS9100:2009 and ITAR certified. Ms. Aaron became President and owner of HMS in 2003. With the hiring of key management personnel, she transferred her focus from operations to sales and marketing. Her engineering education and first-hand experience allows her to work closely with customers to achieve the best metal forming solution.

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Ms. Aaron started her engineering career with Abbott Laboratories, a Fortune 500 health care company. Through the Engineering Professional Development Program, she held positions in prototype development, new product marketing, and diagnostic equipment manufacturing. After successfully completing the program, Ms. Aaron joined the Facilities department with responsibility for new plant layouts. She then became the Project Manager of a high-volume drug testing system for the Department of Defense.

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Griselda Abousleman

Griselda AbouslemanVice President, Integrated Supply Chain Fluid Management, Material Handling and Power Tools,
Ingersoll Rand

Griselda Abousleman was appointed Ingersoll Rand's vice president, integrated supply chain for Fluid Management, Material Handling and Power Tools in August 2015. In this role, she drives continued improvement of the value streams and is responsible for a supply chain strategy to optimize performance in critical operational areas, including cycle time, delivery and quality for three of the company's 11 strategic business units.

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Ms. Abousleman joined Ingersoll Rand in January 2013 as a director in operational excellence with the company's residential solutions business in Tyler, TX. She was appointed in January 2014 to one of two regional operational excellence leader roles for North America and was appointed vice president, operational excellence in November 2014. Prior to Ingersoll Rand, she was with Honeywell as director, global growth; Flowserve as a multi-site leader; Volvo-Novabus as senior manufacturing engineering manager; and AlliedSignal as lean supervisor and global transitions leader.

Ms. Abousleman holds a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Stanford University, which includes overseas study in economics from the Pontificía Universidad Católica de Chile, and a master's degree in business administration from Arizona State University. She has also earned her Lean Master certification from Shingijutsu and Honeywell, and is a member of the National Society of Hispanic MBA's, a member of the Society of Women Engineers, and is a board member of Women in Manufacturing.

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Allison Giddens

Allison GiddensDirector, Order Management,
Win-Tech, Inc.

Allison Giddens is the director of operations for Win-Tech, Inc., a precision aerospace machine shop in Kennesaw, GA. She has a Master's degree in Conflict Management and worked in sales and marketing for a large media corporation in Atlanta before discovering the manufacturing environment. The first project she was tasked with Win-Tech was a lean project that involved working hands-on with journeymen machinists. The project opened her eyes to a fantastic career in manufacturing.

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Barri Gurau

Barri GurauTechnology Strategist, Project Manager and Engineer,
Barri Gurau is a technology strategist, project manager and engineer with 15 years of experience. She previously worked for Lockheed Martin Corporation, headquartered in Bethesda, MD, where she held several positions. She most recently served as senior manager for corporate energy initiatives – corporate engineering, technology and operations, where she managed a team of 10 high-potential engineering research and development talent. Other positions Ms. Gurau held at the company included chief bioenergy technologist, subcontract program manager, team lead/business development program member, materials engineer and engineering leadership development program member.

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Ms. Gurau earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Science and Technology Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Tonya Jackson

Tonya JacksonSenior Vice President Chief Supply Chain Officer

As senior vice president of global supply chain operations for Lexmark International, Tonya Jackson is responsible for worldwide supply chain operations including demand / supply planning, global sourcing, hardware and supplies manufacturing, logistics, and the Shared Service Centers for Lexmark.

Before assuming this role, Jackson served as the vice president and general manager of worldwide supplies operations for Lexmark, where she was responsible for global manufacturing and engineering operations of Lexmark’s printer supplies.

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Jackson has held various leadership roles at Lexmark, including director of experience design; director of technology services; director of sustainability; and technology manager. Jackson also has co-authored five US patents related to Lexmark’s ink jet technology.

She began her career with IBM, holding various engineering staff positions.  Jackson holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Hampton University, a master's degree in chemistry from Vassar College and a master’s degree in business administration from Ohio University.

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Susanne Lauda

Susanne LaudaDirector, Global Advanced Manufacturing Technology,

Susanne joined AGCO Corporation 6 years ago. AGCO is a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Duluth, GA that manufactures agricultural equipment at various locations around the globe, and has roughly 20,000 employees. In her role as Global Project Lead for Manufacturing Automation she represents the business in regards to the Enterprise PLM (Product Lifecycle Management). Susanne also drives the global strategy for Manufacturing 4.0 (Smart Factory), and manages a team that investigates the potential applications for new production tools, such as Additive Manufacturing.

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Susanne holds a degree in production engineering from her native Germany. Prior to working for AGCO she has worked at MTU (Diesel engines), Zeppelin New Technologies (aerospace components), Rheinmetal (defense), Siempelkamp (foundry, forging presses) and INP (manufacturing consultant). In April of 2017 she received the prestigious STEP Ahead Award from the Manufacturing Institute for her achievements as a female in the manufacturing industry.

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Una Lauricia

Una LauriciaSenior Intellectual Property Attorney,
Eaton Corporation

Una Lauricia is a Senior Intellectual Property attorney for Eaton, a global technology leader in power management solutions. Ms. Lauricia has a Manufacturing Engineering degree from Miami University and began her career as an engineer for Swagelok. After Swagelok, she joined one of the oldest and largest intellectual property boutiques in Cleveland and became the first female partner in the firm's history.

Bernadette Palumbo

Sabrina WeaverVice President Human Resources Operations,
BASF Corporation

Bernadette joined BASF in 2006, as a Human Resources Business Partner to various service platform groups and the Styrenics business unit. In 2008 she was promoted to the role of Director Human Resources Mexico Central America and the Caribbean. In October 2011 Bernadette returned to the U.S. and undertook the position of Director of Talent Acquisition, University Relations, Workforce Planning and Employer Branding for BASF Corporation. Since February 2016, Bernadette is Vice President Human Resources Operations.

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Prior to joining BASF, Bernadette spent nearly 10 years working in various Human Resources roles for Minerals Technologies Inc., a paper chemicals company.

Bernadette has also lived and worked in Caracas, Venezuela.

Bernadette has received a law degree from St. Johns University Law School and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Barnard College, Columbia University.

Bernadette lives and works in New Jersey and has one son, who is 14 years old.

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Gretchen Zierick

Gretchen ZierickPresident,
Zierick Manufacturing Corporation

Gretchen Zierick is the President of Zierick Manufacturing Corporation, a metal stamper specializing in electronic connectors, located in Mount Kisco, NY and founded in 1919. Ms. Zierick has been active in the Precision Metalforming Association for many years, serving as Chair of the PMA Educational Foundation from 2005-2007 and as (the first woman) Chair of PMA in 2010.

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She has a BSCE from Bucknell University. She is on the Board of the Mount Kisco Rotary Club and volunteers with Life's Journey, a certified therapeutic riding program. She and her husband, Art Portmore, live in Upper Saddle River, NJ and enjoy hiking, winter backpacking, kayaking and skiing.

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