Board of Directors

Sheila LaMothe | WiM CHAIRPERSON

Sheila LaMotheAssociate Director Marketing and Public Relations

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. Since 2002 Sheila has been 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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Sheila is involved with a variety of industry associations and in addition to WiM, is a member of the FMA, SME, AWS, SPIE, the FABTECH Exhibitor Advisory Council, SPIE Corporate Events Committee and has served on the WiM Summit host committee for several years. She also spearheaded the development of the WiM Connecticut. While dedicated to her career, Sheila's passion is her volunteer work in the guide dog industry. Involved with several guide dog organizations over the past decade, she currently serves as a puppy raiser, provides marketing services, and raises funds for Freedom Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc. of Cassville, NY.

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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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Elizabeth Engels

Elizabeth EngelsVice President - Commercial,
Tata Steel

Elizabeth L. Engels helps organizations develop strategic growth plans based on emerging technologies and trends. She has over 30 years' experience across multiple facets of manufacturing including sales and marketing, strategic acquisitions, global program development, and production. Her unique combination of technical expertise and business development savvy along with her keen ability to develop important stakeholder relationships make her qualified to help manufacturers understand how new technologies can positively lead to business growth.

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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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Lisa Habe

Lisa HabePresident,
Interlake Industries, Inc.

Lisa Habe is President and Chairman of the Board of Interlake Industries, Inc., which has short to medium run metal stamping facilities in Ohio and Florida. She is an active member in the Precision Metalforming Association and was previously a Board Member. Ms. Habe currently serves as a Board Member of the Lakeland Foundation and was a Board Member for the Lake County Port Authority.

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In February 2014, she received the STEP Award, presented by the Manufacturing Institute which recognizes women for excellence in manufacturing.

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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.

Sabrina Weaver

Sabrina WeaverDirector of Global Commercial Practices,
Owens-Illinois, Inc.

Sabrina Weaver is Director of Global Commercial Practices at Owens-Illinois, Inc. (NYSE:OI). She is based at the company's worldwide headquarters in Perrysburg, Ohio. Ms. Weaver is responsible for working closely with functional and regional partners to manage global pricing strategy and negotiation governance, enhancing customer-level global target setting, leading the customer and category performance reviews, and recommending investment feasibility for proposed innovation projects, among other duties. She also is leading efforts to foster a more diverse and inclusive culture at O-I, specifically for women. Building on the momentum of the Women in Finance group (WiFi), which she launched in 2014, Ms. Weaver is preparing to launch a campus-wide women's network in Perrysburg in 2016.

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She joined O-I in 2014 as the Director of Global Investment Analysis. In this role, she led the development of the analytic capability which improved O-I's approach to evaluating strategic capital projects, large global commercial negotiations and acquisition opportunities. Prior to O-I, Ms. Weaver held various strategic financial leadership positions with ANN Inc., Arrow Electronics, Hilton Hotels and Morgan Stanley.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts and a Master of Business Administration from Stanford Graduate School of Business in Palo Alto, California.

Ms. Weaver is passionate about her community and donates her time to the board of Downtown Perrysburg, Inc. as president of the local nonprofit organization. She also sits on the Perrysburg Bicentennial Committee which is celebrating Perrysburg's 200th year in 2016. She enjoys skiing, running, spending quality time with her family, and making a difference in people's lives. She is married with two sons.

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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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