Our FY17 officer bios are below.

Melissa Peskin, P.E. – President 

A 2007 VCU mechanical engineering graduate, now working as an electrical engineer at Dominion. She designs voltage optimization software for energy conservation, for which she holds a patent. Her prior experience is in electric distribution modeling. She is a former leader of Dominion and VCU’s joint Engineering Exploring program for high school students. Melissa joined SWE in 2012 for networking and outreach, and has served as scholarship chair and webmaster. She loves live music and spending time at the James River.

Carly DeHenau  Treasurer 

A Michigan State University Alumni graduated with a Packaging Science degree in 2005 and a Master of Science in Packaging degree in 2010. She followed her career path to Richmond, VA and has worked for MeadWestvaco for 3 years. Through work she has discovered SWE and traveled to Houston and Baltimore for the National Conference in 2012 and 2013, respectively. In her spare time you will find her enjoying the Richmond city life and festivals, playing euchre (it is a card game!), swimming, and sitting in the sun with a good book. 

Genna D'Antonio Section Representative

Genevieve D’Antonio is an Electronics Engineer at the U.S Naval Research Laboratory and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Engineering Management at Old Dominion University. Her involvement with SWE began at James Madison University (JMU) where she had the opportunity to get JMU SWE officially chartered. She graduated from JMU in 2015 with a B.S in Engineering and a Minor in Business. During her time as a student, she held many JMU SWE leadership positions and is now the JMU SWE counselor. She also volunteers on the Region E Sponsorship Committee and is the Richmond SWE Section Representative.

Erica Bennett – Social Chair

A 2015 graduate of Virginia Tech, Erica is an Electrical Engineer working for Dominion at a power plant in Chesterfield. She loves working in the field and is focused mainly on controls and electrical support systems throughout the plant. Erica has only been involved in SWE for about a year, but was a member of the IEEE student chapter at Virginia Tech, and is very active in the Virginia Tech Alumni Association. When she isn't cheering on the Hokies during football season, she loves to travel and relax by the pool with a good book.

Carol Polen – Outreach Chair

A Virginia Tech alumni with an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research and an MBA from UNC Charlotte.  She enjoyed a rewarding 25 year career working for Verizon and Dominion before shifting her focus from the corporate world to the education world.  After teaching Physics in two Richmond area high schools, Carol now works with a variety of STEM outreach programs, including the Society of Women Engineers.  She has been a member of SWE since 1998 and enjoys cycling and traveling in her free time.

Gaytri Sharma Secretary

Connie Wooldridge Scholarship Chair