Contact & Officers
Sarah Bettinger, P.E. – President
Sarah is a Structural Engineer with Austin Brockenbrough and Associates where she primarily designs buildings and fuel storage structures for government and military clients. She graduated with an undergrad in Civil Engineering from Missouri S&T and earned her Master’s in Structural Engineering from UAB. She is active in several engineering societies and is excited to be a part of the Richmond SWE Section. Sarah loves being outside and spends her free time gardening, hiking, and traveling the world.
Angela Parsley – Vice President
Angela is a Virginia Tech alum. She worked as an industrial engineer in various manufacturing industries including shipbuilding, electronics, & pharmaceuticals before transitioning to roles in education. She is currently the STEM Coordinator for the Virginia Department of Transportation where she creates lessons and resources for students & teachers. She enjoys sharing her industry experience and love of STEM with students and educators. Whenever possible, she enjoys traveling with her family and always has home or sewing projects in process.
Crystal Hill – Treasurer
Crystal is a Senior Civil Engineer with Mason & Hanger. She has over 20 years of experience in the design of drainage systems, stormwater management facilities, roadways, erosion and sediment control, utilities and site development. Her experience spans through governmental, institutional, commercial, industrial and residential markets. She received her B.S. in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1999. She enjoys reading and trips to the mountains of southwest Virginia.
Melissa Peskin, P.E. - Secretary
Melissa is an Electrical Engineer specializing in power systems at Dominion Energy. She maintains the electric distribution model of Dominion facilities, using engineering, software development, and database skills to develop automation and data integrity processes. Melissa holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from VCU and a B.A. in linguistics from UVA. She loves hiking, travel to national parks and public lands, live music, and the James River.
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.
Connie Wooldridge – Scholarship Chair
We are always looking for more help. More volunteer opportunities are below:
-Volunteers for the Social, Outreach, Professional Development, and Scholarship Committees
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.