Region B Officers
Governor: Kim O’Rourke
Kim has worked for The Boeing Company for 23 years. She has held various leadership positions including the director for the Environment, Health and Safety Assessments organization for the Boeing Company. In this assignment, she was responsible the Company’s safety, health and environmental compliance assessment program for all Boeing locations worldwide. After she went onto be the Quality Management Representative for Boeing Shared Services Group (8000 person organization). She is currently the Quality and Lean leader for Boeing’s Site Services organization. Previously, Kim served as the senior manager of Environment, Health and Safety for the C3 Networks business at multiple sites and was responsible for compliance with all environmental and safety regulations. Before that, she held various leadership positions for Boeing’s Rocketdyne division in Canoga Park, CA. One of her assignments at Rocketdyne was in the Materials Engineering organization, where she led the hazardous materials management team which was responsible for elimination of ozone depleting substances and other hazardous materials.
Previously she worked for the Institute for Research and Technical Assistance in Los Angeles, CA which helped small and medium sized businesses eliminate hazardous materials and comply with safety, health and environmental regulations. Kim began her career in 1986 with General Dynamics in Rancho Cucamonga CA as a manufacturing engineer. Kim is an active member of the Society of Women Engineers – Orange County (SWE-OC) section. She has held numerous leadership positions in SWE-OC including president, vice president, secretary and section representative. She has been the Region B Secretary and is currently the Region B Lieutenant Governor.
Kim obtained her BS in ceramic engineering from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ and her MBA from California State University, Fullerton. She also is a six sigma blackbelt.
Contact Kim O’Rourke: [email protected]
Lt. Governor: Sara Christpherson
Sara has been a member of SWE since 2009. Sara has been a consistent contributor to the SWE-Phoenix Section and Region B. She has served as President and Vice President for SWE – Phoenix and Secretary for Region B. Sara volunteers as the treasure of her Home Owners Association, City of Phoenix South Mountain Planning Committee and Future Cities Registration and judge. Sara is the recipient of Engineers Week Outstanding Engineer of the year Award (2014). Sara works as a Facilities Engineer for AZLabs in Mesa, Arizona.
Secretary: Erin Boland
Erin has been an active member of SWE since 2011. She has served as the Tucson Section representative. She has served as the Professional Development Chair, Secretary and Section Representative for SWE Tucson. In 2015, Erin served as the Region nominating chair; she also joined the Society curriculum committee where she has been working on developing leadership competencies. Erin works for Raytheon in Tucson, Arizona. In her spare time, Erin enjoys cooking and long distance running.
Treasurer & Region B Professional Senator: Fran Stuart
Frances Stuart is a 30 year plus SWE member. During that time she has been very active and has held leadership positions in the Orange County and Central New Mexico Sections, the Sonora Region, and at the Society level. Fran served as the last Region B Director and first Region B Governor. She has been an integral part of many Region B conferences including co-chairing the first joint conference with Region J in Las Vegas. Fran is retired after a career that spanned three years in the military, twenty year s in aerospace operations, and ten years as a small engineering business partner. Fran and her husband Mike (also n engineer) live on a ten-acre ranchette in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. They enjoy travelling in their motor home especially to NASCAR events. Fran loves to read and enjoys quilting and needlework.
Contact Fran Stuart: [email protected]
Region B Nominating Committee Chair: Renee Defeo
Defeo is a Plastics Engineer/MBA working for Tesla Motors. Renee previously worked for Intel Corporation as a Technical Supply Chain Engineer for 15 years. She obtained her BS in Plastics Engineering from University of Massachusetts at Lowell, MA. Renee also completed her MBA-TM degree from University of Phoenix. She moved to the Phoenix area immediately after completing her undergraduate degree and started her career at a custom Injection Molding Company called The Tech Group at their Tech Medical Division. Renee also worked for Plastican as a Materials & Quality Manager for their start-up division in Phoenix, and Molding & Maintenance Engineering Manager at Warner Lambert-Schick. Renee serves on the Leadership Coaching Committee representing Region B and is passionate about strengthening our SWE sections and community. Renee is also the SWE Phoenix Section Representative and a leader at Intel striving to optimize and strengthen the relationship between SWE and the community. Along with her passion for SWE, Renee loves scuba diving and the sport of triathlon and you can always catch her at a race or event somewhere!
Contact Renee Defeo: [email protected]
Society Nominating Committee Representative: Kerrie Greenfelder
Kerrie L. Greenfelder, P.E., graduated from the University of Kansas, with a B.S. in chemical engineering with an environmental emphasis. Her work experience includes water/wastewater treatment processing and landfill design/construction projects. In 2015, she joined Burns & McDonnell and is a project manager in the firm’s water division for a diverse slate of water and wastewater clients. Kerrie joined the Central New Mexico Section of the Society of Women Engineers in 2003 and has served in a variety of roles: secretary to section representative at the local level and as conference planning chair, lieutenant governor, and governor for Region B. She lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Matt, and son, Carter, and enjoys sewing and long-distance running.
Region B Professional Senator: Natalie Vanderspiegel
Natalie Vanderspiegel graduated from the Missouri University of Science & Technology with a BS in Ceramic Engineering, MS in Ceramic Engineering, and MS in Engineering Management. Natalie worked as an Engineer for Caterpillar in various locations around the US before transferring to Solar Turbines, a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar, as a Senior Manufacturing Engineer and Six Sigma Black Belt in San Diego, CA. In October 2013, Natalie was promoted to Materials Manager for the Advanced Combustion Systems Manufacturing Division. She holds her professional certification in production and inventory management (CPIM) with APICS.
Natalie is a Professional Life Member of SWE. She has served as Section President, Vice President, Secretary, and Representative for the San Diego Professional Section. Her involvement in SWE extends with committee leadership roles at the Region and Society levels. Most recently, she served as the Chair for the Society’s Program Development Grant Committee. In 2015, she started her role as Senator for Region B.
Natalie’s philanthropic resume includes work with the American Cancer Society, Human Rights Campaign, and leadership in several of Caterpillar’s Employee Resource Groups. Natalie holds four US patents and has been the recipient of the 40 Leaders Under Forty Award for Central Illinois (2010), the Distinguished Alumni Award for Ceramic Engineering at MS&T (2011), the Distinguished Young Alumni Award from the MS&T Alumni Department (2011), the Emerging Leader Award from the Sonora Region of SWE (2013), and the Distinguished New Engineer Award at the Society level with SWE (2014).