Executive Council

RMS Executive Council

RMS is a professional section of the Society of Women Engineers, led by an Executive Council and Committees.

Elected leaders

RMS is led by eight
Executive Council members.

Rocky Mountain Section members elect 8 leadership positions annually. The election slate is presented by a Nominating Committee. These leaders serve from July 01 to June 30, aligning with SWE’s fiscal year. Executive Council leaders are required to be SWE RMS members in good standing.

Fiscal Year 2024 Executive Council:

Maureen Masiulis


Maureen has been active in SWE since early in her professional career. She held Society Committee leadership positions, Member At Large Leadership positions as well as the roles of Secretary, Vice President, and FY23 President with the Rocky Mountain Section. Maureen is currently the Director of Mission Enabling Solutions in the Tactical Solutions Business Area at Ball Aerospace. Maureen has held roles in engineering and program management since graduating from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2003. When not working or engaging in SWE activities, Maureen and her husband spend their time enjoying Colorado with their eight and ten year old boys and dog Theo. Their favorite activities are skiing and running/hiking.

Position Description:
Represent the section before the public and preside at meetings of the section and its executive council; coordinate activities and execute the business and policies of the section between meetings; review and approve the year-end section report; provide oversight and guidance to the committee chairs, executive council, and membership as necessary; oversee section strategic planning and operational goals in line with SWE mission. Schedule and lead monthly Executive Council meetings.

Kaitlin Chapman

Vice President

Kaitlin has been actively involved with RMS for the past several
years, serving as VP of Professional Excellence, Secretary, and FY23 Vice President. She chaired the FY21 Virtual Spring Summit and served on the Local Host Committee for 2019 WE Local Denver. Kaitlin earned BS in Chemical and Biological Engineering and minor in Biomedical Engineering from the CU Boulder and is pursuing an online MBA at LSU Shreveport. She is a Quality Engineer at Medtronic responsible for ensuring the life-saving medical devices being designed are safe, effective, and reliable. In her free time, Kaitlin loves hiking and trips to the mountains with golden retrievers Brinkley and Libby, reading, and trying new restaurants and coffee shops.

Position Description:
Assume all duties of the President if the President is temporarily unable to serve. Oversees committees focused on marketing and member communications such as the blog, email newsletter, social media platforms, and website. Assists in maintaining section procedures in accordance with the Bylaws and Section Agreement. Attend monthly Executive Council meetings.

Mindy Knuth


Mindy joined SWE 4 years ago and is looking to get more involved with RMS. She attended the Society annual conferences for the past 3 years and has participated in the same senior professionals Collective Wisdom Group since 2020. Mindy is a Project Manager in the Nuclear Services and Technology (NST) Business Unit at Merrick & Company. Her projects typically focus on the design and design fabrication for nuclear facilities, systems, and equipment for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). When Mindy is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, 6-year-old daughter, and Labrador. She enjoys summer days on the beach and is often found at Lake McConaughey in Nebraska. She enjoys boating, golfing, watching sports, and traveling.

Position Description:
Maintain the records of the section; communicate pertinent information to members via email; records, prepares and distributes the agenda and minutes from all meetings. Provide document control of Procedures, Guides, and any governing documents. Manage access to section accounts such as Google Drive and Slack. Provide oversight and guidance to the committee chairs as assigned. Perform other duties normally associated with the office of secretary or as may be assigned by the President, the Executive Council, or the governance documents. Attend monthly Executive Council meetings.

Ashley Pietz


Ashley joined SWE in college and is an active leader within the Society holding many leadership roles at the local, regional and Society level. Much of her leadership has focused on mentoring, network building across industries and leadership development of women engineers from college through retirement. Ashley served as the RMS VP of Membership for the past two years. Ashley is a Systems Engineering senior manager at Ball Aerospace. She has over 17 years of experience in the Aerospace industry in systems and materials engineering.

Position Description:
Responsible for collection, distribution, and safekeeping of section funds; prepare, maintain, and report as directed on the financial position of the section in relation to the approved budget; submit a financial report to the Society; ensure forms are filed as necessary with the IRS. Oversee committees focused on financial distribution or fund development; coordinate efforts for increasing corporate partnerships. Attend monthly Executive Council meetings and present monthly Treasurer’s reports.

Lisa Woodward

Vice President of Collegiate Engagement

Lisa is a RMS past President, FY23 VP of Professional Development, and served on the WE Local Advisory Board. Some of her other volunteer activities include national leader for AAEE, Girl-Scout leader for many years, as well as PTA president. Currently, she is an adjunct instructor for the Colorado School of Mines for senior design. Lisa graduated from the Colorado School of Mines in Chemical Engineering and worked most of her career in Environmental Engineering. She has a professional engineer’s license and is board certified. She encourages professional and collegiate members of SWE to reach their highest potential, and she does this by being a strong leader, a dedicated volunteer and tireless advocate for providing opportunities for members

Position Description:
This VP will work to strengthen the relationship between the SWE Rocky Mountain Section and local SWE collegiate sections. Plan combined collegiate/professional networking events, support collegiate mentoring programs by advertising and soliciting volunteer mentors, and assist in coordinating with the collegiate sections. Oversee committees that are focused on collegiate outreach/professional development events such as joint Collegiate/Professional Enrichment Talks, Gear Up Collegiate Partnered Series, RMS Scholarship program, and planning co-hosted mini-conferences. Attend monthly Executive Council meetings.

Taylor Zedosky

Vice President of Membership

Taylor has been involved in RMS for about two years, most recently serving as a Gear-Up Collegiate Speaker Series co-chair, where she organized talks and sessions that partnered with the local SWE college sections. She was President of University of South Carolina SWE, her college section, and also served as Fundraising Chair and Conference Chair. Taylor is a Mechanical Engineer at Ball Aerospace in Boulder. She has a Masters in Aerospace Engineering from CU Boulder and a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Carolina. In her spare time, Taylor enjoys staying active, reading, and playing with her puppy, Kepler.

Position Description:
The VP of Membership will encourage growth of the section by welcoming new members quarterly, encouraging current members to keep their membership active, and planning member-only events. Oversee member focused committees, such as Awards, Local Socials, various discussion clubs, and other member benefits. Plan annual section awards event honoring section award winners, scholarship recipients, and Essay contest winners. Attend monthly Executive Council meetings.

Alyssa Wells-Lewis

Vice President of Outreach

While in college Alyssa was in many musical groups, including a student-run a cappella group, where Alyssa served as both President and Musical Director and was directly involved with the outreach tasks required to book gigs and performances. Alyssa is a Class of 2021 graduate from MIT in Mechanical Engineering and currently is a Manufacturing Engineer at Ball Aerospace. Alyssa is a proud member of the African Diaspora Ball Network on the Recruiting Committee, which is all about outreach. Outreach efforts are both within the company, to make sure employees of all identities feel included and seen, as well as outside of the company in terms of hiring diverse talent and how we can actively improve on that front.

Position Description:
Coordinate volunteers that are focused on K-12 outreach events in the area. This will include working with the planning committees for established outreach events such as Certificates of Merit, Essay Contest, GESTEM, and SWENext; partnering with collegiate section outreach programs such as Girls Lead the Way; and also coordinating new outreach opportunities and partnerships. Attend monthly Executive Council meetings.

Jannine Vela Rouw

Vice President of Professional Development

Jannine has been a member of SWE for over 10 years, and she has served as RMS Corporate Partnership Chair, Awards Chair, FY22 VP of Outreach, and recently the FY23 VP of Collegiate Engagement. She is passionate about D&I in the workplace, recently serving as a chair for Women’s Ball Network Community and Professional Outreach Committee. Jannine is a Systems Test Engineer within the Space Vehicle Systems Engineering & Integration and Test Department at Ball Aerospace focused on assembling, integrating, and testing flight mechanisms and satellites. Outside of work Jannine enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, trail running, and exploring the outdoors with her husband and two pups, Mochi and Kepler.

Position Description:
Coordinate volunteers that are focused on professional development events such as planning professional development events such as Lighting Talks or industry tours and expanding the offering of “Women in X” events that focus on a particular industry. Support professional mentoring programs, such as Collective Wisdom Groups. Be an ex officio member of mini-conference committees. This VP will also work to strengthen the relationship between the SWE Rocky Mountain Section and local STEM companies. Attend monthly Executive Council meetings.