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WiMEF Foundation Board of Directors Announced

The Women in Manufacturing Education Foundation (WiMEF) has announced the election of 22 members to its 2022 Board of Directors.

The board is led by Chair Cara Herzog, Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, People and Culture, Southwire Company, Carrollton, GA; Vice Chair Shameka Lewis, Site Manager of Safety and Security, HelloFresh, Grand Prairie, TX; Secretary Steve Speich, Intelligent Solutions Group Factory Manager, John Deere, Fargo, ND; and Past Chair/Treasurer Mary Ellen Grom, Executive Director, Customer Experience Solutions, AFL, Duncan, SC.

First-term members of the 2022 WiMEF board are:

  • Kori Carlson, President, Brooklyn Tool Co., Minneapolis, MN
  • Melissa DeTamble, Chief Human Resources Officer, PLZ Corp., Downers Grove, IL
  • Mani Khanuja, Senior Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Specialist, Amazon Web Services, Vancouver, BC
  • Vanessa Li, Program Manager, Novelis, Kennesaw, GA.

"On behalf of the entire WiM organization, I am excited to welcome this new group of leaders to the WiMEF Board of Directors," said WiM President Allison Grealis. "I look forward to working with them to continue developing and delivering effective and affordable programming that helps women advance in their industry careers."

WiMEF funds the Leadership Institute for Women in Manufacturing and STEM, the Leadership Consortium, the Management Development Program and the Empowering Women in Production Program, as well as a Virtual Learning Series that provides monthly webinars. These programs have helped thousands of women and men in the industry grow professionally and personally since the foundation's inception.

WiMEF is the 501(c)(3) arm of Women in Manufacturing Association.

For more information contact:


P.O. Box 3198

Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223


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