STEM Panel: Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
The St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce Women with Vision Council and co-hosts Small Business and South Beach Council invite you to join them virtually on Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. for a Women in STEM panelist discussion with Maria Sit, Manager of Programs, Northrup Grumman and Keri Matthews, CEO of Matthews Design Group, moderated by Lisa McGowan, Immediate Past Chair of the Small Business Council and Strategic Life & Leadership Coach of Clearview Coaching LLC.
Maria Sit is a Program Manager on the E-2D program, supporting the International E-2D Variant for JASDF and overseeing the fabrication of the Wet Outer Wing Panels. Prior to this role, Maria was the Industrial Engineering and operations project Management Leader and Manager for the St. Augustine Aircraft Center of Excellence (SAAI CoE) and the Melbourne Aircraft Design Center of Excellence (MAD CoE).
Maria has served Northrop Grumman for 18 years, lead and managed Industrial Engineering and Operation Project Management teams supporting daily planning activities for E-2/C-2, F-5, EA-18G, B-2 ADF-3, and spares programs. Projects under Maria's supervision in Melbourne include CRJ-700 Modification Aircraft and Strike; during this assignment Maria led the retirement of the legacy planning system for the site and migration to the MES shop floor control system, providing leadership during start-up programs, Internal Production Readiness Reviews (IPRRs) and Transition to Production, managed affordability projects, and serve in the sites strategic planning.
Maria earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and a Master o Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Central Florida. She aslo possesses a Master Certification in Project Management from Villanova University, a Northrop Grumman Six Sigma Green Belt, and is a graduate of the Northrop Grumman Executive Leadership Cohort Program, the Northrop Grumman Enterprise in Women in Leadership Cohort, and the 2018 St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program.
Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative system, products and solution in unmanned systems, cyber C4ISR, space, strike and logistics an dmodernization to government and commercial customers worldwide.
Keri Matthews, co-founder of Matthews Design Group (MDG), has a degree in Industrial Engineering from Clemson University and a broad range of experience ranging from assisting large manufacturing facilities with automation solutions while working for Rockwell Automation, to helping companies create and implement successful processes to improve efficiency, streamline work-flow, and reduce costs. She also has experience in both performing and managing corporate financials, human resources, and marketing operations.
As CEO of MDG, she focuses heavily on strategic planning, process optimization, and staff wellness and development as MDG continues to evolve to meet the changing needs of their staff, clients and community. Quality, efficiency, and effective process flow remain key focal points as Keri enjoys the daily challenges of pursuing organic growth and continual improvement as a company.
Keri Matthews has a passion for helping children. Since, 2007, she has served on the Family Advisory Council of Wolfson Children's Hospital and volunteers to assist local schools and other community programs. She was a former Girl Scout Leader and coached youth recreational soccer for many years. She strongly believes we all have a responsibility to give back, and does so not only personally, but also through Matthews Design Group. Each year, Matthews Design Group donates engineering services to non-profit agencies, sponsors and participates in many charity fundraising events, funds a scholarship program at UNF for women and minorities in engineering, and partners year-round with local high schools and colleges to provide interns with real world experience. Matthews Design Group also funded a new Robotics lab for a local school.
Kim MacEwan is a non profit advocate with more than 22 years of professional experience. Through her work in the nonprofit and corporate sectors, capital campaigns, adoption and foster care, youth life skills and the film & theater industry, Kim brings strategic planning and leadership skills to the Museum that are critical at this phase of its development.
Kim has experience in working with executive leadership at major corporations, national nonprofits, Washington D.C. and local community nonprofits. The outcome of this experience has been a proven ability to create detailed analysis of nonprofit program delivery and outcomes, to develop and strengthen nonprofit boards and to find synergies in cross-departmental initiatives ensuring improved efficiencies in those organizations.
Kim's passion for education and her focus on improving the health and wellness of our children and young people has led her to seek opportunities where she can be instrumental in making a difference in the lives of those young people has led her to seek opportunities where she can be instrumental in making a difference in the lives of those young people and their communities. Kim is a volunteer at Nease High School and a member of the Compassion St. Augustine and advocate for the St. Johns Riverkeeper in Jacksonville, FL.