President – Cheri Maboudou-Tchao
Cheri Maboudou-Tchao is in parts marketing at Siemens Energy, Inc in Orlando. Mrs. Maboudou-Tchao began her career at Siemens in August, 2008 as a technical support engineer. Prior to joining Siemens, she spent ten years at Emerson Process Management- Rosemount Nuclear Instruments, Inc. in Minneapolis, MN where she held engineering positions in quality, manufacturing, and analog design. Mrs. Maboudou-Tchao received her Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from North Dakota State University, where she first became involved with SWE. Within the Minnesota Section of SWE, she held many positions including Professional Development Chair, Nominating Committee Chair, Public Relations Chair, and Secretary. She was awarded the Key Contributor Award in FY06 which was the highest award presented from the Minnesota Section. She has also been active at the National level as a member of the Membership Committee and the Work Life Balance Committee as well as a liaison to the National Conference Programming Board. Mrs. Maboudou-Tchao served as the Central Florida Section Webmaster in FY10. In FY11, she was elected Vice President of the Central Florida Section and in FY12, she was elected President of the Central Florida Section. Mrs. Maboudou-Tchao is married with two small children.
Vice-President - Migdalia Hernandez
Ms. Hernandez was born on a warm, sunny island called Puerto Rico. In 1986 she graduated with a Cum Laude bachelor’s degree in Science from Inter-American University in Puerto Rico. After her graduation in 1986,she moved to Virginia were she started working for Fairfax County Water Authority as a construction field inspector for new water main installations. Fascinated with treatment processes, she became a laboratory technician and moved to a laboratory supervisor position in 1991. Her work as a laboratory supervisor included overall source water quality surveillance together with surface treatment efficacy. While working at the Fairfax County Water Authority, she realized her passion for the environmental engineering field. She was accepted by the Engineering Department at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1995, graduating with a Masters Degree in Environmental Sciences and Engineering in 1999.
Hernandez accepted a position with the City of Casselberry, Florida, as the Water Resources Manager in 1999. During her career in Casselberry, Hernandez completed a series of engineering projects including a water plant and reclaimed water expansion together with process automation to reduce future growth task force needs. In 2000, the City of Casselberry recognized Hernandez's commitment by naming her the Employee of the Year with their annual "Excellence Award".
In 2003, she was hired by the City of Sanford, Florida, as their Water Resources Engineer to assist with existing and future regulatory compliance and to oversee the City's utility infrastructure needs. Hernandez continues expanding her environmental protection work in Sanford. Hernandez is also one of the "Diversity Championship" trainer in Sanford Her contributions to engineering and her role model as a woman engineer are been recognized by SWE. The City of Sanford received the "Outstanding Public Organization of the Year" award at the CentralFlorida 2008 E-Week due to SWE's nomination in 2008.
Secretary - Carolyn Bonaventura
Carolyn holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Management and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering, both from the University of Florida. She currently works in project management at CDM, assisting in Design/Build projects for the industrial, water and wastewater industries. In addition to SWE, she is also a member in the US Green Building Council and the Design Build Institute of America. Carolyn is looking forward to serving SWE to the best of her abilities and encouraging women in the engineering field. Carolyn is newly married, and enjoys outdoor activities, serving with her church, and spending time with friends and family.
Treasurer - Simone O'Riordan-Adjah
Simonetta “Simone” O’Riordan-Adjah is from Jamaica and is a lead Communication Systems Engineer at Northrop Grumman. Simone graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering in 2002, and later received a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering with focus in Communications Engineering in 2004. She also received a graduate certificate in Systems Engineering and Architecting from Stevens Institute of Technology in 2010. Simone has past affiliations with NSBE, INCOSE, Golden Key International Honour Society and Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society.
Section Representative - Alyssa Almanza
Alyssa Almanza graduated from the University of Central Florida (UCF) in December 2011 with her Bachlor of Science in Electrical Engineering. She now works for Zel Technologies Training and Simulation Group as an electrical engineer, designing live training devices for the military. Alyssa has been involved in SWE since 2008 holding several officer positions in the UCF section including Vice President.
Director of Diversity – Barika Poole
Ms. Poole is a water resources project manager with CDM, whom she has worked for 9 years. She has worked with in Central Florida and New England on surface water and groundwater projects consisting of stormwater master planning, NPDES permitting and compliance, groundwater remediation and aquifer storage and recovery design and construction. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Environmental Engineering in 2001, and her Masters of Engineering degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2002, both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has been a member of SWE since 2004 and has served as Meeting Coordinator, Finance Committee Chair, Treasurer and two terms as President of the Central Florida Section. In addition to SWE, she is a member of ASCE, FES, EWB, AWWA and NSBE. Ms. Poole would like the opportunity to serve the Central Florida Section as Director of Diversity and Inclusion because she believes that she can bring a fresh outlook to engage the membership and foster relationships with other professional societies within Central Florida. In her spare time she enjoys exercising, reading, outdoor activities and traveling to experience new cultures, cuisines and wines.
Director of Outreach -Liz Diaz
Liz Diaz is a mechanical engineer in the Technical Services department at Universal Orlando Resort. She designs repairs and improvements to support the attractions at Universal Orlando, including E.T. and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. Liz has been in the industry for five years. She received her Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology. She was apart of the Space Coast SWE section as a collegiate member for 4 years and spent 2 years in officer positions to help motivate other collegiate members to participate in the local and regional events. After college, Liz and her husband moved to California. In California, she worked for Quartus Engineering doing design, analysis, and testing on aerospace components, ground support equipment, plastic part design, prototype design, and theme park attractions. On her recent return back to the east coast, she re-joined SWE with the Central Florida section. Her goal is to be more involved with the outreach support and encourage more girls to participate in science, math, engineering, and technology.
Director of Membership – Atoosa Vaziri
Atoosa Vaziri graduated from the University of Central Florida (UCF) with a Bachelor's of Science in Computer Science and a Master's of Science in Management Information Systems. She works for General Dynamics C4 Systems in Orlando as a engineering Project Lead. She also teaches at DeVry University since 2005 as an Adjunct Professor. Her goal as the director of membership is to encourage women engineers to get involved with the SWE to help increase the number of women graduating with engineering degrees as well as enhance their own careers through taking advantage of the personal and professional development provided by SWE.
Director of Professional Development - Elaine Schomburg-LaFleur
Elaine Schomburg-LaFleur is a project management engineer at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and is Mechanical Engineer. She has a passion around learning and helping others develop the skills and talents to succeed personally and professionally. Elaine looks forward to understanding the needs and desires of the group and setting up events to focus on these topics. Over the past year she has become more involved with Central Florida SWE, acting as the current Director of Professional Development. Elaine is passionate that SWE not only works to encourage young women to pursue careers in science, but also encourages women in the work force to establish goals for and to attain high levels of educational and professional achievement. Outside of SWE she volunteers in several other organizations that are designed to pique the interest of children in science and technical studies/careers, such as eCybermission. Elaine's career background is in Mechanical Engineering. She currently work as a project management engineer at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.