Women in Defense - New England Shoreline Chapter



Women in Defense New England Shoreline Chapter

The Women in Defense - New England Shoreline Chapter mission is all about cultivating and supporting the advancement and recognition of women in all aspects of national security. Women In Defense (WID), is a National Security Organization, and is affiliated with National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), which represents all facets of the defense and technology industrial base and serves all military services. This affiliation gives WID members a source for defense industry information, increased networking opportunities and professional contacts, and an expanded scope of informative programs. Members of this non-profit professional organization, (including both men and women), have careers related to the defense of the United States and national security.

The Women-In-Defense New England Chapter was conceived in September 2009 by a handful of women from GENERAL DYNAMICS Electric Boat and has since grown to over 100 members. WID-NES membership includes men and women employed by NAVSEA, US Coast Guard Academy, Navy Recruiting Command, NUWC, Physical Sciences, Rite-Solutions, Tuft's University, GDEB, GDIT, GDC4 Systems, Supervisor of Shipbuilding, DCAA, BAE Systems, among many other widely recognized organizations.


FY19 Board Members

Susan Godley - President

Susan Godley is excited to be a part of a strong organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of women in the defense industry.  Susan has spent the last ten years at Electric Boat.  During this time she has held a variety of roles, in Purchasing, Finance and now Information Technology in the Business Systems group.  Prior to coming to Electric Boat, Susan worked in various capacities at Pfizer, Inc, including responsibility for complex contract negotiations.  Outside of work, Susan has participated in various clubs and organizations with roles from multi-year president to member. These include Parent Teacher Organization, Toastmasters, Parish Council and local neighborhood association.  For the coming FY18 WID year, Susan’s main goal is to grow the membership of WID NESC to expand the natural network of women in the Shoreline Chapter’s reach.

“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.  So throw off the bowlines.  Sail away from the safe harbor.  Catch the trade winds in your sail.  Explore.  Dream.  Discover.”  –Mark Twain

Christina Clark - Vice President

Christina Clark works for Department 615 at General Dynamics Electric Boat with her primary focus on financial reporting for Electric Boat and General Dynamics as well as financial planning and financial analysis. Prior to General Dynamics Electric Boat, she worked in various industries: restaurant, food service distribution, energy, gaming, manufacturing and space working on the International Space Station program. She holds a Bachelor of Science Double Major in Accounting and Finance, and a Masters in Business Administration with a Specialization in Leadership. She will be completing her certification as a Certified Manager in Fall of 2017. Christina is a member of Electric Boat Management Association. She also is the Business Director, an Instructor and a Volunteer at Veteran’s Equine Therapeutic Services as well as on the Board of Directors and a Volunteer at Guardians of the Purple Heart.

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars and to change the world.”–H. Tubman

Julia Delsignore - Secretary

Growing up in Massachusetts, I always wanted to be an astronomer. I graduated from Boston University with a degree in Astronomy and married my husband who became an officer in the Air Force. For the next 8 years we travelled the country in support of his career and I earned a bachelor’sdegree in Mechanical Engineering, which I thought might be a more mobile career. After my husband and I decided to separate from the military in 2015, I got a job at Electric Boat while he earned his PhD. It has been a great way for me to continue to support our military while my husband no longer actively serves.

Ashley Weatherbee - Treasurer

Ashley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Southern Connecticut State University. After graduation, she entered the Finance field where she worked at MetLife for 6 years. Ashley started her career at Electric Boat in May of 2015 as a financial analyst for Material Performance and Program Finance. Ashley was promoted to Chief of Finance in August of 2018 for Design and Engineering for Program Finance. She resides in Gales Ferry with her husband and daughter. In her free time, she enjoys triathlons and spending time with her family. Please consider voting for her.

Stephanie Rice - Communications Director 

Stephanie is a driven marketing/communications professional with over twelve years of experience. In March 2017, Stephanie joined Electric Boat as the IPDE Communication Lead and collaborates with teammates to develop communication strategies that drive awareness of IPDE implementation throughout Electric Boat and the Navy. I have been extremely privileged to have had strong mentorship throughout my career and recognize the value of “building community.” I’m a firm believer in strengthening your network and cultivating business relationships to assist one another in reaching goals. WID is a great platform to do just that.

Despina Metakos - Programs Director

Despina is a Civil Engineer and has successfully developed and managed large scale technical projects for 30 years. She joined EB in 2016 as a Senior Program Representative in the COLUMBIA Program Office where she was responsible for identifying improvements in Service and Support areas in order to prepare the shipyards for COLUMBIA construction activities. She reconstructed the existing Cost Control Procedure for COLUMBIA, developed a database thattracks real time changes to each item and reduced the time it took to receive NAVSEA approval to days, instead of months. She has since moved to D467 Manufacturing Engineering where she is responsible for developing projects for Hull Butt Enclosures and MASTS to support VPM and COLUMBIA construction as well as developing creative solutions to current staging challenges using innovative technologies. One of her favorite hobbies is executing local, regional and national conferences and special events for a variety of audiences.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit” -Aristotle

Dana Clifton - Membership Director

Dana recently joined General Dynamics Electric Boat (EB) as a Process Engineer in Department 670 deployed to Strategic Sourcing. Her primary focus is on program development and process optimization within Strategic Sourcing. Dana received a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication and completed her Master’s degree in Education, specializing in family and human services. Prior to General Dynamics Electric Boat, she spent her career in management and leadership roles at several organizations spanning across various industries, most recently at Yale University School of Medicine and Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH). While at Yale, Dana was selected for and completed the Extraordinary Leader program conducted by Joseph Folkman, Ph.D., President and Co-founder of Zenger Folkman. Joe is a recognized authority on leadership and organizational development and author or co-author of nine books. More recently, she completed Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and Black Belt training and is in the process of completing her certification from Electric Boat. Dana is extremely passionate about mentorship and cultivating new connections in the workplace.

Advisory Board Members

Past President/Advisor – Annette Seling

Annette Seling was the President of the New England Chapter of WID for its 1st and 2nd year, beginning in 2009, working closely with the WID National Board in Washington DC and Electric Boat (EB) Senior Management to get the New England Shoreline Chapter established. Annette celebrates her 28th anniversary with Electric Boat Corporation having hired on in 1986. Annette has received a Master of Science in Engineering Management at University of New Haven in 2012, after receiving her Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Washington in 2002. She has been
trained in Lean Six Sigma Green Belt for Continuous Improvement 2006 and participated in EB’s Future Leader’s Group.

Also, Annette has been on the EB Management Association’s Board of Directors and participates as a booster for the organization. She spends any available minutes she finds with her grown daughter and house full of animals.

Outreach Director – Elaine DeCiutiis

Elaine deCiutiis has provided support to General Dynamics Electric Boat’s Corporate Finance department in Groton, CT for the past ten years, where her efforts have earned her roles of increased responsibility. As a supervisor in the Business Finance group she helped to develop, Elaine currently leads a small team of specialists that primarily focus on strategic studies, enterprise risk assessment, competitor analysis, market assessment, and business case assessment. Before joining Electric Boat, she was responsible for daily operations and business development for the Washington Trust Company’s Providence, RI branch location. She holds a Bachelor of Science and MBA from Nichols College in Dudley, Massachusetts.

Elaine is committed to volunteer work and is a recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award, administered by Points of Light. As a founding member, past President, and current outreach director of the New England Shoreline Chapter of Women In Defense, Elaine is dedicated to supporting the advancement and recognition of women in all aspects of national security. She served on the Honorary Advisory Committee for the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame in 2016, and in addition to Women in Defense, Elaine is a member of NDIA, the Electric Boat Management Association, and founded the Ralph F. Washburn annual scholarship awarded through Massasoit Community College in Brockton, MA. Elaine is a proud mother, and can usually be found enjoying adventures with her family.

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts” – W. Churchill