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.


Current Board Members

Elaine DeCiutiis - President

Elaine DeCiutiis - President

With a concentration on strategic analysis, Elaine deCiutiis has provided support to General Dynamics Electric Boat’s Corporate Finance department for the past nine years. In her current role, she primarily focuses on program risk assessment, competitor analysis, business case development, and strategic studies. As a founding member of the New England Shoreline Chapter of Women In Defense, Elaine is dedicated to WID NESC’s key tenets, and supports the advancement and recognition of women in
all aspects of national security. Elaine holds a bachelor’s degree in business and an MBA from Nichols College in Massachusetts. She also serves on the Honorary Advisory Committee for the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame. In her spare time, she can be found enjoying adventures with her vivacious daughter and their dog George. 

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

Farala Alvarez - Vice President

Farala Alvarez - Vice President

Current position is to manage the business processes and construction teams that direct the trades on how to build submarines to ensure construction cost reductions required to meet contract costs, and contribute to making the program affordable to the Navy.  Farala earned a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, minor in mathematics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and an M.S. in Engineering and Operations Management at New Haven University.  

In her spare time, Farala enjoys hiking, reading, drawing, chess, and spending time with family and friends.

"You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you" - John Bunyan

Anne Schmidt - Secretary


Sandy Yorgenson - Treasurer


Alison Annon - Communications Director

Alison Annon - Communications Director

With a concentration in requirements management and project planning, Alison Annon has provided systems engineering and project management support to General Dynamics for over 15 years.  In her current role, Alison is a program management liaison between engineering, program leadership and the Navy. As a founding member of the Women at Electric Boat organization, which became the current Women in Defense New England Shoreline Chapter, Alison supports the advancement and recognition of women in the defense industry. 

"And I asked myself about the present: how wide it was, how deep it was, how much was mine to keep” - Kurt Vonnegut

Annette Seling - Membership Director

Annette Seling - Membership Director

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.  Prior to moving to Groton CT, Annette spent 15 years with EB Off-Site Office at Submarine Base Bangor, WA, supporting alterations to the TRIDENT Class Submarines.  Her most memorable experiences at EB were supporting Sea Trial Testing at “Test Depth” on VIRGINIA Class Sea Trials. 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.  

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.