ACM-W North America Executive Committee (2019-2021)

ACM-W North America is led by the Executive Committee that oversees and drives the mission and goals of ACM-W North America. Launched in October 2019, the Committee is organized into subcommittees and working groups of volunteers. As a group, the Committee develops the strategy for driving all involved to support, celebrate, promote, advocate and inform in various aspects of women in computing. The Executive Committee members have experience in various capacities (academia, industry, non-profits, and public organizations) and are ACM members who support ACM initiatives.

Dr. Monica McGill, Chair
Associate Professor of Computer Science at Knox College (USA)

President & CEO of CSEdResearch.org

“I learned to program in high school, and, after making the tough choice between a career in music or computer science, I chose computer science and never looked back.”

Dr. Nicki Washington, Vice Chair
Associate Professor of Computer Science at Winthrop University (USA)

Author of Unapologetically Dope: Lessons for Black Women and Girls on Surviving and Thriving in the Tech

“I became interested in computing through early exposure to CS and programming, as well as knowing and being raised by Black men and women programmers in my village since childhood.”

Dr. Rocio Aldeco Pérez, Student Chapters Subcommittee
Research Associate Professor of Computer Engineering at National Autonomous University of Mexico (Mexico)

“Everything started during secondary school when I got a scholarship to learn ‘how to use computers’. It was my first interaction with a computer and its software. I really wanted to know how all that was made! Since then, all my academic choices, from high school to PhD, have been focus on Computer Science. I am very happy I get to know my professional passion since then.”

Yolanda Cham, Communications Subcommittee Secretary
Production Manager at GTS (Globalization and Translation Services), Cisco (Mexico)

“It was 1990 when I started playing guitar in a band. We used to get hired on weekends to play music at church, which allowed me to earn some money. Computers were THE device of the moment, so I used the money to buy half of my first self assembled PC (an AT-286), and my parents paid for the other half. It was great to have it for homework and my programming classes (Turbo Pascal) at high school. The rest is history, since then, I knew I was going to study something related to computers.”

Dr. Sane Gaytán, Communications Subcommittee
Assistant Research Professor in the School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering at Universidad de Colima (Mexico)

“My first contact with computer science was through the only person in my family who had attended university: my uncle Joel. He became my mentor and I learned a lot of cool stuff from him. When the time came to choose a career, I already knew I wanted to be an engineer.”

Dr. Lindsay Jamieson, Student Chapters Subcommittee Chair

 

Associate Professor of Computer Science at St. Mary’s College of Maryland (USA)

“I really enjoy the problem solving that goes into computing.  Answering questions like “How does this work? What can I do to solve this problem faster?” is a lot of fun.  I realized early in my career that I also really enjoy helping students find these questions and their own answers to them, which led me to become a professor of computer science.”

Dr. Alina Lazar, Celebrations Subcommittee
Professor of Computer Science and Information Systems at Youngstown State University (USA)

“The love for mathematics made my choose a computing career. As a middle and high school student I enjoyed participating in math competitions.”

Paige Lowe, Communications Subcommittee Chair
Software Developer at Zillow (USA)

“I went into college to study journalism and literature but after one CS class my first semester of college, I fell in love with the logic of making things work. I switched my major, and these days I use that passion for figuring out how to make computers understand what I want them to do during my day job. After hours, I put my love for journalism into our ACM-W NA profiles.”

Dr. Patricia Ordóñez, Co-Chair, Empowerment of Marginalized Communities Subcommittee, Web-inator
Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras (USA Territory)

“I first fell in love with programming in high school, but was intimidated out of computing after taking my first Mini-Computers class in college.  What made me go back 15 years later was seeing the advances in medical imaging.  I wanted to learn computer science so I could tackle the problems I experienced in hospitals while working in them during college.”

Dr. Jocelyn Streator, Co-Chair, Empowerment of Marginalized Communities Subcommittee
Associate Professor of Information Technology at the Georgia Gwinnett College (USA)

“I became interested in computing when a friend of the family gave me a computer in elementary school. I learned to write simple programs and became fascinated with graphics and animation. I’ve had the pleasure of working in many areas of technology in both industry and academia. I am especially interested in the creative and entrepreneurial aspects of computing.”

Dr. Christine Strom, Co-Chair, Celebrations Subcommittee
Global Customer Proof of Concept Delivery (CPOC) Operations Manager at Cisco (USA)

“I started at a young age programming a Tandy TRS-80 in high school because it was new and sounded really cool.”

Subcommittees

In addition to the executive committee, volunteers also help our subcommittees run smoothly and efficiently.

  • Student Chapters: Lindsay Jamieson, Chair, Rocio Aldeco (Mexico), Ting Hu (Canada)
  • Celebrations: Helen Chavez (USA/Mexico) and Christine Strom (US), Co-Chairs, Maryam Elahi (Canada), Gina Gallegos-García (Mexico), Muthulakshmi (Lakshmi) Muthukumarasamy (USA)
  • Communications:Paige Lowe (USA), Chair, Sane Gaytán (Mexico, Universidad de Colima), Dr. Siobhan Day Grady (USA, North Carolina Central University), Afra Mashhadi (USA, UN GlobalPulse Lab),Dr. Briana Morrison (USA, University of Nebraska-Omaha)
  • Empowerment of Marginalized Communities Subcommittee: Dr. Patti Ordóñez (USA Territory) and Joycelyn Streator (USA), Co-Chairs, Shani Daily (USA)

To contact the committee or to volunteer on a subcommittee or a working group, please email us acm-w-na@volunteer.acm.org. Volunteer needs are dependent on current initiatives.