2020/2021 Society of Women Engineers Officers

Taryn Tucker

Taryn Tucker

President

tarynntucker@mymail.mines.edu 

Hi my name is Taryn Tucker and I am a senior in mechanical engineering. I am a native Coloradan, originally from Colorado Springs. On campus I am involved in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics as the Women of Aeronautics and Astronautics chair. This year I will be serving as SWE president, and I am so excited to work with our amazing officer board to serve our members. My favorite thing about SWE has always been seeing the impact the organization has on the community both at Mines, and beyond. I think this year is going to be excellent for SWE, and I can’t wait to see everyone on campus again!

katie bruce

katie bruce

VP of Finance

kathrynbruce@mymail.mines.edu 

Hey! My name is Katie Bruce and I am serving as this year’s VP of Finance. I’m entering my Junior year at Mines, hopefully graduating in May of 2022. This will be my third year serving on the Executive Board of SWE and I’m excited to further build this wonderful community of women on campus! 

Kate spencer

Kate spencer

VP of Outreach

kjspencer@mymail.mines.edu 

Hi! My name is Kate Spencer, I’m a Junior in Geophysics, and from Castle Rock, Colorado. In my free time I like to watch movies and hang out with my friends. This year I am very excited to be the VP of Outreach and get to volunteer in our community and help young girls discover STEM fields! 

rebekka olson

rebekka olson

VP of Communications

rebekkaolson@mymail.mines.edu

Hi! My name is Rebekka Olson, and I am from Monument, CO. I am a junior majoring in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, and  I will be the VP of Communications this year. At Mines I am also involved with the club ultimate frisbee team, marching band, and CSMMAC. I became a SWE officer because I wanted to get more involved with the organization, and I love how SWE connects all the women at Mines.

emma de angeles

emma de angeles

VP of Membership

edeangeles@mymail.mines.edu 

Hi, my name is Emma De Angeles and I’m from Littleton Colorado. I will be a senior in Chemical Engineering pursuing a minor in Economics and will be this years VP of Membership. In addition to SWE, I am an officer on the BSO board and have been a part of Acroyoga and the Mines Symphony Orchestra. I wanted to be a SWE officer to help make the organization I love better and to be connected with more women at Mines. I’m looking forward to overseeing our mentorship program and to serve this years SWE members!

kia holton

kia holton

Donor Relations Director

kholton@mymail.mines.edu 

My name is Kia Holton, and I am from Grand Junction, Colorado. I  am a sophomore studying mechanical engineering here at Colorado School of Mines. I am very excited to be serving as the donor relations director for Mines SWE! I became a SWE officer because I believe in and support SWE and its mission statement of empowering women to achieve their fullest potential. Moreover, I truly enjoy making new connections and making a positive impact on women in STEM. Besides SWE, I am a part of Alpha Phi Omega, Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers, and the Pre-Medical Society at Mines. Some of my hobbies include reading, hiking, biking, and volleyball. I look forward to seeing what we will be able to accomplish this year together!

maggie hurst

maggie hurst

Logistics Director

mhurst1@mymail.mines.edu 

Hi, my name is Maggie Hurst and I am a Logistics Director this year for SWE. I’m a Sophomore in Chemical Engineering with a Biological Engineering Track. I am from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho but was born in Tuba City Arizona. I enjoy rock climbing, road biking, hiking, watching Netflix, and reading books. I am looking forward to participating in more volunteer activities through SWE, and getting to know more SWE members.

evaleena reyes

evaleena reyes

Logistics Director

evaleenareyes@mymail.mines.edu 

Hello everyone! My name is Evaleena Reyes and I am one of the logistics directors this year.  I am a senior in Chemical Engineering and I am from Bakersfield, CA. I am actively involved in SWE, SHPE, and in the career center. I also teach a class on campus and I am a TA for CSM 250. This will be my second year on the SWE board and I could not be more excited. I love to help and see all of our SWE members grow and mature into amazing people. I can’t wait to see what this year will bring. Say hi if you ever see me around campus! I’d love to chat and say hello. 

varada pothera

varada pothera

Logistics Director

vpothera@mymail.mines.edu 

My name is Varada, and I am going to be a Logistics Director for the upcoming year. I am a sophomore majoring in Applied Mathematics. I am from Lakewood, CO. Other than SWE, I am also involved in SWiM. I wanted to be a SWE officer because I love that the organization supports women and teaches things that are useful in the real world. 

madeline keck

madeline keck

Girl Scout Engineering Day Director

mkeck@mymail.mines.edu 

Hi, my name is Madeline Keck. This year I am the Girl Scout Engineering Day Director. I have been a SWE member for three years and previously held the position of Logistics Director. I am a junior from Gunnison, CO, majoring in chemistry. When I’m not working on schoolwork or SWE, I am involved in starting a new organization on campus: the Society of Women in Chemistry and Allies. I look forward to working with SWE members and local Girl Scout troops to organize a fantastic Girl Scout Engineering Day, even if it has to happen remotely. 

Azlan tubbs

Azlan tubbs

Girls on the Rise Director

azlantubbs@mymail.mines.edu 

 My name is Azlan Tubbs, and I am a sophomore majoring in math. I am the Girls on the Rise Director, and I’m excited to help inspire younger girls to pursue STEM. I’m from Colorado Springs, Colorado. At Mines, I’m involved with intramural sports and the pre-medical society, and in my free time, I like to play soccer and piano. I love how SWE provides great connections between careers and students, but I particularly enjoy meeting wonderful women through SWE events. I’m looking forward to a great year of SWE!  

Naomi conklin

Naomi conklin

Girls Lead the Way Director

nconklin@mymail.mines.edu 

Hello! My name is Naomi Conklin and I am a sophomore in Biochemical Engineering, minoring in Biochemical Engineering. I was born and raised in Brighton/Commerce City, Colorado. Other than SWE, I am a Nucleus Scholar, AIChE, Mines Without Boarders, and I’m part of the Women’s Club Volleyball team. I love being involved in everything Mines! Outside of Mines, I love to bake, do yoga, watch baseball (especially the Chicago Cubs—my favorite team), and do anything outdoors! I became involved in SWE because they had such a huge impact on me. This group of ladies are so encouraging, caring, and fun; seeing how they impacted me and so many lives through a supportive environment empowering women in STEM made me want to get involved even more! I cannot wait for this year, and want to help make it the best one yet.

Ashley galligan

Ashley galligan

Social Media Director

ashleygalligan@mymail.mines.edu 

Hello, my name is Ashley Galligan, and I am the Social Media Director for SWE this 2020-2021 academic year. I am going to be a sophomore in Biochemistry. I am from Castle Rock, Colorado. I love to read and watch crime TV shows, and for Mines, I am a PHGN 100 TA and an RA in Elm, as well as a member in SWE and iGEM. I wanted to be an officer for SWE so that I can be more involved with the organization. This year I am excited to be able to help share with everyone all the amazing things SWE is doing for the community and to take part in all of it.

layla moriarty

layla moriarty

University Relations Director

laylamoriarty@mymail.mines.edu 

  
Hi! My name is Layla Moriarty, and I’m from the Woodlands, Texas. I am a senior in Mechanical Engineering, and I will be the University Relations Director this year. I’m excited to serve another year on the executive board to help support such a great organization. The empowerment and opportunities that SWE gives to so many women in STEM is beyond amazing and I look forward to being able to be a part of that again.  
Jessica Horii

Jessica Horii

External Relations Director

jnhorii@mymail.mines.edu 

Hi I’m Jess and I will be serving as the External Relations Director this year. This will be my fifth year as a member of SWE and fourth year on the executive board after serving as a Logistics Director, Networking Reception Director and Evening with Industry Director. I love the community that is built by SWE and I think the outreach events are so fun! I’m excited to continue working on Professional Development and hope to help others as well! Besides being involved in SWE, I am also a part of APO, Blue Key, and the Club Ultimate Frisbee team. This year, I will be a Grad Student working on my Masters in Mechanical Engineering. In my free time, I love spending my time skiing, hiking, or hanging out with friends. I’m excited for another great year of SWE!

Kelsey ferro

Kelsey ferro

Mentorship Director

krferro@mymail.mines.edu

Hey! My name is Kelsey Ferro! I am a sophomore in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering here at Mines! I am originally from Caldwell, Idaho. Besides being the SWE Mentorship Director, I am also involved with the Board of Student Organizations, the CSM shooting sports club, and undergraduate research! I also really enjoy collecting fountain pens and drawing/painting! I am super excited to be your Mentorship Director this school year!  I am excited to help improve the experience of incoming students by helping connect them with upperclassmen! My favorite thing about SWE is the opportunity to meet wonderful women in STEM and create connections that will go beyond college! 

elissa himes

elissa himes

Recruitment Director

ehhimes@mymail.mines.edu 

Hi, I’m Elissa Himes. I grew up in Kingman, Arizona and I am a Senior in Mechanical Engineering. I will be the Recruitment Director this year. I am excited to help introduce incoming freshmen to SWE because I am passionate about outreach to younger women interested in STEM. My favorite parts of SWE are outreach events and being able to make all kinds of amazing connections. Along with being involved in SWE, I work in the Robotics lab on campus doing research on suture-free surgeries and magnetic robotics applications. In my free time, I love mountain biking.

Courtney smoljan

Courtney smoljan

Networking Director

csmoljan@mymail.mines.edu 

Hi, I am Courtney and I am the Networking Director this year!  I am originally from Niwot, Colorado, a small town near Boulder.  I am a senior in chemical engineering on the honors undergraduate research track.  In addition to being involved with SWE, I am a member of American Institute of Chemical Engineers, I am a teaching assistant for various chemical engineering and chemistry classes, and I am an undergraduate research ambassador.  I really enjoy running, hiking, biking, and just generally being outside.  Being a member of SWE has given me many opportunities to meet other women at Mines, network with professionals, and volunteer in STEM outreach.  These opportunities have helped me gain confidence in myself and be successful at Mines, which is why I wanted to contribute to this year’s SWE Executive Board as Networking Director.  I am really looking forward to planning our networking events and being part of all of the exciting things our organization will do this year!

breanna moak

breanna moak

Special Events Director

moak@mymail.mines.edu 

Hello, my name is Breanna, and I am the Director of Special Events this year. I am graduating in December with a BS in Environmental Engineering and Stating my MS in Humanitarian Engineering in August. I am from Lakewood, CO. At Mines I am involved in SWE and Undergraduate Research. My hobbies are cooking, paddle boarding, and paddle board yoga. I want to be a mentor to younger engineering students and I want to engage other on campus groups together and plan fun events outside of Wednesday meetings

Kelly Knechtel

Kelly Knechtel

Faculty Advisor

knechtel@mines.edu 

Office Phone: 303.273.3146