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Meet the Candidates: INCOSE Chesapeake Chapter 2017 Elections

by Communications Team on October 15, 2016  •   Print This Post Print This Post   •   

Welcome to the INCOSE BoD 2017 Election.

This is your opportunity to cast your electronic vote to elect three new members to the Board of Directors. Your vote must be submitted by 23 October. The candidates are:

  • President-elect (Dr. Grace Crowder or write–in),
  • Treasurer (Anthony Gigioli or write–in), and
  • Communications Director (Myra Gross, or write–in)

Together with the incumbents on the BoD, these three people will form the new INCOSE Chesapeake Chapter Board of Directors. They will make the choices that differentiate our chapter from all of the others.
A list of primary roles and responsibilities can be found in the 2016 INCOSE–CC Operating Plan.

Ballots will be sent out on 16 October, 2016

The timetable for the election process is:

Schedule Activity
16 October 2016 Ballot’s e-mailed to INCOSE-CC voting members
23 October 2016 Ballot Submission Deadline
16 November 2016 New officers and directors announced
18 January 2017 New officers and directors sworn in and installed

George Anderson,
Chair, 2017 INCOSE-CC Elections Committee

Questions? Contact George Anderson

Meet the Candidates running for the 2017 Board of Directors.
Running for President Elect
Candidate: Dr. Grace Crowder

Dr. Grace Crowder’s Bio:

Dr. Grace Crowder joined the National Security Agency (NSA) as a civilian in January 1998. She joined the Research Directorate and worked on several projects to support the NSA mission.  Dr. Crowder has collaborated with others across the Intelligence Community, industry, and academia on projects that include: text document genre identification, flexible database representations, distributed knowledgebase systems, and an analytics worksheet framework for streaming data analytics. In addition, she has launched several initiatives, partnering with the Computer Science Teacher’s Association, the DOE National Labs, and U.S. Colleges and Universities to further grow the computer science community at NSA and nationwide.

Dr. Crowder holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Goucher College, a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the Johns Hopkins University and has defended her dissertation in Computer Science from the University of Maryland Baltimore County to receive the Ph.D. in December of 2016.  Prior to joining NSA, Dr. Crowder spent 10 years in private industry and 6 years on the computer science faculty of Towson State University.

Running for Treasurer
Candidate: Anthony (Tony) Gigioli
GigioliTony Gigioli’s Bio:Tony is a professional Systems Engineer and Project Manager focused on engendering Systems Thinking and encouraging the use of a Systems Approach to all of the problems and situations that arise in life. His objective is to grow in his knowledge and expertise in Systems Engineering philosophy and the application of Systems Engineering to real world issues. He is an expert in process engineering and can help customer’s develop optimal work processes. He has superior technical writing skills and significant experience developing request for proposal responses. He has excellent presentation skills and can explain technical issues in readily understandable terms. Tony spent two years instructing Calculus at the United States Naval Academy and has a wealth of leadership and management experience from his 15 years in the United States Navy and subsequent years in industry. He maintains a positive outlook and an aggressive attitude towards life and work.  Tony is a past President of the Chesapeake Chapter (2008) and has been a member since 1998.
Running for Communications Director
Candidate: Myra Gross
Myra Parsons Gross PicMyra Gross’s Bio:Myra Gross has more than 30 years of systems engineering experience. She has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from California State University – Long Beach. Myra is currently the INCOSE Chesapeake Chapter Women in Systems Engineering (WISE) President. Myra began her Systems Engineering career as a Radar Software Design Engineer and Data Analyst for Raytheon (former Hughes Aircraft).  After 5 years, she joined Westinghouse (Northrop Grumman) and advanced her skills in systems engineering working a number of succession programs radar software development for F16 USAF and Foreign Military Sales customers.  Myra served as a Program Manager for a number of large software development programs for F-22 advanced processor, JSF, B-1B upgrade programs and the C-130 modernization program. As a PM she also supported a number of underwater systems including DARPA programs, unmanned vehicles, and sonar systems. She managed programs in excess of $185M over 3 years under multiple Firm Fixed Price Contracts and was responsible for two year strategic plans which resulted in over $450M in sales, and a total potential for over $1B in sales over five years.   Myra retired from Northrop Grumman in 2012 and then returned to the workforce in 2013 as part-time back office support for a small company. She went on to the position of Chief Operating Officer for that company. During this time, Myra was introduced to INCOSE and the Women in Systems Engineering (WISE) initiative. She has remained active with WISE since its inception.  Myra pursued her ESEP certification and was given an opportunity to get back to “basics” pure engineering. She accepted an assignment as a Systems Engineer within the IC as a contractor.  Myra is currently working DoDAF Enterprise Architecture and has worked as a SETA contractor managing mission analytics, development and collaboration for the integration effort of multiple organizational tools and services.  She leads multiple organizations in the development of agile systems, sprint cycles, integration activities, CONOPs, data flows, mission thread requirements, risk assessments, risk mitigation plans, milestone and schedule tasks, threshold schedules, testing strategies, executive strategic plans and presentations effecting mission decisions for government leadership.  For the last two years, Myra has been enjoying her new ‘old’ career and looks forward to continuing her participation with INCOSE and supporting the Chesapeake Chapter where she feels she can best offer her support and continue to mentor young engineering professionals.

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