Our branch meetings are  held on the third Wednesday of the month at   7 PM in the ODU Higher ED Center in Virginia Beach, 1881 University Drive – parking permission required.  Look for Branch Member Greeter for directions.   *Note change from regular meeting date, location or time.

September 20, 2017

Nettie Faulcon, Retired NASA Electronics Engineer

Nettie Faulcon began her career at NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia in 1967 as the first African American female accepted in the engineering trainee program at the center and, after graduation, became one of the first two African American females hired as engineers. After forty and a half (40 ½) years of service as an electronics engineer, Faulcon retired in September 2008.

The author of several technical papers, she has received numerous honors and awards both professionally and in the community. These include three (3) NASA Superior Accomplishment Awards, two (2) NASA Technical Innovation Awards, a NASA First Space Shuttle Achievement Award, a National Technical Association Merit Award and many plaques and certificates of appreciation from organizations and educational institutions. She has been featured in NASA’s “Profiles of Excellence, ” and the National Technical Association Journal Article, “Minority Women in Technical Careers,” From 1993 to the 2007, Mrs. Faulcon was featured in “Black Achievers in Science,” a traveling exhibit of 100 past and present African American Scientists.  Presently she is featured in: “The Negro Almanac:  A Reference Work on the African American,” Fifth Edition, published in 1989 and in “A Search for African American Life, Achievement and Culture,” published in 2006.

October 18, 2017

Mandy George

Chesapeake Firefighter Paramedic Mandy George faces new challenges every day that she’s on the job. When an emergency call comes in, she races to scene, not always sure of what she and her coworkers will find there. The job can be physically demanding, and there’s always something new to learn in the fields of firefighting and medicine.

“Women in nontraditional fields are the ones who can best show girls that they can do the jobs,” George said. “To be honest, I didn’t always want to be a firefighter paramedic. I was a theatre and English major in college. But, I chose this career because I thought it would be a challenge, and it is.”

November 15, 2017

Gretchen LeFever Watson, Ph.D
President, SLS, A change management consulting firm

Topic: Tips from “Your Patient Safety Survival Guide” 

Gretchen LeFever Watson is a clinical psychologist whose research and intervention projects have received international, scholarly, and media attention. She has held healthcare, academic, and civic leadership positions. She is currently president of SLS, a consulting firm for organizational safety and change management.  She is author of Your Patient Safety Survival Guide (2017)—a book that includes sections on the overuse of stimulant drugs and opiate painkillers and healthcare’s role in ADHD drug abuse on college campuses and the nation’s heroin crisis.  Gretchen will have copies of the book on hand for purchase at the meeting.