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President: Jim Manson

At The Boeing Company, prior to working as a Manager for the So. Cal Region Systems Engineering - Systems Integration Verification and Validation, I worked as a Systems Engineering Manager for the C-17 Program. I started my career working for the Naval Gage and Standards Facility, in Pomona California, as a Gage Designer while I was working on my Mechanical Engineering Degree. Prior to Boeing, I worked for General Dynamics (Standard Missile Program), Baker-Hughes International (Oil Service Tools), and Fennix and Scisson (Nuclear Test Site).

I've been with Boeing for over 19 years and for the past 30 years I've had the opportunity to work as a Systems, Project Management, Structural, Manufacturing, Tool, Facilities, and Design Engineer. At Boeing, I worked on the MD-80/90/11 and 717 Programs in Long Beach California, and 747/67 Programs in Seattle Washington.

I received my BSME, from Cal Poly Pomona, Project Management Professional Certificate from PMI, and Systems Engineering Certificates from Cal Tech and UCI. I'm currently working on my Systems Engineering Masters from the Missouri University of Science and Technology and serving as the Chapter President for INCOSE-LA. But most of all, my main passion is my family. I met Doris my wife while I was going to school at Cal Poly, and have been married to Doris for almost 29 years and have two daughters, Rachel and Marissa.

Vice President: David Boyd

John "David" Boyd has been with the Chapter since 2004. As a member, David volunteered for various miniconferences, CSER 2006, CSER 2008 and served as Chapter Secretary and Chapter Vice-President. In 2007, he and a dedicated team of volunteers worked together to offer webcasting of monthly the chapter's speaker meetings. One of his goals for the chapter is to continue to help members, potential members and local companies realize and use the value of INCOSE as a resource for systems engineering knowledge and as an opportunity to network with the talented engineers that comprise INCOSE.

David is a Sr. Software Systems Engineer at SAIC and he is working within Boeing's Software IPT on its C-130 Avionics Modernization Program (AMP). He is currently one of thirteen engineers on the qualification test team that is responsible for formal qualification test of the operational flight plan (OFP). In his prior years, he has worked as a systems engineer on projects such as GE's Advanced Automated Train Control System for BART, traffic control systems in Southern California and nuclear plant monitoring systems. David received his bachelors in aerospace engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 1990. He began his career at Norfolk Naval Shipyard working as a nuclear test engineer on Nimitz-class aircraft carriers such as the USS Roosevelt and the USS Eisenhower.

Past President: Gina Kostelecky-Shankle

Gina Kostelecky-Shankle, a Senior Systems Engineer for Northrop Grumman, has provided systems engineering support to numerous aircraft and space programs over the course of her 17-year career. While at the B-2 Division of Northrop Grumman Corporation, she was a technical focal point for the development and acquisition of support equipment for the B-2 Bomber. In this capacity she was responsible for defining requirements for support equipment and for ensuring that contractors developed and delivered equipment that met those requirements. While employed at Northrop Grumman, Ms. Kostelecky-Shankle attended the University of Southern California on a part-time basis and received a Master of Science degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering. Ms. Kostelecky- Shankle also worked for The Aerospace Corporation where she provided a wide range of systems engineering support to numerous military and civil space programs. Ms. Kostelecky-Shankle recently returned to the Mission Systems Sector of Northrop Grumman Corporation where she is currently supporting the Transformational Communications MILSATCOM program. Ms. Kostelecky-Shankle joined INCOSE in 2002 and has been an active member of INCOSE-LA ever since – she served as one of the Technical Co-Chairs for the 2002 INCOSE-LA Mini-Conference and is the current Programs Chair.

Secretary: Lee-Ann Seeling

Lee-Ann Seeling recently joined Innovative Media Solutions (IMS) as a Senior Program Manager after being director of Intelligent Transportation Systems for Trichord, Inc. Her professional experience as a systems engineer began with Rockwell International’s Strategic Systems, in the Nuclear and Directed Energy Effects group working on what most folks just called “Star Wars” during the Reagan years. A transfer into the Advanced Systems Engineering group lead to assignments in system engineering analysis and program management.

In the mid-90’s, she took advantage of the opportunity to move to a brand new industry, that of Intelligent Transportation Systems or ITS, where the challenge with applying system engineering techniques and sound program management practices was something new to the Transportation industry. The diversity of assignments encompassed systems engineering a 148 mile expansion to metropolitan Detroit’s existing freeway operations center with a hybrid communication network, helping develop the National ITS Architecture Team for Federal Highway (FHWA), and creating early deployment plans in Florida and Michigan. As a Program Manager for Iteris (formerly Odetics) in charge of day to day operations of the National ITS Architecture Team, Lee-Ann lead an extensive outreach program to transportation professionals across the nation in developing both regional and project architectures while updating the national architecture to reflect more integration opportunities.

She expanded her breadth of systems experience at the birth of another industry - the mobile Internet - as a Senior Project/ Product Development Engineer for Connexion by Boeing before rejoining the ITS world as Director of the west coast office of Trichord. Lee-Ann has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s in Business Administration from UCLA. Her involvement with INCOSE includes serving as the Exhibits Co-Chair for the 2007 International Symposium and she also plays a key role for the INCOSE-LA newsletter.

Treasurer: Marsha Weiskopf

Marsha Weiskopf has over 20 years experience in Space Satellite and Communications Systems Engineering. Her initial work experience was as a contractor on Communications Payloads at Hughes Aircraft Co on Commercial and NRO satellite systems, and then at Martin Marietta Corp as a Systems Integrator on NRO programs. Next, she joined The Aerospace Corporation and worked on Milsatcom Programs in the Systems Engineering Dept working Spectrum Management, and was then was promoted to the AFSATCOM Project Lead. More recently, she has been the Systems Director of the International Space Technology Dept in Project West Wing - an Intelligence organization.

Membership: Paul Cudney

Paul Cudney is with Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems and Solutions. Paul has over four decades of systems engineering and integration experience with real-time systems programming, information assurance, requirements analysis, system integration, and integrated product team leadership. He has been Chairman of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery, twice track chair at our INCOSE-LA Mini-Conferences, Secretary and Membership Director for our Chapter, and also supports local SPIN and AIAA chapters.

Programs: Jack Elson

Dr. Jack Elson is an Associate Professor and Lead Faculty for Systems Engineering at National University, Los Angeles. He has a broad career in both industry and academia. His 25 years of industrial experience includes positions in engineering and management at several divisions of Fortune 500 companies that include the manufacturing of household hardware, fasteners, and aerospace systems. Besides teaching at National University, Dr. Elson has taught at The Ohio State University, University of South Carolina, Rockford College, Cardean University, Edison State College, and Sinclair Community College. Courses he has developed and taught include the subjects of manufacturing, modeling, engineering economics, management, operations, quality, design of experiments, decision making, and ethics. His research includes the use of system dynamics modeling and virtual world simulations to study and improve decision making.

SE Training: vacant

Ways and Means: Sherry Pietras

Sherry Pietras Aerospace Systems Engineer and INCOSE L.A. Chapter BoD member, Ways and Means, has been an INCOSE Member for over 5 years. Currently employed by Boeing, Sherry has worked on several military and commercial programs including aircraft simulators, shuttle, launch vehicles, spacecraft, and army future combat systems. She has volunteered support to various INCOSE events.

She is in pursuit of her PhD in Systems Engineering and received her masters in systems engineering from UMR in 2001, her masters in philosophy from CSULB in 1999, and her bachelors in electrical engineering from Akron University in 1984. Her experience ranges from systems architecting to specialty engineering.

Communications: Jim Pederson

Jim Pederson is employed at Boeing as a Systems Engineer Associate Technical Fellow at the Huntington Beach facility in the core systems engineering group supporting multiple programs since late 2003. Previously, he worked on the C-17 program in Long Beach from 1988 to 2003 performing a variety of systems engineering and specialty engineering functions on that program and was the Sr. Manager of systems engineering from 1999 to 2003. Jim led the successful CMMI level 5 certification at Boeing Long Beach in 2003 and was a key contributor to CMMI level 5 certification at the Huntington Beach facility in 2004. Jim holds an MBA from West Coast University, an MS in Quality and Statistics from CSUDH and an MSIT from American Online University. He teaches part time for UC Irvine Extensions in systems and software engineering. Jim's involvement in INCOSE includes speaking at three INCOSE LA mini-conferences and being the Conference Chair for the INCOSE LA Mini-conference in June 2005. He has participated in the CSER 2006 preparation.

Appointed Officers

INCOSE-LA offers an unlimited range of opportunities for those who want to be a part of the team, to be a part of the society, and to be a part of something bigger than themselves. We would like to recognize our appointed non-voting members of the INCOSE-LA Board of Directors.

  • Chapter Recognition Manager: Dana Pugh, The Boeing Company
  • CSER 2008 Conference Management Chair: Malina Hills, The Aerospace Corporation
  • CSER 2008 Conference Continuity Chair: Scott Jackson
  • Newsletter Editor: Eric Belle, Raytheon
  • Reflector Editor: Susan Ruth, The Aerospace Corporation
  • Technical Society Liaison: Ed Conrow, Risk Services
  • Website/Webcast Manager: Ben Luong, The Boeing Company