Meet Our Leaders at WID San Diego.
Our board of directors is dedicated to WID San Diego’s key tenets – serve our members, focus on our mission, and prepare for the future by building a vibrant, sustainable chapter.
Lead Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton
Lisa Hunter has had a varied career that has taken her to Seoul, San Francisco, Tokyo, Abu Dhabi, and Washington, D.C. before landing in San Diego eight years ago. As a consultant with Booz Allen, she has supported numerous Navy clients with strategic planning, communications, and foreign military sales projects. Prior to joining Booz Allen, Lisa led communications and marketing initiatives for an HIV/AIDS non-profit, a software start-up, a Japanese retailer, and the Gap’s International Division. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from UCLA and a master’s degree in international management from Thunderbird. She also serves on the board of the San Diego Diplomacy Council.
In her spare time, Lisa enjoys discovering new hikes in San Diego with her boyfriend, spending time with her nieces and nephew, and managing her frequent flier points.
The most effective way to do it, is to do it.
Director of Strategy, Fuse Integration
With a focus on leadership, team building, and critical analysis, Rebecca Unetic provided strategic program and project management support to Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Headquarters and Program Executive Office for C4I programs for the past seven years. In April 2015, she was brought on as the director of strategy for Fuse Integration, a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business software and network engineering firm, focusing on business development and project management support to a commercial energy project. She holds bachelor’s degrees in music and history from Minnesota State University and a master’s degree in global leadership from University of San Diego.
In her spare time, she enjoys exploring Balboa Park, reading, pilates, and planning her next European adventure.
The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.
Director of Operations, PMW 150, Joint Program Manager Information System
Laura Elwood is astute, analytical, and multi-faceted program management professional with nine years of Department of Defense experience in domestic and foreign military program lifecycle management and execution. She currently supports Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, providing foreign military sales support to the International C4I Integration Program Management Office. She holds a master’s degree in political science specializing in international affairs and national security from the University of New Hampshire.
In her spare time she enjoying running, traveling, baking new recipes, reading and spending time with her husband.
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
Principal Installation Manager for Surface Ships, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), Fleet Readiness Directorate (FRD)
Candace Gallihugh leads the FRD Surface Installation Team that manages the planning, integration, and installation readiness of all C4I installations on U.S. Navy surface ships. With 25 years of Department of Defense experience, she brings a unique perspective to the table as a 15-year Navy veteran, prior DoD contractor, and current government employee. She is a passionate leader who maintains focus on the Fleet and the Navy warfighter. She holds a master’s degree in management from National University.
Candace is a certified yoga teacher and enjoys volunteering her time teaching classes. When she’s not practicing handstands or in tree pose, you may find her exploring her other passions – cooking and interior design. She loves spending time with her husband, Tim, and their two rescue dogs, Utah and Lulu.
Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.
Science and Technology Assistant, Booz Allen Hamilton
Michelle Hamilton began her career in defense as a United States Marine. After serving on active duty she worked in civil service for the Army and Navy working in medical administration and for the Marine Corps as a Family Readiness Officer. Since joining Booz Allen Hamilton, Michelle has worked as a data analyst and currently works as a Science and Technology Assistant supporting a Navy client in San Diego, CA. Michelle holds a bachelor’s degree in International Security and Conflict Resolution and a master’s degree in Homeland Security from San Diego State University.
In her spare time, Michelle can be found exploring all that San Diego has to offer with her friends. She also enjoys traveling to new places around the world to learn about different cultures, foods, and especially music.
Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.
Agnieszka 'Nish' Schwarz
Federal Account Executive, Varonis
As a Federal Account Executive for Varonis, Agnieszka “Nish” Schwarz provides cyber security, insider threat software to the US Navy and Marine Corps to help protect the DoD from breaches and provide next generation data management and protection automation. Prior to Varonis, Nish was briefly with Datalink, an IT solutions integrator and prior to Datalink she supported the Undersea Integration Program Office as the communications manager, where her outgoing, goal-driven and “always looking for the next challenge” personality allowed her to make the recent move to the industry side. Nish holds a bachelor’s degree in global business management, as well as a master’s of business administration with a focus on international business.
When not working or on travel for work, Nish loves to travel to Europe to visit her family in Poland. By her side is her traveling companion Hershey, a 13-year-old Min-Pin. She also loves living in San Diego and enjoying access to all things SoCal has to offer such as snowboarding, going to the desert, the river and many other mini-getaways.
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Events Sponsorship Chair
Director of Marketing and Brand Management, Client Solution Architects (CSA)
Emilie has nine years of experience in the areas of marketing, social media strategy, public relations, web and graphic design, content marketing and branding. She has worked at CSA for eight years, and because of her drive, creativity and out of the box thinking has created her own marketing career path. In her current role, she is responsible for internal and external communication strategies, increasing brand awareness and driving new business opportunities, amongst others.
Prior to joining CSA, Emilie started and operated fan photography programs for the Cleveland Indians and The Ohio State University NCAA football team, and assisted in its management for the San Diego Padres. In addition, Emilie independently worked for major brands such as GM, Pontiac, Burger King, Wrigley’s Gum and TBS by providing promotional support, guerilla marketing and brand ambassadorship to drive leads, ensure brand consistency and bring awareness to new products.
Emilie holds a master’s of business administration and bachelor’s degrees in marketing and fine arts from Alfred University in Western New York.
In her spare time, you can find Emilie on a soccer pitch, softball field or yelling “fore” on a golf course—with her black-and-tan dachshund, Gilligan, cheering her on!
You never know how far a smile can travel.
Communication Consultant, The Marlin Alliance
Kara McDermott is a resourceful, versatile and results-driven communication professional with ten years of experience in strategic communication planning and implementation, public and media relations, leadership messaging, marketing and social media strategy. She currently supports the U.S. Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, providing communication counsel to the Public Affairs Office. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from Radford University.
In her spare time she enjoys going to the beach, planning vacations that she may or may not actually take, reading, drinking smoothies and spending time with her husband and their two crazy little boys.
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Project Manager, Booz Allen Hamilton
Sarah Thomas has performed in various roles over her 22 year career in IT, from hardware/software/telecom support and systems administration to cybersecurity project manager and business operations executive supporting the Department of Defense and commercial markets. She currently provides project management support to the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command OCONUS Navy Enterprise Network. She holds a bachelor’s degree in information technology from University of Phoenix and technical degrees in computer engineering and electronics engineering from Santa Fe College.
A geekette at heart, she enjoys catching up on the latest techie trends and building maker projects with her Arduino Uno and Raspberry Pi with her three young boys. And if she really has some time to spare, she also loves to play tennis, sailing and relaxing to live jazz and blues with her husband.
A girl can do anything a boy can do.
Military Information Manager and Senior Enlisted Leader, Program Executive Office C4I
With 24 years of active Naval service, Donnee’ Williams has served in a multitude of leadership positions in both war and peace time environments, in and outside of the Continental United States. By trade she is a seasoned and multi-disciplined security professional responsible for implementing security policy and procedures and performing management and oversight of organizational security programs. Currently she is serving as the Military Information Manager and Senior Enlisted Leader for the Program Executive Office C4I. She holds master’s degree in management from The American College of Financial Services and a bachelor’s degree in justice administration from Excelsior College.
She and her husband Jasen, who also serves on active duty, have three vigorous sons remaining at home that keep them both very busy. In her spare time she serves as the Secretary for the Bonita Buccaneers youth football and cheer team and enjoys attending music concerts, basketball and football games.
One of the most courageous things you can do is identify yourself, know who you are, what you believe in, and where you want to go.
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