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About the Chapter

The Space Coast Chapter of Women In Defense was founded January 21, 2013.  The Chapter is a source for networking, professional development and mentoring of other women leaders on the east coast of Florida.

“The Florida Space Coast is a unique area with several rapidly expanding national defense industries and a very prevalent military presence.   By forming a Space Coast Chapter, it will provide networking and professional development opportunities to promote the role of women in national defense and security, to support military service members, and to encourage partnerships within the local contractor community, defense industry and military personnel."

--Karen Gregory, President, Space Coast Chapter, January 2013

SC WID Annual Membership Survey 2014

Please take a minute to complete the SCWID Survey!

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 President  Joanne Longo
 Vice President  Susie Glasgow
 Secretary  Mary Kinberg
 Treasurer  Malak Hammad
 Director of Programs  Ann Brady
 Director of Membership  Melissa Romero
 Director of Communications  Sandy Pfrimmer
 Director of Awards & Recognition  Ron Prudhomme
 Historian Director  Alexander Penalta
 Director of Special Projects  Anne Marie Logan
 Director of Sponsorships  Pam Gillespie 

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News & Events

SAVE THE DATE! Bring a friend and take this opportunity to meet other members and their guests and network with each other. This is an excellent way for potential members and guests to see what SC-WID is all about!

Cost: $20 for WID Members or $25 for Guests
Please pay with Check, Cash at Door or PayPal
Price includes light appetizers
For more information, please contact: Karen J. Gregory, WID Space Coast President at
321-427-7984 or




February 26, 2015

Holiday Inn Viera Conference Center

National Engineers Week Award Banquet and Silent Auction
(benefitting our STEM Programs)

Speaker: Carol Craig, CEO of Craig Technologies and a Lifetime WID member

We will also hear from our first STEM Scholarship recipient via video since she is in classes and cannot attend.

November 20, 2014

Eau Gallie Yacht Club
100 Datura Drive
Indian Harbour Beach, FL 32937


Networking Event

Kristin Woodling

Speaker:  Kristin Woodling, LMHC and Owner of Pamper Your Mind
Topic:   “Give Yourself the Gift of Simplicity this Season”

Kristen offers professional women a confidential and elite therapeutic experience to recover, rejuvenate, and revive their lives.  As we approach the holiday season, she will share tips and strategies to remain calm and joyful this season.  She will be educating us on the importance of mindfulness and balance that will benefit our overall health now as well as the post-holiday season. 

Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Download/View/Print event flyer.

Register online!

SCWID July STEM Meeting

 Andy Zeigler - Brevard County School Board meets with SCWID STEM
Andy Zeigler Brevard County School
Board meets with SCWID STEM members
during July STEM mtg.

 Pam Gillespie SCWID Dir of Awards and Recognition meets with Member of the STEM Comm.
 Pam Gillespie SCWID Director of
 Awards and Recognition meets with member
 of the STEM Community during July STEM

SCWID June Membership Meeting

 Mary Dryer (FIT), Bridgette Lee (Scholarship Winner)
Mary Dryer (FIT), Bridgette Lee (Scholarship Winner)

 Mary Dryer, Kim Cone, Hal Dietrick, Pat Shankle, Karen Gregory, Bridgette Lee and Joshua Smith
 Mary Dryer, Kim Cone, Hal Dietrick, 
 Pat Shankle, Karen Gregory, Bridgette Lee
 and Joshua Smith 


Space Coast WID Resource Expo

 WID Resource Expo
 Over 20 Businesses were represented at the
 Space Coast WID Resource Expo.
 WID Resource Expo
 Pat Shankle of Shankle Insurance one of the 
 exhibitors at the Resource Expo.

Space Coast Chapter Women In Defense First Anniversary
The SCWID First Anniversary Celebration was a huge success!  It began on Tuesday 14 January 2014 with a fun filled “family” evening of cookie decorating, arts and crafts and a dough raiser at UNO Pizzeria and Grill where $275.00 was raised.  Followed by our monthly meeting and anniversary celebration on Thursday 16 January 2014, during the celebration a HUGE Silent Auction was held to support the advancement and recognition of women involved with national security and to raise awareness of the benefits of careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).  The silent auction raised over $2,200.00 to support Chapter events and STEM Scholarships, total event grossed over $3,000.00

SCWID has had a fabulous year our membership has tripled in just one year.  Our involvement throughout Brevard County has included everything from Developing the Space Coast Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Council Scholarship Program, to participating the Space Coast Walk for Breast Cancer we are very proud of our Chapter and look forward to this coming year.    

Over 50 members and friends attended the celebration.

Lt Commander Leedjia Svec from the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute and Sandy Pfrimmer from the Small Business Development Center at Eastern Florida State College.

Outstanding Networking Opportunities


 SCWID November Meeting at the Beachhouse on Patrick AFB, FL

Mary Kinberg and Pam Gillespie
Mary Kinberg and Pam Gillespie


Ann Marie Logan, Susie Galsgow and Karen Gregory
Ann Marie Logan, Susie Glasgow and Karen

Mary Kinberg, Judy Gasperini, Ann Brady and Gary Gasperini
Mary Kinberg, Judy Gasperini, Ann Brady and
Gary Gasperini

The Space Coast Chapter of Women In Defense raised over $1200.00 during the October 2013 Making Strides for Breast Cancer 5K Walk in Viera, Florida.  We had a great time! !

 Karen Gregory, Judy Gasperini, Susie Glasgow, Mary Kinberg, Patti Scardino, Josephine Hughes, and Suzanne Witenhafer
Karen Gregory, Judy Gasperini, Susie Glasgow
Mary Kinberg, Patti Scardino, Josephine Hughes
and Suzanne Witenhafer
 Josephine Hughes and Karen Gregory (SCWID President)
Josephine Hughes and Karen Gregory
(SCWID President)
 Mary Kinberg, Patti Scardino and Suzanne Witenhafer
Mary Kinberg, Patti Scardino and
Suzanne Witenhafer


The Space Coast Chapter of Women In Defense held a Speed Networking Event at Harris Headquarters In Melbourne Florida on 15 August 2013. This event was a HUGE Success with over 50 Members and Guests in attendance. Each attendee had an opportunity to meet in groups and then individually throughout the night.

 Women's Business Center
The Space Coast Chapter of WID cosponsored an event with the Florida Institute of Technology – Women’s Business Center in May.  We had the privilege to meet Ms. Melissa Stockwell who was the first female amputee of the Iraq War, now a 3X Paratriathlon World Champion.

Appreciation Award
Karen Gregory, President of Space Coast Chapter presenting an Appreciation Award to Ms. Stockwell.


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View the bylaws of the Space Coast Chapter of Women In Defense here.  

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Are you interested in becoming a member? 

Membership in WID is open to all professional women and men whose primary professional activities are related to national defense or support any aspect of national security. All WID members are automatically members of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) at no additional cost. Benefits of membership include:

•  Networking and Professional Development Opportunities
•  WID Newsletter
•  WID Membership Directory
•  Access to NDIA Job Bank
•  WID Membership Pins
•  Subscription to National DEFENSE (the magazine of NDIA)
•  Automatic membership in both Space Coast WID as well as the national organization for Women In Defense
•  NDIA membership is included

Members are strongly encouraged to participate in meetings, seminars, and committee activities to ensure a mutually beneficial relationship between themselves and the organization.

Membership Dues

Annual (1 year) dues: $40

Lifetime membership: $500

Government & Military dues (one year): Complimentary - Download/View/Print application

WID offers complimentary one-year memberships to all currently-serving military and government employees. After the first year, annual dues are $40.

Join online TODAY! (scroll down to the bottom of the page and select WID Membership)

Or Download/View/Print application and mail or fax it in, or if you have further questions email our Membership Director.

When mailing in your application, include your check for $40 made out to Women In Defense and mail to:

Women In Defense 

2111 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 400

Arlington, Virginia 22201-3061

Already a member? Interested in serving on the Space Coast WID Membership Committee? Email the Membership Director for more information.

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Contact Us

Are you a current member interested in serving on a SC WID committee? Please email the appropriate person for information on how you can get involved.

•  Membership: Judy Gasperini
•  Programs: Ana Leonard
•  Sponsorship: Joanne Longo
•  Communication: Susie Glasgow
•  Community Outreach: Karen Gregory

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