Advisory Board

The Sweet Briar College Engineering Advisory Board includes distinguished leaders from industry and academia. The board provides the program with planning support related to partnerships with industry, student internships, employment, recruiting, curriculum and fundraising.

The current board consists of the committed individuals listed below.


Sara Abbe

Engineering Unit Manager, Babcock & Wilcox

H | Lynchburg, Va.


Bob Bailey

Executive Director, Center for Advanced Engineering and Research (CAER)

H | Lynchburg, Va.
L | LinkedIn Profile


Bobbi Ann M. Carroll

Senior Director of Automotive Partnerships, SiriusXM Satellite Radio

H | Detroit, Mich.
L | LinkedIn Profile


Suzan M. Jagger

President, Jagger Advisory

H | Litchfield, Conn.
L | LinkedIn Profile


Ron Kander

Executive Dean, Philadelphia University, Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce

H | Philadelphia, Pa.
L | LinkedIn Profile


Mary Kasarda

Associate Professor, Virginia Tech, Mechanical Engineering Department

H | Blacksburg, Va.


Thom Keehan

Vice President, Tenneco

H | Milwaukee, Wis.
L | LinkedIn Profile


Sarah Lightbody ’12

Smarter Cities Consultant, IBM

H | Washington, D.C.
L | LinkedIn Profile


Megan Lucas

CEO and Chief Economic Development Officer, Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance

H | Lynchburg, Va.
L | LinkedIn Profile


Leo Obrst

Principal AI Scientist, Information Semantics, MITRE

H | Washington, D.C.
L | LinkedIn Profile


Christina (Johnson) Pappas ’08

Graduate Student, University of Virginia, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department

Christina is the first student to earn a B.S. in engineering science from Sweet Briar College.

H | Charlottesville, Va.


Finis Southworth

Retired CTO, AREVA

H | Amherst, Va.
L | LinkedIn Profile


Tom Spangenberg

Business Unit Director, BW Container Systems

H | Lynchburg, Va.
L | LinkedIn Profile


Michael Staton

Senior – Principal Engineering / QA Manager, NovaTech

H | Lynchburg, Va.
L | LinkedIn Profile


Ric Woerner

Senior Project Engineer, Glad Manufacturing Company

H | Amherst, Va.
L | LinkedIn Profile


David Wood

Director of Technology, Ephox + TinyMCE

H | Brisbane, Australia
L | LinkedIn Profile