Military Veterans

The Military and Veterans Affinity Group’s mission is to foster a welcoming, supportive, and inclusive community for active military service members and veterans, along with family members, within SWE. The AG will seek to create educational and networking opportunities for veterans and military membership in the STEM fields. The AG will look to promote development opportunities for women veterans and military members in engineering across socio-economic strata and occupational focus.

The Military and Veterans Affinity mission is to illustrate the possibilities of greatness that already exists in our population and expand them on a collaborative scale for women of all ages in their confidence and abilities. The goal is to build a society that trains and fights for each other under the same ethos and logos is a society that stands firm in support of each other for this great nation. We dedicate ourselves to a strengthened vision of honesty and trust forged by an undeniable energy.

Lead by Helen Mills, Jaymie Brain, and Lisa Malmanger

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Military & Veterans Leadership

Get to know our co-leads

Helen Mills:

Helen Mills is a mechanical engineer in Ventura County of California. She received her BS in Mechanical Engineering from California State University Northridge, and her MS in Mechanical Engineering from UCLA. She is a mechanical engineer at the Northrop Grumman Corporation, also supporting both women’s and veteran employee resource groups. At CSUN, she served as a chapter president for SWE and was the recipient of a SWE Patent Recognition Award in 2023. You can often find her and her cat camping, off-roading, or being a homebody DIY’ing and crafting. 

Jaymie Brain

Jaymie Brain is an organizational leader. She has 25 years of combined federal service with the National Security Agency, Department of the Navy, and as an Officer in the US Army. Education history includes a Bachelor’s degree from the Colorado School of Mines in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s Degree from Colorado State University, in Organizational Leadership and Change Management, IT Management focus. She also serves as the Vice President of the Denver Chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace, a non-profit that builds and delivers beds to kids in need. She is the proud mom of a high school junior and senior.

Lisa Malmanger:

Lisa Malmanger is a Sr. Solution Architect at Booz Allen Hamilton focusing on Salesforce. She earned her BS in Software Engineering. Lisa’s journey also includes serving in the military. She is actively involved in Merivis, a non-profit organization, where she serves on the Board of Directors, aiding veterans and military spouses in their IT career paths. She also co-leads a Military Summit conference, contributing to the career development of military professionals. When Lisa isn’t busy being a professional, she’s a fan of comics, live music, and video games. She is the proud mother of a college-going daughter who is pursuing her passion in game design & development. She also shares her life with a wonderful trio of dogs named Ozzy, Emma, and Zion.