Gorge Women in STEM (GWIS)

GWIS LogoGorge Women in STEM started in late 2017 as a group dedicated to connecting and supporting women working in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math in the Columbia River Gorge.

Coming out of the Covid-19 pandemic, GWIS is focused on rebuilding our community and reminding women throughout the Columbia River Gorge that we are here to support them and help them thrive.

Participation in GWIS events is open to all women and allies that align with the mission of the group.

This initiative is supported by the Gorge Tech Alliance, with  special thanks to our 2022 sponsors Overwatch Imaging and SightLine Applications!    Event sponsorship and in-kind donations of venue space are greatly appreciated.  Email gwis@crgta.org for any donation inquiries. 

Meet the GWIS Leadership Team! Are you interested in joining the leadership team?  Email us at gwis@crgta.org for more information.


Leila Kaneda

Leila Kaneda is a computer vision software engineer at SightLine Applications. New to the Columbia River Gorge, she has been with the GWIS leadership team since 2021 and is excited to grow the community while forming new relationships along the way. Visit Leila’s LinkedIn profile. 



Beth Alcouloumre

Beth Alcouloumre is a project manager at Trillium Engineering, GTA Board member, Gorge STEM Hub Advisory Committee member and voting member of the Oregon STEM Advisory Council. She has been a member of the GWIS leadership team since 2017, and is committed to helping build strong, inclusive STEM education and community in the area. Visit Beth’s LinkedIn profile.



Annie Alsheimer

Annie Alsheimer is a professional civil engineer, who specializes in water resources with Jacobs Engineering Group. She has been on the board for the GWIS since 2019, and has loved having the support and networking opportunities available with awesome STEM women in her local gorge community.



Kenna Welsch

Kenna Welsch is a system engineer at Insitu, Inc. who has been on the GWIS leadership team since 2019. She is passionate about creating a STEM culture that allows technical leadership positions to be more accessible to women. Visit Kenna’s LinkedIn profile.  





https://crgta.org/files/2022/04/casey_aschauer.jpgCasey Aschauer is an Engineering documentation specialist at Sierra Olympic and has lived in the Gorge since 2009.  Like Nichelle Nichols, Casey believes that “science is not a boy’s game, it’s not a girl’s game.  It’s everyone’s game.”  Visit Casey’s LinkedIn profile




Helen Th
Helen Thurlow is the Human Resources Generalist at Overwatch Imaging.  She has lived in the Gorge since 2020 and is passionate about connecting with and encouraging women in the Gorge to achieve their career goals.  Visit Helen’s LinkedIn profile.




Attend one of our monthly events to network and learn something new! Our list of events for 2022 are as follows:

January:  Virtual Podcast Discussions with Maza and Kenna

February: Company Spotlight Series! SightLine Applications  

March: Speed Networking Event

April: Company Spotlight Series! EDF Renewables **CANCELLED**

May:  Group Wildflower Hike

June: Company Spotlight Series! Custom Interface, Inc

July: DEI Trivia and Potluck Night (In-Person at Custom Interface, Inc.)

August: Company Spotlight Series! Sigma Design

September: Annual GWIS Fall Party at Sigma Design

October: Resume Critique with Career Development Professional (Postponed!)

November: Movie Event – Dream Big at Skylight Theater, Andrews Pizza, Hood River.

December: Company Spotlight Series! Inter-Fluve 

Precise dates and locations will be announced as more details get sorted out. Check back here or on our social media accounts for updates throughout the year! Upcoming events will also be posted in the right-hand sidebar as they approach.

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The women that make up the leadership team at Gorge Women in STEM are dedicated to ensuring that all members are interacting as safely as possible. We are constantly monitoring the ever-changing climate of the pandemic and will make adjustments to events to accommodate the latest guidance from OSHA and the CDC. Please be patient with us as we adapt these events throughout the year.”


Gorge Women in STEM Networking
Networking at a Gorge Women in STEM event.
Wildflower Hiking Group May 2022
Wildflower Hiking Group May 2022.
Gorge Women in STEM PDXWIT
Megan Bigelow of PDX Women in Tech presenting at a Gorge Women in STEM event.
Gorge Women in STEM panelists.
Fall Party 2022!
Fall Party 2022
Fall Party 2022
Fall Party 2022
Fall Party 2022