About Women in Standards

Focused on Promoting the Importance
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Women in Standards had humble beginnings. The organization was born through women working in standardization in the Washington, DC area, who found that networking was a path to helping each other navigate standards development. The networking group was very informal, with only 15 members to start. By 2004, this networking movement began to grow across many different standards developing organizations. By 2013, the list of women networking grew to over 135. Individually, many of these same women were also creating international networks of women in standards development. Social media channels were developed and managed by ASTM in 2016. In 2019, Women in Standards was incorporated.

By sharing our experiences with each other, we recognized challenges in gender balancing within standardization development, and that we could lend our voices and perspectives.

Our History

Our Values

Promoting DEI

Women in Standards believes in the importance of promoting the value of a robust and diverse population within standardization development stakeholders and with how standards are written

Raising voices

Women in Standards believes in the importance of raising voices of populations that could be underrepresented


Women in Standards believes that change will come through educating the industry on the impacts of and values gained from a well-rounded understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Get To Know Our Board

Veronica A. Lancaster

President, Board of Directors

Veronica Lancaster is the Vice President of Standards Programs in the Technology & Standards Department of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™. She has been involved in standards development for 25 years. She serves on the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Board of Directors as a Director at Large, and as the Secretary/Treasurer on the CTA Foundation Board of Trustees. She is also a U.S. Army veteran.

Karen Reczek
Vice President, Board of Directors

Karen Reczek is a Social Scientist within the Standards Coordination Office (SCO) at the National Institute of Standards & Technology. Karen has over 22 years’ experience in standards and conformity assessment activities and research. Karen serves as the NIST Ex-Officio on the Organization of Scientific Area Committee for Forensic Science (OSAC) Forensic Science Standards Board. She is the Vice President of the SES: The Society for Standards Professionals Board of Directors.

Amy Lestition Burke
Treasurer, Board of Directors

Amy Lestition Burke, MA, FASAE, CAE, is the Vice President of Industry Solutions of the Consumer Brands Association. Amy has a wealth of executive experience, including Vice President of Member Engagement, Association Solutions for MCI USA, Executive Director of the Special Libraries Association (SLA), Chief Operating Officer for the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (PRA) and Psychiatric Rehabilitation Foundation (PRF), Executive Vice President of Photo Marketing Association International (PMA), and as Executive Director of Association Media & Publishing (AM&P).

Barbara Martin
Secretary, Board of Directors

Barbara Martin is the Director of Engineering and Technical Services at the American Water Works Association (AWWA). She has over 20 years of water sector experience, including leading AWWA’s industry-leading water and wastewater utility optimization programs, the Partnership for Safe Water and the Partnership for Clean Water. Barbara leads thousands of volunteers in the development of technical resources, programs, and standards development of more than 180 ANSI-accredited standards supporting all facets of water system operation.

Brian Meincke
Member, Board of Directors

Brian Meincke is the Vice President of Global Business Development and Innovation Strategy, responsible for all aspects of ASTM’s global business development activities and innovation initiatives. Brian also serves as the Acting Treasurer of the Society. Brian previously served as senior director of membership development and membership marketing and industry outreach at the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Brian brings over 25 years of working in business development roles in organizations such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Institute of Architects and in the for-profit sector at Bentley Systems Incorporated.

Marianna Kramarikova
Member, Board of Directors

Marianna Kramarikova is a Technical Officer at the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), responsible for managing 23 technical, systems and advisory committees. She has extensive knowledge of the development of voluntary, consensus‐based industry standards for a variety of ICT segments. Kramarikova currently serves on the Society for Standards Professionals (SES) Standards, Marketing, Certification Committee. She is also a proud member of Women of the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE).

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