Board of Directors
The Women in Standards Board of Directors provides vision and leadership to the organization. The Women in Standards Board membership may include individuals from industry, consumers, standards professionals, and government. If you are interested in becoming a Women in Standards Board of Director, click here.
Meet the Board
Women in Standards – President
Veronica Lancaster is the Vice President of Standards Programs in the Technology & Standards Department of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, the trade association representing the $351 billion U.S. consumer technology industry, which supports more than 15 million U.S. jobs. She is responsible for the development, management and growth of CTA’s standards program, which includes oversight of CTA’s standards development process, promotion of national and international standards development activities, and pursuit of emerging technologies that would benefit from standardization at CTA.
Prior to joining CTA in June 2013, Ms. Lancaster worked at the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) as the Manager for Global Standards Development. She was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the standardization efforts of nine communications committees addressing a diverse range of topics. Specifically, the establishment of guidelines for common automatic data identification to simplify the receiving, shipping, transportation and tracing of telecommunications products, numbering issues associated with the North American Numbering Plan, development of operational guidelines to support network management, development of standards for performance, reliability, and security aspects of communications networks, and the development of standards addressing energy efficiency, environmental impacts, power and protection of telecommunications equipment and environments. She has served as a participant in the FCC Communications Security Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) II, WG1A, Public Safety Consolidation, and WG7, Pandemic Planning– Priority Service Requirements.
Ms. Lancaster actively participates in the U.S. National Committee of the IEC, as well as IEC TC 100, Audio, video and multimedia systems and equipment, and IEC TC 124, Wearable electronic devices and technologies. She is the Vice Chair of the 2022 Planning Committee bringing the IEC General Meeting to the U.S. in 2022. She currently serves as a co-Convener for WG 1, Terminology and a member and co-project leader of WG 4, Devices and Systems, for TC 124. She is a voting member of the Advisory Group on Strategy in both TC 100 and TC 124, and a PL for IEC TC 100/TA 15/PT 63006. Ms. Lancaster serves as a Director-at-Large on the ANSI Board of Directors, and is an accredited member of the Society for Standards Professionals.
Ms. Lancaster proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1989 until honorably discharged in 1994.
Women in Standards – Vice President
Karen Reczek is a Social Scientist within the Standards Coordination Office (SCO) at the National Institute of Standards & Technology. Karen provides strategic and tactical support to the NIST-administered, Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC) and its next iteration. Karen works with high level Federal, State, Local & private sector officials to coordinate standards development to identify and support development of standard activities and programs to meet Federal needs. Karen also advises on the design and development of electronic information products, database applications and internal and external web sites, including system functionality, record and/or site design, and user interface. She is responsible for management and promotion of the “Standards Information Center” and its services, including authoring the US Compliance Guides and providing research services on standards for NIST staff.
Karen is a member of ASTM International’s E30 Forensic Science Executive Committee serving as Membership Secretary and a member of ISO Technical Committee (TC) 272 Forensic Science and the US Technical Advisory Group. 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.
Previously Karen worked at Bureau Veritas as Senior Manager, Information Resources Center for 14 years and prior to that at Bristol-Myers Squibb in Scientific and Information Resources and Services. Karen has over 22 years’ experience in standards and conformity assessment activities and research. Karen holds a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from the State University of NY at Buffalo and a BS Double Major in Social Sciences and Humanities from Clarkson University.
Amy Lestition Burke
Women in Standards – Treasurer
Amy Lestition Burke, MA, CAE serves as Vice President of Member Engagement, Association Solutions for MCI USA. Amy is the go-to expert for member and community engagement strategies, plus project-based work in areas ranging from association governance to strategic communications and marketing to organizational development and change. She also serves as Executive Director of the Special Libraries Association (SLA), a nonprofit international organization for information professionals and their strategic partners, working collaboratively to position SLA for long-term growth and renewal.
During her time with MCI USA, Amy has also served as Chief Operating Officer for the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (PRA) and Psychiatric Rehabilitation Foundation (PRF), implementing aggressive stakeholder-engagement strategies for both professional and trade-association members, and as Executive Vice President of Photo Marketing Association International (PMA), managing enterprise-wide operations across four international offices; and managed a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grant awarded to the Interstitial Cystitis Association (ICA). From 2006 to 2012, she served as Executive Director of Association Media & Publishing (AM&P), where she oversaw a complete name-change, rebranding, and membership restructuring.
Amy was recognized as a Forty under 40 association executive to watch by USAE and Association Forum of Chicagoland and as a Young and Aspiring Association Professional by Association Trends; and received the Trendsetter Award of Merit from the Angerosa Foundation.
Amy lives in Centreville, VA and enjoys traveling, photography and time with her family.
Women in Standards – Secretary
With over 20 years of water sector experience, Barbara Martin is currently Director of Engineering and Technical Services at the American Water Works Association (AWWA), an ANSI-accredited standards developing organization. In her current role, Barbara leads a team of more than 30 staff and thousands of volunteers in the development of technical resources and programs, which includes the development and maintenance of more than 180 ANSI-accredited standards to support all facets of water system operation. Prior to serving in this role, Barbara led AWWA’s industry-leading water and wastewater utility optimization programs, the Partnership for Safe Water and the Partnership for Clean Water.
Barbara has also worked for global water sector service providers, which included North American business development responsibility for a proprietary and innovative process treatment technology, as well as instrumentation for water analysis.
Barbara has a BA in chemistry from Boston University, an MS in geochemistry from Colorado School of Mines, where her thesis research focused on disinfection by-product formation and fate, and an MBA from Colorado State University. She is a licensed drinking water treatment operator in the State of Colorado.
Women in Standards – Director
Dr. DeVarney is President and Chief Operating Officer at Titan Pharmaceuticals, and serves on Titan’s Board of Directors.
Before joining Titan in 2007, she was a Senior Director with Corcept Therapeutics in Menlo Park, CA. Prior to joining Corcept, Dr. DeVarney was the Senior Medical Director for Neurosciences within World Wide Human Health at Merck. Dr. DeVarney also worked at SmithKline Beecham and GlaxoSmithKline, where she held positions of increasing responsibility, primarily within the Neurosciences research and development and medical affairs organizations.
Throughout her academic and industry careers, Dr. DeVarney’s research has focused primarily on addiction, neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease, mood and anxiety disorders, metabolic disorders and obesity. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed medical journals such as The American Journal of Psychiatry, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and Addiction. She has also presented extensively at the American Psychiatric Association, the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and the International Society of Addiction Medicine. Dr. DeVarney holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Neuropsychology from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
Women in Standards – Director
Marianna Kramarikova joined IEC, the International Electrotechnical Commission, in 2020 as Technical Officer.
IEC is the world’s leading organization for the preparation and publication of International Standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies. It provides a platform to companies, industries and governments for meeting, discussing and developing the International Standards they require.
Kramarikova will be responsible for managing 23 technical, systems and advisory committees and will liaise with technical experts to facilitate their global electrical and electronic standards development activities.
Marianna has extensive knowledge of the development of voluntary, consensus‐based industry standards for a variety of ICT segments.
“It’s great to contribute to a global standards development, attend meetings and see industry getting together, collaborating in a consensus‐based, approval process to develop standards that manufacturers use to build safe, reliable products. I believe standards are behind everything. They are the hidden, behind the scenes tools, which ensure that at the end of the day, people have access to reliable, safe products made to consensus‐based standards.” Kramarikova also brings a broad experience in marketing and sales, which enabled her to quadruple active member participation within the key technologies she was involved in at the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA).
For 10 years, Kramarikova worked at TIA, as a primary Technology and Standards lead for public safety radio equipment, cellular towers, satellites, accessibility and product performance, structured cabling and data centers, multimedia multicast and sustainable/environmental communications technologies.
Marianna holds a MS PSCI Master’s degree from the University of Matej Bel, Slovakia, a Certificate of Public Administration of Hochschule Harz, Germany, a Certificate of Public Relations of Georgetown University, US, and a Certificate Business Strategy from Wharton – University of Pennsylvania. In 2014, she acquired the Associate Standards Professional Certification, affirming her competence in the standards profession.
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) and a Women in Standards.
Women in Standards – Director
Brian Meincke joined the ASTM staff in March 2012. Brian is ASTM’s Vice President of Global Business Development and Innovation Strategy. In this role, Brian is 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 participates in setting ASTM’s business strategy, assessing new business ventures and works closely to align industry innovation with standardization. Brian previously served as senior director of membership development and membership marketing and industry outreach at the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) where he was responsible for the leadership, management, and marketing of the Institute’s membership activities along with identifying and implementing key strategic alliances with industry associations and corporations. 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.