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, reach out to admin@womeninstandards.org

Leadership:

  • President – Karin Athanas
  • Vice President – Karen Reczek
  • Treasurer – Karin Athanas
  • Secretary – Karen Reczek
  • Director
    • Amy Lestition Burke
    • Kate DeVarney

Karin Athanas

Women in Standards – President & Treasurer

Karin Athanas is a standards and conformity assessment expert with over ten years of experience working with industry and government agencies on issues of conformance, quality, and reliability.

Karin serves as senior policy manager with the TIC Council Americas, supporting the conformity assessment industry. In her role she is responsible for supporting the Executive Director Americas in representing TIC Council Americas positions before US Policymakers and regulators, industry, consumer organizations, and NGOs to advance TIC Council Americas goals and to enhance awareness about the value of the TIC sector. 

Karin serves as Board member of the Society of Standards Professionals (SES) and committee member on several ASTM committees, the ISO TC 272 working group 5, and is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), Association of Forensic Quality Assurance Managers (AFQAM), International Association for Identification (IAI), and the International Association for Identification (IAI), Chesapeake Bay Division (CBD).

An experienced lead auditor to international standards such as ISO/IEC 17025 and ISO/IEC 17020, Karin’s past accomplishments include participation on the working group that developed International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) Guide 19 Modules in a Forensic Science Process, on the Maryland Forensic Laboratory Advisory Committee (FLAC) that developed COMAR 10.51 Forensic Laboratories, requirements for licensure, and on the National Commission on Forensic Science subcommittee on Accreditation and Proficiency Testing to develop recommendations for forensic science including Views of the Commission on Proficiency Testing in Forensic Science and Views on Critical Steps to Accreditation.

Karin has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Arizona State University and a Master in Forensic Science from George Washington University.

Karin also serves as the Women in Standards executive director.

Karen Reczek

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.

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Amy Lestition Burke

Women in Standards – Director

Amy Lestition Burke, MA, CAE serves as Senior Vice President, 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.

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Kate DeVarney

Women in Standards – Director

Dr. DeVarney is Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific 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.