Dr. Reo Pruiett has over 25 years of experience in education. Her career began teaching high school Earth/Space Science, Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics. Dr. Pruiett’s roles as both high school vice principal and middle school principal created opportunities for her to directly mold and shape student and teacher achievements.
While obtaining her Doctorate’s Degree from Union University with an emphasis on Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Pruiett worked in central office administration.
Dr. Pruiett continues her career committed to exemplary education as Program Officer, T-STEM for Educate Texas where she is liaison with schools, districts, and higher education partnerships.
Patrick D’Amelio is Chief Executive Officer of Washington STEM. As CEO, he is responsible for the management, programs, and infrastructure of the organization. With his vision, Patrick leads Washington STEM in advancing equity, excellence, and innovation in STEM education.
Patrick has spent his career bringing educational opportunities and critical youth development support to children, particularly those from underserved populations. His work in the nonprofit sector reflects his commitment to ensuring that every child has an opportunity to succeed in life. He brings past experience from both Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Alliance for Education.
Andrew J. Rotherham is a co-founder and partner at Bellwether Education, a national non-profit organization working to support educational innovation and improve educational outcomes for low-income students. Rotherham leads Bellwether’s thought leadership and policy analysis work. He is also the executive editor of Real Clear Education, part of the Real Clear Politics family of news and analysis websites, writes the blog Eduwonk.com, and is the co-publisher of “Education Insider” a federal policy analysis tool produced by Whiteboard Advisors. Rotherham previously served at The White House as Special Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy during the Clinton administration and is a former member of the Virginia Board of Education. He was education columnist for TIME, a regular contributor to U.S. News and World Report, and in addition to Bellwether, founded or co-founded two other education reform organizations and served on the boards of several other successful education start-ups.
Dr. Evan Glazer was appointed as principal of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in May 2006. Dr. Glazer aims to support a program that supports students’ development of problem solving and research skills, and an appreciation for intellectual curiosity and social responsibility. A unique characteristic of the TJ curriculum is a senior year research project in 1 of 12 different laboratories, including biotechnology, energy systems, robotics, optics and modern physics, oceanography, astronomy, and more. In addition, the school supports several interdisciplinary curricula, including IBET: Integrated Biology, English and Technology, where classes meet for varied lengths of time and varied spaces depending on the activities. Furthermore, the school maintains a co-curricular activity period, where almost 200 clubs with different enrollments are available to students to explore personal interests in areas related to culture, government, academic clubs, religion, politics, and special seminars.
Previously as a high school principal in Roanoke, Virginia, Dr. Glazer instituted new research programs in science and technology, and taught math, computer science, and mentorship courses to students and professional development seminars to teachers. At the university level, Dr. Glazer taught courses on instructional design, research methods, and using computers in the classroom. His research examined social and environmental factors that influence professional learning as teachers integrate technology into their classrooms.
Dr. Glazer has a B.S. in Mathematics and an M.S. in Mathematics Education at the University of Illinois, and a Ph. D. in Instructional Technology at the University of Georgia.
Dr. Karen A. Stout serves as President of Montgomery County Community College (PA), a multi-campus college since 2001. Under her leadership, the College is recognized nationally for its work in student success as an Achieving the Dream Leader College. The College is also consecutively ranked among top community colleges in the country for its use of technology by the Center for Digital Education. Additionally, through Dr. Stout’s leadership, the College continues to be an innovative leader in STEM programs, most recently introducing the two new certificate programs in the emerging STEM disciplines of Biotechnology/Biomanufacturing and Cloud Computing.
Ray Almgren, Vice President of Marketing, leads teams responsible for marketing the corporate brand, NI LabVIEW, and educational products.
Since joining NI in 1987, Almgren has held positions across marketing and R&D focusing on growing the use and adoption of LabVIEW, the heart of the NI design platform.
Almgren evangelizes the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education as chairman of the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) in Texas board and member of the National FIRST Executive Advisory Board. Almgren is also a member of engineering advisory boards including The University of Texas at Austin, Southern Methodist University, and Tufts University.
Almgren holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
Stephen W. (Steve) Green is Vice President of Policy, Government and Public Affairs for Chevron Corporation, a position he has held since 2011. Previously Green served as president of Chevron Indonesia Company and managing director of the Chevron IndoAsia Business Unit, part of Chevron’s Asia Pacific Exploration and Production Company. Prior to joining Chevron, Green served as chief executive officer of Unocal Thailand, Ltd, and vice president of International Energy Operations for Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. He is also a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and completed the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program.
Gwenne Henricks is vice president of Product Development & Global Technology. Henricks is also Chief Technology Officer.
Since joining Caterpillar in 1981, she has held numerous positions, including Junior Engineer, Design Engineer, Senior Design Engineer, Supervising Engineer, BHL Engineering Manager, Division Manager of Systems and Controls Research, 6 Sigma Deployment Champion, WW Undercarriage Product Manager, General Manager Specialty Products Business Unit, General Manager Cat® Electronics, Vice President Electronics and Connected Worksite Division and Vice President Industrial Power Systems Division. In 2012 the Caterpillar Board of Directors named Henricks Vice President of Product Development & Global Technology, and Chief Technology Officer.
Henricks, a native of Illinois, graduated from Bradley University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science degree in physics, in 1981 with a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering and in 2003 from the University of Illinois with a master’s in business administration. In 1996 she also completed the Managing Engineering Design and Development Program at Carnegie Bosch Institute, Carnegie Mellon University.
She is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, the Society of Women Engineers and the Bradley University Engineering Advisory Committee.
Dr. Mary Fernández is CEO of MentorNet, a national organization that matches STEM students in higher education with STEM professionals in mentorships that empower individuals to persist and succeed. Under Mary’s leadership, MentorNet is launching a new scalable platform that combines the technology of social networks with the social science of mentoring. A passionate champion of mentoring, Mary has mentored 17 women and minority students in MentorNet. Mary is a 2011 Winner of the Great Minds in STEM – Technical Achievement in Industry Award and is on the board of the Computing Research Association. She received the Ph.D. in computer science from Princeton University.
Dr. Luo is currently Group Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer for Avon, based in the Global Research & Development Center. She is responsible for leading the Global R&D organization in its drive for innovation and the development of breakthrough technologies. Prior to working at Avon, she spent almost 10 years in Global R&D at Procter & Gamble Company.
She received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Purdue University and has authored numerous scientific papers, book chapters and patents in biological research fields. She was recently selected as one of the 100 Women Leaders in STEM from the organization STEMconnector.
Dr. David R. Cillay is the Vice President of Washington State University’s Global Campus. As part of his role, he oversees WSU’s online degree program, the digital academy, global campus connections, eLearning services, and the continuing education unit. Dr. Cillay is nationally known as an expert in the field of instructional design and eLearning. He has been published in journals and textbooks, and has presented at national and international conferences. He started at the Center for Distance and Professional Education in 2003 as director of instructional development and technology and has been responsible for the design, development, and maintenance of online courses/programs scheduled for delivery through CDPE. Under his leadership CDPE evolved into the Global Campus—the fifth campus in the WSU system. He also has instructed and managed a graduate program in instructional design.
Michael Alvarez is the Workforce Development Initiative Manager for Shell Oil Company. In this position, Alvarez is responsible for developing and driving strategies for strengthening Shell’s talent pipeline for process technology, engineering and geosciences disciplines. He is responsible for developing integrated Education initiatives and leveraging university recruitment programs and business funded research projects for the US. He also serves in an advisory capacity to Shell business units and sites/locations regarding education investments.
Alvarez has been employed by Shell for over 33 years, holding various assignments in Administrative Services, Supply Chain Management and Corporate Affairs/Human Resources. Over those years, Alvarez managed contracts for products and services in support of various Shell Exploration and Production Business Segments and Global Operations. He was a member of the Upstream Contracting and Procurement Leadership Team, responsible for performance management and procurement operation activities. Alvarez was a Manager in the Supplier Diversity and Diversity Outreach Office, responsible for developing strategies that provided business opportunities for diverse suppliers and also managed community outreach programs with national diversity organizations.
Alvarez has been very involved in the community, serving on the Louisiana Minority Development Council Board for 6 years and as Chair for 3 years, serving on various committees with the Louisiana Minority Development Council, Houston Minority Development Council, Women’s Business Enterprise Alliance and United Negro College Fund Houston Branch. He has served on the advisory board with the LULAC National Educational Service Centers and is currently serving in an advisory role with the Gulf Coast Workforce Board, LSU Diversity Advisory Board and Houston United Negro College Fund Leadership Council. Alvarez is currently a member of the 100 Black Men Metropolitan Houston Chapter and Bunch Organization in New Orleans.
Alvarez is a native of New Orleans and graduated from Southern University of New Orleans with a BS in Business Administration. He and his family currently reside in Pearland, Texas.
Talia Milgrom-Elcott is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of 100Kin10, a networked approach to strategically addressing the nation’s shortage of STEM teachers and improving STEM learning for all students by activating more than 100 organizations, including corporations, foundations, non-profits, school districts, and others, to train and retain 100,000 excellent STEM teachers over ten years.
Milgrom-Elcott lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with her husband and three little kids. She used to read lots of books and magazines, run, and practice yoga. Now she plays with legos, magnetiles, and “stuffies” and reads books with pictures – a great tradeoff, all things considered.
Dr. Case was an award winning secondary science teacher, served as resident Director of a tallgrass prairie nature center and was Co-founder and Director of a not-for-profit environmental education organization before returning to his Alma Mater, the University of Kansas (KU) in 1997. Dr. Case is a Research Associate Professor and the Director of the Center for STEM Learning in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He served as Chairman of the Kansas K-12 Science Standards writing committee, working amid a great deal of political controversy. He has developed a number of NSF funded programs and research grants and collaboratively developed the UKanTeach Undergraduate STEM teacher preparation program allowing students to get a degree in their STEM field and be certified to teach.
Linda Gojak is the President of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the public voice for mathematics education with 80,000 members. Gojak is the Director of the Center for Mathematics and Science Education at John Carroll University. She taught mathematics in grades 4-7 for 28 years. She served on the Mathematical Sciences Education Board and as president of the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics. Linda has authored What’s Your Math Problem? and Paths to Problems Solving. She received the Presidential Award for Excellence for Science and Mathematics Teaching in 1991.
Chelsea Cochrane is a Teacher in Residence with Sally Ride Science. Cochrane was one of the main instructional collaborators in the creation of the Sally Ride Online Academy, which offers professional development to educators across the U.S. Cochrane has been a teacher since 1994. She has taught elementary and middle school math and science, and worked as a district science resource teacher. Cochrane also worked as a K-12 Alliance Staff Developer and led elementary science professional development for the San Diego USD. She earned her BA and credential from CSU San Marcos, and an MA in educational technology.
Dr. Karen Zunkel is Director of Undergraduate Programs and Academic Quality at Iowa State University and president of Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN). WEPAN’s core purpose is to propel higher education to increase the number and advance the prominence of diverse communities of women in engineering. Previous positions at Iowa State include Director of the Program for Women in Science and Engineering and faculty/administrative experience in the College of Engineering. She also has seven years of industry experience as an engineer. She has a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Iowa State and a M.S. and B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and Iowa State, respectively.
Darlene Cavalier is the founder of SciStarter, an online citizen science community. The site is a one-stop-shop for citizen scientists and a share space where researchers recruit participants. She is also the founder of Science Cheerleader, an organization that creates mechanisms for public engagement in scientific research and policy discussions, but is far better known for giving rise to the “Science Cheerleaders” comprised of more than 250 current and former NFL and NBA cheerleaders who are also scientists and engineers. Cavalier herself was a cheerleader for the Philadelphia 76ers. These so-called Science Cheerleaders playfully challenge stereotypes, inspire young women to consider science careers, and involve people from all walks of life in citizen science.
Cavalier held executive positions at Walt Disney Worldwide Publishing including Sr. Manager of Global Business Development. She was the PI of a $1.5 million NSF grant to promote basic research through partnerships with Disney and ABC TV and collaborated with the NSF, NBC Sports, and the NFL to produce the Emmy award winning Science of NFL Football series. Cavalier is also a founding partner of ECAST (Expert and Citizen Assessment of Science and Technology) a network of universities, science centers, and policy think tanks working on participatory technology assessment methods to better inform federal and state science policy making. Other founding partners are the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, Boston Museum of Science, Arizona State University, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and the Loka Institute.
Cavalier is a 2013 recipient of a Shuttleworth Foundation Flash Grant bestowed to “individuals with brilliant ideas” and teachers a graduate course at Arizona State University, aptly titled, “Science Science.” Her work has been featured on the Today Show, CNN, NPR, BBC, Scientific American, ESPN, Discover, the Washington Post, Fox National Headline News and more, and she is a frequent public speaker on all things related to public engagement in science.
She earned an MLA from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia where she resides with her husband and four children.
Stephan Turnipseed is the President Emeritus of LEGO Education, North America and Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships for LEGO Education. Turnipseed led LEGO Education North America for 16 years. In his current role on the global LEGO Education team, he helps to establish the strategic direction for the company, leads advocacy and outreach efforts and is responsible for strategic relationships. He is the Chairman for The Partnership for 21st Century Skills; is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative and the Global Business Coalition for Education. Turnipseed is a graduate of Auburn University with a degree in electrical engineering.
Stephen Pruitt was named Senior Vice President for Content, Research and Development in April 2013. He is leading the development of the Next Generation Science Standards. Pruitt began his career as a high school Chemistry teacher in Georgia, where he taught for 12 years. In 2003, he joined the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) as the Program Manager for Science. He served in that role for four years before becoming Director of Academic Standards, where he oversaw the continued implementation of the Georgia Performance Standards in all content areas. In 2008, he became the Associate Superintendent of Assessment and Accountability, responsible for directing all state assessments and overseeing the No Child Left Behind accountability process. In April 2009, Stephen became Chief of Staff to State School Superintendent Kathy Cox, coordinating the work of the agency and a variety of projects such as Georgia’s third-ranked Race to the Top application. He joined Achieve in 2010.
In addition to his state-level work, Stephen also served as President of the Council of State Science Supervisors and a member of the writing team for the College Board’s Standards for College Success Science Standards. Most recently, he served on the National Academies of Science’s Committee on Conceptual Framework for New Science Education Standards, which has developed the Framework for K-12 Science Education. This document is the basis for the development of the Next Generation Science Standards. A native Georgian, Stephen earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from North Georgia College and State University, a master’s in science education from the University of West Georgia, and a doctorate of philosophy in chemistry education from Auburn University.
Stephen, his wife, and two children live in Montgomery County, Maryland.
Matthew Peterson, Ph.D., is Co-founder, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Scientist at the MIND Research Institute. Matthew oversees the Engineering Sales, Marketing, Development and Education Services activities for the organization. The creator of ST Math, Matthew leads a team in developing math learning environments that initially convey sophisticated concepts visually, rather than verbally, enabling students to gain a deep conceptual understanding of mathematics regardless of language proficiency.
Peterson, who as a child struggled with traditional language-based instruction due to dyslexia, created MIND’s ST Math® software to enable students to learn math through his unique non-language-based visual approach. The revolutionary ST Math software has proven to raise students’ math scores on standardized tests and currently reaches over half a million students.
Peterson has spoken at numerous national and international math and education conferences, before the National Mathematics Advisory Panel, and recently was featured at TEDx Orange Coast. After completing his undergraduate degrees in biology, electrical engineering and Chinese language and literature from UC Irvine, he went on to obtain his Ph.D. in visual neuroscience from UC Berkeley.
Dr. Sean R. Gallagher, VP and Chief Technology Officer at UVP LLC (an Analytik Jena Company), has 26 years of experience in biotechnology, with an emphasis on instrumentation development. After completing his PhD in plant biology in 1985 from the University of California at Riverside, he held a post-doctoral scholar position at Stanford University prior moving into industry. Dr. Gallagher has held executive management positions at Hoefer Scientific Instruments, Pharmacia Biotech, Motorola, Ionian Technologies and UVP. In his current position, a critical component is the support of students through internships and academic partnerships focusing on technology and marketing.
Deborah Silver is the Executive Director of the state-wide Professional Science Master’s Program at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey which runs on all three campuses (Newark, New Brunswick, & Camden). She helped found and build this program which includes all areas of STEM. She is a Professor in the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rutgers University. She previously served as Associate Dean of Continuing and Professional Education for the School of Engineering. She is currently also the Vice President of the Board of Directors of the National Professional Science Master’s Association (NPSMA).
Mary Ann Rankin, Professor of Biology, became Senior Vice President and Provost of the University of Maryland, College Park on October 1, 2012.
Prior to assuming this position, Rankin was CEO of the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) in Dallas. NMSI is a public-private partnership dedicated to expanding the pipeline of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) graduates and STEM K-12 teachers. Previously, she spent 36 years at The University of Texas (UT) at Austin, where she served for six years as chair of biological sciences and for nearly 17 years as Dean of the College of Natural Sciences.
As Dean of the College of Natural Sciences at the UT, Rankin created, with her administrative team, numerous highly successful programs for undergraduates, including the UTeach program for math and science teacher preparation and the Freshman Research Initiative. UTeach has been cited as a national model for STEM teacher preparation by several state governors and Presidents Obama and G. W. Bush. UTeach is now being replicated in partnership with the National Math and Science Initiative in 34 universities in 16 states
As Dean, Rankin also led the launch of new interdisciplinary research initiatives, the construction of new, world-class science buildings, and the growth of existing and the establishment of new research institutes at UT. She raised over $800 million in private funding for academic programs, research centers, and academic buildings, including the new $120M Gates Computer Science Complex. Under her leadership, the number of women science faculty grew from 15 to 30 percent, and gender parity in salaries was established. In her last three years, she managed strategically the state-imposed budget cuts.
Rankin’s research focuses on studies of the physiologic relationships governing the evolution of insect life history strategies. She is a member of the American Entomological Society, the Royal Entomological Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She serves on several non-profit boards including the Southwest Research Institute (one of the nation’s premier, non-profit R&D firms in engineering and space sciences) and the Science Education Advisory Board of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute as well as the Advisory Committee for the Division of Education and Human Resources at the National Science Foundation.
Rankin received her bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from Louisiana State University, was a National Science Foundation pre-doctoral fellow at the University of Iowa and Imperial College Field Station, Ascot, England, and earned a doctorate in physiology and behavior from the University of Iowa in 1972. She was a National Institutes of Health post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University until joining The University of Texas at Austin in 1975 as an assistant professor of zoology.
Dr. David Evans is the Executive Director of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). Prior to joining NSTA, he held various science-related positions — Director of the Center for Sustainability at Noblis, Inc.; Smithsonian Institution’s Under Secretary for Science: and Assistant Administrator for Oceanic & Atmospheric Research, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration. Evans also led the White House Global Climate Change Initiative, coordinating activities of 12 federal agencies. Evans was an oceanography professor at the University of Rhode Island (URI) and was a teacher in Pennsylvania. He holds a Ph.D. in oceanography from URI and a bachelor’s in mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Seymour Simon, whom the New York Times called “the dean of [children's science] writers,” is the author of nearly 300 highly acclaimed science books. He has received the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Lifetime Achievement Award for his lasting contribution to children’s science literature, and his website, www.SeymourSimon.com, is a Webby Honoree and one of ALA’s “Great Websites for Kids.”
Simon is also the founder of StarWalk Kids Media, a streaming eBook platform designed to provide high quality digital literature from award-winning authors to schools and libraries.
Dr. Peggie Ward Koon is the 2014 President of the International Society of Automation. In her role as president, Dr. Koon works with Society leaders and Staff to increase awareness of the value and relevance of the ISA brand and to build on ISA’s proven range of capabilities and resources for automation professionals, which includes standards development, education, training, certification, publications, and technical symposia and conferences.
Dr. Koon is vice president of Audience at Chronicle Media and The Augusta Chronicle, which are part of Morris Publishing Group, LLC, a privately held media company based in Augusta, Georgia, USA.
She assumed her first leadership position (Membership Chair of ISA’s Management Division) within ISA in 1996. Since that time, she has held a variety of prominent roles in the Society, including:
Dr. Koon’s media career began in 2006 at Morris Digital Works (MDW), where she worked on strategic audience and revenue initiatives. She became deputy chief operating officer of the delivery division for MDW and also served as the corporate director of strategy, partnership development and management for Morris Communications and Morris Publishing Group.
Prior to joining Morris, Dr. Koon spent more than 25 years leading the development of IT systems for process automation and process control in a variety of industries–automotive, nuclear defense, aerospace, nuclear reprocessing, thermal ceramics and textiles.
Dr. Koon earned a bachelor of arts in mathematics from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, USA. She completed graduate studies in industrial and systems engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia and received a doctorate degree in management information systems from Kennedy Western University in Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA.
Ten80 Education CEO/President Terri Stripling graduated from Georgia Tech as a chemical engineer and applied her process engineering skills with Merck Pharmaceuticals for years, overseeing manufacturing facilities overseas. She is now focusing on enhancing youth education, and specifically cultivating critical thinking and analysis skills through science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
She and her educator colleagues are creating regional coalitions and national initiatives with partners including NASCAR, the U.S. Army, SolidWorks, and Horizon Fuel Cell. Ten80 Education’s National STEM League and the Student Racing Challenge are a growing practice league and support system for future professionals of all kinds.
Tamara Hudgins, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of Girlstart. Since 2009, Girlstart’s impact has grown from reaching 1,500 girls, teachers, and family members each year to over 15,000. Since 2009, Girlstart After School has grown from 4 to 45 programs, has been recognized as the most robust program of its kind in the nation, and is now replicating regionally. Girlstart Summer Camp, the second core program, has expanded from 8 to 22 week-long programs each summer, with replication outside Austin as well as in six states nationwide. Both Girlstart After School and Girlstart Summer Camp have been recognized by Change the Equation in the STEMWorks database, with Girlstart Summer Camp further recognized as one of four “exemplary” and “highly scalable” STEM education programs in America. Hudgins has served in the nonprofit, philanthropic, and higher education communities in Austin, Chicago, and in Central Europe for 20 years, and earned her Ph.D. from Charles University in Prague.
Wendy Ramage Hawkins is Executive Director of the Intel Foundation. The Intel Foundation awards $45 million in grants globally each year, focusing on STEM education, opportunities for girls, women and under-represented minorities, and helping Intel’s employees support education, their communities, and disaster response.
In addition to 24 years managing philanthropy for Intel, she has developed and managed numerous education programs, including Intel® Teach, a global teacher professional development initiative which has reached more than 10 million teachers worldwide. Wendy is also responsible for the Intel Science Talent Search, and the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair.
Karen A. Peterson is the Chief Executive Officer for the EdLab Group and Principal Investigator (PI) for the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP). The NGCP seeks to maximize access to shared resources for organizations interested in expanding girls’ participation in STEM. Peterson is also Co-PI for the ITEST Learning Resource Center, Citizen SciGirls, SciGirls CONNECT, and Build IT Scale Up projects. Funded by the NSF, these projects address gender, racial and socioeconomic underrepresentation in STEM fields. Peterson has over 25 years of experience in education as a classroom teacher, university instructor, teacher educator, program administrator, and researcher.
Steve Kappler is a frequent presenter and panelist at conferences around the country. He has more than 20 years of hands-on experience with important trends affecting the future of education. Kappler recently took responsibility for setting ACT’s vision and strategy for the Postsecondary market. He previously managed market research and strategy for our Education Division and directed the publication of major ACT reports, including our annual report on the Condition of College and Career Readiness. Before joining ACT in 2007, Steve spent 16 years consulting with colleges and universities and developed the first comprehensive study of teen lifestyles and attitudes about college admissions.
Irving Pressley McPhail was named the sixth president and Chief Executive Officer of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME) on September 1, 2009. He joined NACME in 2007 as executive vice president and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining NACME, Dr. McPhail founded and served as principal of The McPhail Group LLC. He served 15 years as a college president or chancellor at The Community College of Baltimore County, St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley, and LeMoyne-Owen College. Dr. McPhail also served as Chief Operating Officer of the Baltimore City Public Schools.