Janeece C. Docal

Janeece C. Docal found her passion for education while serving at a Freedom School in Milford, Ohio and abroad in Nicaragua and El Salvador, and then while co-organizing the Common Futures Forum for the non-profit International Development Conference in Washington, DC. She then worked as an Assistant Principal, the Math, Science, Business Academy Coordinator and English Department Chair at the Columbia Heights Education Campus–Bell Multicultural Senior High School in northwest Washington, DC, where she had been an educator for nine years. She has enjoyed being a Fulbright-Hays scholar to New Zealand (studying curricular frameworks and reform efforts) as well as being the Washington Post Cultural Ambassador and Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholar to Japan. She completed her Ed.S. (2007) at The George Washington University in Educational Leadership and Administration and has been an adjunct professor for the Graduate School of Education and Human Development, Department of Teacher Preparation and Special Education. She graduated with her Masters of Education (2000) from The George Washington University and undergraduate Honors-BA (1998) from Xavier University, OH.  She also graduated from Georgetown University’s Executive Masters in Leadership, McDonough School of Business (December 2013) and is completing her Doctoral Thesis with the University of Vigo, Spain.  She is a New Leader for New Schools (cohort 2008) and became the proud principal of powerful Powell Bilingual Elementary School in July 2009. They are pleased to announce that they are an International Spanish Academy, the recent winners of the Fight for Children Quality Schools Initiative Rising Star Award 2012 and second place bilingual school of the year for the Embassy of Spain’s Colegio del Año 2013 award.  During her time with DCPS, Ms. Docal was awarded the First Class Teaching Award for excellence in education and the Monarch Award for commitment to academics and service learning.  She is a 2013 Rubenstein Award winner for excellence in leadership.


Adam Firestone

Scott Jaschik

G.B. Cazes

Amy D’Amico, Ph.D.

Amy D’Amico, Ph.D. joined the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC) in 2013 as the Director of Professional Services. She oversees Professional Development and Leadership Development initiatives at SSEC. Prior to joining SSEC, Dr. D’Amico was a member of the faculty in the Biology Department at Georgetown University. At Georgetown, she taught a variety of biology courses and co-directed the RISE & Teach program for biology undergraduates who complete a thesis while teaching in the DC Public Schools.

Dr. D’Amico has 16 years of experience as an educator that began by teaching middle school for the Cambridge Public Schools in Massachusetts. While in Cambridge, she worked on various educational and consulting projects with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and the American Museum of Natural History. Dr. D’Amico earned her BA in Biology from New York University and received a Ph.D. in Biology from Northeastern University in Boston, MA.

Deepa Gupta

Deepa is responsible for developing Boeing’s strategies to support early learning, primary and secondary education, and ensure alignment with post-secondary workforce initiatives across the company. Throughout her career, she has worked on a range of issues including U.S. public health, global health and economic development, the arts, and nonprofit capacity development. Prior to Boeing, she was a senior program officer for the MacArthur Foundation and a consultant with McKinsey. In 2012, President Obama appointed her to the National Council on the Arts. Deepa has an MBA from Northwestern University, an MPA from Harvard University, and an AB from the University of Chicago.

Richard Laine

Richard is the Director of Education at the National Governors Association where he leads a team that provides support for the nation’s governors on education issues ranging from early education to K-12 to postsecondary, including efforts around college and career-training ready standards. Previously he led The Wallace Foundation’s $300 million national education leadership initiative, managed the Illinois Business Roundtable’s education efforts and served as the Associate Superintendent for Policy, Planning and Resource Management at the Illinois State Board of Education. He has presented and published on numerous topics in education, especially in the areas of education leadership, standards and the question of whether and how money matters in education.

Laine received an M.B.A. from the Graduate School of Business, an M.P.P. from the Graduate School of Public Policy Studies and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Education Policy, all from the University of Chicago. Prior to moving to D.C., Laine completed five years of service on his school district’s board of education where he successfully led the negotiation of a new teacher contract and helped lead the team that negotiated a new performance pay system for the district’s administrators.

Janet Gless

Janet Gless is the Chief Programs and Partnerships Officer (CPPO) of New Teacher Center (NTC), a national educational non-profit dedicated to improving student learning by the accelerating the effectiveness of new teachers and school. In her role as CPPO, Janet oversees NTC’s work with hundreds of school districts and educational agencies across the country and internationally.

A New Teacher Center co-founder, Janet has guided NTC’s programmatic growth since the Center’s inception in 1998; NTC’s induction approach currently reaches over 25,000 novice teachers each year. Janet brings over 35 years experience to her work at NTC – as a classroom teacher, mentor, induction program coordinator, professional developer, state policy maker, and university instructor.

Ben Fenton

Robin “Montana” Williams

Robin “Montana” Williams is currently the Lead for the 44th President’s National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) and the Chief, National Cybersecurity Education & Awareness Branch, Department of Homeland Security, Washington, D.C. His office is responsible for coordinating and developing national cybersecurity awareness, education, training, professional development, policy, standards, and assessment requirements to broaden, cultivate, and maintain an unrivaled, globally competitive cybersecurity workforce for the nation. Prior, Mr. Williams served as a Senior Technical Program Manager for the National Counterintelligence Executive directing cyber counterintelligence training & threat analysis. Mr. Williams has spent 24 years in government service including 21 years in the United States Air Force retiring as a Lt. Colonel. During his military career, he held numerous flying, intelligence, training, and cyberspace assignments, including commanding the USAF Cyber Red Team. He is a combat veteran with flying & information operations duties in Afghanistan and Iraq, including serving as the lead air-campaign planner for OPERATION ANACONDA & Chief, Electronic Warfare in the Iraqi Theater of Operations. Mr. Williams earned a Bachelor’s degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead in 1989, a Master’s degree from Louisiana Tech in 1998, and currently completing a doctorate program. In addition, Mr. Williams is a Certified Workforce Development Professional (specializing in cybersecurity workforce) by the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals.

Rick Geritz

Rick Geritz is a serial entrepreneur and has spent the last 20 years building early stage companies.

He is currently the CEO and Founder of LifeJourney, a technology that inspires our nations youth to “Test Drive” what their future would be like to follow careers in the Cyber and STEM fields.

Prior to LifeJourney, Rick was the President and CEO of BDMetrics, an online business matchmaking technology for the tradeshow industry. 

In addition, Rick held senior level executive roles for SafeNet where he was President and GM responsible for their VPN software, hardware and silicon businesses. Before SafeNet, Rick was the Executive Vice President and a board member at Rockville based ICARUS Corporation – an engineering simulation software company where he led the company’s worldwide product, operations, and until its sale to Aspen Technology (NASDAQ; AZPN).

Rick has been a featured guest speaker on network security on TV and radio shows such as “Today” holds a patent for online business networking, was named one of Baltimore’s “Top 40 under 40” executives, and “Innovator of the Year.”Rick currently sits on the board of The Howard County Hospital, The Governor’s Cyber Security Commission, The Cyber Incubator at UMBC and leads the CyberMaryland initiative.



Tom Sadowski

J. Thomas “Tom” Sadowski has served as President and CEO of the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore (EAGB) since 2008.  The EAGB is a partnership of business, government and higher education leaders promoting the region as a world-class market in which to live, work, learn and invest.

Tom joined the EAGB in 2006 as Executive Vice President to manage the Region’s response to the Dept. of Defense 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) initiative.  Since, he has led strategic marketing efforts reaching more than 20,000 business executives and sales missions to major US markets such as Austin, Boston, NYC, NJ, and Silicon Valley.  His work has increased regional emphasis on business retention and development and resulted in new public/private programs supporting entrepreneurship and workforce development.  The EAGB, meanwhile, has become well known as a national thought leader, publishing a series of strategic market reports, industry profiles, white papers and on-line content showcasing the region’s many assets, opportunities and community champions.

His recent work has focused on education technology, technology transfer and commercialization, and the retention and attraction of young professionals and entrepreneurs.

In his 20-years in economic development, his projects have exceeded $10 billion in value, resulting in approximately 60,000 jobs.  He is active on many boards related to economic development, education and public health— to include the Cyber Maryland Advisory Board, the Board of BioHealth Innovation and the Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation. 

Tom is an Adjunct Professor at Towson University and has served as Executive Director of Economic Development in Harford County, Maryland and as Business Development Director in Baltimore County, Maryland.

He is a proud husband and father of four boys.  His passions include his family, work, teaching and sports.  He is a graduate of UMBC and Leadership Maryland.   

Steve Morrill

Steve Morrill is currently the Director of Technology at Loyola Blakefield in Towson Maryland. Prior to joining Loyola Blakefield he spent 13 years managing and teaching technology in the higher education space.

Steve is also the founder of the Loyola Cyber Security Program. The team has had great success in the past year winning the SAIC Global Cyber Challenge in July and the Maryland (MDC3) Cyber Challenge in October. Most recently the team finished third in the Mid-Atlantic region for the AFA Cyber Patriot Competition.

Over the past two years Steve has also been invited to speak at schools helping to raise awareness, but not paranoia, in the use of social media. His presentations are tailored for the specific audience to help each group understand both the benefits and dangers of our modern on line world.

Terry Erdle

Peder Jungck

Peder Jungck leads innovation within the Intelligence & Security sector, a leading provider of IT products and services, as well as intelligence analysis support to the U.S. Government.

Peder is the Chief Technology Officer of BAE Systems Intelligence & Security (I&S) sector. I&S provides information technology (IT) and intelligence analysis services to key intelligence professionals, federal officials, high‐level U.S. decision makers and troops deployed around the world. It employs more than 7,000 employees with core capabilities including integrated cyber security and IT to ensure dominance in cyberspace. Intelligence & Security is one of the largest IT service providers to the Defense Intelligence Agency, offers advancements in Activity‐Based Intelligence systems and supplies solutions to support “big data” initiatives.

Peder joined BAE Systems after serving in several key technology leadership positions for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), most recently as the Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of the Cyber Security Group within the National Security Sector. He was also named a Technical Fellow during his tenure. He joined SAIC via the acquisition of CloudShield Technologies, Inc. which he founded in 2000 focused around trusted platforms for cyber security. 

Peder is a networking industry visionary, IT executive and entrepreneur whom pioneered high‐speed content‐based networking and cyber security systems to meet the needs of government, carriers and large enterprises. He has been a guiding architect at several networking and security companies, has earned 21 patents and is a co‐author of packetC the packet processing language for cyber security countermeasures and flexible network applications. Peder attended Clarkson University for electrical and computer engineering and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Beloit College in mathematics and computer science.


Maggie Severns

Maggie Severns is an education reporter for POLITICO, where she covers education issues in Congress. Severns reports on STEM education, workforce education, immigration, and a range of other topics.

Caitlin Olson

Brian K. Fitzgerald, Ed.D.

Brian K. Fitzgerald serves as BHEF’s chief executive officer, developing long-term strategy for the membership organization. Under Dr. Fitzgerald’s leadership, BHEF’s National Higher Education and Workforce Initiative (HEWI) has emerged as the organization’s signature enterprise. Through the collaboration of its business and academic members, the HEWI includes regional projects focused on strategic business-higher education partnerships in regions across the country, as well as a national that disseminate the learning from the projects and scale effective practices. The initiative deploys a model of strategic business engagement in higher education to address our members’ high-skill, high-priority workforce needs.

BHEF has launched highly innovative regional partnerships in data science and analytics, financial services, cybersecurity, water and materials sciences, energy, and engineering. Backed by some of the nation’s most committed business and academic leaders, these partnerships demonstrate BHEF’s ability to meet America’s higher education and workforce challenges.

Aleta Stampley

Dean Kamen

Stanley Litow

A former Deputy Chancellor of the New York City Schools, Mr. Litow helped devise the Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH), a grade 9 through 14 schools initiative to transform U.S. education and strengthen America’s economic competitiveness by connecting education to jobs. President Obama praised P-TECH in his State of the Union address, and visited the first P-TECH school in 2013. P-TECH has been profiled in a Harvard Business School Case Study, in a TIME Magazine cover story and in a segment on PBS NewsHour.

Julie Silard Kantor

Julie Kantor is a veteran leader and tireless ambassador of STEM education, entrepreneurship and building of America’s skilled workforce, serving in CXO roles since 1992. As Chief Partnership Officer at STEMconnector & Million Women Mentors (subsidiary of Diversified Search LLC), Julie and team bring together corporate America, government, higher education and national nonprofits as members to better convene key players in the STEM universe and consult around smart STEM investments. 

Million Women Mentors, launched as an initiative of STEMconnector® in January 2014, will support the engagement of one million women (and men) in STEM to serve as mentors by 2018. The MWM team is working nationally with 52 lead partners (reach over 22 million girls) and 17 corporate sponsors is to serve at least one million girls and young women throughout the high school to work age continuum to increase the interest and confidence to persist and succeed in STEM programs and careers. 

Julie is known in the community as a people person, a brand-builder, tech savvy, national thought leader, writer for Huffington Post Business and networked fundraiser with a proven track record. 

Kantor was recognized by President Obama for her 20-year career in education in April of 2012 and honored this past year by the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) as 2012 CIT GAP 50 Winner. Before joining STEMconnector, Julie launched Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) in Boston, took over the Wash., DC, Region of NFTE in 1995 and spent 20 years scaling youth entrepreneurship ed. to many U.S. cities and raise $20 million. Julie was a catalyst in expanding NFTE programs in India, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Boston. 

Born and raised in Washington, DC, Julie attended Sidwell Friends School and earned a BA from Simmons College in Boston. She is a Price-Babson Fellow and a member of the Leadership Washington – 2000. Kantor lives in Bethesda, MD, with her husband and middle-school daughter.

Rajiv Uttamchandani, M.S.

Rajiv Uttamchandani is an astrophysicist, professor, and Director of STEAM Education Initiatives at the New York Film Academy – Los Angeles. His primary interests are in the development of programs that foster interests in STEM fields to visual artists and members of the public at large.

He has recently started significant collaborations with NASA, in which he aims to use the development of the James Webb Space Telescope as an educational tool to engage visual artists in the sciences. He is also an avid environmentalist, and is producing a documentary with his students that investigate, and promote awareness of, the effects of climate change on our global environment.

Uttamchandani is Indian by nationality and was born and initially raised in Ormoc City, Philippines. He spent his teen years in Hong Kong, China. He now resides in Los Angeles having completed his B.S.and M.S. degrees in Astrophysics and Physics, respectively, from California State University, Northridge.


Andrew Rothstein, Ph.D.

Andrew Rothstein, Ph.D., Vice-President for Programs at the National Academy Foundation, oversees the development and implementation of NAF’s materials and services, including curriculum, professional development, assessments, research & evaluation, and higher education relationships. Dr. Rothstein served as a senior consultant with the National Urban Alliance. He is co-author of Writing- As- Learning, Write for Mathematics and English Grammar That Works. His degrees are from Northwestern University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and New York University. He taught at the International School of Brussels and the United Nations International School and led Morley School and Henry Viscardi School.

Carl Callewaert

Carl Calleaert’s enthusiasm for gaming builds on 10 years of production and evangelism experience and he loves sharing that enthusiasm with the Unity community. Prior to Unity, Carl worked on AAA and indie games and as a contract worker for Autodesk Education.

Judy Woodruff

Broadcast journalist Judy Woodruff is the Co-Anchor and Managing Editor of the PBS NewsHour with Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff.  She has covered politics and other news for more than three decades at CNN, NBC and PBS.

For 12 years, Woodruff served as anchor and senior correspondent for CNN, where her duties included anchoring the weekday program, “Inside Politics.” At PBS from 1983 to 1993, she was the chief Washington correspondent for The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. From 1984-1990, she also anchored PBS’ award-winning weekly documentary series, “Frontline with Judy Woodruff.”

In 2011, Woodruff was the principal reporter for the PBS documentary “Nancy Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime.” And in 2007, she completed an extensive project on the views of young Americans called “Generation Next: Speak Up. Be Heard.” Two hour-long documentaries aired on PBS, along with a series of reports on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, NPR and in USA Today.

In addition, she anchors a monthly program for Bloomberg Television, “Conversations with Judy Woodruff.”  In 2006, Judy was a visiting professor at Duke University’s Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy. In 2005, she was a visiting fellow at Harvard University’s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy.

At NBC News, Woodruff was White House correspondent from 1977 to 1982. For one year after that she served as NBC’s Today Show Chief Washington Correspondent. She wrote the book, “This is Judy Woodruff at the White House,” published in 1982 by Addison-Wesley.

Woodruff is a founding co-chair of the International Women’s Media Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting and encouraging women in communication industries worldwide. She serves on the boards of trustee of the Freedom Forum, the Newseum, the Duke Endowment and the Urban Institute. She also serves as a member of The Knight Foundation Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.

Woodruff is a graduate of Duke University, where she is a trustee emerita. She is the recent recipient of the Cine Lifetime Achievement award, a Duke Distinguished Alumni award, the Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award in Broadcast Journalism/Television, the University of Southern California Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, the Al Neuharth/University of South Dakota Award for Excellence in Journalism and the Gaylord Prize for Excellence in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Oklahoma, among others.

She lives in Washington, DC, with her husband, journalist Al Hunt, and they are the parents of three children: Jeffrey, Benjamin and Lauren.

Jeff Lundy, Ph.D.

Jeff Lundy joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center in February 2012 to oversee and advance its research agenda. In this role, Jeff works with our network of companies to create their Business for Good Map presence. He also manages the Foundation’s thematic maps (e.g. disaster aid, environmental innovation, etc.). As a key member of the content team, Jeff also provides analysis and reporting on a broad range of issues in corporate citizenship. Jeff earned his Ph.D. in Economic Sociology from the University of California, San Diego and completed a research assistantship at the University of Michigan.

William Ward

William Ward is a statistician at the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).  At NCES he is the project leader for National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Sampling and Data Collection and the Technology and Engineering Literacy assessment.

Prior work experience includes developing teacher certification tests and program evaluation for the Corporation for National and Community Service. 

He holds a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Tennessee and a B.A. in Psychology from Southern Methodist University.

Lonnie Smith

Lonnie Smith designs and produces extended interactive assessments for the Educational Testing Service (ETS). His recent work has been focused on the NAEP assessment program, including developing interactive assessment modules for the Technology and Engineering Literacy assessment, software design for the Science assessment, and user experience design for NAEP’s computer-based assessment delivery system. Lonnie has been developing assessments at ETS since 2005; he holds degrees in computer science and English literature.

Courtney Tanenbaum

Courtney Tanenbaum is a senior researcher at American Institutes for Research. Her research examines the challenges underrepresented groups of individuals encounter on STEM academic pathways, and effective practices for mitigating these challenges. Presently, she serves as the principal investigator for a National Science Foundation research grant. Under this grant, she has overseen and contributed to a series of issue briefs examining differences in STEM participation and outcomes by gender and race/ethnicity, and led a symposium that brought educational leaders and researchers together to better understand how implicit biases differentially influence student beliefs of self-efficacy, belonging, and identification with STEM.

Mark D. Vaughn, Ph.D.

Dr. Mark D. Vaughn is Manager, Technical Talent Pipelining for Corning’s Technology Community and Lead for the Technology Community Office of STEM. In this role, Vaughn develops, implements and manages PK-20 science and engineering programs and initiatives in support of the Technology Community’s near and long term technical talent needs. Vaughn holds a BA in Physics from Alfred University, an MS in Optics from the University of Rochester, and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. As a Corning Research Associate, Vaughn became a noted expert in Optical Network Traffic Demand Modeling and Access Network Cost Modeling.

Joshua P. Starr, Ed.D.

Dr. Joshua P. Starr began his tenure as superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools on July 1, 2011. He has worked collaboratively with staff, students, and the community to develop a strategic planning framework for MCPS that is aligned with the skills and knowledge students will need in college and the work place- academic excellence, creative problem solving, and social emotional learning. Prior to joining MCPS, Dr. Starr was the superintendent of Stamford (Conn.) Public Schools. He began his career as a special education teacher in New York City and holds a doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. 

Dahlia L. Sokolov, Ph.D.

Cinnamon Hillyard, Ph.D.

Cinnamon Hillyard is senior associate for the Statway and Quantway Networked Improvement Communities. She is also an associate professor of Mathematics in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell. She is deeply committed to numeracy education; in addition to teaching mathematics for 15 years, she has chaired the Mathematical Association of America’s Special Interest Group on Quantitative Literacy, and has worked extensively with community college faculty on the Math Across the Community College Curriculum. She has also published articles on financial literacy, assessment of student learning in the sciences, and small group work. She holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from Utah State University.

Nate Ball

Nate Ball is a TV host, author, mechanical engineer, and entrepreneur who became insatiably hooked on science and engineering at an early age. His childhood projects, which included a 1,000,000 volt Tesla coil and a kitchen-engulfing rocket fuel experiment gone awry, paved his way to MIT where he earned two degrees in mechanical engineering. While in graduate school Nate became the youngest winner of the prestigious Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for his inventive work.

Ball is passionate about outreach to kids, as his own childhood enthusiasm for hands-on learning led him to an exciting and multifaceted engineering career. He has hosted the Emmy and Peabody award winning PBS Kids TV series Design Squad since 2007, and he’s made appearances including on the History Channel, MythBusters and in various venues in the TED sphere. Nate’s latest endeavor is his newly launched science-adventure chapter book series called Alien in my Pocket.

Ball is also the co-founder and CTO of Atlas Devices, a company that develops advanced access and rescue equipment for the U.S. Military, including the Atlas Powered Ascender: a real-life version of Batman’s grappling hook setup. He is based in Boston where he lives with his wife and infant son, whose engineering education is just beginning.

Brad Thomas

Cliff Shannon

Anant Agarwal, Ph.D.

Anant Agarwal is the CEO of edX, an online learning destination founded by Harvard and MIT. Anant taught the first edX course on circuits and electronics from MIT, which drew 155,000 students from 162 countries. He has served as the director of CSAIL, MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and is professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT. He is a successful serial entrepreneur, having co-founded several companies including Tilera Corporation and Virtual Machine Works.

Scientific American selected his organic computing work asa one of the 10 World-Changing Ideas in 2011, and he was named in Forbes’ 2012 list of top 15 educators. Anant, a pioneer in computer architecture, is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of the ACM.

Jane Oates

Jane Oates is currently the Vice President for External Affairs at the Apollo Group. Prior to joining the Apollo Group in June, 2013, Ms. Oates served as the Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training at the U.S. Department of Labor. Immediately before joining the Obama Administration, Ms. Oates served as the Executive Director of the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education under Governor Jon Corzine.

For the preceding decade Ms. Oates worked as senior advisor to Massachusetts Senator Edward M. Kennedy. Her portfolio for the Senator included higher education, teacher preparation, research, workforce and training issues, national service and special populations. She was the lead staff on reauthorizations of the Higher Education Act, the Office of Educational Research, the National Science Foundation, the Carl Perkins Career and Technical Education Act and the Workforce Investment Act.

Earlier in her career Ms. Oates was the Director of Field Services at the Temple University Center for Research in Human Development and Education where she was engaged in research on inclusion, community schools, charter schools, and the work of the federally funded Mid-Atlantic Regional Educational Laboratory.

Ms. Oates began her career as a special education teacher in the Boston and Philadelphia public schools. She holds a BA in Special Education from Boston College and an M.ED in Reading from Arcadia University.

Parker Liautaud

Parker Liautaud (born August 12th, 1994) is a polar explorer and climate change campaigner. He has undertaken three expeditions to the North Pole and one to the South Pole. In 2013, Liautaud completed the fastest human-powered trek from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole. He is the youngest man to walk to the South Pole without external assistance. Through his expeditions, he has partnered with leading academic institutions, including the International Atomic Energy Agency, GNS New Zealand, and others to conduct research on the climate system. He has also worked closely with the United Nations Foundation and the Yale Climate and Energy Institute on the communication of climate science. 

His most recent expedition, the Willis Resilience Expedition, featured a 16-episode live show dedicated to climate change, which hosted 25 debates and discussions on the issue with leading experts from the scientific community, the private sector, NGOs, and government. 

He has been featured in over 200 media outlets around the world, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Geographic, and The Guardian. In December 2013, he was named to Time Magazine’s 30 Under 30 list of people changing the world, and in March 2014, he was honored by The White House as a Champion of Change for Engaging the Next Generation of Conservation Leaders.

Liautaud is also an ambassador for One Young World. He studies Geology & Geophysics at Yale University.

Omar Abudayyeh

Omar Abudayyeh is currently an MD/Ph.D. student at Harvard Medical School where he is a 2013 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow and graduated in 2012 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Henry Ford II Scholar. His research interests are at the intersection of nanoscale engineering and computational biology where he is developing better tools to explore such realms as cancer, liver fibrosis and neuronal plasticity and has co-authored several papers in journals such as Nature Biotechnology and presented at numerous scientific conferences. He earned a perfect 5.0 GPA as a mechanical and bio-engineering major, was editor-in- chief of the MIT Undergraduate Research Journal and co-president of the MIT Bioengineering Society. Passionate about entrepreneurship, Omar co-founded Modalyst, a business- to-business online wholesale platform for connecting designers and boutiques, and the Harvard Medical Student Review, a peer-reviewed journal for student written articles.

Ritankar Das

Ritankar Das, 19, is the youngest University Medalist (top graduating senior) in Berkeley’s recorded history and is currently an MSc candidate in Biomedical Engineering at Oxford. As an Academic Senator, Ritankar helped manage a $1.7 Billion budget at Berkeley and founded the Berkeley Chemical Review research journal. Lauded by the Smithsonian as a “future Nobel Laureate”, he began alternative energy research at the age of 12, and was selected as a graduate fellow of the National Science Foundation. Ritankar has earned over 50 awards totaling more than $500,000 including the Goldwater, Udall, DAAD, Gates and Whitaker awards, as well as prizes from Kaiser Permanente, Accenture, PG&E, and Qualcomm.

He is featured in over 100 media outlets worldwide, and an upcoming National Geographic documentary. The founder of See Your Future, an education NGO that reaches 75 million people worldwide, Ritankar is authoring a book on education reform and is as international advocate for the United Nationals World Food Program. He has served on advisory boards to State Farm, Dell, USA Science and Engineering Festival (youth chair) and DoSomething.org. A recipient of a Congressional Special Certificate and CA Governor’s Proclamation of Recognition, he speaks four languages and has spoken to audiences over 35,000 around the world. 

Dan Berrett

Dan Berrett, senior reporter, covers teaching, curriculum, and research on higher education. Previously, he worked as a reporter for Inside Higher Ed, where he covered faculty issues and disciplinary associations, and for the Pocono Recordin Stroudsburg, Pa., where his beats spanned elementary, secondary, and higher education. While at the Record, Berrett earned several awards from the state press association for investigative reporting, feature writing, and breaking news. His work has also appeared inNewsweek and The New York Times, among other outlets.

Berrett has also worked in the nonprofit sector, managing communications and writing grants. He also co-founded a sketch comedy troupe that appeared on Comedy Central and MTV, and performed internationally.

Berrett received his undergraduate degree in English from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and his master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Barbara Endel, Ph.D.

Barbara Endel co-leads JFF’s Accelerating Opportunity: A Breaking Through initiative, which enables low-skilled adult learners to complete technical and occupational degrees across 7 states and more than 80 community colleges nationwide. Before joining JFF, she served as a policy consultant to the organization on the Developmental Education Initiative, a six-state subproject of Achieving the Dream focused on mining and utilizing data to improve student success in community colleges. Dr. Endel also coaches Cincinnati’s Partners for a Competitive Workforce Network, a nationally recognized regional collaborative with multiple career pathways for over 8,000 participants through a project funded by the National Fund for Workforce Solutions. She has also developed career pathways and managed policy initiatives for KnowledgeWorks Foundation and designed and implemented community college assessments and research solutions for ACT. Dr. Endel has a Master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. She earned her Bachelor’s from The College of Wooster in Ohio.

Samantha Dwinell

As Vice President of Human Resources, Samantha Dwinell leads TI’s global talent management function, ensuring that TI has a continual pipeline of diverse internal and external talent ready and committed to meeting TI business needs. 

Dwinell previously served as Human Resources Director for TI’s Wireless Business Unit at TI’s Dallas headquarters and Human Resources Director for TI France in Nice, France.  

She is a strategic HR executive that partners with leaders at all levels to deliver business results by maximizing the ability and contributions of talent in the organization. From strategic business planning to first-line employee communications, Samantha has demonstrated strength in helping leaders not only define where they want to go, but also how to get there.  Her areas of expertise include organizational change, organization development, leadership development, coaching, communications, employee engagement, and talent management. Samantha has a strong background in global HR, including direct experience managing HR in foreign locations. 

In the community, Dwinell supports efforts to promote the education and development of the next generation of leaders, particularly women and young girls. She has served on the Committee of the Board for Leadership Women’s Power Pipeline program and is an advocate for local non-profit organizations such as High Tech High Heels and United Way.  She currently serves on the Industry Advisory Council for the Jindal School of Management at the University of Texas at Dallas. 

Dwinell earned a master’s degree in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in Organization Development from Benedictine University in Illinois.  She received a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Sociology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Thomas Emrick, Ph.D.

Dr. Thomas Emrick is the Executive Director of the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC), a unit of the Smithsonian Institution. As such, he is responsible for all operational activities and planning for the unit. Tom began his career in education as an elementary instructor in Western Dubuque County Community Schools. He continued his work in the education field as an administrator at both the building and district level.  Tom served as adjunct faculty at institutions such as Marycrest College (1982-1987) and Dubuque Tri-Colleges (1988-1994). While still serving as a faculty member at the Dubuque Tri-Colleges Tom began his career in educational publishing at Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company in 1989. He joined The Thomson Corporation as Publisher for Math and Science at South-Western Educational Publishing in 1994. In 1999 he became President /CEO of Centre Pointe Learning, Inc. where he directed all phases of this middle/high school level science publishing company. In 2004 Tom became President of Buckle Down/Options Publishing, an HCC company. Tom joined the SSEC (formerly the NSRC) in 2009 and was appointed Executive Director in 2012. Tom has managed more than 20 multi-million dollar projects both fiscally and pedagogically in his career. Tom earned his B.A. at the University of Northern Iowa, a M.A. from N.E. Missouri State University and his doctorate from Loyola of Chicago.

Jane Kubasik

Jane Kubasik is founder and president of the 114th Partnership, a national nonprofit organization that brings together industry, education, and foundations to bridge the great divides in education: between the college ready and the not ready and between the classroom and the real world. Leaders in industry and education alike seek Jane’s transformative approach to education-industry partnerships. Her recently launched program, Spark 101, focuses on effective ways to prepare teachers and engage students in STEM coursework and careers. 

Timothy R. Welsh

Tim Welsh is Senior Vice President of Industry Strategy at Apollo Education Group (AEG) where he leads a team to convert research-based industry insights into opportunities for educational innovation at AEG institutions. Under Tim’s leadership, the Industry Strategy Group builds effective coalitions to support and enhance a wide range of AEG functions, including curriculum development, career services, diversity outreach, and corporate engagement. Tim earned a Doctor of Education degree from Harvard University, a master’s degree from the University of Montana, and a bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College. He has completed post-graduate studies in international affairs at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Bologna, Italy.

Erik Robelen

Erik Robelen is an assistant managing editor at Education Week, which is published by the nonprofit Editorial Projects in Education. He oversees news coverage of issues focused on teaching and learning, including standards, assessments, and curriculum, as well as teacher quality. Before becoming an editor, he wrote widely on K-12 issues for Education Week, including federal and state policy, research, standards, and STEM education. Prior to joining Education Week in 1999, Robelen was an education analyst and writer at the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. He also worked as a reporter at Inside Washington Publishers.

Robert J. Morse

Robert Morse is the Director of Data Research for U.S. News & World Report. He is in charge of producing the Best Colleges, Best Graduate Schools, Best High Schools, and Best Online Degree Program rankings all of which are published annually by U.S. News & World Report. He takes the lead role in survey design, ranking methodology changes and higher education research as well as monitoring data collection for all the academic rankings published by U.S. News.

Mr. Morse developed almost all of the current methodologies that are used in the Best Colleges and Best Graduate Schools ranking projects and has been working full-time on both the Best Colleges and Best Graduate Schools publications starting in 1989. U.S. News has published the Best Colleges rankings annually starting in 1987. The Best Graduate Schools rankings have been published annually by U.S. News starting in 1990. The Best High Schools rankings were published for the first time in December 2007. The Best Online Degree Program rankings were published the first time in 2012.

Mr. Morse is the author of the popular U.S. News blog on academic rankings called “Morse Code: Inside the College Rankings.” Mr. Morse has been at U.S. News since 1976 and held other positions at U.S. News prior to his current job including Director of Research and head of the Economic Unit.

Prior to joining U.S. News he also worked at the U.S. Treasury Department and the New York investment bank E.F. Hutton Co. Inc. Mr. Morse has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Cincinnati and an M.B.A. in Finance from Michigan State University.

Dalton Hughes

Dalton Hughes is a senior Chemical Engineering student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He has participated in top biomedical research programs around the country and, most notably, travelled to Isongo Kenya with the UMBC Chapter of Engineers Without Borders in efforts to bring clean water to a small community. Dalton has received numerous prestigious scholarships including the Meyerhoff Scholarship, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC U*STAR), and the Janice Antoine-Lumpkin Memorial Fund. Dalton’s research interests include Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering; he will be attending Duke University in the fall to purse a joint MD/PhD degree.

Lauren Mazzoli

Lauren Mazzoli is an undergraduate Cyber Scholar at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County majoring in both Mathematics and Computer Science.  She will receive her undergraduate degree in May 2015.  Lauren is currently working at the Department of Information Technology (DoIT) as an IT Security Technician where she does digital forensics, maintains and analyzes the campus logs, and detects infected computers on campus.  She has done research on identifying patterns in malware, and is starting research on situationally aware approaches to Intrusion Detection. Lauren was accepted into the BS/MS program, which allows her to take graduate level courses that will contribute to her master’s degree.  Lauren plans on pursuing her master’s degree in Cyber Security after finishing her undergraduate degree. 

Mitchel Zavala

Mitchel Zavala is a research assistant in the Micro-Materials Characterization Laboratory of UMBC, and a BSMS mechanical engineering student. Recently, Mitchel created a  carbon nanotube-nickel hybrid material through the electrochemical process of electro-deposition by designing an electrochemical process for integrating the carbon nanotubes into a nickel metal matrix, possibly increasing the carbon content of the material far beyond the normal amount without losing certain mechanical properties such as ductility. Currently, Mitchel is working on determining the actual carbon content of the newly created hybrid material, and will go on to analyze mechanical, thermal, and electrical properties. This area of carbon infused metal hybrid materials is what Mitchel will focus on for his master’s thesis. Mitchel will be working at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division over the summer where he will be evaluating and working towards ways to predict, detect, repair and mitigate the issue of stress corrosion cracking within particular aluminum alloys used by the Navy. 

Johnathan M. Holifield

Johnathan Holifield is architect of the national movement, Inclusive Competitiveness- policies, strategies, practices and metrics to improve the performance of underrepresented communities within innovation ecosystems, economic clusters, emerging industry sectors and other areas critical to economic competitiveness. In his role as NorTech’s Vice President of Inclusive Competitiveness, Mr. Holifield is responsible for leveraging and accelerating existing efforts and leading new strategic initiatives within the Cleveland, Ohio region to increase economic inclusion and competitiveness through STEM (and STEAM) education attainment, higher-growth entrepreneurship and private capital formation and investment. 

Michael J. Ott

Mike founded the Washington D.C. chapter of VetsinTech in 2013 focused on bringing together a tech-specific network for our veterans providing Education, Entrepreneurship, and Employment resources and programs here in the D.C. area.  Mike previously served five years in the U.S. Navy as a Nuclear Surface Warfare Officer after receiving his commission from Tufts University ROTC.  He currently works for Deloitte Consulting LLP as a Strategy & Operations Consultant where he assists clients across multiple agencies including DHS, DOE and DoD focusing on technology integration and systems engineering and analysis. 

Jack N. Gerard

Jack N. Gerard is President and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute, the national trade association that represents all aspects of America’s oil and natural gas industry. 

Mr. Gerard has led API since November 2008, expanding its membership and influence in all 50 states and globally, with offices in Dubai, Singapore, Beijing, and Rio de Janeiro. API’s Washington presence is the foundation for the oil and natural gas industry’s advocacy and outreach at state, federal and global levels on public policy, standards and certification programs, and as the source for information on industry best practices. 

Mr. Gerard is recognized by numerous publications and his peers as one of Washington’s most influential advocates. Washington Life magazine named him one of the city’s “Power 100″ and a Fortune magazine profile said Mr. Gerard’s effort to build a 50-state advocacy network for the oil and natural gas industry was “showing signs of success” through its outreach to workers and non-traditional allies. 

Prior to joining API, Mr. Gerard served as president and CEO of the American Chemistry Council, and earlier held the same position at the National Mining Association. Mr. Gerard also spent close to a decade working in the U.S. Senate and House. He came to Washington in 1981, and worked for Rep. George Hansen. He also worked for Sen. James A. McClure, who chaired the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. 

Sen. McClure retired in 1990, and Mr. Gerard joined him in founding McClure, Gerard & Neuenschwander, Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based government relations consulting firm. Mr. Gerard served as chairman and chief executive officer and focused on issues such as international sports, telecommunications, energy and mining. 

He serves as a board member and is a past chairman of the National Capital Area Council – Boy Scouts of America, is a board member and former co-chair of The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management, is chairman of the board of directors for the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, and is a member of the Conservation Fund’s Corporate Council. 

As the industry’s national trade association, API has more than 550 members. They range from the largest major oil company to the smallest of independents and represent all segments of the industry. 

Mr. Gerard was born and grew up in Idaho. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a juris doctor from George Washington University. Mr. Gerard lives in Virginia with his wife, Claudette, and their eight children, including twin boys the family adopted from Guatemala. 

Anthony (Bud) Rock

Anthony (Bud) Rock is president and CEO of the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), a nonprofit international organization of science centers and museums dedicated to furthering public engagement with science. Before joining ASTC, he served in academia and had a three-decade career in the U.S. government service, much of it within the U.S. Department of State. He served abroad in Paris, France; Brussels, Belgium; and Tel Aviv, Israel. Mr. Rock’s academic training included: Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University, and Columbia University. He served in the U.S. Merchant Marines. 

James Kakalios, Ph.D.

James Kakalios is the Taylor Distinguished Professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Minnesota. He received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Chicago in 1985, and after a post-doc at Xerox-Palo Alto Research Center, joined the faculty at Minnesota in 1988. His research, in experimental condensed matter physics, spans the Nano to the Neuro. In 2001 he created a Freshman Seminar class on the Physics of SUperheroes, which led to his writing a popular science book of the same name. This class (not the book) covers all physics, from Isaac Newton to the transistor, but there’s not an inclined plane or pulley in sight. Rather ALL the examples are from superhero comic books, and as much as possible, those cases where the superheroes get their science right! 

Reo Pruiett, Ed.D.

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 a liaison with schools, districts, and higher education partnerships. 

Aimee Kennedy

Aimee Kennedy is Battelle’s Vice President for Education, Philanthropy and STEM Learning. She directs Battelle’s efforts to foster innovative educational environments that prepare students for tomorrow’s career and college environment. These inclusive schools offer students access to rigorous academics and real world context, while focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. These include Metro Early College, the Ohio STEM Learning Network, and the national STEMx network. She began her career in education in Canton City Schools (one of Ohio’s Big8 Urban Districts). Prior to joining Battelle, Kennedy was the Principal/Chief Academic Officer for Metro Early College after first joining the school in 2007 as a classroom teacher. 

Patrick D’Amelio

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. 

Margaret Ashida

Margaret Ashida leads the STEMx™ multi-state network managed by BattelleEd, a venture of Battelle.  Networks representing over one third of the nation’s states are collaborating with STEMx to identify, validate and advance promising and innovative STEM education practices, policies and partnerships.  Previously, Margaret led the incubation of the Empire State STEM Learning Network at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the State University of New York System. Before joining the non-profit sector, Margaret held executive positions at IBM in global workforce management and university relations with service on global and national innovation initiative teams; she started her career in Silicon Valley at the Xerox Corporation and ROLM.  Margaret serves on numerous boards and review committees related to the advancement of inclusive education and leadership. Margaret holds a B.A. from the University of Rochester and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

John Fitzpatrick

John Fitzpatrick, Educate Texas’ Executive Director, has an extensive history working with education. Before taking the helm at Educate Texas, Mr. Fitzpatrick served as Executive Director of the Capital Area Training Foundation, now Skillpoint Alliance, where he worked to build relationships between the business sector, educational interest groups, and community partners for the benefit of Central Texans.

Concurrently, he held the position of Vice-President for Education and Workforce Development for the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce and also served as an elected member of the Austin Independent School District Board of Trustees.

He spent four years on Capitol Hill where he worked on education and workforce development policies for the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate.

Mr. Fitzpatrick first began his career in education as a middle school teacher and coach. He received a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, and a master’s degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at University of Texas-Austin.

Edie Fraser

Edie Fraser is CEO of STEMconnector® and Million Women Mentors (MWM), and a vice chair of Diversified Search, LLC. Edie has worked with more than 250 Fortune companies and associations to champion women’s advancement. Edie has won 45 major awards for diversity and women’s leadership, STEM, entrepreneurship and communications. She is the recipient of the Mosaic Woman Award and Lifetime Achievement Award from Diversity Woman Magazine. She has been inducted into the Enterprising Women Hall of Fame and is a founding member of C200. Edie was on the cover of Women of Wealth Magazine for her philanthropy and mentoring. She is the first woman to serve as Chairman of the World Affairs Council of DC and served on the national board of SCORE. Edie has written or served as publisher of many books, papers and articles. Examples include the CEO Magazine, The Diversity Primer and The Diversity Officer. Edie wrote a book, Do Your Giving While You’re Living, with co-author Robyn Spizman, and another on women’s entrepreneurship called Risk to Riches: Women’s Entrepreneurship in America. Women and diversity support are at the core of Edie’s work and values.

Edie built STEMconnector® with a dedicated team, starting officially in spring, 2011. Since then, STEMconnector® has grown to link with some 6600 organizations. The mission is to bring education, research, resources, best practices, communications and outreach—and provide resources such as the web site, 100 CEO Leaders in STEM, 100 Women Leaders in STEM, STEMdaily, EdTech Weekly and STEM Results. STEMconnector®works with business, academia, government and nonprofit organizations, and media entities. Formerly, Edie built three best-practice initiatives: Diversity, Women and Corporate Communications. Edie is an entrepreneur having been president of a major PR Firm and a Public Affairs Firm and sold two companies throughout her career. 

Margaret Mannix

Margaret Mannix has been Executive Editor of U.S. News & World Report since 2007. She currently oversees the media group’s venerable guidebooks – Best Colleges, Best Graduate Schools and Best Hospitals – and the digital magazine U.S. News Weekly, which focuses on politics, Capitol Hill, the White House, foreign policy and more. In 2012, she also assumed leadership of program planning for the U.S. News “Hospital of Tomorrow” and “STEM Solutions” conferences. Since joining U.S. News in 1990 as a reporter, Mannix has written and edited extensively on numerous topics, from education and health to politics and personal finance. After reporting for the investigative and business teams, she became the business section’s deputy editor in 2002 and then assistant managing editor. In 2005, she became assistant managing editor of the health and medicine section. A Maryland native, Mannix has a bachelor’s in communications from American University and her M.S. in journalism from Columbia University.

Arva R. Rice

Arva Rice is President & CEO of the New York Urban League (NYUL) an organization whose mission is to enable African Americans and other underserved communities to secure a first class education, economic self-reliance and equal respect of their civil rights through programs, services and advocacy. Prior to joining NYUL, she served as the Executive Director of Project Enterprise, an organization that provides business loans, technical assistance and peer support to New York City entrepreneurs. Previously she served as the founding Executive Director of Public Allies New York – a young adult leadership program dedicated to helping develop the next generation of non-profit leaders. Arva was also Program Director of an Economic Literacy Initiative at Girls Incorporate, a national non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring girls to become strong, smart and bold.

Rice was selected by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a national foundation that develops solutions to build a brighter future for children, as one of 16 leaders from across the country for its 2013-2014 Children and Family Fellows. She is a recipient of The Network Journal’s “Forty Under 40” Black Achiever’s Award Winners, a Community Award from NV Magazine, and received the 25 Most Influential Women in Business Award from The Network Journal. Rice is a Commissioner for the NYC Equal Employment Practices Commission and a member of the Greater New York Chapter of The Links Incorporated. In addition, Rice is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.    

Rice graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. She currently lives in Harlem.

Mark J. Tamaro, P.E.

Andrew J. Rotherham

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.

Evan Glazer, Ph.D.

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.


Zvi Galil, Ph.D.

Karen A. Stout, Ed.D.

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

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.

John Calabrese

Steve Green

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. 

Stephen Ezell

Gwenne A. Henricks

Since joining Caterpillar in 1981, Gwenne Henricks has held numerous positions in the engineering and leadership functions. She was named Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Product Development & Global Technology in 2012. Henricks graduated from Bradley University in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in physics. She completed a master’s degree in electrical engineering in 1981 and an MBA in 2003, both from the University of Illinois. She is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, Bradley University Engineering Advisory Committee and board president of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Peoria County.

Leo Shane III

Leo Shane III is the congressional and veterans affairs reporter for Military Times. He has covered Capitol Hill, the White House and the Pentagon for the last decade, for Gannett and Stars and Stripes. His work also includes overseas coverage of military operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Chile and Ecuador. In 2010, Shane was part of a team of reporters who received a Polk Award and a National Headliner Award for stories that revealed the military’s practice of profiling journalists in Afghanistan in an attempt to steer coverage of the war.

Michele Aguilar Carlin

Shelly Carlin, 52, is Senior VicePresident, Human Resources and Communications, for Motorola Solutions. She joined Motorola in 2008 as corporate vice president, global rewards.

Prior to joining Motorola, Carlin was vice president of global compensation, benefits and HR technology for the Campbell Soup Company. Before that, she was vice president of HR rewards and operations for TIAA-CREF; vice president of compensation and benefits for Sears, Roebuck and Co.; and senior vice president of executive compensation and corporate unit reporting for Bcom3 Group, Inc.

Carlin serves Skills for Chicagoland’s Future as vice chair of its board of directors.

She earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she was a member of the 1982 NCAA championship softball team and was voted an Academic All American.

Mary Fernandez, Ph.D.

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. 

Tim Smart