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The Michigan STEM Partnership Board of Directors is comprised of representatives from education (K-12, Community College, and University), after-school and community organizations, professional organizations, and large and medium-sized corporations representing business sectors throughout the state.

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STEM Partnership Board members serve for two years in staggered terms. Each year, the Board seeks applications from interested parties across the state to fill vacated positions. To apply, please complete the Board Membership Application Form.

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The Michigan STEM Partnership Board Meetings take place at:

Michigan Virtual University
3103 Technology Blvd.
Lansing, MI 48910

The 4th Tuesday of every month from 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Board Members | Promoting Economic Growth | Michigan STEM Partnership - board1Meet our Board Members:

Paul Agosta (Chair)

Paul is the owner of Applied Technology Systems and ATTI of Michigan. These companies have developed, implemented, and supported technology training programs for industrial maintenance, Mechatronics, medical technology, and renewable energy to education and industry respectively for 20 years.

Previously, Paul worked for Inacomp Computer Centers, a large computer retailer distributing computer technology and support to educational institutions and Fortune 500 companies. Paul began his professional career as a high school teacher. He spent 10 years teaching high school mathematics, instructing teachers in computer technology, and as a private vocational school administrator working in urban and suburban school districts and colleges.

Doug Baltz

Douglas Baltz is an AP Physica and STEM teacher for 20+ years at Seaholm High School in Birmingham, MI. He is also an Adjunct Instructor at Oakland University's Teacher Development and Educational Studies. Doug is passionate about STEM educational best practices, research education models, and building talent pipelines/partnerships with professionals/high education institutions in SE Michigan.

Recently, Doug served his Albert Einstein Fellowship at the National Science Foundation, Education and Human Resources Directorate, Division of Undergraduate Education. His NSF portfolio includes an extensive research component which identified roles and capacity building of STEM educational partnerships (support system models) for public schools.

The AEF comes on the heels of the National PASCO STEM Educator of the Year and BEA Teacher of the Year awards. Doug has also presented at numerous National Science Conferences, moderated the panel discussions for the 2015 NASA STEM Education Summit, speaker at the STEM Care on Advocating demographic equity in STEM fields, MSELA keynote on Strategic Partnerships: Envisioning Current and Future Pathways in STEM Education and presented at the inaugural MI STEM Talks on Architects of STEM Engagement: Blueprints to help bridge the opportunity gap.

Greg Chappelle

Greg is employed by U.S. Army RDECOM TARDEC. He is a Scientist/Engineer Liaison Officer and currently serves as the Michigan national Defense Education Program (NDEP) STEM Coordinator and the National Center for the Advancement of STEM Education (nCASE) STEM Coordinator for Michigan.

Linda Daichendt

Linda is the Executive Director of the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan, a Co-founder of Mobile Monday Michigan, a Co-host of the ‘This Week in Small Business Technology’ podcast series on the Michigan Business Network, and Executive Producer for the podcast series, ‘Michigan Mobile Musings’. Linda is an accomplished marketer and award-winning blogger, and one of Michigan’s leading proponents of the use of mobile/wireless (connected) technologies for businesses of all sizes – and in all industries.

She is a recognized business expert with 20+ years of corporate, small business and franchising experience. For her work with mobile/wireless technologies in Michigan, she has been acknowledged as a member of the Techweek Detroit 100 in both 2014 and 2015. Linda’s daily focus is on educating Michigan business, government and education stakeholders about the opportunities that connected technologies provide to substantially grow Michigan’s economy, as well as ensuring the ability for all Michigan residents to benefit from the jobs and businesses created by those technologies.

Sydney Davis

Sydney is a Systems Integration Specialist for Consumers Energy where she works to develop self-sustaining systems to support start-up teams that launch high business-value solutions to deliver margin back to the company.

Sydney also spends her time coaching non-technical entrepreneurs on how to evaluate and leverage technology to run their businesses efficiently and profitably. She is the Co-founder / Lead Developer at Hype Digital Innovation, a mobile solutions company. She commits to community service through her work with a non-profit she founded, Girls That Can, and empowerment organization to encourage girls to become innovative leaders in STEM fields.

She has a BS degree in University Studies in Fundamental Engineering and Business from Western Michigan University.

Jenny Deason-Copeland

Jenny is the owner/author/manager of the Crazy Red Head Publishing Company and has worked as a Network Project Manager/Engineer in the telecommunications industry for nearly four decades. She is responsible for product selection; marketing and communications for the publishing house whose mission includes helping women become published writers.

Jenny has lead national and international teams in the art of network deployment in telecommunications. Her expertise was most evident in the Radio Frequency Engineering and location services fields. Additionally, she is currently writing a book on some of the concerns that might have caused women not to stay in S.T.E.M. in the past. Copeland began her telecommunications career in 1975 working in South Central Bell as an engineer in training. Her accomplishments include three U.S. patents and a year working in Brussels, Belgium while on loan to Ameritech International.

Her largest project was to be one of three key designers for, the world’s biggest digital Centrex installation, at the time, in the 1980s. She has been a full member of the Engineering Society of Detroit for decades. She is on the board of directors for MI STEM Partnership. Copeland holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Research Psychology from the University of Toledo and has various post-graduate credits in three fields. She is a certified LEAN Six Sigma Black Belt and is certified in MBTI. Jenny is the author of a few children’s books and many poems. She lives in West Bloomfield, Michigan, with her husband Charles. She is the proud mother of two adult children.

Gary Gilger

Gary is the Chief Development Officer for the Michigan Crossroads Council, Boy Scouts of America. Before Michigan, he served as the CEO of the Chippewa Valley Council in Eau Claire Wisconsin and before that held various positions in the Chief Seattle Council in Washington State. He is a graduate of the University of Washington majoring in History. Past board positions include the Beaver Creek Reserve in Fall City, Wisconsin and the Evergreen Chapter of the American Camping Association, in Western Washington.

Lisa Gordon

Lisa is a Career Liaison in Region 10 for the Workforce Intelligence Network and Career Development Coach focused on defining pathways to high-demand occupations and post-secondary education and training options. Over 10 years of professional experience includes workforce development, college recruitment amongst middle and high school aged youth and adults including academic, college preparation and career readiness advising. Regional collaborative work spans tri-county area, specializing in relationship building, workshop facilitation, and project coordination. Extensive knowledge in strategy building for talent pipeline development amongst stakeholders across K-12, business, industry and government.

Romulo Juarez

Romulo is the Managing Director of Health & Public Service at Accenture. He has been providing leadership to large health care payers, providers, and governmental agencies (US and overseas) for twenty years. He has focused expertise in the client partner role, managing implementations within both health care providers and payers.

Mr. Juarez has led and managed business transformation implementation including technical and business process change. Mr. Juarez is a senior advisor to Board and C-suite with large healthcare clients, has led Connected Health for North and South American clients, managing teams across dozens of projects, and has led onshore and offshore teams ranging from 35 to 600 in size.

Jodie Ledford

Jodie is Vice President for Michigan HR and Senior Internship and Career Consultant for the State of Michigan’s Civil Service Commission. She is a credentialed Global Career Development Facilitator with instructor status. Jodie is passionate about changing the lives of individuals through engaging colleges, universities, and companies to help them with career development strategies.

Jodie is a critical connector with training in intercultural competencies delivering a holistic approach to individuals in career coaching and using student programs as a primary recruitment strategy. Jodie holds a Master’s degree with high honors in Education including an emphasis on Curriculum Design and Technology along with an honorable Bachelor’s of Science in Human Resource Management.

Brandon Lucas

Brandon is an Education and Workforce Development Coordinator at the University of Michigan Lurie Nanofabrication Facility, a node of the NSF-funded National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Norfolk State University and a master of science in Electrical Engineering from the U-M.

Before his current position, he served as a Teaching Fellow and Program Manager for the Office of Engineering Outreach and Engagement at the U-M College of Engineering. Brandon serves as Secretary of the Partnership Board.

Aaron Miller

Aaron is an Account Supervisor for FleishmanHillard in Detroit. In his role, he manages media relations, strategy, storytelling and project management for clients including Chevrolet and La-Z-Boy. Previously, Aaron managed product communication for Ford Motor Company, leading communications for the F-150, Ford Escape and the company's electrified vehicles. He also managed multiple agencies & internal groups for all Ford North American International Auto Show public relations activities. Aaron has a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Journalism, Public Relations and Communication from Michigan State University.

Paul Mulka

Paul is the Division Director of the Michigan Career and Technical Institute (MCTI) in Plainwell. MCTI is a federally-approved, residential post-secondary career and technical education facility under the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS). Paul oversees community expansion of MCTI into at-risk communities. His commitment to, and involvement in, helping persons with disabilities has evolved over his 30+ years at MCTI where he started as a Job Placement Specialist.

Paul's main area of focus is on compliance with the Governor's River of Opportunity and the Lt. Governor's Hidden Talent Tour to get 500,000 Mchiganders with disabilities into the workforce through training and placement services.

Paul has a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling from Michigan State University

Kathleen Rafalko

Kathleen is the Human Resources Business Partner - Poser and O&G, Shared Services, Black & Veatch. Kathleen has also worked as a Human Resource Manager at IAV Automotive Engineering. Kathleen earned a Mater's Degree in Human Resources and Organizational Development from Eastern Michigan University.

Jennifer Seger

Jennifer is the Associate Dean of Applied Technology, Automotive, and Technical Education at Macomb Community College. Ms. Seger is an educator and engineer who works to educate and promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields to the community to ensure that STEM fields have the diversity to innovate and integrate a variety of ideas and perspectives into technology. Ms. Seger is responsible for managing faculty, course scheduling, course creation, grant management for three departments, and the planning and coordination of community and STEM outreach events. Ms. Seger has experience as an Instructional Designer/Technical Trainer where she designed, developed and delivered (Train-the-trainer) Instructional Designer, and Training Manager Certification courses to industry, state and federal government employees. Her engineering experiences include the design of hardware and software for stamping, lasers, and lift and carry systems, as well as the design of resistance weld controllers.

Mary Sutton

Mary is the Executive Director at the Michigan After-school Partnership where she provides leadership to build and sustain high-quality after-school programs for children and youth in all communities throughout the state. Mary also has experience as a Consultant for the Michigan Department of Education, and as the Executive Director of the Bay Area Family YMCA. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development, Family Studies, Related Services from Central Michigan University, and an Executive MBA in Business Administration, Management and Operations from Northwood University.

Michael Tanoff

Michael is the Director of the Kalamazoo Area Math and Science Center serving students grades 9 - 12. Previously Tanoff served as an Assistant Professor of Physics at Kalamazoo College, and was a former researcher at both Kellogg and Yale University. Tanoff earned his Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering from Ruthers University, and graduate degrees, including a Doctorate in Engineering and Applied Science, from Yale University.

Andrew Vanden-Heauvel

Andrew is the Senior STEM Education Specialist at Michigan Virtual University, a non-profit organization that has served over 100,000 students and teachers through online courses and learning tools over the past decade.

Andrew is a former high school physics teacher. In 2010, he was selected as Michigan Online Teacher of the Year. In his current role, Andrew collaborates with various STEM stakeholders to ensure that MVU's development of online learning resources aligns with the priorities of the statewide STEM community.

Andrew earned a BS in Physics and a BA in Mathematics from Calvin College. He also holds an MS from the University of Florida in Astronomy.

Monique Wells

Monique is responsible for outreach initiatives involving STEM and FIRST Robotics to help build and ensure a diverse pipeline of talent for Consumers Energy.  She is also a Project Lead the Way Certified Instructor and licensed Educator.  In addition, Monique worked on FIRST Robotics initiatives at the local, state, and national level.  Monique holds a Chemical Engineering degree from Michigan Technology University and a Master’s in Education from the University of Toledo.  

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