Speaker Bios

Panel 1: STEM+ Education (10:00am – 11:00am)

Dr. Sharon Caraballo: Moderator
CaraballoSharonDr. Sharon A. Caraballo is Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs in the Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University. The Volgenau School’s 3,400 undergraduate students have a choice of eight majors in the areas of engineering and computing. She also advises the student chapter of the Society of Women Engineers.

Dr. Caraballo received her Ph.D. and Sc.M. degrees in computer science from Brown University, and her B.A. in computer science from Rutgers University. She completed her BA while working full-time in the IT industry. She also received an M.S. degree in Higher Education from Drexel University in 2010.

She served as Clare Boothe Luce Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University before joining the faculty of George Mason University in 2004 as Associate Director of IT Undergraduate Programs and then Associate Chair of the Department of Applied Information Technology. In 2007, she became Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs of the Volgenau School, with responsibility for marketing and recruitment for undergraduate programs, distance learning, enrollment analysis, and K-12 outreach. In this role, she also served for three years as State Chair of the Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program, a distance learning consortium among Virginia’s public universities with engineering schools.

Meredith Hourihan: Panelist
MeredithHourihanMeredith Hourihan is a Senior Instructional Designer at Bixal, a communications and technology solutions firm based in Faifax, VA. She has over six years of experience serving Federal clients in the training and development community, including work with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Homeland Security, and the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute. Meredith has contributed to the design and development of over 100 Federal training programs and performance support systems, including eLearning and instructor-led courses. Her areas of expertise include instructional systems design, educational technology, performance support, and blended learning.

In addition, Meredith has taught writing at American University and served as a graduate academic tutor at North Carolina State University. Meredith holds a Master of Arts in English from North Carolina State University and a Bachelor of Music from Ithaca College, with studies in education, and she is completing an eLearning graduate certificate from GMU’s Instructional Design and Technology Program.

Sara Tadayon: Panelist
SaraTadayonSara Tadayon graduated from West Springfield High School in 2010, and received her Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry at George Mason University in 2013.  Now she is working on her Master’s degree in Environmental Chemistry at Mason and has plans to pursue her PhD.  Her current research focuses on the effects of wastewater effluent on fish in the Potomac River, specifically the extraction and quantitation of endocrine-disrupting chemicals in fish tissue.  She is also a graduate teaching assistant and teaches three sections of General Chemistry II labs.  After earning her PhD, she plans to pursue a career as a university professor, where she can combine her two interests: research and teaching.


Mariana Cruz: Panelist
Mariana Cruz grew up in the northern Virginia area since the age of twelve. She began her academic journey at George Mason University in the fall of 2007. As an undergraduate student, she became involved with several student organizations, pursued numerous leadership positions, sustained various internships, delved into undergraduate research, was able to study abroad, and participated in an aid project in Peru. Before graduation, she was honored with the Alumni Association’s Senior of the Year award. She was awarded a B.S. in Civil Engineering in May 2011. Upon graduation, she was granted a Graduate Assistantship at the University of Delaware, where she began pursuing her Master’s in Civil Engineering degree with a concentration in Structural Engineering in the fall of 2011.

As a graduate student, she was able to participate and present her research in conferences and was a visiting researcher at the Technical University of Munich in Germany. She was awarded her Master’s degree in December of 2013. She is currently working as a Structural Engineer with Defense Sciences, Inc.  Mariana is also an active member of the Golden Quill Alumni Honor Society and the Volgenau School Alumni Board at George Mason University.

Ingrid Alquist: Panelist
Ingrid Alquist graduated from Bowdoin College in 2010 with a B.A. in Mathematics and Spanish.  Upon graduating, she joined IBM’s federal consulting practice in Washington, D.C.  After two and a half years with IBM, Ingrid continued on to a smaller consulting firm (Neubrain, LLC) in a more technical role.  With three years of experience in the workforce, she made the decision to pursue her M.S. as a part-time student at Georgetown’s Mathematics and Statistics program.  After a busy semester of balancing work and school, Ingrid made the decision to become a full-time student, and will be completing her first year of graduate studies this spring.  Her academic interests include optimization and partial differential equations.

Mentoring Luncheon (12:15pm – 1:45pm)

Dede Haskins: Session Lead
Dede Haskins provides strategic planning and operations support for growing software and professional services organizations. She was most recently the CEO of NewVision Health, Inc. where she led a software start-up that provided hospitals with multimedia education, entertainment, and communications capabilities to patients at the point of care. She joined NewVision Health after a successful 25-year career with fast-growing companies such as Cigital, Proxicom, and Legent Corporation. Having led virtually every function within technology companies, Dede excels at launching new divisions and product offerings.

Dede is currently vice chair of the WIT Education Foundation Board of Directors and was formerly the president of WIT. Ms. Haskins has a B.A. in Speech Communication and a certificate in Human Resources Management from the University of Virginia and has attended the Program on Negotiation for Senior Executives at Harvard University.

Megan Healy: Speaker
MeganHealyAs the current Virginia Director of STEM, Dr. Megan Healy, is increasing the number of Virginians that are globally competitive to create and exceed the market demands in science,technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The goals of Virginia STEM are to inspire the building of a strong STEM workforce and education pipeline, integrate business and education efforts, initiate communication among all stakeholders and innovate promising practices that can be replicated or scaled. With improved coordination at the state level, Virginia will be a global leader in STEM by providing outstanding education and career opportunities.

Dr. Healy received a Bachelor of Science from Virginia Tech in Animal Sciences, a Masters of Science at Virginia Commonwealth University in Health and Movement Science and a Doctorate at Old Dominion University in Community College Leadership. Her previous experiences include being a statewide faculty coordinator for developmental education for the Virginia Community College System, a national trainer for the Southern Center for Active Learning Excellence and a biology professor at Patrick Henry Community College. Along with many teaching honors, she also has experience in laboratory work at Virginia Tech and the National Institutes of Health. In her spare time, Megan volunteers for many charitable organizations and helps coordinate a free Richmond boot camp for women.

Panel 2: STEM+ Entrepreneurship (10:00am – 11:00am)

Angela Drummond: Moderator
Angela Drummond is the founder and CEO of SiloSmashers, which has provided strategy and management consulting services to the Federal Government for over twenty years. In 2011, she was recognized by Enterprising Women magazine as an “Enterprising Women of the Year” and received a Stevie award for women in business.



Linda Abraham: Panelist
Linda Boland Abraham is a founding member of comScore’s executive team and helped guide the company’s growth since its inception in 1999 to its current position as a global leader in digital measurement and analytics. comScore’s databases are among the largest in the world, employing state-of-the-art technology to measure digital activity on all major PC and mobile platforms. comScore has a global footprint of 32 offices across 23 countries, and has over 1,000 employees and 2200 customers worldwide. comScore’s authoritative statistics are widely used by the media and average over 300 mentions every day. comScore went public in 2007 (NASDAQ:SCOR.)

Prior to comScore, Ms. Abraham co-founded Paragren Technologies, Inc., which is currently owned by Siebel Systems. Prior to that, she was an eight-year veteran at Information Resources, Inc., where as a Senior Vice President, she ran a commercial unit that developed, sold and delivered high-end analytics products. In this role, she advised blue chip consumer brand clients on optimizing marketing and sales strategies based on the insights delivered through those products.

Ms. Abraham began her career at Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, where she worked on the Crest brand management team. She holds a B.S. in Quantitative Business Analysis from Penn State University, and is a former board member of the non-profit Reach for College. Currently Ms. Abraham sits on the boards of several startups, including Brightcontext, Gravy, Sharablee and Tetra Pharmaceuticals. She is Co-chair of the Global Advisory Council for Social Media for the World Economic Forum (WEF), as well as a member of the Selection Committee for the Tech Pioneers at the WEF. She resides with her family in Great Falls and is a member of the Washington Economic Club.

 Michele Bolos: Panelist

MicheleBoulousMichele Bolos is CEO and founder of NT Concepts. Her personal vision when starting NT Concepts in 1998 was to stay ahead of the technology curve while keeping great customer service above all. Michele’s sharp business acumen and unwavering dedication to technology serve as the blueprint for the success of her customers, employees, and the company.

Prior to founding NT Concepts, Michele worked as an independent consultant for companies such as Mobil Oil, Talus Corporation, and API/WANG Global, where she led complex software engineering efforts for commercial and federal marketplaces. Michele was also a system engineer for Alfa-Laval Thermal.

Michele is passionate about helping girls and women become more involved in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. She is a member and past committee lead of Women in Technology (WIT), a Washington DC-based organization that works to develop, promote, mentor and provide networking opportunities to women in the technology industry. Since 1995, Michele has served as an executive board member for Gabriel Homes, a private nonprofit organization promoting independence for adults with mental retardation. She coached a Washington Area Girls Soccer (WAGS) team for 5 years, and taught community leaders and new parents courses for the American Red Cross for over 20 years. Michele earned a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems from Virginia Commonwealth University.

 Maria Proestou: Panelist

MariaProestouMaria Proestou is the President and Chief Executive Officer of DELTA Resources Inc., which she co-founded in 2000. In addition to guiding the company’s growth and development, Proestou oversees quality control and serves as an expert on the Navy’s strategic planning, budgeting, and program management. She is one of only a few financial contractors qualified to work alongside the Lean/ Six Sigma experts to implement the NAVSEA Lean/Six Sigma practices. Maria is a frequent speaker on issues related to defense contracting and the workplace.

Maria earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations from The George Washington University and a master’s degree in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Lynda Alicudo

LEADING EXECUTIVE, LLC is an executive support + employee development firm, specializing in providing services for leaders + the organizations that employ them. Drawing on the academic knowledge + operational experience gained as a leader in high growth companies that are now among the Fortune 100, Lynda + her team bring value to any organization seeking to take the next step.

Beginning with her career at IBM Corporation, in the early seventies, those companies who have benefited from her talent include Xerox, Hewlett Packard, Unisys, Compaq, + Oracle. Along the way she did her undergraduate studies in engineering + mathematics, graduate programs in engineering, business + law, earned a degree in Biblical Studies, + is an ordained + certified minister.

Lynda has served as a General Manager + Executive Vice President of a division of a public company, VP of Sales + Business Development of a $500M division of another public company, Executive Vice President of a global services provider, + CEO + founder of three of enterprises, including a venture financed by Adecco, an international employment services company. Over the years she has amassed a substantial amount of experience supplying technology, solutions, + services worldwide.

Alicudo has been recognized by “Who’s Who,” + other nationally known publications, which have named her among the “Most Notable Women in America,” + the top “100 African-American Business Women.” Oprah Winfrey was the presenter of that award.

A former “Big Sister of the Year” + party representative for her local district, Lynda makes time to “give back” in her community. She served in a volunteer position as Executive Director of a global non-profit organization where she oversaw the efforts of more than 1200 volunteers. As a result, was honored by Women in Technology + the March of Dimes with the “Lifetime Achievement Award,” by Washington Post Radio as a “Woman of Distinction,” + as Executive Director of the Year.

A conference speaker + panelist, for organizations such as the Greater Washington Board of Trade, local economic + development authorities, federal associations + councils, local chambers of commerce, + technology councils, Lynda has also written several articles on team building, sales + business development. The strategies + methodologies that Lynda + her team share are widely employed + considered best practices throughout industry.

Panel 3: STEM+ Culture (11:15am – 12:15pm)

Giovanna Chesler: Moderator
GiovannaCheslerGiovanna Chesler (M.F.A.) is an Associate Professor of Communication and Director of the Film and Video Studies Program at GMU. She directs and produces documentary and fiction films that address gender and the body through her company G6 Pictures. Currently, she is producing Blair Doroshwalther’s documentary feature Out in the Night, a co-production of ITVS and CPB, about a group of young women who defended themselves and were subsequently charged and convicted as a “Gang of Killer Lesbians” in the media and in the courtroom. Giovanna’s other recent projects include the interactive website on sexual health issues Tune in HPV and the short melodrama Bye Bi Love. Her documentary feature Period: The End of Menstruation became a cultural touchstone on hormonal birth control methods that allow people to suppress their periods for months and years at a time when it was covered on the front page of The New York Times. Giovanna regularly produces works with non-profit organizations that focus on women, gender and sexuality issues regionally and globally. She teaches courses in visual communication, transmedia and social change, and “health entertainment” and is the co-Executive Producer of GMU TV’s Studio A – a talk show about the film industry.  

Dr. Karen Cooper: Panelist
KarenCooperDr. Karen Cooperis a Research Scientist for the Strategic Cell for the US Navy, and is currently leading a strategic studies team in both future workforce efforts and exploration of emergent technologies. As a Navy engineer, she holds several computer engineering certifications and is a graduate of both DoD leadership and technology programs. She also serves as an adjunct professor at GMU, with her core teaching include learning and pedogogy in the 3D virtual environment. She has also spoken on diversity, women in leadership in the government, and the impact of culture on the US Navy’s future.

Karen holds a bachelor’s in Math/Computer Science, a master’s in Information Management, and a Ph.D. in Instructional Technology. She serves as a University of Central Florida Fellow, a visiting scholar at Stanford University, and a DoD SMART scholar. Her research focuses include the most emergent technologies – virtual worlds, mobiles, serious games, MOOCs, participatory architectures – and their impact on our 21st century learner, worker and service person.

Heather Diehl: Panelist
HeatherDiehlHeather Diehl is an Enterprise Architect and Project Manager at Powertek Corporation, with embedded experience at NASA and US Citizenship and Immigration Services. She has served in corporate roles as a Business Development Capture Manager and Strategic Planning expert. With a strong academic background in the humanities, paired with her years of experience in IT and systems engineering, she brings a unique approach to addressing mission requirements and customer needs. Heather became a member of the Ingress community in 2012, joined the World of Warcraft community in 2006, and has been a tabletop RPG gamer since 1995.


Felicia Pride: Panelist
FeliciaPrideFelicia Pride is a writer, producer, and educator with more than ten years experience working in media (including in book publishing pre-Kindle). As the founder and chief content officer of pride collaborative, she develops, conceptualizes and collaborates on creative content, media, and film projects for an array of clients. She is the director of storytelling institute StoriesLead, the co-organizer of StoryCode DC, a community for transmedia storytellers, and is the founder of The Create Daily, a start-up that matches media makers with career-advancing opportunities.

Felicia is also the author of seven books, including the essay collection The Message: Life Lessons from Hip-Hop’s Greatest Songs, published by NBC Universal, which has been used in educational institutions around the country, and for which she co-developed an interactive enrichment program. Her latest book, To Create, is a collection of interviews with black storytellers and media makers.

Currently a media fellow at the Center for Media & Social Impact, Felicia holds an M.A. in writing and publishing from Emerson College.

Staci Redmon: Panelist
FeliciaPrideMs. Staci Redmonis the President and CEO at Strategy and Management Services, Inc. (SAMS). Ms. Redmon is an Army Signal Corps veteran and a highly successful project management professional with over thirty years of demonstrated success in supporting federal agencies where she has managed or provided services to every major aspect of the defense acquisition life-cycle and software development life-cycle (SDLC). She is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt, a trained Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, and is ITIL v3.0 Foundation certified. She is also certified by the Project Management Institute as a Project Management Professional.

Ms. Redmon holds a BS in Computer Information Systems, a Graduate Certificate in Procurement and Federal Contracts Management, and an MBA with a concentration in Acquisition. Some of SAMS’ clients include: the Department of Defense, the Army National Guard, the US Army, Air Force, and Navy, the US Department of Agriculture, and the Securities and Exchange Commission. SAMS provides operations support, information technology services, and facilities management services. We offer a variety of complex services and solutions to our customers. SAMS, headquartered in Springfield, Virginia, is a SBA 8(a) program participant, verified SDVOSB, EDWOSB, and an SBA-certified SDB small business.

Dr. Lenora Gant: Panelist
LenoraGantDr. Gant was appointed in July 2012 by the NGA Director, Ms. Letitia Long, to a two-year rotational assignment as a Senior Advisor to the NGA InnoVision Directorate to lead the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Workforce Initiative in support of the NGA Strategic Plan. In this role, she directs, plans, and executes approaches to originate, develop, and formalize the Scientific and Technology (S&T) Performance Management Framework, Roadmap, and mechanisms that align with NGA and National-level STEM human capital development thrusts. She builds coalitions, partnerships, and leverages resources among NGA, DOD/USDI, ODNI, industry, and academe partners to optimize mission capabilities, impacts, and results. Prior to this assignment, she was appointed as the Deputy Assistant DNI, Human Capital for the Intelligence Community (2009) by the DNI, Admiral (RET) Dennis Blair. Dr. Gant served as the Director of the ODNI Intelligence Community (IC) Centers of Academic Excellence, comprised of over 30 colleges and universities across the U.S., 2005-2012. Simultaneously, she directed and performed oversight for the Office of Policy and Strategic Mission Outreach, Wounded Warrior and Work Life Programs. Dr. Gant served on a two-year academic sabbatical at Trinity University, Washington, DC as a visiting professor, scholar-in-residence, in International Affairs prior to returning to the Intelligence Community, 2002-2004. She established policy guidance and execution strategies aligned with objectives outlined in the U.S. National Intelligence Strategy (NIS). Dr. Gant maintained collaborative partnerships with federal agencies, academia, and industry. From 1998-2002, she served as senior advisor/special executive to the Director of Central Intelligence (DCI), Central Intelligence Agency, and the Deputy DCI for Community Management for workforce management, training/education, human resources, and IC corporate diversity management.

Panel 4: STEM+ Leadership (11:15am – 12:15pm)

Nancy Lamberton: Workshop Lead
NancyLamberton2Nancy Lamberton, a leadership coach, consultant and facilitator and VP of Mentoring Solutions at The Nebo Company, is passionate about working with clients to increase their capacity to be resourceful, credible and inspiring leaders at every level of the organization.

With 25 years of experience as an executive in technology and an entrepreneur, Nancy understands the challenges facing today’s business, association, academic and government leaders. She brings first hand experience and the latest in leadership development education to her clients. In addition to coaching, Nancy delivers leadership development programs and retreats for executive, emerging, and women leaders. She also writes Mentor~Wise, a blog to inform and inspire mentors. Nancy led the government divisions of Avaya and Lucent Technologies, was VP of Alliances for SAP, and is a seasoned entrepreneur as co-founder of an e- commerce start-up, Excitations LLC. She serves on the board of directors of Women In Technology, as Immediate Past President. An ICF certified coach and graduate of the Georgetown University’s Leadership Coaching Graduate Program, Nancy has a Journalism degree from the University of Kansas and her MBA from Southern Methodist University.

Seth Hudson: Panelist
SethHudsonSeth Hudson, Assistant Director for Computer Game Design, teaches GAME 332 and serves as the professor of record for GAME 491. Hudson also serves as internship coordinator and the chief academic advisor for the program. He has taught English and English literature classes for 6 years at the collegiate level, with his creative work focusing on playwriting and non-linear storytelling. Other teaching credits include Playwriting 2: Character Development at the Performing Arts Training Studio in Washington, DC and courses in American Culture at various institutions.

Hudson earned a Master of Arts in English and Comparative Literature degree from the University of Cincinnati, where he studied playwriting and pedagogy as it applies to the teaching of writing.

Panel 5: STEM+ Careers (2:00pm – 3:00pm)

Dr. Marian McKee: Moderator
MarianMcKeeDr. Marian L. McKee is the Principal Scientist for Microbiology in Development Services at BioReliance in Rockville where she provides scientific and technical expertise to support testing and manufacturing services for pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies. Dr. McKee has served as the Director of Collections and Manager of the microbiology and toxin program of the NIAID Biodefense Repository at ATCC. Marian performed her postdoctoral training in the Laboratory of Molecular Biology at the National Cancer Institute, NIH. While at NIH, she served on the NIH Speakers Bureau as a speaker and mentor bringing science to students in grades K-12. This was the beginning of her community outreach activities to share her passion for science and STEM with students. Dr. McKee obtained her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD, and her B.S. in Zoology from Duke University.

Marian is chair of the Corporate Citizenship Committee at BioReliance and a director on the Board of the WIT Education Foundation.

 Angie Cullen: Panelist

AngieCullenAngie Cullen joined Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in 1985 as college hire doing COBOL and IMS programming. She held a number of positions supporting and managing different IT teams including tax systems, payroll systems and internally built strategic middleware system. She also managed the organization in IT responsible for supporting SBC’s Local Competition initiative and served as the IT witness and coordination point for regulatory efforts surrounding SBC’s entry into the long distance market.

In 2004, Angie joined and led the Mass Market Application Architecture organization. She managed 40+ Lead Principal Technical Architects, Principal and Sr. Technical Architects who performed architecture solutioning and optimization activities for all consumer support systems. She led the IP systems integration team responsible for the architecture and integration of systems supporting U-verse and Mobility.

In 2010, Angie transitioned into Service Delivery as Assistant Vice President – Wholesale Care Operations Support. In this role, she was responsible for the functions supporting the Local and Access service centers including mechanization, methods/procedures, metrics and regulatory/compliance support.

Angie has been part of the Federal Government Customer Service organization since late 2012. Her current role includes program management / operational oversight for various Federal Government agencies as well as process, metrics and mechanization support for the Federal Government Customer Service team.

Angie has a BSBA in Management Information Systems from the University of Missouri, St. Louis and an MBA with emphasis in Finance from Saint Louis University.

 Dr. Erin Fitzgerald: Panelist

ErinFitzgeraldDr. Erin Fitzgerald directs the Minerva Research Initiative, a $26M basic research program within the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Her PhD dissertation at Johns Hopkins University, combined electrical engineering, computer science, and cognitive science approaches to automatic speech recognition and natural language translation. She consulted for Mattel through the National Academy of Engineering on the design of the Barbie® I Can Be…™ Computer Engineer Doll, released in Fall 2010.



 Dr. Betsy Nichols: Panelist

BetsyNicholsElizabeth A. Nichols (Betsy) is Chief Data Scientist at Netuitive, Inc. In this role she is responsible for leading the company’s vision and technologies for analytics, modeling, and algorithms.

Betsy’s career includes positions as university faculty, in Federal government, private enterprise, and several start-ups. Betsy has applied mathematics and computer technologies to create systems for war gaming, space craft mission optimization, industrial process control, supply chain logistics, advertising networks, IT security and risk models, and network and systems management. She has co-founded three companies, all of which delivered analytics to commercial and government enterprises.

The first company that Betsy co-founded was Digital Analysis Corporation (acquired by Legent in 1994). A year later, Legent was acquired by Computer Associates (CA). As a result Betsy became one of two principal architects for Unicenter TNG reporting to CA’s CTO. The second company that Betsy co-founded was Clear Point Metrics (acquired by nCircle in 2011), which offered the first platform for IT security metrics. PlexLogic, Betsy’s most recent venture, offered analytics consulting services.

As one of the founding members of the Java JMX Expert Group, Betsy contributed to the several early releases of the Java Management Extension (JMX). Additionally, she has been active in numerous industry efforts to define and standardize analytics for measuring IT security, risk, and compliance. She has contributed to three books on security metrics, co-authored five books on topics in computer hardware, software, and digital communications, and is lead inventor on a patent that defines algorithms and methods for heterogeneous, scalable data integration for analytics. Betsy has served on Technical Advisory Boards for several companies including BladeLogic (acquired by BMC). Betsy graduated with an A.B. from Vassar College and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Duke University.

 Alexis Battista: Panelist

AlexisBattistaAlexis Battista is a Ph.D. candidate at George Mason University and a research fellow at MedStar Health Research Institute. Her research program is focused on examining how simulation-based learning environments support learning, motivation and self-regulation, and patient safety. Her current work reflects the combination of her prior clinical experience in pre-hospital emergency medicine, clinical education, and simulation based education design, business operations and more recently educational psychology. Previously she was the Senior Education Specialist and Manager for the Clinical Simulation Center at Washington Hospital Center, which manages 28 simulation-based education programs and hosted more than 10,000 simulated encounters annually. Alexis received a B.S. in Emergency Medical Services from George Washington University and an MBA with a concentration in Operations Management from the Keller Graduate School of Management.

Dr. Debra Weinstein: Panelist
DrDebraWeinsteinDebra L. Weinstein, Ph.D. is the Research Development Specialist at the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR) at the University of Maryland. She received her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and researched the host immune response to pathogens for over twenty years before transitioning to science administration. She came to the University of Maryland in 2007 and works closely with faculty, students and staff at IBBR to coordinate all aspects of interdisciplinary research teams. IBBR is a University System of Maryland joint research enterprise created to enhance collaboration among the University of Maryland College Park, The University of Maryland Baltimore and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Accordingly, Dr. Weinstein works with researchers to leverage collective research strengths of the partnering institutions in medicine, biosciences, technology, quantitative sciences and engineering, to foster integrated, cross-disciplinary team approaches to scientific discovery and education.

Dr. Weinstein also works with several University cohorts, including the Research Development Council and the Graduate School.

Panel 6: STEM+ Remarkable Women (3:15pm – 4:15pm)

Anitha Raj: Moderator
AnithaRajAnitha Raj is President of ARAR Technology, a technology management consulting firm. ARAR provides advanced roles with agile responsibilities that nurture technology innovations to lead clients to excel in business.

Ms. Raj is a passionate business visionary executive with international experience. Her responsibilities involve dynamic technology management of several multi-million dollar engagements. Her keen ability to evangelize innovative strategies using effective processes, high performances, quickly promotes business modernization and growth. A proven leader; she builds extremely motivated cross-functional, collaborative, multi-country professional teams. She published white papers on various technology topics. Ms. Raj earned a Master’s in Business Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Pune University. She serves on numerous advisory boards, charitable organizations, and champions Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) educations.

Having worked worldwide with large management consulting corporations: HCL-Hewlett Packard, Tata Consulting, and Fortune 100 clientele: Wells Fargo, Bank Of America, Thomson Reuters, Advance Auto Parts, ManTech, Qwest, KPN-Europe, Olympic Africa Games-Egypt, Nissen-Japan, Changi Airport-Singapore, Convergys, Verizon, et al., she understands customer needs and knows the strategies to fulfill them efficiently. She has extensive experience in Advisory leadership and IT Strategy, Business Intelligence (BI), Enterprise Architecture Integration (EI), Quality Assurance (QA), Outsourcing and Program Management (PM) using state of the art software engineering technology.

Dr. Corinna Lathan: Panelist

CorinnaLathanDr. Corinna Lathan co-founded AnthroTronix in 1999 and is currently Board Chair and Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Lathan’s diverse background includes extensive research, teaching, and consulting in the areas of human performance engineering, medical device design, and assistive technology. Previously, Dr. Lathan was an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at The Catholic University of America (CUA) and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Dr. Lathan is also Founder of AT KidSystems, a spinoff of ATinc, which distributes alternative computer interfaces and educational software. Her work with children with disabilities and robotics has been featured in Forbes, Time, and the New Yorker magazines as well as led to such distinctions as Maryland’s “Top Innovator of the Year,” MIT Technology Review Magazine’s “Top 100 World Innovators,” and one of Fast Company Magazines “Most Creative People in Business.” She has also been named a Technology Pioneer and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and is currently on their Global Agenda Council for Robotics and Smart devices.

Dr. Lathan is actively involved in educational outreach programs that empower women and minorities in science and technology. She is the Founder of Keys to Empowering Youth for junior high school girls, an advisor to the FIRST and VEX robotics program, and a Board Member of the National Black Child Development Institute. Dr. Lathan is also on the Board of Engineering World Health, which supports the emergence of healthcare technology in the developing world, and on the Advisory Board of Amman Imman – Water is Life.

Dr. Lathan received her B.A. in Biopsychology and Mathematics from Swarthmore College, and an S.M. in Aeronautics and Astronautics and Ph.D. in Neuroscience from MIT.

Michele Weslander Quaid: Panelist

MicheleQuaidMichele Weslander Quaid is the Chief Technology Officer (Public Sector) and Innovation Evangelist for Google. Throughout her career, Michele has taken on the challenge of creating startups and transforming existing businesses in both industry and government. Through her successes, she has been recognized and sought after as a leader of change and innovation. Prior to joining Google in April 2011, Michele’s work experience included a decade in industry as an image scientist and chief engineer, before being recruited into the US Government where she served in various transformational roles to include CTO, CIO and other senior executive positions.

Michele earned a B.S. in Physics and Engineering Science with honors from Seattle Pacific University, and a M.S. in Optics from the University of Rochester. She is a graduate of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government program for Senior Managers in Government, and a Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff CAPSTONE Fellow. Michele serves on the board of directors for various organizations, and she is active in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) and leadership outreach for students in K-12 and at universities. Michele was profiled by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of “The 7 Most Powerful 7 Women to Watch” in 2014.

 Noah Sandidge: Panelist

NoahSandidgeNoah Sandidge is the Director at Microsoft Corporation responsible for Federal Government Productivity Solution Sales worldwide. Internally and externally, Noah and her team work to help customers better understand how to increase efficiencies through cloud technologies and work smarter with Microsoft’s productivity tools. Noah works with Microsoft’s Academy for College Hires (MACH) program and Microsoft’s DigiGirlz program promoting STEM education and experiences to inspire next generations.

Noah joined Microsoft in 2007 as an Emerging Technology Business Manager within Microsoft’s US Public Sector division. From 2010 – 2012, she led the Application Platform business for Microsoft Federal; leading it to be the top producing Specialist Sales business at Microsoft in 2012.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Noah spent 12 years at Oracle Corporation and has dedicated more than 20 years to working closely with the Public Sector staying focused on understanding how and when technology can be used to enhance government.

Noah holds a degree in Communication Studies specializing in Public Relations and French from Virginia Tech. She is an industry liaison to the Northern Virginia Children’s Science Center and lives in Loudoun County with her husband Ed and their children Paige and Brice.

 Pat Tracey: Panelist

PatTraceyPat Tracey is vice president of Homeland Security and Defense for HP Enterprise Services U.S. Public Sector. Included in this business unit is responsibility for U.S. Public Sector services in support of U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of State, and U.S. Department of Defense components including, Air Force, Army, Office of Secretary of Defense, Personnel and Readiness-Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC), Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS), Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), and other defense agencies.

Tracey joined HP, then EDS, in 2006 leading the development of strategies to align services to changing customer mission priorities, and to the operational cadences of government customers requiring high availability and dynamic security.

Prior to joining HP, Tracey completed a distinguished 34-year career with the U.S. Navy, retiring as vice admiral. Her operational assignments included responsibility for large scale service operations supporting surface ship operations and complex individual and unit training operations. As Chief of the Navy’s $5 billion global education and training enterprise, she led a successful revolution in training technology to improve the quality, access, effectiveness and cost of Navy training.

Tracey serves as a director of the U.S. Steel Corporation and Armed Forces Benefit Association. Her educational achievements include a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics from the College of New Rochelle; a master’s degree, with distinction, in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School; and a Fellowship with the Chief of Naval Operations’ Strategic Studies Group. She holds an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Wilson College.

Closing Presentation: Owning Your Future (4:15pm – 4:45pm)

Kathleen deLaski: Speaker

KathleendeLaskiKathleen deLaski is Founder of the Education Design Lab, a non-profit working with universities, entrepreneurs and employers to prototype new education models that prepare students for the knowledge economy. Kathleen is also the president of The deLaski Family Foundation, a leading Washington area grant-maker in education and the arts. Kathleen has separately spent 10 years in various roles in education reform, most recently as founder of EdFuel, which is developing the talent pipeline for the K-12 “edu-preneur sector.” Previously, Kathleen helped Michelle Rhee create StudentsFirst, a 1.8 million member national advocacy movement to create better school options, particularly for low-income families. Kathleen has also served as senior program officer for education at the Walton Family Foundation, president of The Sallie Mae Fund, the non-profit arm of student lending leader, Sallie Mae, and as Sallie Mae’s Chief Communications and Consumer Marketing Officer.

Spending five years at America Online, she developed the first interactive tools to engage the public electronically and live in elections and the political process and helped the biggest news organizations take their brands online. She and her boss, Steve Case, were named by Harvard University’s Institute of Politics among “25 people Changing the World.” Prior to AOL, Kathleen was named by President Clinton as Chief Spokesman for the Pentagon, where she oversaw the military’s worldwide public information team. Kathleen also spent 13 years as a TV journalist, including 5 years as an ABC News Washington correspondent.