STEM PUSH Network Leadership Teams

The STEM PUSH Network is supported by leaders from the University of Pittsburgh's BE STEM Center and the STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice.

Mackenzie Ball

Mackenzie Ball

Senior Personnel: Communications

David Boone

David Boone, PhD​

Co-PI: Alliance Leadership Team & Research

Ayesha Boyce

Ayesha Boyce, PhD

External Evaluation: 
Arizona State University

Dominique Briggs

Dominique Briggs

Project Manager


Disan Davis

Disan Davis, PhD

Research Associate: Admissions, Accreditation & Ecosystems


Lori Delale- O'Connor, PhD

Co-PI: Alliance Leadership Team & Equity

Tim Francisco

Tim Francisco, PhD

Consultant: TIES (Backbone) & Communications

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Becky Gonda, PhD

Senior Personnel

Veronica Gonzales

Veronica Gonzales

Consultant: TIES (Backbone) & Communications

Jennifer Iriti

Jennifer Iriti, PhD

Co-PI: Alliance Leadership Team, Co-Director Partners for Network Improvement, NIC Design Management

Danielle Lowry, PhD

Post-Doc Researcher: NIC Design & Knowledge Management

Chris Matthis

Chris Matthis

Research Assistant: NIC Design & Knowledge Management

Jan Morrison

Jan Morrison

Co-PI: Founder and Senior Partner of STEM Learning Ecosystems, TIES (Backbone)


Olivia Phillips

Project Coordinator


Aileen Reid, PhD

External Evaluation: 
University of North Carolina Greensboro

Carlos Sandoval

Carlos Sandoval, PhD

Consultant: Equitable Measurement


Jennifer Sherer, PhD

Senior Personnel: NIC Design & Knowledge Management

Alison Legg

Alison Slinskey Legg, PhD

PI: Alliance Leadership Team, Director BE STEM Center

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Talia Stol, PhD

Research Associate: NIC Design & Knowledge Management

Kelsie Ramos, STEM PUSH Alumni Fellow

Kelsie Ramos

STEM PUSH Alumni Fellow
Kenneth Zhen, STEM PUSH Alumni Fellow

Kenneth Zhen

STEM PUSH Alumni Fellow

Advisory Council

Area of Expertise Related to the Alliance Grant

Anthony Bryk, PhD

President of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement in Teaching. Expert in improvement science and networked improvement communities.

Louis Gomez, PhD

Professor of Education (and of Information Studies), UCLA and Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in Palo Alto. Expert in networked improvement communities, particularly in the areas of educational equity, mathematics and science.

Tanner Huffman, PhD

Executive Director, Advancing Excellence in P12 Engineering Education and assistant professor in the Department of Integrative STEM Education, School of Engineering at The College of New Jersey. Expert in STEM and K-12 engineering education with a focus on social relevance and empowerment.

Bobbie Laur

Executive Director, Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, professional organization of urban and metropolitan universities. Expert in higher education and partnerships, including K-16 education partnerships.

Ebony McGee, PhD

Associate Professor of Education of Diversity and Urban Schooling at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College. Expert who focuses on the role of racialized experiences and biases in STEM educational attainment, math identity and identity development in high-achieving students of color.

Teri Reed, PhD

Assistant Vice President of Research Development for Office of Research, University of Cincinnati. Expert in engineering education, equity, diversity and K-12 engineering education.

Karl Reid, EdD

Executive Director, National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and the 50K Coalition. Expert in increasing college access and opportunity for low-income and minority youth and broadening participation in engineering.

Howard Gobstein

Executive VP, Research, Innovation, and STEM Policy for the Association of Public & Land-grant Universities. PI of an INCLUDES Alliance: NAIDSF

Kelly Mack, PhD

Vice President for Undergraduate STEM Education and Executive Director of Project Kaleidoscope, Office of Undergraduate STEM Education, Association of American Colleges & Universities.

Muriel Alim

Senior Program Manager with the National Math and Science Initiative

Eileen Friou

Senior Director of Teaching and Learning with the AVID Center

George Spencer, PhD

Assistant professor at the University of Georgia and an alumnus of the INVESTING NOW pre-college program at the University of Pittsburgh.

Jamie Bracey-Greene, PhD

President and CEO
National Institute for Inclusive Competitiveness

Allison Scott, PhD

Chief Executive Officer
Kapor Foundation

Grady Burrows, HIT in the CLE

Grady Burrows

HIT in the CLE
Gaby Carbonell, Everglades EcoExplorers

Gaby Carbonell

Everglades EcoExplorers
Steven Jones, Hillman Academy

Steven Jones

Hillman Academy
Manny Leon, Arizona MESA

Manny Leon

Arizona MESA
Abigail (Aby) Romo, Nature Museum TEENS

Abigail (Aby) Romo

Nature Museum TEENS

Leslie Imelda Serpas, CSUDH Upward-Bound Math-Science

Leslie Imelda Serpas

CSUDH Upward Bound Math-Science

Edlyn Thompson-Mettle, Art Harper Saturday Academy

Edlyn Thompson-Mettle

Art Harper Saturday Academy
Mary Valmont Arthur, Ashe Institute’s Health Science Academy

Mary Valmont

Arthur Ashe Institute’s Health Science Academy

Elizabeth Waters Cooper, Union STEM Outreach Program

Elizabeth Waters

The Cooper Union STEM Outreach Program