Senior Legislative Affairs Associate, The Education Trust
Kelly McManus serves as the organization’s senior legislative affairs associate, working to leverage policy analysis as well as legislative tactics and strategies to advance the Education Trust’s equity agenda, message, and policy proposals at both the federal and state levels. In this position, she works alongside members of the education, civil rights, disability, and business communities to push for policies that improve the educational outcomes of our nation’s most vulnerable youth. Prior to joining The Education Trust, Kelly served as the government affairs director for Stand for Children Arizona, where she managed all aspects of policy and legislative affairs. Additionally, she managed Stand for Children Arizona’s statewide electoral work. Before that, Kelly managed public affairs for Teach For America-Phoenix and also taught middle school English in the School District of Philadelphia.
Director of Career & Technical Education, Community College of Allegheny County
Laurel Westrom works at the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) and serves as the Director of Career and Technical Education for the Perkins Grant at CCAC’s North Campus and West Hills Center. The West Hills Center is home to CCAC’s skilled trades programs. Prior to becoming Director, Westrom was a Student Success Coach at CCAC and acted as a mentor to many students. As Director, her focus is on increasing student retention by providing students with the skills and support necessary to improve their grade point averages and completion rates. She also focuses on increasing participation and completion rates among nontraditional students within career and technical education. She holds an MA in student personnel from Slippery Rock University, a BS in psychology from Slippery Rock, and an AS from CCAC.
Special Assistant to the President for Diversity and Inclusion, Community College of Allegheny County
Clyde Wilson Pickett was appointed to serve as the Special Assistant to the President for Diversity and Inclusion for the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) in October 2012. Pickett is responsible for coordinating systemwide diversity and inclusion initiatives for CCAC’s four campus locations and five centers. He has direct oversight for the operations of CCAC’s Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, including comprehensive civil rights compliance. He possesses more than 15 years of experience in higher education leadership at both public and private universities.
Project Director, Hear Me, CREATE Lab, Carnegie Mellon University
Jessica Kaminsky is the Project Director of the Hear Me project, a youth voice project of the CREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon University. Hear Me asks students to contribute their voices to meaningful conversations through media-making projects. Hear Me’s platform connects student voices to audiences to inform policies and practices and raise awareness around youth issues. Kaminsky is deeply committed to fighting for equity in education and ensuring that education systems are responsive to youths’ needs. For Hear Me, she designs and implements programming and is responsible for building relationships with “decision makers.” However, the best part of her work is meeting and learning from students.
Outreach Coordinator, Penn State New Kensington
An Outreach Coordinator for Penn State New Kensington, Colleen Smith is currently focused on several STEM projects: ABC CREATE, 15 school districts invigorating their educational systems through technology fluency, social empowerment, and collaboration; Penn State Homework Hotline, college students staffing a call center and guiding middle and high school students to a solid understanding of their math homework; and the GREAT Program, a selective career development program grooming Penn State New Kensington STEM students for early entry into internship and research opportunities. Smith values equity and awareness of opportunity for girls and boys and is a committed member of many STEM communities: CREATE Lab Satellite Network, Female Alliance for STEM Excellence (FASE), PA STEM Girls Collaborative Project, AAUW, PA STEMx Network, and the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) Award for Aspirations in Computing.
Utah STEM Equity Pipeline Lead; Assistant Professor-Technology Management, Utah Valley University
Susan L. Thackeray is an Assistant Professor, Technology Management in the College of Technology and Computing at Utah Valley University (UVU). She has more than 20 years of demonstrated administrative leadership in industry and education that includes international and domestic higher education instructional design, distance learning development, usability testing, workforce development, and team organization/training. Thackeray is noted nationally for the innovative UVU Business Engagement Strategy Career Pathways model to prepare and transition students efficiently into the workforce. She has received multiple awards for innovation excellence and is currently the state lead for NAPE’s STEM Equity Pipeline Project. Thackeray holds a BS in digital media and a master’s degree in instructional technology from Utah State University. She is a doctoral candidate at Northeastern University in Boston, with a research focus of underrepresented populations in STEM.
Associate Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, Park City School District
Kathleen Einhorn earned a BS in special education from the University of Utah, an ME in learning disabilities from Columbus State University, a specialist’s degree in administration and supervision from Columbus State, and a doctorate in instructional leadership from Argosy University, Atlanta. She taught seventh- to ninth-grade students with learning and emotional disabilities at Valley Junior High in Salt Lake City. She also taught special education, English, and reading at Bamberg Middle/High School in Bamberg, Germany, and elementary special education at Fort Benning, Georgia. Former administrative positions include Assistant Director of Special Education and Director of Curriculum at Fort Benning, Instructional Specialist for the Department of Defense stateside and U.S. territory schools, Principal at W.T. Sampson Unit School in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and Principal at Trailside Elementary in Park City, Utah.
Technology Management Department Chair, Utah Valley University
Cheryl Hanewicz, EdD, is an Associate Professor and Department Chair in the Technology Management Department at Utah Valley University. She has also served as an Assistant Dean in the College of Technology and Computing as well as Senior Director of Student Success and Retention. She is interested in helping students achieve academic success and attracting more women into technology-related fields. Previously she taught technology-related courses at Eastern Michigan University. Hanewicz has more than 20 years of computer and managerial experience in both the business and academic environments. In addition to teaching, she has published technology-related books and articles as well as participated in professional conferences. She received her BS, Master of Liberal Studies in technology, and EdD in educational leadership with a concentration in technology management.
Executive Director, Byte Back
Elizabeth Lindsey joined Byte Back as Executive Director in September 2015. She is committed to giving underserved Washington, DC, residents the opportunity to thrive in the changing economy. Before joining Byte Back, she was the Chief Operating Officer and Interim Chief Executive officer at Groundswell in Washington, DC. She has also worked at the DC Department of Employment Services and has focused on economic development for women and minorities in New Jersey. Lindsey earned her master’s degree in public affairs and urban and regional planning from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and her BA in history and French from Swarthmore College. In October 2015, Lindsey spoke at the National Digital Inclusion Alliance 2015 International Conference and appeared on Comcast-NBCUniversal’s Newsmakers cable program. She was selected in the Women Rule Leadership Competition and was awarded a Women’s Information Network award for up-and-coming leaders demonstrating excellence and innovation.
Study Director, Institute for Women’s Policy Research
Cynthia Hess has worked for the Institute of Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) since 2007. She has served as study director for projects on numerous issues, including the status of women in the United States, women’s activism and leadership, immigration, and Social Security. Currently, she directs a large-scale project examining the availability of wraparound supports in job training programs, the need for supports, and promising practices in support service delivery. Prior to joining IWPR, Hess taught for 2 years as a visiting faculty member in the Philosophy and Religious Studies Department at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Her scholarly work has focused on the intersection of feminist theory, theology, and peace studies, and her publications include Sites of Violence, Sites of Grace: Christian Nonviolence and the Traumatized Self as well as articles on terrorism, traumatic violence, and religious peacemaking. Hess received her PhD from Yale University and her AB from Davidson College.