Governor Whitmer makes appointments to MI-STEM Council

LANSING, Mich. (WLUC) - Governor Gretchen Whitmer Friday announced the following appointments to the Michigan Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (MI-STEM) Education Advisory Council.

Gail S. Alpert, of West Bloomfield, is the president and secretary for FIRST in Michigan, a non-profit STEAM organization. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. Mrs. Alpert is appointed to represent nonprofit organizations that promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education, for a term commencing October 1, 2019 and expiring September 30, 2020.

Mary K. Bacon, of Paris, is an adjunct professor at Ferris State University Department of Physical Sciences. She earned her Master of Science in Biological Sciences from Michigan Technological University. Professor Bacon is appointed to represent K-12 and postsecondary educational institutions involved with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics career preparation or education, for a term commencing October 1, 2019 and expiring September 30, 2021.

Lee Graham, of Holly, is the executive director of Operating Engineers 324 Labor-Management Education Committee (LMEC). Mr. Graham is appointed to represent economic sectors of this state that rely upon a workforce with education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, for a term commencing October 1, 2019 and expiring September 30, 2022.

Jacqueline Huntoon, Ph.D., of Houghton, is a professor of geology, the provost, and senior vice president for academic affairs at Michigan Technological University. She earned her Ph.D. in Geology from Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Huntoon is appointed to represent K-12 and postsecondary educational institutions involved with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics career preparation or education, for a term commencing October 1, 2019 and expiring September 30, 2023.

Tonya M. Matthews, Ph.D., of Detroit, is the director of the STEM Innovation Learning Center and associate provost for inclusive workforce development at Wayne State University. Dr. Matthews is founder of The STEMinista Project, an initiative supporting middle school girls in exploring tools and careers in STEM. She earned her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from John Hopkins University. Dr. Matthews is appointed to represent K-12 and postsecondary educational institutions involved with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics career preparation or education, for a term commencing October 1, 2019 and expiring September 30, 2022.

Christian A. Velasquez, of Midland, is the global market director for Dow Chemical Company. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Kansas State University and Master of Business Administration from Michigan State University. Mr. Velasquez is appointed to represent economic sectors of this state that rely upon a workforce with education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, for a term commencing October 1, 2019 and expiring September 30, 2020.

Daniel Williams, Ph.D., of Grand Rapids, is the president and chief executive officer for West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology. He earned his Doctor of Education in Interdisciplinary Leadership from Creighton University. Dr. Williams is appointed to represent nonprofit organizations that promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education, for a term expiring commencing October 1, 2019 and September 30, 2023. The Governor has designated Dr. Williams to serve as the vice-chairperson of the Council.

Wendy A. Winston, of Grand Rapids, is a middle and high school math teacher with Grand Rapids Public Schools. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education in Mathematics from Western Michigan University. Mrs. Winston is appointed to represent K-12 and postsecondary educational institutions involved with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics career preparation or education, for a term commencing October 1, 2019 and expiring September 30, 2021.

Adam F. Zemke, of Ypsilanti, is the global STEAM education manager for Ford Motor Company and a former State Representative. He earned his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University. Mr. Zemke is appointed to represent economic sectors of this state that rely upon a workforce with education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, for a term commencing October 1, 2019 and expiring September 30, 2022.

The Senate Majority Leader has designated Senators Dayna Polehanki and Dale Zorn to serve as non-voting members of the Council. The Speaker of the House of Representatives has designated Representatives Padma Kuppa and Brad Paquette to serve as non-voting members of the Council.
The MI-STEM Council was created by Executive Order No. 2019-13 and includes the Director of the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, two members of the Michigan Senate, two members of the Michigan House of Representatives, and nine residents appointed by the Governor. The Council is tasked with recommending measures to ensure effective communications, collaboration, and joint objectives among state departments and agencies with responsibilities relating to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education.

These appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.



 
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