Our Team

Collaboration is inherent to GCSC as an organization, the work that is being done comes with the help, support, and partnership of other local community organizations, businesses, education systems, and funders. To ensure work is being done that benefits all students in the Greater Cincinnati area, GCSC maintains a small strategic organizational team and utilizes input from an Advisory Board of individuals from key stakeholders. This structure allows GCSC to be a backbone organization that connects, catalyzes and amplifies STEM

Sean Kelley

Director, Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative, Talent Pipeline Initiative

Sean’s 20 years of experience and connectivity brings partners to GCSC projects and strategies, mainly business organizations, government and STEM professionals, to strengthen career exploration and student preparedness.

Emilee Armbruster

Program Manager, Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative

Emilee utilizes her background in education to oversee the signature programs of GCSC. Within her role she works mainly with educators and community partners to bring hands-on, engaging STEM opportunities to students in the tri-state area. 

Ted Fowler

Director, Youth Futures Center, Professor Emeritus, University of Cincinnati

Ted develops STEM education outreach programs and collaborative efforts. He also serves as co-director of the Southwest Ohio Hub of the Ohio STEM Learning Network.

Kathie Maynard

Associate Dean, Office of Education Innovations and Community Partnerships, University of Cincinnati

Kathie engages UC’s College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human with the broader UC and regional communities. She facilitates collaborative research and other projects focused on equitable and accessible STEM education.

AmeriCorps VISTA Maker Fellows

Through the Citizen Schools and Makers + Mentors Network, the Greater Cincinnati region is home to five Maker Fellows, one who specifically supports the work of GCSC. The Maker Fellow program is designed to help connect K – 12 students to maker centered learning opportunities. In our region, the Maker Fellows also build capacity to further build and enhance the STEM workforce pipeline. Currently, Maker Fellows serve in Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, Southwest Indiana and Dayton.

Our Advisory Board

Adison Nelson, Director, Community Relations, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center

Brian Purvis, Manager, Internet of Things (IOT) Lab, Tata Consultancy Services

Chris Boeckerman, Vice President, R&D, Procter & Gamble

Devona Stripling, Diversity and Inclusion Consultant, Tri-Health

Emily Campbell, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Cincinnati Public Schools

Erin Milligan, Education Consultant – Math / STEM / STEAM, Hamilton County Educational Service Center

Jim Detwiler, Deputy Superintendent / Chief Academic Officer, Boone County (KY) Schools,

John Scott, Vice President of Partner Advancement, Accelerate Great Schools

Kathy Wright, Principal, Hughes STEM High School, Cincinnati Public Schools

Kim McMillan, Assistant Dean, Center for Innovative Technologies, Cincinnati State Technical & Community College


Kim Vogelgesang, Midwest Stakeholder, Philanthropy Manager, Duke Energy

Lauren Bair, Customer Technical Programs Executive, GE Avaiation

Leslie Maloney, Senior Vice President and Program Manager – Education, The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation

Madhura Kulkarni, Director of the Center for Integrative Natural Science and Mathematics (CINSAM), Northern Kentucky University

Patty Ellis, Consulting Engineer Fleet Model and Analytics, GE Aviation

Ted Fowler, Professor Emeritus, University of Cincinnati, College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services

Uday Sheth, Director, R&D, Procter & Gamble, retired

Kristen Smitherman-Voltaire, Community & Citizenship Manager, Turner Construction Company

Whitney Owens, Chief Learning Officer, Cincinnati Museum Center