The New York STEAM Girls Collaborative brings together organizations committed to informing and motivating girls to pursue careers in STEM. We are New York State's collaborative to promote equity in STEAM learning.
Our leadership team includes people from a variety of sectors who are committed to increasing access to STEAM learning for all young people:
Timothy Fowler is the Professional Development Director for the New York State Network for Youth Success. He was one of the founding members of Missouri’s Leadership Team, and joined New York’s team in 2017 when he moved back home. Timothy has worked on social justice education with children as young as infants through teens, and has done workshop facilitation on topics of racism, sexism, and heterosexism. He loves reading science fiction and currently resides in Troy, NY.
Lorena Harris is the Director of the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) and LSAMP program in the Math, Science, Technology, and Health Division at SUNY Schenectady County Community College. She is also an Educator and MSTH Faculty member teaching and leading the Nutrition program. Lorena has mentored and tutored students in STEM since she was in early college; she loves cryptography and gardening. Lorena is a member of NYS Girls Collaborative, Schenectady STEM Alliance, NGCP, AAAS, and ACS. She is the 2019 Margaret Ashida STEM Leadership Award recipient, educator, mom, and a FabFem Role Model.
Sara Kobilka is the owner and principal consultant for Renaissance Woman Consulting LLC and a dedicated lifelong learner. She is passionate about education, communication, outreach, networking, and issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion, access, accessibility, belonging, and social justice. Over the course of her career, she’s been a broadcast meteorologist/journalist, formal and informal educator, non-profit leader, and entrepreneur. Her goal is to encourage collaborative, trans-disciplinary thinking, and develop a STEM identity in all individuals. Sara is involved nationally in diversity in STEM (including serving as a national trainer for SciGirls, Hero Elementary, Click2Science, and ACRES) and STEM engagement initiatives. Partnerships and equitable collaboration have been a significant focus of her work as she connects people and organizations with similar interests and helps them strategically work together. She’s involved with teaching/education in other realms as well, including facilitating/moderating virtual training for out-of-school educators, tutoring, and designing/leading camps for youth on a plethora of topics, designing formal education curriculum, leading fitness classes, and working as a broadcast journalist/meteorologist. She enjoys a Renaissance woman life-style, both inside and outside of her work life and is actively raising two Renaissance girls.
Nancy Coddington is the Director of Science Content, Services & Programming at WSKG Public Media, a dual-licensed media institution in the Southern Tier of New York. She has worked as a STEM advocate in museums, classrooms, and public media for over twenty years. She is an award-winning producer, hosts a monthly science show, and leads digital content production. Ms. Coddington is a science communicator, practicing, teaching, and guest lecturing at universities and organizations globally. Nancy serves as a national trainer for SciGirls and Hero Elementary, STEM advisor for Mashoplis, and leads virtual STEM engagement initiatives. She has been part of the Science Teachers Association of New York State for over a decade, serving in various roles including: Communications Director, Elementary SAR, and Chair of the Southern Section. You can find Nancy outside hiking, paddling, or photographing everything she comes upon.
Simone Ragland, LMSW, is the Executive Director of WNY STEM Hub a Social Worker, an administrator, and an educator. She has over 20 years of experience providing support services to individuals and families through parent education classes, family support for individuals with developmental disabilities and recovery treatment, and in-home intensive therapy for children and their families through organizations in Erie County. For a decade, as Project Director for the Science and Technology Enrichment Program, Simone has cultivated a wealth of knowledge and understanding for the academic and socio-emotional needs of the students, specifically those who are historically underrepresented populations in STEM and healthcare. She has been immersed in the local educational community, creating and providing opportunities for students to close the achievement and equity gaps and assist students in developing and sharpening skills needed to excel in post-secondary education. She is passionate about education, empowerment, engagement, and support for children and families, and increasing diversity and inclusion in the STEM pipeline, STEM education, and STEM careers.
Latasha Wright, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, received her PhD from NYU Langone Medical Center in cell and molecular biology. She continued her scientific training at Johns Hopkins University and Weill Cornell Medical Center. She has co-authored numerous publications and presented her work at international and national conferences. BioBus enables Latasha to share her love of science with a new generation of scientists. Latasha spearheaded the creation of the first BioBase community lab, the BioBus internship program, and our Harlem expansion. Every day that Latasha spends teaching students about science in this transformative environment helps her remember that science is fun. She loves sharing the journey of discovery with students of all ages.
Kerry McLaughlin is Senior Manager of Out of School Time Programs at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. She oversees the day-to-day operations of 20 after school programs throughout the five boroughs of New York City, as well as partners with the New York Housing Authority to provide programming to their community centers throughout the summer.
With over 20 years’ experience in education, she has taken on many roles within the institutions she has worked. She was instrumental in development and delivery of the first after school programming at the Intrepid Museum. She has also been instrumental in the development and continuation of youth leadership programming at the Intrepid Museum as well, providing STEM and youth programming for high school students. Working with youth and developing their skills is a particular passion for Ms. McLaughlin, as she oversaw interns and emerging professionals at both the Intrepid Museum and in her previous positions at the Newark Museum.
Before joining the Intrepid Museum’s team in 2002, Ms. McLaughlin was a Senior Museum Educator and Manager of Family Events (acting) at the Newark Museum while obtaining her Master of Arts degree in Museum Professions at Seton Hall University, which she obtained in 2002. At the Newark Museum, Ms. McLaughlin taught pre-K – grade 12 students as well as family groups with a wide range of abilities in art history, critique, and art interpretation as well as ran studio programs associated with both audiences. Ms. McLaughlin was also the Executive Administrative Assistant to the Director of the Southampton Historical Museum and is a graduate of York College of Pennsylvania (1995) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history.