Champions Board for GRITS Collaborative Project

Champions Board members are selected to give the project a balance of desirable expertise and regional representation, including industry representatives, informal learning educators, gender equity experts, science and mathematics education representatives, and educational policy experts.

Board members were selected to give the project a balance of desirable expertise and regional representation, including industry representatives, informal learning educators, gender equity experts, science and mathematics education representatives, and educational policy experts. The Board meets at least twice yearly in person, via teleconference, or webinars. Current Champions Board members are:

  • Samantha Brown, Outreach Director, TN-SCORE
  • Brad Bartel, Ph.D., University Provost
    Middle Tennessee State University
  • Kate Colson, Outreach Chair and Marketing Campaign Manager
    WiTT (Women in Technology Tn) and Health Tech
  • Betty Dandridge Johnson, Assistant Executive Director for Academic Affairs
    Tennessee Higher Education Commission
  • Ron DeChristoforo, Educational Technology Consultant
    Texas Instruments
  • Bud Fisher, Ph.D.
    MTSU College of Basic and Applied Sciences
  • Tanya Foreman, Education Manager
    Eastman Chemicals
  • Joshua Francois, Outreach Coordinator
    TN-Score
  • Deborah J. Hochstein, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Administration
    Herff College of Engineering, University of Memphis
  • Penny Howard, Middle School Coordinator
    Martha O'Bryan Community Center
  • Tara MacDougall, CEO
    Discover Center at Murfree Spring
  • Vicky Metzgar, Ed.D., Director
    Middle Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub
  • Nancy Morris, Dean, Math and Science Division
    Volunteer State Community College
  • Mary E. Thomas, Sr. General Coordinator
    Schneider Electric, Power Business
  • Ruth Woodall, Director
    Tennessee Scholars