Dr. Kamaljeet Sanghera is the Executive Director of STEM Outreach and the Associate Professor in the Information Sciences and Technology (IST) department, Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University. Dr. Sanghera has served as the Aspirations project Co-Lead in Executive Committee of National Center of Women in Information Technology (NCWIT). She received the NCWIT Extension Services to implement systemic change to increase enrollment, retention, and graduation of women in technology and engineering undergraduate programs. Dr. Sanghera is also an active member of Students and Technology in Academia, Research and Service (STARS) program. Her focus is on developing opportunities for K-12 teachers’ professional development, offering engineering and technology related camps for K-12 students while creating a community of practice for like-minded people who wish to participate in and contribute to STEM initiatives.
Nanci Schimizzi is a Senior Technology Executive with over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. As founder and principal at Fair Oaks Strategies, Nanci has served as a Management Consultant at large financial services firms, Non-Profit organizations and professional associations. Nanci has extensive experience in IT strategy, business continuity and resiliency planning, relationship and program management, and software development. She is actively engaged in championing programs supporting STEM Initiatives. In addition, she is engaged in the volunteer leadership roles in National Committee Member for Stem Outreach for SIM (Society of Information Management), STEM for Her Board of Directors, and President at EWGA DC (Executive Women’s Golf Association)
Susan Fitzgerald is Chief Executive Officer of Susan Fitzgerald & Associates, Inc. (SFA). She directs a multitude of diverse projects and provides program management for large-scale, enterprise-wide information technology (IT) programs. Ms. Fitzgerald has over 35 years of senior government expertise and is also a recognized expert on government contracting and procurement management. With honors, she attained a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Public Purchasing & Material Management and a Master of Public Administration, Management, both from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. In addition, she successfully completed the GMU Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate Program in 2016. She maintains current certifications as Certified Public Purchasing Officer (CPPO) from the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP), Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM), and Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute (PMI). Since 1989, she has also served as a Master NIGP instructor.
Ria Galanos teaches computer science at the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology and is the co-director of the Mobile and Web Applications Development Senior Research Laboratory. In addition to teaching, she sponsors the Coding Lady Colonials (an all-girl computer science club), HackTJ (the school’s 28 hour overnight hackathon), and the Senior Computing Team. Ria is passionate about introducing young people to the field of computer science, teaching them how to program, showing them how to create something from nothing, and making them thirsty to learn more. Her current areas of focus are building the confidence of females in computer science courses and creating interdisciplinary real-world computer science assignments that help make computing relevant and personal for all her students. Her other professional hats include being a Question Leader for the APCS A Exam Reading, serving on the AP Computer Science A Development Committee, and conducting APCS A student review sessions for the National Math and Science Initiative. She has served on the board of directors of the Computer Science Teachers Association and the National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools. Ria holds a BS in Aeronautical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a MAEd in Secondary Mathematics Education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, an advanced teaching diploma from Emory University, and is currently pursuing an MS degree in Computer Science from Georgia Tech.
Dr. Rhonda Farrell’s experience includes three decades of international and domestic support in technical and management consulting and various associated organizational roles to Fortune 500 commercial firms, state, and federal government entities in the areas of engineering, operations, quality, and cybersecurity. She has significant experience provided organizational change management, strategic development and alignment, business transformation, business process improvement, quality management, training, and integrated knowledge management services, as aligned to functional area verticals, as well as ‘total firm’ mandates, associated with Baldrige, ISO 9000, and (Lean) Six Sigma initiatives. Additionally, over the last 10 years she has in parallel focused on providing a wide range of change management related services to growth and governance maturing initiatives surround non-profit organizations providing services to the cyber, quality, and STEM arenas. Dr. Farrell has been recognized as Strathmore Who’s Who, Lifetime Women of Excellence Award (2016); US Marine Corps, Beaver County Marines Special Speaker Recognition (2013); ISSA International Distinguished Fellow (2017), ISSA International Fellow Award (2014), ISSA International Honor Roll Recipient (2014); ISSA International Senior Member (2013); IEEE Extraordinary Volunteer of the Year (2012 – 2014).
Louise Peabody has over 30 years of experience providing audit and advisory services to emerging and complex businesses, not-for-profits and government agencies. Her professional career has encompassed financial statement auditing, internal audit, corporate governance and risk management. She is a former partner with CohnReznick, LLP a national CPA, Tax and Advisory firm. Louise is a Certified Public Accountant, and holds a Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) and a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. She currently serves as Board Member for the STEM for Her Foundation (www.stemforher.org) overseeing Program Development. She also advises organizations and government agencies in support of policy development, internal controls and risk and compliance. Louise holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from The George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from University of Mary Washington.