Pioneer Valley STEM Network Advisory Committee
Deborah Day, STEAM Outreach Coordinator: Jandon Center for Community Engagement at Smith College; Chair, Western MA Science and Engineering Fair
Deborah Day shares her expertise and passion for research and STEM Education as former Director of the Amity Science Research Program and chemistry teacher. She currently leads the STEAM Outreach program at Smith College, developing new, sustainable experiential programming and providing opportunities for Smithies to partner with a wide variety of community members.
Christine von Renesse
Christine von Renesse is a professor of mathematics at Westfield State University. She uses open inquiry techniques in all her classes, believing that this is the most effective and enjoyable way of learning and teaching. In the mathematics courses for future K-12 teachers she brings her students into the K-12 classrooms, collaborating with the teachers in finding effective ways to explore mathematics together. Christine is part of the Discovering the Art of Mathematics project, and on the steering committee of the New England Community for Inquiry-Based Learning in Mathematics.
Lauren joined Westfield Public Schools in 2018 as the Supervisor of Science, Technology and Engineering for the district. Before joining WPS she was a science teacher in Springfield, MA, and Chicago, IL as a Teach for America Corp.
Michael Kerr joined the Springfield Museums as Curator of Astronomy in early 2019, following a long career in physics research. He was for many years a member of the technical staff at MIT Lincoln Laboratory.
Masshire Hampden County Workforce Board-Director of Business Services and Market Research
Larry is a 15 year seasoned workforce development professional who manages industry collaborations in meeting the supply and demand requires for Hampden County. He also directs the labor market research initiatives for the workforce board.
Gabriella Wilkerson is a Senior at Northampton High School and an Ambassador Girl Scout, she is working with the Springfield City Libraries to develop science kits that can be borrowed, to increase STEM accessibility in youth across various socioeconomic backgrounds.