Yamilée has personally experienced the extraordinary benefits of a STEM education and dance. After studying mechanical engineering at MIT and being an avid dancer for 21 years, she switched gears to teach high school algebra in an under-served community in East New York, Brooklyn through Teach For America. As a teacher, her eyes were opened to the multitude of opportunities her students didn’t have access to; there was an abundance of potential that would never be unleashed. Therefore, she set out to provide students with something greater than what the school system could provide. She started STEM From Dance with the hope that a strong dance and STEM supplemental education would help to increase the number of under-represented minority high school girls across the nation who pursue a STEM undergraduate education.
Bryan is a graduate of Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, majoring in Public and Non Profit Administration. For the past 5 years Bryan has worked for Success Academy Charter Schools in their operations department and is currently overseeing the networks 9 middle schools’ operations teams and budgets. In his spare time, Bryan enjoys anything and everything to do with music whether that be playing guitar, attending concerts, or writing his own songs.
Nia is the epitome of what SFD students can become. With a chemical engineering B.S. and a biological engineering M.Eng from MIT, she is a research scientist at Genentech helping to develop the next generation of oncology and immunology therapies. She attributes much her success through high school and college to the combination of a dance and STEM education, which taught her the skills necessary to become a confident and creative leader. She values the importance of education, particularly increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in STEM fields, and through numerous programs, has tutored and taught students from this target demographic in math, chemistry, and reading.
Jacobe is a graduate of Stanford University and holds a Masters in Urban Education from Mercy College. Having worked in education for over a decade, Jacobe is passionate about closing the achievement gap. As an Educational Consultant, she currently works directly with teachers, teacher leaders, and principals to improve school effectiveness. Her professional interests lie in curriculum design, instructional strategies, leadership development, and student engagement in urban schools. Also as an avid dancer herself for over 20 years, Jacobe is excited to be a part of the STEM From Dance community.
Chris realizes the value of promoting STEM education in under-served communities, especially given his role as the founder and CEO of Promethean IT, an IT consultancy and managed services provider based in Manhattan. Chris was a distinguished honor graduate of the U.S. Army Information Science School and also holds a degree in philosophy from The New School.
Maryann studied Finance at the University of Virginia and started her career in interest rates trading before working in education. A lover of dance, and an even bigger lover of the STEM sciences, Maryann is passionate about providing a strong STEM foundation to under-served students and increasing the number of minorities who graduate with STEM degrees from college. Maryann is currently a director of strategy at Teach for America’s national office.
Doug is a seasoned professional in the banking industry for over a decade in areas of Small/Mid-cap, Middle Market, and Large Corporate lending. He is an active member in raising awareness in the not-for-profit arena for organizations such as Boys Town and New York Blood Center. He has served on the Water Collective’s Board of Directors since the organization was established. Doug earned his B.S. in Business Administration from St. Joseph’s College (Brooklyn/Patchogue, NY).
Terriann is a Southern California native that moved to NYC in 2013. Both her parents were born in Ireland and so in order to keep their daughters connected to Irish culture, Terriann and her sister were enrolled in Irish dancing. Terriann danced competitively for 13 years, travelling numerous times to Ireland for competitions. While no longer competitively Irish dancing, Terriann continues to explore other dance forms including hip-hop, street jazz, and swing. She graduated for UC San Diego with a BS in Chemical Engineering and subsequently started working in field of construction management. She has since then transitioned to working in tech, employed now by Bluebeam Inc. a software company that designs tools for PDF workflow. Both math and dance have been played a crucial role in her’s life – she believes that through the dance & STEM fusion that SFD so cleverly weaves, we can build a brighter future for women and communities.
Brandon Walker studied Engineering Science at the University of Virginia where he quickly found Engineering as a way of thinking and not a major. A past student and teacher for a summer enrichment program catering to underprivileged students, he is excited to play a role in helping minority students realize their potential to excel in the STEM subjects while also enjoying their passion of dance. Brandon is currently the Chief of Staff of New York Network Management at UnitedHealthcare.
Jenny is a Director in Fixed Income Sales at RBC Capital in New York. She has worked in finance and lived in New York for the last seven years. Prior to that, she attended the University of Pennsylvania. She is a lover of travel and exploring new restaurants both in NYC and all over the world.
Mikala is a teacher, coder and entrepreneur. As a graduate of MIT (B.S. Computer Science & Engineering) and Stanford University (M.A. Education – Learning, Design, and Technology) and as a former high school Computer Science instructor, she loves nothing more than getting students excited about expressing themselves through code. Mikala finds designing curriculum for STEM From Dance particularly exciting because the program adds a purposeful element of movement to an otherwise sedentary endeavor. When she’s not coding or teaching someone to code, Mikala enjoys reading, binging on Netflix, and spending time with family and friends.