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Chief Executive Officer

Patrick D'Amelio

Patrick D’Amelio is Chief Executive Officer of Washington STEM. As CEO, he is responsible for the management, programs, and infrastructure of the organization. With his vision, Patrick leads Washington STEM in advancing equity, excellence, and innovation in STEM education. Read More

Chief Financial Officer

Cindy Gustafson

Cindy Gustafson brings passion and excellence to her role as Chief Financial Officer at Washington STEM. Drawing from a distinguished career in finance paired with a passion for community engagement and social responsibility, Cindy plays an integral role in stewarding Washington STEM's resources to ensure every student in our state receives a robust and inspiring STEM education. Read More

Chief Development Officer

Alex Johnston

Alex Johnston serves as Washington STEM’s Chief Development Officer, leading the organization’s resource development efforts. She is personally invested in improving and increasing access to STEM education as she sees great potential for the number of lives that will be changed and the economic impact to both our state and country. She also wonders what path her life might have taken if, as a young girl who excelled in math and science, she had been encouraged to pursue those paths by a more inclusive and innovative education system. Read More

Chief Policy Officer

Caroline King

Caroline King serves as Washington STEM’s Chief Policy Officer, leading the organization’s advocacy efforts to build a robust and diverse movement to advance excellence, equity, and innovation in STEM education. Read More

Chief Program Officer

Andy Shouse

Andy serves as Washington STEM’s Chief Program Officer, leading the organization's efforts to develop and support innovative STEM learning experiences for all Washington students through close partnership with educators and industry and community partners. Read More

STEM Network Director

Lee Lambert

Lee Lambert serves as Washington STEM’s STEM Network Director, leading the charge on the organization’s statewide effort to advance STEM education in alignment with local economic development. From supporting diverse on-the-ground partnerships to facilitating the spread of promising practices across networks, Lee is a leading advocate for high quality STEM education for every student in Washington state. Read More

Office Manager + Executive Assistant

Constance Awenasa

Constance Awenasa is the office manager and executive assistant of Washington STEM. An experienced administrative professional, Constance supports the organization’s strategic long-term development by providing a keen eye for detail and organizational efficiency. Read More

Corporate and Foundation Giving Manager

Gillia Bakie

Gillia Bakie works closely with the chief development officer, building and sustaining meaningful engagement with corporate and foundation partners. She sees every day as a chance to learn, develop, and advance the mission of Washington STEM. Read More

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Shawn Edmondson

Shawn Edmondson received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of South Alabama and his Ph.D. in Research and Evaluation Methodology from Utah State University. After receiving his Ph.D., Dr. Edmondson worked as an evaluator on a variety of federally-funded health and education programs in the US and overseas. Read More

Program Officer

Amanda Fankhauser

Amanda Fankhauser’s love for education started early, when she would fake “well” so as not to miss a day of school. Amanda holds a Masters in Teaching from the University of Washington and a B.A. in Psychology with an emphasis in early childhood development. Over the years, she has worked with students in a variety of roles and settings: as a fifth grade teacher and student council advisor in the Lake Washington School District, a summer camp teacher at both Pacific Science Center and Experience Music Project and a substitute teacher with the Bellevue School District. Read More

Communications Manager

Jesse Gilliam

Jesse Gilliam serves as Washington STEM’s Communications Manager. He’s responsible for internal and external communications strategy and implementation as well as managing Washington STEM’s website and social media. Read More

Events Coordinator

Megan Nadan

Megan Nadan serves as Washington STEM’s Events Coordinator. She is primarily responsible for the logistics of all organization events. Working in close coordination with Washington STEM team members and partners, she supports the growth and effectiveness of the organization through the planning, support, and execution of various events. Read More

Finance and Grants Manager

Jill Nelson

Jill Nelson is the Finance and Grants Manager of Washington STEM. An experienced administrative professional, Jill supports the organization’s finance and grantmaking efforts by providing a keen eye for detail, organizational efficiency, and strong communication skills. Read More

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