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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 and Strategy Officer


Caroline King

Caroline serves as Washington STEM’s Chief Policy and Strategy Officer, leading the organization’s efforts to build public demand and strategic partnerships, advocate for smarter policies, and measure impact. 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

Executive Assistant to the CEO


Constance Awenasa

Constance Awenasa is the Executive Assistant to the CEO for 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

Foundation Giving Manager


Gillia Bakie

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


Jesse Gilliam

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

Development Operations Manager


Christina Khatri

Christina Khatri is the Development Operations Manager at Washington STEM. She is primarily responsible for supporting the Development team. Day-to-day activities include database management, research, and administrative support. Read More

Special Events Manager


Megan Nadan

Megan Nadan serves as Washington STEM’s Special Events Manager. 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

Program Officer


Tana Peterman

Tana Peterman is a program officer with Washington STEM. As part of our engineering education initiative she leads the Engineering Fellows project, a partnership with Washington MESA. Read More

Senior Program Officer


Gilda Wheeler

Gilda serves as Senior Program Officer at Washington STEM where she designs and implements innovative and scalable programs to advance STEM education in Washington state. Her work focuses on excellent, equitable, and engaging K-12 STEM learning, STEM career and college pathways, and STEM literacy for citizenship and life. Read More

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