Team

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
CAROLINE KING
CAROLINE KING
Caroline King is the Chief Executive Officer of Washington STEM. She leads Washington STEM’s efforts to advance student success through STEM innovation and career pathways, with a particular focus on young people historically underrepresented in STEM fields, like students of color, female students, students living in poverty, and students living in rural areas.Caroline has over 20 years of experience advancing strategies that allow young people to access economic opportunity through education. She started her career as a teacher at a school focused on technology and social justice in Ecuador. Caroline has also served as Executive Director of Partnership for Learning, a founding member of Harvard’s Public Education Leadership Project, and a co-founder and Chief Policy and Strategy Officer for Washington STEM. Caroline has a BA in anthropology from Notre Dame and a Master of Education from Harvard University.

Connect with Caroline at caroline@washingtonstem.org.

CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
ALEX JOHNSTON
ALEX JOHNSTON
Alex serves as Chief Development Officer at Washington STEM. She leads the organization’s resource development efforts and strategic partnerships with corporate, foundation, and individual funders to increase STEM access, interest, and opportunities for all Washington students.

Connect with Alex at alex@washingtonstem.org.

CHIEF PROGRAM OFFICER
ANDY SHOUSE
DR. 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.

Connect with Andy at andy@washingtonstem.org.

SENIOR PROGRAM OFFICER
CARLIN LLORENTE
CARLIN LLORENTE
Carlin serves as Senior Program Officer for Washington STEM, leading the organization’s early math initiative and contributing to overall programmatic strategy. He works to develop and support innovative early STEM learning experiences that start children on pathways to lives and careers that benefit them, their families, and their communities.

Connect with Carlin at carlin@washingtonstem.org.

DEVELOPMENT OPERATIONS MANAGER
CHRISTINA KHATRI
CHRISTINA KHATRI
Christina 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. Christina recieved her Bachelor of Arts in sociology with a focus on globalization and social change from the University of Washington.

Connect with Christina at christina@washingtonstem.org.

COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL MEDIA MANAGER
DANNY GROSS
DANNY GROSS
Danny serves as Communications and Digital Media Manager at Washington STEM. He’s responsible for management and creation of digital media for the organization, as well as contributing to the organization’s overall policy and communications strategy. Danny recently completed his Masters of Communication from the University of Washington, where he focused on the intersection of digital media, education, storytelling, and policy.

Connect with Danny at danny@washingtonstem.org.

DONOR RELATIONS OFFICER
DEIDRE MCCORMACK MARTIN
DEIDRE MCCORMACK MARTIN
Deidre oversees Washington STEM’s individual giving program as Donor Relations Officer. Deidre has long been a champion for educational equity and ensuring that all youth in our region have the opportunities to develop their full potential. In her 19 years working in the nonprofit sector, she has seen the amazing talent that exists in our region, and what can happen with the right education, mentoring and exposure to different experiences.

Connect with Diedre at deidre@washingtonstem.org.

PROGRAM DIRECTOR
GILDA WHEELER
GILDA WHEELER
Gilda serves as Washington STEM’s Program Director 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. Gilda holds a BA degree in physical geography and a MEd from the University of California Santa Barbara.

Connect with Gilda at gilda@washingtonstem.org.

PROGRAM COORDINATOR
JAYME SHOUN
JAYME SHOUN
Jayme serves as the Program Coordinator for Washington STEM. She works primarily with the program team helping to coordinate meetings, work groups, and managing projects. She also works closely in support of the STEM Networks and Washington STEM’s policy efforts. Jayme has a degree in Public Affairs from Washington State University.

Connect with Jayme at jayme@washingtonstem.org.

IMPACT DIRECTOR
DR. JENEE MYERS TWITCHELL
DR. JENÉE MYERS TWITCHELL
Jenée serves as the Impact Director at Washington STEM and is and adjunct for the University of Washington College of Education’s Leadership in Higher Education program. She develops, analyzes, and applies cross-sector, longitudinal data and research on systems changes and student outcomes to help drive Washington STEM’s business plan and strategic initiatives. Jenée has her PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from UW and has led research studies on policy changes for secondary to postsecondary transitions for underserved students, regional collective impact network leadership, and regionalized supply-demand gaps for education-to-workforce pathways across Washington State.

Connect with Jenée at jenee@washingtonstem.org.

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS AND POLICY
JESSE GILLIAM
JESSE GILLIAM
Jesse Gilliam serves as Washington STEM’s Director of Communications and Policy. He’s responsible for internal and external communications strategy and implementation, and he leads Washington STEM’s policy and advocacy efforts. Jesse has almost twenty years of experience in the nonprofit and government sectors, most recently working at City of Seattle, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound, and Lifelong AIDS Alliance. Jesse has a MA in Women’s Studies and Public Policy from the George Washington University and a BA in Women’s Studies and Economics from the University of Virginia.

Connect with Jesse at jesse@washingtonstem.org.

FINANCE AND GRANTS MANAGER
JILL NELSON
JILL NELSON
Jill Nelson is the Finance and Grants Manager of Washington STEM, as well as the organization’s lead on human resources. 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.

Connect with Jill at jill@washingtonstem.org.

STEM NETWORK DIRECTOR
LEE LAMBERT
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.

Connect with Lee at lee@washingtonstem.org.

CORPORATE PARTNERSHIPS MANAGER
MATT CRONIN
MATT CRONIN
Matt Cronin is the Corporate Partnerships Manager at Washington STEM. He is responsible for developing, managing, and implementing corporate partnerships that generate revenue and increase visibility for Washington STEM. He generates new leads and plays a key role on Washington STEM’s Development team.

Connect with Matt Cronin at matt@washingtonstem.org.

CONTROLLER
MATT POTH
MATT POTH
Matt serves as Controller at Washington STEM. He’s responsible for both internal and external accounting and financial reporting, audits and compliance, accounting systems and internal controls, monitoring cash and investments based on program cash projections and various budgeting, forecasting and financial analysis. Matt has a B.B.A. in Accounting from Gonzaga University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Connect with Matt Poth at matthew@washingtonstem.org.

SPECIAL EVENTS MANAGER
MEGAN NADAN
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.

Connect with Megan at megan@washingtonstem.org.

ACCOUNTANT
NICOLE ARRIAGA
NICOLE ARRIAGA
Nicole Arriaga is the Accountant at Washington STEM. As part of the Finance Team, she is primarily responsible for supporting the accounting functions for Washington STEM and the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship program.

Connect with Nicole Arriaga at nicole@washingtonstem.org.

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO THE CEO
NICOLE HARRIS
NICOLE PETTIGREW
Nicole Pettigrew is the Executive Assistant to the CEO and Office Manager at Washington STEM. She directly supports CEO Caroline King and manages office operations. She comes to us as the former business manager of a charter school and understands the value of equitable and quality STEM education for all students.

Connect with Nicole Pettigrew at nicoleh@washingtonstem.org.

PROGRAM OFFICER
TANA PETERMAN
TANA PETERMAN
Tana Peterman is a Program officer with Washington STEM, where she leads the organization’s science and engineering initiative alongside partners including Washington State LASER and Washington MESA. After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Oregon, Tana has spent her professional career working with youth and educators in STEM education, primarily in the K-12 system. She holds a Masters degree in Learning Sciences and Human Development from the University of Washington, where she studied teacher learning and practice.

Connect with Tana at tana@washingtonstem.org.