Staff and Consultants

NCWIT is based in Boulder, Colorado and financially supports employees at the University of Colorado, the University of Virginia, the University of Washington, and other organizations in support of our mission. 

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Andrea Bowens-Jones

Dr. Andrea Bowens-Jones is a former Procter & Gamble (P&G) R&D Section Head. She has managed multi–discipline teams of scientists and engineers to drive technology,

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Angela Galik

As the NCWIT Communications Director, Angela oversees multiple forms of publicity, including social media, e-newsletters, and traditional press coverage; research-based resources; and cohesive messaging about

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Beatrice Bangura

Beatrice currently serves as Counselors for Computing Business and Logistics Coordinator. Beatrice is a project manager who brings more than six years of project, program, and

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Brad McLain, Ph.D.

Dr. Brad McLain is a social scientist interested in the nature and psychology of identity development, learning, and leadership. He is the Director of the

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Bridget Quinn

Bridget is passionate about STEM education, the environment, and creating powerful youth development opportunities for girls. She began her career as a Field Scientist, working

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Brittany Holmes

Brittany brings many years of software implementation and project management experience to the team. As Workforce Alliance and Research Team Coordination Consultant for NCWIT, Brittany

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Catherine Ashcraft

Catherine Ashcraft, Ph.D.

Catherine Ashcraft is a Senior Research Scientist with the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her research

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Dana Wile

Dana Wile is a consultant for Counselors 4 Computing and serves in an advisory role for the C4C program. Dana is a National Board Certified

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Edie Cheng

Edie Cheng is passionate about helping young women and girls, particularly to explore computing and the intersection of technology and media. Edie was previously the Digital Media

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Elizabeth Litzler

Elizabeth Litzler, PhD, is the Director of the University of Washington (UW) Center for Evaluation & Research for STEM Equity (CERSE) and an Affiliate Assistant

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Eva Bradshaw

As a Regional Affiliate Manager for the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award, Eva supports volunteer affiliate teams’ efforts to recognize young women and their educators. Prior

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J.W. is the National Center for Women & Information Technology’s Office and Logistics Coordinator. They come from a background in operations, tour management, and the

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Jeff Lande

A Washington DC veteran, Jeff offers The Lande Group and Conlon Public Strategies clients his extensive experience in government relations, public affairs, coalition building, research,

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Jill Vollmers

Jill Vollmers is the Community Manager for C4C. She has been a school counselor for 13 years and is currently a high school counselor at

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Joanne Esch

As a Senior Research Associate at NCWIT, Joanne Esch supports Workforce Alliance members in using research-based, systemic approaches to build inclusive cultures. Her work focuses

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June Teisan, Ph.D.

June Teisan is a National Board-certified teacher who brought science to life for K-12 students on Detroit’s northeast border for 27 years and now designs

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Kate L. Pickle

Serving as the organization’s Senior Technology and Program Consultant, Kate has managed their AspireIT program, and currently works across departments to support technology SaaS needs

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Kathy Zettl-Schaffer

Kathy holds a BS in biomedical engineering from Vanderbilt University and an MBA in information technology from American University.  Her professional career began in research

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Katie Ertz

Catherine (“Katie”) Ertz is the National Center for Women & Information Technology’s Operations Executive Advisor. A computer scientist by training, she has had over 11

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Kelsey Kman

Kelsey Kman currently serves as the Program Coordinator for NCWIT Counselors for Computing. Kelsey has been a consultant in PA since 2018 and is passionate

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Lauren Jones

Lauren Crow Jones is the CFO for NCWIT, a position in which she performs accounting functions for both the non-profit and University of Colorado sides

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Lauren Tomkinson

As the Aspirations in Computing (AiC) Community Program Manager, Lauren is responsible for program strategy and implementation. She manages stewardship and reporting for a community

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Lauren Von Roenn

Lauren Von Roenn is the National Center for Women & Information Technology’s Operations Assistant Director. She directs the NCWIT Operations Team to prioritize programmatic objectives,

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Lecia Barker

Lecia Barker, Ph.D.

Lecia Barker is an NCWIT Senior Research Scientist and is an Associate Professor of Information Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder. In this

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Lucy Sanders

Lucy Sanders

Lucy Sanders is CEO and Co-founder of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT). Lucy has an extensive industry background, having worked in

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Lyn Swackhamer

Lyn Swackhamer, Ph.D.

Lyn Swackhamer is the Director of Aspirations Evaluation with the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her

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MaKenzie Johnson

MaKenzie currently serves as the Curriculum Developer for NCWIT’s Counselors for Computer (C4C). MaKenzie was formerly a school counselor for 12 years working with students

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Marissa Bejarano

Marissa works in Operations supporting NCWIT’s non-profit and University of Colorado finances. She graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a BS in

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Mary Bell, MBA

As a Workforce Alliance Relationship Manager Consultant for NCWIT, Mary partners with organizations to leverage NCWIT’s vast array of services and programs to meet their

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Matt Muchna

As the Membership Coordinator, Matt (he/him) is the key point of contact for NCWIT’s Academic Alliance and supports 2,600+ individual members and 650+ post-secondary institutions

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Melissa Pollich

Melissa currently serves as NCWIT’s Solutions Architect and is responsible for maintaining the integrity of the organization’s Customer Relationship Management (CRM) database, SuiteCRM, by ensuring

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Natalie Anderson

Natalie Anderson is the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Community Coordinator, focusing on engagement with the community and ensuring that members have access to NCWIT programs and

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Paula Stern

A former chairwoman of the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and distinguished scholar, The Honorable Paula Stern founded The Stern Group, Inc. in 1988 and

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Sarah Blithe, Ph.D.

Dr. Sarah Blithe is a Research Scientist with the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) at the University of Colorado Boulder.  Her research

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Sarayu Sundar, Ph.D.

Dr. Sarayu Sundar serves as a Higher Education Research Associate with the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) at the University of Colorado

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Shelby Capacio

Shelby Capacio is a digital designer, editor, and journalist who spent many years producing national news and specializing in topics related to education and sustainable

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Stephanie Weber

As the Director of K-12 and Regional Initiatives, Stephanie is responsible for the development and implementation of strategic programs and initiatives that NCWIT, its members,

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Susahnn Valente

Susahnn Valente is the Recognitions Program Manager for Aspirations in Computing (AiC), NCWIT’s program that recognizes young women, genderqueer, and nonbinary high school and collegiate

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Susie Park-Kelly

As a Regional Affiliate Manager for the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award, Susie supports both the Aspirations staff and volunteer affiliate teams in recognizing young

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Tanner Bergamo

Tanner Bergamo is the AspireIT Program Manager, where he organizes and executes work to support the ongoing implementation and delivery of the AspireIT K–12 outreach

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Terina-Jasmine (TJ) Alladin

Terina–Jasmine (TJ) focuses her professional efforts on uplifting women, people of color, immigrants, and people with disabilities.She is the Founder and Principal Consultant for a

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Terry Hogan

Terry Hogan is the Executive Director and CTO at NCWIT. Her career began at U.S. WEST where she was the lead engineer of the original

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Tim Faiella

Tim Faiella is the Content Director for the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) at the University of Colorado Boulder. He works to develop

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Tim Weston, Ph.D.

Tim Weston is a Research Associate for the University of Colorado’s Alliance for Technology, Learning and Society (ATLAS) where he has worked on NSF, Department

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Vinh Luong

Vinh Luong currently serves as Recognitions Consultant on the Aspirations in Computing (AiC) team. He leads outreach and communication efforts for the AiC Recognitions Programs,

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Wendy Chi

Dr. Wendy Chi is the internal evaluator for NCWIT Counselors for Computing (C4C). She has over 15 years of experience in education, including evaluations of

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Wendy DuBow, Ph.D.

Wendy DuBow is a Senior Research Scientist and the Director of Evaluation at NCWIT. In her multi-faceted role, Dr. DuBow conducts primary research, creates practical

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Willow Peluso

Willow Peluso (she/her) is the Project Coordinator for NCWIT Counselors for Computing. She is dedicated to advocating for Women & LGBTQ+ inclusivity and creating diverse

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Yvonne De La Peña

Yvonne is passionate about computer science, coding, and making careers in tech accessible through education. She started her professional journey as a software engineer after

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Zoë Levitt, MS

she/her/hers As a Regional Affiliate Manager for the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award, Zoë supports both the Aspirations staff and volunteer affiliate teams in recognizing

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