Tamara L. Goetz, Ph.D. – Executive Director
Tamara Goetz served as the Director of the Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) Biotechnology Program for six years and helped to create the 2-year Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Program at SLCC, the 4-year Biotechnology Program at UVU and a one-year high school Biotechnology Program for juniors and seniors that is offered at numerous high schools across the state. Goetz has led the creation of innovative education programs that are nationally recognized such as the non-profit contract research organization InnovaBio and the training life science business incubator, BioInnovations Gateway. Dr. Goetz was appointed by Governor Olene Walker to serve on the Governor’s State Advisory Council for Science and Technology in 2005. She was appointed by Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. to serve as State Science Advisor in August of 2007. During her tenure as the State Science Advisor, she was the lead on Utah’s U.S. Department of Labor Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED) Initiative that promoted education and training for life sciences in Utah. Goetz helped to launch the State’s first Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education and workforce initiative, which resulted in the creation of the STEM Action Center. As State Science Advisor, Dr. Goetz served also as the Director for the Utah Life Science Economic Development Cluster for the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. In 2012 she accepted a position at Utah Valley University in the College of Science and Health as Assistant Dean for External Relations. She is taking a leave of absence to serve as the Executive Director for the Utah STEM Action Center. Dr. Goetz was recognized as “40 Under 40 Rising Stars” in 2004 and “30 Women to Watch” in 2007 by Utah Business magazine. She also received the Award of Merit by the National Association for Career and Technical Education for her work to support secondary science and math education programs. Tamara received the 2008 Women Technology Council’s “Community Builder” award and was the recipient of the 2013 Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology.
Sue Redington, B.S. & M.P.A. – Program Director
Ms. Redington is the Program Director for Utah’s STEM Action Center office. She is originally from San Luis Obispo, California. She attended Utah Valley University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and received her BS in Legal Studies in 2006. During her studies at UVU, she interned with the United States District Court Probation and Pretrial Services Office where she prepared complex reports relating to the federal adjudication process. Upon graduation, she spent three years working at the Utah Department of Corrections as a Supervisor and Court Liaison over the Court Services Unit. In 2009, Ms. Redington joined the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. She is a graduate of the University of Utah from which she holds a Master of Public Administration degree. She and her husband, Mike Redington, are the proud parents of three children. She enjoys watching and playing sports, reading, and going to movies with her small family. Email Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kellie Yates, B.S. – STEM Liaison between STEM AC and USBE
Kellie Yates is the STEM Liaison between STEM AC and USBE at the STEM Action Center. Formerly, she attended Utah State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in the area of Technology and Industrial Education. After graduation, she worked as a teacher in the public school system, teaching both high school and middle school Technology and Engineering, for 11 years before joining the STEM team. During this time she was also an adjunct faculty member at Utah State University. Ms. Yates is a passionate advocate of STEM education and training, and will be using her interests and skills to help advance STEM training in Utah.
Lynn Purdin, B.S. & C.P.M. – STEM Liaison between DWS and STEM AC
Lynn Purdin serves as the STEM Workforce Development Liaison between the Utah Department of Workforce Services and the STEM Action Center. She utilizes her 24-year State of Utah career experience to provide guidance and facilitation for workforce development initiatives, stakeholder partnerships, and grant proposal development, implementation and monitoring. Lynn partners with industry, education, and community partners to identify and impact statewide workforce development constraints within Utah’s key economic sectors. Lynn received her B.S. in Sociology at Illinois State University. She pursued Master’s level coursework at Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts, with a focus on Public Administration. Lynn was also designated a Utah Certified Public Manager in 2007 and awarded a Department of Workforce Services Operational Excellence Cornerstone Award in 2015.
Katherine Kireiev, B.S. – Communications Manager
Katherine Kireiev brings more than 15 years of professional communication experience in private industry, nonprofits, and education. She started her career as a Salt Lake Tribune copy editor and columnist after graduating from the University of Utah around the turn of the century. She went on to work in PR for publicly-traded Myriad Genetics, and was later recruited to write grant proposals for local Title-1 public charter STEM high school AMES. In 2014, Katherine returned to Utah’s largest news daily in an encore that culminated in her attainment of the industry’s highest honor as part of the Salt Lake Tribune’s 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning team. Prior to joining the STEM Action Center team, Katherine ran MarComm strategy for Silicon Slopes startups. Proud to be passably trilingual, she’s skilled in international relations having lived in London’s Kensington embassy district during her college internship under Dr. Ross Butler, Honorary Consul General to Russia. A prolific ghostwriter (various genres/names) and wunderkind wordsmith, Katherine completely geeks out over calligraphy nibs and stationery. When she’s not communicating in some form or another, you’ll likely find her alongside or astride her beloved event horse, dancing with her daughter, or hiking to find chokecherries (Utah’s most unsung wild wonder-fruit) for various canning experiments.
Allison Spencer– STEM Foundation Director
Clarence Ames, B.S. & M.S.– STEM Program Specialist
Clarence Ames is a STEM Program Specialist at the STEM Action Center. He has an M.S. in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences from Utah State University, and a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Central Washington University. He is passionate about helping people develop the skills they need to become independent and self-sufficient, and his life goal is to empower students and teachers to create a system of education in which the only limitations on breadth or depth of learning are one’s own desire, passion, and motivation. Before joining the STEM Action Center he worked as a researcher and project manager at USU evaluating the outcomes of STEM related education initiatives in the state of Utah. He enjoys reading, rock climbing, painting, and visiting national parks with his wife Kaitlyn.
Chuck Keeler, B.S. and M.Ed.- STEM Bus Team Leader
Originally from California, Chuck completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Youth Agency Administration and a Master of Education Administration degree in Community Education Administration at BYU. His career has focused on developing youth and family programs in several Utah and California communities as well as developing and teaching programs for the American Red Cross, the Boy Scouts of America and the Church Education System. For Chuck, working with the STEM Bus Program is an amazing opportunity to switch gears just a little, while continuing to serve Utah’s youth.
Brad Hunsaker, B.S. – STEM Bus Program Coordinator
Brad Hunsaker has always had a love for STEM fields and excelled in STEM classes. Brad was an Operational Meteorologist before joining the STEM Bus Team. He is originally from Woodbridge, Virginia. After spending 2 years in England and Wales, he moved to Utah to complete a B.S. in Atmospheric Science from the University of Utah. He has always loved teaching and guest taught elementary school classes about weather and forecasting. He is excited for the opportunity to take STEM on the road and get students as excited about STEM as he is. When Brad doesn’t have his head in the clouds he enjoys spending time outdoors with his family.
Colleen Fisher, B.S. & M.S. – STEM Bus Program Coordinator
Colleen is a Colorado native who has spent the past seven years out in California getting her Bachelor’s of Environmental Science at Santa Clara University, and her Master’s of Science at Cal Poly Pomona. She worked as a STEM educator at a low-income school in Pomona while getting her Master’s, and is passionate about educating our future generations. Colleen is excited to travel around the state, reaching as many students as possible to inspire them in the STEM field.
In her free time, Colleen can be found out in the mountains rock climbing, snowboarding or birding.
Molly Bock, B.A. – STEM Bus Program Coordinator
Molly Bock completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication with an emphasis in Community Advocacy and a minor in Youth Services Leadership at Arizona State. After finishing her degree, she moved from her hometown of Tempe, Arizona to Salt Lake City. She has spent the last five years in the STEM Education field in a management capacity. She is eager to work directly with children and be a positive role model for them as part of the STEM Bus team. She also enjoys playing and composing music, drawing and painting, and being outdoors in her free time.
Melanie Shepherd, B.S. – STEM Office
Erin Paulsen – STEM Grant Assistant