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 Manager 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 email@example.com
Kellie Yates, B.S. – STEM Liaison between STEM AC and USOE
Kellie Yates is the STEM Liaison between STEM AC and USOE 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.
Kaitlin Felsted, B.S. & M.M.C. – Marketing Communications Specialist
Kaitlin Felsted is the Marketing Communications Specialist for the Utah STEM Action Center. She has spent the past ten years in the Communications field, including working with Deseret News, Salt Lake Community College and the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development. Kaitlin enjoys teaching as an adjunct professor at Salt Lake Community College and mentoring youth in her community.
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 Manager
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.
Lolly Bowler – STEM Administrative Support Specialist
After studying interior design at LDS Business College, Lolly served a mission in Nampa, Idaho. Her mission fueled her passion for service and helped her decide to pursue a career centered on making a difference in people’s lives. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and Health Promotion through Brigham Young University-Idaho and hopes to one day develop a career in International Health and Non-Profit Management. Lolly is excited and humbled to be working with the STEM team, and enjoys learning new things and promoting education. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, crafting and learning new songs on her ukulele.
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.
George Pechmann, B.A. – STEM Bus Program Coordinator
George Pechmann comes from a family of people who work in STEM, and has always had a passion for all subjects and disciplines in STEM fields. Before joining the STEM bus team George worked in museums, aquariums, physical schools and virtual schools, always working to make STEM as dynamic and fun for his students as possible. He truly believes that all students need and deserve a comprehensive STEM education to prepare them for tomorrows careers and to solve tomorrows challenges. A Salt Lake City native, George has a deep love of all things Utah. When he’s not working George and his family love to hike, camp, canoe, fish, ski, launch rockets, and host epic pizza parties using the pizza oven George built in his backyard.