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 sredington@utah.gov

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 seven years in the Communications field, including working with Deseret News and the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development. She recently completed a master’s degree in Mass Communications at Brigham Young University.  Kaitlin enjoys teaching as an adjunct professor at Salt Lake Community College and mentoring youth in her community.

Jacqueline Moynihan, B.A. – Program Coordinator

Jacqueline Moynihan recently graduated from the University of Utah where she received a Bachelor of Arts in History with Honors. Earlier this year, she worked as an intern for the Utah State Senate in the 2015 General Legislative Session. Last summer, she spent two months in Siena, Italy, studying the Italian language.  As a student at the University of Utah, Jacqueline worked as both a Supplemental Instructor and a Peer Mentor. She also participated in various honors societies, the History Student Advisory Board, and the Associated Students of the University of Utah’s Marketing Board.

Vatsala Kaul, B.S. & MBA–GOED Liaison 

Vatsala Kaul is the Technology Cluster Director at the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and would be serving as GOED’s liaison for the STEM AC’s. She has a track record in establishing data-driven change in public and private sectors and has worked in extensively in software development fields. She holds her undergrad in electrical engineering and a MBA from the U of U.

Allison Spencer– STEM Foundation Director

Allison Spencer has a wealth of knowledge and experience as a non-profit professional and consultant that spans more than a decade.  As the previous Foundation Director for the Canyons School District, she was responsible for the formation of a Foundation board and together they successfully raised awareness and funds for STEM related programs.
Allison welcomes the opportunity to develop relationships and working closely with community leaders and local businesses to achieve the goals and objectives of the STEM Action Center.

Ann Barnia, B.S. & M.Ed– Intern

Ann moved to Utah from Costa Rica, and she is always open to learning new skills that will strengthen her career path. She has always been involved in technology and education, since she loves how technology helps kids engage into a more successful and enjoyable learning process. Her professional experience started as a classroom teacher for preschoolers, and it was here she discovered the constant need to keep students interested and involved, and how technology can help develop their learning abilities for the future. This guided her professional development, where she combined her education background and started working at technology companies. Ann holds a Master Degree in Psychopedagogy (Education Psychology) and has worked in several technology companies, such as Nearshore Software Outsourcing firms and E-Commerce companies. She also enjoys reading, hiking and exploring new destinies and adventures.

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.
When Chuck isn’t working he is usually spending time with his wife and sweetheart Shirley and their seven kids and their families.

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.

Abby Dowd, B.S. – STEM Bus Program Coordinator

Abby Dowd recently relocated to Utah from Seattle, Washington to pursue a career in STEM education. Abby completed her Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science at the University of Washington Tacoma. During her time in and after college, Abby dedicated time to expanding her passion by working with youth and college students to encourage them to enjoy and pursue STEM. She is excited to be in a place where she can continue to share her passion for STEM and inspire youth to find their own passion for STEM.

Lolly Bowler – STEM Action Center’s 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.

Yeganeh Lari – STEM Intern

Yeganeh Lari moved from Iran to Utah with her family in 2004. She has always been passionate about academia and quickly learned the English language. Fast forward to 2012, she began her college career at the University of Utah. Yeganeh will complete her Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental and Organismal Biology in the Spring of 2017. She hopes to continue her path in education and stay in the world of academia. Yeganeh hopes to encourage kids just like her to fall in love with STEM and truly make a difference!