STEM Education Commission

About the Commission

“In order to close achievement gaps, meet the growing economic demands for STEM prepared citizens, and maintain the recognition as one of the best states for STEM education and employment, the Commonwealth must be strategic in how it prepares and educates young people and aligns to the rapidly evolving needs of employers. To accomplish this, Virginia must begin by creating a unified vision and adopting a set of shared goals to strategically inform how we prepare students for STEM jobs of the future.”
- Governor Ralph S. Northam - Executive Order 36

Read Executive Order 36

Virginia Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education Commission

  • Blair Blanchette of Richmond, Outdoor Field Educator, Chesapeake Bay Foundation
  • Dr. Al Byers of Chesterfield, Visiting Scholar for STEM Education, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Dr. Jared A. Cotton of Chesapeake, Superintendent, Chesapeake Public Schools
  • Marie T. Culver of Virginia Beach, Gifted Resource Teacher, Virginia Beach City Public Schools           
  • Rebecca Dovi of Henrico County, Director of Education, CodeVA
  • Charles English of Midlothian, Virginia STEM Coordinator, Science Museum of Virginia
  • Dr. David Eshelman of Midlothian, Director, Workforce Development and Initiatives, Virginia Department of Education
  • Todd Estes of Williamsburg, Director, Career Education Programs and Workforce Partnerships, Virginia Community College System
  • Jocelyn Forest of Halifax County, Educator, Halifax County High School
  • Megan Graybill of Salem, Computer Science Teacher, Salem City Schools
  • The Honorable Megan Healy of Richmond, Chief Workforce Development Advisor to the Governor, Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Dr. David C. Jeck of Marshall, Superintendent, Fauquier County Public Schools
  • Barbara Kanninen of Arlington, School Board Member, Arlington Public Schools
  • Matt Kellam of Henrico, Military and Recruitment Program Coordinator, Dominion Energy      
  • Bobbie Greene Kilberg of McLean, President and CEO, Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC)
  • Helen W. Kuhns of Virginia Beach, Assistant Director and Pearl Programs Coordinator, Lynnhaven River Now, and Executive Board Member, Virginia Association for Environmental Education
  • Dr. Pamela Leigh-Mack of Chester, Professor and Chair, Department of Engineering and Computer Science, Virginia State University
  • Louie R. Lopez of Bel Air, Maryland, Director, STEM Education and Outreach, United States Department of Defense
  • Dr. Emily Loving of Chesterfield, Lead STEM and Secondary Science Specialist, Chesterfield County Public Schools
  • Dr. Susan Magliaro of Christiansburg, Professor Emerita, Virginia Tech
  • Dr. Tina Manglicmot of Newport News, Director of STEM and Innovation, Virginia Department of Education
  • Kate Matthew of Charlottesville, Senior Research Specialist, University of Virginia
  • Margaret Mayer of Glen Allen, Managing Vice President – Technology, Capital One
  • Dr. James A. Meyer of Spotsylvania, Representative, Virginia School Boards Association         
  • Pamela Northam of Richmond, Former Science Educator, First Lady of Virginia
  • Dr. Keisha Pexton of Hampton, Director of Learning and Workforce Development, Newport News Shipbuilding and Member, Virginia Board of Education
  • Angela Patton of Chesterfield, Founder, Camp Diva and CEO, Girls For A Change
  • James Pohl of Virginia Beach, Chief Academic Officer, Newport News Public Schools
  • Dr. Tinell L. Priddy of Leesburg, Principal, The Academies of Loudoun, Loudoun County Public Schools
  • The Honorable Atif Qarni of Prince William, Secretary of Education, Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Casey M. Roberts of Chesapeake, Executive Director, New Horizons Regional Education Centers
  • Eric Robertson of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Global Education, Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Paula Fisher Robinson of Newport News, Assistant Director of College Access and PK12 Outreach, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV)
  • Krystal Rubio of Colonial Heights, Student, CodeRVA Regional High School
  • Amy Sabarre of Rockingham County, Director of STEM Education, Harrisonburg City Public Schools           
  • Kamaljeet Sanghera of Fairfax, Executive Director of STEM Outreach, Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University
  • Dr. Matthew W. Shields of Charlottesville, Teacher, Charlottesville City Schools
  • Troy Simpson of Chatham, Director of Advanced Manufacturing, Institute for Advanced Learning and Research
  • Zuzana Steen of Manassas, Academic and Community Relations Manager, Micron Technology, Inc.
  • Lily Toombs of Charlotte County, Student, Virginia Council on Women’s 2019 STEM Essay Contest award recipient
  • Clayton Turner of Hampton, Deputy Director, NASA Langley Research Center
  • Jorge Valenzuela of North Chesterfield, Educational Coach and Teacher, Lifelong Learning Defined and Old Dominion University
  • Amy Stinnett White, MS of Buchanan, Dean, School of STEM, Virginia Western Community College
  • Elizabeth (Beth) Wright of Abingdon, Associate Professor of Nursing, Virginia Highlands Community College

Upcoming Meetings

There are currently no scheduled upcoming meetings at this time.

Meeting Materials

Meeting materials can be found in the Commission's Dropbox at

Past Meetings

Virginia STEM Education Commission Final Meeting
September 14, 2020
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Meeting Recording
Recording Access Password: G*Fcg&0H
Final Report
Report Executive Summary

STEM Education Commission Virtual Meeting
May 22, 2020
10am - 12pm  

STEM Education Commission Virtual Meeting
March 16, 2020
10am - 11:30am

STEM Education Commission
December 3, 2019

10am - 2pm 
The Brock Environmental Center
3663 Marlin Bay Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23455  

STEM Education Commission Meeting
October 11, 2019
VCU Cabell Branch Library
3rd Floor Board Room
Richdmond, VA

STEM Education Commission Meeting
August 7, 2019

Staff Contacts

Tori Noles
Policy Advisory to the Secretary of Education   

Chuck English
Virginia STEM Coordinator
Virginia Science Museum