The Steering Committee


The diverse members of this advisory committee are among Ventura County’s leading experts and stakeholders in the STEM equation. They have generously agreed to share their time and expertise to help create an education pathway that educates, prepares, and polishes our talented STEM students, transforming them into STEM professionals and leaders. We thank them for their support and dedication.

Doug Askegard
IEEE Buenaventura Professional Activities Chair

Anne Jenks
Community Representative

Sandra Birmingham
Associate Director for STEM Educational Outreach, Project PROMESAS, CSU Channel Islands

Dr. Phil Hampton
Director of VC STEM; Professor of Chemistry and Interim Director of Educational Partnerships, CSU Channel Islands

Jeff Hamlin                               VCOE – Expanded Learning 

Dr. Ramon Flores
STEM Coordinator, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Port Hueneme, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA)

Regan Bynder                         VCOE – Early Childhood Representative 

Juliet Herman
Director of Career Education, Ventura County Office of Education

Nathan Inouye
Science Coordinator, Curriculum and Instruction, Ventura County Office of Education

Dr. Marcella Klein-Williams
Director, Project Acabado STEM, Oxnard College; President of Channel Islands Park Foundation

Dr. Colleen Robertson         Superintendent, Somis Union School 

Jan Marholin
CEO, Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley

Carina Morgan
STEM Program Manager, Expeditionary Warfare Center (EXWC), Naval Facilities Engineering Command, (NAVFAC) 

Ron Solorzano
Ventura County Libraries – Ojai Branch Librarian 

Andrea Sanchez
WDB Administration Manager, Ventura County Workforce Development Board 

Dr. Bill Pratt
Vice-President Operations, Kinamed, Inc.

Lara Godbille
Director, U.S. Navy Seabee Museum (USNSM), Naval History and Heritage Command; President, Ventura County Museums 

Candace Whitesel
Total Force Consultant, Total Force Strategy & Management

Colleen Tabor                           VC STEM Network – Communications Consultant, Social Media/ Web Master 

Angel Zamarron                   STEM Program Manager, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD) China Lake, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) 


We will always have STEM with us. Some things will drop out of the public eye and will go away, but there will always be science, engineering, and technology. And there will always, always be mathematics.

 Katherine Johnson, an African-American  Mathematician who worked for NASA from 1953 to 1986